Meet The Tour Guides

2018-2019

Coordinators


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!

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!

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 & Stitch movie.

Guides


Aika Patel

Aika Patel  Hometown: Mombasa, Kenya and Chatham, UK
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Economics and Communications Double Major
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: HOOLIGAN Theatre Company, Greek Life, Message in a Melody
 Fun Fact: I once went scuba diving at home in Kenya and had dolphins swimming in circles around me.

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!

Alexis Carlson

Alexis Carlson  Hometown: Redwood City, CA
 Class of: 2020
 Major: Sociology
 Minor: Spanish, Musicology
 Clubs/Orgs: Pediatric AIDS Coalition, Strategic Communications Intern at 20th Century Fox
 Fun Fact: I'm absolutely obsessed with the movie Ratatouille and it's my dream to ride the Ratatouille attraction at the Disneyland in Paris-- the city where the movie takes place!

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.

Andrew Kapinos

Andrew Kapinos  Hometown: Buffalo Grove, IL
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, BS; Human Biology & Society, BS
 Minor: Public Health
 Clubs/Orgs: Society and Genetics Undergraduate Organization, Public Health Research
 Fun Fact: I recently adopted a puppy, named Ravioli.

Belen Bravo

Belen Bravo  Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
 Class of: 2021
 Major: Pre-Human Biology and Society
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Circle K International, UCLA Unicamp, First Year Experience Squad, Ronald Reagan Hospital Volunteer
 Fun Fact: I can fit a whole M&M in my cheek dimples.

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!

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 can't live without Disneyland churros.

Carson Robinette

Carson Robinette  Hometown: Burlingame, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Theater - Musical Theater
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Hillel, 24-Hour Musical
 Fun Fact: I know the entire "Single Ladies" dance.

Chiara Mooney

Chiara Mooney  Hometown: Irvine, CA
 Class of: 2020
 Major: Computer Science
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Machine Learning Research, UPE Member (Computer Science Honor Society), Camp Kesem, Greek Life
 Fun Fact: I've fallen off of a moving golf cart.

Christian Giannini

Christian Giannini  Hometown: Martinez, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Communication
 Minor: LGBTQ Studies, Civic Engagement
 Clubs/Orgs: HOOLIGAN Theatre Company, UCLA Pre-Law Society, Undergraduate Communications Association, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
 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)

Dani Lowder

Dani Lowder  Hometown: Tustin, CA
 Class of: 2020
 Major: Political Science and International Development Studies
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Undergraduate Student Association Council External Vice President's Office, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Student Health Advisory Committee, Bruin Mental Health Advisory Committee, BruinsVote, JusticeCorps
 Fun Fact: I worked in entertainment at Disneyland the summer after freshman year.

Devin Bennett

Devin Bennett  Hometown: Vienna, VA
 Class of: 2020
 Major: Cognitive Science and Economics
 Minor: Film
 Clubs/Orgs: Club Swimming, Alumni Mentor Program, Chi O, Campus Events Commission - Online Marketing, Cognitive Science Research
 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 except halfway through the audition I realized I can't sing.

Devon Whitlock

Devon Whitlock  Hometown: Napa, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Nursing
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Greek Life, Wellness in Nursing, Pediatric and Infant Research
 Fun Fact: I rode Splash Mountain at Disneyland 32 times in a row!

Elana Hershman

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

Erin Butt

Erin Butt  Hometown: Corte Madera, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Sociology
 Minor: Education Studies
 Clubs/Orgs: Random Voices A Cappella, Student Leaders Advocating for Music (SLAM), Act III Theatre Ensemble, UCLA High School Diversity Research Project, Greek Life
 Fun Fact: I am double-jointed in both of my shoulders.

Gabriella Bacio

Gabriella Bacio  Hometown: Pasadena, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: International Development Studies
 Minor: French
 Clubs/Orgs: Associated Students UCLA, Coastalong Music Festival, Youth Movement Against Alzheimer's
 Fun Fact: I was the shortest in my 3rd grade class and played the Littlest Pumpkin in this play called The Littlest Pumpkin. I was a star!

Grant Sugimura

Grant Sugimura  Hometown: Honolulu, HI
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Environmental Science
 Minor: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
 Clubs/Orgs: Greek Life, Daily Bruin - Sports Desk
 Fun Fact: I have a pretty deep voice and am looking for voice acting opportunities: apply within.

