Meet the Team

https://catlife.ucmerced.edu/organization/microfinance

The following students participate or have participated in the project as Interns/Consultants:

2018-19 Team

Project Leader

My name is Andrea Gracia and I am a fourth year Management and Business Economics Major. I joined the UCM Microfinance project because I am interested in learning more about the finance and marketing aspect of business since I want to pursue a career in business consulting. I am heavily involved in other organizations on campus such as the UCM Marketing club, Delta Delta Delta, Order of Omega and the UCM Fraternity and Sorority Council

Associate Project Leader

Shivani Bhasin is a fourth year Business Economics and Management major with a minor in Psychology. She is planning on pursuing a career in human resources after graduation.

Taylor Calleja Balbuena is a 4th year Management and Business Economics major. He joined the project because it gives students the resources to connect and network with local business owners all while providing them with 0% microloans. As president of the marketing club he plans to use his extensive skills to build our club brand and reach out to our campus and to the community.
Ivan Ceballos is a 4th year Business Management and Economics major. He plans to pursue a higher degree in graduate school or a career in Investment Banking. He is involved in various projects, and clubs at UC Merced and is always seeking opportunities to better his community all while developing himself as a professional and a student.
Sang Hoang is a third year student at the University of California, Merced, majoring in Management and Business Economics. He is involved on campus as the Executive Content Manager for the Marketing Club and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He joined the Microfinance Project to strengthen the relationship between students on campus to their community off campus to make an effective impact in the growing city of Merced. He plans to pursue grad school and a career in the finance field.
  David Morales Aguayo is a 4th year student majoring in Management and Business Economics. He is the Vice President of the Marketing Club and is working on the Sierra Foothill Conservancy Capstone Project with his involvement in the Yosemite Leadership Program. He plans to pursue Grad School and a career in Project Management.
   
   
   
   

 

2017-18 Team

 

 

Chris Medina

Student Success Intern

Jonathan Delgado has been awarded the Student Success Internship for this project, and is a third year student majoring in Business Management and Economics. He is planning to graduate in his third year and pursue a graduate degree in either Finance or Business Administration. He is seeking to use the skill set he has obtained from his studies at UC Merced and previous employment to enhance the economic development of businesses in the Central Valley.

Associate Project Leader

My name is Andrea Gracia and I am a third year Management and Business Economics Major. I joined the UCM Microfinance project because I am interested in learning more about the finance and marketing aspect of business since I want to pursue a career in business consulting. I am heavily involved in other organizations on campus such as the UCM Marketing club, Delta Delta Delta, Order of Omega and the UCM Fraternity and Sorority Council

Assistant Project Leader

Shivani Bhasin is a third year Business Economics and Management major with a minor in Psychology. She is planning on pursuing a career in human resources after graduation.

Steven Blackman is a fourth year Management and Business Economics major. He wanted to be a part of the Microfinance Project to gain more experience in the field he aspires to be in and also to assist in bringing more resources to the community of Merced.

Taylor Calleja is a 3rd year Business Management and Economics major with a minor in Psychology. He is planning on attending graduate school where he will focus on finance and economics. He joined the Microfinance Project to better the community of Merced working alongside his colleagues. He is also a member of the Civics in the Central Valley program, where he visits local high schools and holds discussions on social issues.

Ivan Ceballos is a 3rd year Business Management and Economics major. He plans to pursue a higher degree in graduate school or a career in Investment Banking. He is involved in various projects, and clubs at UC Merced and is always seeking opportunities to better his community all while developing himself as a professional and a student.
Kyle Dennis is a fourth year Economics major with minors in management & business economics, and philosophy. He is planning on following a career in finance or analytics.
Sang Hoang is a second year student at the University of California, Merced, majoring in Management and Business Economics. He is involved as the secretary for NSCS, treasurer of InterVarsity, and a volunteer leader of YoungLife. He joined the Microfinance Project to strengthen the relationship between students on campus to their community off campus to make an effective impact in the growing city of Merced. He plans to pursue grad school or a career in the data analytics field.

