ASBCC Council Biographies
President – Danny McCarty
Salutations! My name is Danny McCarty, and I am the President of the Associated Students of Berkeley City College. I became involved with the student government operations here at BCC since Fall 2013. I served as a member of the Judicial Council for two semesters and gradually became accustomed to the governing documents constituting our procedures, as well as furthered my understanding of the decision-making process that takes place on behalf of the students. As your President, I aim to do the following:
1. Establish a thriving community on campus that integrates the students’ needs and concerns into the actions taken on behalf of the ASBCC
2. Ensure efficiency within the ASBCC to promote arts, academics, and culture on campus
3. Develop a better understanding of the campus, district, and statewide mandates constituting our lives as students, to ultimately serve as a well-informed advocate on behalf of the students in the decision-making process.
I wish you all a wonderful experience here at Berkeley City College!
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My name is Kaydee Miller and I am the Vice President of Administration. I have been attending Berkeley City College for a year and a half, and I have been in various clubs as well as being involved with ASBCC throughout my time here. I am a Mathematics major with the goal of teaching math in community college after I graduate. My long term goal is to be an integral part of representing the student body while I attend BCC because I feel it is important for everyone’s voices to be heard. I also have many personal goals that I am working on in my new position, and I hope to work with my fellow ASBCC council members and as many students as I can to fulfill those goals. I encourage all those who are interested to come join us in improving our experience here at BCC!
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Vice President of Programs – Rudrani Ghosh
My name is Rudrani Ghosh, and I am the Vice President of Programs for the Associated Students of Berkeley City College. I am in my sophomore year of schooling and am majoring in Political Science and Psychology. My interests in social and political culture has motivated me to join ASBCC and represent the needs of students so that we can achieve our aspirations. I wish to positively impact the collegiate community through a forum for clubs and student activities. Through collaboration, our council can create a community that encourages individuals, fosters creativity, and upholds the determination inherent within us to succeed. I hope that our efforts and our endeavors will instill positive change within our community and will be supported by our fellow students, our staff and administration and our college.
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Vice President of Public Relations – Matt Gregory
Hey, everyone! I’m Matt Gregory, Vice President of Public Relations for the Associated Students of Berkeley City College. I’m a computer science major with the goal of working in education. I joined the ASBCC council with a desire to give back to the incredible college and community that has provided me with such amazing learning and opportunities. I want to contribute to our diverse student body by having the same positive experience at BCC that I’ve had. I will promote strong student clubs and activities on campus, and of course promote knowledge and awareness of the excellent academic resources that we have available to us, from transfer programs to concurrent enrollments and more. I’m looking forward to another great semester!
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Vice President of Finance – Sam Cheng
Hello everyone! This is my second semester at Berkeley City College as a Business Administration major, and this is my first time being involved in the ASBCC. As any other members from either council or committees within the college district, I am dedicated to serve specifically nobody but everybody that is connected to the system, which is the only reason why I am here. It is my duty to distribute our financial expenditure with the budget, but base decisions upon consideration of your voices in order to maximize goodness of the student body and follow social responsibility. In the meantime, I would also pay attention to our community development and equality of dignity as a human being.
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Secretary – Noelle Atkins
Hello, Berkeley City College community! My name is Noelle Atkins and I am the Secretary for the Associated Students of BCC. I was born and raised in San Francisco and this is my second year at BCC. I am majoring in Sociology and am applying for transfer this Fall. I joined the AS because I wanted to give representation to the diverse population of students who attend our college. My role as Secretary is to ensure that administration, faculty, and students are all on the same page and have a clear idea of the events and opportunities that are available at our college. I am excited to be apart of the AS and I hope to improve efficiency and communication within BCC. I wish you all a productive and fun 2014-2015 school year!
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Senator of Information and Organization Systems – Dave Ivan Cruz
Greetings Berkeley City College community! My name is Dave Ivan Cruz and I am one of the newly-appointed Senators of the Associated Students of Berkeley City College. I arrived in the Bay Area from the Philippines last December 2013. This is my first semester of being involved in ASBCC, and I am excited to collaborate with such great and inspiring group of student-leaders. Also, I am currently on my second semester majoring in Global Studies and Political Science with aims of being a flight attendant and/or an ambassador/representative of this country in the travel and foreign service fields. Moreover, I aspire to take up a Master’s Degree and teach in a college/university in my 40’s! I love how diverse BCC is; therefore, I must say that it is truly a college for the community.
