Executive Board

The executive board of Slivka is a group of students that plans events for current residents, alumni, and faculty fellows. They are in charge of most events in the dorm, from the smaller daily events to the larger events like Slivka Formal. They are always happy to answer any questions you have about Slivka or anything else!


President: Rachana Kolli

The President serves as the leader of the executive board and also as the leader of Slivka in general. This means running both exec board meetings and house meetings, as well as generally being involved with most of the things Slivka does. In this way, the President also helps to serve as the face of the dorm. This is extended through the President’s involvement on the Residential College Board, which includes attending RCB meetings with the other 10 RC Presidents and representing Slivka there.

Rachana Kolli

Hey, y’all! I’m Rachana Kolli and I’m a junior studying Bio Premed and some as yet undetermined English major in WCAS. Though I currently live in Dallas, TX, I grew up in a little town nearby called Valparaiso, Indiana which has resulted in my slightly concerning love for popcorn. I also enjoy baking, reading, writing Murder Mysteries, semicolons, and having an unreasonable amount of posters and things on my walls. Whether you want to talk about school or the numerous merits of Avatar: The Last Airbender (although I still think Zutara should have happened), please come find me and we can chat over a cup of hot chocolate!

Contact: RachanaKolli2019@u.northwestern.edu

Vice President: Kathryn Fatina

The Vice President oversees the Committees of Slivka, collects and maintains records of housing points, coordinates the non-resident membership system, communicates with the University regarding matters concerning non-residents and prospective students, and is second in the line of command should anything happen to the President.

Kathryn Fatina

Kathryn Fatina is a junior from Lincolnshire, Illinois. She is studying Biomedical Engineering and is currently on the premed track. Hobbies include taking Buzzfeed quizzes, making garlic bread at 2am, and singing along to indie music. You can find her hanging with friends around Evanston, napping in the rec lounge, and attempting to journal by the window in her suite.

Contact: KathrynFatina2019@u.northwestern.edu

Treasurer: Monica Lewis

The Treasurer’s primary role is to oversee the budgets of Slivka’s various committees and of the College as a whole. The Treasurer is responsible for disbursing all College funds through the appropriate channels, documenting the College’s debits and credits, and balancing the College’s accounts on a quarterly basis. Additionally, the Treasurer is often called upon to help draw up contracts for services to the College. The Treasurer’s job is a demanding one, requiring careful balance between the needs of Slivkans and the University’s rules and regulations.

Monica Lewis

My name is Monica, and I am a sophomore from Chicago, IL studying computer science and math. When I am not studying or exercising my duties as the Slivka Treasurer, I enjoy playing tennis, drawing, drinking tea and singing along to the Hamilton Soundtrack (badly). Feel free to approach me if you have questions or just want to talk!

Contact: MonicaLewis2020@u.northwestern.edu

Academic Chair: Akhil Shanishetti

The Academic Committee plans a variety of firesides, ranging from science and engineering to philosophy and art to karate and dance; these are lead most of the time by student groups or professors, but some individual Slivkans have also hosted them. Recently, we have also tried to host more inter-RC firesides, through which students from various RC’s can get to know each other. In addition to the firesides, we organize fun and educational trips (e.g. to museums).

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Namaste everyone! I’m Akhil, a junior from India (also lived in Thailand and South Korea) majoring in Chemical Engineering. Some of my hobbies include singing Bollywood songs, drinking excessive volumes of chocolate milk, and waking up at truly abnormal times to watch football (soccer) games. Please feel free to reach out to me if you want to talk about anything whatsoever or form a pickup game of volleyball, soccer, badminton, etc. Go Cats!

Contact: AkhilShanishetti2019@u.northwestern.edu

Fellows Chair: Becs Hughes

The Fellows Committee plans fun events that encourage Slivka residents to interact with Fellows. These events include Prof-2-Peer lunches, the Student Faculty Reception, Saturday brunches and small off-campus dinners with the faculty. The Fellow-Liaison program is also implemented every quarter, where Slivkans have the opportunity to meet and form lasting friendships with the Fellows.


My name is Becs, and I’m from Little Rock, Arkansas. I am a senior dual-degree student in Biomedical Engineering and Theatre, and I’m Slivka’s Fellows Chair for this year! My job is to set up events for Slivkans (or Slivkats if you prefer) to interact with our awesome Fellows. These include off campus dinners and breakfasts all the way to something like sailing on Lake Michigan. When I’m not doing Slivka things, you can find me playing video games, watching tv/movies, down on South Campus doing/watching Theatre, or watching Northwestern sports! I actually am a student manager for the Women’s Basketball Team!

