2021-2022 Executive Officers

PRESIDENT

Kacy Maddox

Biochemistry B.S. | Anthropology B.S.

Howdy, everyone! My name is Kacy, and I am a senior at ASU Online pursuing concurrent degrees in biochemistry and anthropology. Throughout my life, I have lived in ten states and four countries but currently reside in the Sierra Nevada area near Yosemite with my husband and our four children. When I am not working as a transaction manager, going to school, and being a mom, I enjoy yoga, mountain biking, cooking, scuba diving, and camping with my family.

Education and Career Goals

Next year, I will be applying to medical school towards the completion of my degree programs. I plan to practice in emergency medicine or possibly women’s health. My passion lies in advocating for better treatment options and research for an entire population that has long been underserved in medicine.

IDEAS Involvement to Date

Since joining IDEAS over a year ago, I have been consistently involved in monthly meetings and weekly OH Hour. Additionally, I currently hold the Biochemistry Appointed Officer position and serve as a Senior Student Advisor.

Vision for IDEAS

It is time to expand our connections with other colleges. IDEAS has grown from a group of friends wanting a supportive study group, into one of the largest active clubs at ASU. We currently have strong ties to the School of Molecular Sciences. Our club would benefit from expanding those valuable connections to include other colleges to welcome and support a more diverse group of STEM students. As a student in both the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and the School of Molecular Sciences, I am uniquely positioned to bridge some of the gaps between the two disciplines. This will improve opportunities in a meaningful way for online students in both colleges.

What is one thing you would want to accomplish for IDEAS in your first three months in the position for which you are running?

IDEAS has progressed into such a fantastic community and I plan to continue to expand this group while bringing more opportunities to online students in the sciences. Since starting my journey at ASU, the one frustration I have experienced with the program surrounds the limited availability of research opportunities for online students. This summer I am part of an in-person pilot program that a professor within the School of Life Sciences is conducting to better facilitate how online students can be involved in meaningful research opportunities. I am also involved in research within SHESC. Within the first three months, I plan to collaborate with the many professors with whom I have built relationships to bring these and additional opportunities to our IDEAS members.

Describe a situation in which you embodied "collaboration, not competition"

Recently while applying for a lab research opening, I helped two other students with their applications for the same position. Someone mentioned that was probably not the best idea for increasing my chances of securing the position. Even though that may be true as far as simple statistics are concerned, I explained that I have never thought of things in those terms. Maybe it is because I am the eldest of six kids and learned very quickly that equity and cooperation always facilitate the best outcomes. I have always believed that if only one person is winning then no one is truly winning. The beauty of this situation was that instead of viewing each other as competitors, we collaborated to present the highest quality applications for the position. True progress results from working together to create strong a network of empowered and supported people.

VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

Kris Ganzel

Astronomical and Planetary Sciences B.S.

Hello! My name is Kris Ganzel and I started at ASU in Fall of 2020 after deciding to return to university in order to take advantage of the extra down-time due to COVID quarantine and pursue a degree in astronomy.

When I'm not working on classwork, I can often be found in my backyard staring at the sky late at night with my telescope and/or shooting astrophotography. Aside from that, I also enjoy playing music (singing or playing guitar), playing video games, taking care of my reptiles, and road trips. I also work from home full-time as a Software QA Engineer maintaining a Windows-based environment that houses hundreds of thousands of users.

Education and Career Goals

My current plan is to finish my B.S. in Astronomical and Planetary Sciences and then move on to a PhD in Astrophysics. At some point during this process - likely when I feel more confident in the physics side of my B.S. degree - I plan on starting an "edutainment" channel in which I can teach astronomy to the masses in a more easy-to-digest format than a traditional classroom.

IDEAS Involvement to Date

I first joined IDEAS in August of 2020 when I was introduced to them during the first ASU Online Welcome Week. Since then I have consistently attended club meetings and OH Hours, I have contributed articles to the Gazette (though, admittedly, not as much as I would have liked this past semester), and have also helped co-host events with the astronomy club I founded called Sun Devil Stargazers.

