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.

2017-18 SAAC Members

President: Tiffani Semanchik - Softball
Vice President: Raquel Pederzani - Women's Basketball / Women's Lacrosse
Community Service: Nastasia Kapustin - Women's Volleyball
Treasurer: Ben Farrell - Men's Lacrosse
Social Media: Adrian Gonzalez - Wrestling
Secretary: Katie Rufo - Softball
Advisor: Jillian Withington

James Smiegocki - Baseball
Tiffani Harrington - Cheerleading
Amy Perlata - Cheerleading
Gabby Catania - Field Hockey
Natalie Rivas - Field Hockey
Giovanna Ciavardoni - Field Hockey
Alexandra Casola - IHSA Equestrian
Hannah Coutu - IHSA Equestrian
Kaitlynn Buchholz - IDA Equestrian
Victoria Ruiz  - IDA Equestrian
Matt Madoian - Men's Basketball
Kevin Rodriguez - Men's Basketball
Alex Nathan - Men's Cross Country
Matt Daley - Men's Golf
Hunter DiLorenzo - Men's Golf
Adam Ely - Men's Golf
Chad Guderian - Men's Ice Hockey
Nick Pezza - Men's Ice Hockey
Ben Farrell - Men's Lacrosse
Sam Sears - Men's Lacrosse
Erik Schneider  - Men's Soccer
Jehon Balidemaj - Men's Soccer
Jahkeem Hunt - Men's Soccer
Ryan Schiele - Men's Tennis
Cameron Ponce - Men's Volleyball
Matty McCarthy  - Men's Volleyball
Jason Rhee - Men's Volleyball
Alex Fantasia - Softball
Katie Rufo - Softball
Kristin Frost  - Softball
Taylor Fay  - Softball
Jennifer Corona - Softball
Noelle Weiss  - Softball
Julie Saliba  - Softball
Tiffani Semanchik - Softball
Sarah Duryea - Women's Basketball
Kristin Habbel - Women's Basketball
Breona Hill  - Women's Basketball
Ally Mishol - Women's Basketball
Raquel Pederzani - Women's Basketball
Isabella Defrancesco -  - Women's Cross Country
Hannah Blossom - Women's Cross Country
Victoria Barlow - Women's Cross Country
Ali King  - Women's Cross Country
Hannah Hall  - Women's Golf
Caroline Matter   - Women's Golf
Kami Weiner  - Women's Ice Hockey
Danielle Barone  - Women's Soccer
Kali Trunca  - Women's Soccer
Nastasia Kapustin  - Women's Volleyball
Jordan Amore  - Women's Volleyball
Claire Parry - Women's Tennis
Kathy Ensor - Women's Lacrosse
Sophie Czarnecki  - Women's Lacrosse
Maria Patane - Women's Lacrosse
Erin Smith - Women's Lacrosse
Isabella Saluti  - Women's Lacrosse
Sarah Eggert - Women's Rowing
Chris Behen - Wrestling
Adrian Gonzalez - 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.