Executive Board Contact Information

Contact information of the Executive Board 2024 will be updated to this site during January.

Mirka Nieminen

Chair of the Executive Board, Chair of the Kuopio Campus Board



tel. +358 44 576 8400

Hello! I am Mirka Nieminen and I’m studying 5th year of social work in Kuopio, but you can frequently find me in Joensuu as well. I am the Chair of the Executive Board 2024 of the Student Union of University of Eastern Finland.

During the last year I was part of the ISYY board as well and my responsibilities were in the social policy sector. I have been a tutor, seniortutor and tutor for international students. I have also worked at the university as a teaching assistant so we might have met in various different ways. I sometimes might wander into student events.

You can most likely find me at Lukema or Snellmania. If you see me somewhere feel free to come and chat with me. I will gladly answer questions and hear different ideas or opinions!

Godparent for the following student associations: Judica ry, Legio Ostiensis ry and KuoLO ry.

Noora Saramäki

Vice Chair, Chair of the Joensuu Campus Board



tel. +358 44 576 8410

I am delighted to introduce myself to Isyy as Vice-Chair of the Board. I am Noora Saramäki, a second year student of Early Childhood Education, from the campus in Joensuu. I have served on the board of my subject association Sulo ry and tried out different roles before my current role as Vice President. I have also worked as a peer tutor.

As Vice President, my responsibility is to support the President and the Board as a whole in achieving our common goals. I am keen to hear the student voice and hope that every student can feel heard.

I am strongly committed to fostering an open and inclusive atmosphere at our university, where every student has the opportunity to succeed and feel part of the community. I look forward to working with my fellow board members and the university community to create an even better student experience.

If you have any questions, ideas or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to listen and do my best for our community. Thank you for being part of the ISYY family - together we are stronger and can achieve great things!

Godparent for the following student associations: Kotex ry, Poikkeus ry, Popsi ry and Kassos ry.

Emmi Vetikko

Events and Recreation


tel. +358 44 576 8406


My name is Emmi Vetikko and I am a Board member of the Executive Board of The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY). My sector is recreation. At the moment I am a second-year business student, based on Kuopio campus. I am an active member of my own subject organisation Preemio ry through tutoring, project team and being an anti-harassment contact person. ISYY’s club KIVES is also an important society for me. 

You can meet me on Kuopio campus, especially on Snellmania or Canthia. Please feel welcome to come say hi if you see me on campus or at a sitz party! If you have any ideas for events, please share them. I hope you all have a great year at university and keep in mind that ISYY stands with you. Say hi when you see me!

Godparent for the following student associations: Joensuun metsäylioppilaat ry, Skripti ry, Fortis ry and Kulti ry.

Jaana Sivula-Wesselhoft

International Affairs, Working Life


tel. +358 44 576 8421


Hi! I’m Jaana, a master’s student in educational sciences at the Joensuu campus. This year, I work in international affairs at ISYYs board, which is particularly close to my heart after studying and living abroad.

Previously, I have also been a student tutor for international students and a board member in the student association Kassos ry. In addition to my involvement in associations and studies, I love spending my spare time knitting, hanging out with friends and my two cockatiels, and wandering in nature.

You’re most likely to encounter me at Futura or student events, such as at sits. If you happen to see me somewhere, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, as I will be more than happy to answer your questions and to listen to opinions or new ideas!

Godparent for the following student associations: Sulo ry, Opossumi ry, Sointi ry, Täky ry and Varnitsa ry.

Jasmin Tuomi

Social Policy


puh. 044 576 8402


Hey everyone! I’m Jasmin Tuomi and I’m doing social policy this year. I’m also western theology student at Joensuu's campus.

I have previous history on politics and activism outside of the student world; you can find me speaking about human rights and mental health. I’m very excited to be in ISYY’s board and do things for students rights.

On campus you can usually find me on Agora or Carelia and you can always come say hi to me! It would be my pleasure to hear your ideas and thoughts about everything and especially about interest advocacy and well-being.

Godparent for the following student associations: Fides Ostiensis ry, Iskra ry, Tombolo ry and Pistis ry.

Julia Tenhunen

Environment and Development Cooperation


tel. +358 44 576 8405


Hi! I’m Julia Tenhunen, a member of ISYY's board in 2024. I’m responsible for the Environment and Development cooperation sector on the board. Through the sector, I aim to develop the activities of ISYY and its stakeholders in an environmentally and climate-friendly way, for example through events, theme weeks and advocacy.

I study environmental science at the Kuopio campus and specialize in environmental health and technology in my studies. During my time at university, I have been involved in many active activities. I am e.g. worked in ISYY's representative board for the years 2021-2023. In addition, I have experience in subject organizations since 2021, and last year I was the chairman of our subject organization, Hyeena ry.

Godparent for the following student associations: Epsilon ry, SusTek ry, Hyeena ry and Kvantti ry.

Laura Appelqvist

Social Policy


tel. +358 44 576 8407


Hello! I'm Laura Appelqvist. I am studying in the fifth year of the health promotion education program at the Kuopio campus, and my major is sports medicine. This year I act on the board of ISYY in the social policy sector together with Jasmin.

I have served on the board of Terho ry for three years in the role of trustee and chairman. In addition, I have worked as a health promotion tutor for two years. I am also involved in ISYY's interdisciplinary promoting Kamrats club.

On the Kuopio campus, you can see me most at Canthia and Snellmania. You can also run into me at many different interdisciplinary student events. You can come talk to me anytime and I am happy to hear your news and opinions, especially in relation to the promotion of students' health and advocacy.

Godparent for the following student associations: Bunsen ry, Oidipus ry, Retikka ry and Terho ry.

Miika Hiltunen

Business Relations, Associations, Working Life



I am Miika Hiltunen, 4th year business student from Kuopio. This year I'm working as a part of ISYY board, where my sectors include associations and business relations.

Before ISYY, my background comes from Preemio, where I acted for two years as a part of board. First I was in charge of our education policy sector and later became chair of the board. On top of this I also have been active in ISYY, working as chair of Kylterit -group and also 1st vice chair of representative council. You might see me at campus or at different events, especially sitz parties are close to my heart.

If you have any ideas, thoughts or questions in your mind, don't hestitate to contact me!

Godparent for the following student associations: Joraus ry, Optimi ry, Dentina ry and Preemio ry.

Ruska Itkonen

Academic Affairs


tel. +358 44 576 8427


Hello! I am Ruska Itkonen and I am studying my second year in social sciences as a sociology major at Joensuu kampus. My role in the ISYY board is academic affairs & policy. 

My advocational backround is in social and political movements, and i took part in founding the queer students organisation in Joensuu, Qirjava ry. You can most likely see me at the Carelia’s library or at Metria, maybe sometimes at the events too. If you see mee around, feel free to come talk and/or ask something if needed!

Godparent for the following student associations: Echo ry, Mikrovillus ry, Nefa-Joensuu ry ja Praxis ry.

Sari Törrönen



tel. +358 44 576 8403


Hello! I am Sari Törrönen and I am studying my second year in social work at Kuopio campus. This year I am part of the ISYY board and my sector is Communication. I have no previous experience in subject organization, but I have actively participated in the events of my own subject organization, Socius, as well as cross-disciplinary events, of which “Herkku appro” is my favorite. I’m looking forward to this year working as a part of ISYY’s board!

You can most likely find me at Snellmania, Canthia or at the library. If you see me at the campus or events feel free to come to say hi! Do not  hesitate to reach out to me, as I will be more than happy to answer your questions and to listen to opinions or new ideas! I hope you all have a great year at university!

Godparent for the following student associations: Godis ry, Serveri ry and Socius ry.