Meet The Tour Guides

2019-2020

Coordinators


Alexis Carlson

Alexis Carlson
Hometown: Redwood City, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: Sociology
Minor: Spanish and Musicology
Clubs/Orgs: Pediatric AIDS Coalition
Fun Fact: Ratatouille is my favorite movie of all time. I was even Remy for Halloween this past year!

Chiara Mooney

Chiara Mooney
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: Computer Science
Clubs/Orgs: Upsilon Pi Epsilon (National Computer Science Honor Society), Biomedical Engineering Society, Bioengineering research lab, Camp Kesem, Greek Letter Organization
Fun Fact: I once fell off of a moving golf cart.

Devin Bennett

Devin Bennett
Hometown: Vienna, Virginia
Class of: 2020
Major: Cognitive Science (Computing Specialization)
Minor: Film and Digital Humanities
Clubs/Orgs: Club Swimming, Bruin Woods, Cognitive Science Research, Alumni Mentor Program, Campus Events Commission - Online Marketing
Fun Fact: I once auditioned for the revival season of American Idol by singing Cellophane by Sia in a tear-away outfit that revealed I was indeed in a Speedo wrapped in plastic wrap - it was going perfectly until halfway through the audition when I remembered I can't sing.

Guides


Abe Soane

Abe Soane
Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA
Class of: 2021
Major: Theater
Clubs/Orgs: I am the music director of Bruin Harmony, as well as a company member in Bruins Care, an annual cabaret-style fundraiser. All of the proceeds from Bruins Care go towards making the treatments for AIDS related diseases more affordable. Also, I am in the student theater group ACT III, and I'm on an IM volleyball team!
Fun Fact: I rode a turtle once.

Abigail Fitzgibbon

Abigail Fitzgibbon
Hometown: Essex, Massachusetts
Class of: 2022
Major: Statistics
Minor: Environmental Systems and Society
Clubs/Orgs: Undergraduate Student Association Council, Office of the President; Pilot Honors Program, Student Director; Alumni Scholars Club, Outreach Coordinator; Bruin Home Solutions, Aquaponics Team; Backpacking Club, member
Fun Fact: I can name and locate every country on earth and their flags!

Amanda Tiab

Amanda Tiab
Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: Business Economics
Clubs/Orgs: President of Bruin Consulting, Internal Vice President of Bruin Women in Business, Consulting Committee Manager for the Undergraduate Business Society, Member of Alpha Phi
Fun Fact: I am lactose intolerant, but that never interferes with my extreme love for ice cream.

Belen Bravo

Belen Bravo
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Class of: 2021
Major: Pre-Human Biology and Society
Clubs/Orgs: Circle K International, TEACH, UCLA Health Volunteer, Unicamp, First Year Experience Office, Peer Counselor for the Academic Advancement Program (AAP), Association of First-Generation Undergraduates
Fun Fact: I can fit an M&M in my dimple!

Benedictus Jovan

Benedictus Jovan
Hometown: Jakarta, D.K.I. Jakarta, Indonesia
Class of: 2020
Major: Psychology
Minor: Labor and Workplace Studies
Clubs/Orgs: Campus Tours, Cub Tours, Student Staff at UCLA Career Center, Writer for Spoon University at UCLA.
Fun Fact: I'm the first Indonesian student to become a Campus Tour Guide at UCLA!

Brent Jerome

Brent Jerome
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Clubs/Orgs: Bruin Racing, Music Club, MentorSEAS
Fun Fact: I play guitar well enough to perform, but not well enough to get paid.

Brooke Shimasaki

Brooke Shimasaki
Hometown: Stockton, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: Environmental Science
Minor: Environmental Engineering
Clubs/Orgs: Sustainable Action Research, Undergraduate Research (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), Swipe Out Hunger, Student Government - Office of the Internal VP
Fun Fact: I am allergic to cinnamon. Unfortunately, I cannot live without Disneyland churros.

