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The Team


vacantErica Andersen, Director 

Erica serves as the Director for Student Leadership & Involvement. She supervises seven professional staff members, advises student leaders, coordinates the Leadership Studies Minor, and facilitates leadership development opportunities for students and engagement with student organizations and the campus community. Before starting in our office, she worked for Housing & Residential Education, ASUU (at the University of Utah), and in events management. Erica has a passion for student persistence and the role engagement plays within that process. Erica holds a Master's of Education from the University of Utah in the department of Education, Leadership & Policy, a BA in Communications, and BS in Environmental Studies. In her free time Erica enjoys reading, practicing yoga, and spending time in the great outdoors.

Jessica Ashcraft, Associate Director 

 Jessica is the Associate Director for Student Leadership & Involvement and works directly with ASUU’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Marketing Board, and Student Resources Board. Additionally, Jessica is responsible for organizing, directing, and maintaining the day-to-day operations of marketing, technology, student organization management and office operations.  Jessica earned her Master of Arts in Adult and Higher Education from Morehead State University and her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Morehead State University. Jessica is originally from Kentucky and is an avid equestrian who enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors. 


Programming Advisor


Abby Feenstra, Legislative Advisor

Abby is the ASUU Legislative Advisor, serving the ASUU Senate, Assembly, Government Relations Board, Academic Affairs Board, Elections Registrar, Attorney General, and Supreme Court. Abby also handles assessment for Student Leadership & Involvement and teaches in the Leadership Studies Minor. Abby originally hails from Reno, Nevada, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree with a dual major in English Literature and Women’s Studies from the University of Nevada, and went on to earn a Master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont. Abby loves reading, long-distance running, watching football, and keeping up with national politics.


Finance Advisor



Esther OkangAccountant-Student Orgs

Esther Okang is the Accountant for Student Organizations. Her primary role is to assist students and student organizations with ASUU funding. She served as the Chief of Staff in ASUU during the 2015-16 academic year, prior to that served both as the Associate Director and Director on the Finance Board from 2013-2015. She earned a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion and Education with a certificate in Public health from the department of Family and Preventative medicine from the University of Utah, received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting and a minor in International Development from Brigham Young University and an Associate Degree in Accounting from the LDS Business College.

 vacantRyan Rhodes, Student Orgs Coordinator

Ryan Rhodes is the Student Organizations Coordinator, serving more than 600 Recognized Student Organizations at the U. He is responsible for managing, supporting, and developing resources for the student organization community. Additionally, he supervises the Organization Resource Group and the Involvement Ambassadors while collaboratively working with appointed student leaders in ASUU. Ryan earned his Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Missouri and his Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Southeast Missouri State University. Ryan enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, running, and spending time with his Alaskan Malamute, Moki.


Jessica See, Administrative Assistant

Jessica is the administrative assistant for the Associated Students of the University of Utah. She organizes, directs and maintains the day-to-day operations of the ASUU Office. Jessica earned her Associate of Science Degree at Salt Lake Community College and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Economics at the University of Utah. When she's not working or studying she spends most of her time outdoors with her family.

vacantMichelle Wilde, Graduate Assistant for Student Organizations

Michelle Wilde is the Graduate Assistant for Student Organizations within Student Leadership & Involvement at the U. Her responsibilities include advising the Organization Resource Group (ORG) and supporting over 600 Recognized Student Organizations. Some of primary responsibilites include faciliting the annual student organization training, composing the Advisor Newsletter, and assisting the Involvement Ambassadors. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Originally from the United Kingdom, she is a 1st-year graduate student pursuing an M.Ed. with an emphasis in Student Affairs. In her spare time, she enjoys working out and being outdoors. 

vacantKenny Taboada, Graduate Assistant for Programming

Kenny Taboada serves as Assistant Programming Advisor to ASUU Executive Boards, including Campus Event Boards, Diversity, Sustainability and Immersion & Outreach Boards. His goal is to bridge our student body and student government to create meaningful collaboration across our Utah campus and communities. Kenny graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in May 2019, with a BA in Photography and a minor in Business Administration. He is attending the U to receive his M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Policy with an emphasis in Student Affairs. On his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends and going to the movies.

Office Staff

Office Assistant:Cole Thorpe

Office Assistant: Sydney Kitzmiller

Office Hours: 8 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday

Our office is closed on all University Holidays and Closures.

Last Updated: 2/25/20