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2019-2020 Scholars

Bethany Ball

Bethany is a senior in the Milgard School of Business and is studying Business Administration. In her time at UWT, she has become passionate about committee service and currently serves on three committees: the New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee Committee (NSEOFC), the Council for Campus Engagement, and the Services and Activities Fee Committee (SAFC). When she is not serving on campus, she helps lead the Black Student Union as Treasurer. After graduating in June 2020, she plans to enter the workforce and apply the knowledge she has gained at the Milgard School of Business. One of her long term goals is to pursue her M.B.A. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis and relaxing with her family and friends.

Teresa Dennerlein

Teresa is a junior studying politics, philosophy, and economics with the intention of pursuing a law degree upon graduation. While at UW Tacoma, Teresa has served as the Election Administration Chair for the Associated Students of the University of Washington Tacoma (ASUWT) and has been awarded The Dean’s List Scholarship. Prior to beginning her undergraduate education, Teresa toured as a professional musician and devoted her spare time to mentoring young girls, volunteering in nursing homes and schools, and supporting local food banks with her musical group. Teresa has worked as a legal assistant for the past few years, balancing home and work responsibilities as a military wife. Post law school Teresa is planning to pursue a legal career in public service.

Drew Dunston

Drew is a sophomore in the Milgard School of Business with plans to major in accounting and minor in applied computing. He is currently volunteering as the Sophomore Senator for the Accounting Student Association and has recently registered to do Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. Since last year, Drew has been working part time at the Readiness Acceleration Innovation Network as the CFO’s assistant. Upon graduation, Drew will pursue a master’s program in accounting or taxation so he can be eligible to pass the CPA exams. Once a CPA, Drew plans to build a strong foundation in accounting by working at a large public accounting firm before exiting into an industry role that he is passionate about.

Susie Garcia

Susie is a first generation college student who is working on her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. After graduating, she intends to go back to her reservation and other reservations (as a homicide detective) to work in solving the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women cases. Susie wants to inspire young Native Americans to pursue a higher education. She loves to workout, spend time with friends and volunteer in the Native American communities in her free time.

Johnny Heredia

Johnny Heredia III is a first-generation college student working at his bachelor’s degree in computer science. After graduation in 2023, Johnny intends to make a video game company that would be successful enough to provide jobs for the people of Washington State and internship/mentoring opportunities for students seeking higher education. Johnny wants to give back to the community that made him and hopes that he will be able to inspire others to work towards their goals. He also likes to work out, play video games, spend time with family and friends, and explore new topics that interest him in order to continue his growth in learning.

Lauren Herold

Lauren is a Junior working to achieve a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After graduating, she plans on going to a graduate program for school psychology. In this field, she will be able to assess students for learning disabilities and work with parents, teachers, and therapists to create educational plans which will help them best succeed. Lauren has always had a passion for learning and helping others and will be able to combine these two devotions in her career path. She currently manages a coffee stand, but if she’s not at work or school she is most likely at orange theory, or hanging out with friends and family. She is thankful for the meaningful connections she is already making through her mentors and is excited for this new journey.

Avery Neims

Avery is a Senior in the Milgard School of Business who is very involved in the business school and loves helping others. Avery has discovered his passion for learning, solving problems, and entrepreneurship. He is currently working on AllegeunMedia, a social media marketing company and Hieroflux, a big data analytics company that focuses on providing actionable solutions from qualitative & quantitative information. He volunteers at the Veteran’s Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE) weekly where he consults with local startups. In his free time, he enjoys going on walks, spending time with friends and engaging in community events.

James Northup

James Northup is an undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree in advanced mathematics with a special interest in number theory and computer programming. He plans to pursue Ph.D. studies once completing his master’s degree. Prior to pursuing higher education, James served as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant in the U.S. Army for seven years. During his service, James trained international forces in multidisciplinary skills ranging from medical mission planning to advanced trauma management in East and South East Asia. James is also a certified paramedic, with further training in mountain medicine. In his spare time James enjoys volunteering with his veterinarian wife, Isabelle, to help animal charities in the Tacoma and Seattle area.