Chiara Mooney

Chiara Mooney
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: Computer Science
Clubs/Orgs: Upsilon Pi Epsilon (National Computer Science Honor Society), Biomedical Engineering Society, Bioengineering research lab, Camp Kesem, Greek Letter Organization
Fun Fact: I once fell off of a moving golf cart.

Chloe de Verrier

Chloe de Verrier
Hometown: Alameda, CA
Class of: 2021
Major: Psychology
Minor: Entrepreneurship
Clubs/Orgs: Bruin Advertising and Marketing Team, Bruin Real Estate Association, UCLA Alumni Mentor Program
Fun Fact: I am currently in the process of starting my own business in real estate!

Cydni Willhite

Cydni Willhite
Hometown: West Covina, CA
Class of: 2022
Major: Pre-Psychobiology
Clubs/Orgs: Afrikan Student Union, Academic Support Program, and Afro Blck Dance Crew,
Fun Fact: I know every line to every SpongeBob SquarePants episode.

Dani Lowder

Dani Lowder
Hometown: Tustin, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: Political Science
Minor: Arabic and Islamic Studies
Clubs/Orgs: UC Student Mental Health Oversight Committee, Undergraduate Student Association External Vice President's Office, BruinsVote, Student Health Advisory Committee, Bruin Mental Health Advisory Committee, JusticeCorps, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority
Fun Fact: I spent the summer between my first and second year of college working as an entertainment cast member at Disneyland!

Dena Shokair

Dena Shokair
Hometown: Corona, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: Psychobiology
Clubs/Orgs: Flying Samaritans, Al-Talib Newsmagazine, and the Muslim Student Association
Fun Fact: I’m an 18 year old transfer!

Devin Bennett

Devin Bennett
Hometown: Vienna, Virginia
Class of: 2020
Major: Cognitive Science (Computing Specialization)
Minor: Film and Digital Humanities
Clubs/Orgs: Club Swimming, Bruin Woods, Cognitive Science Research, Alumni Mentor Program, Campus Events Commission - Online Marketing
Fun Fact: I once auditioned for the revival season of American Idol by singing Cellophane by Sia in a tear-away outfit that revealed I was indeed in a Speedo wrapped in plastic wrap - it was going perfectly until halfway through the audition when I remembered I can't sing.

Elana Hershman

Elana Hershman
Hometown: Millbrae, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: Theater (Acting)
Clubs/Orgs: The Shakespeare Company, Act III Theater Ensemble, Hillel at UCLA
Fun Fact: I can lick my elbow!

Emelly Villa

Emelly Villa
Hometown: Whittier, CA
Class of: 2022
Major: International Development Studies
Minor: Film
Clubs/Orgs: Latinx Film & Theatre Association, Zero Hour, Campus Tours
Fun Fact: When I was younger my favorite movie was The Cheetah Girls, so now my dream is to study abroad in Barcelona!

Emmet Donahue

Emmet Donahue
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: Applied Mathematics
Minor: Specialization in Computing
Clubs/Orgs: Bruin Woods, Pediatric AIDS Coalition, DuMont Project Digital Marketing Consultancy, Surf Club
Fun Fact: I can do a backflip!

Gabriel McCarthy

Gabriel McCarthy
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Class of: 2021
Major: English and History
Clubs/Orgs: I am involved in the Daily Bruin (senior staff and assistant Sports editor during the 2018-2019 year), UCLA College Honors and Greek life.
Fun Fact: I have planned to climb the mountain Aconcagua in Argentina before I graduate from UCLA.

Grace Cutting

Grace Cutting
Hometown: Sonoma, CA
Class of: 2021
Major: Psychology
Minor: Public Affairs
Clubs/Orgs: UCLA Athletics Marketing Internship, Bruin Woods, Random Voices A Cappella, The Bruin Experiment, Greek Life, UCLA Homecoming
Fun Fact: I can rap the periodic table of elements!

Grace Fratello-Hakim

Grace Fratello-Hakim
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
Class of: 2021
Major: Geography, Environmental Studies and Global Studies
Clubs/Orgs: Pediatric AIDS Coalition, Sustainable LA-Grand Challenges Undergraduate Research Scholar, Club Lacrosse, UCLA UniCamp, Greek Life
Fun Fact: I exclusively wear mismatched socks!

