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  • 2005 Alumnae Biographies


    Front (Floor – L-R): Christine Crawshaw, Emily Powers, Aurora Buffington
    Second Row: Maria Luisa Parra Sandoval, Michele Fraher, Elaine Marzola, Mallory Kremer, Evelyn Flores-Rangel, Minako Yamano, Karissa Loper, Katie Kelly, Sherry Johnson, Leonar Rojas
    Third Row: Annette Magnus, Cindy Serrato, Maggie Sylwestrazak
    Fourth Row: Chelsea Clarke, Theresa Farmer, Natalie Everett
    Fifth Row: Mardell Wilkins, Victoria Rocha, Amanda Morrissey
    Sixth Row: unknown*, Varya Payne, Julieta Marquez, Alma Castro, Delfina Anchondo
    Seventh Row: Patricia Martinez, Trudy Parks, Tammi Brodish, Barbara Day, Danielle Lovelady
    *No bio available.

    Delfina Anchondo
    University: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Major: Political Science & English, 2008
    Delfina Anchondo recently graduated from UNLV where she was actively involved in a number of organizations. She was a member of the Student Organization of Latinos, and a founding mother of Omega Sigma Rho, the first Latina sorority to be established at UNLV. A community activist, Delfina focuses her efforts around issues of immigration, education, and feminism.

    Tammi Brodish
    University: University of Nevada, Reno
    Major: Social Work
    Tammi Brodish was the recipient of the Women’s Opportunity award from Soroptimist’s International, the Nell Redfield Foundation, Coca Cola Foundation, the Nevada Women’s Found Scholarship, and nominated for the Regent Scholar Award. She and her daughter prepare home cook meals and deliver them to the local Ronald McDonald House. Tammi is an advocate and volunteer for the crisis call center and volunteers for the Committee to Aid Abused Women.

    Aurora Buffington
    University: University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2005
    Major: Nutrition Science
    Minor: Psychology
    Aurora Buffington served ten years of honorable service in the United States Air force. She teaches wellness education classes in Spanish on a contractual basis, of which she is very excited to serve the Hispanic community. Aurora also teaches step aerobics and cardio kickboxing at the local recreation center and at NAFB.

    Alma Castro
    University: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2006
    Major: Political Science/Women’s Studies
    Alma Castro is a community activist. In Las Vegas, she volunteered for the Rape Crisis Center and was offered the position as peer educator of sexual assault and victim advocate. After graduating from UNLV, she worked at the Women Alive Coalition in Los Angeles, an organization that is on the forefront of AIDS policy issues, while at the same time, providing services to those who are HIV positive in the community. She has been involved in a number or community organization that pertain to women’s issues, sexual assault, immigration, and LGBTQ issues. Alma recently moved to New York.

    Chelsea Clarke
    University: Western Nevada Community College
    Major: Astronomy
    Chelsea Clarke served as the Vice President of Scholarships for Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, a Senator for United Students Association, and the president for the Astronomy Physics and Engineering club. She had the opportunity to intern with Assemblywomen Ellen Koivisto at the Nevada State Legislature.

    Christine Crawshaw
    University: Western Nevada College
    Major: Education
    Christine Crawshaw enjoys a good challenge and has chosen to pursue the field of education to be daily challenged and to encourage leadership skills in her students. A life-long learner, Christine is currently writing a children’s book which she hopes to one day have published.

    Barbara Day
    University: Western Nevada Community College 2005
    Major: Nursing
    Barbara Day has dedicated her time working in the Medical field for many years after obtaining her BSN. She is certified in Medical-Surgical nursing, administration of chemotherapy, and Oncology nursing. She has worked in the ICU for two years and am presently working in the VA hospital in Reno where she is a member of the Ethics Committee. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and treasurer of the local chapter of the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses.

    Natalie Everett
    University: University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2005
    Major: Communications
    Natalie Everett graduated with a communications degree from UNLV in 2005. She currently lives in California’s Bay Area and is a staff writer for the Morgan Hill Times, covering city and education issues.

    Theresa Farmer
    University: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Major: Spanish Literature/Psychology
    Theresa Farmer is currently working on attaining her Masters Degree in Spanish Literature. She is employed at UNLV working with the Foreign Languages Department. Theresa has had the opportunity to travel around the world to such place as New Zealand, England, Greece, and Costa Rica. Her travels were a rewarding experience and the social implications of language were truly astounding and inspirational to her current studies.

