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

Alanah “Ali” Ambriz – First Year: Undeclared Engineering Interest 

I like to paint, take pictures, play tennis, and watch movies. I’m originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and I am undeclared right now but have an interest in engineering.

Ailyn Arevalo Fierro – Senior: Human Development and Family Studies

Hey everyone! I’m a fourth year student majoring in HDFS with a concentration in Prevention and Intervention Sciences and minoring in Ethnic Studies. I grew up in a small mountain town within a Mexican-Salvadoran family. I love to roller skate, draw (specifically with charcoal), and recently I have been getting into anime and investing in the stock market.

David Compean – Senior: Business Administrative


Hi, my name is David Compean. I am a senior studying business administration with a concentration in accounting. I’m currently aspiring to be a tax consultant. I am very family oriented so if I’m not with family I’m usually playing soccer or spending time with my friends or studying. Stop by the lobby any time I’m scheduled to talk about all things soccer.

Briana Doton – Junior: Sociology

Hello everyone! My name is Brianna Doton. I am a third-year majoring in Sociology with a concentration of Criminal Justice and a minor in Spanish. I love to spend time with my friends, go on hikes, watch anime, and listen to music. I am a very open-minded person, so any topic that you are willing to talk about, I am all ears!

Tatum Hastings – Senior: Natural Resource Management

Hi y’all! My name is Tatum and I am in my last semester majoring in Natural Resource Management. I love plants and probably have too many if that is even possible. Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping and everything in between. If you have cool spots to do these activities, let me know!

Brandon Lowry – Junior: Biomedical Sciences

I like to think of myself as a colorful connoisseur of creativity, culture, and candid conversation, who also doesn’t watch TV. I am a passionate disrupter who enjoys getting into good trouble. If I am not studying for school, I am usually researching something else. Oh, and I love to sing.

Karla Sandoval – Sophomore: Undeclared Business Interest

Hi everyone, my name is Karla Sandoval! I am a transfer student coming from Aims Community College. I am excited to start my journey here at CSU and with the Academic Advancement Center. I am an only child, so I love making new friends everywhere I go! Some of my favorite past times include makeup and hiking Colorado’s beautiful mountains!

Tristan Snyder – Senior

Hello my name is Tristan. Some of my favorite activities are spike ball, basketball, hiking, and video games and I really enjoy discussing new topics. Let me know if you have any questions  : )

Alexia Vidrio-Aguirre – Senior: Neuroscience

My name is Alexia Vidrio-Aguirre and I am a fourth-year majoring in Neuroscience with a concentration in behavior and cognition. I am from Aurora, Colorado and have lived in Colorado my whole life. I am the youngest of my family and I am also a first-generation student. I have two Shiba inu’s named Yuki and Kai and they are my pride and joy. I like to go on bike rides around campus and I enjoy watching scary movies.

  • 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!

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