Meet the new elections commission

Campaign season is gearing up and elections are right around the corner. With that, SGA has put into place a new commission to oversee the process.

As I reported in The Circle last week, the new group consists of three members as opposed to the standard single commissioner that had been used in years past.  Recall that last year’s student body presidential election went anything but smoothly.  SGA’s hope with the new three member commission is that the the extra oversight will help the process run more efficiently.

So, one might ask, who are the new commissioners? Here’e more on them:

Erica Jordan, head of elections commission
Public relations major
Political science minor

  • From Tannersville, Pa.
  • President of Marist Republicans, captain on the Marist cheerleading team, team manager for student run PR firm North Road Communications, member of Marist Toastmasters and Marist dance ensemble
  • Interned with Pennsylvania State Rep. Mario Scavello; helped organize his campaign fundraiser dinner and coordinated with 80 vendors for  “senior citizen expo” event
  • Senior editor for high school newspaper and anchor for morning news show
  • Created new website, social media presence, and managed advertising in position as cheerleading commissioner for the Youth Association of Pocono Mountain

More from Jordan:

“I am prepared to take on the role of elections commissioner because I have had extensive experience working on boards, with people of differing viewpoints, and I have held several leadership roles before. I am interested in pursuing political public relations so I feel this is a fantastic opportunity for me to practice those skills in a real life election. I feel honored to have been selected for this position.”

Anthony Zanin, commissioner
History/secondary education major
Psychology minor

  • From Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
  • Executive Board member of Leo Hall Resident Student Council (RSC) and Student Life Association
  • Represented Marist at the Northeast Affiliation of College and University Residence Halls Conference at the University of Connecticut last November
  • Member of the Marist Dining Advisory Committee
  • Plays saxophone in the Marist College Band

Zanin is also a member of the Emerging Leaders Program:

“The Emerging Leaders Program is exposing me to various topics in leadership that I had not known about in depth.  It has certainly given me a new perspective on how to work with a team as well as on issues facing ethics.  The program gave me the opportunity to attend workshops and has helped transform me into a better leader.”

Maggie Crateau, commissioner
Business administration major, marketing concentration
Communications/advertising minor

  • From Danvers, MA
  • Served as a camp counselor at Kernwood Country Club in Salem, Mass.
  • Worked at independent retirement home Brooksby Villiage, starting as waitress and ultimately being promoted to student supervisor
  • Served in high school as captain of Varsity Football Cheerleading, a member of the freshman mentor program, and an independent tutor for sophomore students

More from Crateau:

“I am excited to step into this position as an elections commissioner. I hope to help make the elections process run smoothly so that the Marist community will get to know the faces behind the leadership of this college.”

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