ASU Board Bios:
Meet Your 2017-2018 ASU Board!
ASU Executive Board:
Monique A. HernandezASU President
Hello everyone, my name is Monique Hernandez. I am looking forward to attending UC Berkeley or USC in the near future for Biochemistry once I finish my last two semesters at ELAC. I plan to apply to Medical school after obtaining my Bachelor of Science degree. You can always find me on campus at the ASU office if I'm not in class. I am very open to helping students on their path to obtaining a higher education. Feel free to come talk to me if you want to get more involved in your community. I'll be very happy to help.
Daveed LopezASU Executive Vice President
Hello everyone! My name is Daveed Lopez and I am the current Executive Vice President of the Associated Student Union at East Los Angeles College. My major is biochemistry and aspire to enter the pharmaceutical industry in the near future. I enjoy helping others, especially my community. I want everyone at ELAC to succeed. No matter who they are, what they look like, or where they came from, I want every student to have the opportunity to live up to their “God-given” potential. It is a privilege to represent all of you and am truly grateful to be given this opportunity. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me or stop by the ASU office. I’d be more than happy to assist you in any possible manner. Good luck and wish everyone nothing but success and happiness for the 2017-2018 academic school year. Go Huskies!
Michelle KeungASU Vice President of Finance
Hello everyone, my name is Michelle Keung and I am the ASU Vice President of Finance. I'm a business administration major and hope to transfer to USC in the future. I love meeting new people and helping them with any problem. I truly hope that every student can take advantage of the resources that ELAC is currently providing to help them achieve their academic or career goal. I believe every student has potential to be successful because we are HUSKIES! If you have any question about education or want to get more active in the ELAC, stop by the ASU office or fell free to email me. I am more than happy to help you. All the best in Spring '18 and hope to see you around the campus!
Aaron WongASU Treasurer
What’s up! My name is Aaron Wong and I am the ASU Treasurer for Spring 2018. I am a first-year computer science major and I hope to transfer out to a 4-year university. I am very excited to be with ASU and I hope to make an impact on our school! If you need any assistance from me, come by the ASU office or contact me and I will be happy to assist you! I am looking forward to meeting a lot of people throughout the Spring semester and I hope to learn a lot about the community at ELAC. Peas out and catch you later!
Summer FrenchASU Secretary
Hello everyone, my name is Summer French and yes like the season. I am currently striving to get my masters in Sociology and then going back to school to get a Certificate for Veterinarian Technician Assistant. You always find me in the ASU office or around campus, so feel free to asCk me any questions you may have and I will be happy to help.
Marlene EnriquezASU Chief Delegate
Hi my name is Marlene Enriquez-Zapien!, I am currently a Biomedical Engineer and hope to transfer to a UC in the near future. I am a non-traditional student due to the fact that I enrolled at ELAC two years after I graduated high school. I am entering my third year as an ELAC student. I also participate in the MESA program and work as an SI Coach for the Math Department which have helped me develop my communication skills with students and faculty. I’m looking forward to engaging with any students who have any questions about programs and benefits offered here at ELAC.
Destiny HernandezASU Chief Justice
Hey huskies! First of all, let me start by thanking you for voting for me to be in office.. I am in my third year at ELAC, in the transfer process. My major is pre-med neuroscience. I am currently involved with a few off-campus programs that provide me with information for the transfer process and the process for medical school. Through these, when I become aware of any opportunities, I will pass my knowledge to the campus through flyers/announcements. As for my position on the ASU Board, I want you all to know that my priority is to represent you, the students, in the best way possible. I will work on improving student life and serving the needs of the students to the best of my ability. With that being said, if there is something that you feel should be addressed to the board, please do not hesitate to walk into the ASU office and ask for me. The office is in the campus student center, on the second floor, room 212.
Jesika De JesusASU Historian
I am a full time East Los Angeles College student, currently studying education. I am honored to be a Student Ambassador at the Dream Resource Center providing resources and a safe place for undocumented and LGBTQ students, a Peer Mentor for Adelante First Year Experience and UCLA CCCP program. I love to give back to my community, and always look foward helping others.
