Executive Ticket #2

Gabe Penney & Ryan Alevizatos

"Helping Eagles Soar"

Gabe & Ryan's photos were captured by:

H. Preston Luniewski / The Avion

Meet Your President Candidate Gabe!

Gabe Penney

Sophomore, BS Aviation Business Administration

"Hi! My name is Gabe Penney, I am from a small town called Trenton, FL. I am currently a sophomore studying Aviation Business with a minor in Psychology, and plan to graduate in the Fall of ‘26. I serve as the Chief Engineer of The WIKD 102.5 FM and sit as a current member of the Student Government Association. I plan to further my involvement in the SGA by running for the position of President as it gives me an opportunity to work alongside the student body as well as the Administration to put things in place to further help our student body. Whether it be more opportunities to better your chances of getting that job you want after college, or just a better overall experience on our campus."

  • What is your platform for this campaign? How does it stand out?

    "Our campaign is centered around communication, student involvement, inclusion, as well as transparency between the SGA and the student body. Our campaign stands out from all the rest due to the new positions we plan to add to the Cabinet. We plan to bring back the RSO Liaison for easier communication between our over 300 registered organizations on campus and the SGA. This will allow any RSO to bring up current issues within their organization, seek guidance on necessary tasks, and keep the cabinet member informed on any RSO activities. The second position we will be implementing to the Cabinet is the ‘International Student Representative.’ This position will consist of an International student who will perform duties such as advocacy of current issues, employer outreach for opportunities, and an overall better experience for our International students on campus. This new position will allow our International students to see more support for their current education and future."

  • What makes you the most qualified candidate for this position?

    "I believe my qualifications position me to serve as your SGA President pretty well. Over the almost 2 years at Embry-Riddle, I have actively engaged in various leadership roles, both on campus and off, and demonstrated a deep commitment to enhancing the student experience.

    My experience as Chief Engineer at The WIKD 102.5 FM has equipped me with the skills needed to effectively represent the diverse needs and concerns of our student body, as well as our organizations. It has also shown me when things need to be done, that they should be done in a quick and orderly manner. I am deeply committed to fostering a more inclusive and collaborative campus environment. I believe in listening to the voices of all students and working tirelessly to address their concerns.

    As SGA President, I will strive to create positive change, advocate for your needs, and ensure that our campus remains a vibrant and supportive community."

  • As President, you would be a connection between students and the Administration. What do you do to ensure the voices of students are heard?

    "As President, my commitment lies in serving as a strong bridge between students and the Administration, ensuring that the diverse voices of our student body resonate in decision-making processes.

    Firstly, I advocate for open communication channels. Regular General Sessions, open forums, and online platforms will be established, providing direct avenues for students to express concerns and pose questions to the Administration. An openly-accessible feedback system will further streamline communication, ensuring that student voices reach decision-makers promptly and effectively.

    Secondly, I praise inclusive decision-making. Recognizing the importance of perspectives within our student body, I propose the establishment of new committees or advisory groups representing diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and experiences. This approach guarantees that decisions are made with comprehensive input, reflecting the collective wisdom of those directly affected. I am committed to pushing for policies that mandate student consultation before finalizing significant administrative decisions.

    Finally, I will actively advocate for increased student representation within key decision-making bodies. Collaborating with the Administration, I aim to secure positions or advisory roles for students in committees shaping campus life, such as curriculum development, facilities planning, and student services. This proactive approach ensures that student perspectives play a pivotal role in steering the direction of our university."

  • How will you improve the SGA to better serve the student body?

    "When I look at the SGA, I see this massive machine that is working 24/7 to better the student body. But, like any machine that is constantly running, it has its hiccups and needs to be tweaked or fixed every so often.

    My first plan to improve the SGA is by hosting more inviting and open General Sessions that will allow the student body to learn more about what we do and stay updated on what we are currently working on. Not many people know what we do, or they just don’t think it matters to them. When in reality, it does matter.

    My second way of improving the SGA would be to reduce the stress of our Branches and Divisions by improving communication. Communication is key in something as big as our SGA, and it can increase productivity while also relieving stress and tension. This will also create a more inviting environment within our workspace and will lead to a better outcome for the student body."

  • What does the SGA mean to you?

    "To me, the SGA is more than just an organization; it's the heart of our campus. It represents the collective voice of our student body, and serves as a bridge between students, faculty, and administration. The SGA is not only the heart of the campus, but it is also my second home. The SGA is a platform for advocacy, empowerment, and positive change. It symbolizes the power of collaboration, where diverse voices come together to shape the student experience and address the unique needs of our community. The SGA is also an avenue for leadership development and community engagement. It provides opportunities for students to take on meaningful roles, develop essential skills, and make a positive impact on campus life for the student body.

    As a candidate for SGA President, I see this role as a chance to elevate the SGA's role in promoting unity, advocating for student interests, and fostering a campus culture that is based around collaboration and student empowerment."

