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San Diego State University

Mortar Board

16-17 Members

1st Years 


Cooper Abrams is a Marketing major with a Counseling and Social Changeminor. He is President and Founder of Aztec Music Group, Vice President of Professional Development for Pi Sigma Epsilon Business Fraternity, an SDSU Ambassador, and a member of Rotaract. After graduation, Cooper plans to complete a MBA or EMBA and pursue a position of senior leadership in marketing and sales.




Katrina Cole is a Psychology major and an Interdisciplinary Studies minor. She is a member of the Weber Honors College, the National Society for Collegiate Scholars, Scholars Without Borders, Psychology Club, and Delta Gamma Fraternity. Katrina assists in a Youth Violence Prevention Lab, and volunteers with Project Puzzle to raise autism awareness. She studied abroad in Australia and is now a Global Aztec Alliance Buddy. After graduation, Katrina plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience and enter a career in research studying the neurological bases for maladaptive behaviors.




Mikaila Constable is a Kinesiology major and a Psychology minor. She is a member of the National Society of Colligate Scholars, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, and the Greek Life Activities Board. In addition, she served as a Fitness Clinic Volunteer, and is Vice President of Programming for the College Panhellenic Association. After graduation, Mikaila plans to become a certified nursing assistant.




Zach Cruz is a Foods and Nutrition major. He is Treasurer for FOCUS Pre-Optometry Club, an intern at the UCSD Shiley Eye Institute, and volunteers at the SDSU Fitness Clinic for Disabled Individuals, Lions Optometric Vision Clinic, the Special Olympics, and with Flying Samaritans. After graduation, Zach plans to earn a Doctorate of Optometry degree and offer vision health care to underserved communities.




Dakota De Cecco is a Biology major. He is a volunteer for the SDSU Adaptive Fitness Clinic, and an intern at Palomar Hospital, La Jolla Veterans Hospital, Rehabilitation United Physical Therapy, and CAP Alternative Therapy. He also served as a Lab Assistant for Scripps Research Institute, and was Treasurer for the Future Physical Therapists Organization. After graduation, Dakota plans to attend medical school and become an emergency medical physician. He hopes to one day work for Doctors Without Borders.




Christopher Deutschman is a Mechanical Engineering major with minors in Interdisciplinary Studies and German. He is a member of the Weber Honors College, a student representative on the College of Sciences Student Council, a teaching assistant in the Mechanical Engineering Department, has interned for a biomedical engineering start-up, and is President and Founding member of oSTEM. He studied abroad in Germany for one year. After graduation, Christopher plans to pursue a Ph.D. or MD-Ph.D. and enter a research career in biomedical engineering.




Courtney Bradshaw Dickson is a Political Science and International Security and Conflict Resolution double major. She is an Administrative Officer for Scholars Without Borders, Executive Vice President of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, volunteers at the San Diego Braille Institute, is a member of Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, Aztec Adventure Club, Model United Nations, and Delta Gamma Fraternity, and was a Hansen Summer Institute participant. After graduation, Courtney plans to attend law school to earn her Juris Doctorate and a master’s degree in International Relations.





Stav Geffner is an International Security and Conflict Resolution major. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Undergraduate Research Journal for the College of Arts and Letters, a member of the Undergraduate Research Working Group, a Higher Learning Program Tutor for the International Rescue Committee, and an Educational Program Director and Counselor at Camp Gilboa. Stav plans to pursue a master’s degree in International Relations/International Conflict Resolution.




Gass Hersi is a Public Health major and Biology minor. He serves as a medical advocate for Western Service Workers Association, an Emergency Department Volunteer for Alvarado Hospital, is Vice President of the Pre Student Osteopathic Medical Association, a Peer Mentor in the Health Professions Advising Office, and an Emergency Medical Technician for Advantage Ambulance. After graduation, Gaas plans to earn a master’s degree in Public Health and a medical degree.




Kathleen Hupke is a double major in Criminal Justice and Spanish. She is a member of the Pre-Law Society, a founding board member of Mock Trial, and worked as a Crime Scene Investigative Intern for the San Francisco Police Department. After graduation, Kathleen plans to attend Stanford Law School to pursue a career in criminal and immigration law.




Eyad Kawwa is a Kinesiology Pre-Physical Therapy major. He is a Research Assistant for Dr. Kahan in the Exercise and Nutritional Sciences Department, a Clerical Assistant for the American Cancer Society, Future Physical Therapists Organization member, and served as Team Captain for intramural soccer last year. He is a member of Scholars Without Borders and Golden Key Honor Societies. After graduation, Eyad plans to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.




