Graduate Student Body President 2013-2014


Thom Croskery, originally from Greenville, NC, completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy at The Ohio State University in 2009 where his main area of study was metaphysics and modal logic. During his time at the Ohio State University, he served as the Treasurer of the Undergraduate Philosophy Club and was instrumental in hosting the first Intercollegiate Philosophy Conference at OSU, bringing undergraduate philosophers from Universities around the country to OSU for presentations and panel discussions.

After graduation, Thom worked as the Manager of a local restaurant before returning to school in the winter of 2012. His impetus for doing so was a desire to make an impact in the burgeoning field of alternative energy technology.  He was accepted into the Graduate School to pursue a Master’s Degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics in the fall of 2012.

Since that time he has worked with the NC Department of Transportation in co-ordination with the Department of Engineering at ECU studying life-cycle costing of DOT Fleet vehicles. Thom has also carried out benefit-cost analysis for Emerald Energy NC with regard to adopting Net Energy Metering policy for consumer side photovoltaic electricity generation.

Thom was honored to receive the 2013-2014 Mathematics Department Scholarship for academic excellence, and has served as the treasurer for the Pirate Math Organization. Thom works for East Carolina University as a tutor in the Austin Math Lab and the Joyner Math C.A.V.E. where he has been grateful to help undergraduate students become better mathematicians. Thom is very proud to serve as the 2013-2014 Graduate and Professional Student Senate President, and wishes all the Graduate students the best of luck in their academic and professional careers.



Vice President 2013-2014

Diana Wright

Diana Wright grew up in Virginia Beach, VA. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2009 with dual degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a  minor in Chemistry. Diana is currently a Doctoral Candidate with the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Brody School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the role of HTLV-1 viral protein HBZ in the development of Adult T-cell Leukemia. Diana has presented her research at the local, state, regional, and international level and is co-author on one peer-reviewed scientific journal article in Nucleic Acids Research.

Diana is the current Vice President of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate. Diana is involved with the Brody Graduate Student Association, Medical Reader’s Theater, and helped found the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) ECU chapter. She was selected to attend the 2013 IHI Student Quality Leadership Academy. Diana plans to use her scientific knowledge, critical thinking skills, and leadership experiences towards a future in governmental research or policy making.


Treasurer 2013-2014

LalageLalage Katunga is a PhD candidate in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Lalage is interested in factors that influence population health and how best they can be manipulated to improve health outcomes and maximize pharmaceutical interventions. She has worked in population health at both local and international organizations. Prior to beginning her studies at ECU, Lalage worked at the UNC Chapel Hill, Nutritional Research Institute researching dietary adequacy and health factors in the Inuvialuit of Northwestern Territories, Canada. Lalage currently works in Dr. Ethan Anderson’s lab investigating the role of lipid peroxidation in diet induced obesity on cardiac remodeling as a potential new target for pharmaceutical intervention.

Lalage grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe. When she is not in the lab, Lalage enjoys exploring the Outer Banks of Eastern North Carolina.


Executive Associate 2013-2014

JasonJason Franklin is originally from Statesville, NC and currently lives in Battleboro. In 2001, he graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  He continued his studies at East Carolina University and completed his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology in 2004.  After attaining licensure as a psychological associate, he started his career working with adults diagnosed with autism and other development disorders at the Caswell Developmental Center in Kinston, NC.

He was named the Caswell Developmental Center Psychology Staff Member of the Year in 2008.  His interests in the causes of these disorders lead him to pursue a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Jason’s research focuses on the neurological and immunological effects of developmental bisphenol A exposure and he is currently working on his fifth and final year in the department.

Jason is currently the Vice President of the Brody Graduate Student Association and the Student Representative Elect for the North Carolina Society of Toxicology. Jason attributes much of his success to a loving and supportive wife and daughter.  In the future, Jason plans to pursue career leadership opportunities in environmental risk assessment and continue his work in studying the potential causes for autism and other developmental disorders.



GPSS Staff
From left to right: Jason Franklin, Diana Wright, Thomas Croskery, and Lalage Katunga

Congratulations to the newly elected executive board of 2014-15!
President: Ryan Bradley
Vice President: Diana Wright
Treasurer: Michael Flynn
Executive Associate: Jennifer Jones