Psi Chi Board

The following people are the Psi Chi Board and can be looked to for help on a variety of issues. Please contact the correct person based on the responsibilities listed. Click here for eligibility information.

Lara Eltze - Director of Finance

Hello! My name is Lara, and I am Psi Chi’s Director of Finance for the 2019-2020 academic year. I am a junior double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience, with a minor in Spanish. I am also Pre-Med, so if anyone wants to chat about the brain, medicine, or both - let me know! You can also catch me coding for the Arizona Twin Project lab, and TA-ing for Dr. Szeli, but in my free time I love to spend time with my friends, family, and my dog, cook/bake & workout! I am excited for a fantastic year!

Fun fact: I am an identical twin!

Paulina Vazquez -- Director of Public Relations

Hello! I’m Paulina Vazquez and I am the new Psi Chi Director of Public Relations. I am originally from Mexico but I moved to Mesa when I was younger. I love spending my free time with family, friends, and my dog. I love painting, reading, and watching movies. I am so excited to be working with Psi Chi this year! 

Fun fact about me: I have studied abroad twice during my time at ASU! I went on the Barrett Greece and Italy Summer program and the Barrett Turkey GIE program.

Devan Walter

Devan Walter -- President

Hello everyone! My name is Devan Walter and I am the President of the Psi Chi at ASU Tempe for the 2019-2020 school year. My other roles on campus include being a Research Assistant with the Arizona Twin Project and a Career Development Leader for Psychology Pathways. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing plays or short stories, video games, and puzzles. I hope you will join me and the rest of the Executive Board of Psi Chi in cultivating a supportive, fun, and engaging community for the students, staff, and faculty in the Department of Psychology.

Fun Fact: I lived in Saudi Arabia when I was 5-7 years old and have visited Egypt, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and the Maldive Islands -- and yes, I do remember it, so feel free to ask me about it!

    Gia Lucchesi -- Director of Community Outreach

    Hi everyone! My name is Gia Lucchesi and I am Psi Chi’s Director of Community Outreach for the 2019-2020 academic year! I am a senior here at ASU, double majoring in Psychology and Family & Human Development with plans to achieve a PhD in Psychology. Currently, I am a research assistant in the Arizona Twin Project and the SPLAT lab, as well as a TA for Dr. Cavanaugh-Toft. In my free time, I love hanging out with friends, going on hikes, and there’s always room for finding new and exciting places to travel to! I hope we all have an amazing year together and I cannot wait to get to know you all!

    Fun Fact: I am a fraternal twin with my brother, which led to my interest in joining the Arizona Twin Project!

    Tessa Fletcher -- Director of Special Events

    Hello my name is Tessa Fletcher and I am the 2019-2020 Director of Special Events! This year I will be a senior double majoring in Biological Sciences (with a concentration in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior) and Psychology. After graduating, I plan on attending graduate school for Clinical Psychology with the aspirations of working/doing research as a Clinical Neuropsychologist. On campus I have also been a TA Dr. Cavanaugh-Toft’s Abnormal Psychology class and I am currently a Research Assistant in the Arizona Twin Project.  During breaks from class, I love reading, going to concerts and spending time with friends and family. I love all things Psychology and I am looking forward for this year to work with all of you who feel just as excited about the field!

    Fun fact: I have synesthesia, particularly the kind where all my letters and numbers have colors associated with them!

    Ronnie Bessling -- Director of Special Programs

    Hello everyone! My name is Ronnie and I am your new Director of Special Programs for the 2019-2020 school year! This is my senior year and I am so excited to be working with Psi Chi to make this year amazing with our different events and activities. In addition to Psi Chi, I also work for AccessASU in the Campus Visit department and love to read, spend time with my friends and watch way too much TV in my spare time!

    Fun Fact: I’ve read three whole books in a day before.

    Kristen Viscarra -- Director of AZPURC

    Hello! I’m Kristen, I’m excited to be PSI CHI’s new Director of Research and Conferences. In addition to research and Psychology, I love following Bob Ross painting tutorials, and thrift-shopping. Here at ASU, I enjoy traveling to tournaments with Women’s Ultimate Frisbee.

    Fun fact: I play ultimate frisbee competitively!

    Amanda Michaels - Vice President

    Hi All! My name is Amanda Michaels, and I’ll be your 2019-2020 Vice President! In addition to Psi Chi, I manage ASU’s DynamiCog Lab on West campus, volunteer with ASU’s EEG lab and nanny a couple of adorable kids. I’m coming up on my final year studying Psychology and Neuroscience, so I’m always happy to chat with you about the human mind and brain. When I’m not in school, I love playing and writing music, hiking the local mountains, camping and hanging out with my family. I’m looking forward to meeting you all and can’t wait to see all of the great things our Psi Chi members accomplish this year. See you at our chapter meetings and events!

    Fun Fact: I started out at ASU as a music therapy major before switching to psychology! 

    Nicole Richards - Director of Communications

    Hi Everyone! My name is Nicole Richards, and I am your new Director of Communications! In addition to Psi Chi, I am a tour guide with Devils’ Advocates and a First-Year Success Coach. I am also a research assistant for the Arizona Twin Project! Outside of school I love binge watching Netflix and playing with my three dogs! I am excited to start this year off strong with all of you! Stay on the lookout for my emails!

    Fun fact: I studied abroad in Finland this past summer where we had the chance to observe and research the education system.