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 24 varsity teams. The JWU SAAC holds meetings once a month.

2016-17 SAAC Members

President: Jordan Augustyn - Men's Lacrosse
Vice President: James Hyatt - Men's Ice Hockey
Community Service: Nastasia Kapustin - Women's Volleyball
Admissions Liaison: Taylor Klein - Women's Tennis
Community Service: Sam Gambino - Women's Tennis
Treasurer: Chris Fortin - Men's Lacrosse
Social Media: Kristen Habbel - Women's Basketball
Vice President: Raquel Pederzani - Women's Basketball & Lacrosse
Secretary: Kellie Graf - Women's Cross Country
Advisor: Jillian Withington

Rob Ballinger - Baseball
Jim Smiegocki - Baseball
Amber Ferreira - Cheerleading
Gabby Catania - Field Hockey
Giovanna Ciavardoni - Field Hockey
Alexandra Casola - IHSA
Hannah Coutu - IHSA
Marad Banks - Men's Basketball
Matt Madoian - Men's Basketball
Kevin Rodriguez - Men's Basketball
Alex Nathan - Men's Cross Country
Alex Robinson - Men's Cross Country
Ben Farrell - Men's Lacrosse
Sam Sears - Men's Lacrosse
Yohann Assouramou - Men's Soccer
Andrew Vecere - Men's Soccer
Tyler Dupee - Men's Tennis
Ryan Schiele - Men's Tennis
Hayden Crust - Men's Volleyball
Cameron Ponce - Men's Volleyball
Jason Rhee - Men's Volleyball
Sarah Fagan - Rowing
Alex Fantasia - Softball
Emily Gorecki - Softball 
Emily Gundrum - Softball
Katie Rufo - Softball
Tiffani Semanchiu - Softball
Sarah Duryea - Women's Basketball
Ally Mishol - Women's Basketball & Softball
Alison King - Women's Cross Country
Olivia Molokwu - Women's Cross Country
Casey Chodkowski - Women's Ice Hockey
Kami Weiner - Women's Ice Hockey
Sophia Czarnecki - Women's Lacrosse
Lizz Tonn - Women's Lacrosse
Danielle Barone - Women's Soccer
Anna Goerler - Women's Soccer
Ashley Hartford - Women's Tennis
Holly Olson - Women's Tennis
Victoria Pizzulo - Women's Tennis
Bobbie Jordan - 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.