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Albert Palmer, Graduate Student Assistant – New Orleans, LA
Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, The University of Texas at Dallas
Albert has lived in Dallas since 2005. Displaced by Hurricane Katrina, coming to Dallas has been a personal resurrection for him. Here in Dallas, Albert has found his passion and purpose (Education as well as Establishing a Ladder for others). It is his ultimate goal after procuring his Doctorate in Public Affairs (Non-Profit) to erect a Charter School for young men who are in need of a second chance.
"If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him…We need not wait to see what others do." – Mahatma Gandhi
Meghana Nataraj, Graduate Student Assistant
Graduate, Software Engineering
Beth Alemayoh, Office Assistant – Dallas, TX
Beth graduated from Plano East Senior High in 2011 and the decision to study business is what brought her to UT Dallas! She plans to earn a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Operational Behavior and Human Resources. In her leisure, Beth enjoys doing quiet and relaxing activities. She also appreciates attending concerts and live shows as well as traveling and spending time with her family.
"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't – you're right." – Henry Ford
Brooke Knudtson, Office Assistant – Amarillo, TX
Sophomore, Political Science
Brooke has been involved in Student Government for the past two years and is the current Technology Committee Chair. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Brooke is also on the UT Dallas Cheerleading Squad, which went to Nationals last year in Daytona, FL. She loves to watch movies and TV to help her escape school. Most of all, Brooke likes to stay busy and make a difference with all the involvement she has on campus to students.
"Life is short, have fun."
Faith Crockett, G-Force Mentor – Cedar Hill, TX
Junior, Accounting & Business Administration
Faith would like to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Business Administration. After she completes that journey, Faith would like to attain a Master's Degree in Business Administration with a focus in healthcare management. She would love to work for a fortune 500 company in the near future.
"Everything happens for a reason."
Ruben Diaz, G-Force Mentor – Dallas, TX
Senior, Interdisciplinary Studies
Ruben is President of the UT Dallas Colony of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. and the Vice President for the Youth of the UT Dallas League of United Latin American Citizens. He plans on teaching middle school mathematics while pursing a Masters Degree in higher education.
"Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever." – Walt Disney
Felipe Gaspar, G-Force Mentor – Dallas, TX
Felipe is a first generation college student from his family. He enjoys listening to various genres of music and PC gaming. One of his greatest accomplishments is working for G-Force because it was one of the main reason Felipe is at UT Dallas and he loves having the opportunity to pay the experience forward.
"Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers." – Voltaire
Luis Martinez, G-Force Mentor – Dallas, TX
Junior, Computer Science
Luis is a Dallas Cowboys fan and a huge HIMYM fan! He is a transfer student from DCCCD and is pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. This is his first semester at UT Dallas and he is a first generation college student. Outside of school, Luis mentors six college freshmen and four high school seniors. He is an advocate for higher education. One of his goals is to be a professor at a university and pass down all the wisdom that has been shared with him by others.
"A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether." – Roy H. Williams
LaToya Mitchell, G-Force Mentor – Austin, TX
Senior, Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
Cindy Osorio, G-Force Mentor – Dallas, TX
Cindy is a Marketing student at the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the UT Dallas studying to obtain her bachelor's degree with a minor in Psychology and a concentration in sales. She is honored to say that she graduated Valedictorian of her class in 2012 because thus far, it has been one of the greatest accomplishments that has taken her to where she stands today. Characteristically, Cindy is independent and extremely self-driven in all sense of the word and she always strives to go beyond her duties to achieve her goals because she likes to know she is making a difference, while growing as a person with every new experience. Being a part of the G-Force team is an opportunity she do not take for granted because she was given the opportunity to obtain her educational pursuits and now it is her will to pay it forward.
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Yocelyn Riojas, G-Force Mentor – Eagle Pass, TX
Senior, Arts & Technology
Yocelyn's focus in ATEC is 3D modeling and she is also minoring in Asian Studies, learning Mandarin. Other than school, she is busy being a proud member of Sigma Lambda Gamma and the Vice President of the UT Dallas League of United Latin Citizens Council. Yocelyn wants to raise cultural awareness in her community and learn about other cultures. Her hobbies include traveling abroad, eating, movies, music, and art.
“I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” – Lewis Carroll
Jennifer Romero, G-Force Mentor – Houston, TX
Jennifer is majoring in biology. She enjoys every type of sport and enjoys working out. After receiving her degree, Jennifer plans to be a pediatrician. She believes that life is about giving, not receiving.
"You can't live a positive life with a negative mind."
Joel Romero, G-Force Mentor – Houston, TX
One of Joel's passsions is helping people. The work he does for the Department of Community Engagement is one that changes lives. He is a DJ, soccer player, and a huge football fan!
"Every man dies, not every man really lives." – William Wallace
Ashley Thompson, G-Force Mentor – Graham, TX
Ashley is currently studying psychology and hopes to become a therapist and forensic psychologist. When she's not studying or working, she volunteers at the Crisis Center, reads novels, hangs out with her lop-eared rabbit, watches Wes Anderson films, or does yoga.
"What you think you become." – Buddha
Guillermo Vaquero, G-Force Mentor – Los Angeles, CA
Junior, Health Care Studies & Neuroscience
Guillermo loves working for the G-Force Mentoring Program because it gives him the opportunity to help students reach their goals. If he could he would keep this job forever, but unfortunately he can't. After graduating from UT Dallas, Guillermo plans on pursuing a career in health care while teaching soccer in the local area as a hobby!
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." – Wayne Gretzy