The North Dakota Student Association is led by a team composed of six executives. The President, Chief of Staff and three Vice Presidents are elected directly by the General Assembly during the April meeting each year. The Chief Administrator is appointed by the NDSA President and confirmed by the General Assembly.
Faith Wahl serves as the 2021-2022 President of the NDSA. She is responsible for chairing the General Assembly meetings and the executive functions of the organization. Faith’s goals for the NDSA include helping the organization grow and thrive with the new role under the State Board of Higher Education. She also wants to ensure that students have a strong unified voice when lobbying to the legislature, the NDUS, and the State Board of Higher Education. Faith has been a part of NDSA for three years and previously served as the Vice President of Communications for the 2020-2021 year. She received the Outstanding Officer Award in the spring of 2021!
Faith is a junior at the University of North Dakota and is double majoring in Business Management and Interdisciplinary Health Studies. She is also minoring in Leadership and Public Health. After graduation, Faith plans on attending graduate school to obtain her master’s degree in Public Health. She hopes to eventually work for a state organization or the non-profit sector and improve community health. Faith is a native of Bismarck and enjoys running, drinking iced coffee, and playing with her dog
Vice President of Governmental Affairs
Lydia Kennelly serves as the 2021-2022 Vice President of Governmental Affairs. She is responsible for chairing the Student Legislative Affairs Committee and working with the state’s legislative agenda to represent student interest. This committee works to protect and promote student voices around North Dakota. She is also hoping to promote student involvement and participation in student and local governments. She has attended the NDSA for three years prior to her position.
Lydia is a senior at the University of North Dakota. She is majoring in Political Science and Philosophy with a minor in Ethics. After graduation, she is hoping to attend law school. Lydia was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota. She enjoys reading and spending time outdoors.
Vice President of Finance and Operations
Julian Clemon serves as the 2021-2022 Vice President of Finance and Operations. He is responsible for chairing the Internal Affairs Committee and managing the budget and financial decisions of the organization. While serving as VP-FO, Julian hopes to become familiar with the budget, engage in responsible behavior managing the budget, all while ensuring the voice of the students continues to be heard in the Higher Education conversation. This is Julian’s 2nd year with NDSA where he previously served as the NDSA3 Alumni Liaison.
Julian is a Sophomore at Bismarck State College where he is majoring in Business Management. After Graduation Julian expects to open his own business in the Bismarck-Mandan community. Julian has two young kids and is an avid New England Patriots fan. He is also quite the multi-tasker, serving on numerous boards and committees throughout his college campus.
Vice President of Communication
Christian serves as the 2021-2022 Vice President of Communication. He is responsible for chairing the Student Affairs Committee and coordinating the communication strategy for the NDSA. With his position, Christian hopes to create a stronger social media presence for the NDSA. He also hopes to provide more diversity and inclusion resources to schools, expand the Green Bandana Project across the state, and promote NDSA to allow the organization to succeed after the worst of the pandemic. Christian has attended NDSA for one year prior to his election and received the Most Dedicated Delegate Award in 2021.
Christian is a third-year student at North Dakota State University double majoring in Political Science and Strategic Communications. After graduation, Christian plans to pursue a career in political strategist and find his way into politics. Christian was born and raised in Bismarck, loves attention, and will eat any food put in front of him.
Christopher Scott serves as the 2021-2022 NDSA Chief Administrator. He is responsible for taking the minutes for General Assembly meetings and making sure the NDSA website and SharePoint are up to date. Christopher’s goals for the NDSA include finding a way to record all GA Assembly sessions, so that future delegates can look back and access prior meeting records, to clean up and organize the NDSA website and SharePoint to ensure consistency, and to help expand the Green Bandana Project. Christopher has been a part of the NDSA for three years and previously served as the Vice Chair of the 2019-2020 Civic Engagement Taskforce and as the 2020-2021 Chief Administrator starting in January 2021. In his time in the NDSA, he has never missed a NDSA meeting.
Christopher is a Senior at Minot State University and is majoring in Chemistry. After graduation, Christopher plans to attend UND for a B.S/M.S combined Physics degree with a graduate degree in Public Administration. He hopes to one day work for NASA. Christopher is a native of Minot, ND and loves to read manga, play dark souls, politics, and is a huge Doctor Who fan, having watched all 38 seasons!
Chief of Staff
Kaydee Hager serves as the 2021-2022 Chief of Staff for the North Dakota Student Association. She is responsible for communicating with head delegates and managing executive operations. With her position, Kaydee hopes to create a welcoming and informed environment for all the head delegates across the eleven institutions in North Dakota. She also hopes to encourage those attending the General Assembly to feel comfortable enough to talk on the matters of discussion. This will be Kaydee’s second year attending NDSA. She previously as Bismarck State College’s Head Delegate for the 2020-2021 year, prior to her transfer to the University of North Dakota.
Kaydee is a junior at the University of North Dakota and is majoring in Political Science and obtaining a certificate in Spanish. After graduation, Kaydee plans on attending the UND School of Law to follow out her personal goal of becoming a criminal defense attorney. Kaydee was born and raised in Minot, North Dakota and enjoys traveling, painting, and spending time with her family.