Larissa Adames is an assistant director and SGA advisor in the department of campus life at Florida International University, Biscayne Bay Campus. A native of Miami, Florida, Larissa earned her bachelor’s in business administration and masters in higher education administration from Florida International University. She has been in the field for the past 10 years and has loved every minute of it. Larissa enjoys working with students at all levels of their student development. She has experience in programming, budget, leadership and student government. Larissa is a member of NASPA and NACA. She is currently the institute coordinator of the 2019 Student Government West Institute for NACA. In her down time, Larissa enjoys catching up on her favorite shows (Game of Thrones, Empire and several Netflix Originals) meditation, working out, baking, and traveling.
Erik Maillard is the assistant director for student government advising at Michigan State University where he advises the undergraduate student government, ASMSU. Erik has spent 10 years in student government as a student representative, student body president, graduate assistant, staff-member and now advisor. He believe that student government provides a great opportunity for students to develop into leaders, global citizens and professionals.
Ilaria Pesco serves as the executive director for Associated Students Inc. at the California State University, Bakersfield. Before working at the California State University, Bakersfield, Ms. Pesco served as the director of the student leadership and involvement center at the University of Redlands for more than 10 years. As the director of student leadership and involvement, Ms. Pesco supervised various areas of student affairs including residence life, study abroad, student government, new student orientation, greek life, outdoor programs/intramurals, leadership training and campus programming. Ms. Pesco received her Bachelor of Arts in government in 1996 and her master’s degree in higher education administration in 1998 both from the University of Redlands.
Joseph Richardson, Esq. is an accomplished attorney and speaker, regularly contributing his legal insight and commentary to the media. Joe discovered an early passion for law; his plans of becoming a lawyer were confirmed after watching the TV show Matlock in 10th grade. After graduating high school in 1989, Joseph studied political science at the University of Redlands where he became a member of Chi Sigma Chi Fraternity and served as president of the Interfraternity Council. While in college, he was voted student body president and, as the president, Joseph created Greek Council, which was an organization that advanced self-governance in the Greek community. Among other things, it empowered Greeks to organize and directly fund their own programming for the benefit of the campus community.
Drawing influence from his comic idol, late-night talk show host Arsenio Hall, Joe performed his first stand-up comedy routine as a freshman in college. Joe regularly performed comedy on campus, hosted talent shows, and introduced convocation speakers. The L.A. Uprisings erupted during the last days of his presidency, and he used the goodwill gained during his time on campus to facilitate understanding and progress leading to concrete change on campus. In 1992, Joe worked in congress in Washington, D.C., and authored a column with commentary on current issues for the Redlands Bulldog Weekly newspaper. Joe graduated in 1993 and went to Northwestern Law School.
As an alum, Joseph served the University in many ways, including becoming a member of the Alumni Board of Directors, acting as an advisor and patron to Chi Sigma Chi Fraternity, and serves as a member of the Alumni Greek Council and board, formed to advocate for fraternity and sorority men and women on campus.
Lea Webb is an award-winning activist who has successfully bridged the gap between the community and government agencies to bring about positive and lasting change in her community. Her greatest achievement includes being elected as the first--and youngest--African-American representative in the Binghamton City Council. She has 20 years of experience as a community organizer leading efforts on various social justice issues; quality education, health care, and addressing food deserts. She has also served on community boards and created task forces whose goals are to address cultural competency and anti-racism. She has passed legislation supporting equal pay for women, the creation of a city based human rights commission, establishing a city wide climate action plan, and other equity based legislation.
She is the coordinator of the UDiversity Educational Institute at Binghamton University. This institute develops and provides diversity and inclusion trainings and programs for faculty, staff, and students at Binghamton University. Through her consulting firm, Webb Consulting, she is working with non-profits, education institutions, and businesses in creating culturally responsive organizations. She was recognized as one of tomorrow's leaders by Oprah magazine and the White House Project and received the President’s Award from the Broome-Tioga NAACP for her contributions to the community. She's been featured in several magazines including O Magazine, Rolling Out, and Heart & Soul Magazine.
She’s also an executive committee member of the Southern Tier Young Professionals Alliance, alumni and trainer with Vote Run Lead and the Young Elected Officials Network, and co-chair /co-founder of the Black Millennial Convention.