Meet the AHC Student Ambassadors

 Michele Burns

Photo of MichelleMichele is a full-time student at Allan Hancock College where she is majoring in Fashion Studies/Business. She currently serves on the Associated Student Body Government Board of Directors as the Director of Student Outreach. She has completed her Fashion Studies certificate and is currently working on her Associate Degree. She plans to transfer to a Fashion Design School after completing her AS Degree. Michele enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. In her free time she likes sewing, arts and crafts, singing, and going fishing. Michele also volunteers in the community with various organizations and events to “give back” to her community.  


 Nancy Ramirez

NancNancyy Ramirez is a fulltime student at Allan Hancock College. She is a nursing major for transfer. She plans to graduate with her Associate's Degrees in Math, Science, and another in Social and Behavioral Sciences in 2018. Her future plan is to continue her education in the Nursing program then transfer to a CSU and apply to a Nursing program to earn her BSN.

After more than a decade working in the healthcare industry and after the birth of her fourth child in 2014, she began her academic journey first as a part-time student and now full time, with a current GPA of a 3.5. As a seasoned and returning student Nancy encountered many challenges as a student. By reaching out to her professors and getting involved in student services she built confidence and found great success in                                  academia. She is eager to help others along the way, especially returning students no matter their
                                 limitation they might have. When she isn’t studying with homework, she enjoys cooking, singing, and                                  spending time with her family.

 Gary Panther       

garyGary is a Nutrition major and plans on transferring to a 4-year university to continue his education and earn a   Bachelor's Degree.  His long term goal is to become a Registered Dietician.  Through the Leadership class, he has been given the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities which include serving on the Student Council of the Associated Student Body Government (ASBG) as Director of Campus Environment and serving as Executive Secretary for Region VI of the Student Senate of California Community Colleges (SSCCC).  

Taking the Leadership class has also directly led to becoming a Student Ambassador and has afforded him the opportunity to share his knowledge about nutrition even further.  Ultimately, he plans on teaching others how to achieve and maintain optimal health and longevity.  Outside of classes and leadership roles, he enjoys                         spending time playing cards and board games with his friends. 

 Allie Shea

AllieAllie is a full-time student at Allan Hancock College majoring in Interior Design Merchandising. She plans to transfer to a California State University after completing her AS Degree to pursue a degree in business. She currently serves on the Associated Student Body Government Board of Directors as the Executive Vice President. Allie is also part of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society and plays for the AHC Women’s water polo team. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends, watching movies, and going to the beach. 



 Francisco Chicas

FranciscoFrancisco is a full-time student at Allan Hancock College majoring Math and Science. He plans on transferring to a CSU earning his bachelor's degree His goal is to one day receive his master's

Francisco  is active musician and has been a member of the Allan Hancock College Concert Band , the Hancock Jazz Band,s well as the AHC Jazz and Pep Club. He is actively involved in the Associated Student Body Government where he services as the Executive Secretary for the ASBG Board of Directors. He is also involved in the College Achievement Now program and became a CAN Scholar. He is grateful to be a Student Ambassador with the ability to help students reach their educational goals. He feels "at home" at Hancock and hopes that he can share the outstanding things the school has to offer in the community and to potential bulldogs.

 Kirsten Mertz

KirstenKirsten is a Chemical Engineering major and specializes in STEM Outreach. She aspires to attend Colorado School of Mines in the Fall of 2019 to ultimately acquire her Master's Degree in Engineering. She volunteers for local community organizations and is on a mission to inspire the minds of local youths and adults alike. Her hope us to show everyone regardless of gender, race, or age, that if the want to further their education, they can and will clourish at Allan Hancock College.

"We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained." - Marie Curie


 Kristy Tumbaga

KristyKristy Tumbaga graduated from Pioneer Valley High School in 2017. She is now a full-time student at Allan Hancock College majoring in psychology. She plans on transferring to a 4-year university to become a juvenile probation officer. Being a student ambassador is a perfect fit for Kristy because she is very kind and loves helping others. Her favorite part of being an ambassador is meeting new people and making friends. She loves to cook, eat, and enjoys hiking on her free time.



