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 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!