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!

Izabella Samuel

Izabella Samuel  Hometown: Sacramento, CA
 Class of: 2020
 Major: Bioengineering
 Minor:
 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!

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!).

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.

Jade Ashley Cook

Jade Ashley Cook  Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Music- Vocal Performance
 Minor: Society and Genetics
 Clubs/Orgs: ScatterTones a Cappella, Clinical Care Extenders, Santa Monica Family Physicians Medical Scribe
 Fun Fact: I was very briefly in a band called Machine Gun Housewives that was featured on an episode of Amazon's Transparent.

Jade Quintero

Jade Quintero  Hometown: Miami, FL
 Class of: 2019
 Major: History
 Minor: Gender Studies
 Clubs/Orgs: History Undergraduate Advisory Board, Los Angeles Student Education Outreach, Honors Thesis, Watts Tutorial Program, International Education Office Outreach Coordinator
 Fun Fact: I have read over 1,200 books!

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!

Kathryn Gieschen

Kathryn Gieschen  Hometown: Davis, CA
 Class of: 2020
 Major: Nursing
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Cru, Wellness in Nursing
 Fun Fact: My twin brother is 13.5 inches taller than me!

Kelsey Hartfelder

Kelsey Hartfelder  Hometown: Darien, CT
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Environmental Science
 Minor: Geography
 Clubs/Orgs: Coastalong Sustainable Music Festival, FASTco. LA, Sustainability Action Research
 Fun Fact: I live with three other campus tour guides and we bake cookies approximately every other night!

Kenjiro Yamaguchi

Kenjiro Yamaguchi  Hometown: Darien, CT
 Class of: 2020
 Major: Economics
 Minor: Entrepreneurship
 Clubs/Orgs: Campus Events Commission, Club Track and Field, Interfraternity Council
 Fun Fact: I'm an Eagle Scout.

Kyle McGourty-Holland

Kyle McGourty-Holland  Hometown: Woodinville, WA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Sociology
 Minor: Statistics, Society & Genetics
 Clubs/Orgs: Camp Kesem, Club Track & Field, Bruin Belles Service Association, SCOPE Patient Health Advocates, UCLA Institute of Society and Genetics Undergraduate Research, Study Abroad program in Cape Town, South Africa
 Fun Fact: I hate avocados. Sorry to all my Californians.

Lukas Ferreira

Lukas Ferreira  Hometown: Berkeley, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Theater - Acting
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Act III Theatre Ensemble, Cultural Affairs Commission
 Fun Fact: I eat cupcakes from the bottom up because the frosting is my favorite part.

Luke Policastro

Luke Policastro  Hometown: Fair Haven, NJ
 Class of: 2020
 Major: Political Science
 Minor: Italian
 Clubs/Orgs: Campus Tours, Greek Life
 Fun Fact: My father has called me “Hollywood” ever since I was 6, and now I go to college just a few miles away!

Mackenzie Robinson

Mackenzie Robinson  Hometown: Gilroy, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Psychology
 Minor: Global Health
 Clubs/Orgs: V-day Coalition, Chi Omega, Teaching Assistant at Westwood Elementary School, HOOLIGAN Theatre Company
 Fun Fact: I have dyed my hair three different colors in the past three years.

Maddie Gehrich

Maddie Gehrich  Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
 Class of: 2020
 Major: Human Biology and Society
 Minor: Concentration in Bioethics and Public Science Policy
 Clubs/Orgs: Teaching Assistant in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Department, Greek Life, Law Clerk at Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney
 Fun Fact: The Kardashians are my guilty pleasure! Except I don't really feel that guilty about it.

Maeneka Grewal

Maeneka Grewal  Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
 Class of: 2021
 Major: Computer Science
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Society of Women Engineers, UCLA DevX, Association of Computing Machinery, Kappa Kappa Gamma
 Fun Fact: I am 'double-jointed' in my shoulders (yes, I can jump-rope with my arms), fingers, and one side of my hip!

Maggie A. Easley

Maggie A. Easley  Hometown: Torrance, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Political Science
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Lead Tour Guide - UCLA Campus Tours Peer Educator - Campus Assault Resources and Education Center Transfer Mentor - Transfer Student Center Off-Campus Internship
 Fun Fact: I used to work at Disneyland as a Guest Relations Hostess!