Amanda Keller is a Liberal Studies major. She is Events Coordinator for the Student California Teachers Association, volunteers for Read Across America, and is a Student Athlete Tutor at the SDSU Athletic Center. After graduation, Amanda plans to earn a multiple subject teaching credential and a master’s degree in Education.




Paige Kettenburg is a Kinesiology Pre-Physical Therapy major. She studied abroad at John Cabot University in Rome. Paige is a Biology 251 Anatomy Intern, and volunteers for Ability Rehab Outpatient Clinic. On campus, she is on Associated Students Community Service Commission board, and a member of SDSU Rotaract. Paige plans to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and become a certified physical therapist.




Ashna Khatri is a Kinesiology major with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy. She is a Human Anatomy Intern for SDSU, Academic Coordinator for Scholars for Success, member of Golden Key Honor Society, and Secretary for Future Physical Therapists Organization. She volunteered over 300 hours at Sharp Chula Vista Rehab Department and at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. Ashna’s goal is to become a doctor of physical therapy.




Juleyanne Lanuzo is a Gerontology and Spanish double major. She is Multicultural Director for Sigma Theta Psi Sorority, Treasurer for United Sorority and Fraternity Council, and was a volunteer at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center. She is also a Student Life and Leadership Peer Leadership Consultant.




Taylor Lemker is Psychology major. She is a Training Instructor for the SDSU Ambassadors, an Undergraduate Research Assistant, a member of the Weber Honors College, and a member of Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society. After graduation, she plans to earn a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.




Yaneth Lopez is a Child and Family Development major with a double minor in Counseling and Social Change and Spanish. She is an SDSU Ambassador, Secretary for Alpha Pi Sigma Sorority, UFSC Scholarship Director, EOP Advisory Board Vice President, and volunteered at Rady’s Children’s Hospital in San Diego, and California Western Community Law Project. After graduation, Yaneth plans to attend law school.




Zachary Maches is an Applied Mathematics major with a minor in interdisciplinary Studies. He is in Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and an SDSU Merit Scholar, a National Residence Hall Honorary Executive Board Member, Senior Academic Mentor for Zura Hall, Researcher for SDSU Nonlinear Dynamical Systems Lab, and an Aztec Philanthropic Role in Development and Education member. He also was a Relay for Life Team Captain and volunteered for the Residential Education Office.




Lorena Michel is a Child and Family Development and Sociology double major. She is Vice President of the Child and Family Development Student Organization, and Historian, Scholarship, and Alumna Relations Chair for Alpha Pi Sigma Sorority. She is also a Mentor for Price Community Scholars, the San Diego Youth Services Adoption Agency, and Youth Voice San Diego at Mid-City Police Department.




Nassim Moallem is Women’s Studies and Political Science double major with minors in Interdisciplinary Studies and Television, Film, and Media. She is Co-Producer of V-Day’s The Vagina Monologues and President of the Andrea O’Donnell Womyn’s Outreach Association, Communication Director for SDSU College Democrats, and Secretary for the Association of Chicana Activists. She was a Congressional Intern for Democratic Leader Pelosi’s office in Washington, D.C.




Leah Nepomuceno is a a Biology major. She is Secretary for the Campus Community Commission, a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda and Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Societies, Recognition Chair for the National Residence Hall Honorary, member of the AMA Student Association, and AS Campus Community Commission Secretary. Leah is an Academic Mentor, has volunteered for Palomar Healthcare System, Alvarado Hospital, and Mission Valley Veteran’s Administration Outpatient Clinic. Leah plans to attend medical school.




Victoria Newman is an Urban Sustainability major and an International Studies minor. She is the Assistant Vice President of Philanthropy for Delta Zeta Sorority, an Intern for The Water Conservation Garden, and was a volunteer and Event Coordinator of Celebrated Festivals for the Brookdale Assisted Living Home.




Savannah Nichols is a Nursing major and a Psychology minor. She is a member of Scholars Without Boarders, Community Health Committee, Break Through to Nursing Committee, and a member of the California Student Nurses Association. Savanah serves as a Clinical Teaching Assistant, and a Peer Mentor for SDSU’s School of Nursing. She is an Emergency Room Volunteer at Alvarado Medical Center and a Community Clinic Volunteer. Savannah plans to work as a nurse before earning a doctorate in nursing.




Brandon Pierce is a Kinesiology major. He is Executive Vice President of Recruitment for Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and Vice President of New Member Professional Development for Pi Sigma Epsilon Business Fraternity. Brandon also serves as a Sophomore SURGE Mentor. This summer Brandon will be completing a Pharmaceutical Sales internship and hope to continue as a full time sales representative.




