- Who We Are
Students from California campuses were selected in January 2017 to participate in California Campus Compact's Community Engagement Student Fellowship (CESF) program, a 4-month initiative specifically designed to support student leaders advancing service, service-learning and community engagement at California Campus Compact member campuses throughout the state.
Whitney Boetel is a second-year Master of Science in Occupational Therapy student at Stanbridge University. She was born and raised in Southern California, where she developed a passion for service while volunteering at school and in the community. Whitney is excited to be a Community Engagement Student Fellow because it will allow her to combine her love for working with veterans and scuba diving, while incorporating hands-on learning in community program development. Her future goal is to work in the field of occupational therapy for a few years after graduation, then return to school to obtain a post-doctorate in occupational therapy and develop a program of her own to benefit veterans with disabilities. Whitney also volunteers in Orange County, Los Angeles County, and San Bernardino County in adaptive sports for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities.
Rielle Castillo was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to Orange County, California when she was 5 years old. She has traveled and lived outside of California only to realize California is where she considers home. Rielle loves the diversity and friendliness of California residents. Through her three years of experience volunteering with organizations such as Key Club and Health Occupational Students of America, she learned the importance of kindness in service and the difference it makes to those who take notice. Her service inspired her to pursue a future in nursing. Currently, she’s studying nursing at Stanbridge University’s Associate of Science in Nursing program. Rielle is excited to be a Community Engagement Student Fellow to challenge and further strengthen her skills. If she is not studying, she loves to explore a variety of physical activities such as pilates, salsa, hip-hop classes, aerial silks and hoop.
Michelle Castro Bastida is a senior Studio Arts major and Art History minor at Loyola Marymount University. She transferred to Loyola Marymount University Fall of 2015 from El Camino College, and will be graduating Spring 2017 being the second person in her family to graduate from LMU. She is a passionate, motivated, compassionate individual willing to do anything to accomplish her goals and stand up for what she believes in. On campus she is an active member of the Delta DeltaDelta sorority, and works on campus for Alumni Relations as a Graphic Designer. Her responsibilities include creating the publicity for the events hosted by Alumni Relations, ranging from Alumni BBQ to the Senior Banquet and Ball, two of the largest events hosted by this department. Starting the Spring semester of 2017 Michelle became a member of Center for Service and Action (CSA) where she works as a California Campus Compact Community Engagement Student Fellow. As a fellow she is partnered with the Design Entrepreneurship course facilitating community-based learning, connecting students to do service through their academic course and designing products that aim to improve the lives of those who they are serving. Michelle is passionate about Graphic Design and as an artist she uses her skills as a tool to serve and create bold statements about social justice issues.
Laura Cayabyab is a Sociology undergraduate student with a concentration in Community Change at San Jose State University. She took interest in solving the issue of homelessness because of how prevalent it is around SJSU’s campus. She is president of COOP SJSU, a student leadership organization that addresses homelessness in Silicon Valley. She is a sister of alpha Kappa Delta Phi, Sorority Inc. where she has held many cabinet positions including fundraising and recruitment. Outside of school she enjoys running, reading, yoga, and traveling.
Dawn Crawford is completing her final term in the Vocational Nursing program at Stanbridge University in Irvine, California. She hopes to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse and work with young children. Dawn is a mother of four and gives her time working with the Girl Scouts of Orange County and the Boy Scouts of America. She also volunteers with San Antonio Church to help serve her community. In her future career as a nurse, she hopes to brighten the lives of children and families struggling with illness.
Paige Dillman is a small town girl from the Midwest, born and raised on a farm in Wisconsin. She’s an experienced Facilities Manager for an international shipping company specializing in e-commerce trade. She is currently pursuing an Associate of Science in Nursing degree due to her innate desire to help people and care for them in times of need. Paige also serves as the Vice President of the Stanbridge University Nursing Students’ Association, with a goal of representing the interest of future nurses at Stanbridge to help foster high standards of nursing practice and advocate on health care issues that affect the student body.