Harel Amsalem

Harel Amsalem
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Class of: 2021
Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Minor: Philosophy
Clubs/Orgs: Emergency Medical Research Associates at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, UCLA Radio, Hillel at UCLA, Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity
Fun Fact: Once when working at a beach club in San Diego I set up some chairs and umbrellas for Will Ferrell and his family... and he still owes me a tip for it.

Helena Bonilla Uribe

Helena Bonilla Uribe
Hometown: Bogotá, Colombia and Los Angeles, California
Class of: 2020
Major: Sociology
Minor: Global Health
Clubs/Orgs: Global Development Lab, Campus Events Commission, UCLA Athletics, Delta Gamma, and the occasional half-marathon.
Fun Fact: I'm fluent in High Valyrian-- shout out Duolingo.

Izabella Samuel

Izabella Samuel
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: Bioengineering
Clubs/Orgs: Biomedical Engineering Society, mentorSEAS, stem cell research
Fun Fact: I am half Polish and some of my favorite memories are of spending summers in Poland; this is probably why pierogi is my comfort food!

Jacob Matthews

Jacob Matthews
Hometown: La Crescenta, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: History
Minor: Geography
Clubs/Orgs: Cru Campus Ministries, Bruins for Israel, UCLA Academic Senate, JusticeCorps
Fun Fact: I have incredibly flat feet. There is no arch there at all!

Jade McVay

Jade McVay
Hometown: Rocklin, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: BioEngineering
Minor: BioInformatics
Clubs/Orgs: UCLA Bruin Marching Band, BMES, and HockeyBots!
Fun Fact: I was on Good Morning America, Univision, and CNN all in the same weekend!

Jeremy Arvesen

Jeremy Arvesen
Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
Class of: 2021
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Clubs/Orgs: I am a member of the UCLA Snowteam, UCLA’s club ski and snowboard team that goes up to mammoth every weekend to race against other Southern California schools. I’m also a member of Rocket Project here on campus, which is an entirely student run organization which designs and builds rockets. This is a great way for me to gain experience in engineering before going out to the work force. I’m also currently involved in research, helping to develop a drone that can do flips and stick on to walls. I’m also a member of Greek life here at UCLA.
Fun Fact: Fun Fact: I can move my ears on command

Jessica Bushman

Jessica Bushman
Hometown: Sherman Oaks, CA
Class of: 2022
Major: Political Science & Psychology
Clubs/Orgs: Cub Tours, UCLA Alumni Mentor Program, Chi Omega Philanthropy Committee, & Political Science Research
Fun Fact: I purposely haven't worn matching socks since Kindergarten!

Joey Abeles

Joey Abeles
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Class of: 2021
Major: Psychology
Minor: Study of Religion
Clubs/Orgs: Student Alumni Association, Jewish life (Jewish Awareness Movement, Hillel at UCLA), Cub Tours, True Bruin Traditions Keeper
Fun Fact: I have a collection of over 100 pairs of crazy fun socks!

John Takakjian

John Takakjian
Hometown: Pacific Palisades, CA
Class of: 2022
Major: Classical Civilizations and Philosophy
Minor: Scandavian
Clubs/Orgs: Mock Trial, Bruin Woods, Sigma Chi
Fun Fact: I listen to SCOTUS oral arguments for fun. Not fun but funny. Like in making fun of me. Ha

Joseph Fregault

Joseph Fregault
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Class of: 2021
Major: Mathematics of Computation
Minor: Statistics
Clubs/Orgs: UCLA Web Dev, Undergraduate Mathematics Student Association, Association for Computing Machinery
Fun Fact: I used to dislike anything to do with sports, however, after seeing UCLA's world-class athletes first hand and being exposed to our rich history, I'm now one of the biggest UCLA sports fans you'll ever meet!

Kate Gieschen

Kate Gieschen
Hometown: Davis, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: Nursing
Clubs/Orgs: I am a member of Cru (a Christian fellowship on campus), spend a lot of time at the hospital doing clinical rotations, and love staying active - running around the perimeter of campus is my favorite!
Fun Fact: My twin brother is 13.5 inches taller than me!

