Meet the Ambassadors

Olivia Becker '21
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
Major: Psychology
On-Campus Involvement:  Cross Country, Track, Choir, Undergraduate Admissions Student Worker, SEEd Garden Worker, University Honors Program, Circle K Club, Adventure Club
Study Abroad: Granada, Spain - Spring 2019
About: Olivia came to Cal Lutheran to experience living somewhere new and fell in love with the school! She enjoys staying involved in campus activities and running around Thousand Oaks. She hopes to use her degree to work in a school as a counselor or English as a Second Language teacher, eventually becoming a principal.
Laura Brasil '20
Hometown: Manteca, CA
Major: Business Administration
On-Campus Involvement:  SPC and Multicultural Club
Study Abroad: San Jose, Costa Rica - Spring 2018
About:  Laura is a first generation college student interested in furthering her education in Business. She plans to attend graduate school and look for a career in Human Resources or Student Affairs. In addition to school and clubs, Laura enjoys working, spending time with friends, the beach and playing music with her Portuguese band.
Nia Bratton '22

Hometown: Upland, CA
Major: Political Science
Minor/Emphasis: Public Policy
On-Campus Involvement:  Peer Advisor, Presidential Host, Pre-law Society, Intramural Sports Intern
About:  Originally from Southern California, Nia has worked on many political campaigns throughout high school and college. She is majoring in political science with the hopes of becoming an entertainment lawyer and working in the music industry. In her spare time, Nia enjoys playing piano and guitar and making music with friends.

Dominic Castro '21

Hometown: Moorpark, CA
Major: Business Administration and Music Production
On-Campus Involvement:  TV and Cinema Club
About:  Dominic loves the music community at Cal Lutheran. In his free time, he enjoys collaborating with CLU students on songs, short films, and music business endeavors. Beyond school, Dominic enjoys managing his record label, Blueprint Records LLC, and producing music.

