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The Presidency & Delegates

We are the presidency and Delegates of BYU Graduate Student Society! We look forward to meeting you and helping make your experience at BYU a fulfilling one.

Jennie Jasperson, President

Jennie Jasperson - President
Marriage, Family, and Human Development
Sacramento, California

Jennie Jasperson is from Sacramento, California and is the new GSS president. She received her undergraduate degree in Human Development from BYU and is currently in the Marriage, Family, and Human Development Masters program. Jennie works with Dr. Andrea Busby studying parental socialization of economic and racial inequality. She's spent three years teaching human development, mentored research, and Hmong language classes to undergraduate students at BYU and hopes to continue teaching after graduation. She loves eating, reading, and adventuring with her husband and Australian Shepherd, Malta.

Carson Dover, VP of Operations

Carson Dover, VP of Operations
Marriage, Family, and Human Development
Centerville, Utah

Carson Dover is from Centerville, Utah and is the new Vice President of Operations. He'll be entering his second year of the Marriage, Family, and Human Development Masters program and his faculty advisor is Brian Willoughby. Carson studies romantic relationships and sexual behaviors in emerging adulthood and plans to pursue a PhD and eventual career in academia. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, reading, and long walks.

Haylie June, VP of Events

Haylie June, VP of Events
Racine, Wisconsin

Haylie June is from Racine, Wisconsin and is the new Vice President of Events. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sociology and minors in Business and Spanish from BYU. She is entering her second year in the Masters of Sociology program and her faculty advisor is Michael Cope. Haylie's specific research interests include motherhood, student parents, first-generation college students, and rural communities. After graduation, she hopes to continue her education and earn a PhD. Haylie has a two-year old son and is due with her second child (another boy) in July. In her free time, she loves going for a Swig run and going to a park with her family.

Warda Usman, VP of Engagement

Warda Usman, VP of Engagement
Computer Science

Warda (it's Arabic, and means Rose), is a CS PhD student at BYU from Pakistan, and is the new Vice President of Engagement. Some of her favorite things in the world include getting to know different people and learning math. The CS program and specifically her research combines both her interests. She is currently working with Dr. Daniel Zappala on understanding human behavior to see how people make decisions about their online privacy and security, with the goal to design better computer systems and mechanisms that result in improved privacy and security outcomes for all users. She loves kayaking, traveling and exploring new cultures, and making new friends. Warda is almost always around in TMCB so feel free to say hi and chat with her.

BYU Graduate Student Society Delegates

Graduate Studies is committed to establishing a strong network connecting graduate students across campus. Graduate Student Society Delegates serve as student advocates, providing a stable and consistent connection from the students in their respective colleges directly to the BYUGSS presidency. Likewise, they will serve the reverse role as conduits of information from the BYUGSS Presidency to students in their college.

We encourage you to reach out to your designated delegate with any concerns, questions, or issues you may have regarding graduate students in your respective colleges. Please use them as a resource to better understand the needs of your graduate students!

The delegates selected for each college/position are as follows:

Graduate Student Society Delegates

Aya Sadat

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My name is Aya Sadat, serving as the Delegate of Belonging. I am very honored to have this role, working to create a supportive and inclusive environment for all graduate students is very important work to me. I am currently a doctorate student in the Clinical Psychology Program at BYU, focusing on understanding health outcomes for adolescents with Type 2 Diabetes. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering, cooking, and hanging out with my cat.


Kjerstin Roberts

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I'm currently a first year in the MBA program and am loving it! I came to BYU for my undergrad as well and studied Experience Design and Management during that time. In between undergrad and grad school, I worked as a teacher in Jacksonville, Florida with a program called Teach For America before working as a project manager for an events tech company in Arizona. I love to travel and have been to 23 countries, four of which I traveled to solo and spent at least two months there. I've lived in Utah, Florida, and Alaska and am a big fan of outdoor activities in all three (scuba diving, swimming, hiking, biking, etc.). I've spent two months of my life living on a sailboat in the Caribbean as well as three months in the Galapagos as a shark diving instructor. I'm passionate about BYU Athletics and worked there all four years of undergrad in the marketing department. I'm a firm believer in following your interests and passions and money will follow.


Naomi Wynn

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Naomi is a first-year grad student in the Masters of Communication Disorders program. She plans to be a speech language pathologist working either in rehabilitative therapy or in a school setting. In April, she graduated from BYU with a BS in Communication Disorders. She enjoys hiking, sewing, and reading in her free time. She looks forward to working with grad students to help make the McKay school and BYU an even better place than it already is!