Juliene Espinoza grew up in a close-knit community in San Diego, where she developed a love for service, community health engagement, and project managing. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Health at UC Irvine and began volunteering at outpatient clinics, hospitals, and non-profit organizations. As a Clinical Care Extender volunteer at Hoag Hospital for two years, she shadowed many health care professions and found that Occupational Therapy fueled her passion to help others and provide them a better way of life. After graduating from UC Irvine, she worked as a Rehabilitation Technician for five years before enrolling in Stanbridge University as an Occupational Therapy Assistant student. After completing the program, she plans to continue her education by obtaining a Master’s Degree in either Occupational Therapy or Health Administration in hopes of helping to increase access to rehabilitation services in low-income communities.
Richard Gavino is completing his third term in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Stanbridge University in Irvine, California. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy from California State University, San Marcos. Richard is a San Diego native, with a vibrant personality and an eagerness to meet new people whenever he can. Richard is currently working as a Team Lead/Sales Representative at Kiehl’s, and volunteers at monthly community service events through the Stanbridge REACH program, including the Free Farmers Market for Families in Need and Serving the Homeless. After graduation, he plans to hone his skills as a Physical Therapist Assistant, take continuing education classes, travel, and pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
Cynthia Magallanes-Gonzalez is currently a senior at Occidental College where she studies Sociology. As an undergraduate student, she has had many opportunities to develop her research skills through classes at Oxy as well as through conducting independent research, in the U.S. and abroad. She is passionate about advocating for equal education attainment, especially to vulnerable groups such as those who are/have been incarcerated, homeless youth and to (im)migrants/refugees. She studies foreign languages and has had numerous study abroad experiences in France, Oman, and Morocco. After graduating, her ultimate goal is to pursue a doctoral degree in Social Work.
Alegria Martinez is a third year student at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. She is a local resident of Pomona, California and enjoys being close to home because of the opportunity to stay connected with her community while learning about similar communities in school. She is a critical media studies major and enjoys studying political science as well. Aside from learning the theory, history, and culture of media, she enjoys creating media and producing films that highlight typically underrepresented peoples and opinions. Alegria also enjoys engaging in political activism, and is an active member of Pitzer’sLatinx Student Union, and Pitzer College Student Senate. Outside of school she is a Zumba instructor who really loves music and dancing. She aspires to encourage people to get more involved in things that better their communities and benefits others, while also making oneself happy.
SairaMayet is a senior undergraduate student pursuing a major in Public Health with a pre-medical focus at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Saira is a trained peer health educator in the Student Health Advocate (SHA) Program where she serves as a Sexual Health Lead Coordinator. Within the program, Saira helps plan and execute campus wide events surrounding sexual health such as World Aids Day as well as smaller scale workshops catering to UCSD students. Alongside being a member of SHA, Saira is a volunteer intern in the Palomar Pathmaker internship where she serves patients and hospital staff in the Birth Center. She combines her interest in health/well-being and teaching by facilitating weekly class sessions at Hazel Goes Cook Elementary in Chula Vista, where she teaches fourth and fifth graders about systems of the body, healthy habits, and college.
Carlos G. Perrett was born and raised in Houston, Texas and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Studies and Spanish at Pitzer College. As a first generation Latino student, Carlos is passionate about educational equity in the United States and in Latin America. He is the founder and Executive Director of “Engage Houston”, a high-school oriented organization that aims to provide students from low income, underserved communities a platform to participate in local politics. In an effort to combat educational inequality, Carlos has taken on the role of a recruiter for Teach For America, leading The Claremont Colleges to have the 2nd highest met to apply rate in the nation. Some of his work in Latin America includes overseeing the implementation of Aula Dulce, a Costa Rican program that aims to bring environmental sustainability to all public spaces, private residential spaces, educational centers, and public and private institutions through education. Most recently, Carlos has accepted an offer to work for the Institute for Central American American Development Studies (ICADS) this upcoming summer and is in the process of founding an educational institute in honor of his mother.
