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Meet the Orientation Leader Team!

Ruby Abad

Orientation Team Captain
Class Year: Senior Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: VP-M of my Greek Life, Pre-Vet Club, Ag Council
  • office locationAdvice for incoming students: Use your resources! There are plenty of resources on campus that are available for you. Ask for help if you need it. Everyone needs helping hand once in a while. Also, get involved! Join a club, go to events; College can be pretty fun if you are involved!

Esmeralda (Esme) Alatorre

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Sophomore Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: Inner Essence Dance Company
  • office locationAdvice for incoming students: You're at the time in your life where you are bound to make mistakes and it's 100% okay! You learn from your experiences and mistakes are not going to define who you are, especially as a student, we are here to grow. Be brave and step outside of your comfort zone, once you find what you love, immerse yourself in it.

Ioshua Andablo

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Sophomore Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
  • faxCampus Involvement: Latino Business Student Association, EOP, EOP Student Union, Poly Lens
  • office locationAdvice for incoming students: Don't let one test bring you down. Let it go and move on.

Owen Bonilla

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Senior Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
  • faxCampus Involvement: Orientation Services
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Don't be afraid to ask for help. There are so many resources on campus that you should take full advantage of and have fun because time flies so quick and you want to enjoy everything here while you can.

John Boules

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Junior Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
  • faxCampus Involvement: Greek Life, Honors College, Four Year Pledge
  • office locationAdvice for incoming students: Do not be afraid to ask questions. It is understood that coming into college is a difficult transition and it may be nerve racking to ask for help but orientation leaders are here for a reason.

Denise Caballero

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Junior Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: ASI Beat Volunteer
  • office locationAdvice for incoming students: Get familiar with the resources available at CPP and take advantage of them.

Arisbeb Campos

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Junior Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: EOP, HaU, WRC
  • office locationAdvice for incoming students: Create your own network group.

Silvano (Nathan) Cantu

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Sophomore Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
  • faxCampus Involvement: Poly Lens - photography club
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: My piece of advice would be to get involved with what you’re really passionate about and pursue that by getting guidance from all your resources available at Cal Poly Pomona, whether that be with talking to your counselors or getting involved in clubs.

Adriana (Adrie) Castro

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Sophomore Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: GrrrlsSquad, SEES.
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Be open to new experiences and come into this environment free of judgment. The only person holding yourself back is you.

Cindy Dice

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Senior Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: Cal Poly Rose Float
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Don't be afraid or ashamed of changing your major once or multiple times. It's ok to not know what you want to do right away. Don't be hard on yourself for not "graduating on time" if that is the case. Eventually college will lead you towards your passion and that's what matters.

Abraham (Ab) Eissa

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Junior Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
  • faxCampus Involvement: Greek Life
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Be yourself! College is a time where you get to explore who you really are and start to grow into a productive adult for the coming years.

Nicholas (Nick) Garcia

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Sophomore Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
  • faxCampus Involvement: IHC
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Look into your resources. All the resources that we have on campus are already paid for through our tuition so why not use them.

Christopher (Chris) Garibaldi

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Senior Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
  • faxCampus Involvement: Equestrian team and Dean of AG advisory council
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Don't be afraid to do something you wouldn't normally do. Be cautious but don't worry too much about what could wrong, instead wonder what could go right.

Ariana (Ari) Gonzalez

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Senior Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: Greek Life, Student Employment, Psi Chi Psychology Club, EOP Student
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: You are only an undergrad once so don't be afraid to ask for help, get to know your professors, and last but not least Cal Poly Pomona will become your second home, especially during midterms and finals season.

Isabella (Isa) Guerrero

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Junior Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: Orientation Services
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Please take advantage of all the resources we have here like the health center, counseling, and over all general events made for CPP students!

Christian Holguin

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Senior Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
  • faxCampus Involvement: A.C.T Club
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Now is the time to discover who you really are, so get out there and enjoy yourself!

Pilar Jimenez

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Senior Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: O-Stem, Botanicus, Agricultural Biology
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Try new things. You don’t know what you don’t like until you do!

Martha Juarez

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Sophomore Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: California 4-year pledge, Political Science Club
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: One piece of advice that I would give to an incoming student would be to find their balance. My first year has been all about finding what I can handle when it comes to the amount of courses, as well as setting a boundary between my social life and studies. Yes it is important to create friendships, but don't forget the goals you have set for yourself; you can have fun and be responsible all at once!

Andrew (Drew) Kim

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Senior Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
  • faxCampus Involvement: Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Psi Chi
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Get a good grasp of BroncoDirect, including its several aspects (i.e. Degree Progress Report, Unofficial Transcript, MyPlanner, etc.) because it is something that you will use several times as a student at Cal Poly. The quicker you understand the program the easier it is to pick classes. It also gives you an advantage over someone who does not.

