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Meet the Staff

Meet Our Staff !


Program Director:

Yesenia Curiel

“ Wear your mask with pride, it can save lives.”


Phone: (209) 233-1746

Fun fact: My dogs names are Tenco and Yaotl and I love making them doggy treats  !


CARE Campus Advocate:

Lynna Cano

Phone: (209) 386-2051

Year at UCM: Since December 2017

Fun fact: Sometimes I dress as a clown and do balloon animals for kids !


Prevention Education Coordinator : 

Valara Villanueva

Phone: 209-355-0763

Years: I'm a UC Merced Alumn ('15) and been in CARE since 2018

Fun Fact: I attended P!NK's Beautiful Trauma world tour twice in one year !


Prevention Interns:

Itzel Otero Castaneda (She,Her,Hers)

Year: 4th

Major: Earth Systems Science (ESS)

Fun fact: My cat, Panchito, doesn't like me but I love him !



Marcillino Abdelmalak (he/him/his)

Year: 2nd year

Major: Biology with human emphasis

Fun Fact:  I've been vegetarian for two years !


Ashley Tejeda Oliver (She,Her,Hers)

Year: 3rd year

Major: Management and Business Economics & Political Science

Fun Fact: I have visited 4 countries in my life !


Maddy Verdin (She,Her,Hers)

Year: 3rd year 

Major: Sociology 

Fun Fact: I've been skydiving twice ! 


Alicia Rodriguez (She,Her,Hers)

Year: 4th year 

Major: Psychology 

Fun Fact: I love to design rooms and decorate !


Jimena Arias Perez (She,Her,Hers)

Year: 4th year

Major: Biology

Fun Fact:  I like hiking !


Yasmine Lunar (She,Her,Hers)

Year: 3rd Year

Major: Political Science

Fun fact: I only eat Oreos with peanut butter ! 


Toni Gonzalez (They,Them,Theirs)

Year: 3rd year 

Major: Political Science major and Sociology major

Fun fact: I identify as nonbinary (Pronouns: they/them/theirs)!


Juan Luis Hernandez (he/him/his)

Year: 4th year 

Major: Psychology major and Political Science minor

Fun fact: I can actually burp the ABCs!


Nicolette Cabrera Tuazon (She,Her,Hers)

Year: 2nd year 

Major: Psychology major and Public Health minor

Fun fact: I love listening to K-pop!


Kevin Lopez Martinez (he/him/his)

Year: 3rd year 

Major: Political Science major

Fun fact: I love pupusas !