Representatives 2021-22

Jonathan Martin

Teacher Education, Master of Arts in Teaching: Social Studies program

2021-22 SUN Representative Jonathan Martin Jonathan Martin is a Secondary Education Teacher Candidate seeking an endorsement in Social Studies. They completed their undergraduate degree at Portland State University with a Bachelors of Arts in History. Jonathan believes that this type of work is important in practicing and exercising democracy within our various institutions. They are passionate about representing the student body’s voice and creating a culture that continues this practice, not only at Lewis & Clark, but in our larger communities. Though this is their first time serving as a student representative, Jonathan has had experience organizing in local political organizations. They believe that through collective action, the people are strong and capable of anything!

Jonathan has three furry children, two cats and one dog, with their wife Sarah. They enjoy playing board games with friends and outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, and camping. Jonathan enjoys playing video games, watching anime, reading, skateboarding, and snowboarding in the winter.

Michelle McKelvey

Educational Leadership, School Counseling program

Graduate Student Union Network Representative Michelle McKelvey

Hello! My name is Michelle McKelvey, and I use pronouns she/her/hers. I am a Native Portlander, Oregonian, and proud Siletz Tribal member. I’m also a second year representative for the Graduate Student Union, now in the 2nd year of my M.Ed in School Counseling, and couldn’t be happier to be interning in person this year as a school counselor-in-training at a high school.

I strive to empower and advocate alongside the incredible youth and colleagues I am fortunate to work with. My passions include baking, being outside, always learning, and championing the rights of ALL students to feel safe, belong, and flourish in schools Pre-K to beyond. It takes more than a village; the space that educators inhabit requires a commitment from each of us — students, faculty, staff, deans and trustees — to do the continual work of uprooting deeply-seeded, interwoven systems of oppression. That work begins individually, and expands to questioning the systems which brought us to where we are as a society.

I invite you to share your thoughts, ideas, concerns, tools and action. Let’s get our hands dirty!

Bre Pleasant

Counseling, Therapy, & School Psychology, Art Therapy program

Graduate Student Union Network Representative Bre Pleasant I grew up in Southern Illinois in a small farming town outside of Robinson Illinois. Our only claim to fame is the Hershey factory and the hometown of former TrailBlazer player Meyers Leonard. After college, I moved to Maryland and lived there for five years. In 2016, I decided to leave the East Coast behind and move to Oregon and I have been here ever since.

I graduated from Robinson High School in 2007, spent a year at Lincoln Trail Community College, and then transferred to Eastern Illinois University where I earned a Bachelor’s in Fine arts in 2012.

Since graduating from Eastern Illinois University in 2012, I have had a large range of job opportunities as a Graphic Designer. I’ve worked with printing companies, a skateboarding franchise, and E-learning companies. Once I moved to Oregon and realized that the graphic design field was not easy to get into, I found a clerical job working at a Union Hall. Throughout my career, I gained management experience and customer skills.

I enjoy gardening, herbalism, yoga, and reading. I’m also a Star Wars and Marvel enthusiast. Thank you for choosing me to represent you!

Andrea Salyer

Educational Leadership, Student Affairs Administration program

Graduate Student Union Network Representative Andrea Salyer

I grew up on Mt. Hood in Rhododendron, Oregon, received my undergraduate degree in Humanities at the U of O in 2011 and have been living in Portland for the past decade. I am currently in my second year of the Student Affairs Masters Program in the GSEC and have been working in higher education at Portland Community College for the past 10 years.

I deeply believe in the power of collective organizing in all I do. LC has been integral to my development as an antiracist educator with an emphasis on interrogating power, privilege and justice within college systems. I am excited to represent GSEC students and committed to improving the graduate experience for future cohorts of leaders.

When I am not working, organizing or doing homework (that’s 95% of my life right there), I’m tending to my garden, petting my animals, climbing rocks, seeing live music and spending time with my friends. Hope to connect with you sometime, please reach out!