Meet The Tour Guides

2017-2018

Coordinators


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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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: Society and Genetics
 Clubs/Orgs: ScatterTones A Cappella, UCLA Care Extender, Regents Scholar Society, Alumni Scholars Club, Bruin Staters, UCLA Chorale/Chamber Singers
 Fun Fact: I can sing in five languages!

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: Civic Engagement
 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.

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 and International Development Studies
 Minor:  
 Clubs/Orgs: student government (External Vice President's Office and Office of the President), Student Health Advisory Committee, Counseling and Psychological Services Student Advisory Board, the Body Project, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority
 Fun Fact: The summer after my freshman year of college I worked in entertainment at Disneyland.

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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