Karyme Lara Chagoya '21
Hometown: Basalt, CO
Major: Criminal Justice & Psychology
Minor/Emphasis: Spanish and Communications
On-Campus Involvement:  Undergraduate Admissions Associate, ASCLU Junior Senator, Together WE DREAM President, Latin American Student Organization Vice-President, Pre-Law Treasurer, Presidential Host Leader, Student Support Services Student Leader, and Peer Advisor.
About:  Karyme is in her third year at Cal Lutheran. She is the first person in her family to attend college and is working to go to law school and become a criminal attorney. She enjoys giving back to the Cal Lutheran community by being involved around campus. In her free time, she enjoys photography, writing, drawing, listening to crime podcasts, or watching documentaries.
Amy Craig '20
Hometown: Oakdale, CA
Major: Marketing Communications
Minor/Emphasis: Dance
On-Campus Involvement:  Co-Captain of CLU Dance Team, Vice-President of the American Marketing Association, SEEd Garden Volunteer
About:  Amy loves being involved at Cal Lutheran. She is passionate about helping others, and about dance. In her free time, Amy enjoys dancing, hiking and being with friends and family.
Kleya Dhenin '21
Hometown: Ashland, OR
Major: Political Science and Sociology
Minor/Emphasis: Philosophy
On-Campus Involvement:  Co-President of Political Science Society, Co-President of Cal Lu AAUW (American Association of University Women), Executive Member of College Democrats, President of Cal Lutheran Debate Society
Study Abroad: Washington, D.C. - Fall 2019
About:  Kleya is a third-year student at Cal Lutheran. She is very interested in politics and social justice and has spent much of her time at Cal Lutheran engaged in various clubs, organizations, and outside activities that align with these values. When she is not in class or at work, Kleya can be found reading feminist theory, catching up on the latest episodes of Grey's Anatomy, or exploring the city she is living in. Kleya is currently studying in Washington, D.C. through the Lutheran College Washington Semester and working in Congresswoman Katie Hill's Washington office. After graduation, Kleya aspires to work in international politics to combat conflict-related gender and sexual violence.
Talia Gaulke '21
Hometown: Buckley, WA
Major: Marketing Communications
Minor/Emphasis: Business Administration and Spanish
On-Campus Involvement:  CLU Cheer Captain, Presidential Host Lead, Undergraduate Admissions Associate
About:  Talia is studying Marketing Communications and minoring in Business Administration and Spanish with the hope of working for a company headquartered in her home state of Washington. She is passionate about lifting others up and promoting positivity. Talia loves to travel, practice with her cheer team, and spend time with her dog.
Alyssa Gee '20
Hometown: Glendora, CA
Major: Marketing Communications
Minor/Emphasis: Multimedia
On-Campus Involvement:  Marketing Office Student Worker
About:  Alyssa is a senior majoring in Marketing Communications. After college she plans to work for a university marketing department in Southern California. In her free time she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants and food, working out at the gym, and spending time with her friends.
David Hall '21
Hometown: Ramona, CA
Major: Economics and Mathematics
Minor/Emphasis: Spanish
On-Campus Involvement:  President of Lord of Life Student Congregation, Pederson Senior RA, School of Management DA, Disc Golf Club Treasurer, University Honors Program, Investment Club CFO
About:  David came to Cal Lutheran for two things: ministry and economics. He is heavily involved in Campus Ministry as well as camp ministry at Sonshine Ministries when not on campus. Being involved in ministry has sparked a sincere love of people, which David hopes will aid his economic policy decisions in developing countries in the future. After graduation, David will pursue a PhD in Economics. In his free time, David likes to golf, disc golf, make/drink coffee, invest, and magic tricks.
Leslie Madrigal '20
Hometown: Oxnard, CA
Major: Criminology, Criminal Justice and Spanish
Minor/Emphasis: Ethnic Studies
On-Campus Involvement:  Office of the President Student Assistant, Student Support Services Student Leader, Co-President of the Latin American Student Organization, Vice-President of My Generation My Fight, Secretary of the Criminal Justice Student Association, Her Campus
About:  Leslie is a first-generation college student who was born and raised in Oxnard, California. She has two siblings who also attended Cal Lutheran, so she's known the campus since she was about four years old. Leslie is double majoring in Criminology & Criminal Justice and Spanish with a minor in Ethnic Studies and hopes to one day work with "at-promise", not "at-risk" youth in a prevention program. She also hopes to be a public official and run for her local city council in Oxnard and to one day run for Congress. Outside of campus, Leslie works in retail as well as volunteering with The Safe Passage Program through the Criminal Justice Department.
Kaitlyn Marquez '20

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Biology and Chemistry
On-Campus Involvement:  ALLIES in STEM, McNair Scholars, Student Worker, Chemistry Club
Study Abroad: School for Field Studies, Australia
About:  Kaitlyn is a first generation college student entering her senior year at Cal Lutheran. She has conducted research with the McNair Scholars program and studied abroad in the Wet Tropics of Australia. She intends to continue her education and pursue her PhD. The most important thing to her about Cal Lutheran is promoting a sense of belonging and community to ensure student success.

Brittany McCoy '20

Hometown: Simi Valley, CA
Major: Interdisciplinary Educational Studies
Minor/Emphasis: Psychology
On-Campus Involvement:  Club Teach
About:  Brittany came of Cal Lutheran following in the footsteps of both her parents and her older sister. She enjoys being a part of the Cal Lutheran community and loves to cheer on her fellow classmates at any sporting event. In her free time, she enjoys running, spending time with her friends and volunteering at local elementary schools. She hopes to earn her teaching credential and master’s degree in Educational Leadership here at Cal Lutheran and move to Texas to teach.

Victoria Rose Meek '20

Hometown: Coronado, CA
Major: Criminal Justice and Criminology
Minor/Emphasis: Law & Criminal Behavior
On-Campus Involvement:  CLU Women’s Water Polo, Criminal Justice Student Association Club Ambassador, Leadership Team for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Young Republicans Club, President of the Line Dance Club
About:  Victoria Rose is a senior at Cal Lutheran studying Criminal Justice and Psychology with the hopes of possibly entering a career in the Behavioral or Intel Analysis field of the Air Force or FBI. She is very involved on campus and loves dance, water polo, country music, and helping others. Growing up in a military family, Victoria Rose has moved around a lot, but is able to call Cal Lutheran her home.