Sarah Ryan is a Communication major and Women’s Studies minor. She served as Internal Personal Relations, Parliamentarian and Ritual Chair for Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. Sarah is a member of Order of Omega and Lambda Pi Eta honor societies. She is also a member of the Hype Squad for Aztec Dance Marathon and volunteers as an Assistant Coach for Girls On The Run. Sarah plans to earn a master’s degree in Communication with an emphasis on public and media relations.




Marco Sanchez-Lisboa is a Mechanical Engineering major. He is Project Coordinator for the SDSU Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, the SDSU Triathlon Team, a Student Intern in the Department of Undergraduate Studies, and was an Intern at the Cardiology Clinic in San Antonio. Last semester Marco studied at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. He was also a US Soccer Foundation representative in Chile.




Mark Sanders is a Microbiology major with minors in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies and Chemistry. He is in the Weber Honors College, a course instructor for Camping and Outdoor Skills, Adventure Leadership, a College of Sciences Peer Mentor, a Health Professions Advising Office Peer Mentor, and a volunteer for Project Access San Diego through the San Diego Country Medical Society Foundation. He studied Social Work and Public Health in Thailand during the summer of 2015. Mark plans to attend medical school.




Haley Seibel is a Psychology Major with an Honors Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is in the Weber Honors College, Kappa Delta Sorority Vice President of Operations, PanHellenic Association AS Coordinator, Golden Key Honor Society and Order of Omega, the Recreation and Wellness Commission and the Green Love Sustainability Commission. She has volunteered for International Rescue Committee San Diego, Aztec Dance Marathon, Girl Scouts of USA and Reality Changers. Haley plans to earn a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.




Okaro Shinn is a double major in Economics and Public Policy. He is a member of Rotaract, the Debate Team, Associated Business Student Council, Vice President of Alumni Relations for Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity, and Operations Vice-Chair for the Aztec Student Union Board. He is in the Weber Honors College and studied abroad at the University of Oxford. Okara is currently an intern for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. After graduation, Okaro plans to attend law school.




Mark Slader is a Public Health major and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies minor. He is President and Captain of the Men’s Ultimate Club sports team and a member of the Womyn’s Outreach Association. Mark was a Biology 212 Undergraduate Teaching Assistant and an Alvarado Hospital volunteer. After graduation, Mark plans to attend medical school and work in Pediatrics or Pediatric Oncology.




Trevor Smith Jr. is a Nursing major. He is a member of the California Student Nurses Association and the International Council for Certification of Cardiovascular Specialists and Assistants. Trevor serves as a tutor for San Diego City College for the Life Sciences and Chemistry. Upon earning his Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Trevor plans to earn a master’s degree in Nurse Anesthesia.




Nicole Spuehler is a double major in Humanities and Spanish. She is a member of the Aztec Student Union Board Music and Entertainment Committee, Secretary for the Beautiful Arts Club, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Scholars Without Borders Honor Societies. After graduation, she wants to become a translator and interpreter, as well as teach language studies at the university level.




Delanee Stapp is a Kinesiology Pre-Physical Therapy major. She is a member of Flying Samaritans, the American Medical Student Association, a Scribe Intern at the California Institute of Neurological Surgery, an intern for the SDSU Athletic Training Room, and an Intern at New Motion Physical Therapy. Delanee studied in Rome, Italy in 2015. She plans to attend medical school.




Danielle Taylor is a Psychology major and Counseling and Social Change minor. She earned her Associate of Arts degree in Psychology with Honors at San Diego Mesa College, and was President of Psi Beta National Honor Society, during which she was awarded the 2015 National Chapter Excellence Award. At SDSU she is a member of Psi Chi Honor Society, the Counseling and Social Change Society, and is a PsyMORE Mentor.




Taylor Trummel is a Political Science and Social Science double major with a minor in Spanish and Teaching English as a Second Language. She is Aztec Dance Marathon Recruitment Chair, National Residence Hall Honorary Initiation and Events Director, a Resident Advisor for Residential Education, Vice President of Scholars without Borders, and Vice President of Honors Council. She will be interning at the US Embassy in Estonia this summer.




Sheila Vajdi is a Psychology major. She is a PsyMore Mentor, on the Associated Students External Relations Board, is Morning Show Host for KCR College Radio, Director of Community Outreach for Ballers for the Blind at UCSD, and President of Irvine Homeless initiative at UC Irvine. After graduation, Sheila plans to attend law school.




