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Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

The student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC) is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. The SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institutions.

The Johnson & Wales SAAC is comprised of two or three student-athletes from each of the 23 varsity teams. The JWU SAAC holds meetings once a month.

2019-20 SAAC Members

President: Jehon Balidemaj - Men's Soccer
Vice President: Olvia DiGiacomo - Softball
Secretary: Joulien Martinelli - Men's Soccer
Treasurer: Mikayla Arimura - Women's Volleyball
Community Service: Gabriela Velazquez - Women's Tennis
Social Media Coordinator: Maria Coniglio - Women's Volleyball

Alex Dominigos - Baseball
Colby Greenhalgh - Baseball
Steve Rocchio - Baseball
Bryan Davis - Men's Basketball
Andre Cotton-Samuel - Men's Basketball
Peyton Ryan - Women's Basketball
Symone Williams - Women's Basketball
Devyn Shannon - Cheer/Dance
Lisa Palka - Cheerleading
Kate Henderson - Women's Cross Country
Matt Ursillo - Men's Cross Country
Nicholas Pereira - Men's Cross Country
Kaylan Dunham - Women's Cross Country
Megan Kramer - Field Hockey
Natalie Rivas - Field Hockey
Connor Betchel - Men's Ice Hockey
Craig Hessenius - Men's Ice Hockey
Graham Day - Men's Ice Hockey
Matthew Bernot - Men's Ice Hockey
Will DelVerne - Men's Ice Hockey
Andrea Westgaard - Women's Ice Hockey
Isabelle Day - Women's Ice Hockey
Katie Mason - Women's Ice Hockey
Koryn Russell - Women's Ice Hockey
Lindsay Vollinger - IDA Equestrian
Savannah Hoglan - IDA Equestrian
Erin Lavigne - IHSA Equestrian
Raquel Sousa - IHSA Equestrian
Andrew Costa - Men's Lacrosse
Michael Mongelli - Men's Lacrosse
Tyler Drago - Men's Lacrosse
Abigail Krause - Women's Lacrosse
Alyson Wilson - Women's Lacrosse
Marcela Rose - Women's Lacrosse
Abigail Taylor - Women's Rowing
Alyson Tavares - Women's Rowing
Kate Bishop - Women's Rowing
Maeve McAuley- Women's Rowing
Kevin Reilly - Men's Soccer
Nick Gutekunst - Men's Soccer
Ricky Africo - Men's Soccer
Shax Madjidov - Men's Soccer
Brianna DeLuna - Women's Soccer
Colleen Lynch - Women's Soccer
Jordan Petrucci - Women's Soccer
Jordan Restivo - Women's Soccer
Gabby Farino - Softball
Jenna Conroy - Softball
Kristin Frost - Softball
Meaghan Gurska - Softball
Megan Antaya - Softball
Brandon Case - Men's Tennis
Camden Ness - Men's Tennis
Steven Heizler - Men's Tennis
Tyler Cohen - Men's Tennis
Claire Perry - Women' Tennis
Kourtney Moore - Women' Tennis
Kristen O'Connell - Women' Tennis
Maddy Allan - Women' Tennis
Ben Naouai - Men's Volleyball
Matt McCarthy - Men's Volleyball
Shane Holcomb - Men's Volleyball
Bella Oldham - Women's Volleyball
Tiah Scott - Women's Volleyball
Samie Senske - Women's Volleyball
Katiah Scott - Women's Volleyball
Cam Atobelli - Wrestling
Craig Sampson - Wrestling
Edwin Morales - Wrestling
Gabe Degraffinreed - Wrestling
Reilly Moskalenko - Wrestling


2014 Be a Match Registry Campaign

Be a Match Registry

JWU SAAC and SGA co-sponsored a Be A Match Registry on November 12, 2014 to bring awareness to the campus regarding bone marrow donation.  Members of both organizations worked with the Rhode Island Blood Center at two locations – Schneider Auditorium and the Wildcat Center. Over 130 members of the JWU community including several student athletes signed up to Be A Match.

It was a proud moment for men’s ice hockey goalie, Joey Ballmer.  “When I heard about the event on campus, all I could think about was my uncle.  My family is so close and when someone stepped forward to donate their bone marrow to give my uncle a second chance at life, I saw her as a hero.  The joy that she brought to me and my family is endless and I hope that I am able to give someone that second chance at life and bring that same joy to another family.”

Jennifer St. Peter, Recruitment Supervisor said, “it was great to see such an enthusiastic outpouring of support from the JWU community.  The students did a wonderful job of educating their peers about the need for more donors and the donor process. I’m looking forward to working with them again!”

Anyone who missed the event can register at any of the blood drives held on campus throughout the year.