Student Development & Leadership

Senator Bios

Valerie Peterson
President

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Valerie Peterson

My name is Valerie Peterson. I grew up in Kankakee, Illinois. I attended Kankakee High School where I discovered my passion to lead and help people. Here at Lewis, I am currently a senior majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing. I currently work as the lead Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) worker. In this position, I work closely with numerous student organizations as well as larger events on campus to ensure the Lewis experience is one to remember. I also sit as the student representative on many committee throughout the University. Some of these include Academic Affairs Board of Trustees and Bookstore Oversight Committee. I love to travel and hope to one day travel across the globe. So far, I have visited almost every state in the United States, as well as, the Dominican Republic and Spain. My passion to help others has made my decision for Graduate school very easy. After my undergrad, I want to stay at Lewis to receive my Masters in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Not-For-Profit. I enjoy seeing the way that I impact another person’s life and look forward to a future of helping others.

I am very excited to be a part of this organization. Being a part of the founding group of people is amazing and I love the work that we are already doing. Having the opportunity to be a voice for the students on this campus is something that I will hold high and I cannot wait to see the great improvements we make for this institute.”

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

William Riley
Vice President

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William Riley

William Z. Riley is a native of the South Side of Chicago, and is a rising senior at Lewis University. At Lewis, he is double majoring in Aviation Administration and Public Policy, which he plans to use by conducting policy work for the Federal Government. William is one of the founding members of the Lasallian Justice Coalition, which is a group dedicated to promoting Lasallian values by talking about and providing action plans to combat social justice issues. William was also nominated by multiple faculty and staff members in the summer of 2015 to attend a Global Leadership and Understanding Conference in Rome, Italy. In the summer of 2016, he was selected as 1 of 46 Congressional Black Caucus interns where he worked in the United States Congress. Throughout the duration of this internship, William had the unique opportunity to work along with Congressional Members in Washington, DC on Civil Rights legislation, as well as conduct research for the Energy and Commerce Committee.
Throughout his time at Lewis, he has invested significant time and effort into whatever role he has served. Whether that has been as a Navigator, Head Orientation Student Leader for SOAR, or Commuter Senator; William will always give whatever he is doing 110%! He will bring this same mentality while he is serving in the capacity as Vice President! He seeks to build bridges between the Student Senate and the student organizations by listening and hearing the concerns of the student body!

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” - Napoleon Hill

Michael Debow
Director of Finance

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Michael Debow

I am the Alexander Hamilton of the Lewis University Student Senate. I manage the finances of the student senate. I am also involved in the Lewis University E-Sports Club. When I'm not playing video games, you can find me eating food, and watching House of Cards or the Office. I am looking forward to working with this year’s senate and to get more stuff done for the student body.

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. -Wayne Gretzky" -Michael Scott



Shay Brown
Director of Communications

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Shay Brown

Hey guys, I’m Shay, and I’m a senior nursing major. This year I am the Director of Communications, and last year I served as the Nursing and Health Professions Senator. On campus, I am involved in SNA which is Student Nurses Association and also ministry. Currently I am a student nurse at Loyola Hospital and I love it. You may have seen me on campus the past two summers as a Student Orientation Leader as well.  When I’m not studying or working, I enjoy reading in my hammock and traveling. I’m excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to see all that Senate has in store this year!

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” –Gandhi

Victoria Brier
Sophomore Senator

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Victoria Brier

Victoria Brier is from Lemont, Illinois and is a graduate of Lemont High School. During the years she attended Lemont High School, she was involved in a plethora of activities and organizations including National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Student Council, Interact, Concert Band, Drama Club, Marching Band, multiple musical productions, and more. She is a black belt in Isshinryu Karate. As a member of the Student Council during high school, she knows she will be advantageous as the Sophomore Senator. Victoria would describe herself as encouraging and open-minded. She is currently a sophomore at Lewis University and is a Business Administration major. Here at Lewis, she is involved in Art Club, Chamber Choir, and Harmonic Uprising – Lewis University’s a cappella group.

“I strongly believe in starting and engaging in positive and friendly conversations throughout every day to add pleasant encounters to other’s days. I am thankful for the opportunity to help make positive impacts in the Lewis University community.”

Kaelen Evon
Junior Senator

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Hello, my name is Kaelen Evon. I am a junior majoring in Organizational Communications pursing a minor in Business Administration and History. I am also a Resident Assistant in Saint Charles Borromeo. I am involved in the first ever Lewis Women’s Club Volleyball team, the president of HEROES (which is a sexual assault awareness and bystander intervention organization). I am the director of the ministry retreat known as FYI, First Year Interaction, a member of Outdoor Adventure Club, and over the summer I'm an Orientation Group Leader. I am incredibly grateful and excited to be a part of the senate and hope to make great strides in improving campus life for our students!

