Student Development & Leadership

Senator Bios

Valerie Peterson

Business Senator

Valerie Peterson Valerie Peterson grew up in Kankakee, Illinois. She attended Kankakee High School where she discovered her passion to lead and help people. Here at Lewis, she is currently a Junior majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing. In the Senate, she sits at the College of Business Senator as well as the President. She is currently working as the lead Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) worker. In this position she is able to work closely with numerous student organizations as well as larger events on campus to ensure the Lewis experience is one to remember. Valerie loves to travel and hopes to one day travel across the globe. So far, she has visited almost every state in the United States, as well as, the Dominican Republic and Spain. Valerie’s passion to help others has made her decision for Graduate school very easy. After her undergrad, she wants to stay at Lewis to receive her Masters in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Not-For-Profit. She enjoys seeing the way that she impacts another person’s life and looks 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 can not wait to see the great improvements we make for this institute.”

William Riley
Vice President

Commuter Senator

William Riley William Z. Riley is a native of the South Side of Chicago, and is currently a Junior at Lewis University. At Lewis, he is double majoring in Aviation Administration and Public Policy. William is also one of the founding members of a group on campus called the Lasallian Justice Coalition. This 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. He was also selected as 1 of 46 Congressional Black Caucus interns for the summer of 2016. 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.

"It is truly an honor to serve on the Student Senate as the Commuter Senator and Vice President! I hope to make a positive impact on the student body, and being an instrumental component of beneficial change!"

Michael Stramaglia
Director of Communication

Arts & Sciences Senator

Michael Stramaglia Hi, my name is Michael Stramaglia and I am the Director of Communication as well as the senator representing the College of Arts & Sciences. I am currently a junior here at Lewis studying Political Science with plans to attend law school after graduation through Lewis’ 3+3 Accelerated Law Program. On campus, I am a part of our school’s Mock Trial team, Model United Nations team, as well as being a member of our Pre-Law Club and the President of Lewis' Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Society.

Lacey Boulware
Director of Finance

Professional and Continuing Education Senator

Lacey Boulware Hello, my name is Lacey Boulware. I am currently a senior at Lewis University, majoring in Political Science. Aside from being the senator for Professional and Continuing Education, I am also the chairperson for the Constitution Review Committee, the Director of Finance for our Executive Board, and a member of the Student Services, Missions, and Election Committee. Some of my core values are honesty and integrity. I am excited to work towards making a difference within our student body and locally.

Michael Debow
Freshman Senator

Michael Debow Hey everyone!
I am the Freshman Senator on the Lewis University Student Senate. I am also involved in the Lewis University eSports Club. Outside of class, I like to work on political campaigns. Politics is a passion of mine. I will be running for Shorewood Village Trustee in the spring of 2017 and my major is Public Policy.

"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." - Benjamin Franklin

Kaelen Evon
Sophomore Senator

 Kaelen Evon Hello, my name is Kaelen Evon. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Secondary Education and History and a Resident Assistant in Saint Charles Borromeo. I am also involved in the first ever Lewis Women’s Club Volleyball team, the president of VOICES, which is a sexual assault awareness and bystander intervention focused group, I am a leader of the ministry retreat known as FYI, First Year Interaction, and over the summer I am a Orientation Group Leader. I am incredibly grateful and excited to be apart of this organization and hope to make great strides in improving campus life for our students!

Mary Huggins
Sophomore Senator

Mary Huggins Mary Huggins who goes by M’Aggie is from Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a senior at Lewis and a double major in Economics and Political Science. Mary is an active member in the Nationally ranked Mock Trial team, and the Lewis University Televised News as the Political Correspondent. Mary has presented her original research about the Arab Spring at one of the largest Political Science conferences in the country, as well as at Lewis’ own Celebration of Scholarship. She also works with the Political Science department to collect data for the professor’s research projects. She plans to attend law school in the Fall, specifically she wants to work in criminal law as a federal prosecutor dealing with financial crimes.

