Get Involved and Be A Leader!
Whether you’re aspiring to be the next president or you just want to get involved in something bigger than yourself, student government is a great place to start. At RVCC, students are the backbone of campus life. If you think pioneering fundraising initiatives, hosting leadership seminars, and allocating funds for awesome and diverse school clubs with a group of your peers sounds like fun--our student government welcomes you with open arms. We’re always available to brainstorm, discuss, and activate any ideas you might have to improve life at RVCC.
Learn more about us below, and send us an email if you’d like to get involved!
David GibbsExecutive Vice President
Krishna PolaVice President of Finance
Michael PeñaVice President of Information and Media
Robert BenderSLAP Board President
Thomas was born in NJ, grew up in the Midwest then came right back to NJ after high school. As President of Student Government and Enactus, he intends to pinpoint the student body’s major concerns and find a way to work together to solve them. Thomas enjoys volunteering, reading, and sports. He deeply cares about people and greatly values learning about different cultures. In the future Thomas sees himself running his own company as well as a youth organization designed to help young adults develop leadership skills, communication skills, and learning habits.
David is a Communication major and a member of the Alpha Beta Gamma Business Honor Society. He is involved in the art and architecture landscaping design scene in the New York metropolitan area, has helped with the organization and production of numerous art gallery exhibits through his affiliation with the Madison Ancient and Tribal Art association, and is employed at Apple as a brand and product specialist. In high school he was captain of both the fencing and tennis teams. In his spare time David is a hip hop dancer.
As VP he intends to act as a liaison between the student body and the faculty/administration and to improve the RVCC student experience.
In the future David sees himself having completed graduate school and would like to be the design and marketing director for Gentlemen’s Quarterly.
Krishna is a General Science major who volunteers for SkillsUSA, an organization that trains students to be workforce ready; and Action Against Hunger, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the world hunger crisis. He is a car enthusiast. In high school he was part of both the wrestling and football teams.
Krishna’s goals as VP of Finance are to understand the financial needs of the school and make sure all students have the resources they need to work to their full potential. He would also like to help to provide scholarship options for students who need financial aid.
In the future Krishna intends to attend Wharton Business School and earn an MBA focusing on economics and managing hospitals.
Ultimately he plans to return to India and use his education to improve the quality of life and make it a prosperous nation.
Michael is a General Science major who feels no challenge is too hard. He loves meeting new people and learning all about them. He loves to laugh and entertain people.
Michael would like to use the VP of Information and Media position to help steer the greatest minds of Central NJ to our College. He also would like to improve the atmosphere of RVCC by increasing the size and diversity of the student body.
As for the near future, Michael intends to learn as much as possible and become a productive and genuinely happy member of society.
About Me: My plan is to graduate in 2017, attend the United States Naval Academy and become an officer in the United States Navy. In high school I held many leadership positions and was a member of the student council. I enjoy event planning and I have a great deal of experience with organizing events, such as a 5k run for a non-profit organization. Among my favorite things are Butter Chicken, a good game of dodge ball and Tarantino movies.
Noelle is a Liberal Arts major and is a member of the Honors College, CRU, and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. As a Senator she intends to organize more College activities and fundraisers to make the campus an even better place. She plans to work side-by-side with the students and administration to ensure the success and happiness of the student body. She also seeks to address current issues, such as lowering the price of food in the cafeteria and improving parking. In the future Noelle plans to earn a law degree.
Jenna is an Occupational Therapy/Nursing major and a member of the Honors College. As a Senator she would like to raise awareness about all that RVCC provides, so that more students will take advantage of what the College offers. She is motivated to make changes and loves to help others do so as well. In the near future Noelle intends to earn a master's degree in Occupational Therapy or Nursing, hopes to help others, and make the community a better place.
Ryan is a Business major and member of the Honors College, Enactus, Rotaract and Alpha Beta Gamma. His first priority as a Senator is to listen to the student body and the students’ voice in bringing positive change to RVCC. In the future Ryan intends to continue his education at Rutgers School of Business and own his own company.
Carmen is a Biology major, a member of the Honors College and a soccer player. A volunteer at Robert Wood Johnson, she feels having a strong work ethic and positive outlook will help her achieve her goals. She feels everyone's opinions truly do matter. In the near future Carmen intends to continue her education while pursuing an occupation in the medical field and helping others along the way. Carmen will work hard to ensure she becomes successful in whatever she sets out to do.
Russell D. BarefootDirector of Student Life
Russell has been the Director of Student Life since January 2011 and truly loves working with student development in higher education. He has worked in Student Affairs since 1995 after completing his Master's Degree in higher education administration. In his free time, Russell loves to practice yoga, cook wonderful vegan food, be a DIY weekend warrior, and do yard work and house projects.