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Meet the Board

The CASC Board is made up of elected and appointed members who serve either a one or two year term.

Executive Director

Christopher Tomlin '97
Executive Director

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About: Christopher is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Association of Student Councils. He has over 20 year experience in the classroom teaching a variety of History courses with a focus in World History. Since 2005 he has served as the advisor to the Woodland Regional Student Government, which has been recognized as a NatStuCo NGCOE for the past 8 years. Christopher has a Bachelor's degree from SCSU in History with certification and a Masters of Education from American Intercontinental University in Instructional Technology. In his spare time Christopher is a TEAM Mentor, helped found his schools DECA chapter and has coached Volleyball for the past 19 years.

Fun Fact: I have been restoring old tools and old furniture since high school.

Goal for CASC this year: Continued growth of the Association.


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State President
Yasmeen Galal '24
Woodland Regional HS

Secretary Treasurer
Jada-Marie Harris

Middle School Member at Large

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North District: Connecticut IB Academy

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District Advisor
Mrs. Rachel Buck

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District Vice President
Faiza Nadeem ‘23

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District Coordinator
Naya Chae ‘24

Eastern District: Open


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Southern District: Notre Dame, West Haven

                               District Advisor

                         Mrs. Casey LaMonaca

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About: Mrs. LaMonaca is the Associate Vice President for Student Success at ND
West Haven, having previously taught Religion and History. She advises the Student Government Association, directs the theater program, and keeps the scorebook for the basketball program. This is her sixteenth year at ND.

Fun Fact: Mrs. LaMonaca loves the Cincinnati Zoo, home to world famous Fiona the Hippo.

Goal for CASC this year: Her goal is to get more Southern District schools involved in CASC.

                          District Vice President

                                 Cayden Drost

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● Serving in School Government for 3 years
● First-year on CASC board
● Sports: Indoor/Outdoor track
● Fun Fact: Can solve a Rubix cube in under 30 seconds.

                            District Coordinator

                                  Erik Kuselias

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About: My name is Erik Kuselias and I am a junior at Notre Dame high school and
West Haven Connecticut. Serving and helping others through deeds and example has been my focus and goal of my time at ND. I’m involved in athletics, and was honored to be chosen the cross country captain. Musically, I play drums, bass, piano and guitar; and recently performed at school. Also, I’m the Chief Operating Officer at Notre Dame, which allows me to be there for my fellow students. I take pride knowing students feel comfortable approaching me when they have problems or issues, and they know I’ll do my best to guide them to a more satisfactory place.

Western District: Thomaston High School

                              District Advisor

                              Mrs. Terri Franzi

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About: I have been teaching social studies since 1997. I have been the advisor of THS Student Council since 2016. I live in Harwinton with my husband and we have two children (high school junior and a college junior) and a black lab. I have lots of hobbies including gardening, baking, sewing and any sort of craft or needle work. I also enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and biking.

                         District Vice President

                               Cierra O'Sullivan

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About: My name is Cierra O’Sullivan and I’m a sophomore at Thomaston High School. I have been a part of student government for two years and am an active member of my school’s Fundraising Committee. In addition to that, I am the president of an
environmental club (SAGE) and the treasurer of the Women in STEM club. I have organized events such as the Women in STEM volleyball tournament, a talent show to raise money for substance abuse, a debate for the town’s first selectman candidates, and a school strike against single-use plastic. I play field hockey, run track, and have been a dancer for 13 years. In my free time, I love to read and go hiking.

Goal for CASC this year: My goal for CASC this year is to promote student advocacy and use Student Council as a
bridge to help students achieve the change they wish to see.

                          District Coordinator

                              Emily Morton

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About: My name is Emily Morton and I am a part of the Class of 2025 at Thomaston High School. This is my first year as a member of the Student Council and the Fundraising Committee. I am also the Vice President of my Class Council. Besides Student Council, I am an active member in my school's community. For many years I have always been interested in leadership, and I am delighted to finally get many different leadership opportunities. I also am active members of Interact Club and Women in STEM at THS. Besides academics, I stay active in my community by participating in extracurricular activities such as field hockey, softball, and dance. I also enjoy cooking, baking, and spending time in nature.

Fun Fact: I have rewatched the entire series of Grey’s Anatomy almost three times.

Goal for CASC this year: My goal for CASC this year is to allow more students from my school and surrounding schools to have a stronger voice in CASC. I can do this by reaching out to other schools and just taking the information they give me and using my voice as theirs.

Appointed Staff


                          Brian O’Connell '23

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School: Woodland Regional High School

About: Brian O’Connell is a student at Woodland Regional High School and is a member of their Student Government in the position of parliamentarian. Along with his role in the WRSG, Brian is a member of the math team, quiz bowl, the World Language, Science, Math, and National Honor societies, the timber team, and the varsity tennis team. Outside of school, Brian is a part of the fire department as the Captain of the Junior Corps. And Brian is also an Eagle Scout and active member of Troop 258.


                        Kayleigh Budnick '23

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School: Woodland Regional High School, Beacon Falls
About: Kayleigh Budnick has been a part of the Woodland Regional Student Government since 2019. She is currently serving as the Student Board of Education Representative for her sophomore and junior years. In addition, Kayleigh manages Woodland's volleyball team, and she is the executive video director for Hawk Headlines Journalism. She has a strong passion for activism and filmmaking, and plans to make a career out of these aspirations.

                   Student Workshop Coordinator

                               Jeff Rosborg '23

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School: Conard High School, West Hartford
About: I am a Senior at Conard High School who prioritizes the betterment of my school, my peers, and my community. I am involved with many clubs and activities, serving as the President of the Conard Student Council, the Math Club, Science Olympiad, DECA/Business Club, and am on the executive board of the Environmental Club. I also swim varsity for my school, play in the jazz band, and am bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish fluently. As a member of CASC, I strive for proficiency in all my work in order to bring only the best to the table.

Mental Health Affairs Coordinator
Declan Woodman

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Legislative Affairs Coordinator

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                      Service Project Coordinator

                              Sade Morales ‘23

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School: Connecticut IB Academy, East Hartford

About: Sade is a Junior at the Connecticut IB Academy. They have been in CIBA’s Student Advisory Board for two years. In addition, they have been a member of numerous clubs since their freshman year, such as Human Rights Club, Yearbook Club, Interact, Chinese Club, National Chinese Honor Society, and Abelon Committee. She is currently one of two Junior class Representatives, and is theChinese Club Vice President. They use They/She pronouns. She is excited to work with CASC and they will make sure to put their best foot forward.

Fun Fact: Sade is learning Chinese, and plans to study abroad in the future.

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