Welcome to the Student Government Association Executive Staff page! The SGA Executive Branch is here to promote, protect, and serve the students of FHSU. Some of the duties and responsibilities include: working closely with the Kansas Board of Regents to ensure prosperous growth for higher education in Kansas, collaborate with other Student Governments on legislative initiatives, protect and enhance student life, and much more. The executive staff works in the SGA office located in the lower level of the Memorial Union, Room 017. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday. We encourage all students to visit our office with any questions, comments, or concerns. The Student Government Association is the voice of FHSU students, so let YOUR voice be heard!
Emily Brandt is a senior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy and a certificate in Leadership Studies. Emily is from Beloit, Kansas. She has been a part of the Student Government Association since January of 2015, serving as senator for the College of Arts and Sciences; she was the Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee before becoming the Chair of the Appropriations Committee, and the College of Arts and Sciences Majority Leader. During the 2015-2016 academic year, Emily also chaired the Public Safety and Awareness Committee. At semester, she was hired onto the executive staff as the Legislative Affairs Director for Spring 2016.
Emily has a passion for civic engagement, student advocacy, politics, staying up to date on current issues, and getting involved on campus. While at FHSU she has served as the Political Science Club President, New Student Orientation Leader, and a Living Learning Community PAL . She has also been actively involved in the music department joining Women’s Chorale, Brass Choir, and other wind ensembles. In her spare time she volunteers for the Victor E. Garden and in the Hays community. She loves black coffee and long walks with her dog Olive.
After graduating from Fort Hays State University, Emily plans on attending Law School or pursuing her Master of Public Policy. She is excited for the year and cannot wait to see what SGA accomplishes during the 2017-2018 academic year. Emily is looking forward to bringing relevant issues for students to light while serving the student body of Fort Hays State University. She invites you all to stop by the office and say hello!
Brent Hirsch is a junior majoring in Industrial Technology, with an emphasis in Manufacturing Technology. This is his third year serving in Student Government, and his second year in the Executive Staff. Brent was elected as a senator to represent Freshman/KAMS his first year. The next year, Brent was appointed as Legislative Affairs Director. Now, he is stepping into the role of Vice President. Brent is also involved with the College Republicans and Phi Alpha Theta.
Brent grew up in Abilene, Kansas. He graduated Abilene High School in 2015 as Vocational Senior of the Year. In his free time Brent enjoys hunting, fishing, cabinet making, carpentry, building, welding, and spending time with his wife, Abigail. After college, Brent plans to enter the energy field, and research and design wind turbines. Eventually, he wants to retire, and spend his time watching over his land.
Community Relations Director
Katherine Hernandez-Barahona, Kathy, is a junior majoring in Radiologic Technology with a minor in Spanish. Kathy is a first-year member of Student Government Association. This is Kathy’s first year being involved in Student Government Association. However, she has been involved on campus since her freshman year in organizations such as Hispanic American Leadership Organization, Dreamers United for Success and Encounter. Kathy was also a Student Leader for the Office of Inclusion and Diversity Excellence during the 2016-2017 school year.
Kathy is originally from El Salvador, but she moved to Liberal, Kansas at the age of 7 and has called that home ever since. She graduated with honors as Salutatorian from Liberal High School in May of 2015 and attended FHSU in the fall. She was accepted into the Radiology Program at FHSU in the spring of 2017. After graduating from Fort Hays State University, and becoming a certified Radiologic Technologist, Kathy is hoping to continue her education and pursue certifications in different modalities within her field. For now, she is excited to be a part of the SGA Executive Staff this year and looks forward for what this opportunity brings!
Nicholas Glassman is a senior double majoring in Accounting and Management. Throughout his time at Fort Hays State University, he has been involved with Alpha Kappa Psi, where he served as Master of Rituals for two semesters and served on the Finance Committee. He has also been a member of Economics Club, where he served as Secretary for two semesters, The Society for Human Resource Management, where he served as Treasurer for two semesters, and the National Society of Success and Leadership.
Nicholas also works for the Management Development Center in McCartney Hall assisting in delivering quality and effective workshops and trainings to the public and for private business. He is also a server at a local diner and brewery, Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.
In his free time, Nick enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing tennis, playing frisbee golf, spending time with his German Shepard named Maddox, playing Xbox, and napping any chance possible.
Born and raised in Hays, Nicholas plans on moving to Southern California when he finally graduates in May of 2019. His plans include pursuing a career with the Walt Disney Company at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA.
Carlie Snethen is a Senior at Fort Hays and joining Student Government Association for the first time. She has been involved in many other organizations on campus such as the Delta Zeta Sorority, FHSU Tiger Marching Band, serving as a Resident Assistant, and participating as an Orientation Leader each Spring. Carlie was also chosen to be a candidate for the Homecoming Court in 2016-2017.
Carlie is from the small rural town of Pomona, Kansas from which she lived until arriving at FHSU. She has a passion for traveling which has taken her across the country and abroad. Germany, Austria, and the boundary waters of Canada and Minnesota are some of her favorite destinations. Carlie will graduate this Spring with a Degree in Organizational Leadership, certificate in Global Leadership, and a certificate in Human Resources Management. She aspires to work for a Graduate Degree in Higher Education Student Affairs post graduation. Working and developing students compose a large part of her career goals, along with empowering students to reach their leadership potential. Carlie cannot wait to assist the Student Government Association and serve the students of FHSU in 2017-2018!
Legislative Affairs Director
Kayelani Kirschbaum is a sophomore majoring in Biology and Chemistry Pre-Medicine with a minor in Leadership Studies. This year will be Kayelani’s second year serving on SGA. Last year she served as a Freshman/KAMS senator while also seated on the Student Relations and Involvement Committee. Along with SGA, Kayelani is in the Biology Club and Pre-Med Club. In April of 2017, Kayelani was elected to serve as a senator once again, this time representing the Werth College of Science, Technology and Mathematics. However, she gave up her seat once she was appointed to the executive board as the Legislative Affairs Director. Although Kayelani is only in her second year on campus, she is very involved at FHSU. During her first year, Kayelani was a part of the Living and Learning Community L3: Live. Learn. Lead. where she participated in multiple different community service activities. Kayelani also participated in The Big Event, became a Biology Orientation and Welcome Leader, and was selected to be a Peer Academic Leader (PAL) for the 2017-2018 L3 Living and Learning Community.
Kayelani is from Merino, CO, a tiny town in Northeastern Colorado: population 282. She is attending FHSU to further her knowledge in pre-medicine and to prepare to apply to Med-School. Kayelani hopes to attend med-school out east and someday practice medicine in Washington D.C. Last summer, she interned in DC for the national organization Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), a nonprofit leadership organization in high schools across the country. In Kayelani’s free time, she spends time with friends, volunteers for FCCLA, and watches Netflix. Kayelani looks forward to an outstanding year working on impactful legislation that will improve the lives of the students, faculty and staff of FHSU, and communities in Kansas. Go Tigers!