HSS Teams

2013-2014 Huskie Service Scholars Teams

Center for Black Studies

Regina Curry, Supervisor

"I am Regina Curry SPlan coordinator for the Center for Black Studies this semester has allowed us to stay true to our theme of "lifting as we Climb" John Hendrix Clarke has raised health consciousness throughout the month of October with volunteer work and the Breast cancer march,  SPlan has served 50 mentees with 50 dedicated mentors,  The talent tenth hosted over 70 high School students for an overnight  visit. December will end our academic year with a collective celebration for Kwanza with each African American group sharing a principle.  My hobbies are spending time with family, reading and walking."

Jasmine Carey, Fellow

"Well as you know my name is Jasmine Carey, I am technically a transfer student. I spent one semester at Tennessee St. University. I became involved with volunteer work at about 11 or 12 through my grandmother and I've loved it ever since."

Kayla Patterson, Fellow
"My name is Kayla Patterson and I am a freshman at Northern Illinois University. Besides being a part of Huskie Service Scholars I am also a part of S-Plan and I am a Biology major."

Keelan Wright, Fellow

"My name is Keelan Wright. I am a freshman at Northern Illinois University and I'm a Performing Arts major. I love to get involved and I love meeting new people. If anyone needs any help with anything and it's in my power to help, let me know."

Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy/ENVS

Melissa Burlingame, Supervisor

Melissa is the Program Coordinator for the ESE Institute and is the supervisor for the Environmental Studies cohort. She has worked with campus environmental issues for several years and focuses on ways to get students involved in making a difference on their campus. She also has connections in the community that help to provide even more service opportunities for students to expand their environmental arsenal.

  • Opportunities
    • Green Office Certification
    • STEMfest
    • Environmental Film Festival
    • Native Garden
    • ESE Institute Marketing & Projects

Ashley Pales, Peer Mentor

"Hi, my name is Ashley Pales and I am an Environmental Studies: Water major here at NIU. I joined HSS to be a part of something bigger than just a random organization. Aside from being a part of HSS, I am involved in several organizations on campus including being the treasurer for both ILMA and Green Paws. I enjoy relaxing and being able to sleep on the occasion, but not too often because then you miss all the fun life has to offer! :p"

Jacklene Torres, Fellow

"Hello everyone, my name is Jackelene Torres and I am part of the environmental green team. I am a liaison for ILMA and also GREEN PAWS! I love helping the community stay environmentally clean :)"

Kerrian Miller, Fellow

"I’m a Marketing and Corporate Communication double major.  I’m involved with several groups on campus including C.A.U.S.E and CPW.  I enjoy reading, writing, volunteering and sketching."

Latino Resource Center

Angelica Mendoza, Supervisor

Alan Cordero, Peer Mentor

"My name is Alan Cordero, I am a junior completing my Visual Communications Degree. On my free time I like to be involved in various organizations. I am the vice president for S.O.L, I am an ADELA member and I just recently took the roll in being a mentor for the huskies service scholars. When I graduate, I plan to work for various companies that will allow me to travel to various places and expand my knowledge in Visual Communications."

Elizabeth (Lizy) Garcia, Fellow

"My name is Elizabeth Garcia but I go by Lizy. I am a freshman at NIU and have lived in Dekalb for 11 years. I am majoring in CLCE and hopefully later double majoring with Sociology. I'm also minoring in Spanish and in Latin American studies. I am very involved and my mission is to provide more opportunities for the Latino community as well as for the rest of the community of Dekalb."

Marina Marquez, Fellow

Alexander Morales, Fellow

Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning

Lucero Martinez, Supervisor

"I am Lucero Martinez, Illinois Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA to NIU! I have been at OSEEL since November 2012 and looking forward to continue as NIU’s VISTA for the academic year. As part of my service, I oversee Huskie Service Scholars, Civic Reflection dialogues and the first generation college student committee at NIU, First-generation Aspire to Succeed Together (FAST).  I am no stranger to NIU or OSEEL as I received my B. A. in psychology from NIU in 2012 and participated in service programs through OSEEL during my time as a student. Outside of work, I enjoy listening to and exploring new music by attending live shows offered in the community and in Chicago. I love spending time with my family and friends and whenever I have free time, and I like to volunteer at the homeless near my hometown, Sandwich, IL."

