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Staff

Basic Needs Staff Directory

Staff

Name

Email

DaisyBasulto Daisy Basulto-Hernandez, she/her
CalFresh and Basic Needs Communications Coordinator
Languages: English/Spanish
daisybasulto-hernand@ucsb.edu
Katie Katie Maynard, she/her
Staff to Food Security and Basic Needs Taskforce; Director of Campus Sustainability
Languages: English
UCSB CCS Biology Alumna
kcmaynard@ucsb.edu
RebeccaSegundo Rebecca Segundo, she/her
Basic Needs and Rapid Rehousing Manager
rplotkin@ucsb.edu


Student Staff

Basic Needs Staff Directory

Basic Needs Research And Evaluation Team

Name

Email

CorbinHodges Corbin Hodges, he/him
Post Doctoral Researcher, Basic Needs
chodges@ucsb.edu
chiamaka Chiamaka Utom
Research Assistant, Basic Needs
Psychological & Brain Sciences; Communications + Applied Psychology
she/her/hers
chiamakasutom@ucsb.edu

Basic Needs Staff Directory

Calfresh & Basic Needs Peer Advisor Team

Name

Email

Azucena Azucena Sarabia, she/her
Basic Needs Peer Advisor & CalFresh Advocate
Languages: English/Spanish
Sociology
azucenathrive@gmail.com
Dani Dani Lopez-Escobar, he/him
Basic Needs Peer Advisor & CalFresh Advocate
Languages: English/Spanish
History of Public Policy and Law
daniel272@ucsb.edu
Deisha Deisha Son, she/her
Basic Needs Peer Advisor & CalFresh Advocate
Communication
dsonthrive@gmail.com
Fion Fion Huang, she/her
Basic Needs Peer Advisor & CalFresh Advocate
Statistics and Data Science
fionhuangthrive@gmail.com
Lauren Lauren Bacon, she/her
Basic Needs Peer Advisor & CalFresh Advocate
Sociology, Professional Writing Minor, and Poverty Inequality and Social Justice Minor
baconthrive@gmail.com
Mirna Mirna Toxtle, she/her
Basic Needs Peer Advisor & CalFresh Advocate
Psychology and Brain Sciences/ Applied Psychology
mtoxtlethrive@gmail.com
Sharmaine Sharmaine Nastor, she/her
Basic Needs Peer Advisor & CalFresh Advocate
Biology
sharmainethrive@gmail.com
Siouxzie Siouxzie Medina, she/her
Basic Needs Peer Advisor & CalFresh Advocate
Environmental Studies / Sociology / Minor in Poverty Inequality and Social Justice
siouxziethrive@gmail.com
Arlene Arlene Garcia, she/her
Basic Needs Peer Advisor & CalFresh Advocate
Film and Media studies/Minor in Theater-Production & Design
arlenegthrive@gmail.com
Gabriela Gabriela Sarabia, she/her
Basic Needs Peer Advisor & CalFresh Advocate
Bio-Psychology
ggsthrive@gmail.com
Angela Angela Bravo, she/her
Basic Needs Peer Advisor & CalFresh Advocate
Languages: English/Spanish
Sociology, 2024
angelabravo3333@gmail.com
Sergio Sergio Segura Esquivel, he/him
Basic Needs Peer Advisor & CalFresh Advocate
Sociology
ssegurathrive@gmail.com
Arturo Arturo Gonzales, he/him
Basic Needs Peer Advisor & CalFresh Advocate
Languages: English, Spanish
Political Science
arturogonzales.thrive@gmail.com
Kristel Kristel Cerritos, she/her
Basic Needs Peer Advisor & CalFresh Advocate
Language: English and Spanish
Environmental Studies
kristelthrive@gmail.com
Karen Karen Hernandez, she/her
Basic Needs Peer Advisor & CalFresh Advocate
Political Science with a Minor in the History of Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice
kghthrive@gmail.com
Zoe Zoe DiGennaro, she/her
Basic Needs Peer Advisor & CalFresh Advocate
Environmental Studies
zoedigthrive@gmail.com
Braeden Braeden Rodriguez, he/him
Basic Needs Peer Advisor & CalFresh Advocate
Languages: English
Sociology major with a minor in Poverty, Inequality, and social justice, and Applied Psych
Braedenrodriguezthrive@gmail.com