Gary GarzaSenator of Activities/Planning/Membership Services/Recruitment
Gary Garza I am from Montebello California and now living Pico Rivera California. I was born in Los Angeles California and I attended Schurr High School. I am a psychology major also trying to get a minor in Kinesiology I am a ASU Senator at East Los Angeles College also and I am part of Male Leadership Academy and Salsa Club.
Georgex TafoyaSenator of Cultural Diversity/ International Students
Hello, my name is Georgex Tafoya. My major is Urban Studies and I plan to pursue a career in Urban Development. I look forward to being a part of the ASU board and helping to make ELAC a campus that embraces people of all cultures. I believe diversity is an important aspect of the college experience. Feel free to contact me, I am open to assisting you in improving the ELAC community.
Nicole BeltonSenator Of South Gate
Hello, my name is Nicole Belton and I am the Senator of your South Gate campus. Having said this, I work mainly at the South Gate campus, but you’ll still see me on the main campus from time to time. Just like you, I’m a student at here at ELAC and I’m currently working through my second semester. I intend on receiving an associates degree in Sociology and transferring into UCLA next year (fingers crossed!) I just wanted to take this time to let you know that I’m extremely lucky to be able to serve you through ASU and I am beyond excited to hear what issues you’d like for us to address, or to even help provide you with resources you’re interested in. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns via email (provided below) or in person. I am happy to help you, after all, it’s my job! I look forward to meeting and serving you all. Best of luck with your semester! Email: email@example.com
Manuel Aaron MillerSenator of DSPS
Hello my name is Manuel Aaron Miller but you can call me Manny. I am excited to be Senator of DSPS, facilities/planning and health/safety. I started my musician turned physician path after 10 years in the music industry when ELAC welcomed me back to community college to study Nutritional Sciences. After receiving my Associates of science I plan to attend UC Berkeley for Nutrion and Public Health which will prepare me for med school to specialize in endocrinology for conducting diabetes research. As a DSPS student I look foward to supporting the ELAC DSPS community as well as being the voice for all students health and saftey. You can typically find me at the ASU or DSPS office when not attending class. Come by and let’s talk about J-pop, tacos, Battlestar Galactica, 90s karaoke or anything else on your mind. I look forward to being your Senator and wish you all the best, Till next time.
Anthony DominguezSenator at Large
Hello Everyone, my name is Anthony Dominguez and I am a Biochemistry major interested in going into the medical field. My first academic goal is to transfer to a UC for the fall of 2019, where I will get my Bachelor of Science degree. Soon after that I want to attend medical school to study general medicine as I want to be a doctor. As far as my career goals go I want to become a doctor to help people. Maybe travel to places where doctors are lacking. For my community I want to push them to their best, nothing is impossible and I want to advocate that. You can find me in the student activities office, usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays when I’m not in class. If you see me around campus, don’t hesitate to approach me and talk to me about any concerns you have. I’m a very friendly guy and easy to talk to. I’m looking forward to representing each and every one of you.
Stephanie TrellesSenator of Political Activism
Hello huskies My name is Stephanie Trelles I am the senator of Political Activism of the Associated Student Union at East Los Angeles college . My major is Administration of Justice, I was a Cross country/Track and Field Student Athlete, I am currently involved with the Latina Completion and Transfer Academy, and an active member of the Administration of Justice club on campus . I volunteer with organizations such as: LACHC, LA Mission, Bordered Angels, and Justin Baldoni and wayfarer foundation . My goal is to transfer to CSULA in fall of 2019 and thereafter work for the city of Los Angeles as a law enforcement officer and afterwards apply for the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) specialized unit. I returned to East Los Angeles College to pursue my education but more importantly provide ELAC Students, resources that I have and will acquire to provide students opportunities to grow in more than one way, but in several.