Shareny Mota, Peer Mentor

"I am a proud huskie striving for a bachelor’s degree as a Registered Nurse, and a minor in Spanish. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my Familia, Dream Action NIU. I am starting to get to know my fellow huskie service scholars at a more personal level. Whether we are volunteering at Dekalb High School or at Feed'em Soup we are always having a great time. I am very fortunate to be serving as a peer leader for the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning."

Jazmin Alvarado, Fellow

"My name is Jazmin Alvarado. I'm majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Latino/ Latin American Studies. I'm part of Huskie Service Scholar, and because of this I got involved with Feed'em Soup. I am also part of the Amenti Haunted House cast of 2013!"

Melissa Cardella, Fellow

"Hello, my name is Melissa Cardella, and I am a highly motivated freshman here at Northern Illinois University. I am a double major of Communication with Media Studies emphasis and Journalism, with a minor of Southeast Asian Studies. Not only am I a part of the Huskie Service Scholars; I am a Public Relations Officer for the Philippines Student Association and the Asian American Center. As an eighteen credit hour student, with a job and internship, I love to just relax and listening to music after a long day."

Martin Munoz, Fellow

"My Name is Martin Munoz. I like to play any type of sports for fun. I Love knowing that I have helped other and made their day a little better. I also like learning new things and making new friends as I volunteer."

STEM Outreach

Pati Siever, Supervisor

Lindsey Dodis, Peer Mentor

"My name is Lindsey Dodis and I am a Junior studying Mechanical Engineering. In addition to being a Huskie Service Scholar for the STEM Outreach program, I am also very involved with Society of Woman Engineers, and am a new member of the SAE Supermilage team. I really enjoy doing various projects to get kids excited and involved in science and engineering fields because they are extremely rewarding, and the future depends on these careers."

Itzamaray Lopez, Fellow

"My name is Itzamaray, I am a junior studying Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in Applied Math. I am currently involved with STEM Outreach, Society of women Engineers (SWE), and SHPE. I love serving and improving people's lives."

Shanelle Simmons, Fellow

"I'm Shanelle Simmons and I am a freshman Computer Science major thinking about minoring in electrical and computer engineering. I am a STEM intern in the STEM Outreach program and a new member of the Society of Women Engineers. In the future I hope to develop computer software and apps for adolescents to get more females interested in STEM subjects."


Student Involvement and Leadership Development

Destiny McDonald, Supervisor

"Hello, my fellow Huskies! My name is Destiny McDonald and I am the Assistant Director for Community Service in the Student Involvement & Leadership Development office here at Northern Illinois University (NIU). As a former Undergraduate and Graduate student of NIU, I understand the importance of getting involved on campus and in the community. It is so great to be able to work with students who are so passionate and dedicated to improving and assisting the NIU and DeKalb community! BE PROUD! BE NIU!"

Danielle Easter, Peer Mentor

"Hi, my name is Danielle Easter and I am the peer mentor for SILD. I am a sophomore nursing student as well as a Community Advisor. The SILD office is currently working on Rake Across DeKalb which I am extremely excited for. In addition, we are also looking forward to Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week coming up in November!"

Brooke Buttacavoli, Fellow

"My name is Brooke Buttacavoli, and I am a very involved freshman here at Northern Illinois University! I am a major in Visual Communications, but hope to pursue Art Education! Not only am I involved with the great organization Huskie Service Scholars, I am also involved with Alpha Phi Omega, a Co-ed Service Fraternity. I really enjoy taking part in volunteer work, not only does it help others but it also helps build me as a person!"

Martha Zuniga, Fellow

"I am Martha Zuniga, and I am thrilled to be at Northern this year as a HSS. I love public service and I believe that in order for us to prosper we must help others do the same."

2014-2015 Huskie Service Scholars Campus Partners

Asian American Center

Center for Black Studies

Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy/ENVS

Latino Resource Center

STEM Outreach

Student Involvement and Leadership Development