Meet Your Executive Officers


PRESIDENT

Jonina Rodriguez

Hey Everyone, I'm Jonina! I'm from Southern California and I've lived here my whole life. I love to bake, cross-stitch, and build Legos. My husband and I have a huge collection of Legos that we've built together.  I'm a huge fan of Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Doctor Who.  I'm also a mom to an amazing 17 year old son and 3.5 year old daughter.

My vision for IDEAS Student Society is to create a warm, inclusive, fun, safe, and welcoming space for all STEM majors, both online and on-campus. I want to create that on-campus feeling without truly being on campus. As online students, we are able to come together with IDEAS to create a community that advocates for online students. Sharing the same resources and opportunities that are offered to those on campus. IDEAS has continued to thrive through the years, and shows that online students have a wide array of talents and are amazing in their own way! Let's make the 2024-2025 year amazing! 

VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

Sarah Waterman

Hey everyone! My name is Sarah, and I am the Vice President of Operations for the IDEAS student society here at ASU.

I'm a pre-med biological sciences major in the accelerated masters program (formerly known as the 4+1). I'll be graduating with my BS this Fall, 2024, and my MS (hopefully) Summer '25. I'm new to the Phoenix area but have already made some lasting memories and friends, and had some pivotal experiences. I am a 100% online student, but visit the Tempe campus once a week to work in Dr. Holechek's lab. I volunteer with the Phoenix Children's Hospital and the American Red Cross on the weekends. Otherwise, I'm chasing my two littles (1, 3) around the house, entertaining our fur babies, hiking, or potentially having school-related existential crises. (joking, not joking ;] )

As a transitioning undergrad-to-graduate student, I would love to see IDEAS partner with more amazing professors and departments at ASU to bring more graduate opportunities, especially for those of us online. I would also love to help build up our student, facility and "beyond" reach, as well as boost current member engagement. "Show me your friends, I'll show you your future." - Tony Robbins. I believe it's important that we all hold our hands out to one another, network, create opportunities and experiences, develop professional and graduate skills, and build a community of like-minded individuals around us to bounce ideas off of and support one another. I'm thrilled to be on this team!

VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

Bryan Llanes

Hello my name is Bryan Llanes, I want to say I am a HEAVILY CAFFEINATED individual. I love all things anthropology and genetics. I currently help with the general genetics class as an ATA. I'm currently in the 4+1 program with my BS/MS for Computational Life Science. In my free time, you can find me watching anime and screaming at my monitor while playing Overwatch! Happy to meet you all soon!

In leading IDEAS, my aim is to strengthen the bond between our online community and our in-person allies, fostering a sense of connection and collaboration. I believe that active engagement and open communication are the cornerstones of our growth within IDEAS. Together, let's cultivate an environment where ideas flourish and relationships thrive.