Emily Blanchard

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Hi, my name is Emily Blanchard and I am from Rancho Santa Margarita, California. I am the GSS delegate for the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering. I recently finished my bachelor's degree at BYU and am now pursuing a master's in Civil Engineering with a focus on transportation planning and operations. I study travel behavior and how it relates to mental health. In my free time, I enjoy trying new recipes with my husband, rollerblading along the Provo River Trail, listening to vinyl records, and browsing used bookstores.


Alyssa Black

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Alyssa Black is from Dallas, Texas and is the delegate for the college of Family, Home, and Social Sciences. She is in her second year in the Social Work Masters program and is currently interning as a therapist at Wasatch Behavioral Health. She loves doing anything outside (bonus points if it's warm and sunny) including running, hiking, skiing, paddleboarding or just sitting on a blanket reading a good book.

Family Studies

Ashley Pun Eveson

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I'm Ashley Pun Eveson from Portland, Oregon and am the new delegate for the College of Fine Arts and Communications. I'm a first-year master's student in Mass Communications! I plan on pursuing a PhD program afterwards. I love environmental sustainability, my dog, and travelling.

Fine Arts/Communications

Lacey Hamilton

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Hi! I’m Lacey Hamilton from Rexburg, Idaho. I’m in the first year of my masters degree studying Rhetoric and Composition. I plan to go on after this to get a doctorate and be a professor. This year I’m the delegate for the College of Humanities and I’m thrilled to help you feel connected to campus and other grad students!


Shaur Humayun

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Hi! My name is Shaur Humayun and I am a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University. I am from Pakistan and have a passion for heat transfer and fluid mechanics. I enjoy playing various racket/paddle sports, such as table tennis, badminton, pickleball, and racquetball. I love to go on road trips and explore new places. I am a friendly person and like to learn new things and meet new people. Please feel free to contact me anytime or come play table tennis with me at the clubs' night every Tuesday at the Wilk!

International Students

Jessica Craig

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Jesse Craig Bailey is from Orem, Utah, and she is the GSS Law School Delegate. Jesse is in her third and final year of law school. Following her graduation in April 2024, she will begin working full time as an associate attorney at Ray Quinney & Nebeker in Salt Lake City. In her free time, Jesse enjoys reading fiction, hiking, watching Gilmore Girls, and playing her violin.


Carlos Moreno

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My name is Carlos Moreno, and I'm a PhD student in the department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology. My research interests include cancer immunology and T cell biology. I was born in Ecuador, but I was raised in Texas. I love being a graduate student at BYU, and I want to help others enjoy their time at BYU, as well!

Life Sciences

Rian Naef

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My name is Rian Naef and I am a first year graduate student in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. I grew up in Washington state. I studied nursing at BYU for my undergraduate degree. I work as a triage nurse at a clinic in Salt Lake City. My hobbies include reading, weight lifting, and running.


Darryn Taylor

Darryn Taylor
My name is Darryn Taylor and I'm from Southern Utah. I am the delegate for the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. This is my second year in the Mathematics Education Masters program. I currently am the instructor of two College Algebra courses. I study how practicing teachers can craft effective pre-assessments that harness student data to inform their lesson planning. In my free time I volunteer as a member of the 501st Legion, compose hymn arrangements, and savor new cuisines.

Physics and Math

Robert Magarrell

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I am originally from Canada, and recently retired from the United States Air Force. I’ve been married 25 years and have three children; one just got married and one leaves to serve a mission in Romania in October. I served a full-time mission in 1994 in Venezuela and have maintained my Spanish, currently using it daily in a hospital in Payson where I work at as a staff Chaplain. My career in the Air Force was plumbing and while serving active duty which I did for 20 years, I earned a degree in sociology and a master's and social work. Currently at BYU, I’m loving every minute of my learning in BYU‘s chaplaincy master's program.


Sterling Kerr

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My name is Sterling Kerr. I am from Salt Lake City, Utah, and I am the Delegate Lead. I am entering the second year of my Master's in Environmental Science and Sustainability. I study forest regeneration in Utah aspen forests. I am pursuing jobs in Environmental management or consulting and sustainability. In my free time, I enjoy practicing jiu-jitsu and playing basketball.

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