Contact: RebeccaHughes2018@u.northwestern.edu

Social Chair: Julia Shenkman

The Social Committee is responsible for planning various types of activities for Slivkans to participate in. These activities range from board game nights to BBQs to karaoke to munchies. We also team up with the Treasurer to plan a Slivka formal where Slivkans gather at a formal setting for a nice meal and dancing. Our main goal is to get Slivkans together to have a good time.

Julia Shenkman

My name is Julia Shenkman, and I am the Social Chair. I am currently a junior studying Anthropology and Global Health. Outside of Slivka, I am involved in NUMUN and a member of Sigma Lambda Gamma. My favorite hobbies include baking, Netflix, and casually biking around. Often times, you can find me in the recreation lounge making food for a Slivka event or chilling in my suite lounge. Currently, I am studying abroad in South Africa, but I will be returning in the Fall. In addition, I work for NUIT, so if you need any technical assistance I would be happy to help.

Contact: JuliaShenkman2019@u.northwestern.edu

Philanthropy Chair: Jade Davis

The Philanthropy Committee organizes and plans philanthropic events for Slivkans. Though our primary events focus on fundraising for NU’s Dance Marathon and The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Slivkans  have many opportunities to get involved with the community, whether that means making sandwiches, assembling care packages, helping out at the community garden, or visiting the children’s hospital. Our most popular event is Bachelor Auction, which takes place each winter quarter and gives students a chance to share their talents and raise money for our Dance Marathon team.

 http://slivka.northwestern.edu/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/3.jpgMy name is Jade Davis, and I’m a sophomore from Sheldon, Illinois. My major is undecided for now but I’m interested in anthropology, sociology, and art. When I’m not studying, I’m either playing the ukulele, singing the entire Hamilton soundtrack, or attempting to do both at the same time. You can usually find me sitting in the study lounge so if you see me you should stop by and say hi!

Contact: JadeDavis2020@u.northwestern.edu

Facilities Chair: Nicolas Finkelstein

The Facilities Committee is responsible for setting up events. We care for the public areas of Slivka, including the music room, discovery room, kitchens, study areas, and recreation lounge. We are also in charge of organizing events like pool and ping pong tournaments. Come talk to us if you have any questions about how to use something or would like to see some new games on our shelves!

Nicolas Finkelstein

Hey! My name is Nicolas Finkelstein and I’m currently a sophomore studying Computer Science in McCormick. I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina but I’ve also lived in Texas, Puerto Rico, and Switzerland so let me know if you ever need someone to practice your Spanish or French with! Some of my hobbies are browsing Reddit, playing games, and most importantly spending time with friends. That being said, if you’re looking for someone to talk to or hang out with throughout the year, just let me know!

Contact: NicolasFinkelstein2020@u.northwestern.edu

IT Chair: Warren McQueary

The IT Committee has a number of responsibilities. In addition to maintaining Slivka’s technology (both hardware and software), listservs, and online presence, IT hosts quirky events like fruit exploding, Rube Goldberg machine construction, and gnome themed treasure hunts. We’ve also hosted speakers who discuss the future of technology, and how it will affect society.

Warren McQueary

Well met, adventurers! I, Warren McQueary, am a chaotic good human from Arlington, VA. I’m a member of the class of 2019 and I’m studying Theatre, Mechanical Engineering, and some Music Comp on the side! My greatest passion is fostering our love of fun, in all its varieties! Such fostering is usually done while listening to Percival or The Hidden Orchestra. I also revel in composing, acting, designing, and playwriting.

That is, when I’m not obsessively prepping to lead another D&D session, of course.

Contact: WarrenMcQueary2019@u.northwestern.edu

Director of Publications: Kayla Carter

The Director of Publications is responsible for maintaining records and archives, taking minutes of executive committee and house meetings, photographing events, and publishing the notoriously hilarious Bathroom Reader. As with all other members of the executive committee, the Director of Publications is a representative of Slivka and a role model for the residents therein.

Kayla Carter

Hey fam, I’m a member of the class of 2020 from Portland, Oregon, and I will definitely make fun of anyone who complains about the rain. I’m a Chemical Engineering major and a Theatre minor. I’m most often found being a literal human disaster, but I can also be heard singing to random music in my room, playing the ukulele with other Slivkans, practicing karate or dance in the music room, or stress-eating my feelings while watching Netflix. Feel free to come talk and/or hang out, I have plenty of junk food!

Contact: KaylaCarter2020@u.northwestern.edu