Assembly members serve to represent the interests of the class year they were elected to serve. There are four assembly members per class year. Have a concern or comment about Bates that you want student government to look into or take care of? Contact your assembly members or submit to the feedback form!

Class of 2019 Assembly Members

Dylan Metsch-Ampel

Name: Dylan Metsch-Ampel- 

Hometown: Montclair, New Jersey

Why I ran: BCSG is a great opportunity to implement lasting change with an incredible group of students for an incredible group of students.

Committee Position: Community Outreach Liaison

Fun fact: My life goal is to one day become Pumpkin Pooba at the annual Caldwell family pumpkin party.

Brandon Galloway

NameBrandon Galloway–

Hometown: Fort Washington, MD

Why I ran: I ran for student government to leave a positive, lasting impact on Bates. I wanted to help give students give more of a voice to communicate their concerns to the administration.

Committee Positions: Events and Library and Information Services Committee

Fun fact: My favorite drink is a Java Chip Frap from Starbucks.

Ian Wax

Name: Ian Wax-

Hometown: Briarcliff Manor, NY

Why I ran: I wanted to help implement change and felt I could have an impact on the school beyond my time at Bates.

Committee Positions: Budget Conflicts Committee and Community Outreach Liaison

Fun fact: I did part of the Camino de Santiago.

Aliza White

Name: Aliza White- 

Hometown: Manhattan, NY

Why I ran: I ran for student government because I wanted to get more involved in the Bates community during my senior year.

Committee Positions: DCCE Committee and Class Year Emailer

Fun Fact: I was a backup dancer for Miley Cyrus once.

Class of 2020 Assembly Members

Nick Eaton

Name: Nick Eaton-

Hometown: Lake Oswego, Oregon

Why I ran: I ran for student government because there were things about Bates that I wasn’t happy with and I wanted to make my voice heard to make a change.

Committee Positions: Budget Conflicts Committee and Events

Fun fact: I have a petsitting business in Oregon that I run remotely from Bates during the school year.

Sam Cruickshank

NameSam Cruickshank–

Hometown: Needham, MA

Why I ran: I ran for student government because I wanted to be a representative of the community that I have a privilege of being a part of here at Bates.

Fun fact: Favorite station in commons is by far the soft serve ice cream machine.

Ryan Lizanecz

NameRyan Lizanecz–

Hometown: Portland, Maine

Why I ran: I ran for student government to be a voice for those who felt like they did not have a voice, or equal voice, on our campus.

Committee Positions:  Class Year Emailer, Budget Conflicts Committee, and Community Outreach Liaison

Fun fact: I sing a cappella with the Deansmen!

Julia Panepinto


NameJulia Panepinto–

Hometown: Buffalo, New York

Why I ran: I ran for student government to provide an avenue for students in my grade with complaints to have their voices heard. When people have ideas for change I do my best to make it happen with the help of student government.

Committee Positions: DCCE Committee

Fun fact: I am a competitive weightlifter.

Class of 2021 Assembly Members

Emily Bass

Name: Emily Bass-

Hometown:Old Greenwich, Connecticut

Why I ran: I wanted to be a part of this passionate group of people and to make sure that student voices are heard as much as possible.

Committee Positions: Newspaper Liaison and Events

Fun fact: I am working with other members of Student Government to bring the first Dance Marathon to Bates this March!

Perla Figuereo

NamePerla Figuereo–

Hometown: Bronx, NY and Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic

Why I ran: I wanted to bring perspective to Student Government and be able to voice the opinions of my classmates

Committee Positions: Social Media/Promotions

Fun fact: I can greet you in Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian, French, and a few others.

Lebanos Mengistu

Name: Lebanos 

Hometown: Somerville, MA

Why I ran: I  chose to be on student government because I am very passionate about the direction in which our school goes in and I wanted to be involved in the decision making of that while representing the class of 2021. In addition, I have always been very interested in politics and government and I thought this was a great way to learn more about that.

Committee Positions: Social Media/Promotions

Fun Facts: My junior year of high school I did a semester abroad program in Washington D.C at a school called The School for Ethics and Global Leadership. Also, I was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and lived there until I was four then moved to Somerville, MA where I have been living ever since.

Class of 2022 Assembly Members

Maria Gray


Name: Maria Gray-

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Why I ran: I’m passionate about community engagement and social justice, and I felt that student government would be a perfect avenue to ensure those values were emphasized at Bates.

Committee Position: Yearbook

Fun fact:I am an avid creative writer and once went viral for trying to get a local high school’s winter formal to be bread themed.

Mark Su

Name: Mark Su-

Hometown: Beijing China

Why I ran: Words cannot express how excited, honored, and grateful I am to serve my amazing class and to make noticeable changes to benefit the class of 2022 and future Bates students. Future plans: Opening the library at 7am, opening the gym at 8am on weekends, opening the gym over breaks, creating more student jobs, and improving schools hosted events.

Committee Position: Multicultural Affairs

Fun facts: I wake up at 4:30am everyday to run. My favorite food is eggplant; my least favorite food, yam. 

J’von Ortiz-Cedeno

NameJ’von Ortiz-Cedeno–

Hometown:Portland, Texas

Why I ran:I decided to run for student government because I identify with many marginalized groups that are underrepresented here at Bates. As a queer, afro-latino, first-generation college student, I, and many students like myself often feel out of place at Bates. I hope to use my position as a tool to amplify the voices of anyone who may feel like they don’t have a place here and create space for everyone to feel like a valued piece of the Bates community.

Committee Position: Yearbook

Fun fact: I had never seen snow until I came to Bates, and I’m a left-handed vegetarian.

Natasha Kaluzynski

NameNatasha Kaluzynski

Committee Position: Multicultural Affairs.