Students from California campuses were selected in Spring 2023 to participate in LEAD California’s Community Engagement Student Fellowship (CESF) program, a 4-month initiative specifically designed to support student leaders advancing service, service-learning and community engagement at LEAD California member campuses throughout the state.

Amanda Britter is a junior at California State University, Fresno, majoring in Religious Studies, and minoring in Jewish Studies, as well as Recreation Administration, and is very excited to be joining the Community Engagement Student Fellowship Program. As someone who has been working at her campus’s Community Engagement and Service Learning Center the last three years, as well as a presenter for the last Continuums of Service Conference (Engaging Students in the Community Through Technology), she is very excited to be getting involved with this program. After obtaining her Bachelor’s, Amanda hopes to go into seminary to become a pastor, and work in the future with nonprofits to serve the community she is in.

Cristy Bustalino is a second-year student at College of the Canyons pursuing an education in Computer Engineering. In hopes of earning her degree, Cristy dedicates her time in advancing her knowledge of technology and problem-solving in hopes of applying her work towards her community.  Besides her academic career, Cristy’s passion for civic engagement drives her commitment to make positive changes within her community. As an active member of the PLACE (Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators) Action Team, she dedicates time to promote resources to those in need and commits to their mission of bridging gaps between students and communities. As she starts her journey with the LEAD California fellowship, Cristy seeks to harness her skills and education as a catalyst for meaningful change, both within the field of technology and in the lives of those she seeks to uplift.

Carlos Garcia is currently a first-year student in the Bachelors of Science in Nursing program at Stanbridge University. His journey into the healthcare field has been driven by a lifelong commitment to the betterment of his community and a passion for enhancing the health and wellbeing of others. Carlos is a veteran of the US Marine Corps, and aims to build upon his record of discipline, service, and selfless compassion through the pursuit of a nursing career. Outside of his academic and professional responsibilities, Carlos dedicates much of his free time to volunteering for various initiatives aimed at providing food and shelter for underserved populations in California and Hawaii.

Stephen Hopps is a Senior at Sonoma State University Majoring in Communications and Media Studies. Growing up in Orange County, Stephen is an avid mountain biking enthusiast ready to try out new trails in northern California. Stephen is very thrilled to be a part of the Community Center for Engagement Student Fellowship Program. One of the biggest reasons for this is he is very passionate about meeting new people and learning their culture.

Hannah Angelica Marte is currently pursuing her dreams as a Physical Therapist Assistant at Stanbridge University. After graduating from Long Beach State University with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology, her journey into the world of healthcare has been shaped by her love for sports and exercise along with a desire to make a meaningful impact on the lives of others through physical therapy. Her own experiences inspired her journey into the field of physical therapy in sports and exercise. As an athlete and fitness enthusiast, she has personally witnessed the transformative power of physical therapy in preventing injuries, enhancing performance, and aiding in recovery.
Her passion for healthcare, combined with her firsthand understanding of the importance of movement and rehabilitation, has inspired her to become a skilled PTA. Outside of her academic and clinical responsibilities, she is engaged in community outreach programs that promote healthcare, exercise, and injury prevention. She actively participates in initiatives to educate the community about the benefits of physical therapy and maintaining an active lifestyle. Her dedication to wellness extends to her volunteer work at local sports events such as the Los Angeles Marathon and various fitness programs, where she motivates others to achieve their physical health goals.

Jericho Perez has been a member of the PLACE (Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators) Action Team at College of the Canyons since 2019. He is a graphic design student who has worked to create covers, posters, and advertising materials for the team, including social media information. Jericho was born in the Philippines and later moved to the United States. Although he confronts the challenges of Cerebral Palsy daily, his love of expressing his ideas through art is not hampered—a passion his cousin helped him recognize early in life. However, Jericho’s craft was encouraged by his father who introduced him to comic books and comic art styles that continue to inspire his creative voice.

Shailey Shah is a third-year Biology major and Spanish minor at California State University, Fresno. After college, she is hoping to matriculate into medical school in order to provide underserved patient populations in the Central Valley with quality care. Shailey is very passionate about community service as she believes service is a two-way street. Shailey believes that when one serves the community, they gain so much back in the form of professional and personal growth. At the 2023 Continuums of Service Conference, Shailey presented on this very topic while describing the work of the Richter Center Service Leadership Academy at Fresno State. She feels very privileged to be a part of the Community Engagement Student Fellowship Program and is excited to share her love for service with others!