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  • 2016 Alumnae Biographies

    NEWL 2016

    NEW Leadership Nevada Class of 2016

    Margarita Barragan Serna is a student at Truckee Meadows Community College and is studying Law. She is determined to accomplish the goals she sets for herself and appreciates learning from others and from herself.

    Brittney Ballesteros is a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is studying Sociology. She is fighting for a better world through knowledge and the constant quest to understand others and values relationships and experiences.

    Yesenia Cuevas is a student at Nevada State College and is studying Psychology. She hopes to become a psychiatrist and enjoys helping people and giving back to her community.

    Rebekah E. Couper is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno as is studying Social Work. She is passionate about making positive impacts in the lives of individuals, communities, and organizations through policy and hopes to run for office one day.

    Daisy Del Rio Rios is a student at Nevada State College and is studying History and Pre-Law. She is a first generation college student and spires to be an immigration lawyer.

    Dilcia Duarte is a student at Nevada State College and is studying Biology, Chemistry, and Business. Her goal is to become a general practitioner and help out people that are in need, not only locally, but globally, too.

    Natalie Delbecq is a student at Western Nevada College and is studying Visual Arts and Gender Studies. She will be attending the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in the Arts and hopes that whatever work she creates will renew conventionalities, combat prejudice, and effectively speak for human rights.

    Karen Espinoza is a student at Nevada State College and is studying History and Pre-Law. She is passionate about social justice and law and plans to become an immigration lawyer.

    Jazmin Gelista is a student at the College of Southern Nevada and is studying English and Journalism. Her goal is to attend UNLV in the fall to obtain her masters in English. She would like to be a fiction writer and work for UNLV one day.

    Morgan Gorst is a student at the College of Southern Nevada and is studying Psychology. She hopes to transfer to UNLV in the spring and plans to attend graduate school to study cognitive neuropsychology.

    Adriana Guizar-Vazquez is a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is studying English and French. She is passionate bilingual education and would like to obtain her master’s degree in Literature or Education.

    Desiré Gálvez is a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is studying Gender and Sexuality. Desire’s practice of Muxerismo has fueled the future goal of creating a nonprofit to help parents and youth grow as a community.

    Gail Guerrero is a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is studying Computer Science, History, and Math. After graduation, she plans to use her computer science education to close the engineering gender gap and also to help solve other global and social justice issues.

    Briceida Hernandez-Toledo is a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is studying Gender and Sexuality, Anthropology, and French. Her passion for learning and education has given her life purpose and direction and her goal is to earn a doctoral degree in anthropology, gender and sexuality studies, or global migration.

    Katie Jensen is a student at Nevada State College and is studying Elementary Education. She hopes to obtain a master’s degree in Elementary Education and one day work in administration.

    Megan D. Kolvenbach is a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is studying Psychology and Family Studies. She serves as a research assistant studying the intersection of sociocultural influences, personality, and mood on eating behaviors and is also conducting research with faculty in the School of Architecture exploring environmental design responses to neurodegenerative disorders.

    Naomi Lewis is a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is studying Psychology and Environmental Studies. She hopes to one day practice environmental law or get a masters in sustainable communities so she can help her community grow into an even better place to live the future generations to come.

    Deanna Morrell is a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is studying Public Administration. This is her second BS and she plans to obtain her MPA at UNLV’s School of Environmental and Public Affairs after graduating in the fall of 2017.

    Courtney McKimmey is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno and is studying Economics, International Affairs, and Renewable Energy. She is very active in her community and on campus with several organizations and values the opportunity to learn leadership skills from strong female leaders.

    Jamie Poston is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno and is studying Computer Science and Engineering. She is an intern in the Robotics Research Laboratory at UNR where she develops and proctors human-robot interaction studies, performs maintenance on the robots, and gives tours to prospective students.

    Ashly Riches is a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is studying English and Gender and Sexuality Studies. She believes that if one loves reading, one can learn anything and hopes to pursue a graduate education in Clinical Sexology so she can promote responsible and liberating intimate relationships.

    Holly Ramella is a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is studying Gender and Sexuality. She hopes to use an intersectional feminist approach to decrease interpersonal violence on campuses around the nation.

    Banafsheh Rekabdar is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno and is studying Computer Science and Engineering. She hopes to further develop her passion for multicultural and diverse inclusivity and is an advocate of women’s participation in research and education in STEM fields.

    Vanessa Smith is a student at the College of Southern Nevada and is studying Dental Hygiene and Public Health. She enjoys helping those in need by creating more community dental programs and is committed on using leadership skills to empower more dental hygienists to fight for pay equality and a wider scope of practice.

    Ziwei Zheng is a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is studying English. She hopes to become an international lawyer and draws upon her passion and ambition to succeed for motivation to achieve her goals.

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