Basic Needs Staff Directory

Basic Needs Communication Team

Name

Email

Cole Cole Walters
Basic Needs Outreach & Marketing Coordinator
Earth Science: Physics Emphasis
cwalters@ucsb.edu
Vinnie Vinnie Fong, he/him
Basic Needs Outreach & Marketing Coordinator
Economics and communications
fong.vinnie12@gmail.com
Wendy Wendy Huang, she/her
Basic Needs Outreach & Marketing Coordinator
Economics and accounting
wendyhuang@ucsb.edu
Amitha Amitha Bhat, she/her
Basic Needs Outreach & Marketing Coordinator
amithabhat@ucsb.edu

Basic Needs Staff Directory

Rapid Rehousing Communication Team

Name

Email

Karyna Karyna Garay, she/her
Rapid Rehousing Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
Psychological & Brain Sciences
ucsbrapidrehousing@gmail.com
Jessica Jessica Arocho, she/her
Rapid Rehousing Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
Psychological & Brain Sciences
ucsbrapidrehousing@gmail.com

Basic Needs Staff Directory

Housing Navigator & Pilot Program Team

Name

Email

Asad Asad Bhatti, he/him
Cooper Housing Navigator and Rapid Rehousing Pilot Program Coordinator
Psychological and Brain Sciences
sa-housingadvocate@ucsb.edu
Monica Monica Mekhlouf, she/they
Cooper Housing Navigator and Rapid Rehousing Pilot Program Coordinator
Communications and Sociology
sa-housingadvocate@ucsb.edu

Basic Needs Staff Directory

Rapid Rehousing Pilot Programs

Name

Email

Jessica Jessica Castillo-Tapia, she/her
Rapid Rehousing Pilot Program Coordinator
Communication and Journalism
jessicacastillo-tapi@ucsb.edu

Basic Needs Staff Directory

Halal & Kosher Grocery Program

Name

Email

Mahsun Mahsun Mirmohammadsadeghi, she/her
Halal and Kosher Grocery Program Co-Coordinator
Languages: English, Farsi
Physiology Major and Music Minor, June 2025
mahsun@ucsb.edu
Yonatan Yonatan Grossman
Halal and Kosher Grocery Program Co-Coordinator
Environmental Studies Major German Minor
He/Him/His
grossman82@ucsb.edu

Basic Needs Staff Directory

Basic Needs Tech Support Program

Name

Email

Derrick Derrick Chan, he/him
Basic Needs Technology Program Student Coordinator
Financial Mathematics and Statistics
sa-techneeds@ucsb.edu

Basic Needs Staff Directory

Basic Needs Pilot Program

Name

Email

Amelie Amelie Calderon, she/her
Basic Needs Pilot Program Coordinator
Languages: English
Political Science and Feminist Studies
a_calderon@ucsb.edu

Basic Needs Staff Directory

Global Food Initiative Fellows

Name

Email

Ada Ada Chibueze, she/her
Sustainable Food Services Fellow
Environmental Studies
adachibueze@ucsb.edu

