Small Group Facilitators

Meet Our 2017 Small Group Facilitators!

Alexis Guzman-Garcia

Hometown: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Classification: Freshman

Major: History Education

Fun Fact: I was a single child until I was 15 years old. 

"I am looking forward to teach younger students how to develop their very own leadership style, hoping they will pass on their knowledge among future generation and all together make the world a better place."

Austin Loard

Hometown: Idabel, Oklahoma

Classification: Freshman

Major: Forensic Science and Political Science

Fun Fact: As a Senior in high school, I was selected to be the "Cat" from The Cat in the Hat and read to elementary school students at several local schools for National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day).

"I have learned that it is never too soon to start getting involved in your school and your community.  I was lucky enough to have family, teachers, coaches and mentors in my youth group who encouraged me to get involved and pushed me to do my best, I want to help other young people learn the importance of these qualities."

Caleb Shaw

Hometown- Ada, Oklahoma

Classification: Junior

Major- Biomedical Sciences

Fun Fact- I have seen Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, OneRepublic, and Zedd live in concert!

"I applied for UCOLA because this is a perfect opportunity to see our future leaders in action and empower them to create change."

Cameron Pak

Hometown: Henryetta, Oklahoma

Classification: Junior

Major: Interpersonal Communication

Fun Fact: I have a spiral-shaped belly button

"I am able, willing, and desiring to make a positive, long-lasting impact in the lives of world-changers."

Dayton Skeels

Hometown: Moore, Oklahoma

Classification: Freshman

Major: Criminal Justice & Forensic Science

Fun Fact: My hobby is to play pool!

"I applied to be a facilitator because I want to spread some knowledge of leadership and impact the future leaders of America."

Elina Varmia

Hometown: Helsinki, Finland

Classification: Sophomore

Major: Sociology

Fun Fact: I had never rowed in my life a year ago and now I am in the UCO's rowing team. 

"I wish to motivate students to use their leadership skills in their daily lives to improve those skills and achieve their goals."

Evin Morris

Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Classification: Sophomore

Major: Strategic Communications

Fun Fact: I love to bowl.

"I am looking forward to UCOLA for personal growth in leadership and how to become a more vocal leader."

Hazzik Chaudhry

Hometown: Islamabad, Pakistan

Classification: Freshman

Major: Business Administration and Management

Fun Fact: I am a professional polo player, and I love horses.

"As a UCOLA Facilitator, I am excited to meet and share my experience with young and passionate, dynamic leaders of tomorrow. I am looking forward to a very fun and memorable time with UCOLA participants."

Hunter Caudillo

Hometown: Yukon, Oklahoma

Classification: Junior

Major: Kinesiology

Fun Fact: My favorite snack is pickles and peanut butter

"I’m excited to meet the students at UCOLA, help them grow as leaders, and give them a glimpse of Central!"

Jacob Yager

Hometown: Piedmont, Oklahoma

Classification: Freshman

Major: Nursing 

Fun Fact: I have my own vlog (Video log) channel on Youtube. 

"I love being a Broncho with all my heart and because of that I applied to be a facilitator so that I can share that love with all of these incoming freshman to the point that they love UCO just as much as I do."

Jessi Ensey

Hometown: Moore, Oklahoma

Classification: Senior

Major: Political Science   Minor: Pre-Law

Fun Fact: I am friends with a professional baseball player. 

"I wanted the opportunity to serve as a UCOLA Facilitator because I enjoy helping others discover and develop their personal leadership strengths."

Jordan Medaris

Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Classification: Sophomore

Major: Political Science

Fun Fact: I am featured in the background of a Netflix Documentary. 

"I applied to be a UCOLA Facilitator because I remember as a high school student getting to attend conferences and all the memories I made and lessons I learned that I still use today. I wanted to be a facilitator so that I could encourage and teach just as others have done fore me."

Juan Estrada

Hometown: Guymon, OK

Major: Psychology

Fun fact: I can do a dance that involves two machetes and a blindfold!!!! 