Javier Montelongo '20

Hometown: San Fernando, CA
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Minor/Emphasis: Mathematics
On-Campus Involvement:  Organic Chemistry Supplemental Instructor, International Peer Mentor, Global Ambassador
Study Abroad: Aberdeen, Scotland; United Kingdom
About:  Javier is a first-generation college student who plans on attending medical scientist training programs after completing a two-year research post-bacc. He is currently doing antibiotic research in the Rogers' lab for his biology honors project. He hopes to conduct genomics research after receiving his B.S. Outside of school, Javier enjoys to play guitar, baseball, basketball, going to church, and taking care of his younger siblings.

Garrett Mueller '21
Hometown: Palm Desert, CA
Major: Political Science 
Minor/Emphasis: Law & Public Policy
On-Campus Involvement:  University Honors Program, Senior Pride Committee
Study Abroad:  Oxford University, United Kingdom - Fall 2019
About:  Garrett is finishing his studies in Political Science with an emphasis in Law & Public Policy. From being a Senate Representative, Presidential Host, and a Student Ambassador, he has also been active off-campus, volunteering for multiple political campaigns, working in the governor’s race, and interning for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. He is spending his fall semester at the University of Oxford studying philosophy, politics, and economics. After graduation, Garrett hopes to continue his political career in Washington, D.C., and eventually run for public office.
Lindsey Potter '21
Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA
Major: Communication
Minor/Emphasis: PR & Advertising, Dance
On-Campus Involvement:  Student worker at the School of Management, Secretary of Dance Team, and Features Editor for The Echo.
About:  As a legacy student, Lindsey’s goal is to be involved and give back to Cal Lutheran as much as she can . She is a junior and is actively involved on Dance Team and in The Echo. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys dancing, spending time with her family and her two basset hound puppies. She hopes to use her degree to work for a nonprofit organization in the future.
Rashelle Rew '20

Hometown: Orangevale, CA
Major: Political Science 
Minor/Emphasis: International Relations
On-Campus Involvement: Model United Nations, Lord of Life, Pre-Law Society
Study Abroad: Sweden - Spring 2019
About:  Rashelle is a senior at California Lutheran University and is originally from the Sacramento Valley. She is very involved in the on-campus Model United Nations team, traveling to places such as Harvard and University of Pennsylvania. Her favorite activity is to do service for her surrounding community through different organizations such as Rotary. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out at the beach or adventuring to new areas. 

Sana Shah '20
Hometown: Moorpark, CA
Major: Chemistry with an emphasis in Environmental Policy and Management
Minor/Emphasis: Environmental Policy and Management
On-Campus Involvement:  Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, Student Lab Technician, Vice President of the ACS Chem Club, President of the Muslim Student Alliance (MSA), Campus Ministry Student Representative, Multicultural Volunteer, International Peer Mentor
About:  Sana is a senior chemistry major who hopes to use her degree and research experience to work in public policy environmental legislation. She loves staying active and getting involved on campus, from taking on leadership positions in the University's Campus Ministries to volunteering and giving back to the community as a Sunday School Teacher. In her free-time, Sana loves spending time with her friends and family and cat, Simba.
Adam Silverman '20

Hometown: Lancaster, CA
Major: Business Administration
Minor/Emphasis: Economics
On-Campus Involvement:  ASCLUG Finance Director, President of Hillel, and Track and Field
Study Abroad: Aberdeen, Scotland; United Kingdom
About:  Adam is a senior at Cal Lutheran studying business and economics who plans on attending law school after graduation. When he is not studying, Adam loves playing ultimate frisbee, competing in track and field, and binge watching TV shows on Netflix.

Inger Smuts '21
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Major: German and Sociology
Minor/Emphasis: Gender and Women's Studies
On-Campus Involvement:  Lord of Life Council, University Honors Program, Mission and Identity Student Worker, German Department Assistant.
Study Abroad: Berlin, Germany - Spring 2019
About:  Inger is a junior German and Sociology double major from Palo Alto, California. In her free time she can be found playing soccer, crafting, or reading in her hammock. She is passionate about justice and equality, and hopes to attend graduate school after Cal Lutheran to pursue a career working for a nonprofit organization. On campus, Inger enjoys being part of Campus Ministry and spreading her love of languages and cultures by tutoring students in the German department.