Priscilla MolinaComissioner of Social and Behavioral Science
Hi! I am elated to represent the students of East Los Angeles College as Commissioner of Social and Behavioral Studies. My aspiration is to see a community grow and work together to create a safe and firm foundation for everyone to strive. A goal that I am currently working towards is to transfer to UCLA for Linguistic and Psychology for Special Education. I hope to discover a new teaching approach for students with Down syndrome to improve their cognitive development and assure a broader opportunity of growth in their education. Please do not fret to say hello to me if you catch me during office hours or on campus, I am more than welcoming to converse and assist with any questions you may have.
Eric Eduardo CalderonCommissioner of Arts/Humanities/Physical Education
Hello Huskies, My name is Eric Calderon and I am the Commissioner of Arts and Humanities and Physical Education. I am currently a sociology major and have shown interest in both the Fire Technology and the Music program here at East Los Angeles College. These studies are of great interest to me as they prepare me to enter the world with an open and objective mind, while providing me with the tools to be a helping hand in society. I believe that our institution has and will continue to go through rapid improvements, and it is my goal to continue that momentum. It will also be my duty to share and expand the resources available to our students, along with promoting more involvement within our community. ELAC has done so much for me, and I will do everything I can do give back to this great school. Please do not hesitate to say what's up around both campuses, visit me at the ASU office, or contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) Thank you and best of luck on your endeavors!
Nicole AguayoCommissioner of Communications
Hi everyone, my name is Nicole Aguayo and I am currently a Child Development major. I hope to transfer by Spring 2018 into Dominguez Hills and become a Head start or preschool teacher. A little about me, I love trying new foods, new activities and hiking. I am so excited to be part of the board this semester and becoming the voice of students! If you ever want to stop by and chat or just stop by to say Hi! I'm always in the ASU office in the front desk! I wish you all the best of luck this semester!!
Rodrigo Aguirre JrCommissioner of Vocational Studies
East Los Angeles College has given me the opportunity to be in tune with my cultural roots while increasing my drive towards helping our communities and future generations. We are part of a beautiful multicultural student body that is making an imprint in the Universe. I am proud of what our culture represents in and outside campus. One of my personal goals is to increase awareness of educational achievements. Our society has been under a transition of past generation’s cultural values that has caused conflict with the current cultural values we live by. In tradition, many of us came from immigrant families that has struggled in adapting to our American culture and when those conflicts occur there’s arisk of low self-esteem causing school dropouts within our peers of this generation. There’s a need of motivation in our society to promote effectively that knowledge is power while creating awareness of the steps people can take to pursue education and careers. In those transitions many souls have lost faith and talents are frozen due to the position they found themselves while surrounded with lack of knowledge. This is one point of view I’m passionate in addressing because it involves empathy and a sociological approach with various elements of comprehension that we can pass on to help improve future generations. I am looking forward in serving as a Delegate to represent our student body in an awesome and positive way. Keep The Faith Up and Stay Woke. – Rodrigo Aguirre Jr
Collen Mieko TamashiroCommissioner of Biological Science
I’m the new Commissioner of Biological Science, my name is Colleen Tamashiro. My first two years at ELAC I played for the women’s soccer team. I am a Biology major going onto my third year here at ELAC. Right now, I am involved in the MESA program, CCCP, ASU, and I am an SI coach for math. I enjoy being active whenever possible and I love exploring Los Angeles on my free time. I never have a dull moment, I am always on the go and trying to stay productive. I hope to finish all my course prerequisites by the end of next year and soon transfer to one of the UC’s. I am a very friendly and open person, so do not hesitate to ask me anything and I will try to help you as much as possible.
Juan CasillasCommissioner of Mathematical Concepts
Hello everyone, my name is Juan Casillas. I am looking forward to attending Cal State LA or Duke University in the near future for a degree in chemistry. I plan to work for the CDC or work as drug formulation and development. You can always find me on campus at the MESA center (E7-210) or at the ASU office. I am very open to helping students on anything STEM related if it is in my capabilities or reference you to someone that can help you exponentially. I hope you all have an amazing semester and I am here to help you in your path to success.