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Elizabeth Callahan

Lead Digital Marketing Design & Social Media Specialist

Hi, my name is Elizabeth Callahan and I am a Digital Marketing Design & Social Media Specialist at the Student First Center. I am a Psychology major 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.

Reeza Gonzales

Digital Marketing Design & Social Media Specialist

Hello, my name is Reeza Gonzales and I’m a Students First Center Digital Marketing Design & Social Media Specialist. 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!

Debora Villalvazo

Debora Villalvazo

Lead Enrollment Services Peer Mentor

Hello everyone! My name is Debora Villalvazo and I am from Stockton, California. I am a third-year undergraduate student expecting to graduate in Spring 2020 with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Economics. I am involved on campus with Business Society and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC). After graduation, I aspire to attend law school and focus on helping underrepresented groups such as immigrants and refugees. I am a the Lead Enrollment Services Peer Mentor, cross trained in Financial Aid, Admissions, Registration and Billing. I look forward to assisting you.

Christian Javier Garcia

Christian Javier Garcia

Enrollment Services Peer Mentor

Hello, my name is Christian Garcia and I am an Enrollment Services Peer Mentor at the Students First Center. I am a fourth-year CSE major and I hope that one day I am able to travel to various locations. I grew up in San Diego, California. The transition was an interesting one, but the friends that I made throughout the years have made it feel like I have found my home away from home. I'm cross trained in the basics in admissions, billing, financial aid and registration. If you find yourself having any trouble, feel free to come to ask for any assistance.

Anna Kucherova

Enrollment Services Peer Mentor

Hello, my name is Anna Kucherova and I am an Enrollment Services Peer Mentor at the Students First Center. I am currently a third-year student at UC Merced, majoring in Applied Mathematical Sciences with an emphasis on Data Science. I grew up in Sacramento, California and chose to attend UC Merced because I believe the potential and resources at this campus surmount that of many other university campuses. Feel free to call or stop by the Students First Center if you have any questions!

Nhi Le

Nhi Le

Enrollment Services Peer Mentor

Hello my name is Nhi Le. I am a third year Public Health major and an Enrollment Services Peer Mentor. I am also a research assistant for the MESH lab. I enjoy hiking and watching Game of Thrones in my free time. I am from San Jose, California and love travelling. My goal is to travel to Japan and Korea after I graduate. I hope to travel to more countries and experience different cultures in the future. At the Students First Center we are crossed trained in admissions, financial aid, and billing. If you have any questions, please feel free to stop by the Students First Center and I will be happy to assist you!

Leslie Flores

Enrollment Services Peer Mentor

Hello, my name is Leslie Flores. I am a first year Cognitive Science major. I am from the Monterey Bay area and I love to go to the beach and hang out with friends in my free time. Last summer I got to travel to Europe and I absolutely loved it. I plan to travel more and study abroad sometime during my time here at UC Merced, my goals are to go to either Puerto Rico or Spain. I am an Enrollment Services Peer Mentor on the Students First Center team. I’m here to help you in anything I can; I am cross trained in Financial Aid, Admissions, Registration and Billing.

Jason Joaquin

Enrollment Services Peer Mentor

Hey everyone! My name is Jason Joaquin and I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I am currently a first-year undergraduate student expecting to graduate in Spring 2022 with a BA in Management and Business Economics as well as a minor in Psychology. I am currently actively involved in the Business Society. Some goals that I wish to accomplish throughout my college career are to improve my communication skills as well as my networking skills. After I graduate, my goal is to one day own a business that in some way gives back and helps the community that I was raised in. I am an Enrollment Services Peer Mentor cross trained in Financial Aid, Admissions, Registration and Billing.

Aaron Rivera

Enrollment Services Peer Mentor

Hello everyone! My name is Aaron Rivera, I am a second year here are UC Merced and I am pursuing a BA in Management and Business Economics. I am also pursuing a minor in the Global Arts Study Program. I am currently Vice President of Professional Activities for the Tau Chi Chapter of the professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, here on campus. I am also a team leader for the dance branch of the club Hip Hop Movement. I love performing and talking, and I am also very eager to help. I am an Enrollment Services Peer Mentor cross trained in Financial Aid, Admissions, Registration and Billing.

Erica Garduño

Erica Garduño

Enrollment Services Peer Mentor

Hello! My name is Erica Garduño and I am a 3rd year Public Health major with a Spanish minor here at UC Merced. I am from Santa Ana, CA. On my free time I like watching shows/movies and hanging out with my friends. On campus I am currently a member of Tri Delta, I am an intern for the Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center, and I work as a Bilingualism Research Assistant. My hope is that with my involvement I am able to build network connections and reach my goal of helping underprivileged communities. I am an Enrollment Services Peer Mentor cross trained in Financial Aid, Admissions, Registration and Billing. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to stop by the Students First Center. We are happy to help!

Jasneet Sandhu

Enrollment Services Peer Mentor

Hello everyone! My name is Jasneet Sandhu and I am from Selma, Ca. I am currently a second year Psychology major here at UC Merced and hope to pursue a career in nursing after I graduate. In my free time I enjoy baking and catching up with the latest shows. I love talking to people and am always happy to help. I am an Enrollment Services Peer Mentor cross trained in Financial Aid, Admissions, Registration and Billing. Feel free to stop by if you have any questions!