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Student Life Advisors and Staff

Sonali Perera Bridges, Associate Dean, Student Life
Benny Blaydes, AS Lead Counselor & ICC Advisor (Full-time:  A.S. & SMC Counseling)
Rosilyn Tilley,  AS Counselor (Full time:  A.S. & SMC Counseling)
Michal Temkin, AS Counselor (Part time:  A.S. & SMC Counseling)
Amelia Trejo, Administrative Assistant II
Michele Harrison, Administrative Assistant I

  

Associated Students Board of Directors 2013 - 2014

The A.S. BOARD OF DIRECTORS consists of 16 student leaders. 

Your AS BOARD OF DIRECTORS are elected by SMC students every year in the Spring Semester.

The board's main responsibilities are to represent student interests to SMC administration and to approve spending AS funds.

The AS Budget comes from the $19.50 AS Membership Sticker fee, that you pay during registration every semester or session.

So, knowing who your AS representatives are and what they do is important to make the best use of your money to serve the interests of the students of Santa Monica College.

The AS Meetings are "public meetings," therefore anyone can attend the meetings.  Stop by and attend some AS Meetings to find out what your board is doing for the students of SMC.  See below meeting flyer.

If you are an AS Member ($19,50 sticker)- you may get involved in your student government in various ways, either through AS Positions or ICC Clubs.  See our flyer titled Student Leadership Opportunities below.  Applications for the various positions are found in our "Forms & Documents" page. 

 

​A.S. BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2013 - 2014

Position Descriptions Printable Version is found in the AS Constitution and By Laws (see above pdf file).

Ty Moura, A.S. President,  310.434.4251: 
 
(1)  The Associated Students President shall preside at all Board of Directors meetings, call special meetings, vote only in the case of a tie, may form ad-hoc committees for specific purposes. The President shall serve as a voting member of the Associated Students Finance Committee and the District Planning and Advisory Council (DPAC). The President shall appoint a second student DPAC member and a Region VII Delegate. The President shall be responsible for upholding the Associated Students Constitution and By-Laws. The President shall be the official spokesperson for the Associated Students and have other powers granted to him or her by the Associated Students Board of Directors in accordance with the Associated Students Constitution and By-Laws.
Kyle McGrath, A.S. Vice President, 310.434.4969:
 
(2)  The Associated Students Vice President shall assume the office of the Associated Students President in the latter's absence, resignation, or removal from office and shall perform such other duties as directed by the Associated Students President. The Vice President shall be an ex-officio member of all Board of Directors committees, other than those of which he  or she is Chairperson, at the request of the Associated Students President The Vice President shall serve as the Chairperson of the Associated Students Constitution Committee and Joint Council. The Vice President shall recruit justices for approval by the Joint Council. The Vice President shall coordinate Associated Students representation with external student and community organizations including volunteer opportunities. The Vice President shall serve on the Academic Senate Curriculum Committee.
Diana Echeverria, A.S. Secretary, 310.434.4971:
 
(3)  The Associated Students Secretary shall prepare the agenda for each official meeting in cooperation with the Associated Students President, the Director of Budget Management and the Associated Students Advisor. The agenda must be posted in accord with the Ralph M. Brown Act revised. The Associated Students Secretary shall prepare the minutes for each official meeting. The Associated Students Secretary shall conduct roll call and keep attendance at official meetings, act as historian and maintain an accessible file of minutes and other historical documents. The Associated Students Secretary shall record each individual director’s vote by name for main motions with the exception of unanimous votes. The Associated Students Secretary shall serve on the Grade Appeals Committee.
Inayat Issa, Budget Managment, 310.434.4970;
 
(4)   The Associated Students Director of Budget Management shall have general supervision of all Associated Students finances, keep a written account of all finances related to the Associated Students and sign all requisition for expenditures. The Director of Budget Management shall provide a financial balance sheet and income and expenses summary to the Associated Students Board of Directors, Finance Committee, and Inter-Club Council at least three (3) times per Fall and Spring semesters. The Director of Budget Management shall serve as Chairperson of the Associated Students Finance Committee. The Director of Budget Management shall be responsible to prepare
the agenda and minutes for the Finance Committee meetings. The Director of Budget Management shall be responsible for enforcing the Associated Students Fiscal Policy and communicating it to the Inter-Club Council and other Associated Students Directors. The work of the Director of Budget Management shall be done in cooperation with the Associated Students Advisor and Director of Auxiliary Services. The Director of Budget Management shall serve on the Santa Monica Community College DPAC Budget Planning Committee.
Kseniya Lyalina, Student Affairs, 310.434.4967:
 