    Evelyn Flores-Rangel
    University: University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2006
    Major: English/Political Science/Women’s Studies
    Evelyn Flores-Rangel recently received the Sustainable Development Fellow with The Greenlining Institute, where she focuses on a pragmatic and holistic approach ensuring low-income and communities of color are not left out of the new green environment and economic policies. A dedicated community activist, she is heavily involved with the immigrant rights movement and has worked as a research assistant with the Nevada Immigrant Resource Project.

    Michele Fraher
    University: Truckee Meadows Community College
    Major: Communication
    Michele Fraher’s main goal is to help people in any way that she can. She has excelled in public speaking classes, and uses that to her advantage at any opportunity. Michele has considered politics and lobbying for individuals or businesses as a chance to continue her goal in serving people.

    Sherry Johnson
    University: Truckee Meadows Community College
    Major: Forensic Science
    Sherry Johnson always had a passion for medicine and crime solving. She eventually decided to go back to school and pursue her dreams. She is currently is studying Forensic Science at Truckee Meadows Community College. A dedicated mother, she plans to receive a M.A. to work in her chosen field, while providing a positive future for her children.

    Catherine Alliese Kelly
    University: Great Basin College 2003
    Major: Elementary Education
    Catherine Kelly volunteered for Make-a-Wish Foundation, United Way, and taught classes for the Summer Discovery: Extreme Oceanography camp. Along with being a full time mom, she graduated Cum Laude and on the Dean’s list. Catherine plans to pursue her masters in Education specializing in Instruction and Curriculum Development.

    Mallory Kremer
    University: Wellesley College 2007
    Major: Biology/Math
    Mallory Kremer was diagnosed with two autoimmune disorders, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and fibromyalgia. Her professional goal includes pursing a career in medicine, ultimately serving as a pediatric rheumatologist for Las Vegas community. Since her diagnosis at age 11, Mallory has been under the care of Dr. Bernstein which whom she has had the opportunity to shadow and hopes one day to provide the same care and guidance for pediatric patients that she has received.

    Karissa Loper
    University: Western Nevada College
    Major: Accounting
    Karissa Loper is dedicated in her pursuit of her studies and is working diligently to achieve her goals. Very active throughout her high school career, Karissa has gone on to do the same in college, participating in such programs as the New Voter’s Project and student government; all while working part time.

    Danielle Marie Hinkley
    University: University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2006
    Major: Recreation
    Danielle and her husband recently welcomed a baby son into her life. In January of 2008, after working for five years in the industry, Danielle opened her own event planning company. Stargazer Event Productions is a full-service event planning and production company.

    Annette Magnus
    University: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Major: Political Science
    Annette Magnus received numerous awards for her services, including a scholarship from the City of Las Vegas for community service. During the spring semester of 2005 Annette interned for State Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus and was a Public Affairs Coordinator at Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada. She then accepted the position of Executive Director at Progress Now Nevada in August 2013. Her work at the state legislature for comprehensive sex education was featured in The Desert Companion.

    Patricia Martinez
    University: Truckee Meadows Community College
    Major: Human Resources & English
    Patricia Martinez studied at Universidad de Buenos Aires for three years. She later moved to the United States and worked for the E.L.I (English Language Institute) as an activity coordinator. The opportunity to work in the ESL Program at Truckee Meadows,
    Community College created the chance for Patricia to do what she loves while helping many students to be successful in their lives.

    Julieta Marquez
    University: University of Nevada, Reno
    Major: Women’s Studies
    Minor: Studio Art
    Julieta Marquez has involved herself in organizations on her campus that encourage students to proceed to higher education, such as the Dean’s Future Scholars Program and MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan). Julieta plans to continue her education with graduate studies.

    Elaine Henriques Marzola
    University: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Major: Women’s Studies
    While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Elaine Marzola volunteered for a number of organizations and causes. Her passion lies in ending domestic violence against women and children. She and her son recently moved to Lansing, Michigan where Elaine is pursuing her law degree at Cooley Law School.

    Amanda Morrissey
    University: University of Nevada, Reno 2006
    Major: Speech Pathology/Audiology
    Minor: Developmental Disabilities, Human Development, and Family Studies
    Amanda Morrissey has a deep sense of pride for her home having been a Nevadan all of her life. She was drawn to the areas of study because she saw what was occurring in everyday life for people from all walks of life and wanted to help. Amanda participated in activities and programs such as the Interfaith Hospitality Network (assisting homeless families with obtaining food and shelter), the UNR Substance Abuse Program, and Undergraduate Research.

