Student Staff

  • Lesly Alvarez Rivera
  • Ivan Barrios

Hey there! My name is Arely Aguilar Marquez and I am your Thrive Student Coordinator for the AAC this semester. This will be my first semester serving this amazing community, and I am hoping to help guide you in the right direction alongside Galeth to make the most of your experience in the Academic Advancement Center! I know through some hard work, perseverance, and dedication we will get through this semester in one piece. Always feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments or concerns about the program or anything in life! Some things that I enjoy are hiking with my pup, making art, volunteering, and taking road trips. My goal for the future is to provide healthcare to underserved populations while traveling the world! I can’t wait to virtually meet and get to know every single one of you! I’m rooting for all of you, have a great and safe semester!

Hello everyone, I am Yaquelin. I am a 4th year studying Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in pre-health. I am a proud sister of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Incorporated. I am the youngest and the only girl out of my siblings! I like being outdoors and love playing sports.

  • Angelica Guzman Andrade

Karla Sandoval (she/her/hers)

Third Year: Business Administration & Minor in Merchandising 

Hi y’all! I’m super excited in welcoming all of you into the AAC!  

I am a transfer student from a community college, so if you have any questions about your transition feel free to talk to me (: On my free time (which is rare for me haha), I loveee to try out new makeup looks, going shopping, and watching scary movies. I also enjoy hanging out with my friends and family and doing spontaneous things! If you ever need anything, you know where to find me!  

Ali Ambriz (she/her/hers)

Second Year: Bioengineering

Hi y’all! My name is Ali Ambriz. I’m originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico where you can usually find me playing with my dogs or eating something with green chile on it! On my free time, I like to watch anime, paint, thrift, and make unnecessarily detailed playlists on Spotify! 

I’m involved in several things on campus: I serve on the AAC’s First-Gen Collective Advisory Board as their Outreach & Communications Coordinator and serve as the Director of Marketing & Promotions for the Residence Hall Association under Residential Leadership Programs. Let me know if you have any questions about involvement in either! Can’t to see y’all in the office! (-:

Liz Humildad Casillas (she/her/ella) 

First Year: Undeclared

Hello everyone! My name is Lizbeth Humildad Casillas. I go by Liz which is shorter for Lizbeth.  I am a freshmen here at CSU. I am currently undeclared but am thinking of majoring in HDFS. I am from Denver, about an hour from here. For fun I like to go dancing and hangout with my friends. I also liking going razor biking in the mountains. I am the only girl in the family surround by 3 brothers. I identify as a Latina first-generation student.

Bianca Esparza (she/her/hers)

Third Year: Business Administration

Hello everyone! My name is Bianca Esparza. I am a first-generation, third year transfer student majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. I’m originally from El Paso, Texas but was raised in New Mexico. I moved to Colorado several years ago and have enjoyed it so far! I love to spend time with my family and friends, try out new restaurants, and listen to music. If there is anything I can do to help with your transition to CSU, please let me know! Can’t wait to meet you all!  

Pablo Rosas (he/him/his)

Major: Biological Sciences

Hey everyone, my name is Pablo Rosas. I’m a first-generation transfer student from Colorado Mountain College. I’m originally from New Castle which is on the Colorado western slope. I like to go hiking, play games, and invest in the stock market.

Dennis Jackson (he/him/his)

First Year: Health and Exercise Science (HES)

Hi Everyone I’m a first-year freshman/first-generation student. I’m originally from El Salvador and later moved to Cedaredge, CO on the Western Slope years ago. It’s where I was raised and call home. I like to play video games or watch my favorite shows, hang out with friends or family, and trying out new things.

Viviana Retana (she/her/hers)

First Year: Undeclared

Hi y’all! My name is Viviana Retana. I am from Fort Lupton, Colorado. I am a 1st Year and currently undeclared, but very interested in business and fashion. I enjoy working out and playing volleyball. Music is very important to me and spend a lot of time listening to various artists and explore different genres. I love being outdoors and taking in the beautiful scenery Colorado has to offer.

Hope to see y’all at the office!

Arleth Gutierrez (she/her/hers)

First Year: Political Science

Meet Arleth! She is a first year student studying political science. She’s from Colorado and loves watching movies and series. 

  • Jasalyn Reyes
  • Hannah Leavy

Joel Barraza Nava

Helya Bavaghar

Helena Bittner

Keerthi Dharam

Heidi Gilbert

Hi, all! My name is Heidi Gilbert and I’m a third-year mathematics major in the honors program here at CSU. Math and its applications ca be challenging at times, but I’m here to help navigate and master these tough concepts. Outside of schools, you can find me walking my dog, listening to podcasts, or baking sweets for friends and family. Let’s have a great semester!