As your Senator of Information and Organization Systems, I would provide you with the latest news and updates about the ASBCC, ICC and their upcoming events and activities. My doors are open to fellow students who want to raise any concerns about the school, council, or even your personal problems. Come visit me during my office hours and let’s talk. I wish you all a wonderful, productive, and happy Spring 2015 semester! Philippians 4:13
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Senator of Community Building – Malique Banks
My name is Malique Banks and I am a Senator for the Associated Students of Berkeley City College. Originally from Roseville, California, I moved to the Bay Area for a new lifestyle and was instantly infatuated with the diverse cultures and the unique individuals of the Bay Area. I began schooling in the Peralta Community College District in the Fall of 2012 as a Business Administration major. I plan to apply for transfer this Fall. I am involved with the clubs on campus, and I serve as the Treasurer of the Business Club. I also run a club called the Student Art Collective. Over the past year, I have become very familiar with the programs at BCC that can aid students on and off campus. I hope to strengthen this amazing community with my focus on community building.
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Senator of Student Transfers – Marian Gonzales
Hello! My name is Marian Gonzales and I am a Senator of the Associated Students of Berkeley City College. I am a first year college student, majoring in Economics and Political Science in hopes to obtain a career in corporate law. As a student coming from a low-income family and one who identifies with being a “DREAMer” under DACA, I hope to be able to relate to and reach out to students undergoing various cultural and socioeconomic circumstances. I aim to contribute to the efforts of strengthening student voice and communication among students, faculty, and administration, to properly represent Berkeley City College and our diverse population, to ensure a positive learning environment, and to support and guide students through their academic careers. Let’s work together to make our Berkeley City College experience a key stepping stone to success.
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Senator of Primary Services – Ryan Jaeger
Hi Students of Berkeley City College, my name is Ryan Jaeger and I serve as a Senator in the ASBCC. This is my first year at BCC, and I look furthering my education and making connections with our diverse student body and faculty. I graduated from San Rafael High School in Marin County and am working toward transferring in another year. As a Senator I will do my best to ensure that students have the most opportunities to fulfill their educational goals, and be part of our community in the process. Feel free to contact me with issues that matter to you, and together we’ll make this year a success!
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Senator of Academic Services – Lorenzo Lewis
Hello, my name is Lorenzo Lewis, and I am completing my second semester within the Peralta District. I guess you could say I’m “fresh outta high school” and have yet to fully indulge myself in all of the amazing things BCC has to offer, but my ambition and goals for this institution runs deep. I am thrilled to be working with the Associated Students here at Berkeley City College and I have hopes of making strides to deliver a more efficient and intimate experience here at BCC.
I am a Berkeley native like many of you and attended Berkeley public schools since elementary. I hope to continue this path until I’ve reached CAL Berkeley with a focus in Economics and Political Science. I am interested in being involved with ASBCC because I struggled myself throughout highschool, and felt ill prepared while entering into the community college system. I hope to use the lessons learned from that experience to transfer over to BCC so that everyone has the confidence and tools to achieve no matter what academic history they come from.
While being senator of Academic Services, I hope to push for more student involvement in our student government, which in turn will raise awareness regarding the barriers that inhibit students from succeeding academically. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
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Senator of Campus Sustainability – Andrew Carmody
Hello, my name is Andrew Carmody and I am the Senator of Campus Sustainability. I have been at BCC for three semesters and spent one so far as a member of the ASBCC. I am involved with a few clubs on campus and am currently cooperating one with Ryan Jaeger. I am a business major and I am looking to become an entrepreneur in the future. I am always open to great conversations and innovative ideas and I like meeting new people. Also, I love the outdoors and outdoor activities like hiking and camping. My goal as a Senator is to serve the BCC population and help make every student’s experience here a great one. Please feel free to contact me if there are any projects having to do with campus sustainability that you may have in mind.
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Senator of Special Populations (1) – Emma Carlblom
As a Berkeley native, transfer student from a four year college, and an Art History and Anthropology major, I aspire to represent the Berkeley City College student body as best I can. In my position as Senator of Special Populations, I strive to understand and contribute to the causes of special populations. This semester I am working on planning and putting on a Mental Health, LGBTQIA, and Veterans Awareness week. I am also working on a consent workshop and getting more diversity and representation in the new administration and faculty hires. I also serve on the Roundtable and Foster Youth Task Force shared governance meetings. I hope that these efforts will truly represent and serve the students who make Berkeley City College the great institution it is and can become.