Mady Zent

Madeline Zent is an academically driven first-generation junior in Computer Science. After exploring a variety of interests including interning for the epidemiology unit at Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, working for the Nature Conservancy of Reno, being a legal secretary in liability law, a laser technician team leader, and volunteering to teach English abroad in Japan, Madeline discovered her passion for Computer Science. She recognized coding would allow her to solve and work with a diverse amount of problems and help myriads of people. Madeline spends her free time running half-marathons, attending hackathons, line-dancing, hiking, camping, snowboarding, and volunteering by planting trees.

 

2018-19 Scholars

Diana Algomeda-Villada

Diana Algomeda is a first-generation college student studying Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies, Global Honors, and Education. Diana is currently serving as the Director of Internal Communications and Affairs for the Associated Students of the University of Washington Tacoma (ASUWT). Due to her experience as a first-generation college student, she helped start First Generation Fellows (FGF) in 2017. FGF is a program that provides support to first-generation college students with their transition to college and completion to graduation. Diana hopes to continue to address and alleviate social issues and to impact her community positively.

Drew Dunston

Drew is a sophomore in the Milgard School of Business with plans to major in accounting and minor in applied computing. He is currently volunteering as the Sophomore Senator for the Accounting Student Association and has recently registered to do Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. Since last year, Drew has been working part time at the Readiness Acceleration Innovation Network as the CFO’s assistant. Upon graduation, Drew will pursue a master’s program in accounting or taxation so he can be eligible to pass the CPA exams. Once a CPA, Drew plans to build a strong foundation in accounting by working at a large public accounting firm before exiting into an industry role that he is passionate about.

Sierra Jones

Sierra is a senior in the honors program, studying Communications research with minors in education and community engagement, law and policy, and global engagement. As a first-generation college student, she understands the value of education and hopes to pursue a career in educational policy after completing law school. Sierra has served marginalized populations in the greater Seattle-Tacoma area for over 15 years and is currently a mentor for the UNCF Portfolio Project. In addition to serving the community and raising two toddlers, Sierra works as the program assistant for the ACCESS in STEM Scholars Program and serves as the School of Education Senator for the Associated Students of the University of Washington Tacoma (ASUWT).

Isabell Murray

Isabell is currently a senior studying Law and Policy. In addition to being inducted into the first cohort of Dressel Scholars, Isabell has earned Honors Distinction through the Global Honors program, has achieved her minor in Global Engagement, is the current President of the Pre-Law Society, as well as a co-founding Officer of the Collaborative Association for Reintegration and Education (C.A.R.E.). Isabell currently serves as Miss Pierce County through the Miss America Organization, advocating for juvenile justice through #KidsNotCriminals and interning at the Pierce County Juvenile Court as a Juvenile Detention Officer Intern and Probation Officer’s Aide. Isabell hopes to attend law school next year to achieve her dream of becoming a criminal defense attorney.

Avery Neims

Avery is a junior in the Milgard School of Business. Avery is very involved in the business school and loves helping others. Avery has discovered his passion for learning, solving problems, and entrepreneurship. He is currently working at the Milgard Success Center, startup AllegeunMedia, and a project based on visualizing data. He volunteers at the Veteran’s Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE) weekly and in his free time he enjoys taking nature walks and hanging out with his friends and two dogs, Ozzie and Chloe.

James Northup

James Northup is an undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree in advanced mathematics with a special interest in number theory and computer programming. He plans to pursue Ph.D. studies once completing his master’s degree. Prior to pursuing higher education, James served as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant in the U.S. Army for seven years. During his service, James trained international forces in multidisciplinary skills ranging from medical mission planning to advanced trauma management in East and South East Asia. James is also a certified paramedic, with further training in mountain medicine. In his spare time James enjoys volunteering with his veterinarian wife, Isabelle, to help animal charities in the Tacoma and Seattle area.

Davis Railsback

Davis is a senior who is double-majoring in the Computer Science and Computer Engineer & Systems programs. He is currently working as a math and computer science tutor as well as an undergraduate researcher. After completing his bachelor's degree, he plans to enter a graduate program to gain more knowledge and insight in his fields of interest.

Ashley Richards

Ashley Richards is a senior in the Sustainable Urban Development program and serves as a student chair on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability. Ashley recently completed the Bamford Fellowship in Global Engagement offered through the Global Honors program, where she studied the role of community based organizations in addressing inequities in community development efforts and education. After graduating, Ashley plans on pursuing a graduate degree in international planning and development.