Officers

Each spring, the TAA membership elects union officers to carry out the day to day business of the union. Any member is eligible to run for office and the term is one year. The elected officers of the TAA sit on the Executive Board along with the chairs of the TAA’s standing committees. The Executive Board meets regularly to discuss union business, make recommendations to be considered at membership meetings, and take actions in areas or on issues that the membership has designated.

Your 2022-2023 TAA Officers

Co-Presidents:

Adrian George

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I’m a fourth year Geography PhD student, studying past climate change and interactive maps. In my free time, I love dancing, reading queer sci-fi, and sailing. As one of your co-presidents, I help coordinate everything going on in the union & work to make the union a more democratic, antiracist space. Reach out to me & Bright at president@taa-madison.org.

Sajirat “Bright” Palakarn

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I am a second year graduate student in the Asian Languages and Cultures Department. Also a cat person.

Co-Treasurers:

Anupreksha Jain

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I am a second year graduate student in the Entomology department. I make sure the bills get paid and that our spending serves our shared values and goals.

Isaac Schwarz

Membership Secretary:

Sirkka Miller

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I’m a graduate student in the School of Human Ecology. Really into friendships, zines, non-hierarchical social movements, and burritos. Serving as membership secretary for Fall 2022.I’m a graduate student in the School of Human Ecology. Really into friendships, zines, non-hierarchical social movements, and burritos. Serving as membership secretary for Fall 2022.

Recording Secretary:

Nina Denne

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Hello, my name is Nina and I’m a second year Cell & Molecular Biology PhD student. As recording secretary, I take meeting notes at membershipmeetings and send out weekly update emails to union members. I also run a weekly STEM organizing meeting on Wednesdays at 6pm at the Library – feel free to contact me at nldenne@gmail.com with any questions!

Stewards’ Council Co-Chairs:

Aaron Lopez

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Hi there! I am a former Astronomy PhD student who mastered out of UW-Madison after being exhausted by years of racism, classism, and workplace abuse in my department. Most of my Madison friends are still grads, so I continue to volunteer time to TAA out of love for my community. As the temporarily lone Stewards Council Co-Chair, I make sure Stewards regularly attend organizing meetings and trainings, are represented in Coordinating and General meetings, and make use of TAA resources. Reach me at stewco.chair@taa-madison.org!

Anna Meyer

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I’m a third-year Computer Science grad student and StewCo co-chair. My favorite part of StewCo is meeting people from other departments and finding commonalities in our organizing goals and struggles. In my free time, I enjoy Nordic skiing, cooking (& eating!), running, and playing board games with friends. You can reach me at stewco.chair@taa-madison.org!