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Executive Officers

GovernorGovernor
Elected by Delegates at Large

The Governor presides over the Executive Council and serves as the CEO under the Constitution. He/She is a member of the TISL Board of Directors and also appoints the justices of the Supreme Court.

Matt Meinel
Vanderbilt University, Nashville
Class of 2013; Political Science, History & Computer Science
Hometown: Franklin, Tenn.

Matt was State Treasurer at the 42nd General Assembly, Secretary of State at the 41st General Assembly, and a Representative at the 40th.

As Governor, he is serving his third term on the Executive Council. He is also in his second term on the TISL Foundation Board of Directors, having been elected to the at-large student seat for 2011.

During his time at Vanderbilt, he has been active in several student organizations while earning a spot on the Dean’s List every semester. For his History Honors Thesis, he is doing original research on the business impacts of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition of 1897.

Matt interned for U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in Washington in summer 2010, and he interned in the office of State Sen. Jack Johnson in spring 2011.

During the 2011 legislative session, Matt researched, wrote, and passed a bill (SB77/HB885) increasing student participation on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation. It was signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam on June 6, 2011, as Public Chapter 394.

After graduation, Matt plans to attend law school.

Executive Council

Secretary of State
Elected by a Joint Session of the Senate and House of Representatives

State Treasurer
Elected by a Joint Session of the Senate and House of Representatives

Attorney General
Elected by the Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court

The Secretary of State keeps the official records of TISL and coordinates the flow of legislation at the General Assembly.

The State Treasurer oversees TISL Media and the marketing of TISL merchandise. TISL Store

The Attorney General is the Executive Council's expert on the TISL Constitution and Legal Code. He/She represents the Executive Council before the Supreme Court and leads a team in AMC3.

Alex Brown
Chattanooga State Community College
Class of 2013; Paralegal
Hometown: Ooltewah, Tenn.

Suzanne Carr
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Class of 2013; Pre-Law and Psychology
Hometown: Springfield, Tenn.

Molly Castellaw
Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville.
Class of 2013; Political Science
Hometown: Brownsville, Tenn.

Alex was as a Representative at the 42nd General Assembly; he was also Head Delegate for Chattanooga State’s delegation and Vice Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. He served as a Representative and an Alternate Senator at the 41st.

Secretary of StateHe is President of the Paralegal Association of Chattanooga State Community College. He served as the Chairman of the TISL Committee of the Student Government Association and is involved in many other organizations at Chattanooga State. He is also involved in the American Red Cross of the Greater Chattanooga area.

Alex is married to Suzanne H. Brown, who was a lobbyist at the 42nd General Assembly. They have three children, two boys and one girl. Alex plans to enlist in the military as an officer, attend law school, travel more with his family, and run for political office one day.

Suzanne served as Deputy State Treasurer at the 42nd General Assembly and was a member of UT's AMC3 team at the 41st.

State TreasurerAt UT, she is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and recently finished her term as Vice President of Finance.

She is also involved with UniTe, the student-alumni association, UT's TISL delegation and several other campus activities. 

Suzanne will be interning with the Knox County Delegation in the General Assembly for the 2012 session. She also interns during the summer for the law office of Long and Herbison, PLLC, of Clarksville. 

She plans to attend law school after graduation. 

Molly was a researcher for the Tennessee Tech University Moot Court team in both the 41st and 42nd General Assemblies.

Attorney GeneralWhile being on the Dean’s List each semester, she is involved in the Baptist Collegiate Ministry on her campus as well as College Republicans, the Pre-Law Club, and Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.

Molly served as an intern to U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher of West Tennessee in both Washington and in the 8th District January-August in 2011.  She looks forward to returning to Washington after law school.

Officers of the Senate

For the Supreme Court

Lt. Governor & Speaker
Elected by the Senate

Speaker Pro Tem
Elected by the Senate

Chief Justice
Elected by the Supreme Court

The Speaker presides over the Senate and appoints officers such as the Chief Clerk and Sergeant at Arms. The Speaker of the Senate becomes Governor if a vacancy occurs.

