Office of Student Life : Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Senior Staff

USG is excited to introduce our 2017-2018 Senior Staff! Each of these individuals are extraordinarily dedicated to serving the student body of Ohio State and will be working hard to make sure the student voice is heard!

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Samer Abusway

Chief of Staff

The Chief of Staff is tasked with ensuring that USG accomplishes its goals by facilitating communication, functionality, transparency, and fluidity throughout the organization. The Chief of Staff also oversees all functions of USG to guarantee that it is a productive organization that works effectively and intentionally for the student body.

Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

(and by appointment)

Samer can be reached at

Shamina Merchant

Deputy Chief of Staff

The Deputy Chief of Staff is tasked with making sure that Cabinet meetings run smoothly and ensuring that there is fluid and continued communication between Directors and Senior Staff.

Office Hours

Monday: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Tuesday: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Shamina can be reached at

Michael Watson

Senior Policy Advisor

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Michael can be reached at

Zawwar Khan

Senior Director of Operations

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Zawwar can be reached at

Sara Spain

Senior Counselor to the President

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Sara can be reached at

Tony Buss

Senior Counselor to the Vice President

The Senior Counselor to the Vice President works with the General Assembly side of student government. This role includes working with the senators to encourage outreach to ensure that senators are known and accessible to their constituents. In addition, it is the Senior Counselor’s role to assist the Vice President in whatever way she needs.

Tony can be reached at

Connor Dorony

Chief Financial Officer

The CFO’s role involves handling USG's share of the Student Activity Fee, a fee that every undergraduate student is required to pay, managing Coke Grant money that our organization receives, and overseeing the allocation of this money to outside student organizations, philanthropies, events, scholarships, and more. It is the CFO’s job to keep track of students' tuition dollars and ensure that this money is spent fairly and ethically.

Connor can be reached at

Averi Townsend

Deputy Chief Financial Officer

The Deputy CFO acts as the chair of the Allocations Committee of General Assembly, which oversees the USG budget and funding for student organizations.

Averi can be reached at

Mario Belfiglio

Chair of the Undergraduate Caucus

The Chair of the Undergraduate Caucus leads the undergraduate delegation to University Senate where faculty, students, and administrators legislate on behalf of the Board of Trustees. Responsibilities of this position include coordinating committee representatives to execute USG policy goals and advocating for students through the shared governance system.

Mario can be reached at