Dylan Groskreutz
Senior Senator

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Dylan Groskreutz

Hello, my name is Dylan Groskreutz. I am a senior mathematics major. I currently work in the Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) office. Through the SORC office, I am able to work extremely close with the student organizations that are on campus. Over the summer I am an Orientation Student Leader. Helping incoming students fall in love with the Lewis Community is an opportunity that I am truly grateful to have. I am excited to be a part of Student Senate and hope to enhance the Lewis experience for all our students.




Chas Martinetz
Graduate Senator

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Chas Martinetz

Chas is originally from Rockford, IL and joined the Marines in 2007 at the age of 17. After a year of combat and technical training, he was stationed overseas in Okinawa, Japan for three years. He deployed from Japan to the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand and Australia. Chas was promoted meritoriously to Corporal and Sergeant while stationed overseas. Chas then re-enlisted for four more years and changed his job to Air Traffic Control and was stationed at Cherry Point, North Carolina. While at Cherry Point he was in charge of the Funeral Team and was the Color Sergeant for two years. Chas was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 2015 after being on active duty for eight years.

Chas recently graduated from his undergrad program in August 2017 and majored in Aviation Administration and Air Traffic Control Management with a minor in Aircraft Dispatch. He is pursuing a Master of Science in Aviation and Transportation. Chas has been working at Lewis University in the Office of Veterans Affairs since September 2015. As a Veterans Affairs liaison, he advises other service members and their dependents on academic and financial aid options. Chas is also a member of the Student Veterans of America chapter here at Lewis University.

Lexi Laniewski
Commuter Senator

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Lexi Laniewski

Hello, my name is Alexandra Laniewski, but everyone calls me Lexi. I am currently a senior majoring in Environmental Science. Growing up as a kid, I always was interested in how nature works and how we can make the world a better place I always felt that I had my passion for the environmental ever since I was little, but I truly feel in love with it in a class that I took in high school. Outside of classes, I am currently working in the Student Organization Resource Center (SORC). With this position, I am able to work with organizations and host large events on campus for everyone to enjoy. I am also involved in Sustainability Club and Photo Club. Outside of school and work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I’m very active and enjoy playing different sports. When I’m not active I enjoy reading a good book. I’m very grateful to serve on the Student Senate as the Commuter Senator!

Isabella Sandoval
Residential Senator

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Isabella Sandoval

Hello! My name is Isabella Sandoval, and I am a senior nursing student here at Lewis University. I was raised in Naperville and attended Neuqua Valley High School. Through Lewis, I am involved in the Student Nursing Association, Outdoor Adventure Club, Resident Housing Association (RHA), and work as a lab assistant for the Office of Technology. Through both senate and RHA I look forward to hearing from fellow students to help improve resident life on campus!





Reece Bhave
International Senator

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Reece Bhave

Reece Parag Bhave, is an Indian (born in Mumbai, India) who grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, finished his last 2 years of high school in Bahrain (Island Country in the Middle East) and is currently a Sophomore student majoring in Aviation and Aerospace Technology, as well as studying to get his FAA Private Pilot’s License. By virtue of being an international student as well as experiencing so many different cultures and people from across the world, Reece was elected as the International Student Senator, in order to represent the growing and diverse populous of international students at Lewis. Within his first year at Lewis, Reece was nominated by members of faculty and staff to attend the Global Leadership and Understanding Conference in Rome, Italy during the summer of 2017. He has also had the opportunity of being a national swimmer, representing both South Africa, as well as Bahrain in both Pool and Open Water Competitions. across the world. Reece’s interest in Model United Nations also helped expose him to the organization, as well as how the different councils functioned within their own capacity, and he was given the opportunity to attend the 62nd North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN LII) conference in Washington D.C, as well as become the President of the British School of Bahrain’s annual MUN conference (BritMUN III), which became the largest MUN conference in the Middle East.

"It’s an absolute pleasure to be a part of the Student Senate here at Lewis and I look forward to working with the other Senators in order to represent the students and in turn bring about a positive change to our campus!” 

Anna Limon
Organization Senator

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Anna Limon

Anna Limon grew up in Waukegan, IL also known as the City of Progress. She graduated from Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep where she gained work experience from the age of fourteen in real corporate workplace settings. From interning her senior year at Cardinal Health, she discovered her passion for a career in the Marketing field. Here at Lewis, she is a Senior Marketing student pursuing a minor in Project Management. This year she will oversee the Organization Student Senate seat as well as the Social chair position on Lewis’ Inter-Greek Council (IGC). She is currently working as the senior Graphic Designer student worker for the Marketing & Communications department. She notes for “the coolest/highly knowledgeable boss she has ever had”.

As an active member of the Lewis University campus she has held over a year experience as the External Vice President and Social Chair for the Nation's First and Largest Co-ed Latino Fraternity, Alpha Psi Lambda National, Inc. With her experience in the Marketing field and campus organizations she is aiming to host events that will connect students of all backgrounds and provide the opportunity for students to find their home away from home at Lewis. She has truly found her home away from home within her section mates, Fraternity brother and sisters, as well as classmates and coworkers. Feel free to wave hello on campus to Anna as she loves meeting new people! She also enjoys listening to Elvis Presley with a quality cup of coffee in hand while she studies.

