Student Senate Executive Team

ZachZach Sommers, Student Body President
Zach is a fourth-year Political Science and International Relations major with minors in History, German Studies, and Intercultural Communications. He has long had a love of politics and has been in the Wartburg Student Senate all four years of college. During his second year he chaired the Manors/Knight Village Hall Council where he helped pass a hall improvement project of new TVs in the Manors’ lounges. His third year in Senate, he chaired the Student Relations Committee. In spring of 2013 he interned in U. S. Senator Grassley’s office in Washington, D. C. From that, he was taken on to the David Young for U. S. Senate campaign where he is still currently working. Zach also works in the Writing, Reading, and Speaking Lab on campus and is also in the Wartburg Choir.

LanieLanie Crouse, Student Body Vice President
Lanie is a fourth-year Communication Arts with an emphasis of Public Relations major and a leadership minor. Lanie has been a part of Senate for three years and has loved her experiences doing it. She was Senate’s social co-chair last year. Lanie currently works in admissions and is a member of Castle Singers and Orientation Staff. She has interned at Hawkeye Community College and has a lot of event planning experience so bring on Outfly!


TeriTeri Mueller, Student Body Recorder
Teri Mueller is a third-year Peace and Justice Studies and International Relations major with a minor in Spanish. She started serving on Student Senate when she came to Wartburg in January of 2012. The past two years she has been on the Student Relations Committee and has also served on the Senate Review Committee. Her current position as recorder entails documenting what occurs during meetings, keeping track of attendance, and handling various communication aspects of Senate. Teri additionally works as a Resident Assistant on campus and participates in Wartburg Choir, Community Symphony Orchestra, and Ambassadors. In her spare time she enjoys running, reading, volunteering, being outside, and spending time with friends.

JacklynJacklyn Budding, Student Body Treasurer
Jacklyn is a third-year Accounting and Business Administration major with a minor in French and Francophone Studies. As Treasurer, she works with the budget, Supplemental Funding, Allocations, and sits on the President’s Budget Advisory Council. This will be her second year on Student Senate, and last year she sat on the Budget Review Committee. Additionally, Jacklyn is on the Wartburg Dance Team, works in the Humanities Department, is involved with the French Club, and is interning at Waverly Light & Power. In her free time, she enjoys reading and watching movies with friends.‬

JacobJacob Martin, Administrative Ombudsperson
Jacob is a third-year Political Science and Business Administration major with an emphasis in Marketing. He has been active in Wartburg Student Senate since his freshman year, when he was appointed as Executive Assistant to Diversity for the second semester. He served his sophomore year in the same position and will be serving this year as Administrative Ombudsperson. Jacob is currently undertaking a run for Waverly City Council. While on campus, Jacob works as a dining services student manager and is president of the Wartburg Pre-Law Club and Wartburg Castle Singers.

CarmenCarmen Stevens, Academic Ombudsperson
Carmen is a fourth-year Communication Arts major with concentration in Organizational and Public Relations and minors in Business and the Leadership Certificate. She has participated in Wartburg Student Senate all four years of college as a senator and member of the Budget Review Committee. During her junior year she participated in Outfly committee. Carmen also works in the W and is a four-year member of the Wartburg Dance Team.


MaxMaxwell Chinnah, Executive Assistant for Diversity
Maxwell Chinnah is a third-year student senator, originally from Nigeria. As a Computer Science major with a minor in Communication Design, he has realized that the skills being learned can be applied in ways to foster technological development in his country after graduation. He currently chairs the Diversity Committee for the Wartburg Student Senate and as result has become more appreciative of the different cultural perspectives and experiences on campus. Maxwell works in the Marketing and Communications department and enjoys movies during his spare time.


SibuSibusiso Kunene, PR Director Intern
Sibusiso is a fourth-year Communication Design and Political Science major. He is a freelance motion graphics and graphic design artist and writer, whose primary interests are politics, philosophy and literature. This summer, as the recipient of the Davis Project for Peace Award, he helped fund and construct 2 wells for rural and remote communities in Ethiopia. He also interned for a non-profit, Water to Thrive, for which he worked as an animator and a graphic designer. He has previously been the photo editor for the marketing department and a staff writer for the Wartburg Trumpet. He also interned for a Waverly based non-profit, Self-Help International, as a graphic designer. He is currently a columnist and the Graphics Editor for the Wartburg Trumpet and a motion designer for WTV.