 Jose Martin

JoJosese was born in Bakersfield and raised in Santa Maria. He graduated from Santa Maria High School in 2015. Jose is a film major and plans on transferring to a 4-year university to obtain a bachelor's degree. Jose is the youngest of four and also is a first generation college student. As an Ambassador, Jose plans on helping students get involved on their campus, and also help others pursue a higher education and better themselves.

Jose has been part of the College Achievement Now (CAN) program and has served as the historian for the CAN club. He has also been involved with the Gamers Guild in Lompoc, the Paintball club, and the Dream club. In his free time he likes going on hikes with friends, playing video games, going on field trips, and taking pictures and editing them. He also volunteers within his community with Future Leaders of America (FLA) and CAUSE. 

 Saul Mendez

Jose Mendez

 Melissa Enriquez

melissa enriquezMelissa Rojas-Enriquez is a multi-talented student ambassador at Allan Hancock College, juggling raising her son as a single mother, as well as majoring in sociology and human services. Melissa plans to achieve her Associates degree at Hancock, and to further her education at University of California, Santa Barbara. She is focused on following her dreams of becoming an academic counselor, and to eventually join the staff here at AHC. Melissa is outgoing, enthused for new challenges, and truly motivated to inspire everyone, despite, age, gender, or background, to pursue a college education. She is a first generation college student, and understands the struggles and fears encountered when embarking on this academic journey.



 Damian Ochoa

Damian Ochoa

 Damian is a first generation college student and hopes to one day be a writer. Damian is in his second year at Allan Hancock College and decided to become a Student Ambassador. He is very excited about this opportunity because he wants to help students on their way to success. He is working towards a degree in English and Journalism. He was previously a Cal Soap tutor at his former high school. Damian enjoys helping others and he has a good time while doing it. In his free time Damian likes to write poems, play basketball, and listen to music. Sometimes all at once.



 Gerardo Hernandez


Gerardo was born and raised in Lompoc, California and graduated from Lompoc High School in 2017. He is currently a full-time student majoring in civil engineering. He is planning to transfer to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to earn his Bachelor's Degree in the same field. He is currently involved in the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society and is excited to be a Student Ambassador. Gerardo has previously volunteered at the La Purisima Soup Kitchen and other events on campus. On his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends, playing soccer, and spending time with his family.



  Chrissy Villafuerte

Chrissy VillaFuerte

Chrissy is a a full-time student  and is honored to be part of the Student Ambassador program. She's excited to help future students getting acquainted to Allan Hancock College and helping them discover their passions. She plans tp acquire her Associate's of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts and then transfer to a California State University to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Deaf Studies.  If you arre ever feeling down, she finds this quote extremely helpful which is from her favorite Disney movie, Meet the Robinson's, "Keep Moving Forward".



 Jessica Zarate

Jessica Zarate

Jesssica Zarate was born in Oaxaca Tlaxaico Mexico. She was brought from Mexico at an early age and was raised in Santa Maria, California. Jessica is a second year college student majoring in psychology. Jessica is very out going, kind, and loves to help in anyway possible and is excited to be a Student Ambassador. Jessica is an active member of the Associated Student Body Government where she serves as the Director of Academic Affairs. She also  is currently the serving as  President of the Dream Club  She says she joined the  leadership class and ASBG to get more involved because she wasn't really involved in high school.



 Frankie Maldonado

Frankie MaldonadoFrankie is a first generation college student who graduated from Nipomo High School. He is a full-time student currently working towards his Associate's Degree for Transfer in Psychology. He plans on transferring to a California State University to pursue his career goal of becoming a therapist. Frankie has been involved in many activities on campus and currently serves as the President of the Associated Student Body Government of Allan Hancock College. Through his active participation he received a President's Volunteer Service Award from the White House by completing over 250 hours  volunteering at AHC and in the community. Outside of his classes, work, and leadership roles, he enjoys playing card games, photography, going to the beach, and spending time with his family and friends.



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Last Modified Dec 13, 2018