Member Directory

Our current listing of officers, members and alumni of LGPN at Mizzou!


Officers 2016-2017

President                                             Xiomara Cornejo

Vice-President                                     Nigelle Cochran 

Secretary                                             Marilyne Tamayo

Treasurer                                             Kristin Torres

Social Media Coordinator                Celia A. Alpuche May    
She is starting her 5th year of the PhD program in Spanish-American Literature with minor in Online Education. She was born in Mexico City, but grew up in Merida, Yucatan. She is an Honor member of Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. She enjoys spending time with friends and with Tito, her lovely Shih Tzu. She is passionate about teaching and believes that teaching a language is teaching culture. She really enjoys being part of LGPN because more than a campus group is a community and it shares one of her passions Latino/Hispanic culture. She feels that being in LGPN is like having a warm latino family in the Midwest.
Social Media Coordinator, 2013-2014

President, 2014-2015                                                                                 Email Celia!

GPC Liasion                                        Aaron Arredondo

Faculty Advisor                      Rocío Melissa Rivera, Ph.D.     
Rocío is the Faculty Advisor for LGPN. She is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Animal Science. For education, research, and professional interests please visit her website Rocío is originally from Puerto Rico and her hobbies include playing the viola, listening to music, walking, dancing, gardening and yard work. About LGPN - awesome, dedicated and friendly people. Join us! =)
 Faculty Advisor, 2011-Present                                                                         
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Jacqueline Gamboa                                                                             

Jacqueline Gamboa Varela is a PhD candidate in chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia, with her research focus on DNA damage. She hosts and produces a weekly radio show on KCOU, The Big Electron, that covers science and technology news. She is a member of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and has been part of the LGPN family for many years, having recently served as webmaster.  Traveling is her favorite hobby!

Social Media Coordinator 2015

Secretary 2014-2015


Paulette Chavez

Paulette is a second year student in the Masters of Social Work program at Mizzou. She intends to follow the clinical track and would like to focus on mental social work with an emphasis on substance abuse and mental illness. Paulette earned her B.A in Pyschology and Sociology from Mizzou. As the social media coordinator she will be updating the website, Facebook page and OrgSync page with pictures, events and notifications pertaining to LGPN. In her spare time Paulette loves to play with her dog, Copper, read paranormal and fantasy series, binge watch shows on Netflix and experiment with savory desserts. 

Social Media coordinator 2014-2015


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Fan Feng                                                                                                                      
Fan is currently working in his Master of Electrical Engineering. He is from China. He joined LGPN in 2012. Right now, he serves as Campus liaison. The reason why he joined LGPN is mainly because he wanted to nd a way to get more involved at Mizzou and USA, also he wanted to make friends and practiced his speaking skills.
Most interesting memory at LGPN is dancing salsa, he feels like that our members are as a big family and have fun in there. He really enjoys that time and feels like it is a wonderful thing for relaxing.
Campus Liasion, 2013-2014                                                                           

Alan Chu                                                                                        
Alan is currently working on his M.Ed. in counseling psychology, with an emphasis in sports psychology. He currently holds a B.S. in psychology from the City University of Hong Kong. He is originally from Hong Kong, and enjoys sports, baking, eating, traveling, photography and Latino culture.
Why did you join LGPN? As an international student, I did not know any friends from my hometown for the first month I came to United States. LGPN has a welcoming and caring culture that I feel warmth and connection to, which seems a family to me. After that, I started to participate in more events to have fun with members and learn more about Latino culture which


Venus Miranda Reyes                                                                                                
Venus just graduated from her Masters in Public Affairs, with a focus on Policy and looking for a job in Washington D.C, She is a Paul D. Coverdell Fellow and Bother Scholar at the Truman School of Public Affairs. Also, Venus is member of Pi Alpha Alpha, Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. She is from California. If you ever need any help feel free to contact her, she's also an awesome human being!
Treasurer, 2013-2014                                                                                


Joseline Hernandez Arroyo                                                          
Joseline just graduated with her Masters in Public Health, with an emphasis in Veterinary Public Health. She also holds a BA in Animal Science from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. Joseline is originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico, and enjoys going to the beach, going to the movies, astronomy and everything related to animals.
Vice President, 2011-2012
 President, 2012-2013


Ray Zuniga                                                                  

Ray graduated from his Masters of Public Affairs, with an emphasis in Public Policy. And he is currently working on a Ph D program in American University in Washington, D.C. He is originally from Kansas City, MO and holds a BA in Political Science from Swarthmore College (PA). Ray is a big fan of words with friends & chess with friends, he watches European football when he can, and enjoys good music!
 GPC Liasion, 2011-2013


  Abel R. Gomez                                                                                 

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Abel obtained his MA  in Religious Studies. His current research focuses on the the intersection of identity, ritual, and sacred places, especially within Native American and Neo-pagan communities. Abel received his BA in Philosophy and Religion from San Francisco State University, where he was also involved in the founding of the university's Queer Resource Center. He is excited to be part of LGPN and the building of a vibrate Latina/o graduate student community at Mizzou. ‚ÄčAbel loves vegan cooking, black and white horror movies, live poetry, and redwood forests.

Vice-president 2014-2015

Betsabe Castro                                                                                   

¡Hola amig@s! My name is Betsabé D. Castro Escobar, my friends call me Betsy. I was born and raised in the tropical gem of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean. Since I can remember, as a native islander I have always been fascinated by nature. As an undergraduate I received a very holistic formation in the disciplines of Botany, Ecology, Anthropology, and Conservation Biology. After years of pondering how I could combine my passions for biological and social sciences.  Now, with a master’s in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Missouri. My research as a graduate student aligns with the fields of ethnobotany, language endangerment, biocultural diversity conservation, and traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) systems, focused primarily in the Americas. I have always considered that education is the main tool of empowerment a person can have and for that reason I would like to dedicate my life to educate others, as well as myself. I have been a member of LGPN since August 2013 and am currently the treasurer in the executive board. So if you have $$$$ questions, I am your girl. =D

Treasurer 2014-2015



Danilo León                                                                                            

N. Danilo León obtained his PhD from the Spanish Literature program at MU. Originally from Educador, Danilo loves to travel, meet new people and watch movies.

GPC Liasion 2014-2015

Elizabeth (Liz) Benavides                                                             

Liz is currently working on her PhD in Animal Sciences, with an emphasis in reproductive physiology. She holds a BS & MS in Animal Science from Texas A &M University { Kingsville. She is originally from McKinney, TX, and enjoys her work in animal science, making jewelry & video games.
Social Media Coordinator, 2011-2013                                                     

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