Allan Samuel Lasat

Orientation Team Captain
Class Year: Senior Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
  • faxCampus Involvement: Maximizing Engineering Potential, Rose Float (volunteer), Steel Bridge (inactive)
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Ask upperclassmen what they would have done differently.

Lisette Lupian

Orientation Team Captain
Class Year: Senior Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: Orientation Services
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Everything takes time, trust the process and surround yourself with people who love you and give you the time you need.

Blanca Martinez

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Junior Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: Hermanas Unidas, MEChA
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students Everything takes time, trust the process and surround yourself with people who love you and give you the time you need.

Sandra Martinez

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Senior Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: EOP Student Union, Hermanas Unidas and GEMS Club
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Coffee and Red Bull are your new best friends!!

Mikayla Melendez

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Senior Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: Kappa Delta Sorority
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Talk to the people in your classes. I am sometimes shy so I understand talking to people can be difficult but if you turn to the person next to you and just ask something like “do you know if the teacher has opened the blackboard yet?” You can start a conversation and make a new friend. I find that when you know someone in the class, it is much more enjoyable and if you miss a class because your sick or you didn’t quite get all the notes or didn’t understand a project, then you have someone to ask and talk to. It’s also really nice having friends and searching in your classes is a quick and easy way to make those friends and if they don’t seem interested then turn to your other side and try again, you never know what you’ll find.

Azad Nalbandian

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Junior Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
  • faxCampus Involvement: Armenian Student Association, CPA Club
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Club involvement is just as important for your future career as your classes ! Your current classmates might be your future coworkers, so don't hesitate to network!

Dang Nguyen

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Sophomore Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
  • faxCampus Involvement: Pre-Vet Club
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Socialize with other students!

Melissa Ortiz

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Sophomore Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor Society, RAMP
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Seek help! It can be scary transitioning but there is always mentors and peers that make the ride just a little bit smoother.

Erica Perez

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Sophomore Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: Orientation Services
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Don’t be anxious about making friends, you can make them anywhere on campus, in class, at your dorms, and especially at orientation!

Julianna Quinonez

Orientation Team Captain
Class Year: Junior Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: Zeta Tau Alpha, Research Scholars Association
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: These years go by quickly, make sure you experience all you can with the people who make you feel most at home.

Oscar Rodriguez Jr.

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Sophomore Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
  • faxCampus Involvement: Orientation Services
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: One piece of advice I would give to an incoming student is to provide the knowledge of the resources we have here at Cal Poly such as the Learning Resource Center which can help you with your homework and even have people that can proofread your essays and will provide you feedback on how to strengthen your essay. By being able to give students this information it helps them be aware of the resources that are available to on campus.

Iliana Rodriguez

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Junior Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: Commencement Team Lead
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Make the best out of your experience! Make mistakes, try new things, meet new people, get involved! The more you put into your college experience, the more you will get out of it. Now is the time to be yourself and find out who you want to be professionally and socially, so go out and experience every opportunity you get.

Sarah Shepherd

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Sophomore Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: Greek Life
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Be kind to everyone you meet, you never know when your paths will cross again. College is about experiences and experiences aren't spent alone.

Evelyn Torrico

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Senior Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: Sonia Kovalevsky Day
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Use your resources as tools to help you accomplish your goals and take opportunities and adventures to grow personally and professionally.

Silvia Torrico

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Senior Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: Orientation Services
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Life is too short so enjoy it and be happy

Jackson Tschinkel

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Junior Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
  • faxCampus Involvement: Orientation Services
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Be an active participant in your own college education and experience. You will get out of it what you put into it.

Takina (Kina) Walker

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Junior Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: Clarion Student Newspaper
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Stay Connected! It's easy to get wrapped into the social aspect, however, it's essential to stay connected with the knowledge you're on campus to obtain. Laugh and live your best life, but don't miss out on the valuable information you'll receive.

Connor Wick

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Senior Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
  • faxCampus Involvement: Greek Life, Finance Society, Ridge Runners Ski & Snowboard Club, On-campus employment, Intramural sports
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Do not doubt yourself in trying new things!

Jazlyn (Jaz) Wilson

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Senior Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • faxCampus Involvement: National Society of Leadership and Success
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: Don’t be afraid to ask questions because most likely someone has the same question as you.

Michael (RC) Zermeno

Orientation Leader
Class Year: Sophomore Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
  • faxCampus Involvement: Robotics, EOP Student Union, Acts2Fellowship, Pi Sigma Epsilon
  • office locationAdvice to incoming students: You have so much freedom when you start college. It is very easy to become distracted and get behind. I suggest that you come into college with some goals in mind and ways to reach your goals. One way to keep track of your goals is by writing them down in a notebook or mentally noting them.