Vision for IDEAS

My vision for IDEAS is similar to the vision on which it was founded, however, I'd like to take it a step further. Particularly with regard to the "advocacy" portion of the name. In my short time at ASU, I have been able to establish strong connections with the faculty and staff within the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) and there has been a measurably positive response with many incoming changes in just a few months. I would like to use IDEAS in a similar fashion to effect positive change within every STEM college/school at ASU.

What is one thing you would want to accomplish for IDEAS in your first three months in the position for which you are running?

One of the biggest things I would like to do is recruit appointed officers to represent each STEM degree program for ASU Online (or at least each school) that are willing to act as a sort of liaison that can present feedback to the faculty and staff at each of the aforementioned schools regarding what resources ASU Online students need. Whether that be research opportunities, more consistent availability with Office Hours, etc. I feel I have had a lot of success advocating for resources with SESE and I strongly believe I can help others achieve the same within their own programs!

Describe a situation in which you embodied "collaboration, not competition"

I feel I have had this mindset since my first day at ASU, though I didn't exactly have a name for the concept. From the start, I have tried to collaborate with my peers in a multitude of ways: creating study groups in my astronomy classes, recruiting fellow students to attend SESE Task Force meetings, advising students on how to get in touch with faculty members when they needed assistance, and even helping SESE advisors develop a double major for Astronomy and Physics to better prepare online Astronomy students for grad school.

I think if I had to pick a single situation it would have to be one of the myriad times I've coordinated with fellow IDEAS member Roxanne. The main one that comes to mind is when we worked together with the Online Student Government to host multiple back-to-back events for the Spring 2021 Welcome Week in January and Harlem Weekend in February.

VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

Lindsay Gann

Biochemistry B.S.

Hi, I'm Lindsay Gann, and I have been a student at ASU since Spring 2019. My previous career was in editing and publications, but I mostly have left that behind since giving birth to my three kids. I am the spouse of an active-duty Coast Guard member, so we have moved a lot and we're not sure where we'll live in the future. Right now I live in beautiful Washington State, "where the mountains meet the sea," and I love going to the lake, hiking, and beachcombing. I volunteer regularly at a local foundation called Captain Joseph House, a respite retreat for families who have lost a loved one in combat. I have a previous degree in English Literature, and my favorite author is Thornton Wilder.

Education and Career Goals

I originally planned to just take the medical school prerequisites at ASU. I wasn't sure I would be able to pass, and I wasn't sure I would like them. While I was taking General Chemistry I knew I wasn't just able to pass, I was actually good at it. I kept hearing about the SMS Online program and I just knew I had to switch my plans to become a Biochemistry Major. I'm still not exactly sure what I am going to do next, but I am very happy to be able to set myself up for future opportunities through this degree program.

IDEAS Involvement to Date

I have been involved in IDEAS since before we were IDEAS. It was an amazing experience to work together with a group of dedicated ASU students to break new ground and figure out what an online club can look like at ASU. I am so proud of what this club has become and the wide reach we have gained in such a short time. In addition to the early meetings as a founding member I also assisted with proofreading the IDEAS constitution before it became official.

Vision for IDEAS

I would like to continue the momentum that has been put in place by the outgoing officers and maintain the ideals of IDEAS as a place where students at ASU can find friendship, community, support, encouragement, accountability, and fun.

What is one thing you would want to accomplish for IDEAS in your first three months in the position for which you are running?

There is not much I can think of to change about IDEAS, but I would like to start a regular "random science chat" where we can discuss all our science questions and ideas that don't necessarily apply to a specific class, and might be something that would get discussed in the hallway or informal office hours for in-person students. Sometimes I wonder about some aspect of chemistry while I am cooking or doing the dishes, and I think it would be great to have a place dedicated to those discussions somewhere in our online spaces.

Describe a situation in which you embodied "collaboration, not competition"

One of the best things about IDEAS has been the opportunity to meet fellow students, and the feeling of support and community here. I have offered to read the medical school application materials of two fellow IDEAS members, and it was an honor to be trusted with their personal stories and allowed to make suggestions toward an application that was authentic, polished, and professional. I am so proud of these fellow students and I can't wait to see how they succeed in all of their future endeavors. IDEAS allows us this avenue of support and it has been extremely gratifying to play even a small part in the success of others.