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Meet the Student Philanthropy Committee

Meet the members of the University of San Francisco Student Philanthropy Committee.

Stevie Calderon, Director of Strategy

Stevie Calderon '13

Hometown: San Jose, California
Major: Advertising
Why I am on the SPC: I want the community to know the importance of giving back to USF and how it affects every student. Students are unaware of how many of their peers would not be able to attend USF without the help of alumni. I have had a great time at USF and have met amazing people while also gaining a great education, which would not be possible without alumni support. Almost all of my friends at USF, including myself, receive some sort of financial support, and without the help of alumni I would not have been able to meet these lifelong friends! 
From Here, I...want to continue to grow my knowledge that I have received at USF and hopefully one day start my own non-profit to continue to help those who are in need. 

Alexa Carbajal, Director of Fundraising

Alexa Carbajal '13 PsyD '18

Hometown: Alamo, California
Major: First year in the PsyD program
Why I am on the SPC: I have experienced, first hand, someone having to leave the University due to inability to cover the costs of enrollment. I am passionate about increasing support for scholarships because I want ensure that the University has the opportunity enroll wonderful, intelligent, and passionate people. I also want to help deserving people attain the same comprehensive and rich education that I received here.
From Here, I
hope to use my USF education to work with adolescents in underserved communities overcome their eating disorders. 

 

Emily Carroll '17

Hometown:
Coeur d' Alene, Idaho
Major: Psychology
Why I am on the SPC: I am on the SPC to become more involved in philanthropy at USF. I want to become more involved in volunteer work at USF and in San Francisco. I believe this organization will help me better myself and others, while doing good for the community and those who need a helping hand.
From Here, I…want to become a clinical psychologist specializing in youth depression and suicide in order to provide relief and help struggling youth who are in a bad place with their lives, and help them get to a path of happiness and success.
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John "Johnny" Chibnall '14

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Major: Politics, minor in Spanish
Why I am on the SPC: I have always been a firm believer in making a place better than it was when I first arrived after I leave this place. I believe that I have done this through my work as ASUSF Senate President in many ways, including with SPC, because helping other students have the same opportunities I did, especially in regards to education, is extremely important to me.
From Here, I…want to use my education to love more, to give more, to learn more and to be more for the people who have allowed me to be the person I am today.

 
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Sophie Curl '14

Hometown: Bellingham, Washington
Major:
Nursing 
Why I am on the SPC:
I have learned how important it is to give back and what a difference it can make. I want incoming students to have the same memorable experience that I have had, without it being a significant financial burden. I also want to see USF thrive to the best of its ability, and alumni support is a huge factor in that! 
From Here, I
plan share my passion with health and exercise in a positive way to help people live a happier, healthier, and longer life.

 

 

Natalie Gallo '16

Hometown: Alamo, California
Major: Psychology
Why I am on the SPC: I want to give other students the opportunity I have at USF. I want them to be able to experience the endless chances we have to be a part of what we are most passionate about and use it as a platform to change the world.
From Here, I…want to learn as much as possible, explore different countries and their justice issues, and use my passion that I developed at USF to do something that will promote solidarity in all communities of the world.

 

 

Sausha Gruca '14

Hometown:  El Monte, California
Major:  Psychology
Why I am on the SPC: Because paying it forward is such a great way to show how grateful I am for all of the blessings in my life. Without the funds I have received from USF I would not be where I am today, on my way to graduating and pursing a Master’s degree. I find it important to educate other students that the senior gift funds raised go back to younger students, so it is all about students helping students.
From Here, I…am applying to graduate schools to get a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy in order to work with families of children with special needs. I cannot wait to start helping others through therapy and giving back to my community.

 

 

Megan Kenney '16

Hometown: Newport Beach, California
Major: Kinesiology, minor in Neuroscience
Why I am on the SPC: Making a difference in someone's life makes my life meaningful. I hope I can help others while inspiring them to give back themselves.
From Here, I…would like to go to graduate school and get my doctorate of physical therapy so I can help the severely disabled and those suffering from spinal cord injuries.

 

 

Maddy Meininger '15

Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Major: Politics, minor in Public Service and Community Engagement
Why I am on the SPC: Sometimes it feels like we will only be a part of the USF community when we are students. I want to help find other ways for my classmates to keep being a part of USF after we graduate.
From Here, I…know I will have the support from faculty, staff, peers and alumni while I figure out what I want to do with my life.

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Sascha Rosemond '15

Hometown: Pasadena, California
Major: Communication Studies, minor in Sociology
Why I am on the SPC: I am passionate about Student Philanthropy Committee for the students that attend USF.  The students are what makes USF so special and it is important to find ways to keep them here and educate them about philanthropy and the importance of giving back so that will do the same for generations to come.
From Here, I…will make the world a better place and strive to live my life for and with others.  

 

 

Morten Tastum '14

Hometown: Gentofte, Denmark
Major: International Relations
Why I am on the SPC: Being a foreign student I had little knowledge of how much U.S. universities rely on donations. Following the example of my grandparents, I want to do my best to help those in unfortunate situations excel in academics. Giving others the opportunity to do what they would not otherwise have been able to is something that is very important to me.
From Here, I…hope to work within the diplomatic community and strive towards strengthen the bonds between Scandinavia and the United States.