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SGA E-Board

The Student Government Association E-Board are responsible for various aspects of student life at the University.

Meet Our Board Members

Juli Dajci: Executive Vice President

Juli Dajci '21 is an international student from Albania currently majoring in politics and government, psychology, and math in the College of Arts and Sciences. His biggest intellectual interests include the law around gender and race equity and its interaction with society. On-campus, he will be serving as the Residential Assistant of the Honors Community in Hawk Hall and as a Student Ambassador for the College of Arts and Sciences. If he is not running to a meeting or to class, he is most likely taking a 10-minute nap or reading some old book that caught his eye in the library. Please stop by the office at any time regarding questions about your club/organization.

Office: GSU 120

Sawyer D'Amato: Finance Vice President

Sawyer D'Amato '21 is studying economics and finance in the Barney School of Business. She is from Dracut, Mass, where she works and spends time with friends and family. Previously, she held the position of Finance Associate Vice President. Additionally, she is involved in the Red Cap Orientation Leader program, the Red Key Society, LEAD (Woman’s Advancement Initiative), and Sigma Alpha Pi: The National Society for Leadership and Success. She loves meeting new people and helping people find a club that is the right fit for them to join, so feel free to stop into her cubicle at any time!


Emily Quinn: Public Relations Vice President

Emily Quinn '20 is from Redding, Conn. and studying psychology with a minor in communications in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has been in SGA since the beginning of her junior year, holding positions as one of the three Village Senators. This will be Emily’s third year as a Hillyer College Peer Tutor, and her second year as a Hillyer College Student Ambassador. Additionally, she completed the Hillyer College Honors Program by going to the island of Oahu, Hawai'i’i during her sophomore year. She is part of the Red Cap Orientation Leader program, and just completed her time working for the Office of Residential Life as a Summer Resident Assistant.

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John Lamaita: Student Affairs Vice President

John Lamaita '21 from Deer Park, N.Y. is currently studying psychology with a minor in communication in the College of Arts and Sciences. He has been in the Student Government Association since his freshman year, holding roles as D-Complex Senator and Student Affairs Associate Vice President. In his free time, he likes to go on spontaneous adventures, hang out with friends, watch movies, and of course, watch sports. Outside of SGA, he’s heavily involved with the Red Key Society, Red Cap Orientation Leader program, Sigma Alpha Pi: National Society of Leadership and Success) and the Outdoors Club. He is also one of the many Hillyer College Peer Tutors we have on our executive board this year. Some of his goals include increasing student involvement, increasing student retention, and planning more events for all students to be apart of. 

Office: GSU 120

Liam Bernier: Academic Vice President

Liam Bernier '20 is from Easthampton, Mass. pursuing a double degree in civil engineering and architectural technology in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture. Liam has been an active member of SGA since his freshman year, holding positions as the B Complex Senator, CETA Senator, and Academic Vice President. He loves to travel, and he’s visited three countries outside of the United States, including Ireland and Germany! Some of his goals for his second year in this position consist of improving our campus sustainability, as well as finding cheaper resources to use in out classrooms. Last year, he made great efforts to improve recycling on campus, as well as push the OER (Open Education Resources) program. 


Olaleye Onikuyide: Student Representative to the Board of Regents

Olaleye Onikuyide '20 [Uh-blah-leh-yeh} {Uh-nee-coo-yee-day] is pursuing a double major in economics and politics & government with a minor in complexity in the College of Arts and Sciences. He currently lives in his hometown of West Hartford, Conn. Olaleye is a member of Brothers and Sisters United, Alpha Omega, the Economics & Finance Club and African Student Union. He is also one of the many Hillyer College Peer Tutors we have on the executive board this year! Although this is his first SGA position, Olaleye is excited to serve as a conduit between students and the Board of Regents for the 2019-2020 school year. 


Yavana Ganesh: Student Representative to the Board of Regents

Yavana Ganesh '20 is pursuing a dual degree in chemistry and politics and government with a minor in environmental studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is originally from Georgetown, Guyana but now lives in Paxton, Mass. Yavana has been a member of SGA since her freshman year holding positions as C Complex Senator, Arts & Science Senator, and Executive Vice President. Yavana was a Resident Assistant in C&D Complex for the past two years but will be moving into Hawk Hall for the Emerging Leaders RLC to complete her senior year. Outside of SGA, Yavana is the President of Women Against Rape & Sexual Assault (WARS), a Chemistry Lab Instructor & Tutor, and a member of the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team. She aspires to pursue a future in environmental chemistry/ policy to hopefully work for the United Nations! 


Dan Falkovich: Student Representative to the Alumni Board

Dan Falkovich '21 is studying economics with a minor in performing arts management from West Hartford, Conn. He served as sophomore senator in SGA throughout the academic year, and can't wait to serve on the Executive Board this year. He is a member of multiple on-campus organizations, including L’Shir A Cappella, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the Red Cap Orientation Leader program. He also works at the Box Office at Lincoln Theater. He is an enormous supporter of Boston athletics and is additionally incredibly passionate about music. Through his position, he plans to increase alumni engagement and student networking opportunities by increasing incentives for on-campus involvement.  


Jayden Rameikas: Chief of Staff

Jayden Rameikas '22 is majoring in politics and government and entrepreneurial studies with minors in international studies and political economy in the College of Arts and Sciences. Jayden was previously a B Complex Senator. Outside of SGA, Jayden is the President for Spectrum, a Resident Facilities Assistant, and an activist for human rights. He believes that he best thing to do while in college is to get involved in clubs and organizations that interest you, and that it’s a great way to meet new people and adjust to life on campus.

Office: GSU 120
Phone: 860.768.5498.

Nate Carr: Secretary of the Senate

Nate Carr '21 is from South Windsor, Conn. He is studying economics and minoring in environmental studies and complexity in the College of Arts and Sciences. His previous SGA positions include serving as the Village Senator. Outside of his major studies, he enjoys writing and philosophy! He also enjoys to play and watch basketball and stay active. Apart from Student Government, he is involved in the Red Cap Orientation Leader Program and the Student Ambassador program on campus. Nate is excited to be working with Student Government this year and strives to help the organization listen to and represent all students, and also wants to focus on improving mental health awareness on campus.

Office: GSU 120


Meet Our SGA President

James Brino '20 is a mechanical engineering major with a concentration in acoustics in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture. He is from Southington, Conn.

Before taking on the role of President of the Student Government Association (SGA), he served as A-Complex Senator during the 2016–17 school year. He was also the Executive Assistant to the SGA President during the 2017–18 school year, and most recently served as a Student Regent during the 2018–19 year.

Aside from Student Government, James is also involved with the CETA Ambassadors team and Leadership Society, The University of Hartford Knights of Columbus Council 16858, and the University Pep Band. James is a self-proclaimed Connecticut Tourism Ambassador and loves to suggest you things to do in Connecticut.

James is passionate about student opinions and feedback, and how we can make the University of Hartford a better and more welcoming place for everyone. Some causes and projects James is most passionate about and will be working this year on:

  1. Addressing and working on recycling efforts on campus. 
  2. Pushing for increased funding of Counseling and Physiological Services (CAPS) and more mental health awareness education.
  3. Pushing for new and upgraded equipment at the Gym.
  4. Urging for more residential life improvements.
  5. Looking to increase club budgets and elevate our club sports teams.
  6. Sending more students to regional and national conferences.
If you have any comments, questions, concerns or recommendations, please do not hesitate to contact James by stopping by the SGA Office, GSU 120, calling him at 860.768.4162, or email at