“I am very honored to have been selected as a member for the first Student Senate here at Lewis. I want anyone who has any questions or things they want to see happen at Lewis to email me at and we will work to make changes happen”

Daniel Doll
Graduate Senator

Daniel Doll Daniel D. Doll was born and raised in Joliet, IL. He currently holds an Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and is currently on track to complete his MBA concentration in Finance in October of 2017. Daniel has a combination of 4+ years of experience in security, public safety, and business. Currently, he is employed as a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Veterans Affairs at Lewis University and as an intern for the Joliet Chamber of Commerce. Also, he is an active member of his community church as a lector, donates his time with Volunteers of America, and is active within his local health club as a certified trainer.

Katelyn Guzan
Transfer Senator

Katelyn Guzan Hi everyone! I’m Katelyn, the Transfer Senator of the Student Senate. I am a Criminal Justice major planning a minor in either Psychology or Sociology. I am a part of the Water Polo Club, and on the weekends, I am a youth water polo and swim team coach. In the past few years, I have had the opportunity to attend a week-long Sisters Under Sail trip and a 3-day Criminal Justice camp at Defiance College. I am super excited for the school year and I look forward to working with everyone this year!

“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” - Mark Twain

Melissa Churchill
Organization Senator

Melissa Churchill Melissa Churchill is a native of the South Suburbs of Chicago, and is currently a Senior at Lewis University. At Lewis, she is majoring in History. Melissa is also a member of Army ROTC and will be commissioning into the active duty Army as a Military Intelligence Officer as well as a distinguished military graduate. Around campus Melissa is a member of Phi Alpha Theta the History Honors Society, and Delta Epsilon Sigma a national scholastic honor society for students, faculty, and alumni of colleges with a Catholic tradition. She currently works in the Office of Veteran Affairs as a student worker but remembers fondly her time as a navigator and all the tours she used to give. Throughout her years at Lewis she's been a peer minister and a part of more organizations and clubs than she can count. Melissa believes that you should fully invest into your community and strive to learn and improve not only yourself but also those around you. She's excited to be apart of Student Senate and to represent the organizations around campus.

"If there's something wrong, those who have the ability to take action have the responsibility to take action." -Thomas Jefferson

Shay Brown
Nursing & Health Senator

Shay Brown Hello, my name is Shayla Brown, but everyone calls me Shay. I am a junior nursing student and currently a commuter. Besides being involved in student senate, I am active in ministry and during the summer I am an Orientation Group Leader. When I’m not studying for my nursing courses, I enjoy reading in my hammock, trying new things, and being outside with my friends.

“If it’s both terrifying and amazing then you should definitely pursue it.” –Erada

Rachel Seiberlich
Education Senator

Rachel Seiberlich Hello! My name is Rachel Seiberlich and I am currently a Junior at Lewis University. I am double majoring in Mathematics and Secondary Education with a minor in Theology, and I hope to be a high school math teacher in the future. In addition to classes, I have become involved in the Lewis University community by being a Peer Minister in the dorms, being a leader for SOL service trips offered through University Ministry, and leading a faith-based discussion group called the Family Table. In addition, I am part of Delta Epsilon Sigma National Catholic Honor Society and Kappa Mu Epsilon (a national mathematics honor society).

I am very excited for this opportunity to represent education majors in the Senate!

Kole Torres
Senator At Large

Kole Torres Kole Torres is from Morovis, Puerto Rico and is currently a Senior at Lewis University. She is double majoring in History and Philosophy. Kole is very involved on campus. She is the Resident Assistant for Sheil Hall, President of Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society in Philosophy, Director of Communications for Latin American Student Organization, the Representative at Large for the Student Senate, and a part of Adventure Club. She also has an internship for the fall semester at Naper Settlement.

Batman is her favorite superhero and she loves to travel. Kole’s favorite activities are eating, working out, and sitting in front of a television. Her favorite shows are: Criminal Minds, Gotham, and Daredevil.

Favorite Quote: “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” –Aristotle

Zana Dixon
Organization Senator

Kevin Hernandez
Greek Senator

Julio Lara
Mission Senator

Conrad Sipiora
Residential Senator