Co-president: Hannah Checkeye

Hi! I am a Psychology major and Spanish and Biology double minor on the Pre-Med track and in the honors program at UMW. I’m from Coopersburg, Pennsylvania and I am a member of the Women’s Lacrosse at UMW. I work as a medical scribe with Mary Washington Healthcare and hope to go to medical school after graduation! I love to read and go hiking in my spare time. I’m also the president of UMW’s Mortar Board Cap and Gown chapter, the international senior honor society!


Co-president: Vivian Hyatt

Hello! I’m Vivian Hyatt, and I am one of the Psi Chi Co-Presidents for the 2020-2021 school year. I am a junior majoring in psychology and sociology with the hopes of becoming a correctional psychologist in a women’s prison. I am in the honors program and am also a member of Alpha Mu Sigma and the ultimate frisbee team. I have a ton of plants and two cats, Figgy and Boo, that are my pride and joy 🙂


Secretary – Paige Arnau

Hello everyone! My name is Paige Arnau and I am the secretary for Psi Chi. I am an out-of-state student from New York. It’s my senior year as a psychology major and I am also in college of education. When I graduate, I hope to become an elementary school teacher. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching movies, and hanging out with my friends.


Treasurer – Emily Beitzell

Hi! My name is Emily Beitzell and I am the Psi Chi Treasurer. I am a Senior Psychology major and a Business Administration minor. I am also the Community Service Learning Student Coordinator for the Psych Department, so I spend a lot of time in Mercer. I’m from Catharpin, VA, which is a really small town in Northern Virginia right outside of Manassas. I come from a very big family and love spending my time with them. I have three crazy little nephews that I love watching (most of the time). After graduation, I hope to attend grad school to study to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. I hope to work with children and young adults struggling with mental health issues.


Social Media Chair – Anna Balgoyen

Hello! My name is Anna Balgoyen and I am the social media chair for Psi Chi Honor Society. I am a Senior Psychology major from Spotsylvania, VA. I am a member of the President’s Council for Wellness and a distance runner on the cross country and track and field team. After graduation, I plan on going to graduate school to become a clinical social worker in order to help children who have experienced trauma at a young age. I love to read and spend time at the lake. I also love a good cup of coffee!

Fundraising Chair: Shanthi Gnanasekaran

Hi! My name is Shanthi Gnanasekaran, and I am the Psi Chi Fundraising Chair this year! I am a senior majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Neuroscience, on the pre-medical track. I am from Alexandria, VA, and I have three younger siblings. I work at the fitness center on campus, and I am involved in the UMW Asian Student Association, Latino Student Association, CCM, and Pre-Health Society. In my spare time, I like dancing, working out, reading, and listening to music!


To contact the Psi Chi officers, email them at!