President’s Multicultural Student Advisory Committee Member Bios
Hometown: Kula, Hawaiʻi
Major/Minor: Business Administration
Year: Second-year Undergraduate Student
Fun Fact: I can do a Celine Dion impression!
What does PMSAC mean to you? To me, PMSAC is a space where I can help advocate for the voices represented by my office, APACC, and is an incredible venue through which I can bring concerns and questions directly to administration. It’s an awesome opportunity!
Jackie Callejo, Asian/Pacific American Cultural Center Representative
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Major/Minor: 2021 CSU BA in Zoology with a focus in Pre-vet.
Year: Second-year undergraduate student
Fun Fact: I’ve been playing the violin since I was 3 and I also play the tenor sax.
What does PMSAC mean to you? For me, PMSAC is a place where I can be a representative for many of the minority students on campus. I think PMSAC is a great opportunity for students’ voices to be heard by administration and actually help to improve campus. I feel so honored to be able to be a part of PMSAC and represent APACC.
Zahra Al-Saloom, Associated Students of Colorado State University Representative
Myanne Hamm, Athletics Representative
Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado
Major/Minor: 2018 CSU BA in Communications with a minor in Ethnic Studies. Currently enrolled as a graduate student Adult Learning and Training Education.
Year: First-year graduate student
Fun Fact: When I find enough free time in between school and my sport, I enjoy throwing pottery.
What does PMSAC mean to you? PMSAC is a space where student’s voices and concerns are heard and listened to by the administration. I appreciate the fact that we get this opportunity to help create real change that impacts our university.
Barry Wesley, Athletics Representative
Janaye Matthews, Black/African-American Cultural Center Representative
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Majors: Biomedical Engineering & Electrical Engineering
Minor: Ethnic Studies
Fun Fact: I hiked to the summit of 4 volcanoes in Nicaragua, over the course of three days
What does PMSAC mean to you? PMSAC means that students have a voice. It’s a form of Empowerment that allows us to build community through shared experiences, learn from different perspectives, and ultimately contribute to the growth and progress of our institution. For once, the burden of changing and adapting doesn’t lay solely on the shoulders of the student.
Vance Payne, Black/African American Cultural Center Representative
Hometown: Thornton, CO
Major/Minor: Mechanical Engineering, minor in Spanish
Year: 5th year graduating senior
Fun Fact: When can find the time and money I like to snowboard.
What does PMSAC mean to you? PMSAC to me is a unique opportunity for students to advocate for themselves and each other. We work directly with CSU administration to resolve issues of diversity and inclusion and create a better campus for all members of our CSU community. The work that we do has a direct impact on the university. Although change does not happen overnight, PMSAC allows for students to be involved and heard while change is happening.
Andres Bothe-Botero, El Centro Representative
Fatima Lizardo, El Centro Representative
Marcus Amrine, Native American Cultural Center Representative
Josefina Belay, Native American Cultural Center Representative
Hometown: Cambridge, MA
Major: Space Engineering. Minor: Mathematics
Fun Fact: I love gardening and house plants. My bedroom looks more like a greenhouse than a bedroom.
What does PMSAC mean to you? PMSAC means progress to me. It means that minority populations are being listened to on campus and that Colorado State University is committed to improving inclusion and diversity.
Ishma Dhakal, International Programs Representative
Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal
Major/Minor: BA in Communication Studies with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Year: Third- year undergraduate student
Fun Fact: I’ve had 11 dogs at one point in my life.
What does PMSAC mean to you? PMSAC gives me the opportunity to give back to the community by providing a safe space where the voices of the minority groups in our society are heard and used to make positive changes in our daily lives.
Génesis Góngora Balam, Office of International Programs
Hometown: Mérida, México
Major: Student Affairs in Higher Education
Year: 2nd Year Master’s Student
Fun fact: I have a birthmark that looks like a tattoo
What does PMSAC mean to you? PMSAC is a special space where I get to learn from others, where my voice is heard, and where we all together can create change to benefit our University. It is a powerful organization and I am honored to be part of it.
Angelise Guerrero, PMSAC Chair and Pride Resource Center Representative
Miguel Banuelos-Garcia, Pride Resource Center Representative
Jeffrey Marshall, Student Disability Center Representative
Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
Fun Fact: I’m left handed
What does PMSAC mean to you? Being new to PMSAC, I really hope to make a difference on campus and to help others out!
Ben Daly, Student Disability Center Representative
Eliot Hawkes, Women and Gender Advocacy Center Representative
Hometown: Boise, ID
Major/Minor: Ecosystem Science and Sustainability with minor in Spanish
Fun Fact: I have transitioned my hygiene/beauty routine to almost an entirely zero-waste one over the past four years!
What does PMSAC mean to you? PMSAC is a crucial structure for the functionality of Colorado State University. I believe that the moment we stop questioning the status quo and pushing for better from each other and those in charge, we stagnate at best and crumble at worst
Sage Mednansky, Women and Gender Advocacy Center Representative
Hometown: White River, South Dakota
Major/Minor: Psychology concentration in Addictions Counseling
Year: Third year undergraduate student
Fun Fact: When I was four years old, I was run over by the same van—twice! Don’t worry, no broken bones!
What does PMSAC mean to you? I am honored to be part of this committee of students and administrative staff at CSU who tried to make CSU and more inclusive campus on University by promoting diversity and empowering students. The concerns of students are heard and actionable solutions are enacted—to the best of our abilities.
Lucy Delgado, PMSAC Advisor
Hometown: Queens, NY
Major/Minor: M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education, 2019
Year: Second-year graduate student
Fun Fact: I have adopted a pet in every state I’ve lived in!
What does PMSAC mean to you? PMSAC is a space where students are empowered to use their voice to create the university community they want to take part in.
Cara Neth, Office of the President
Hometown: Originally the Chicago suburbs, but now Fort Collins
Major/Minor: CSU BA in Technical Journalism. 1987; now director of presidential and administrative communications at Colorado State University
Fun Fact: I worked at the Aggie Theater in college – when it was still a movie theater.
What does PMSAC mean to you? PMSAC gives me the opportunity to work with some of our brightest and most involved students to improve the climate for all students at CSU. And I’ve been an adviser to the group for about 20 years, so it’s exciting to follow what our PMSAC alumni do after graduation!
Kathy Sisneros, Student Affairs
Hometown: Raton, NM (now Fort Collins, CO)
Major/Minor: B.S. – Communications; M.S. – Counseling; Ed.D. – Higher Education, Leadership & Policy
Fun Fact: I have an online Scrabble addiction
What does PMSAC mean to you? A deep value and commitment actively seeking out and engaging the student voice/perspective.
Mary Ontiveros, Vice President for Diversity
Blanche Hughes, Vice President for Student Affairs
Claire Clemens, Office of the President
Hometown: Montrose, Colorado
Major/Minor: 2016 CSU BA in International Studies, with a minor in Political Science. Currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Administration from CSU Online, with an anticipated completion date of December 2018.
Fun Fact: I have traveled to six different countries.
What does PMSAC mean to you? Working with PMSAC students means working with a truly exceptional group of students and watching them thoughtfully address issues that can improve campus for generations of students.