Emily Van Etten is a Psychology major and Biology minor. She is Chief of Finance of PsyMORE, Vice President of the Neuroscience Club, and a member of Psi Chi and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies. She works as a Research Assistant for the Center for Healthy Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease Research, and is an Alzheimer’s Association volunteer. After graduation, Emily plans to get a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology.




Jessica Williams is a Liberal Studies major and Art History minor. She is President of Scholars without Borders Honor Society, Vice President of Sigma Alpha Lambda Leadership honors Association, and a member of Golden Key Honor Society. During spring semester 2015, Jessica studied and volunteered abroad at Leeds Beckett University in the United Kingdom, and she was selected to participate in a seminar in Israel and Palestine for California Student Leaders. After graduation, Jessica plans to earn her master’s degree in education and teaching credential.




Jamie Zinn is a Kinesiology/Pre-Physical Therapy major. She is Treasurer and Co-Founder of Aztec Adaptive Sports Club, a member of the Future Physical Therapist Organization, the SDSU Snow Team. a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Kappa Sigma, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Phi Beta Sigma, and Golden Key Honor Societies. She plans to obtain a Doctor of Physical Therapy.




Brent Zoucha is a Civil Engineering major. He is Vice President of Residential Learning Community, Interfraternity Council Liaison, and Accreditation Chair for Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He also is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, volunteers as a Mathematics and Science Tutor for local refugees, and works as a student engineer for the City of San Diego.




2nd Years 


KristiBala  is  a  CellulaanMoleculaBiologmajoanan Honors Interdisciplinary Studies minor. She is   a Peer Educator at SDSU,  a member of Flying Samaritans, and Aztec P.R.I.D.E., and  a volunteer at Sharp Hospice since fall 2013. Kristin plans to become a physician.
Estelle Hacher is a Biology Major. Estelle is a member of the American Medical Student Association, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, and Golden Key Honor Societies.  She has volunteered at  Rady’s  Children’s  Hospital,  Notre  Dame Academy,  and  Kaiser Permanente Outpatient Clinic. Estella plans to attend Medical School and focus on pediatric medicine.            estelle.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Jennifer Hackleman is a Chemistry Major with an emphasis in Biochemistry.   Jennifer is in the University Honors College, Secretary for the SDSU Honors Council, an SDSU Ambassador, a member of Circle K, and Phi Eta Sigma, Golden Key, Phi Kappa Phi, and Scholars Without Borders Honor Societies.  Jennifer plans to earn a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry and pursue a career in pharmaceutical research.
Jeremy Juybari is a double major in Economics and Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Sociology. Jeremy is President and Founder of the SDSU Religious Explorations Club, Director of the Honors Council Booklet, member of Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, and Scholars Without Borders Honor Societies Jeremy is an academic mentor and resident adviser, serves as a UN Online Volunteer and Boy Scout Mentor. Upon graduation, Jeremy plans to pursue a doctorate in economics to become a professor.                                                                         jeremy.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Brian Levett is a Kinesiology major. He  is President of the Student African American Brotherhood and works for the Vice President of Student Affairs as a Peer Leadership Consultant.  Brian  is a mentor for the Harambee Scholars Mentoring Program to help first-time Afro- American students succeed at SDSU. Brian plans to attend medical school to become a sports physician.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Susana Najera is double majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Spanish with a minor in chemistry and Counseling and Social Change. She is the President of the Spanish Club, a research assistant at UCSD and SDSU, a member of 11 national and international honor societies, an active member of Flying Samaritans and AMSA, and an academic tutor and mentor for various programs on campus. After graduation Susana plans to attend MD/PhD programs in infectious diseases.                                                                                                                                                    susananajera.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Seraphina Solders is a Psychology Major with minors in Cellular and Molecular Biology, and Interdisciplinary Studies. Seraphina is a member of Scholars Without Borders,  Psi Chi Honors Society the Andrea O’Donnell Women’s Outreach Association, President of the University Honors College Student Society, a tutor for SDSU athletes, and volunteers at a Brain Development Imaging Laboratory. After earning a Doctorate in Neuroscience, Seraphina hopes to teach at the university level and conduct research on neurological disorders.                         seraphina.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Shannon Yandall  is a Psychology major and a Biology minor.  Shannon received the Conrad Prebys Biomedical Research Scholarship, and works in Professor Gilbert’s Center for Healthly Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease.  She is a member of Psi Beta and Psi Chi Honor Societies, Treasurer of PsyMore, an Undergraduate Peer Adviser, and a member of the Society for Neuroscience. Shannon plans to get a Ph.D. in Psychology and teach at the college level.            QFTB_Shannon