PTW: Meet the Staff

Paving the Way

Gabrielle Rickle ’15

Home City: Fostoria, OH
Major/Minor: Communication and Black Studies Major, Education Minor
Quote or Philosophy on Life: "When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life."
Favorite Food: watermelon
Something people would find surprising about you: I cry when I think about meeting an elephant because I love them so much

Larissa Rivera ’15

Home City: Lorain, OH
Major/Minor: Chemistry Major, Spanish Minor
Quote or Philosophy on Life: "Work for a cause not for an applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don't strive to make your presence noticed just make your absence felt."
Favorite Food: Stuffed French Toast with Strawberry Topping
Something people would find surprising about you: I am Puertorolish (Puerto Rican and Polish)

Kareha Agesa ’17

Home City: Procterville, OH
Major/Minor: Chemistry
Quote or Philosophy on Life: Have fun but not too much fun.
Favorite Food: Anything Mexican
Something people would find surprising about you: I'm a black belt in Taekwondo

Ariel Baez ’16

Home City: Boston, MA
Major/Minor: Studio Art Latin American and Caribbean
Quote or Philosophy on Life: "Veni, Vidi, Vici"- I came, I saw, I conquered.
Favorite Food: Corndogs and Cheesecake
Something people would find surprising about you: I have a seahorse birthmark on my right hand (wrist).

Daniel Critchfield ’17

Home City: Springfield, VA
Major/Minor: Communication and Cinema
Quote or Philosophy on Life: "If you're going through hell, keep going." -Winston Churchill
Favorite Food: Roast duck with jasmine rice
Something people would find surprising about you: I am an ambassador for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Farikka Davis ’16

Home City: Brooklyn, NY
Major/Minor: Communication Major and Spanish Minor
Quote or Philosophy on Life: "A gem cannot be polished without friction; not a man perfected without trials"- Chinese Proverb
Favorite Food: Pizza or anything my aunt cooks!
Something people would find surprising about you: I am the biggest anglophile you will ever meet!

Sirena Davis ’17

Home City: Boston, MA
Major/Minor: Undecided
Quote or Philosophy on Life: Happiness is essential
Favorite Food: Alfredo Pasta
Something people would find surprising about you: I strive to find a good part of every one of my days.

Julieta Diaz ’16

Home City: Round Lake Beach, IL
Major/Minor: Political Science and Spanish
Quote or Philosophy on Life: Always personal best
Favorite Food: Homemade tacos
Something people would find surprising about you: I was born with a tooth!

Marissa Gilbert ’15

Home City: Cleveland, OH
Major/Minor: Sociology/Anthropology, minor Black Studies
Quote or Philosophy on Life: life is too important to be taken seriously - Oscar Wilde
Favorite Food: pasta with pesto and lot of broccoli
Something people would find surprising about you: My favorite color is champagne!

Bryan LeBlanc ’15

Home City: Bedford, MA
Major/Minor: Educational Studies and Psychology
Quote or Philosophy on Life: "We need not wait to see what others do," - Mahatma Gandhi
Favorite Food: steamed pork buns
Something people would find surprising about you: I have a twin and we don't look very much alike.

Sam Lee ’17

Home City: Chicago, IL
Major/Minor: Environmental Studies and Economics
Quote or Philosophy on Life: Hakuna Matata
Favorite Food: Fried Chicken, Noodles
Something people would find surprising about you: I went backpacking in Alaska last summer.

Lauren Nguyen ’16

Home City: Houston, TX
Major/Minor: International Studies and Economics
Quote or Philosophy on Life: "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." -JK Rowling
Favorite Food: Anything with tofu or fish
Something people would find surprising about you: I am a crier during movies.

Lashonda Payne ’17

Home City: Pickerington, OH
Major/Minor: Biochemistry (Pre-Med)
Quote or Philosophy on Life: Your past does not define your future.
Favorite Food: Chipotle and cheesecake
Something people would find surprising about you: I am a campus tour guide and I want to be a surgeon!

Nail Scoggings ’17

Home City: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Major/Minor: Biochemistry (Pre-Med) and Spanish Minor
Quote or Philosophy on Life: Life is what you make of it; live without regrets
Favorite Food: Peach Cobbler; Macaroni and Cheese (with real cheese)
Something people would find surprising about you: I sing and have played tennis for most of my life.

Jonathan Vega ’15

Home City: Chicago, IL
Major/Minor: Studio Art
Quote or Philosophy on Life: SPSJ
Favorite Food: Enchiladas Potosinas
Something people would find surprising about you: I was born blue