Tufts University Athletics Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)

The Tufts University SAAC serves as a voice for student-athletes within the Tufts Community. The SAAC serves as a vehicle to enhance the interests of students-athletes to the administration. The goal of the SAAC is to provide communication between athletes, coaches and administration, to enrich the Tufts community, and foster a positive student-athlete image and experience.

Executive Board:
President: Alli Dorneo (Women’s Swimming)
Vice President: Franchesca Burgos (Women’s Cross Country, Track & Field)
Treasurer: Tori Rudnicki (Women’s Lacrosse)

Committee Heads:
Community Relations: Maggie Veltri (Co-ed Sailing)
Jumbo Experience: Calie Nowak (Women’s Lacrosse)
Policy & Representation: Will Shackelford (Baseball)
Tufts NESCAC SAAC Representatives:
Will Shackelford (Baseball)
Brett Rojas (Men’s Soccer)


Community Relations is responsible for increasing the involvement and brand of Tufts Athletics with the outside community including the student population and the Greater Boston Area. Some of the main projects that Community Relations facilitates is our “Fan the Fire” program.

The goal of Fan the Fire is to bring sports, spirit, and service altogether, building the community into “One Tufts”. Through the outlet of athletic events, Fan the Fire strives to increase school spirit and garner a sense of Jumbo pride within the Tufts community and sponsor various sporting events, by teaming up with a charity or service organization, significant to its players. Past charities and organizations have included the Alzheimer’s Association, Go4theGoal, and Green Dot.

Jacqueline Knapp (Women’s Basketball)
Matea Friedel (Women’s Track & Field)
Jen Sherwill (Women’s Track & Field)
Angela Yu (Women’s Volleyball)
Taylor Hart (Women’s Sailing)
Jamie Corley (Women’s Soccer)
Logan Herodes (Football)
Aaron Corn (Men’s Golf)
Brett Rojas (Men’s Soccer)
Colleen Doolan (Women’s Swimming)
Casey Maggiore (Softball)
Nik Nugnes (Men’s Ice Hockey)
Brigid Gliwa (Field Hockey)
Afua Ofori-Darko (Women’s Tennis)
Eric Savage (Men’s Basketball)
Justin Feldman (Men’s Golf)
Kevin Quisimberg (Men’s Track & Field)

Jumbo Experience is responsible for improving the student-athlete experience by planning programming to enrich athlete education and foster lasting relationships between athletes. Some of the main projects in Jumbo Experience entail planning our annual SAAC speaker series event (open to all members of the Tufts community), organizing Brother/Sister Teams on campus, and helping enhance our monthly All-SAAC Meetings.

Alec Whipple (Men’s Crew)
Nickolas Hartman (Men’s Crew)
Mina Karamercan (Women’s Tennis)
Katie Martensen (Women’s Basketball)
Arielle Mann (Women’s Crew)
Catherine Shanahan (Women’s Squash)
Brittany Bowman (Women’s Cross Country)
Nathan Niemiec (Men’s Tennis)
Heather Holz (Women’s Volleyball)
Jason Scanlon (Men’s Tennis)
Prairie Hammer (Men’s Crew)
Hanaa Malik (Field Hockey)
Chista Irani (Women’s Squash)
Amun Sahrawat (Men’s Squash)
Hannah Lee (Women’s Fencing)
Ross Wood (Men’s Swimming)

Policy and Representation is responsible for student-athlete representation in dealings with the athletic administration, Tufts administration, and the NCAA. This committee helps advocate for the needs of Tufts athletes and will take lead in discussions about student-athlete issues on campus and work to propose or edit policies as needed. Some notable achievements of the Policy and Representation have been the creation of a student athlete code of conduct, the creation of an open letter arguing against a cut in competitions across division three sports, and the implementation of an improved Tufts SAAC Constitution.

Zoe Howard (Women’s Fencing)
Nick Katz (Men’s Lacrosse)
Rory Buckman (Men’s Cross Country)
Raghav Kumar (Men’s Squash)
Casey Santos-Ocampo (Baseball)
Emma Clutterbuck (Women’s Sailing)
Ranjit Thomas (Men’s Track & Field)
Trevor Serman (Men’s Swimming)
William Pasik (Men’s Lacrosse)
Ian Morgan (Men’s Sailing)
Todd Swenson (Men’s Cross Country)
Sammy Siciliano (Softball)
K.J. Garrett (Men’s Basketball)
Dan Dewing (Football)
Dexter Eichorst (Men’s Soccer)
Mariah Harvey Brown (Women’s Soccer)

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