The Professional Staff

The Student Association Professional Staff (SAPS)

The SAPS office is here to advise and support your student representatives as they advocate for the student body through campus projects and initiatives, talks with the administration, and the allocation of your student fees. If you have any questions about the Student Association, sitting in an open seat, running in elections, sitting on SA/University committees, getting involved with SA projects or other projects around campus, or want to figure out you can get involved generally, come talk to us. Our office is generally open from 9-5 Monday through Friday and we are open to walk-ins or appointments. The SAPS office is located at Union WG10 across the hall from the 8th Note.



Interim Director 



Ben Minogue


Ben Minogue serves as the Interim Director for the Student Association Professional Staff. He previously worked in Residence Life at Northern Illinois University, and Western Illinois University as a graduate student. Ben holds a Master’s in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University, and a Bachelors in Geography from UW-Whitewater. Ben is passionate about designing effective training, experiential learning, leadership development, and helping students engage with their educational experience. He enjoys hiking, fishing, biking, cheap coffee, and houseplants.



Program Coordinator 

Sam De Forest-Davis


As the Program Coordinator Sam advises students, coordinates elections and trainings, and supports the Student Association Professional Staff team. Sam holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science, Sociology, and Africana Studies from Augustana College and a Master’s from UW-Milwaukee in Community Engagement and Education. Sam’s passions include experiential learning, community organizing, student advocacy, and public policy. Outside of work Sam enjoys spending time with her pets, finding new places to eat with friends, cheering on the Bucks, reading, and hiking.



Funding and Outreach Advisor

Jake Hubbard


Jake Hubbard serves as the Funding and Outreach Advisor for the Student Association Professional Staff. He has a Master’s in Higher Education Leadership from North Central College and a Bachelor’s in Sport Management from Elmhurst University. He found his love for higher education when working as an Orientation Leader/Coordinator during his undergraduate experience. Jake is passionate about engaging and interacting with students and helping them get the most out of their UWM experience. He also enjoys running, music, and gaming.

 Graduate Assistant 


Mia Heredia

Amillia Heredia, who goes by Mia, is the Graduate Assistant for SAPS. Her role provides support, guidance, and leadership for student government appointments and retention. This involves developing and maintaining record-keeping systems, maintaining SA’s online presence, advising the executive board, and training students charged with documentation. Mia is a double alumna of UW-Milwaukee with her bachelors and masters in criminal justice and is currently pursuing another masters degree in African and African Diaspora Studies. She is passionate about the creation of suitable change in college campuses and representation of marginalized communities. Outside of work and school you can find Mia volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) or reading a new book.