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GSA Executive Board

Congratulations to our incoming Executive Board, who will begin working with the GSA in September 2014:

Executive Director (Formerly called Director of Advocacy and Outreach) -
Dean "Rocky" Rockwell, CSOM

Director of Programming -
Jill Forgash, LSOE

Director of Finances -
Chirag Makhija, CSOM


Thank you to our outgoing Executive Board members, who are each graduating in May 2014:


Bill Duffey



                                                                            Bill Duffey- Director of Advocacy and Outreach

Hometown: Dedham, MA                                          Program: Full-time MBA, Class of 2014

I have worked with leaders from other graduate programs while planning joint-events for the Graduate Management Association, GSA Activities Board, and other student groups. My motivation behind getting involved in past endeavors has always been the same: to leverage the incredible strengths each program offers, with the goal of elevating the experience for all of us. While obvious strives have been made to promote collaboration across programs and student groups, I believe this opportunity is still underutilized. This year, my overarching objective is to capitalize upon this latent potential. In addition, I look forward to serving as a voice for the graduate student body to the administration.  


Kelly Coco

Kelly Cocco- Director of Finances

Hometown: Vernon, CT                                             Program: Dual MBA/MSA, Class of 2014

As a new member of GSA in the Financial Director position, I am eager to learn more about all of the different graduate schools at Boston College and to help ensure that each school is able to easily navigate funding clubs and programming that will enrich the experience of our students.  I hope to do this by continuing to streamline processes wherever possible and providing as much information as I can to treasurers.  I look forward to working with everyone!


Emily Halstead

Emily Halstead- Director of Programming

Hometown: Woodstock, GA                                       Program: MA Higher Education Administration, Class of 2014

I am excited to return as GSA Director of Programming in order to continue contributing to the already-vibrant community of engaged graduate students at BC. This year I hope to increase our reach within each graduate school in order to be sure that we're providing resources to all graduate students no matter what they are studying. I also intend to provide more opportunities for graduate students to become active leaders who serve one another in planning programs and initiatives for the community.


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