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The 2020-2021 Student Alumni Executive Board


Kaija Willey


I am a junior from Farmington, UT studying Global Supply Chain Management. After serving a mission in Cleveland, Ohio, I transferred to BYU. I never could have imagined then the opportunities this university and Student Alumni would provide for me. Serving alongside devoted students, finding ways to give back to the BYU community, and creating innovative solutions to unique challenges have been a major part of my BYU experience within Student Alumni. I am a vocalist, performing arts enthusiast, recent gardener, and early morning runner. I truly believe that love is the most efficient way to accomplish any task and have seen that love time and time again at BYU. 

VP of Connections

Isabella De Guzman


I am a junior, from Winnipeg, Canada, studying Exercise Science. I served a mission in Costa Rica where I gained a love for the culture and people. I enjoy spending time with family, going for runs and baking cookies. I transferred to BYU and have loved every minute. Through Student Alumni I have felt the Spirit of the Y and have learned what it means to be part of the BYU community. I am grateful for the lasting connections we can build with alumni, faculty and students as we go out to serve and make a difference in the world.

VP of Traditions

Colin Hughes


I’m a junior from Bountiful, UT, studying Finance. I first discovered my passion for business in Professor Kay Stice’s Accounting 200 class. I love cycling! As I ride, I sometimes find myself wondering about how to make the world a better place (cliché, I know). I’ve found that a smile goes a long way and gentle words even farther. I love BYU and its mission to assist its students and alumni in realizing their full potential as human beings and children of God. I firmly believe that as our university comes together in unity, anything is possible.

VP of Philanthropy

Nick Merrill


I am a Senior from Chicago, IL studying Latin American Studies with minors in Global Business and Spanish. I served a mission in Arizona where I gained an appreciation for Hispanic culture, serving others and Mexican food. BYU Student Alumni has become a foundational aspect of my BYU experience. In my time with the organization I’ve become passionate about the importance of helping those in need, building meaningful connections and facilitating the spirt of the Y. My dream career is to become a commercial airline pilot and I plan to start flight school after graduation. In my free time I love drinking milkshakes, playing soccer and spending time outdoors.

VP of Publicity

Alyssa Thomason


I am a junior from California studying Computer Science. I have wanted to be a part of BYU Student Alumni ever since I heard about it before my freshman year at the Foundations of Leadership Camp. I could tell almost immediately that Student Alumni would be a place where I could serve my fellow students as well as grow professionally and spiritually. In my free time, I enjoy planning (and going on) vacations, developing iOS apps, and learning languages. 

VP of Outreach

Zach Ashton


I am a big fan of keeping active, both physically and intellectually. I love doing anything that gets me moving, so skiing, rock climbing, and sports that I’ve grown up playing are always enjoyable, but I particularly enjoy learning new activities - tennis and golf are some of my most recent endeavors. When not outside, I love learning about and discussing anything and everything I can, from engineering to art history. I am a senior studying Russian and business management, which I love because it gives me ample opportunities to learn about philosophy, history, finances, psychology, and everything in between.