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Senator of Special Populations (2) – Sarah Levin
My name is Sarah and this is my first year at Berkeley City College. I am a Bio-Engineering major with interests in public service. I am very excited to be a part of ASBCC as it is a wonderful opportunity to represent the student body and make changes for the better.
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Senator of External Affairs – Matthew Armstrong
Hello BCC! My name is Matthew Armstrong, and apart from being a Senator of the ASBCC, I am a second semester political science student from Lafayette, California. I am a member of a variety of clubs here at BCC, most notably the Milvia Street Journal where I head the prose selection committee. When I’m not studying, or engaged in one the many programs BCC has to offer, I can be found most often perusing through books at Half Price Books or catching up on the latest adventures of Spiderman and Batman at Fantastic Comics. As Senator, I hope to represent the interests of the student body and foster a sense of community at our school. Over the course of the semester, I look forward to working not only with the ASBCC, but also with you, students on making Berkeley City College the best it can be!
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Chief Justice – Bonnie Cherry
My name is Bonnie Cherry, and I am entering my second year at BCC. I was raised in rural Kansas, and consider myself a nontraditional student in many ways: I am a first generation college student, a returning student, a cancer survivor, and mother to a brilliant two year old girl named Seva. I am constantly amazed at the resources BCC has to offer to nontraditional students, and I am proud to be involved in such a progressive and diverse learning community.
In the years before college, when I was working full time in order to earn health insurance, I worked as a community organizer and grant writer for several nonprofits. I also served two terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA with indigenous cultural and resource centers. This work, along with my work as a community organizer, gave me invaluable hands on experience in the development of and adherence to governing documents and policies. It also informed my academic interests: the questions of citizenship, of forced migration, and the human rights of refugees and stateless people.
I am excited to serve on the Judicial Council at BCC as the Chief Justice. My goals are to help the ASBCC make our projects sustainable, as well as to find ways to more fully represent the needs and interests of nontraditional students in student government.
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Justice (Inter-Club Council) – Mel Maniwan
Hello, my name is Mel Maniwan and I am a member of the Judicial Council. My primary goal this year is to assist the student body in building the necessary set of documents that will build the foundations for institutional memory for future AS and Inter-Club councils to refer to when the need arises. My intent is also to better communicate documents that govern club bureaucracy, particularly with regards to club funding, especially for events that are time sensitive. It is my belief that this will reduce confusion with regards to the procedures, while also empowering people who are in clubs or who want to form clubs.
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Justice (Archivist) – Ghazal Rezvani
My name is Ghazal Rezvani and I am entering my second year at Berkeley City College. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, and I am thankful to be surrounded and constantly inspired by the great diversity that encompasses this area. I enjoy engaging with other individuals, as well as being an advocate for social justice, which is why I plan to pursue a career in social work/social services. While interning at a congressional office, I realized that the full capacity in which one can assist an individual, relies on the law. Hence, I am very excited to serve as a member of the Judicial Council. As I Justice, I not only ensure the constitutionality in the actions of the ASBCC, but I also work collaboratively with others in the ASBCC, to make any necessary reforms in governing documents that can improve the experience of students at Berkeley City College.
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Justice (Accreditation) – Ian Jansen
My name is Ian Jansen, I just began my second semester at BCC and I am a justice with the ASBCC Judicial Council. I was born in southern California and moved up to the bay area about two years ago after high school. I enjoyed my first semester at BCC and wanted to participate in the student body, and was presented with an opportunity to do so, which I gladly took. I have a certain love for documents, legality, and helping people, so joining the Judicial Council seemed like a perfect fit! Luckily I was right, and I’m happy to work alongside so many fantastic people. I’m currently undecided on a major, but I have a knack for law, mathematics, and a strange love of efficiency, so I’m torn between law and engineering. I am focusing my efforts within the ASBCC on clarity and enforcement of governing documents to ensure that students understand their rights, and that we as an organization are doing our best to support the student body in the most efficient way possible.
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Advisor – Mostafa Ghous
Mostafa Ghous is the Director of Student Activities and Campus Life. In the past, Mostafa has worked extensively with community colleges in California to promote student involvement on campus. At Solano Community College, Mostafa worked with as the director of the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement Program (MESA), Student Development Center and Student Health Center. He has mentored and led students to fulfill their academic endeavors, successfully. At Berkeley City College, Mostafa is looking forward to helping students build personal and professional skills in order to provide them with an opportunity to be involved in their own communities.
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This page was last updated on 03/21/15.