Executive Board 2022-2023

VP Internal Affairs & Acting President | Daniel J. Kimmel (email)

Daniel J. Kimmel (they/them) is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Religion. Their work focuses broadly on the religions of the classical and late ancient Mediterranean (c.500BCE-500CE), and especially on early Christianity in the Roman Empire. They are writing a dissertation on Lactantius, an ante-Nicene fourth-century writer, and the intellectual history of religion. 

Daniel is currently serving their second year as the GSO Vice President of Internal Affairs. During their tenure so far, they have focused their energies on reforming the GSO’s internal operations to increase its efficiency and institutional memory, clarifying the GSO’s policies and procedures, and augmenting GSO engagement and representation in and outside of the Senate. They plan on continuing these reform efforts in this 2022-2023 academic year. Prior to this, Daniel served for three years as a University Senator along with three years as a Co-President of the Religion Graduate Organization. Daniel is serving as GSO Acting President, effective February 18th, after the resignation of the former President.

VP External Affairs | Michael Ammoury (email)

Michael is a Ph.D. fellow in Civil Engineering at Syracuse University specializing in construction and infrastructure asset management. While pursuing his Ph.D., he completed two Certificates of Advanced Study in Public Infrastructure Management & Leadership and Public Administration at Maxwell. Michael was awarded the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) award to conduct research on improving sustainability and resilience at U.S. airports. He served as the Interim President of the Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Student Organization (ECS-GSO). He has also served in the GSO as a University Senator and has been active on the academic affairs committee and the graduate pandemic committee. In his department, Michael served as the co-chair of the CEE graduate advisory board. Michael speaks three languages and likes traveling and exploring new places.

As the Vice President of External Affairs, Michael plans to work with the Communications Secretary and the Outreach and Civic Engagement Committee to bring graduate students of different cultures and backgrounds together through introducing a series of diverse events. Michael is excited to serve alongside the rest of the Executive Board and looking forward to connecting with the graduate student body!

Comptroller | Ian Ferguson (email)

Ian Ferguson is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Department of History. He studies East African history with a focus on economics, currency, and development.

Ian has served as a GSO Senator representing the History Graduate Student Organization for three years. In that time, he has served on the Travel Grant Committee for three years and the Finance Committee for two. As Comptroller, Ian seeks to standardize and simplify the financial operations of the GSO, while also making the processes for reimbursement to graduate students easier to access and understand.

Ian is very happy to answer any and all questions related to GSO finances and reimbursements!

Recording Secretary | Abiodun (Abey) Adeoye (email)

Abiodun is a Nigerian American. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to the U.S. in 2009. He became very interested in public service after seeing the riots and subsequent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017. Since then, Abiodun has sought to expand his professional, academic, and personal knowledge of issues of race, inequity, and similar issues both domestically and internationally. This interest led him to intern for the governor of Maryland in 2018, for the United Nations in 2019, and for the CBCF in 2020. In 2019, he studied Swahili in Tanzania on the David L. Boren Scholarship, and again in 2020 and 2021 on the Critical Language Scholarship. In 2021, he taught English in Kyrgyzstan as a Fulbright ETA. Abiodun is very excited to serve as the Recording Secretary for the Graduate Student Organization and the diverse graduate student body at Syracuse University.

Financial Secretary | Melissa Alvisi (email)

Melissa Alvisi is a student at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University studying towards her dual master’s degree in public administration and international relations, with concentrations in conflict resolution and policy data.

Her drive for public service comes from her experience with the Student Government Association at SUNY Cortland where she was treasurer of an organization, member of numerous committees such as public relations and finance, and where she was ultimately elected chief financial officer. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree at the State University of New York at Cortland in International Studies, she also did research focusing on Chinese lending to Europe and Latin America, thanks to which she was awarded two research grants to present at the Latin American Studies Association and at the Undergraduate Research Conference on the EU at Scripps College.

Inspired by her experiences as a public servant in collegiate higher education‘s student government, Melissa is now looking into getting her Certificate of Advance Studies in Conflict and Collaboration while she serves as financial secretary under the GSO. She is looking forward to working with the rest of the Executive Board and getting to know the graduate student community!

Communications Secretary | Daniela Puente (email)

Daniela Puente is a second year grad student studying public health at Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. She received her B.S. in Biology and Public Policy with a minor in International Business in 2021. Originally from Texas, she has also spent time in Spain, England, and Guatemala. She currently works as the Graduate Employee for DEIA at the Barnes Center at the Arch and is excited to improve campus experiences for underrepresented groups at SU. Upon graduation, Daniela hopes to find work in public health promoting holistic wellness that prioritizes equity and accessibility. In her role as communications secretary, she hopes to increase interdepartmental collaboration and foster community among graduate students. Feel free to email her events and ideas to help GSO partner with organizations and share events open to grad students!


The former President resigned on February 18th, 2023 after being served Articles of Impeachment.