Executive team

Jill Farnsworth


I’m a fifth year neuroscience PhD candidate and I study mechanisms involved in regulating learning and memory processes.  I grew up in the midwest and received my undergraduate degree from Indiana University. While in undergrad, I started rock climbing and came to the realization that I love mountainous areas.  I’m happy to call Missoula my home and I joined GPSA in hopes to give back and improve the graduate and professional student experience.  I work in the Hansen Lab, which is located in ISB 205, and if you have any questions or just want to chat, please feel free to come by. 

Joanna Kreitinger

joannaI’m a fourth year PhD candidate in Cellular, Molecular, and Microbial Biology with an emphasis in Immunology. My research focuses on a key pathway mediating immune suppression by environmental pollutants and ways in which we can directly target this pathway to turn off undesirable immune responses, like those involved in autoimmune disease. In serving as a member of the GPSA Executive Team, I hope to bring visibility and support to both the needs and successes of graduate students at UM.

Rachel Smith

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I'm a first year English Literature Master's student, focusing on the significance of expressions of material culture in late medieval poetry.  I grew up in Helena, Montana and got my Bachelor's degree in Literature from the University of Montana.  Though I spent some time doing post-baccalaureate work in Oregon, I'm glad to be back in my home state.  I'm excited to contribute to improving the experiences of graduate students as a member of the UMGPSA executive team.

Marci Lewandowski

 marci execI'm a graduate student seeking a Master in Business Administration & Master in Public Administration and a Certificate in Natural Resources Conflict Resolution. I was recently elected as Secretary of Pi Sigma Alpha Epsilon Mu, University of Montana's chapter of the political science national honor society. I'm also a member of the Graduate Business Student Association. I work as an Office Assistant at the University of Montana Foundation. I'm currently completing an internship received as part of the H. David and Joyce E. Hunt Public Policy Scholarship with Missoula County Communications & Projects Department. I'm is excited to be a part of GPSA's Executive team for the 2017-2018 Academic Year and I look forward to being more involved in the campus community.