Meet Our Student Staff

Iviana Areas
SSS Peer Mentor

I came from Nicaragua to the United States when I was 2 years old. When my parents came to the United States they wanted nothing more but to provide a better life for our little family. My parents have given me love and unconditional support, they are part of the reason why I want to keep striving to become better everyday. I have recently realized that I have a strong passion for making connections with others and inspiring people to keep going on the best path for their lives. I work at trio to help students and make their college life well balanced with their everyday lives.
Maria Barajas - SSS-ESL Peer MentorLupita Barajas
SSS-ESL Peer Mentor

I was born in Yuba City, CA but grew up and graduated high school in Williams. I am a first generation student and I’m planning to transfer to Chico State or Sacramento State and get a bachelor in Business Administration and then move on to get my masters in the University of Southern California. TRIO is a great support system for low income or first generation students to help you continue your college education and transfer to a 4 year university.
Angel Cervantes
SSS Peer Mentor

I was born and raised in Woodland California. I spent many years in food service and attended the Art Institute of Sacramento in 2013. After working in different types of restaurants I started having mixed feelings about spending my career as a chef. In 2016, I was asked to volunteer at a local shelter and I was touched by the many families that struggle from day to day and at that moment I decided to make a plan to achieve a goal that would help out the community. Today I volunteer my time to Yolo County C.A.S.A and have been a student here at Woodland Community College since 2017 and plan to transfer to Sacramento State in pursuing a bachelor's in social work.
SSS Peer Mentor - Alyson DavenportAlyson Davenport
SSS Peer Mentor

I am originally from Palm Springs, CA. After high school I moved to Riverside, CA and started attending community college. A year later I got married and moved to Colorado, where my husband was stationed with the military. At that time college was not the right fit for me and that’s okay. Later, we got orders to Germany where we lived and traveled all over Europe for nearly four years. Upon returning from Germany I decided going back to school was the next step in my life. My end goal is to become a wildlife veterinarian and what better place to work towards that degree then right next to UC Davis. I am currently working on my associates in biology hoping to transfer to UC Davis and enter their Wildlife, Fish, and Biology Conservation program. Returning to school after almost a decade and moving to a different city is intimidating. I can‘t imagine this adventure without TRiO and MESA, they have provided the community, resources, and support I needed to not just survive, but thrive.
Chanel Gabriel
TRiO Student Assistant/Peer Advisor

I am a first generation college student. I graduated from Woodland Adult Education and continuing my education here at WCC. My interest are in the Allied Health fields where I'm able to continue my passion of helping others. I'm pursuing Ultrasound Technician and plan to transfer to Sacramento State to get my BS degree. I've been married for 8 years now and a mother to four handsome boys. I love the TRiO program because they keep you focused on your goals and higher education.
Alejandra Munguia- TRiO Student AssistantAlejandra Munguia
TRiO Lead Student Assistant/Peer Advisor

I am a first-generation college student. I graduated from Pioneer High School in 2016, during my years there I was the secretary of Spanish Club. This is my 3rd year at WCC. I plan to transfer to University of Arizona to obtain my degree in Psychology. I love what the TRiO programs do for students in supporting them to transfer to a 4 year university, and continuing their education.
Dayani Pantoja Reyes
UB Tutor/Peer Mentor

My name is Dayani Pantoja Reyes. I am a first-generation college student. I was born in Mexico and raised in Colusa. I am currently enrolled in WCC and plan to transfer to Sacramento State University to obtain my degree in early childhood education. I love what the TRiO programs do for students. I think it’s awesome that these programs are here to guide, help, and support students in their education. I look forward to learning more about the program and supporting the students from Williams High School.
David Ramirez - SSS-ESL Peer MentorDavid Ramirez
SSS-ESL Peer Mentor

I am a first generation college student. I was born in Palo Alto and lived my early life in South San Francisco. I moved to Williams when I was 10. I graduated from Williams High School in 2017 and during my senior year of High School I played soccer. This is my second year here at WCC. I plan to transfer to Sacramento State. I am thankful that the TRiO program is here to help students just as it has helped me.
 Estefania Reyes - UB TutorEstefania Reyes
UB Tutor/Peer Mentor

I was born and raised in Colusa, Ca. I graduate from Colusa High School and begin pursing my degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology and a minor in International Studies at CSU Chico. This is my second year attending Chico State and if you really knew me you would know that my heart is towards SCIENCE. I truly believe that TRiO works because I witness the benefits myself as a student. Being part of the TRiO family I am really honored to be able to give back to the TRiO community by getting the opportunity to guide the Williams High School UB students' towards college.
Emily Sepulveda
TRiO Student Assistant/Peer Advisor

I was born and raised in Woodland. I graduated from Pioneer High School in 2018, during my time in high school I was a cheerleader and a member of AVID. I am also a first-generation college student. After WCC, I plan on transferring to the University of Washington and getting my degree in history and becoming a high school teacher or a college professor. I am thankful that the TRiO program is here to help students transfer and help them with their future educational goals.