Katie Mann

Katie Mann
Hometown: Temecula, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: Human Biology and Society
Minor: Applied Developmental Psychology
Clubs/Orgs: Besides working as a campus tour guide, I intern at the Iris Cantor UCLA Women's Health Education and Research Center, and I also intern for the UCLA CARE office (Campus Assault Resource and Education program). I work as a camp counselor for Bruin Woods, a UCLA alumni family camp in Lake Arrowhead every summer. I am also a member of the Cheese Club at UCLA.
Fun Fact: I have won multiple hula hooping competitions!

Kenny Yamaguchi

Kenny Yamaguchi
Hometown: Darien, CT
Class of: 2020
Major: Economics
Minor: Entrepreneurship
Clubs/Orgs: Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, IFC, Club Track and Field
Fun Fact: I played basketball with Metta World Peace.

Luke Policastro

Luke Policastro
Hometown: Fair Haven, NJ
Class of: 2020
Major: Political Science
Minor: Italian
Clubs/Orgs: Campus Tours, Lambda Chi Alpha, Italian Club
Fun Fact: My nickname growing up was “Hollywood,” and here I am.

Maddie Gehrich

Maddie Gehrich
Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: Human Biology and Society
Minor: Bioethics and Public Science Policy
Clubs/Orgs: Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Department, Greek Life, Law Clerk at Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney
Fun Fact: Will Ferrell's mom is in my grandma's book club. And yes, it is hard being this famous.

Maeneka Grewal

Maeneka Grewal
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Class of: 2021
Major: Computer Science
Clubs/Orgs: Society of Women Engineers, Association of Computing Machinery, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Microsoft Intern
Fun Fact: I’m double jointed in my fingers, hips, and shoulders! I’m actually able to “jump rope” with my arms!

Matthew Carter

Matthew Carter
Hometown: Orange, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: Geography & Environmental Studies
Minor: Geographic Information Systems and Technology
Clubs/Orgs: Shenanigans Comedy Club, Westwood Enabler, UCLA Cub Tours, Renaissance Pleasure Faire
Fun Fact: I perform as a jester at the Renaissance Faire every spring

Maya Ebrahimpour

Maya Ebrahimpour
Hometown: San Carlos, CA
Class of: 2021
Major: International Development Studies & Communication Studies
Clubs/Orgs: Student Alumni Association, Iranian Student Group, Honors College, Intramural Soccer, Undergraduate Pre-Law Society, Foundations Hip Hop Dance Team
Fun Fact: My two front teeth got knocked out during an intense game of red rover in kindergarten! (It's ok they were baby teeth)

Megan Leigh

Megan Leigh
Hometown: Carlsbad, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: History
Clubs/Orgs: UCLA's Alumni family camp called Bruin Woods, Pediatric AIDS Coalition, Chi Omega Sorority
Fun Fact: She can ride a unicycle!

Michael Rosenkrantz

Michael Rosenkrantz
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Class of: 2020
Major: English and History
Clubs/Orgs: Transfer Student Leadership Coalition, Undergraduate Writing Center, Pre-Law Society, Undergraduate Research Center-Humanities, and CLAFI (Center for Liberal Arts and Free Institutions).
Fun Fact: Alec Baldwin once gave me some advice: don't give other people advice.

Natalie Gonzalez

Natalie Gonzalez
Hometown: Whittier, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: Environmental Science
Minor: Conservation Biology
Clubs/Orgs: Swipe Out Hunger, Coastalong Music Festival, Sustainable Action Research
Fun Fact: My first ever concert was Jesse McCartney and I'm still mad that he didn't pick 10-year-old me from the back row to serenade on stage.

Natalie Nicole Carias

Natalie Nicole Carias
Hometown: Hawthorne, CA
Class of: 2022
Major: Biology
Clubs/Orgs: Hermanas Unidas, Unicamp, Counselor for the Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly
Fun Fact: Back home I have a 70 year old tortoise named Touché who I love!