The Speaker Pro Tem presides over the Senate in the absence of the Speaker and becomes Speaker if a vacancy occurs.

The Chief Justice leads the judicial branch of TISL.

Michael Sloan
Lipscomb University, Nashville
Class of 2014; Government & Public Administration
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Michael Adkisson
Union University, Jackson
Class of 2014; Business
Hometown: Prospect, Ky.

Kirby Lewis
Union University, Jackson
Class of 2013; Political Science
Hometown: Lexington, Tenn.

Michael was Speaker Pro Tem of the Senate at the 42nd General Assembly and a representative at the 41st General Assembly.

Lt. Governor & SpeakerHe was an intern for state Sen. Roy Herron, a TISL alumnus, during the 2011 state legislative session.

Michael was a member of the Freshman Leadership Council at his college in 2010-11.

The second-year EC member belongs to the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity and plans to attend law school after receiving his undergraduate degree.

He is involved in community activities, including service as a Woodmont Hills Counseling Center tutor, a Red Cross Community Disaster educator and a Homeless Families Foundation youth mentor.

Michael was an Alternate Senator at the 42nd General Assembly.

Speaker Pro Tem of the SenateAt Union, he is an active participant in the Freshman Council and is a Senator for the freshman class in the SGA.

Michael looks forward to continuing his involvement in SGA and is planning to run for a leadership position in the Spring semester.

He anticipates becoming involved in Greek life. He looks forward to internships and studying abroad later in his college career and plans to obtain a Master's degree after his time at Union ends.

Kirby is serving his first term on the Supreme Court.

Chief JusticeHe served as an Assistant Clerk and Marshall for the AMC3 competition at the 41st General Assembly and as a Representative at the 40th.

He is a member of Union’s Student Government Association, serving as Executive Secretary and Freshman Council Mentor. The Chief Justice is also a Provost Scholar, a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha political science fraternity, the Alpha Chi honor society and a freshman orientation leader. He currently serves as the Director of Cooperating Organizations for the Tennessee Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership organization.

As a Benjamin A. Gilman scholar and recipient of the US–Korea Youth Network University Spring Break Scholarship, Kirby has studied abroad in South Korea, Jordan and Costa Rica.

After graduation, Kirby plans to pursue a career with the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer.

Officers of the House of Representatives

Speaker
Elected by the House of Representatives

Speaker Pro Tem
Elected by the House of Representatives

The Speaker presides over the House of Representatives and appoints officers such as the Chief Clerk and Sergeant at Arms. The Speaker of the House is second in the line of succession if the position of Governor becomes vacant.

The Speaker Pro Tem presides over the House in the absence of the Speaker and becomes Speaker if a vacancy occurs.

Jessica Watts
University of Tennessee at Martin
Class of 2013; Secondary English
Hometown: Palmyra, Tenn.

Brandon Chrisman
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Class of 2014; Political Science
Hometown: Nashville

Jessica was a Representative at the 41st and 42nd General Assemblies.

Speaker of the HouseAt UT-Martin, she has been an SGA Senator for three years.

Jessica is a member of the Student Tennessee Education Association and Phi Eta Sigma national honor society for first-year students.

She is a Student Ambassador at UT-Martin and works with the UTM Education Department advising prospective students

In high school, she was involved in several youth leadership conferences.

After graduation, Jessica plans to pursue a graduate degree in Education Administration.

Brandon was a Representative at the 42nd General Assembly and a Page from Martin Luther King Magnet High School, Nashville, at the 41st.

Speaker Pro Tem of the HouseOn campus, he spends time with multiple student organizations. He is responsible for parliamentary procedure within UTK's TISL delegation and the SGA. He also is involved with his community, helping at FaithPromise Church on campus and volunteering around Knoxville.

At home in Nashville, he is heavily involved with his church and with local music. He plays piano, as well as numerous other instruments. In high school, he competed in Mock Trial for three years, reaching the State Competition twice and finishing in the Top 10.

In summer 2011, he worked for Nashville Mayor Karl Dean's re-election campaign as a canvasser in Nashville.

After college, he plans to pursue a Master's degree and then attend law school.

 

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