Tina Hoang

Hi! My name is Tina Hoang. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I am currently a second-year majoring in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Anatomy and Physiology. After getting my undergraduate degree at CSU, I hope to go to PA school to become a PA in dermatology. I’m excited to be working for the AAC and help out everyone. 

Jana Hustedt

Hi everyone! I transferred to CSU from Drexel University last fall semester. I am currently a fourth-year student studying Biology on a Pre-Vet track. My favorite thing to do around Fort Collins is hike and paddle board around  Horsetooth Reservoir.

Ana Ibarra

My name is Ana Ibarra, my pronouns are she/her/hers and I am a third year studying biology. During my free time, I enjoy binge watching shows, making new music playlists, and spending time with my family and friends. Fun fact about me is that ceviche has been my favorite food since I was a child. I am very excited to be working as a tutor at the AAC, if you ever see me on campus don’t hesitate to say hello!

Genesis Marrero

Hello my name is Genesis and I am majoring in Zoology with my minor in Biomedical Sciences. I am currently working as a Lepidopterology (the study of butterflies) research intern at the Gardens on Spring Creek. I am obsessed with all things nature related from my everyday life to my hobbies, academics and research. Specifically, I have a passion for wildlife conservation and animals of all sorts. You’ll likely meet several of my fur babies during my Zoom hours. I have 5 ferrets, 4 cats, and 2 dog that are the sweetest little lunatics I could ever hope to be in my work environment, an I am hoping they can put a smile on y’alls face too! I am looking forward to meeting and working with all of you!

Obiama Nwankwo

Hello all, my name is Obioma Nwankwo. I’m currently a senior studying Biochemistry with a concentration in Pre-Pharmacy. I enjoy learning, doing hair, traveling, and indulging in new hobbies.

Monica Passaro

Hi everyone! My name is Monica Passaro and I am from Denver, CO. I am a sophomore majoring in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in sports medicine. After undergrad I want to go to medical school and then do Doctors Without Borders.

Carolina Perez

Hi my name is Carolina, I am a junior at CSU studying Biomedical Sciences and minoring in Mathematics. I love the mountains and hiking, and I am also involved with my sorority Pi Beta Phi and one the CSU Golden Poms Dance Team! I am excited to work with some of you this semester!

Jay Potnis 

My name is Jay Potnis and I am  Master’s student in the Electrical Engineering Department at CSU. I graduated from the Mumbai University with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. my academic interests are in Machine Learning and Computer Architecture. Just like majority of engineers, I am a techie obsessed with technology. My hobbies are cooking and swimming. I also like to read books in my free time.

Jasalyn Reyes

My name is Jasalyn Reyes and I am a second year Civil Engineering major hoping to focus on structural design later in my career. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with the homies, camping in the great outdoor, jamming to good music and exploring Fort Collins!

America Rio-Martinez

I am a fourth year student majoring in International Studies, Economics, and Spanish and hoping to continue my education at a public policy gad program next year. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, painting, and watching movies.

Tenzin Sherpa

Hi I’m Tenzin Sherpa, a senior in the Biomedical Science program. This is my last year and I’m happy to graduate and leap into the real world. I plan on taking a gap year before applying to medical school.

Joseph Snapp

I am a fourth-year student at CSU studying environmental and natural resource economics. I grew up in Evanston Illinois, right outside of Chicago, but I think I prefer Colorado to Illinois. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors, mountain biking, skiing, hiking, or playing frisbee.

Taylor Ziska

I am a senior at CSU majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Latin American. I studied Civil Engineering for 3 years and decided to change when I came to CSU as a transfer student. My interests are varying from foreign policy and Spanish to sports, both watching and participating, and environmental concerns. I am a first-generation student and look forward to working with students of similar, but equally unique backgrounds.


Hi! My name is Mackenzie! I’m a second-year  chemical and biological engineering student at CSU and I enjoy cooking and painting in my free time.  love science and math as well as my pet lizard Thor!


  • Alexandria Hopkins
  • Jonathan Landa
  • Lexi Stults
  • Gabriela Santana Meraz

Hi there! My name is Melissa Duran and I am a first year majoring in Social Work. I am working with the AAC this semester as your STEM Programming Coordinator. This will be my first time working with this organization and getting involved with this community. I feel beyond thankful to be working along this amazing staff. I am also part of La Conexión, Las Comadres, and Key Communities. I love trying new things and meeting new people. I am here to answer any questions, comments or concerns! I look forward to working with you!