    Trudy Parks
    University: University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2005
    Major: Recreation and Leisure
    Trudy Parks discovered her talent and passion was working with kids after doing several months of community service. She developed a summer program for an organization in Los Angeles for ages nine- nineteen. In March 2007, Trudy developed her own organization, “NeXt Step: Xposure to Life Group Home”. “NeXt Step” is a 3,300 square-foot house in northwest Las Vegas. Once at the house, girls take a variety of courses including GED preparation, public speaking, and health.

    Maria Luisa Parra-Sandoval
    University: University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2007
    Major: Political Science
    Minor: Communications
    Maria Luisa Parra-Sandoval is currently fulfilling an Internship position at Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. in there communications Department. She was accepted into the McNair Scholarship Institute at UNLV and was contacted by the Communications Department Chair who notified her of her acceptance as the Spring, 2006 Political Communications Intern for Senator Harry Reid in Capitol Hill.

    Varvara Payne
    University: Truckee Meadows Community College
    Major: Accounting
    Varvara Payne originally from Russia, started to study English in a very new and unusual way at TMCC. She experienced success in English and her ESL writing class and received the Jacob’s Scholarship which is based on the student’s GPA. Varvara is also a member the local Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.

    Emily Powers
    University: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Major: Political Science and English Literature
    Minor: Communications and Theatre
    Emily Powers was recently named the 2008 Nevada Regents’ Scholar and a 2008 Truman Scholar, in which she will receive up to $30,000 for graduate study. Emily is the first UNLV student to win the award since 1987. An activist devoted to women and children’s issues, Emily co-founded and served as co-chair to UNLV’s first chapter of NOW and currently serves on the National Young Feminist Task Force. She created an art therapy program for mothers and children at the Shade Tree domestic violence shelter.

    Victoria Marie Rocha
    University: University of Nevada, Reno
    Victoria Marie Rocha volunteered with Special Olympics, was a part of the Talent Academy for writing, participated in sports and received the “Unsung Youth Hero” award from Soroptimist’s International. Victoria was a nominated candidate by Jim Gibbons to attend West Point Military Academy and was accepted to American University, but due to circumstances attended UNR. Victoria was chosen as the President of the Nevada Foreign Relations Committee Student Organization and completed an internship for the International Center of Reno under Dr. Carina Black.

    Leonor Rojas
    University: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Major: Biology/Pharmacist
    Leonor Rojas was awarded the Foreign Language student of the year plaque for her excellent grades in French and Spanish. She received the International Magnet Program’s diploma which involved a four year program of curriculum appointed AP-liked exams, Community Service Activities, and writing projects in areas of History, English, and Theory of Knowledge. Leonor hopes to come back to UNLV and teach Chemistry to incoming students.

    Cindy Serrato
    University: University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2006
    Major: Anthropology
    Minor: Political Science
    Cindy Serrato’s volunteer work led her to join AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). She had the opportunity to do community service projects in just about every focus area; such as helping the American Red Cross do disaster relief in North Carolina to planting trees and removing invasive plants at the U.S National Arboretum. Cindy has had the opportunity to study abroad in China; she hopes that these opportunities will give her a competitive edge for graduate school.

    Malgorzata Sylwestrazak
    University: Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland 2005, University of Nevada, Reno
    Major: International Studies/Economics
    Malgorzata Sylwestrazak served in 2003 an amazing internship in Polish Embassy in Moscow where she worked in the Press Department preparing briefings for Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs about Russian media’s reaction to the invasion on Iraq. In 2004 she sent the spring semester at University of Helsinki, Finland, studying Political Science. She currently became a Public Service Intern II for the Nevada Department of Administration / Budget Planning Division.

    Mardell L. Wilkins
    University: Great Basin College
    Major: Professional Studies
    Mardell Wilkins serves in various positions in volunteer organizations throughout the Elko community. Mardell was elected to the Elko Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She was also a member of the Appropriations Committee of the United Way of the Great Basin in 2007. The committee allocated approximately $1,000,000 to local charities. Mardell will serve as 2nd Vice President of Soroptimist’s International – Elko for 2008-2009. She is currently the Assistant to the President at Great Basin College; at the same time, she is developing an environmental protection organization for the Elko area.

    Minako Yamano
    University: Truckee Meadows Community College
    Major: Business
    Minako Yamano is an International student from Japan. She was the Assistant Treasurer of the International Club. She is the clubs organizer which creates volunteer opportunities in the Reno Community. Minako plans to take action in the work field for the working parents, by addressing the need for child care centers in working companies.

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