Student Government Officers Julie Dehna, Candidate for President & Vice President Julie Denha served as Student Government Secretary on the 2014-2015 board. Julie is pursuing a Master’s of Accountancy degree from Walsh College. Julie is also a member of the Accounting and Taxation Student Organization. Julie’s professional background includes sales, customer service, and management. As a Student Government board member, Julie played a crucial role in increasing overall student involvement and participation. She worked with her fellow board members on creating various philanthropic initiatives for the student body, and she dedicated her time to sharing Walsh Pride. During her free time, Julie enjoys spending time with family and volunteering in community activities. Why do I want to be a part of Student Government? As a student at Walsh, I recognize the need for all students to enjoy their academic and overall college experience. It is important that students have access to organizations, clubs, and networking events that will strengthen their professional skills. I believe that student organizations are the key to building a great college experience. Whether it is a traditional student or a working professional, the college experience should be universal. As a member of Student Government, I hope to be the voice of Walsh students and enhance the college experience while making some new friends along the way. Allen T. D'Aoust, Candidate for President & Vice President Allen T. D'Aoust is a retired U.S. Army Veteran, who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Business Administration and Finance at Walsh. Allen graduated from the University of Michigan, Flint receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. In the U.S. Army, Allen was a reconnaissance team sergeant stationed in Afghanistan. Responsibilities and duties in this role included team Paramedic medic, Pathfinder, unmanned aerial vehicles pilot and mountain warfare specialist. While in Afghanistan, Allen was in charge of sixteen unmanned aerial vehicles totaling eight hundred thousand dollars in aviation equipment along with another four hundred thousand dollars in reconnaissance equipment. In 2010, he retired due to injuries that he received while in Afghanistan. Allen currently volunteers as a church elder at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Birmingham, Michigan, and St. Paul’s Latvian Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He also volunteers as a Boy Scout pack leader through Our Shepherd Lutheran Church. In the past, he had volunteered as a fire fighter at the Raisin Valley Fire Department and Clinton Fire Department in Lenawee County from 1992 through 1999. Allen is married to his wife Erika and they have four children. They live in Troy, Michigan, where he also enjoys reading, fishing, skiing, golf, and spending time with his family. Why do I want to be a part of Student Government? As an older student and a veteran, I would bring many years of experience to Student Government, along with working with the school administration to increase awareness of disabled students and disabled veterans. Many of our services members return home with no outward signs of injuries, but to the contrary, many veterans deal with the cost of war in a different way than most Americans. I would also like to increase the knowledge of all millennial's at Walsh College in a financial responsibility. This topic is in the current news that millennia’s are less financially responsible than their parents, and in turn ruining their credit along with any short term chance a financial freedom. Let’s place our financial security at the top of our lists to ensure a brighter future. Erin Hayden, Candidate for Secretary Erin Hayden is currently working on her Bachelor of Accountancy at Walsh. She received her ABA with a specialization in accounting from Macomb Community College this past May. She is a member of the Accounting and Student Taxation Organization, and has volunteered with the Accounting Aid Society. In her spare time, Erin enjoys hiking, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Why do I want to be a part of Student Government? I am running for Student Government to make a difference in my college and community. I hope to gain knowledge and share ideas with my fellow students; making Walsh a better place for everyone. I have enjoyed my student experience at Walsh and plan to focus on what has worked in the past for the student body. During my term I hope to help create a better college experience for all students. The Student Government is the voice of the students, one of many portions of the Walsh community. I would like my voice and the voice of all students to be heard, while helping everyone presently and in the future. Larry Champagne, Candidate for Treasurer Larry Champagne is pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He is a member of the Accounting and Taxation Student Organization, and also a tutor for all intermediate accounting courses. Larry enjoys watching and participating in all sporting activities. He also likes to spend as much time as possible with family (when not studying of course). Why do I want to be a part of Student Government? Everywhere you go on campus you see Walsh Pride. This is not just an advertising campaign by the college. Walsh Pride is a way of life for students and staff. I am in my second year at Walsh, and have never been as proud of any other accomplishments as I am of my accomplishments at Walsh. The events that the college and the Student Life groups hold are invaluable to all students at Walsh. The reason I am running for Student Government is because I want to be a part of these great events. I want to help new and veteran students to feel the same sense of accomplishment that I feel every day when I walk in the front doors of Walsh College. I feel that being a part of Student Government is a chance to give for me to give back.