Meet Your Vice President Candidate Ryan!

Ryan Alevizatos

Sophomore, BS Aeronautical Science

"My name is Ryan Alevizatos. I am currently a sophomore graduating in Fall of 2025 working to receive my Commercial Pilot Certificate here at Riddle. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science with minors in Aviation Safety and Airline Operations.

Currently, I am a member of Alpha Omicron Alpha Honors Society, American Society of Safety Professionals, and Sigma Chi Fraternity Eta Iota Chapter. I was elected to serve as Vice President for NGPA and as Historian for Sigma Chi Fraternity.

I am joining the SGA to help give the students a louder voice. Additionally, I would like to have the student body more involved with what we do and keep them better informed to feel like a better part of our community. Thank you for the opportunity to represent you and better our community."

  • What makes your Executive Ticket stand out?

    "Our Executive Ticket is unique due to the new positions we wish to foster. We will bring back the liaisons for the student organizations. This will make communications, processes, and forms more streamlined and easier to do to alleviate any confusion and headaches encountered by this being the liaisons' only role, so their sole focus is on bridging the gap between the SGA and the RSO.

    Additionally, we would like to add a new position in the cabinet for representation of our international students. If elected, soon after we will hold campaigning and elections for a representative to hold the new senate positions. A position will be added to the Cabinet with the title of International Student Representative; in this position, an international student will perform the following duties: advocacy of current issues, employer outreach for job opportunities.

    As a result of this new position, students will see better representation and support through their education and increased opportunity and support for their next steps after college. This position addition will be accompanied by the new position of RSO Liaison in which the elected member will do the following: meet with their appropriate Cabinet member weekly, bring up current issues in their RSO, seek guidance on necessary tasks, and keep the Cabinet member informed on RSO activities."

  • What makes you the most qualified candidate for this position?

    "I have a rich background full of leadership roles and positions. My previous work experience as a youth counselor and a chef has made me accustomed to look for what can go wrong and how things can be improved. Additionally, I have been through leadership training both on campus and within my fraternity. I am driven to be active in my community, thus I have entered the Vice President position in our NGPA Chapter on campus within my first semester of joining. I have also taken the role of historian within my fraternity, a smaller role, yet I have made strong efforts and work toward being a successful term.

    I am determined; I was not accepted into AOA when I first applied in the Fall. I did not allow that to deter me, I used it as motivation to better my application and interview skills thus leading to my acceptance this Spring. I plan for the futur; along with deciding to come to Embry-Riddle to receive my education from a highly-reputable source, I have applied to and joined the United Aviate Program. This has allowed me to plan for my future career as a pilot diligently."

  • As the Vice President, you have a supportive role to the President as well as being the head of the Senate. How will you use your position to ensure the needs of students are met?

    "In order to ensure the student body is best represented, I will keep the President and the Senate members accountable. I would like to have regular reports submitted of tasks completed, currently being worked on, and plans for the future. Additionally, [I would want to know] what they have done to be the voice of the students, like outreach and communication with the respective students.

    The President and I will hold regular tabling in the Union, in addition to our office hours in the SLS (where the free coffee is). The goal of these sessions will be to get direct student input of what is occurring on campus: going well, what needs improvement, any suggestions. Additionally, we will be informing the student body what we have been doing, and plan to do in the near future. By having regular check-ins and opportunities for input, the President and Senate members will feel effective support in order to perform their duties to the utmost performance to keep the student body in the best possible state."

  • How would you use the position of Vice President to create a positive and productive environment in the SGA and around campus?

    "The Vice President has an overseer role. I will be able to look over those in the Senate and above me to ensure they are meeting their duties and excelling beyond them when able. Keeping members up to date, organized and ahead of their duties will reduce stress and increase productivity. Increasing productivity and reducing stress allows representatives to become more involved with the students they represent and have those needs reach the administration. My involvement with the Senate members will show my care toward what they are doing and what they want to accomplish. This will create a more inviting and inclusive environment within the Senate, thus encouraging the most effective outcomes for the student body.

    Support of the President will encourage them to stay motivated in their support and representation of the student body to the administration. I will meet regularly with him to keep him up to date with the events within the Senate and assist in outreach when applicable to perform duties efficiently and effectively."

  • What does the SGA mean to you?

    "The SGA to me is what the name suggests.

    First, students. The most important [thing] to any educational system is the people they are striving to educate. We, as students, make up the majority of Embry-Riddle. We are the reason that the University is able to exist, thus we matter. Our voices should be heard and listened to. We should be represented to the administration adequately in order to exist here happily.

    Second, Government. We get a voice in what happens at our school. We get to change things for our future and the future of prospective students, and I would like to be involved in this process. I want to be a voice that has an impact for others.

    Third, Association. We are an associative body. As students of Embry-Riddle, we are all part of a community, and soon to enter the greater community of alumni who have been through this school. The SGA is a group of leaders to help further the interest of that body."