2023-2024 Executive Cabinet

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Cate Brownlee

Chief Advisor to the President


Cate Brownlee is a junior from Great Falls, Virginia studying business marketing and sales. Cate has previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff under the Vice President of External Affairs and well as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the 112th administration. Outside of SGA, Cate currently serves as the President of Zeta Tau Alpha and is an active member of the Business Honors Program, Delta Sigma Pi and other business related group on campus. Cate is honored to serve Samad Gillani and the University of Alabama student body once again within the Student Government Association and cannot wait to get to work!

Office Hours

By appointment

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Chase Cowart

Chief Administrative Officer


Chase Cowart is a Junior from Birmingham, Alabama, majoring in Public Relations with a concentration in Digital Communication. Within SGA, he previously served as the Director of Engagement for the Vice President of External Affairs. Outside of this involvement, he serves as the Webmaster of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, the Director of Community Outreach for Public Relations Society of America, a Strategist at Capstone Agency, an Ambassador for the College of Communications and Information Sciences, and is member of the honor society, Phi Eta Sigma.

Office Hours

Office Hours coming soon!

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Halle Harman

Director of Communications


Halle Harman is a Junior from Tulsa, Oklahoma, majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Sales. As she enters her third year in SGA, Halle brings experience from serving on the First Year Council and the Executive Vice President’s cabinet as Director of Communications. Outside of SGA, Halle is actively engaged as Secretary of Phi Mu Alpha Zeta, participating in PRCA’s Community Cultivation Project, and a member of Phi Eta Sigma. Halle is honored to serve the 113th Administration and looks forward to the year ahead!

Office Hours

By appointment

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Karim Panjawani



Karim Panjawani is from Birmingham, Alabama, and he is pursuing a dual degree in Property Development (Interdisciplinary) and Psychology. Karim has been involved in various levels of SGA ranging from serving as a First Year Councilor to serving as Chief Administrative Officer on the Vice President of External Affairs’s Cabinet. He is thoroughly involved in campus through research within the Psychology department and mentorship programs. Karim also maintains steady involvement in community service through organizations like La Escuelita De Inglés, a program teaching survival English to adult Spanish speakers within the greater Tuscaloosa area. He hopes to combine his wide array of skills to contribute positively in bringing more structure to the role of Treasurer within the Executive Cabinet.

Office Hours

Monday: 1pm – 3:30pm
Wednesday: 1pm – 3:30pm
or by appointment

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Alex Cheng

Director of Engagement

sgaengagement@ua.edu, akcheng@crimson.ua.edu

Alex is an MBA student from Huntsville, Alabama entering his fourth year at the Capstone. He graduated from the University of Alabama Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in computer science on the pre-medical track. Alex previously served as the Director of Multicultural Affairs in the SGA DEI Cabinet. Outside of the SGA, he is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair of the Theta Xi fraternity; the former Secretary and Internal Vice President for the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE); a member of the Asian American Student Association (AASA); and an inducted member of the AED Pre-Medical Honors Society. Additionally, he is a teaching assistant for the UA in Belize: Tropical Conservation Study Abroad and an undergraduate researcher for the Earley Lab. Alex is excited to serve students with the Gillani Administration and increase student engagement for the SGA.

Office Hours

Monday: 2pm – 4pm
Wednesday: 2pm – 4pm
Thursday: 2pm- 4pm
Or by appointment

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Hannah Adams

Director of Programming and Advancement


Hannah Adams is a senior from Birmingham, Alabama, double majoring in Political Science and Public Relations on the CREATE Path to MBA. Entering her fourth year in the Student Government Association, she previously served as a Lobby Board Member, Director of Programming to the Vice President for Student Affairs, and Chief Advisor to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Outside of SGA, Hannah is a Recruitment Team Member for the Blackburn Institute, President of the Carl A. Elliott Society, Director of Leadership for Alpha Gamma Delta, and Captain of the UA American Cancer Society Relay for Life team. She is Co-President of the 501(c)(3) non-profit H.U.G.S. 4 Childhood Cancer and a state Advocacy Coordinator for the American Childhood Cancer Organization. Hannah is also a member of Blue Key, Mortar Board, ODK, The Order of Omega, among many other honor societies. Hannah is honored to serve within the Gillani Administration and excited to continue making meaningful contributions to the university community!

Office Hours

Tuesday: 10am – 12pm
Wednesday: 12pm – 2pm
Or by appointment

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Maggie Duncan

Director of Environmental Affairs


Maggie Duncan is a senior from Tuscaloosa, Alabama majoring in Civil Engineering on the STEM Path to MBA. Entering her third year in the Student Government Association, she has previously served as the Director of Programming under the Director of Environmental Affairs and a Deputy Chief of Staff under the Vice President for Student Affairs. Beyond involvement in SGA, Maggie is the Vice President of Education for Greek Ambassadors, Treasurer for American Society of Civil Engineers, STEM Path to MBA Ambassador, and former Environmental Chair for her sorority, Chi Omega. Maggie is honored to serve as the 2024-2025 Director of Environmental Affairs for the Gillani administration. She is eager to promote sustainability and conservation on campus and work with many individuals to make UA a greener place!

Office Hours

Monday: – 9am – 11am
Wednesday: 9am – 11am

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Daniel Tsark

Director of IT and Webmaster

sgawebmaster@ua.edu, dhtsark@crimson.ua.edu

Daniel Tsark is a senior from Chandler, Arizona majoring in Cyber Security. He previously served as the Deputy Director of IT and Webmaster and is excited to continue improving the SGA website. Outside of SGA, Daniel serves as the Corresponding Secretary for Theta Tau, the Parliamentarian for the United Greek Council, and the Large Events Coordinator for the Association for Computing Machinery. He is excited to continue growing the accessibility and availability of SGA to the greater student body.

