GSA Executive Board
Director of Programming
Director of Finance
(left to right)
Craig Ford, Executive Director
Craig is currently a fourth-year doctoral student in the Theology department at Boston College, which is a more formal way of saying how lucky he feels to wake up everyday and remember that what he gets to work on are answering questions that stand at the intersection his two most important research interests: queer theory and the Catholic moral tradition. What brought Craig to the position of GSA executive director was a journey that began with revitalizing and refounding what would become known as Boston College’s Graduate Students of Color Association and continued through serving two consecutive years on the Graduate Student Association’s Senate. Craig proudly hails from Philadelphia, and—as you might know from having run into any Eagles or Phillies fan—he’s very happy to tell you about that. Since adulthood started to make more substantive demands on his time, Craig left Philadelphia to study at the University of Notre Dame (BA, Philosophy and Theology), and then to study at Yale University (M.A.R., Theological Ethics). Common diversions from these demands, however, include a love of weight training and tennis; talking about politics, religion, and society; cooking; and finding ways to try more craft brews, with bonus points if he can get them for free at a bar.
Samantha Bondaryk, Director of Finance
Samantha Bondaryk, our Director of Finance, comes to us from the Connell School of Nursing, where she is studying to be a Family Nurse Practitioner. Since graduating with her BSN from UPenn in 2012, Sam came home to Boston to work as a staff nurse at Carney Hospital in Dorchester and as a home visiting nurse with the Boston Public Health Commission. Although finance is not the focus of her career, she has keenly appreciated the value of a hard-earned dollar ever since her first minimum wage job in customer service at the Museum of Science. Sam is obsessed with yoga (she's a certified teacher!) and is a passionate advocate for alternative medicine and personal wellness. She absolutely loves being at BC, and she's totally stoked to welcome the phenomenal grad student population to this wonderful campus and to her beloved hometown.
James Vamboi, Director of Programming
James Vamboi is a third year graduate student at Boston College School of Social Work. James was a part-time student for the first two years of his graduate program, working at Newton-Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation, James supported the Foundation with prospect research and major gift strategy. James is most passionate about health access, race and class, and is currently placed at The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, supporting the Office of HIV/AIDS for his final year field placement. James is a proud City Year alum, he served in Boston at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School, and then supported the national development team at City Year, Inc with prospect research. James attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he studied Political Science and English. James enjoys white wines, dinner parties, independent films, fencing, anything African and RuPaul's Drag Race.
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