Navi Dhillon

Navi Dhillon
Hometown: Vacaville
Class of: 2021
Major: Psychobiology
Clubs/Orgs: When I’m not giving tours I am involved in a few things on and off campus! I’m a volunteer at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center through the Care Extenders program which gives students the opportunity to shadow doctors and nurses in various medical departments. I’m also a member of the Cultural Affairs Commission club which puts on a variety of different events throughout the school year to highlight the cultural diversity of UCLA’s campus. In addition to that, I referee intramural sports through UCLA Recreation, and am currently undergoing training through the UCLA Grand Depression Challenge to lead support groups on campus for students suffering from anxiety and depression.
Fun Fact: I have 13 piercings!

Nina Sheridan

Nina Sheridan
Hometown: Temecula, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Clubs/Orgs: HOOLIGAN Theatre Company, Autism and Genetics Research, Student Wellness Commission's Sexual Health and Education Program, Genetics Counseling Student Group
Fun Fact: I once watched the entirety of The Office in six days

Ogechi Hubert

Ogechi Hubert
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Class of: 2021
Major: Environmental Science and Biology
Clubs/Orgs: I am involved in the Nigerian Student Association, the Environmentalists of color club, and I work with the Nature Conservancy.
Fun Fact: I once gave a tour to Jane Goodall and she let me name the tree that we planted together!

Robert J. Nevarez

Robert J. Nevarez
Hometown: Downey, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: Political Science
Minor: Entrepeneurship
Clubs/Orgs: UCLA Alumni Scholars Club, Daily Bruin Sports, Bruin Home Solutions, Golden Key International Honor Society, Child Life Services Volunteer for UCLA Health
Fun Fact: I love canned sardines and eat them for lunch almost every day - a great source of Omega-3.

Rucha Modi

Rucha Modi
Hometown: Chino Hills, CA
Class of: 2021
Major: Global Studies
Minor: Public Affairs
Clubs/Orgs: Bruin Belles Service Association (BBSA), Undergraduate Student Government (USAC), BAPS Hindu Campus Fellowship, Fight Forward Documentary
Fun Fact: I love making chocolate-covered strawberries!

Sadaf Dadafshar

Sadaf Dadafshar
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: Electrical Engineering
Clubs/Orgs: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Chi Omega, Engineering Ambassadors, Kite & Lightning Virtual Reality Studios
Fun Fact: I wrote a 400 page book!

Sage Bitter

Sage Bitter
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Class of: 2021
Major: International Development Studies
Minor: Accounting
Clubs/Orgs: Campus Events Commission, Daily Bruin, Greek Life
Fun Fact: I have three crates of beanie babies at my parents house, and I'm waiting for them to accrue value so I can sell them on eBay.

Sarina Morales

Sarina Morales
Hometown: Winnetka, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: Environmental Science
Minor: Environmental Engineering and Food Studies
Clubs/Orgs: Swipe Out Hunger, Club Ultimate Frisbee, Cultural Affairs Commission, Archival Research
Fun Fact: I absolutely positively love the smell of eucalyptus.

Samantha Wieske

Samantha Wieske
Hometown: Lake Forest, CA
Class of: 2020
Major: International Development Studies
Minor: Geospatial Information Systems
Clubs/Orgs: Pediatric Aids Coalition, Bruin Woods Alumni Camp, Greek Life
Fun Fact: I can do a better back flip than Emmet

Sofie Sheldon

Sofie Sheldon
Hometown: Darien, CT
Class of: 2020
Major: World Arts and Cultures
Minor: Music Industry
Clubs/Orgs: Camp Kesem UCLA, UCLA Spring Sing 2019, Greek Life, WAC/D Undergraduate Advisory Council
Fun Fact: My most prized possession is my autographed Guy Fieri "Flavortown" postcard

Xinong Wang

Xinong Wang
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Class of: 2020
Major: History and philosophy
Clubs/Orgs: The Generation Foreign Affairs Magazine, humanities research
Fun Fact: My preferred plural for the word "octopus" is "octopodes"

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