Erica Pueblos is a first year Master’s degree candidate at Stanbridge University majoring in Occupational Therapy. Her passion is helping individuals with disabilities who are too often overlooked in society reach their potential and live meaningful, happy lives. In 2013, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from California State University, Long Beach. Erica spent three years volunteering with occupational therapists in the Downey Unified School District, and began coaching basketball, softball, soccer, bocce, and bowling for the Special Olympics. She was hired as a full-time Volunteer Coordinator for the 2015 Los Angeles Special Olympics World Games, where she was later promoted to Workforce Processing Manager and UCLA Hub Workforce Manager. Erica has also served as Manager of Volunteers and Programs for the Special Olympics of Southern California, Los Angeles/San Gabriel Valley Regions, and continues to volunteer as a Special Olympics coach.
Karin Rhynes, born and raised in Los Angeles, is currently a Sophomore Business Management major and Vocal Performance minor at Loyola Marymount University. She is passionate about helping others and using her musical abilities to discuss difficult topics as well as inspire others through lyrics. Karin is greatly influenced by artist and lyricists such as, Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, and Alicia Keys. In her free time, she enjoys trips to the beach and spontaneous outings accompanied by dessert. Karin has previously volunteered at Frank D. Parent K-8 School in Inglewood, CA where she helped older students engage younger students with math, facilitated arts, and crafts. Karin led the Black Leadership club in high school and arranged tutors and volunteers to serve at Frank D. Parent School. During Karin’s California Campus Compact Community Engagement Student Fellowship she will volunteer with youth at the Watts/Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club. She will also work in the Center for Service and Action to facilitate onboarding and manage service logistics for Business Globalization students volunteering at WWBGC.
Rhonda Salsbery is 19 years old and currently has sophomore standing at the University of Redlands. She is from Everett, Washington, which is less than an hour north of Seattle. She came to Redlands to study environmental science, but is now internally transferring to the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies. Through Johnston, Rhonda is building her major to include environmental studies, sociology, the arts, communication, and education. She found Jasper’s Corner through outreach during orientation week at the beginning of this school year. At that time, they had 240 kids on their waitlist, most of whom were in elementary school. Rhonda felt obligated to help since she has the skills to tutor K-12, and couldn’t excuse not helping the students in need. Since joining the tutors at Jasper’s Corner, she has met many incredible people. Rhonda mainly tutors high school math and science, but is also scheduled to work with young children. Some days she spends one hour tutoring calculus, then transitions to an hour of second grade spelling and math. It has been challenging and rewarding to work with the tutees. This experience also contributes to her Johnston emphasis. Rhonda is very passionate about helping and educating others, and this is a great place to do that. Although she has been selected to be a university writing tutor for the next school year, Rhonda plans on continuing her valuable work with Jasper’s, even if her time spent volunteering is less. This is a program that is worth her time.
Audrey Shawley is a junior Biochemistry major, Religious Studies minor at Occidental College. She grew up in San Francisco and was recently abroad in Spain, where she learned to speak Spanish. At Oxy, she is President of Synchronized Swimming Club, and is involved in Women in STEM, Planned Parenthood Club, Chemistry research, and previously, the Vagina Monologues. She works on campus as a Resident Advisor in a first-year dorm, and a House Manager for the theater department. She is also an Organic Chemistry TA, and Spanish/Alegbra tutor. Audrey is passionate about health care, environmental protection, and women’s rights. When she graduates from Oxy, she hopes to attend medical school.
Clara Toma is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) majoring in General Biology. She is a trained peer health educator for the Student Health Advocate (SHA) Program where she serves as the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Lead Coordinator. As AOD Lead Coordinator, Clara’s duties include supervising and facilitating workshops and several events on the UCSD campus that are focused on providing a fun and safe environment where students are able to learn about the effects of alcohol and other drugs and about the resources our campus has to offer. In addition to her role in the SHA community, Clara interns and volunteers in a cancer research lab on the UCSD campus, with the American Heart Association, with the UCSD Health System, and serves as the Fundraising Chair for the UCSD chapter of Project Nicaragua.
