2017 - 2018 Officers

Holly Holladay

Holly Holladay

President

I am a master’s degree candidate in English with an emphasis in linguistics and concentration in TESOL. Originally from a small town in South Carolina, I spent time living in various parts of the state before moving to Starkville in August 2016 to pursue my master’s degree. I completed an undergraduate degree in sociology with a minor in government in 2011 from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, where I was a cheerleader and highly involved on campus and in my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta.

After working in corporate publishing for two years, I opened my own independent book publishing and graphic design company. Through my jobs, I have planned many events and worked with authors from across the country. I also taught ninth grade English for a year before moving to Starkville. I am currently a graduate research assistant at the Research and Curriculum Unit where I work with the communications team on a variety of projects. I am passionate about education and language acquisition, and my research focuses on English language learners’ acquisition processes. Upon completing my master’s degree, I hope to pursue a Ph.D. in educational neuroscience or neurolinguistics.

In my spare time, I enjoy attending athletic events (Go Dawgs!), working out, and going out for drinks and brunch with friends. I would love to be your president and further the work that the GSA has done this year. I have many ideas for events and volunteer opportunities for graduate students within the Starkville community, as well as opportunities for additional involvement on campus. I love making connections with people and facilitating relationships, and I would like to use these skills to communicate with each of you to understand your needs and concerns as graduate students. I would be honored to serve you as your Graduate Student President for 2017-2018!

Jennifer Kimmons

Jennifer Kimmons

Vice President

Jennifer Kimmons is a native of Ashland, Mississippi. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in May 2016. Along with receiving her Bachelor degree last year, she also won the "Outstanding Undergraduate Award of 2016". She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Public Policy and Administration. In addition, she is a Graduate Service Assistant in the Office of the Graduate School at Mississippi State University, as well as an intern for the Oktibbeha County District Attorney's office.

Additionally, Jennifer served as Vice President of Cresswell Resident Hall in 2013-2014. She also played a huge role in other organizations on campus, such as National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) , Black Student Alliance (BSA), I.D.E.A.L. Woman, Stennis Montgomery Association, and a proctor for the Honor Code Office here at MSU.


Moreover, Jennifer is a member to Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society. She currently has a 4.0 overall grade-point average. She currently serve as an Ambassador of the Graduate Student Association. During her leisure time, Jennifer enjoy reading and mentoring others.

Anusha Shrestha

Anusha Shrestha

Secretary

I am a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Forestry. I am studying nonindustrial private forest landowners’ fuel reduction treatment practices in Mississippi. I completed my masters in Forest Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. I studied economic impacts of the forest restoration activities in the local economic areas. I completed my bachelors in Forestry in Nepal, which is my home country.

Before coming to the U.S., I have worked as a field researcher and collected data for various collaborative projects for a year. Also, I have worked as a skill-assessor for the technical community foresters. Also, I was the executive member in various organizations within the campus and conducted programs to raise awareness in the communities about the importance of forest and wildlife conservation.

Chloe Henson

Chloe Henson

Treasurer

I am a MS student majoring in Agricultural Economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Before coming to Mississippi State University, I studied at Northeast Mississippi Community College near my hometown of Rienzi, Mississippi. Upon transferring to Mississippi State and majoring in Agribusiness and minoring in economics, I fell in love with the campus and agricultural economics. After only two semesters at Mississippi State University, I knew that this was without a doubt the university where I wanted to continue my education by pursuing a Master's Degree. Currently, I am a research assistant studying different aspects of food waste and how knowledge of food waste affects consumer preferences toward blemished produce.

I am honored to be serving as the Graduate Student Association's Treasurer. I have served in many organizations throughout my collegiate career that have helped me be efficient and effective in financial roles. Being an active GSA Ambassador, I have had the opportunity to see how the GSA executive board works and have had direct leadership from the past Treasurer. Having this experience and my undergraduate experience will help me in serving the GSA efficiently and effectively. I look forward to working with the GSA executive and the new departmental representatives. "Praise the Lord and Go Dawgs!"

Cecy Brooks

Cecy Brooks

Philanthropy Chairperson

Hometown: El Paso, TX
I am a student and research assistant in the department of Human Development and Family Sciences pursuing a PhD in Family Resource Management with an emphasis in consumer economics. I have a BS in Marketing from The University of Arizona and a MS in Business Administration from Mississippi State.

I worked for Petsmart as a member of management for a number of years where I focused not only on the national pet adoption campaign, and I also focused on educating children on proper pet care during the summer by visiting local schools alongside my furry friends. In my previous role of general manager at B&N at MSU I focused on bridging the community and the bookstore through programming and service opportunities. By partnering with the Maroon Volunteer Center we were able to make a contribution to many programs including the giving tree during the holidays and collection of supplies for disaster relief efforts. I want to continue to build bridges in our local community and with the support of GSA members we can better serve our campus and community.
 

Madhur Devkota

Madhur Devkota

Social Chairman

I believe social media is the key medium to disseminate information efficiently to the target audience. I would like to contribute my time and energy to look over social avenues where I will communicate agenda, notify about college events and activities, try to maintain proper communication among different entities. I believe communication is one of the vital function of Graduate Student Association; if I get selected as Social Media Chair, will pledge to perform my duty responsibly.