"I applied to become a UCOLA facilitator because I want to share my love for leadership with the future generation of leaders."

Lauren Clay

Hometown: Blanchard, Oklahoma

Classification: Junior

Major: Strategic Communication and Organizational Communication Double Major with a Leadership Minor 

Fun Fact: I am a dog mom of two sweet baby boys: Sir Charles Barkley, my Schnauzer, and Boston Murphy, "Boss," my Yorkie 

"This is my third year to be a UCOLA facilitator and I am believing it is going to be the best one yet! This is the event I look forward to most every year - to me, there's nothing more exciting than getting to welcome young leaders onto our campus and spend the day learning, growing and having fun together! I am so looking forward to meeting my cluster and being BFF's forever!"

LeeAnn Littlejohn

Hometown: Prague, Oklahoma

Classification: Sophomore

Major: Finance & Legal Studies

Fun Fact: I am an all-state softball player

"I am excited for UCOLA so I can have the opportunity to motivate students to continuously strive for greatness."

Madilyn Scott

Hometown: Durant, OK

Classification: Freshman

Major: Nursing

Fun Fact: I had a meeting with President Obama back in 2015.

"I love UCO and all that it has done for me and I’m excited to share that with the Freshmen coming to UCOLA this year!!"

Mario Figueroa

Hometown: Guymon, Oklahoma

Classification: Sophomore

Majors: Strategic and Organizational Communication with minors in Leadership and Spanish

Fun Fact: I am one of the most adventurous people who is always on board to do anything and love making memories with friends. 

"I want to be able to serve as a resource for students who are starting their high school career and explain to them the impact that high school leadership had on my life."

Kenzee Butler

Hometown: Enid, Oklahoma

Classification: Junior

Major: Organizational Communication & Minor in Human Resource Management 

Fun Fact: I can whistle like a cricket 

"I applied because I want to encourage young leaders to be the very best they can be!"

Nicole Bergstrasser

Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Classification: Freshman

Major: Elementary Education

Fun Fact: I once bit my tongue completely off, and had to get it stitched back on.

"I can't wait to make new friends,and meet all of the students at UCOLA!"

Payton Marr

Hometown: Muldrow, Oklahoma

Classification: Junior

Major: Science Education Biology

Fun Fact: I love all things Disney!!

"I chose to do UCOLA because I value being able to teach students leadership and help develop important skills they can use for a lifetime!"

Robby Gaile Sanje

Hometown: Inola, Oklahoma

Classification: Senior

Major: Community Public Health and Nutrition 

Fun Fact: I was born and raised in the Philippines 

"I am excited to meet and make an impact to all the students!"

Rosie Nguyen

Hometown: Piedmont, Oklahoma

Classification: Junior

Major: Marketing

Fun Fact: I once raised one fish for eight years.

"I am looking forward to meeting all the new faces of future leaders in Oklahoma at UCOLA!"

Sundas Shahid

Hometown: Lawton, Oklahoma

Major: Double majoring in Photographic Arts and Strategic Commutation

Fun Fact: I can speak 5 different languages! 

"Last year I had the opportunity to be a student facilitator so this year I am most looking forward to meeting all the students and helping them make connections that will last a while!"

Sydney Richardson

Hometown: Edmond, Oklahoma

Classification: Senior

Major: Marketing   Minor: Leadership

Fun Fact: I’m a 3rd generation Broncho!

"I applied to be a facilitator to be able to help the leaders of our future grow their leadership at such an important time in their lives is an extraordinary thing, and I can’t wait to see the impact they leave."

Tobie Mitchell

Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Classification: Junior

Fun fact : For Christmas, I ask for Kings Hawaiian Rolls.

"I applied to be a UCOLA facilitator because I understand the importance of exposing high school students to college early on, pouring positive thoughts about college and the possibility of attending college into them early on, and also because I am passionate about UCO."

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