SFC Student Staff

The student staff here at the SFC are well-trained in the various avenues utilized within social media.  Be sure to visit their pages to view their perspective through the lens of a student here at UC Merced.

Kristopher Greene


Hey Bobcats! My name is Kris Greene and I am a Student Assistant at the Students First Center. I am a Fourth year double majoring in Psychology and Economics with a minor in Sociology. I grew up in Fresno. Here at UC Merced I am a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. One thing that attracted me to UC Merced is how new it is and that your presence can make a larger impact. I also love how you get to watch the campus grow each year, it is amazing to see how much change has happened since I started here. Follow me and the rest of the SFC workers on Twitter to stay up to date with important deadlines or events. Come by the Students First Center if you have any questions! 

Hi Everyone! My name is Michael Ponce and I am a Student Assistant at the Students First Center. I am a first year Mechanical Engineering major here at UC Merced. I grew up in Los Angeles and love spending time outdoors. I love running and was part of the XC team at my high school and have ran two Los Angeles Marathons, each 26.2 miles. I hope to continue running marathons. I chose UC Merced because it is a very environmentally friendly campus and it is new! Follow me and all the SFC staff on twitter to keep up to date on deadlines and events. We are always hereto help at the SFC so stop by and say Hey!



Michael Ponce



Anna Kucherova




Hello, my name is Anna Kucherova and I am a Student Assistant at the Students First Center. Currently, I am a first year student at UC Merced who is undertaking the challenge of pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree by majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Applied Mathematics. I consider myself easy-going and approachable; if you recognize me on campus and have any questions, don't be shy, I'll be as helpful as possible! My ambitions currently consist of persevering in my pursuit of knowledge and intending to take absolute advantage of the opportunities that lie here within UC Merced. Bobcats, I suggest you do the same! Although the route you may take towards your aspirations may diverge several times, I hope your tenacity remains constant. Follow me on Twitter for upcoming deadlines and events or stop by the Students First Center for urgent questions. Hope you see you around.

Hi, my name is Elizabeth Callahan and I am a Student Assistant at the Student First Center. I am a first year majoring in Psychology and I plan to become a Psychiatrist. I grew up in Bakersfield, California. I chose to attend UC Merced because of the positive atmosphere of the campus, and the unique opportunities that come with attending a growing campus. Follow me and all the SFC staff on Twitter to get up to date with deadlines and events. Stop by the Student First Center if you have any questions!

Elizabeth Callahan


Christopher Him



Hello everyone! My name is Christopher Him and I am student assistant for the Students First Center. I am currently in my second year majoring in Psychology, and this would be my third semester working as a student assistant on campus. I was born and raised forty-five minutes up the road in Modesto, California. Aside from working part-time on campus, I am also an active member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. While UC Merced initially was not my first choice campus, it has proven to be an absolute blessing in disguise. UC Merced has not only provided me with endless opportunities to grow and become a better leader, but it has exposed me to such kindhearted and inspiring individuals. Surrounding myself with others who are just as passionate and driven to succeed as I am has really pushed me to try and excel in any and all that I do. I truly adore the tight-knit community that encompasses our campus. I am and forever will be proud to be a bobcat! With that being said, feel free to follow me and the rest of the SFC student staff on Twitter to stay updated with important deadlines and events! Keep in mind that if you do have any questions, please do stop by the Students First Center and say hello! 

Hello, my name is Reeza Gonzales and I’m a Students First Center Student Assistant and currently a second year here at UC Merced. Currently, I’m a public health major and one day I hope on going into the medical field and pursuing a career as a nurse or pharmacist. I also enjoy meeting being adventurous and exposing myself to new opportunities and experiences. As of right now, I’m currently involved with INTRO Movement, one of the many dance companies on campus as well as Pilipino American Alliance, a cultural Filipino club. These organizations have allowed me to find the creative side of me that I hope one day every student at UC Merced is able to find throughout their time here. I’d also like to say that I’m very friendly and open-minded. If you see me around campus, don’t be afraid to ask questions or say hello, I’m very easy to get along with!


Reeza Gonzales


Maria Rodela



Hey UCM! My name is Maria Rodela and I am currently a third year majoring in human biology! I was born and raised in Orange County and am obsessed with the ocean, graphic design, delicious food, and helping others. Moving from OC to Merced County was a rough transition for me at first however, I now fall in love with it more ad more as time goes by. I love everything from our tight knit student body and its positive energy, to Merced's beautiful sunsets! My goal is to graduate UC Merced and head over to a nursing program for two more years to become a registered nurse and impact the lives of others. Make sure to follow me on twitter (@mariaucmsfc) for important deadlines, updates, and a few memes here and there.

Hi! My name is Erica Woodson and I am a Student Assistant for the Students First Center.  I am a fourth year Management and Business Economics major with a minor in Political Science, and I hope to soon become a Corporate Attorney. In my time here at UC Merced, I have been involved in many extra curricular activities. I am currently a member of Phi Mu Fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law and Merced Pre-Law Society. I enjoy helping others in my community and being outdoors, which is one of the many reasons I fell in love with UC Merced. There are so many amazing opportunities here for growth and exploration. I have created life long memories and met some of my dearest friends here. I could not have chosen a better place to spend my four years. Follow me and the other student workers on Twitter to be well informed about all things Bobcat or stop by SFC if you have any questions! 

Erica Woodson



Nathan Huizar

Hello Bobcats! My name is Nathan Huizar, a third-year CSE student from West Covina California. I currently hold the position of Student Assistant at the Students First Center. The transition from Southern California to the Central Valley was a big one, but staying engaged in school and having fun along the way has made it nothing but a smooth transition. I can now safely say that UC Merced is my home away from home and I would not envision myself anywhere else. Make sure to follow me on Twitter for important updates on deadlines and events. Be sure to drop by the Students First Center if you have any questions, hope to see you there! 
Hi Bobctas! My name is Alberto Renteria and I am a Student Assistant at the Students First Center. My hometown is San Ysidro, CA and I am currently working towards my BS in Psychology, Social Science, Humanities & Arts.  As a 4th-year student at UC Merced, I feel I have been able to develop into a diverse, reliant, and principled leader. I enjoy taking professional positions outside my comfort zone as well as working as a team player to help achieve a goal. When I am not working on my professional development you can find me traveling, serving the community or spending time with friends and family. Please feel free to stop by at the Students First Center if you have any questions; we’re more than happy to help. 

Alberto Renteria