You can catch her year-round attending events from different organizations on campus. If you are a part of an organization or want to start one on campus she can help answer any questions or guide you in the right direction. With this position, she hopes to make a difference for Lewis organizations and the students that call Lewis home.

Connor Ritzy
Athletics Senator

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Connor Ritzy

Connor Ritzi is a Senior at Lewis University from Valparaiso, Indiana. He is double majoring in Business Administration and Marketing. Connor is also on the Cross Country and Track teams at Lewis, thus, he is the Athletic Senator. He is also the President of the SAAC organization, which is made up of representatives from each sports team that work together to improve Lewis athletics. By representing student athletes in the Senate, he hopes to continue bettering the Lewis experience for everyone.



Caitlin Lukowski
Arts & Sciences Senator

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Hi, my name is Caitlin Lukowski. I am from Oswego, Illinois. I am a junior majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology. I I am in the Army ROTC program and I am currently working the veteran affairs office. At Lewis University, I am one of the arts and science senators and at this position I hope to be a positive influence and representative for this campus.


Nick Krueger
Arts & Sciences Senator

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Nick Krueger

Hey everyone! My name is Nick Krueger. I am currently a junior, majoring in Political Science. Once I graduate from Lewis I will be attending law school. As well as being a Student Senator, I am a member of the Mock Trial team, and the President of Pre-Law club. I am really looking forward to serving the student body, and doing all I can to continue to help Lewis University grow as a whole. As a Senator, I am hoping to hear from, and work with as many different students as possible to make sure everyone is being heard. The 2017-2018 school year is going to be a great one, and I truly look forward to the opportunity ahead of me!

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” –Milton Berle



Devin Ingram
Business Director

BusinessSenator@lewisu.edu

Devin Ingram

I was born in Joliet and grew up there for a majority of my life, later moving to Minooka Illinois. My family is large and I enjoy being a part of their lives. My family attends Jubilee Baptist Church in Romeoville IL. We have been there since I was a young child. Once moving from Joliet to Minooka I attended Minooka Community High School. In high school I was active in the sports realm and within the community.

After graduating from Minooka I went straight to Lewis. I am currently pursuing a Degree in Finance going into my senior year. I also am a very active student in the University. I run track here at the school, am a part of the Math club, work for the IT department and I’ll continue to find many other ways to be a part of the various communities here. It is a privilege to help cultivate the values upheld by the university in a way that will also be a public voice for the College of Business. I look forward to helping to serve the community.



Yasmine Weston
Nursing and Health Senator

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Yasmine Weston

Yasmine Weston grew up in Chicago west suburbs. She attended Proviso West High School where she discovered her passion to help people. She is a senior in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Yasmine currently works as a Patient Care Technician at Hinsdale Hospital. In the senate, she sits as the College of Nursing Senator. She is also a Public Representative of the Student Nurses Association. As a PR member her job is to help organize events for SNA. She is hoping to use both positions to reach out to as many nursing students on campus as possible.

“I am excited to be a part of the student senate. I am grateful to serve as the voice for the students and I hope to make a positive impact on campus life at LU.”



Ra'Naa Iqbal
Senator At-Large

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Ra'Naa Iqbal

Ra'naa Iqbal grew up in nearby Bolingbrook, Il. where she began to understand diversity and her passion for culture. She is currently a Senior at Lewis University majoring in International Relations with a minor in Spanish. In the Senate she sits as the Senator-at-Large. She is currently working as a Veterinarian Clinic Assistant in a clinic that travels throughout the Midwest. Ra'naa has done work with hospitals and schools with the Joliet Diocese in Bolivia during June 2017, participated in the London Travel Study May 2017, studied in Costa Rica and Nicaragua Fall 2016, and plans to do work with Moroccan language education in the spring. She hopes to hear back from a Peace Corps Armenia application that she submitted in April. Her goal is to work for the UN one day or to go to graduate school for Global Health studies. Regardless of the career path she decides to lead, she never will never cease longboarding in her free time. Ra´naa is also the Global Ambassador at Lewis University for International Studies Abroad, and is always up for an adventure!


Tim Collins
Mission Senator

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Tim Collins

Tim Collins was raised in Peotone, IL and is currently a senior at Lewis University. He is majoring in environmental science with a focus on ecology. When he is not doing research in the bio labs, he is a peer minister at Sheil hall, leading sustainability club as President, is a student representative on the Lewis University Sustainability Council, and is a leader for different retreats in ministry, and is a member of the Student Senate Mission Committee. During the summer, he works at the Forest Preserve District of Will County, doing restoration and conservation work. After graduation Tim plans to move out west to work for a national park as a restoration ecologist.



Isaac Hilby
Military Senator

MilitarySenator@lewisu.edu

Hello I am from Rockford, Illinois. I attended Boylan Catholic high school. I am majoring in Aviation and I am currently in the ROTC program as a junior. I have always been passionate about helping people and getting involved with the community. As the veterans senator I will be able to hear the needs of the people and bring change for the better at Lewis University.