Lilliana Toste is a graduate student at California State University, Fresno. Upon graduation, Lilliana was humbled and honored to be named the 2016 President’s Medalist and University Volunteer of the Year. Her undergraduate experience included opportunities such as restoring parks, building trails, feeding the hungry, assisting various community benefit organizations, comforting the sick, tutoring students, and serving abroad on an international service-learning trip to Fiji. These opportunities opened her eyes to the beauty and worth of others, her community, and her own strengths and passions. This is Lilliana’s fourth year working as a student leader at the Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning at Fresno State alongside a team of driven students, coaching students through post-service reflection and advocating active service participation. Lilliana presented alongside fellow student leaders at the Continuums of Service Conferences in Hawaii and Southern California on the topics of how to share one’s service story and how our student-led groups function. At the National Campus Compact Conference in April 2016 in Boston, she participated in conversations around civic engagement on a national scale. It is empowering for Lilliana to see her university’s efforts combined with those of colleagues throughout the region and the nation, and to be heard as a student voice. She currently serves on the Service-Learning Subcommittee of the Academic Senate. She was also honored to be a member of the advisory committee which assisted in generating the 2017 Continuums of Service conference. Lilliana is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
Jerry Wilburn is 37 years old and a graduate student at San Jose State University. He has lived in San Jose all his life. His family has been in San Jose for over 100 years. At age 31 Jerry was a auto plant worker at NUMMI. The auto plant closed and the federal government paid for his first few years of college through the auto workers act. He is now after many years in college a grad student in the one of country’s best urban planning master’s degree program at San Jose State University. In his undergrad he got a degree in sociology with an emphasis on community organizing. As a community organizer Jerry has worked on several policy projects, from transportation policy reform to minimum wage, to tax reform, to immigration policy reform. He has worked on so many areas but above all he has done most of his recent work in homelessness. His senior project is leading a research group that is locating locations for the first homeless sanctioned tiny home transitional bridge community. The project is to write the zoning change for the site and host a community forum in the surrounding community to gather community input. The team then compiles the report and then presents it to city council. The project goal is to house the homeless and restore the Coyote creek by having the homeless work to clean the creek. The project has the support of city members of city council. Jerry has been asked to be on a committee for the city of San Jose for district 7. He is one of six expert homeless advocate that consults with the city. He has also studied abroad with the SJSU FLP Thailand program. He studied at the University of Chiang Mia. At this school, Jerry studied at the Regional center for social sciences and sustainable development. This was Thailand’s think tank for interdisciplinary doctoral studies. He was a transcriber for one study and helped to work on another study. They were the displacement of refugees due to the genocide of Muslims in Miramar and the impact of Chinese business of Laos farming. To work in an interdisciplinary think tank at a doctoral level was life altering. Now as a grad student Jerry looks for ways to craft public policy to better society.
Curtis Wilson is a senior at University of Redlands and his major is Communicative Science Disorders. He went to Chaffey Community College and earned an A.A. in Social and Behavioral Studies, and another in Arts and Humanities. While he was there he found that there is a growing need for Speech Therapists in many different areas. Curtis really appreciates the open possibilities in Communicative Science Disorders, whether he is working in a hospital setting for people with traumatic brain injury from a stroke or a car accident, to children in a school district. His plan for after graduation is to get into grad school to get a Masters in Speech Pathology. He applied to a few last fall and is waiting to hear back from them. His backup plan is to become a Speech Language Therapy Assistant. He transferred into University of Redlands as a Junior and in the limited time got a job in the Armacost Library at the front desk, where he has worked for four semesters now. He also got involved with the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, a student club to raise awareness for speech disorders, and in the fall of my senior year he made it to a leadership position as the Public Relations chair. Also Curtis volunteershis free time to tutor with Jaspers Corner at a local church in Redlands.
Cedar Yardumian is a student in the Veterinary Technology program at Stanbridge University. Originally from Colorado, she studied Environmental Communications at Colorado State University. She completed an internship with the World Wildlife Fund in Washington D.C, which greatly influenced her career path, and increased her passion to work with animals. She greatly values wildlife conservation, animal welfare, and environmental protection. In her free time, Cedar enjoys spending time at the dog beach, eating tacos, fostering kittens, doing yoga, and reading (i.e. watching Netflix).
AkhilaYechuri is a second year undergraduate at UC Merced. She is majoring in Public Health. Akhila is extremely passionate about implementing civic education in her community. She has actively pursued roles that allow her to further her passion for service. Akhila is an active member of student government and is also a mentor for high school girls. In her spare time, she enjoys reading fiction, singing, and spending time outdoors.