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Tina Smith, Graduate Student Assistant – Bedford, TX
Graduate Student, Counseling, Southern Methodist University
Tina is currently seeking her Master's degree in Counseling and has a passion for working with abused and neglected children. She enjoys staying active and spending time with loved ones. Austin, Texas is her favorite city because there is always something fun to do outdoors and explore. Her little dog Daisy is her world.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." – Mahatma Gandhi
Justin Keeling, Program Assistant – Pearland, TX
Junior, Software Engineering & Computer Science
Justin is a junior with a dual major in software engineering and computer science with focuses in networks and embedded systems. After graduation, Justin plans on beginning his graduate education and helping implement diversity into STEM workplaces. In his spare time, Justin enjoys spending time at home with his partner and three cats.
"Learning never exhausts the mind." – Leonardo da Vinci
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
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
Nicholas Goudeau, G-Force Mentor
Brent Hamilton, G-Force Mentor – Farmersville, TX
Junior, International Political Economy
Brent is from a small town of three-thousand people approximately an hour northeast of Richardson, where waving at strangers is commonplace, football is king, and coffee is black. He is a student at The School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences, majoring in International Political Economy. Brent is passionate about people and cultures and how they influence the world. He chose to enroll at the UT Dallas because of the combination of knowledgeable and passionate professors, diverse student body, and beautiful campus atmosphere. Brent is a huge Dallas sports fan and loves his Cowboys, Rangers, and Mavericks. He is also a huge fan of the Chelsea Football Club of the English Premier League, Go Blues! Brent is happy to be a mentor to high school students and hopes to lead by example to inspire students to accomplish their educational and career goals.
"Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't. – Jerry Rice
Stephen John, G-Force Mentor – Dallas, TX
Senior, Historical Studies
Stephen is pursuing a degree in history to become a high school history teacher. Stephen loves sports, listening to different genres of music, and learning new things. He is involved in the South Asian branch of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at UT Dallas and enjoys the time there. He enjoys being a part of G-Force and interacting with various students at the high school, which has given him a chance to learn numerous things through this organization.
"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. – Pablo Picasso
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
Paula Muniz, G-Force Mentor
Senior, Arts & Technology
Keshia Neal, G-Force Mentor – Georgetown, TX
After graduation, Keshia plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Master's in Physical Assistance Studies. Keshia believes that helping the youth achieve higher education is the best investment they can make for themselves. In her spare time, Keshia enjoys working out, reading, and cooking.
"People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily." – Zig Ziglar
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
Michael Tseggay, G-Force Mentor – Dallas, TX
Michael grew up in Plano, TX and studies Biology at the University of Texas at Dallas. He greatly enjoys the movie theater, video gaming, and reading. His chief passion, however, is sleep. His past work experiences include many years of tutoring in subject like Algebra, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." – Aesop
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