GPSA Executive Board

GPSA President

Kanani Espinoza

GPSA President Kanani Espinoza began her studies at UNLV in 2012, pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Administration. She completed her undergraduate degree in 2016, graduating from the William F. Harrah Hotel College. During her time at UNLV, Kanani was involved in the Undergraduate Student Government, CSUN, where she served in multiple capacities including Student Body Vice President (2014-2015) and Student Body President (2015-2016). Currently, Kanani is pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration at UNLV. Her focus is on public policy and non-profit management and plans on serving Nevada in a public office in the future. She currently works as a Development Officer for Annual Giving at the UNLV Foundation.

GPSA Vice President

Kristyne Wiegand

GPSA Vice President Kristyne Wiegand is a Ph.D. student specializing in biomechanics in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences. She has been a UNLV graduate student since 2013, finishing her Master's degree in 2015 with Dr. Janet Dufek, and is now completing her Ph.D. with Dr. Julia Freedman Silvernail. Kristyne has taught Sports Injury Management courses and has worked with the undergraduate athletic training program for the past four years. Kristyne's research focuses on the psychological, biomechanical, and physiological effects of running injuries. She has been a part of the GPSA council since she began her graduate studies and has served on the Sponsorship Committee for 3 semesters.

GPSA Treasurer

Stephanie Molina

GPSA Treasurer Stephanie Molina began her undergraduate studies at UNLV in 2008 and, after completing a B.S. in Health Physics, Biochemistry, and Biology, went on to enter the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences graduate program in 2015. Currently, Stephanie is working on her Ph.D. in Health Physics with an emphasis on medical/laser biophysics under the direction of Dr. Steen Madsen. Her research is investigating the use of a cell-based drug delivery approach for the treatment of malignant brain tumors by photochemical internalization. As a member of the GPSA Executive Board, Stephanie hopes to encourage collaborations between departments for research, scholarly, and creative activities as the university moves forward with Top Tier initiatives.

GPSA Secretary

Autumn Widdoes

GPSA Secretary Autumn Widdoes is a 3rd year Creative Writing MFA student in the Department of English, supervised by Professors Donald Revell and Claudia Keelan. Her critical research is on how poetics and poetry both inform and can be informed by performance/dance, new media, and video/film. She also focuses on translations of poetry from German to English. For her thesis, she is working on a full-length book of poetry. This is her first year serving as GPSA Secretary.