Maya Ebrahimpour

Maya Ebrahimpour  Hometown: San Carlos, CA
 Class of: 2021
 Major: International Development Studies
 Minor: Double minor in Gender Studies and Public Affairs
 Clubs/Orgs: Student Alumni Association, Tough to Tame Newsmagazine, Iranian Student Group, Intramural Soccer
 Fun Fact: My last name has every vowel in it!

Meagan Yuen

Meagan Yuen  Hometown: Glendale, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Bioengineering
 Minor: Linguistics
 Clubs/Orgs: Biomedical Engineering Society, Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering Research, rock climbing, yoga
 Fun Fact: As a child I wanted to be a zookeeper -- until I realized I would have to clean up after the animals.

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!

Michael Penny

Michael Penny  Hometown: La Jolla, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Classical Civilizations
 Minor: Pre-med
 Clubs/Orgs: Eta Sigma Phi Classical Society, Greek Life, Biomedical Research
 Fun Fact: I can play the UCLA fight song on six different instruments!

Natalie Gonzalez

Natalie Gonzalez  Hometown: Whittier, CA
 Class of: 2020
 Major: Environmental Science
 Minor: Conservation Biology
 Clubs/Orgs: Swipe Out Hunger, Coastalong Music Festival
 Fun Fact: I changed my major four times before finally deciding on environmental science!

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.

Nick Nikoian

Nick Nikoian  Hometown: Burbank, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Communications
 Minor: Music Industry, Film and Television
 Clubs/Orgs: ScatterTones A Cappella, Student Alumni Association, Theta Xi Fraternity
 Fun Fact: I've performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Pantages Theatre, and on The Voice.

Nina Sheridan

Nina Sheridan  Hometown: Temecula, CA
 Class of: 2020
 Major: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
 Minor: Public Health
 Clubs/Orgs: Autism and Genetics Research, Women's Health Research, Student Wellness Commission "Sexperts" Program, HOOLIGAN Theatre Company, Word on Wednesday
 Fun Fact: I once watched all nine seasons of The Office in six days!

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.

Rachel Kim

Rachel Kim  Hometown: Tustin, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Communication Studies
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Camp Kesem, Greek life, Intern at Warner Bros
 Fun Fact: I went paragliding over the Swiss Alps!

Riya Godbole

Riya Godbole  Hometown: Cupertino, CA
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Business Economics
 Minor: Entrepreneurship
 Clubs/Orgs: Bruin Ad Team, Jhoomti Shaam, Undergraduate Business Society, Bruin Asset Management
 Fun Fact: I'm a huge escape room fan and do one every year on my birthday! I've done 6 so far and am looking forward to trying new ones in LA.

Robert J. Nevarez

Robert J. Nevarez  Hometown: Downey, CA
 Class of: 2020
 Major: Political Science
 Minor: Entrepreneurship
 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 - great source of Omega-3s!

Sage Bitter

Sage Bitter  Hometown: Seattle, WA
 Class of: 2021
 Major: International Development Studies and Geography
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: Campus Events Commission, Greek Life, Daily Bruin
 Fun Fact: I know every word to the Shrek 2 soundtrack.

Sam Wieske

Sam Wieske  Hometown: Lake Forest, CA
 Class of: 2020
 Major: International Development Studies
 Minor: Geospatial Information Systems
 Clubs/Orgs: Pediatric AIDS Coalition, Greek Life, Bruin Woods
 Fun Fact: I can lick my elbow.

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.

Sophie Callahan

Sophie Callahan  Hometown: Chicago, IL
 Class of: 2019
 Major: Neuroscience
 Minor: French
 Clubs/Orgs: Greek Life, schizophrenia research
 Fun Fact: I only have one kidney!

Xinong Wang

Xinong Wang  Hometown: Sydney, Australia
 Class of: 2020
 Major: History and Philosophy
 Minor:
 Clubs/Orgs: The Generation Foreign Affairs Magazine, Undergraduate Student Association Council External Vice President's Office
 Fun Fact: One of the issues I am most passionate about is whether the plural of "octopus" should be "octopuses", "octopi", or "octopodes".

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.

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