Aurora University

Student Senate

Freshmen Senator Bios

Freshmen Senators

Hi, my name is Dominic Esposito. I am one of the freshman senators here at AU! I am a commuter from Plano, IL. I am studying Political Science and have a passion for politics and law. My goal as a senator is to set a solid foundation at AU and to help all students with any problems that may arise. Please feel free to contact me at desposito03@aurora.edu with any questions or concerns. Let’s make Aurora University the best it can be together!

My name is Bianca Gomez; I am a special educational major. I commute and I live in Aurora, IL. I am involved in Circle K and I also enjoy listening to music on my free time. As a freshman senator, I wish to let my class know that I am here as their resource for any reason what so ever. My email is bgomez03@aurora.edu if anyone has any questions!

Hello! My name is Angel Ortega and I’m from Woodstock, IL. I am currently a Freshman living on-campus working towards a bachelor's in Social Work. I am involved in LASO, Circle K, Social Work Association, and AUSA. As an AUSA Senator, I want to ensure that all student’s opinions are represented and help our community prosper. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at aortega03@aurora.edu.

Hi, my name is Mason Sett. I have been elected to be one of your four freshman senators! The major I have decided on is nursing. I am a resident here at Aurora University and currently live in Watkins. I am from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My purpose as an AUSA senator is to be a voice for students and to be someone to reach out to. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at msett01@aurora.edu. Thank you and I look forward to being one of your AUSA senators!

Sophomore Senator Bios

Sophomore Senators

My name is Anjelica, and I am a sophomore marketing, business, and communications triple major. I am also a commuter and my purpose as an AUSA Senator is to advocate for students. Please contact me at avargas06@aurora.edu with any questions or concerns!

Hi everyone! My name is Alana Drapinski and I am a sophomore nursing student. I am a commuter from Somonauk, IL. I am so excited to be a voice for you this year! If you ever have any questions or concerns, contact me at adrapinski01@aurora.edu.

Hi, I’m Owen Clayton. I am a sophomore Exercise Science major, and I commute from Montgomery, Illinois. Outside of AUSA, I am also a Peer Advisor. For AUSA this year, I hope to make sure that the AU student experience becomes better for the future. I cannot wait to see what this year holds! Please contact me at oclayton01@aurora.edu with any questions or concerns.

Hi, my name is Allie and I’m a junior finance and marketing double major from Aurora. I am an AU resident and in addition to being a senator, I’m also a member of the American Marketing Association, the finance association, the pride alliance, and AU against human trafficking. I am super excited to be on the AUSA this year and help students’ voices be heard! You can contact me at atatar02@aurora.edu.

Junior Senator Bios

Junior Senators

My name is Valencia Powell and I am a Therapeutic Recreation major. I am the treasurer for Rec & Roll, and the community relation chair for F.L.Y. with also obtaining my position as junior senator of AUSA. As your junior senator, I am here to make sure your voices are heard and help create your experience at AU everything you want it to be. Please do not hesitate to contact me at vpowell01@aurora.edu for anything you need my assistance with. If I do not have the answers for you, I will lead you in the right direction.

Hi my name is Kailyn also known as KayKay. I am a Junior Nursing major from the south side of Chicago, IL who resides in Davis Hall. I joined AUSA, because it is extremely important for me to represent my culture as I have a strong passion for it. If you ever have any concerns, please feel free to contact me at kmanney01@aurora.edu.

Hi everyone! My name is Taylor Cunz. I am a junior majoring in Communication and Media studies. I am a commuter student from Rochelle, IL. Along with being an AUSA Senator, I am also a member of Elysian Literary Magazine. My purpose of being a Senator for AUSA is to help my fellow classmates have a voice in important decisions here at AU. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at tcunz01@aurora.edu.

I am Basma Outhman, junior social work major, French and pre-law double minor. I am a Peer Advisor and a Spartan Ambassador. I wanted to be part of AUSA, because when I came to AU for the first time it felt like home, and I want to make sure the rest of students’ voices are heard, so AU can be home for them as well. Please contact me at bouthman01@aurora.edu.

Senior Senator Bios

Senior Senators

My name is Mariah Mae Boehl, and I am a Senior English major. I'm also the editor-in-chief of the Elysian magazine, a co-chair for the Food Committee, and part of three committees in APB. I joined AUSA so I could be a mentor to AU students and help them in any way I could! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at mboehl01@aurora.edu.

Hi everyone! My name is Analy Ayala and I am a Political Science & Public Policy major at AU. I am also the President of the Pre-Law Student Association and the Community Outreach Liason for HOPE here on campus. I am very excited to serve as a Senior Senator for AUSA so that I can represent more students while bridging the communication gap between students' needs and concerns and the rest of the AU community. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at aayala04@aurora.edu.

Hello, Aurora University Community! My name is Andrea Vallejo and I am a fourth-year commuter student from Oswego, IL majoring in Political Science and Public Policy with minors in Latino Studies and Pre-Law. At Aurora, I helped create Helping Others Prepare and Excel (HOPE), an organization to advocate for DACA students, offer resources, and create an inclusive environment. Serving as a Senior Senator in AUSA is important to me, as being a voice for others and advocating for them is one of my passions. If you have any concerns, please email me at avallejo02@aurora.edu.

My name is Napoleon Ebot. I am a senior here at Aurora University in the graduating class of May 2020. I’m a double major in Business Administration and Political Science. I’m from Springfield, IL but live in Joliet and commute to campus for my classes. I joined AUSA so I could bring a change to campus and to also get more students involved with events hosted by the school. Please contact me at nebot01@aurora.edu with your questions and concerns!

Transfer Senator Bios

Transfer Senators

Hey, everyone. My name is Laila Mengesha. I am a transfer sophomore majoring in Pre-Nursing. This is my first year at Aurora University, and I am a commuter from Oswego, Illinois. During my time as a senator, I will make it my mission to be a judgement free listening ear to all student experiences. I will then further commit to work with you to create solutions that validate your student experience. In addition to being a Transfer Senator on AUSA I am the Treasurer of Black Student Union, and a member of Student Nurses Association. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at lmengesha01@aurora.edu.

Hello, everyone! My name is Selena Kendall. I am a senior Psychology major from Villa Park, IL. I am a Transfer Senator for AUSA and a Peer Advisor. I wanted to express the excitement in wanting to improve ideas and assist in student concerns around campus. Not only do I have a student’s perspective, but also a commuter’s perspective as well. I feel that AUSA plays an important role, because we serve as a spokesperson for the student body. Our primary goal is to enhance not only leadership and teamwork, but to assist with student involvement and current issues on campus. If you have any questions/concerns, please email me at skendall02@aurora.edu. Thank you!