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SGA Executive Board

The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM) Student Government Association (SGA) serves as a platform for student concerns and activities by representing the views of students to the administration and faculty. SGA works closely with SPHTM student organizations, other student body governments across Tulane University, and hosts numerous events and activities each year.

We would love for you to become involved!  Your involvement could be through suggestions and feedback about what could help Tulane and SPHTM become better, becoming an SGA representative on various committees, or creating unique programming to fit your needs.  We encourage you to be vocal and we sincerely hope you take full advantage of the opportunities and resources available to you.

Joanna Pangburn, SGA President 2020-21

President: Joanna Pangburn

Degree Pursuing: MPH, Health Policy and Management
Hometown: McDonough, GA
Undergraduate Degree: BBA in Economics; Georgia Southern University
Why SGA: I believe SGA has the unique opportunity to have more diverse, critical, and welcoming conversations with administrations and with those who are underrepresented. I plan to create a welcoming environment so that every student at our School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has a positive experience during their time here. I believe with my work ethic, honesty, and attention to detail, I can create change with confidence.

Daniel R. Triggs, SGA vice president for 2020-21

Vice-President: Daniel R. Triggs

Degree Pursuing: MHA, Health Policy and Management  
Hometown: Thibodaux, Louisiana
Undergraduate Degrees: BS in Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University
Why SGA: I am driven to make change on behalf of my peers for a better School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. I envision a closer community for all students, faculty, and administration. In an academic setting, I value collegiality, respect, and inclusivity. These values are my overarching motives to serve as the SGA Vice President.

Ellie Pectol, SGA Secreary for 2020-21

Secretary: Ellie Pectol

Degree Pursuing: MHA, Health Policy and Management
Hometown: Greeneville, TN
Undergraduate Degrees: BSPH, Tulane University
Why SGA: For me, Tulane has always been about the people. My peers continue to remind me why I am passionate about Public Health and inspire me in their constant pursuit of their own passions. Having the opportunity to serve on SGA is a true honor and a way for me to ensure that the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is an entity encouraging this passionate approach to learning, in addition to encouraging an equitable experience for all students looking to engage in ways to make our time together at Tulane more meaningful.

Kelly Ward, SGA treasurer for 2020-21

Treasurer: Kelly Ward

Degree Pursuing: MHA, Health Policy and Management
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Undergraduate Degrees: BSPH, Tulane University
Why SGA: In my time at Tulane, I have seen my peers do so many amazing and inspiring things that impact our community.  I am honored to be a part of a team that helps enable our student organizations to make their mark on Tulane SPHTM and New Orleans!