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Board of Directors

The MSU has four student leaders spearheading the operations and strategic vision of the organization. The President and three Vice-Presidents lead a team of paid and volunteer staff to accomplish goals within their one-year term. The President is elected at-large by the student body each January, and the Vice-Presidents (Administration), (Finance) and (Education) are elected by the Student Representative Assembly (SRA) in April. Any full-time undergraduate student (enrolled in 18 or more units) is eligible to run for a position on the Board of Directors.

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Denver Della-Vedova

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23885

Denver graduated from McMaster in 2021 with a B. Sc. from the Life Sciences program with minors in Psychology and Environmental Science. Growing up in the small town of Longford Mills, Ontario he has developed passions for nature, music and people. He sees the importance of connection and communication growing up in a rural area and hopes to carry this into the coming year as MSU president. Specifically, he wants to focus on fostering a positive and unified community atmosphere amongst students this year. 

Some of his prior leadership experiences within the McMaster Students Union have included being the Brandon Hall Chair on First Year Council and being an SRA Science for two terms.  As well, some broader engagement has come through terms on Interfaith and Clubs Advisory Council, Internal Governance and Provincial and Federal Affairs Committee, The MUSC Board of Management and both MacBEAT and Mcmaster Guitar Club as exec and President, respectively. Between these experiences, he has a wide scope of what is needed within the MSU and hopes to take a wholistic approach to developing and bettering different aspects of the organization. 

Christina Devarapalli

Christina Devarapalli

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23250

Christina is completing her final year of a B.Sc. from the Honours Life Sciences program. Spending most of her life in Toronto, she is an avid fitness enthusiast, forensics fan, and dabbler in various visual art mediums. Specifically, she has an interest in graphite-based techniques. 

Her early undergraduate experiences with McMaster and the MSU have shaped many interests and a strong passion in topics relating to fostering student learning and development. With this background, she realizes the value of both in and out of class experience in the university learning environment. Taking on roles of leadership, Christina has worked as a Life Sciences Teaching Assistant, provided support as an MSS & LSS peer mentor, served a number of years in children’s ministry, and has been active in the development of an E-Learning startup. In her role as Vice-President Administration, she is devoted to nurturing the McMaster community through the facilitation and maintenance of safe spaces for students, volunteers, and staff to pursue their goals and ideas. Christina hopes to continue to encourage and serve students as they navigate their diverse undergraduate journeys. 

Siobhan Teel:
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 24017

Originally from Beaverton, Ontario, Siobhan graduated McMaster University in 2021 with a BA in Political Science. Prior to joining the Board of Directors, Siobhan worked on the Municipal Affairs Committee and the Ancillary Fees Policy Paper Team as an MSU member throughout the 2020/2021 year. Between 2018 and 2020, Siobhan was a Welcome Week Representative for the McMaster Social Sciences Society; a Team Captain in 2019, and a Fundraising Coordinator in 2020. Outside of the McMaster community, Siobhan has worked with various municipalities including: the Halton Region, Kawartha Lakes, and Brock Township. Additionally, she has completed two internships with the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.  

Siobhan is excited to work with stakeholders at the university, as well as municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government to advocate for equitable and accessible communities for students. In Siobhan’s spare time you can find her learning to knit, reading on the beach, or trying a new recipe. Ultimately, Siobhan is looking forward to working as the MSU’s VP Education for the 2021/2022 year.

Jeganiyah (JJ) Jayachandran
Phone: 905.525.9140 x24109

JJ has completed three years of the (Hons) Life Sciences program. She grew up in Toronto, enjoys volunteering within the community especially with kids, Netflix Party sessions with friends, a good iced coffee, and swimming. As Vice-President (Finance), Jeganiyah will work to create plans to enhance MSU’s operating business units to support long-term financial stability, review the internal employment structure and increase the financial training and support provided to the SRA and various PTMs that oversee MSU services. Her goal is to increase efficiency of MSU services, student engagement, and prioritize assisting students with the transition from online school to in person activities on campus. Jeganiyah looks forward to supporting students in their undergraduate journey at McMaster.