Basic Needs Staff Directory

Edible Campus Program and Nature Wellbeing

Name

Email

Kyle Kyle Watson
Garden Operations Coordinator, Greenhouse and Garden Project, Edible Campus Program
Environmental Studies
He/Him/His
kylewatson@ucsb.edu
Itzia Itzia Flores
Garden Operations Coordinator, St. Michael's Community Garden, Edible Campus Program
Languages: English/Spanish
ifloresmendez@ucsb.edu
Grace Grace Pham, she/her
Volunteer Coordinator, Edible Campus Program
Languages: English and Vietnamese
Environmental Studies B.A.
gracepham@ucsb.edu
Sydney Sydney Beckett, she/her
Garden Operations Coordinator, Isla Vista Community Center, Edible Campus Program
Languages: English/Spanish
Environmental Studies B.S.
sydneymbeckett@ucsb.edu
Megan Megan Wirzberger
Garden Operations Coordinator, University United Methodist Community Garden, Edible Campus Program
Environmental Studies B.A., Geography B.A.
mwirzberger@umail.ucsb.edu
Jana Jana Belsito, she/they
Garden Operations Support Intern, Isla Vista Gardens, Edible Campus Program
Languages: English and German
Environmental Studies B.A. Major, German Studies Minor
janabelsito@umail.ucsb.edu
Sophia Sophia Pfitzmann, she/her
Garden Operations Support Intern, Edible Campus Program
Languages: Englis
Environmental Studies and History of Art and Architecture
sophiapfitzmann@ucsb.edu
Ashley Ashley Arredondo, she/her
Garden Education Coordinator, Isla Vista Gardens, Edible Campus Program
Languages: English & Spanish
Sociology with an applied psychology minor
ashleyarredondo@ucsb.edu
Ash Ash Cheng, she/her
Garden Education Coordinator, Edible Campus Program
Languages: English, Chinese, Spanish, Taiwanese
Sociology/environmental studies with Feminist studies minor
a_cheng@ucsb.edu
Mikey Mikey He. he/him
Garden Education Coordinator, Edible Campus Program
Languages: Chinese/English
Environmental Science/ Statistics and Data Science
he59@ucsb.edu
Cindy Cindy Fabian Martinez, she/her
Nature Wellbeing Education Coordinator, Edible Campus Program
Languages: English/Spanish
Environmental Studies
cindyfabian04@gmail.com
Marla Marla Smith, she/her
Nature Wellbeing Education Coordinator, Edible Campus Program
Languages: English
Sociology Major, Spanish and Education Minors
marlasmith@ucsb.edu
Ila Ila Jade Komasa, she/her
Nature Wellbeing Education Coordinator, Edible Campus Program
Languages: English
Physics Major, Astronomy and Planetary Science Minor
ilajade@ucsb.edu

Basic Needs Staff Directory

AANHPI Community Needs Assessment on Basic Needs Team

Name

Email

Nioshi Nioshi Shah, she/they
Graduate Student Researcher
Languages: Gujarati, Hindi, English
nioshi@ucsb.edu
Michael Michael Nishimura, he/him
Graduate Student Researcher
Languages: English, Japanese
mnishimura@ucsb.edu
Alycia Alycia Wong, she/her
Undergraduate Researcher, AANHPI Community Needs Assessment on Basic Needs
Languages: English, Korean
Sociology and Asian American Studies, 2025
alyciawong@ucsb.edu
Amari Amari Lynn Brown, she/her
Undergraduate Researcher, AANHPI Community Needs Assessment on Basic Needs
Languages: English, Olelo Hawai'i, Tongan
Sociology with an an Applied Psychology minor, June 2024
amari-lynn@ucsb.edu
Ana Ana Dai Liu, she/her
Undergraduate Researcher, AANHPI Community Needs Assessment on Basic Needs
Languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish
Psychological & Brain Sciences; Sociology; and minor in Applied Psychology, June 2025
anadailiu@ucsb.edu
Lyly LyLy Colebourn
Undergraduate Researcher, AANHPI Community Needs Assessment on Basic Needs
Asian American Studies and Sociology, June 2025
lylycolebourn@ucsb.edu
Sophia Sophia Yu, she/her
Undergraduate Researcher, AANHPI Community Needs Assessment on Basic Needs
Languages: English, Mandarin
Sociology, June 2026
sophiayu@ucsb.edu
Zhixuan Zhixuan Chang, she/her
Undergraduate Researcher, AANHPI Community Needs Assessment on Basic Needs
Languages: English and Mandarin
Majoring in psychological and brain science, minor in applied psychology, 2024
zhixuanchang@ucsb.edu
Kai Kai Rodrigues
Undergraduate Researcher, AANHPI Community Needs Assessment on Basic Needs
Psychological and Brain Science Major with Applied Psychology Minor
He/Him
kairodrigues@ucsb.edu