DirectorVivian Bossieux-Skinner is a third year affiliated with Cowell college and is majoring in History of Art and Visual Culture. Vivian is passionate about volunteerism and community service and as part of the SVC team is excited to work with students on campus and the surrounding Santa Cruz community to make our community an even better place. At the SVC, Vivian is the contact person for any questions regarding the internship, CSP Grants, outreach, and general SVC questions.
Alexandra Dami is a fourth year affiliate of Cowell College and is majoring in Psychology. As a Bay Area resident, Alex was able to be a part of organizations such as Special Olympics of Northern California, the Blue Star Moms, and the Concord and Solano County Food Bank. In high school she started her own charity event, Caroling for Food, raising 8,000 pounds of food yearly for the Concord and Solano County Food Bank. Volunteering and hosting her own charity event has given Alex experience with managing large events as well as working with peers and organizations. Alex is excited for her third year to be working with the SVC team and bringing events to UCSC.
Operations DirectorRosa is a second year Stevenson College affiliate majoring in Psychology. In her hometown of Whittier, Rosa volunteered with her high school’s Red Cross Club in running blood drives on her school's campus. She was also the president of the Recycling Club in which she planned and participated in beach cleanups as well as collecting donated bottles and cans and taking them to be recycled. Rosa learned about SVC by taking part in the 2016 Alternative Spring Break trip to Memphis, Tennessee and was inspired by the trip and realized the importance of volunteering. During her first year as Operations Director, Rosa is looking forward to helping direct students to exciting volunteer opportunities in the Santa Cruz Community.
Winter 2017 Intern
Melanie Fowler is a second year Merrill college affiliate majoring in Economics with a concentration in Accounting. In her hometown of Madera, CA, she connected with her community through Rotary Interact by volunteering at local food banks, soup kitchens, charity events, and environmental restoration projects. During her time with Interact, she served as director of International, responsible for reaching out to potential speakers and organizations focused on global relief efforts and issues, and planning numerous events with her board members. She continued volunteering past high school with UCSC’s Rotaract and Praxis. With the SVC internship, Melanie hopes to build a connection with the Santa Cruz community, further develop her social and professional skills, and meet new people.
Winter 2017 InternRachel Teal is a second year affiliated with Porter. She is currently majoring in Psychology and is minoring in Language Studies with an emphasis in Spanish. Rachel is from San Diego and has volunteered in the past with Scripps Hospital assisting doctors with their research regarding adolescent health. In high school she was a volunteer with Girls Give back which empowered teen youth through volunteering. Rachel worked on giving presentations and holding discussions with middle school girls to discuss inequality and to build their confidence. Rachel has also volunteered as a language tutor and teacher’s assistant at her local religious school. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano, listening to music, and hanging out with friends. Rachel is looking forward to working in a professional environment and becoming more involved with the Santa Cruz community.
Winter 2017 InternCasey Fitzgerald is a fourth year Cowell College affiliate that is majoring in Earth and Planetary Sciences and minoring in Astronomy. In his hometown of San Mateo, he volunteered at a close by Community College helping with a monthly Astronomy Program of observing the night sky. He was also a member of the San Mateo County Astronomical Society which put on many stargazing events in the local parks. Casey did a lot more volunteering once he started here at UC Santa Cruz. He has been a Cowell Welcome Leader and a Cowell College photographer. Through this internship, Casey hopes to better help the Santa Cruz community. Since joining the Santa Cruz community, he has developed a great passion for volunteering and wants to continue his passion later in life. Casey is very excited to join the SVC team and to get more involved in the Santa Cruz community.