Who are we?

The Graduate Student Council includes members from each grad program (with the exception of the Law Program). A Program Director coordinates GSC meetings, events, and the other functions of the organization.   

Brief Biographies of Program Director & Council Members

Program Director - Claudine Richardson, DPLS Candidate, 

Prior to coming to Gonzaga as the GSA representative, Richardson was the Upward Bound-Ferry and Stevens Counties program director for WSU. She held a variety of positions at Eastern Washington University (EWU), including international admissions coordinator, assistant to the faculty fellow for diversity, teaching assistant for the department of biology and admissions advisor.
As a former TRiO and Ronald E. McNair scholar, she is devoted to providing leadership in preparing first-generation, low income and/or historically disadvantaged students for college.

Richardson is a graduate of EWU with a bachelor of science in biology, a bachelor of arts in modern languages (Spanish), a master of science in biology, a master of public administration and a graduate certificate in health services administration.

Council Representatives

MBA Rep.- Rachel Hoaglin,

Ph.D. in Leadership Studies Rep. - Gregory Cook,

MA Communication and Leadership- Neal Gellar,

My name is Neal Geller and I have been in the COML online program with Gonzaga University for over a year and a half. I recently spent 17 days in the Gonzaga in Cagli program to immerse myself into a world of culture and communication exploration. It was an amazing journey and I highly recommend you check out the blogs and final project through the Gonzaga in Cagli webpages. Besides my educational goals wanting to complete my graduate program I am actively involved at work and through charities such as the Ronald McDonald House. Most recently I ran a 5k run for the cure to stomp out cancer event supported by my employer, it was a tremendous success. I enjoy the field of communications and enjoy working with other students. I hope you really take advantage of all the things that Gonzaga has to offer. As a working adult, this program really fit into my personal and professional needs and has far exceeded my expectations. I look forward to being an advocate for you on your educational journey. Please feel free to reach out to me if I can ever help you.

MA Organizational Leadership - Matthew Blythe,

MA Orgainzational Leadership- Katherine Cascamo,

MA Organizational Leadership - Evan Buelt,


Evan Buelt for the past two years has served students as an admissions counselor in higher education. As a former student government leader during his undergraduate experience Buelt is now looking forward to represent and serve graduate students. If you have any questions and or concerns please feel free to contact Evan.

MA Sport & Athletic Administration- Mike Ostman,

MA Philosophy - Chase Willcuts,  

MA Philosophy- Tyler Wasson,

MA Religious Studies - JW Dalton,  
MS Nursing - Amy Mitchhart,  


I have been a labor and delivery nurse for 21 years in Austin Texa, and am part of the high risk maternal transport teams.I am in the Nurse educator track. Officially a second year grad student. I love Gonzaga so far, the experience has been amazing and I want to be as involved as I can in spite of living a good distance away. I would love to one day teach through the online MSN program with G4onzaga.

Council Representative Responsibilities Document

Graduate Student Association Advisor -Dave Rovick, Assistant Director, Student Activities, 

What do we do?

The Graduate Student Council provides leadership to and a voice for all Gonzaga Graduate Students.
It is our goal to:

  • Increase awareness of the Graduate Student population--both on-campus and distance students--at GU
  • Increase graduate student participation in campus events
  • Use this website, the Community page, and other social media outlets as hubs for graduate information
  • Increase inter-disciplinary communication between programs
  • Help the graduate student population experience the Gonzaga spirit

The Graduate Student Council hopes to achieve these goals by:

  • Creating a community atmosphere for graduate students
  • Presenting programming targeted toward the graduate student population, including those with families
  • Assisting graduate programs with funding for programming
  • Establishing and marketing through the Gonzaga Community website and Facebook group
  • Establishing relationships with faculty and staff to benefit current and future students

Important Information

Contact Information


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