Evelyn Nava is a fourth-year student studying for a double major in Management and Business Economics with Psychology plus a minor in Spanish. She has been part of Psi Chi, Fiat Lux Scholars Program, and is the treasurer of the Spanish club. Her interest in contributing to the community and increasing her knowledge in finance influenced her to join the Microfinance Project team. Once she graduates she plans on pursuing a profession in finance.

Cynthia Zapata is studying for her BS in Management and Business Economics and minor in Community Research and Service.  She is a member of the professional business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, where she has held the position of Public Relations Manager. She  is a member of the UCM Marketing Club where she works with small local businesses. Cynthia is always looking for ways to be involved with the community, as she is currently doing undergraduate research on the Central Valley.
   

 

2016-17 Team

Project Leader

Andrew Pulido is a fourth year student majoring in Management and Business Economics. He is planning to follow a career in finance.

Joshua Bustamante is a fourth year management major. He has been involved with on-campus organizations such as Business Society, ASUCM, and Alpha Kappa Psi. He seeks to provide opportunities for small businesses in order to enhance the economic development of the Central Valley.
Winnie Chen is a third year Economics major and has been working with the Microfinance Project since the Spring of 2016. She is a Success Mentor here on campus, as well as a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a professional service fraternity. She has a passion for helping local businesses.
Natalie Khoury is a third year Management and Business Economics major. She  currently holds a position as director of funds for Delta Gamma. After graduation, she hopes to go to grad school with a focus on finance.
Desirae LaSalle is a third year Management & Business Economics major and Service Science minor. She is the social media manager for The Blum Center at the University of California, Merced where she is responsible for developing a social media plan and presence for the organization. She is interested in pursuing a career in either finance or marketing.
Daniel Vargas is a local UC Merced senior student who is passionate about his community with 4 years prior experience working with local schools and restaurants. Daniel is now working alongside Google's "Self Driving Car" project and is pursuing a career in Project Management.

 

2015-16 Team

Project Leader

Eric Chu is a senior Economics (B.A.) and Management (B.S.) student. Eric founded the UC Merced Microfinance team in May 2015 after previously working with Kiva Zip's trustee program at the university. He is passionate in using microfinancing to fund business opportunites for entrepreneurs and in successfully helping them achieve new levels of growth.

Andrew Lopez is a fourth year student at UC Merced currently studying Economics and Management. Andrew has been a member of the UC Merced Microfinance Project since the summer of 2015, and has been able to sucure funding for a local Merced business. He is also involved in different organizations on campus including the Delta Sigma Pi Colony and Empowering Youth Education (E.Y.E.) a community service based club. Upon graduation, Andrew wishes to continue improving the local community economically by supporting local businesses and becoming a local entrepreneur as well.
Ryan Mccallum is a senior majoring in Economics and Management. He is a member of a professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, where he sits on the Executive Board as EVP/Vice President of Administration, as well as a teaching assistant for a freshmen success class in the Bright Success Center. He hopes to work in finance and mergers after he graduates in May 2016 and go back to school for his MBA after a few years of working.
Maria Valle Mariscal is majoring in management and economics. She is interested in pursuing a career in finance.
Brenda Lara is a 4th year undergraduate studying for her BA in Psychology and minor in Economics. She was an Intern at the Chamber of Commerce in South Gate, California, where she gained communication skills that enhanced her business experience. She is currently gaining leadership skills as a Fiat Lux Scholar and mentor to other scholars in the program.

Andrew Pulido is a fourth year student majoring in Management and Business Economics. He is planning to follow a career in finance.

Natalie Khoury is a third year Management and Business Economics major. She  currently holds a position as director of funds for Delta Gamma. After graduation, she hopes to go to grad school with a focus on finance.
Desirae LaSalle is a third year Management & Business Economics major and Service Science minor. She is the social media manager for The Blum Center at the University of California, Merced where she is responsible for developing a social media plan and presence for the organization. She is interested in pursuing a career in either finance or marketing.