(5) The Associated Students Director of Student Affairs shall serve as a liaison between the Associated Students and campus student services such as: Campus Police, Food Services, Bookstore, Health Service Center, Psychological Services Center, African-American Collegiate Center, International Education Counseling Center, Latino Center, Veterans Center, the Admissions Office, and any other SMC student support service program. The Director of Student Affairs shall be responsible for creating and overseeing all Associated Students Scholarships.  The Director of Student Affairs shall serve on the DPAC College Operational Services Committee.
Cyrus Hosseini, Instructional & Technological Support, 310.434.4975: 
 
(6)  The Associated Students Director of Instructional and Technological Support shall serve as a liaison between the Associated Students and all campus instructional support services such as all main and satellite campus computer labs, tutoring centers and programs, and all counseling and transfer centers. The Director of Instructional and Technological Support shall raise student awareness of all campus instructional support services available to students. The Director of Instructional and Technological Support shall be responsible for maintaining the printing services available in the Associated Students Computer Lab; this entails: monitoring and maintaining paper and toner supplies, and providing printer maintenance supply kits when needed. The Director of Instructional and Technological Support is responsible for the maintenance and management of all operational technology employed by the Associated Students.  The Director of Instructional and Technological Support shall serve on the DPAC Technology Planning Committee.
Cassandra Ramirez, Student Outreach, 310.434.4964:
 
(7)  The Associated Students Director of Student Outreach shall act as the liaison between the Associated Students and the Santa Monica College Foundation and SMC Alumni Association.  The Director of Student Outreach shall act as the official A.S. membership recruiter: and shall conduct activities seeking to increase A.S. membership and awareness. The Director of Student Outreach shall establish and maintain relationships within the local business community in order to increase A.S. Benefits. The Director of Student Outreach shall sit on the SMC Homecoming Committee.
 
Dersim Heimervall, Academic Support / Shared Governance, 310.434.4252: 
  
(8)  The Associated Students Director of Academic Support / Shared Governance shall serve as a liaison between the Associated Students, the Academic Senate, and Academic Departments. The Director of Academic Support/Shared Governance shall be responsible for recruiting students to serve as representatives on appropriate Academic Senate, District Planning and Advisory Council (DPAC) and college-wide committees; and shall promote opportunities for students to participate in mentor and internship experiences. The Director of Academic Support/Shared Governance shall as the liaison between the Associated Students and the Academic Senate.
Hasun Khan, Student Advocacy, 310.434.4963:
 
(9)  The Associated Students Director of Student Advocacy shall be a liaison between the Associated Students and all Local Legislators, as well the campus Senior Director of Government Relations and Institutional Communications. The Director of Student Advocacy shall also serve as a liaison and shall provide advisory support to all official and unofficial SMC student advocacy groups. The AS Director of Student Advocacy shall organize advocacy efforts such as the March in March, and shall ensure accurate representation at the state and regional levels of student government by serving as the college’s delegate within the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC). The Director of Student Advocacy shall use a variety of techniques including but not limited to surveys, polling, grassroots mobilization, and digital communication in order to research and discern the needs and priorities of students, as well as the distribution of student opinions on campus issues and the plans of AS and college decision making bodies, for advisory reference; and shall report to the AS Board of Directors and Student Trustee to inform them of the results of that research. The Director of Student Advocacy shall serve on the Academic Senate Legislative Committee.
Matthew Nicholson, Activities, 310.434.4966:
 
(10) The Associated Students Director of Activities shall coordinate Associated Students sponsored events such as concerts, speakers series, plays, exhibitions, etc. The Director of Activities shall coordinate the use of Santa Monica College venues during the activity hour; shall maintain a schedule of Associated Students sponsored events and a file of all agreements and contracts. The Director of Activities shall facilitate the Activities meeting. The Director of Activities shall serve as an ex-officio member of the Inter-Club Council Activities Committee, as stated in the Inter-
Club Council Constitution, Article (5), Section (3), Item (2). The Director of Activities shall serve on the DPAC Facilities Committee.
Michael Greenberg, Publicity, 310.434.4965: 
 
