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Get to know the 2013-14 MSCSA Cabinet

President Kelly Charpentier-BergPresident Kelly Charpentier-BergKelly Charpentier-Berg

MSCSA 2013-14 President

What college do you go to, and what is your major?

I am a dual major student enrolled at Anoka Ramsey Coon Rapids and North Hennepin Community Colleges. I am studying Psychology and pre law (paralegal). 

To whom do you feel you owe your success and why?

I believe I owe my success to the students that I have worked with throughout the year and the life experiences I have had. I feel that the characteristics I possess as a leader were molded in the past two years to best serve the students. I am an experienced negotiator/ mediator which assists me in knowing you cannot represent anyone if you do not listen first to what is needed. I have had exceptional mentors and a drive to advocate for the best interest of students in all things. 

What was your first thought after finding out you received your position?

My first though and still the predominant one is WOW. I am exceptionally honored to be the voice of students across Minnesota.

What do you look forward to the most in the next year?

I am excited about all portions of this position, but specifically the impact we can have this year. I believe by increased training, communication, and advocacy on and off the campuses we can truly grow the association and the impact of our students to a level that exceeds all standards as well as setting the future generations up for greater success. 

Kayley SchoonmakerVice President Kayley SchoonmakerVice President Kayley Schoonmaker

MSCSA Vice President

What college do you go to, and what is your major?

I am currently attending Itasca Community College. I will be transferring to St. Paul College in the fall to finish my AA degree. After that, I plan to seek a degree in business with a minor in Political Science. I would like to become a college professor and someday a Provost or President. 

To whom do you feel you owe your success and why?

My campaign team was so incredibly amazing. I had so much help from the ICC Senate, as well as members from the Northeast region and even some members from all over the state. I would not have been able to do this without their support and help. I can’t thank them enough! They never stopped believing in me. My family was also very encouraging and supportive. They all wanted buttons so I didn’t have enough at the meet and greet! My dad was so great. He helped me wrap cookies and make posters, even when I knew he wanted to be outside or watching his favorite TV show. Finally, I owe a big chunk of my success to former ICC Student Senate President, Daniel McKenzie. I would never even be involved in the senate, let alone the MSCSA, if it wasn’t for his constant encouragement. He believed in me from day one, even when I didn’t. 

What was your first thought after finding out you received your position?

Honestly it felt like a dream! It was pretty hard to process at first, all four ballots were very close and my competitor was probably the best one out there! After I got past the initial shock, I started thinking about how amazing this was going to be. I thought of all the students out there that wanted me as their Vice President. This was an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and warmth! And then I thought, “I really need to do everything I can for these students.” I will never forget how great I felt at that moment, and I will let that feeling be my driving force this upcoming year!

What do you look forward to the most in the next year?

I so look forward to working with the new Cabinet. The other three are so amazing and I know it is going to be a fun, successful year! More specifically, I am very excited for Advocacy Day! I actually started out at Advocacy Day; it was my very first conference with the MSCSA! The experiences I had that day and the people I met were truly essential in my continued participation with the organization. I was very skeptical when dragged out of class to attend Advocacy Day, but once I got there I didn’t want to leave! I know this important day can truly be the deciding factor for many students, and it is also such an essential day to make our voices heard! 

Public Relations Coordinator Brayden MannPublic Relations Coordinator Brayden MannBrayden Mann

MSCSA Public Relations Coordinator

What college do you go to, and what is your major?

I am currently attending Anoka-Ramsey Community College: Coon Rapids, pursuing a dual major in English and Music. 

To whom do you feel you owe your success and why?

Considering my past experiences and election to this position, I need to thank my friends, family, and mentors for their constant support and vigilance. Without them, I couldn’t aspire to pursue the heights that I have achieved and want to achieve. 

What was your first thought after finding out you received your position?

When I was voted in as PRC, the excitement and honor I felt for the student body of GA to vote me in was immense. I am very honored by the whole experience, and I look forward to expanding the previous great work the organization has done for colleges around the state. 

What do you look forward to the most in the next year?

I am extremely excited to get to know different Senates and being actively involved with their events.

Matt RubelTreasurer Matt RubelTreasurer Matt Rubel

MSCSA Treasurer

What college do you go to, and what is your major?

I currently attend North Hennepin Community College. I am pursuing an Associate of Arts as well as an Associates of Science in Paralegal Studies. I am hoping to transfer to Metropolitan State University and begin working on my Bachelor’s degree.

To whom do you feel you owe your success and why?

I feel that I owe my successes to everyone who has helped me to become the person that I am today. The people that have made the biggest impact are my family, friends, colleagues, role-models, and fellow students. 

What was your first thought after finding out you received your position?

My first thought after finding out that I was elected to my position was that the students in the association must want me to succeed. They keep pushing me to open new doors, step outside my comfort zone, and keep heading toward my dreams.

What do you look forward to the most in the next year?

Next year I look forward to working with my fellow cabinet members while we advocate for students in our organization. I think that my colleagues have many interesting and important skills to bring to the table, and I am curious to see what we will accomplish. 

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