Office Hours

By appointment

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Jack Rudder

Attorney General


Jack Rudder is a junior from Saint Louis, Missouri studying mechanical engineering. In his first year in SGA, he served as a CoE Senator and, this year, serves our SGA as the Speaker of the Senate. Apart from SGA, he is a part of SCNO and is the Recruitment Chair for Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

Office Hours

Office Hours coming soon!

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Morgan Patrick

Press Secretary


Morgan Patrick is a senior from Birmingham, Alabama majoring in Political Science and Communication Studies on the Pre-Law track. Morgan previously served in SGA as a senator for the College of Communication and Information Sciences and the Chief of Staff to the Vice President of External Affairs. Outside of her SGA involvement, she is the director of Account Management for the Capstone Agency, a member of Cardinal Key, the Pre-Law student association and has held leadership in her sorority, Chi Omega. Morgan is honored to serve as Press Secretary for the Gillani administration. She looks forward to to furthering SGA’s media relations and ensuring communication between the organization and campus community!

Office Hours

Tuesday: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Thursday: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Or by appointment

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Nick Smith

Chief Justice
sga.judicial@ua.edu, ntsmith4@crimson.ua.edu

Nick Smith is a senior from Hoover, Alabama studying Philosophy with a specialization in Jurisprudence and a minor in accounting on the Pre-Law track. This is his fourth year of involvement in the student government, having previously served in First Year Council and the Student Judiciary. He is eager to work alongside the Gillani administration to create an environment focused on the just and equitable principles UA hopes to embody!

Office Hours

By appointment

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Chloe Pickle

Speaker of Senate

Chloe Pickle is a Sophomore from Hamilton, Alabama studying Economics with a minor in Political Science. She previously served as a Culverhouse College of Business Senator and is excited to continue her time in senate as Speaker! Outside of SGA, Chloe serves as Vice President of Membership Recruitment for Alpha Phi, a Greek Ambassador, the Community Outreach Committee within the Alabama Panhellenic Association, and participates in various business organizations. Chloe is excited to serve as Speaker of the 29th Senate and cannot wait to see new legislation on the floor!

Office Hours

Monday: 2pm – 3pm
Tuesday: 2pm – 3pm
Wednesday: 2pm – 3pm
Or by appointment

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Jenni Page

Secretary of Senate

My name is Jenni Page, and I am a sophomore from Dayton, OH majoring in General Business and Psychology on the Pre-Law track. This past year, I’ve had the incredible privilege of serving as a Senator for Culverhouse on the Rules Committee. I am so honored to have been elected as the Secretary of the Senate, and I am committed to serving students and giving Senators the tools they need to succeed. I am so excited to collaborate with everyone to make positive change on campus!

Office Hours

Monday: 2pm – 3 pm
Tuesday: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Wednesday: 10pm – 11pm
Or by appointment

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Hannah Kate Newman

Director of Strategic Initiatives


Hannah Kate Newman is a sophomore from Chattanooga, TN studying Finance, Economics, and Spanish with a minor in Real Estate. Previously in SGA, Hannah Kate was a First Year Councilor, and this year she served as Director of Research and Policy within the Strategic Initiatives cabinet. Outside of SGA, Hannah Kate is actively involved as an analyst in the Culverhouse Investment Management Group, as well as, serving as a leader in Young Life and the Alabama Panhellenic Association as a Sigma Rho Chi. Hannah Kate is passionate about finding and allocating funding to serve all students at the University of Alabama. She is honored and excited to be working with the faculty, staff, and students on campus to serve the student body well during her time in the 113th administration of the SGA!

Office Hours

Monday: 9am-12pm
Wednesday: 9am-12pm
or by appointment

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Rylen Dempsey

Deputy Chief of Staff


Rylen Dempsey is a freshman from Birmingham, AL, studying Civic Leadership and Social Innovation within New College. Rylen is a member of The Blackburn Institute, a New College Ambassador, and the Advisory Council on Student Wellness. Rylen is passionate about creating trusting and uplifting environments on campus, and works to improve organizational processes within SGA.

Office Hours

Monday: 9am – 11am
Wednesday: 9am – 11am
Friday: 9am – 11am
Or by appointment

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Charlie Beth Pruett

Deputy Chief of Staff


Charlie Beth Pruett is a junior from Jasper, Alabama, studying Operations Management with double minors in Supply Chain Management and Real Estate. She previously served as Director of the Lobby Board and is excited to continue her involvement in SGA! Outside of SGA, she is a member of Phi Mu, on the executive board for the Culverhouse Ambassadors, and actively participates in SOMS and other business-related organizations. Charlie Beth is honored to serve Samad Gillani and the University of Alabama student body once again within the Student Government Association and cannot wait to get to work!

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Charles Makobongo

Deputy Chief of Staff

Charles Makobongo is a sophomore from Lewis Center, OH pursuing a double major in Finance & Accounting. Previously within SGA, he recently served as the Chairperson for the financial affairs committee in FYC and is ecstatic to continue serving the student body with SGA at a broader scale. Apart from his SGA responsibilities, Charles co-leads a community service initiative within UA Business LEAD called “Societal Impact”. He also is a LEAD ambassador within UA Business LEAD. Additionally, Charles is a member of UA Bridge and volunteers his time with Reading Allies. He is dedicated and looks forward to collaborating with students, faculty, and staff to make meaningful changes and enhance the overall campus environment.

Office Hours

Tuesday: 12pm – 2pm
Thursday: 12pm – 2pm
Or by appointment