(11)  The Associated Students Director of Publicity shall be responsible for the promotion of the Associated Students, including all events, activities, and Board of Director vacancies in accordance with Article II, Section 5. The Director of Publicity shall publicize the Associated Students through the Corsair services weekly. The Director shall publicize the time and place of Regular Board Meetings through such services. The Director of Publicity shall promote and publicize all activities, programs and services for students at satellite campuses, (Performing Arts Center, Airport Art, Bundy, the Academy of Entertainment and Technology, and Malibu), and for students who attend evening and/or weekend classes. The Director of Publicity shall maintain the Associated Students web presences. The Director of Publicity shall establish a Publicity Committee. The Director of Publicity shall serve on DPAC Facilities Committee as well as an ex-officio member of the Inter Club Council Publicity Committee, as stated in the Inter Club Council Constitution, Article (5), Section (3), Item (2): if unable to participate the Director of Publicity shall appoint a student representative.
Halie Willis, Sustainability, 310.434.4962:
 
(12)  The Associated Students Director of Sustainability shall be responsible for overseeing and assisting with the reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting for all Associated Students and Inter Club Council events. The Director of Sustainability shall serve on the Associated Students Finance Committee. The Director of Sustainability shall serve as a liaison between the Associated Students and the Grounds Department to facilitate compliance with the Zero Waste Policy as stated in the Associated Students Fiscal Policy, Article (6), Section B, Line 1. The Director of Sustainability shall participate in the activities of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Sustainability Task Force, collaborate efforts with the campus Sustainability Coordinator and Director of the Center of Environmental and Urban Studies (CEUS) to execute the recommendations outlined in the 2005/2006 Environmental Audit. The Director of Sustainability shall work towards reducing the ecological footprint of the Associated Students. The Director of Sustainability shall serve on the Garden Allotment Committee and on the Academic Senate Environmental Affairs Committee (EAC).
Jesse Ramirez, Student Trustee, 310.434.4980:
 
(13)  The Associated Students Student Trustee shall serve as a liaison between the Board of Trustees and the Associated Students Board of Directors. He/she shall attend meetings of the Associated Students Board of Directors as a non-voting member no less than twice a month and provide a report to the Board of Trustees. He/she shall also provide a written and verbal report at least once a month to the Associated Students Board of Directors on activities and issues concerning the Board of Trustees.  Please see SMC BOARD POLICY- SECTION 1000 – BYLAWS OF THE BOARD:    (http://www.smc.edu/admin/board_policy_manual/default.htm)
 
Jasmine Jafara, Inter-Club Council Chair, 310.434.4238:  
 
(14)  The ICC Chairperson shall chair all meetings of the ICC, form and dissolve Ad Hoc committees, be an ex officio member of all ICC committees that he or she does not chair, represent the ICC and be a voting member at meetings of the Associated Students Board of Directors, and shall chair the Associated Students Election Committee.
Maya Kaitel, Inter-Club Council Vice Chair, 310.434.4968:
 
(15)   The ICC Vice Chairperson shall carry out the duties of the chairperson in the chairperson’s absence and shall be an ex officio member of all ICC committees that he or she does not chair. The Vice Chairperson shall be responsible for Club Row. The Vice Chairperson shall serve on the Associated Students Finance Committee, shall be a voting member of the Associated Students Board of Directors, and shall be the Chairperson of the ICC Activities Committee.
Sarah Yoseph, Inter-Club Council Communications Officer, 310.434.4270:
 
(16)  The ICC Communications Officer shall keep all minutes and agendas of all meetings of the ICC and shall provide copies of these to all members, officers and advisors of the ICC. If there is no Communications Officer present at any meeting of the ICC, the Vice Chairperson shall carry out the Communications Officer’s duties. The Communications Officer shall chair meeting in the absence of the other officers, shall be a voting member of the Associated Students Board of Directors, and shall be the Chairperson of the ICC Publicity Committee.
 
The A.S. Advisor:  The Santa Monica College Superintendent / President’s designee shall serve as the Associated Students advisor.   No action may take place in the absence of the advisor or designee. The Associated Students may conduct activities as approved by the advisor, pursuant to California Education Code (Section 76060).
The Line of succession for the Associated Students President shall be: Vice President, Secretary, Director of Student Affairs, Director of Instructional and Technological Support, Director of Student Outreach, and Director of Academic Support/Shared Governance. A Director shall meet the eligibility requirements in order to succeed to the office of the President.
 
The Line of succession for the Inter-Club Council Chairperson shall be: Inter-Club Council Vice Chairperson, and Inter-Club Council Communications Officer. In the event of a vacancy the Inter-Club Council shall elect a new officer.