Meet the Executive Board & Advisor

President: Naglaa Rashwan 

My name is Naglaa Rashwan, I am originally from Egypt. I immigrated to the United States ten years ago. I was trained in Egypt as a Psychiatrist, but my passion in life was to work internationally as a humanitarian. Before moving the US in 2010, I spent two years working as the Regional Advisor for Psychosocial Support Programs in the Middle East and North Africa, International Federation of Red Cross Red Cresent Societies (IFRC), it was my dream job that came true. Now, I am a second year, master’s student in Public Health Education. I am also doing the Nonprofit Management Certificate. I was a Graduate Research Assistant, in the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness, UNCG. My professional career focus is Global Heath aiming at working internationally again.

I am a mom of three beautiful girls: Alia, Laila and Hana. Pilates and kick boxing classes are my favorite things to do. Those two activities give me the physical and emotional energy that keeps me going strong. I traveled to nearly 40 countries around the globe. I love knowing people from diverse backgrounds.

Naglaa Rashwan

Public Health, M.S. Student

Vice President: Lexi Hoopman

Welcome everyone! My name is Lexi Hoopman and I am the Vice President of the Graduate Student Association (GSA). I am a 4th year PhD candidate in the Biology Department. I am originally from North Dakota, where I received a BS in Biology with minors in Psychology and Chemistry from North Dakota State University. My research interests led me here to investigate how honey bee hive treatments may be affecting their gut and reproductive health. Beyond the GSA, research and beekeeping, I also enjoy teaching bio labs, being Vice President of UNCG’s Beekeepers Club, advocating for science communication in our community, participating in lab and animal restoration projects and coordinating Greensboro Science Pub events. In my free time I love exploring the beautiful parks here in NC, visiting local breweries and coffee shops, and traveling!

Lexi Hoopman

Biology, PhD Candidate

Treasurer: Claire Newman

My name is Claire Newman and I am a PhD student in the Department of Kinesiology.   I am originally from here, Greensboro, NC (but just returned back after being away for 10 years).  I earned my Bachelor of Science from College of Charleston (Charleston, SC) and played college soccer.  I then furthered my education at the University of Virginia where I earned a Master of Education in Exercise Physiology in Charlottesville, VA.  I began my professional career out in Colorado as a Professional Research Assistant in the field of Exercise Physiology.   I decided to transition back to school because I wanted to make more of an immediate impact on the community.  I work as a TA/RA in the Kinesiology Department and teach activity courses to undergraduates.  I also coach a local refugee soccer team.  My research focuses on teaching underserved youth personal and social responsibility through sport and restorative practices.   Beyond my professional career, I love to be active in almost every way possible- sports, running, lifting, hiking, swimming, but my favorite activities are things I can do with my best friend, Luna! (the best puppy ever).   

Claire Newman, M.Ed

Kinesiology, PhD Student

Student Relations: Alexander Grindstaff

My name is Alexander Grindstaff and I’m a second year PhD student in Nanoscience, currently serving as a GSA senator for my department. I grew up in western North Carolina and became the first person in my family to pursue higher education. I love languages and grew up hearing Cherokee as a child and studied Arabic and French during my undergrad; currently working on ASL and Spanish. My research interests center around how pathogens (viruses and fungi) survive outside hosts and what genetic components are activated. Outside of the lab I enjoy going to the Farmers’ Market and cooking with friends (not during a pandemic). I love being outdoors and one of my goals while at UNCG is to visit all 41 of NC’s State Parks.

Alexander Grindstaff

Nanoscience, PhD Student



Meet our GSA Faculty Advisor!

Advisor: Dr. Adrienne Craig

I am the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. In this role, I provide leadership for Campus Activities & Programs, Career & Professional Development, Elliott University Center, the Office of Intercultural Engagement, and the Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement. Previously, I served as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Columbus State University (Ga.) I has over 16 years of experience working in various facets of Student Affairs and am passionate about developing student leaders, having created campus-wide leadership programs at multiple universities. I am also a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. I earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Old Dominion University and a master’s degree from Virginia Tech. I earned my doctorate in Leadership & Innovation from Wilmington University (Delaware).

Dr. Adrienne Craig, Ph.D

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs