Meet The Tour Guides

2017-2018

Coordinators

Emilio Martin de Bustamante

Emilio Bustamante  Hometown: Madrid, Spain
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Mechanical Engineering
 Minor:  
 Clubs/Orgs: Men's Club Soccer, EuroBruins, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Lambda Delta, Chevron Facilities Engineering Intern
 Fun Fact: I've lived in six cities, five countries and four different continents.

Seth Pickford

Seth Pickford  Hometown: Brisbane, Australia
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Geography/Environmental Studies
 Minor:

Conservation Biology and Geospatial Information Systems and Technologies

 Clubs/Orgs: Beta Theta Pi
 Fun Fact:  

Emily Yamane

Emily Yamane  Hometown: Lodi, CA
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Applied Mathematics
 Minor:  
 Clubs/Orgs: Undergraduate Student Association Council, Nikkei Student Union, Undergraduate Mathematics Student Association
 Fun Fact: When I was little, I got 49er football players Steve Young and Jerry Rice's autographs! But, I also signed my name. It's worth nothing now.
 

Guides

Calvin Childress

Calvin Childress  Hometown: San Diego, CA
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Chemistry/Materials Science
 Minor: Military Science
 Clubs/Orgs: Army ROTC, Greek life, Greeks Against Sexual Assault (GASA), disABILITES at UCLA
 Fun Fact: I've moved 5 times (Houston, Texas, Boston, Massachusetts and Southern California) and have lived out of the country.

Adam Curry

Adam Curry  Hometown: Sonoma, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Business Economics
 Minor: Entrepreneurship
 Clubs/Orgs: Pediatric AIDS Coalition, Greek life, UCLA Hyperloop team
 Fun Fact: As a kid I would wear goggles in the shower, in order to keep the shampoo out of my eyes.

Rachael Denny

Rachael Denny  Hometown: Chatsworth, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: English
 Minor: Global Health; Social Thought
 Clubs/Orgs: Cub Tours, She's the First at UCLA, Undergraduate Food Network
 Fun Fact: My favorite animal is the elephant because I think it's cute how babies hold onto their mom's tails with their trunks!

Nis Hamid

Nis Hamid  Hometown: Abu Dhabi, UAE
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Political Science
 Minor:  
 Clubs/Orgs: Daily Bruin News Reporter and Blogger, Model United Nations
 Fun Fact: I trained to be a ballerina and solo pianist.

Fergui Hernandez

Fergui Hernandez  Hometown: San Diego, CA
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics; Spanish
 Minor:  
 Clubs/Orgs: Liver Transplantation research, MEChA, American Medical Student Association, Greek life
 Fun Fact: My name is a combination of my parents' names: FER from Fernando and GUI from Guille. Mash them together and you get Fergui!

Michael Hess

Michael Hess  Hometown: Berkeley, CA
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Cognitive Science (Specialization: Computer Science)
 Minor: Biomedical Research
 Clubs/Orgs: UCLA Mentorship, Daily Bruin, Greek life
 Fun Fact: I once gave Bill Nye a ride to the airport and he spent the entire ride giving me life advice. It was incredible.

Alisha Kapur

Alisha Kapur  Hometown: South Glastonbury, CT
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Communication Studies
 Minor: Theater
 Clubs/Orgs: LCC Theatre Company, Daily Bruin, Slide Campus Ambassador, Foundations Choreography, ASUCLA Catering, Intramural Sports, House government
 Fun Fact: I had never been to Los Angeles before visiting UCLA on Bruin Day!

Savannah Krause

Savannah Krause  Hometown: Tustin, CA
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Communication Studies
 Minor: Food Studies
 Clubs/Orgs: Pediatric Aids Coalition, Greek life, Bruin Woods, R&R Partners Media+Measurement Internship
 Fun Fact: My favorite food is brussel sprouts.

Xenia Levitski

Xenia Levitski  Hometown: La Verne, CA
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Psychobiology
 Minor:  
 Clubs/Orgs: Youth Movement Against Alzheimer's, Care Extender at Ronald Reagan Medical Center
 Fun Fact: I can ride a unicycle; still working on how to do it backwards!

Dominic Masi

Dominic Masi  Hometown: San Diego, CA
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Communication Studies; Biology
 Minor:  
 Clubs/Orgs: Greek life, Pediatric Aids Coalition, UCLA Cheer Squad, UCLA External Affairs Social Media & Marketing Assistant
 Fun Fact: I come from a UCLA family! My sister is the class of 2016 and my grandmother is the class 1964.

Meghan McDermott

Meghan McDermott  Hometown: Los Altos, CA
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Mechanical Engineering
 Minor:  
 Clubs/Orgs: Greek life, Camp Kesem, Students for Haiti Solidarity, UCLA Racing Baja, Greek Crossing, DG Bible Study
 Fun Fact: I eat ice cream almost every night!

April Olivas

April Olivas  Hometown: Fresno, CA
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
 Minor: Spanish
 Clubs/Orgs: Greek life, Youth Movement Against Alzheimer's, Message in a Melody, UCLA Care Extender, Colleges Against Cancer
 Fun Fact: I'm a huge Disney fan and my mom actually let me name my younger sister Ariel after The Little Mermaid when I was four years old.

Poorna Ramasubramanian

Poorna Ramasubramanian  Hometown: Omaha, NE
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Anthropology
 Minor: Global Health
 Clubs/Orgs: Greek life, GlobeMed, Jumpstart, TEACH at UCLA
 Fun Fact: I trained in the South Indian classical dance form, Bharatanatyam, for 13 years!

Eric Rosenbower

Eric Rosenbower  Hometown: Greensboro, NC
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Business Economics
 Minor: Accounting
 Clubs/Orgs: Greek life, Daily Bruin Marketing, Undergraduate Business Society
 Fun Fact: In high school I was a five-time individual state champion in swimming.

Rebecca Sarvady

Rebecca Sarvady  Hometown: Atlanta, GA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: English
 Minor: Film, Television, and Digital Media
 Clubs/Orgs: Swipe Out Hunger, Mentorship, Student-Run Theater, Greek life and Freelance Writing
 Fun Fact:

At age seven I had two dreams.
1: move to California.
2: become the spokesgirl for Go-Gurt.
Dream 1 has come true. Your move, dream 2.


Sam Sherry

Sam Sherry  Hometown: Martinez, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Theater
 Minor:  
 Clubs/Orgs: Act III Theatre Ensemble, Undergraduate Theater Council, Campus Tours
 Fun Fact: I can play 8 musical instruments!

Janice Shiao

Janice Shiao  Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Business Economics
 Minor:  
 Clubs/Orgs: Greek life, Daily Bruin News Reporter
 Fun Fact: I can speak fluent Mandarin

Joshua Shtein

Joshua Shtein  Hometown: San Diego, CA
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Sociology
 Minor: Theater
 Clubs/Orgs: Alpha Epsilon Pi (Brotherhood Executive)
 Fun Fact: Everyone in my family is from South Africa except me.

Thomas Sills

Thomas Sills  Hometown: Bishop, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Communication Studies
 Minor: American Indian Studies
 Clubs/Orgs: American Indian Student Association, Alumni Scholars Club, Gates Millennium Student Association
 Fun Fact: My favorite TV show is Game of Thrones...Valar Morghulis!

Bubba Southey-Gordon

Bubba Southey-Gordon  Hometown: Toronto, Canada
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Film, Television, and Digital Media
 Minor:  
 Clubs/Orgs: Pediatric AIDS Coalition, Greek life
 Fun Fact: I went to an all boys school in Canada for 12 years.

Will Tamposi

Will Tamposi  Hometown: Laconia, NH
 Class of: 2018
 Major: English
 Minor: Global Studies; Film, Television, and Digital Media
 Clubs/Orgs: Office of USAC General Representative 1, Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, Daily Bruin
 Fun Fact: Forrest Gump is my personal credo and life inspiration.

Kara Thompson

Kara Thompson  Hometown: La Cañada, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Business Economics
 Minor: Writing
 Clubs/Orgs: Greek life, UCLA Ski and Snowboard Team, Relay for Life
 Fun Fact: 5th grade spelling bee quarter finalist

Devon Whitlock

Devon Whitlock  Hometown: Napa, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Nursing
 Minor:  
 Clubs/Orgs: Chi Omega sorority, Junior Panhellenic Council, Cub Tours, Nursing Volunteer at Ronald Reagan Hospital
 Fun Fact: When I was 14, Disneyland let me ride Splash Mountain 32 times in a row without stopping (probably because it was raining).

Meagan Yuen

Meagan Yuen  Hometown: Glendale, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Bioengineering
 Minor:  
 Clubs/Orgs: Biomedical Engineering Society, Bioengineering Big Buddies, Spinal Cord Injury Repair research, rock climbing
 Fun Fact: According to Pottermore, I'm a Ravenclaw!

Alexis Carlson

Alexis Carlson  Hometown: Redwood City, CA
 Class of: 2020
 Major: Undeclared Humanities (aiming to be a Communications major)
 Minor: Spanish
 Clubs/Orgs: NSU Modern, Hedrick Hall Community Representative, UCLA Volunteer Program
 Fun Fact: I am absolutely obsessed with Sriracha and put it on everything! Literally.

Wanda Nyairo

Wanda Nyairo  Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Design | Media Arts
 Minor: Film, Television, and Digital Media
 Clubs/Orgs: Greek life, HerCampus UCLA, Graphic Design Intern at Do LaB, Inc., Resident Counselor at DMA Summer Institute, UCLA Homecoming, Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies
 Fun Fact: I can list all 54 countries in Africa in approximately 4 minutes and 9 seconds!

Amanda Tiab

Amanda Tiab  Hometown: Anaheim Hills, CA
 Class of: 2020
 Major: Business Economics
 Minor: Statistics
 Clubs/Orgs: Residential Life - Residential Government Council, Future Business Leaders of America - Phi Beta Lambda, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, Coptic Orthodox Christian Club, Campus Tours
 Fun Fact: My parents named me after Heather Locklear's character "Amanda Woodward" from the TV show Melrose Place. Clearly our resemblance is uncanny.

Jade Cook

Jade Cook  Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Music - Performance
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: ScatterTones A Cappella, UCLA Care Extender, Regents Scholar Society, Alumni Scholars Club, Bruin Staters, UCLA Chorale/Chamber Singers
 Fun Fact: I am one of seven brothers and sisters.

Tesia Zhou

Tesia Zhou  Hometown: Penfield, NY
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Communication Studies (Specialization: Programming)
 Minor: Korean
 Clubs/Orgs: Undergraduate Communications Association, Association of Chinese Americans, UConsulting, Alumni Scholars Club
 Fun Fact: I've played the violin since I was four and even got a chance to perform in Carnegie Hall during high school!

Lauren Au

Lauren Au  Hometown: Pasadena, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Communication Studies
 Minor: Entrepreneurship
 Clubs/Orgs: Greek life, Cub Tours
 Fun Fact: I was a competitive hula dancer for a long portion of my life and my teacher voiced the hula teacher in the Lilo & Stich movie.

Rachel Kim

Rachel Kim  Hometown: Irvine, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Sociology
 Minor: Disability Studies
 Clubs/Orgs: Camp Kesem, Greek life, Bruins for Ronald McDonald House Charities, Intern at Rachel Zoe
 Fun Fact: I went to a performing arts school where my shows ranged from dancing at Disneyland to performing in a full body gingerbread suit.

Jackie Lin

Jackie Lin  Hometown: London, UK; Kaohsiung, Taiwan
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Biology
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Signature A Cappella, HOOLIGAN Theatre Company, Sigma Eta Pi professional fraternity
 Fun Fact: This is actually my 9th school since primary school started (but don't worry I wasn't kicked out of any!).

Weilly Tong

Weilly Tong  Hometown: Vernon Hills, IL
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Business Economics
 Minor: Environmental Systems and Society
 Clubs/Orgs: Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, Bruin Asset Management, Undergraduate Business Society, Delta Sigma Pi
 Fun Fact: I went solo backpacking last summer in Peru and met a fellow Bruin on top of a sand dune in Huacachina. What a small world!

Andi Wong

Andi Wong  Hometown: Katy, TX
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Business Economics
 Minor: Accounting; Film, Television, and Digital Media
 Clubs/Orgs: UCLA Women's Lacrosse, Intern at Verve Talent & Literary Agency, SCOPE FitNut Volunteer, Undergraduate Business Society
 Fun Fact: I have a black belt in Taekwondo.

Mackenzie Robinson

Mackenzie Robinson  Hometown: Gilroy, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Undeclared
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: VDay Coalition, HOOLIGAN Theatre Company, TEACH at UCLA, Greek life
 Fun Fact: I went to Chinese (Cantonese) school from when I was 4 years old to 8 years old, but unfortunately, I can't speak a sentence in Chinese now.

Lukas Alves Ferreira

Lukas Alves Ferreira  Hometown: Berkeley, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Theater - Acting
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Acting in School of Theater, Film and Television productions, Marketing in Cultural Affairs Commission, Campus Tours
 Fun Fact: Hot fudge on ice cream makes me nauseous!

Christian Giannini

Christian Giannini  Hometown: Martinez, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Communication Studies
 Minor: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
 Clubs/Orgs: HOOLIGAN Theatre Company, UCLA Pre-Law Society, Undergraduate Communications Association, Alpha Lambda Delta
 Fun Fact: My favorite television show is RuPaul's Drag Race, I've even met RuPaul in real life! (He may or may not have thrown shade at me)

Miguelina Manriquez

Miguelina Manriquez  Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Political Science
 Minor: Spanish
 Clubs/Orgs: Camp Kesem, FASTco. LA Dance Company, UCLA Recreation (Student Activities Center and John Wooden), Greek life
 Fun Fact: As a child I wanted to be bus driver and an ancient Egyptian archaeologist.

Maryam Abdallah

Maryam Abdallah  Hometown: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Psychobiology
 Minor: Applied Developmental Psychology
 Clubs/Orgs: Rett Syndrome Club, UCLA Recreation, Biochemistry research
 Fun Fact: My family is Egyptian and I've lived in Egypt, Kuwait and Dubai, but I was born in Canada on Canada Day (July 1st)!

Michaela Polacca

Michaela Polacca  Hometown: Mojave, CA
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Anthropology
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: American Indian Student Association, Retention of American Indians Now!, Campus Retention Committee, Annual UCLA Pow Wow Committee
 Fun Fact: I am a member of the Hopi tribe and I am proud to be a native bruin!

Meghana Partha

Meghana Partha  Hometown: Tucson, AZ
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Psychobiology
 Minor: Public Health
 Clubs/Orgs: Homecoming at UCLA, Youth Movement Against Alzheimer's, Greek life, Bear Wear
 Fun Fact: I own a thirty foot cactus.

Devanshi Mehta

Devanshi Mehta  Hometown: Irvine, CA
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Business Economics
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Founder of Bruin Women in Business, Women's Club Soccer, Bruin Asset Management
 Fun Fact: I love to paint in my free time.

Aravind Rajagopalan

Aravind Rajagopalan  Hometown: San Ramon, CA
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
 Minor: Society and Genetics
 Clubs/Orgs: USAC General Representative 3, Bruin Medical Entrepreneurs, Digestive Disease Research, Naya Zamaana (A Cappella)
 Fun Fact: I love to cook and experiment with food, and after (hopefully) being a doctor for a while, I want to try to open my own restaurant someday!

Guntas Padda

Guntas Padda  Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Psychobiology
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Pediatric AIDS Coalition, Greek life (Alpha Phi), Neurobiology research, UCLA Medical Literature Society
 Fun Fact: I've never met another person with the same name as me!

Erin Butt

Erin Butt  Hometown: Corte Madera, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Sociology
 Minor: Education Studies
 Clubs/Orgs: Greek life, Random Voices A Cappella, UCLA Mentorship, SLAM!
 Fun Fact: I am double jointed in my right arm!

Artiom Arutiunov

Artiom Arutiunov  Hometown: San Jose, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Linguistics and Computer Science
 Minor: Entrepreneurship
 Clubs/Orgs: UCLA Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Daily Bruin Arts & Entertainment, Freelance DJ, Greek life
 Fun Fact: Though I have lived in America my whole life, my first language is Russian!

Melissa Miller

Melissa Miller  Hometown: Simi Valley, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Russian Studies; Political Science
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Pediatric AIDS Coalition, LA Stop the Traffik, Greek life
 Fun Fact: I am studying abroad in Kazakhstan for Summer 2017!

Dani Lowder

Dani Lowder  Hometown: Tustin, CA
 Class of: 2020
 Major: Political Science
 Minor: Statistics
 Clubs/Orgs: External Vice President's Office, Greek life, All of Us: A Campaign to Rethink Mental Health, Bruins United
 Fun Fact: My life's goal is to be a Jungle Cruise Skipper at Disneyland; my back up plan is to go into politics or something.

Jacob Fisher

Jacob Fisher  Hometown: Calabasas, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Cognitive Science (Specialization: Computing)
 Minor: Entrepreneurship
 Clubs/Orgs: Student Alumni Association, Beta Theta Pi fraternity, Hillel at UCLA
 Fun Fact: I play a bit of ukulele.

Sophie Callahan

Sophie Callahan  Hometown: Chicago, IL
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Neuroscience
 Minor: French
 Clubs/Orgs: Greek life, Schizophrenia research, Medical Friends
 Fun Fact: I was an Irish dancer for over 10 years!

Brianna Wenger

Brianna Wenger  Hometown: Calabasas, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Political Science; Communication Studies
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Student Alumni Association, USAC Office of the President, Synthesis Dance Company, Greek life, Amazon Prime Ambassador, Internships in Political Consulting and Legislative Affairs
 Fun Fact: Ask me why I get to celebrate my birthday twice every year, for I have a date of birth and a birthday!

Brian Denney

Brian Denney  Hometown: Aliso Viejo, CA
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Political Science
 Minor: Global Studies
 Clubs/Orgs: University of California Students Association (Academic Affairs), Political Science Students Organization
 Fun Fact: I'm a blogger for The Huffington Post!

Alexis Ballew

Alexis Ballew  Hometown: Brentwood, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics
 Minor: Gerontology
 Clubs/Orgs: Rotaract Club, American Medical Student Association, Volunteer at Belmont Village Senior Living
 Fun Fact: I was in an independent film while I was in high school!

Nick Eischens

Nick Eischens  Hometown: Kansas City, MO
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Business Economics
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Theta Xi fraternity, DJ
 Fun Fact: I peaked in 5th grade when I won the district spelling bee.

Garrett Pieramico

Garrett Pieramico  Hometown: Oceanside, CA
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Business Economics
 Minor: Accounting
 Clubs/Orgs: Pediatric AIDS Coalition, UCLA Computer Store, EY Tax Division Intern
 Fun Fact: When I was younger I answered "What do you want to be when you grow up?" with "peanut butter".

Kyle McGourty-Holland

Kyle McGourty-Holland  Hometown: Snohomish, WA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Sociology; Statistics
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Camp Kesem, Club Track, Bruin Belles Service Association
 Fun Fact: For about 5 years my next door neighbors owned an alpaca farm. Fun fact, alpacas sounds make for the weirdest wake up calls.

Jake Keanna

Jake Keanna  Hometown: River Edge, NJ
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Political Science
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Greek life, disABILITIES at UCLA
 Fun Fact: I rode the tallest roller coaster in the world when I was 10!

Kinsey Sundstrom

Kinsey Sundstrom  Hometown: Irvine, CA
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Theater
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Greek life
 Fun Fact: I hiked Half Dome in Yosemite this summer; 10/10 would recommend.

Carson Robinette

Carson Robinette  Hometown: Burlingame, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Theater - Musical Theater
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Hillel at UCLA, Dually Noted, Act III Theatre Ensemble, 24 Hour Musical
 Fun Fact: I know the entire "Single Ladies" dance! But no, I will not do it on your tour.

Jared Schwartz

Jared Schwartz  Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
 Class of: 2018
 Major: Cognitive Science; Political Science
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Greek life, Cognitive Science research, USAC, Hillel at UCLA
 Fun Fact: I am a master at playing the harmonica.

Chiara Mooney

Chiara Mooney  Hometown: Irvine, CA
 Class of: 2020
 Major: Bioengineering
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Gamma Phi Beta, Biomedical Engineering Society, Society of Women Engineers Outreach Committee
 Fun Fact: I've fallen off a moving golf cart before.

Zach Myers

Zach Myers  Hometown: McLean,VA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Psychobiology
 Minor: Cognitive Science
 Clubs/Orgs: Greek life, Lambda Chi Alpha, Club Water Ski Team, Interfraternity Council VP of Public Relations
 Fun Fact: I put BBQ sauce on absolutely everything.

Michael Penny

Michael Penny  Hometown: San Diego, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Classical Civilizations
 Minor:  
 Clubs/Orgs: Eta Sigma Pi Classical Society, Greek life
 Fun Fact: I can play the UCLA Alma Mater on five different instruments!

Mika Nagamoto

Mika Nagamoto  Hometown: Parker, CO
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Psychology
 Minor: Public Health
 Clubs/Orgs: Bruin Consent Coalition, Icarus Contemporary Dance Team, Bruin Woods, Greek life
 Fun Fact: When I was a freshman in high school, my dance team and I placed second on America's Got Talent Season 6.

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