SEPAL Resource Center Assistants – Alumni

Carolina Quintero, 2021

carolinaq8@yahoo.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Vaccine Site Specialist at Color

What are you up to now professionally? 

I am currently working at vaccination sites across the Bay Area.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

Being a part of SEPAL has taught me to always promote equity in the STEM field. Throughout my work, I advocate for any individual to get access to a COVID-19 vaccination.

Karen Tabayoyong, 2020

Karentabayoyong@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Practice Coordinator, UCSF Orthopaedic Institute

What are you up to now professionally? 

I am currently an assistant to a foot/ankle chief surgeon at UCSF, so I schedule all of her surgeries, manage her schedule, and help patients when needed.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

I continue to use most of the administrative/organization skills that I used while being with SEPAL. Working in SEPAL definitely prepared me to be more organized and self sufficient while working in an office!

Marsha Bridgette, 2019-2020

Marsha.bridgette@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Manufacturing Scientist – Illumina, INC

What are you up to now professionally? 

My current job is associated with manufacturing instruments for genetic testing, these instruments have been vital during the COVID-19 pandemic surge. In addition to that I am a day trader, using the FOREX platform to gain financial stability.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

During my time in SEPAL I learned the value of collaboration. Being a part of the scientific field, collaboration is a value that holds great importance in our day to day life. My peers and I ensure that everyone at work is heard, no idea is big or small. We make group decisions on daily operations.

Lorenzo Mena, 2018-2019

Lorenzo.mena36@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Master’s Student, San Francisco State University

What are you up to now professionally? 

I am currently a master’s student in Dr. Erica Sanchez’s lab where I am looking at certain proteins that interact with Kaposi’s sarcoma herpesvirus viral protein: LANA.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

I have continued to use the 5E model, 21 teaching strategies, and micro/macro-affirmations in both laboratory settings and non-academic settings to promote student success and drive engagement.

Hydea Marshall, 2018-2020

hydeamarshall@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

I am currently working in ABA therapy at Therapeutic Learning Consultants

What are you up to now professionally? 

I work with children diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and have been in this field for the last two years. Currently working on continuing with high education to be eligible for becoming a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst).

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

I loved working under Kimberly Tanner and learning how to best organize data collection as well as observe how individuals learn different types of information.

Ashleigh Barton, 2017-18

ashleighmbarton@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Sales Operations Assistant for the Sacramento Kings.

What are you up to now professionally? 

I work closely with the Sales and Events team to create lasting memories through the NBA.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

During my time at SEPAL I learned to never be afraid to ask questions and always think out of the box!

Kristen Chhom, 2016-17

kristen.chhom@samuelmerritt.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Student, Doctor of Occupational Therapy at Samuel Merritt University

What are you up to now professionally? 

Physical Therapy Aide at SOL Physical Therapy

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

I continue to use soft skills that I learned at SEPAL such as professional dialogue and digital management skills to ensure each customer/patient is helped in a timely manner.

Janna Bashar, 2016

sjbashar@wisc.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

PhD Dissertator, Research Assistant, UW-Madison

What are you up to now professionally? 

My current research work attempts to identify the biological pathways and molecules that contribute to rheumatoid arthritis pathology.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

Science teaching for scientists gave me a lot of perspective for how to communicate research at multi-levels of understanding especially in the context of science education.

Brenda Cisneros, 2015-16

brenda.cisnl@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Ph.D. Candidate/Graduate Student Researcher, Elias Lab, University of Michigan

What are you up to now professionally? 

I am currently writing up part of my dissertation project and finishing up other experiments. Additionally, I am an Early Career Policy Ambassador with Society for Neuroscience and I am using this experience and training to prepare myself for a career in science policy.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

SEPAL cemented the fundamentals for inclusive and equitable teaching in STEM and since then, I have shared and continue to apply this knowledge in educational spaces I have been a part of.

Kirsten Liaz, 2014-15

kirstenliaz@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Student, Emergency Medical Technician Program, College of San Mateo

What are you up to now professionally? 

I am currently in the EMT Program at CSM. I plan to complete a postbac program then apply to PA school thereafter.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

How I think about issues affecting patients and medicine itself — U ABC IT!

Alexandria Cardenas, 2014

hello@alexandriamonette.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Wedding Photographer, Business Owner of Alexandria Monette Photography / https://alexandriamonette.com

What are you up to now professionally? 

I photograph people in love throughout Southern California and am a wedding photo mentor / educator!

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

At SEPAL, I learned to always stay curious about the world around me and lead life with strong, equitable values – the science and research was an added bonus.

Sunny Pak, 2014-16

sunnypak89@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Supervisor at UCSF Medical Center in the Cancer Center Infusion Services Authorization Unit.

What are you up to now professionally? 

Building my department as we are planning to acquire all departments related to Infusion Services. Also getting my Certified Professional Coder (CPC) License.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

I still use the best practices learned from teaching students and incorporate that into training my staff and new hires as everyone learns concepts differently.

Matilde Miranda, 2013-14

matilde.miranda.s@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Postdoctoral Researcher, Special Collaborating Researcher, University of Tokyo

What are you up to now professionally? 

I am currently studying the role of DNA damage and possible resulting senescence in the context of skin homeostasis and aging. I hope this work will help me contribute to the field of cosmetic development with a bit more of a scientific flair.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

I have always enjoyed developing my scientific communication across many platforms. Even though my current position puts me more in a lab setting, I enjoy engaging with many interested minds while integrating tools for promoting equity in scientific learning opportunities.

Ceazar Nave, 2011

cnave@g.ucla.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Postdoctoral Fellow – University of California, Los Angeles

What are you up to now professionally? 

I am a UCLA IRACDA Fellow with aspirations of obtaining a faculty position with dual appointments in research and teaching.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

My time in SEPAL has taught me to always strive to provide an inclusive, and equitable learning environment.

Carlos Damas, 2011-2012

cdamas2@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Resident Physician, PGY-2, UCSF Pediatrics

What are you up to now professionally? 

I am currently completing 2nd year of pediatric residency with a focus in Critical Care at UCSF and was recently awarded a grant to conduct qualitative research to further understand the experience of neonatal death in Spanish speaking families.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

Always ask questions! But often, I bring up the hydrogen bonds in the water molecule how cool/important it is at parties.

Jainee Lewis, 2007-2008

jaineelewis@hotmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Senior Scientist at Roche

What are you up to now professionally? 

I am currently working on next generation sequencing (NGS) diagnostic solutions for cancer patients.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

I continue to use the 5E model when explaining concepts to my colleagues.