Spring 2019 EMP Students

Bertha Flores Bertha Flores 

Major: Business Management  

What are your interests? I have recently gained a love for the outdoors. I especially enjoy bicycling and hiking. I visited Coarsegold, Oakhurst, Bass Lake and Shaver Lake this past summer and completed a different hike almost every week. It was a wonderful experience. I got to see and enjoy Fresno's beautiful backyard. In the past 2 years I have been exploring all of California, getting to know our state and what it has to offer. In the near future I would love to complete a cross country trip as well as travel internationally to Mexico, Bali, Thailand, and Australia.

What is your dream career? I aspire to own my own business. I know being a business owner will have many unique challenges, and I will have to apply myself and work hard. But, like Muhammad Ali once said, "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion'.'' The long nights, missed lunches and penniless days will all be worth it. I will have the opportunity to travel the world and live life at my own pace and on my own terms.

Why did you join EMP? I grew up in a very small town about 30 minutes South of Fresno called Caruthers. My family owned a couple of businesses in the 80's and 90's which influenced me to instinctively be interested in business. Now I am pursuing a career and I realize my network is fairly small. I had been searching for a way into our business community. I heard about this program and I knew I had struck gold. I am honored to have been selected. I know the wealth of knowledge and wisdom I will gain from all of our Mentors' life and business experiences will be priceless.



 Sam Hodorowski Sam Hodorowski 

 Major: Business Management

 What are your interests? Photography, reading, videogames, traveling

 What is your dream career? One that always comes to mind is to open up a cool business where fellow gamers, movie buffs, and overall nerds can go to hangout. It would have a small cafe, movie screen, gaming consoles, and theme nights. Just a place to have fun with like- minded people. 

 Why did you join EMP? I want to challenge myself to meet new people with similar interests in the business world. You can never stop improving and learning from others and I wanted to experience what it would be like to have a mentor to see what goes on in their professional lives and learn how they've overcome their challenges. 








Stefany InfanteStefany Infante

Major: Business Management 

What are your interests? Working out, hiking, reading, traveling, make up, fashion

What is your dream career? I hope to one day be successful enough to have my own little empire, I want to open a drive thru convenience store, cross-fit gym, business women clothing line, dispensary/ lounge and the list goes on!

Why did you join EMP? There's nothing like having support from those who think and function like yourself. Having mentors who have been through the journey I am facing today is ideal for any entrepreneur. This program allows me to expand my knowledge and skills more than any lecture would. 








Teo RamosTeo Ramos

Major:Business Administration – Entrepreneurship

What are your interests? Traveling, cars, exercising, business, and music.

What’s your dream career? My dream career is to work in the automotive industry. I want to run my own exotic car dealership and focus on building relationships with my clientele. Eventually, I want to step into racing and own a race team to promote my dealership.

Why did you join EMP? I joined EMP to learn from those who have an abundance of knowledge and want to share it. I hope this program will allow me to build my skills as an entrepreneur so that I might be able to pass down my own knowledge one day. I also know that I will have plenty of opportunity to network and collaborate with both students and professionals.








 Gabriela Segobiano Gabriela Segobiano


What are your interests? The things I love to do during my spare time is reading, attending local concerts in town, and traveling to foreign countries with friends and family to learn and experience different cultures and lifestyles. 

What's your dream career? My dream career is to run my own private clinic as a physical therapist. As a first generation college student, I want to break the cycle of only being an employee and not being a boss. While having my own business, I want to be creative and create programs that will have a positive impact towards the Central Valley. 

Why did you join EMP? I joined Laval EMP because it would give me the opportunity to gain professional experience and knowledge from local business leaders themselves. In addition, being around self-driven peers for an academic year will motivate me to better myself as a person both on a personal and education level. This program will push my mindset to further strive for what I can accomplish for the future.





 Alexandria MendozaAlexandria Mendoza

Major: Business Administration - Marketing, Minor in Sociology 

What are your interests? Photography, Art, Dance, Music, Travel, Sports, Community Development, Environmental protection, International Relations

What’s your dream career? Human Rights Representative or Marketing Director for Environment or Humanitarian Affairs for the United Nations

Why did you join EMP? I’m currently majoring in business administration-marketing and minoring in sociology. Minoring in sociology will give me the knowledge needed to understand better communities, cultures, and people from different backgrounds. Through business administration-marketing I learn how to administrate, manage, and market an organization. My goal in life is to help those in need by targeting businesses and corporations with the purpose of fundraising money to create programs to help improve develop communities, protect the environment, and save animals. 

There are multiple career goals that I will like to achieve. The first one would be to finish my bachelor’s and minor. I love my major and minor, and I can’t wait to utilize what I have learn through my classes to prospect projects. The second goal is to learn to grow within my field. Before I can become an independent business owner, I feel the need to learn from those that have being in the field for years. By working with them I’m learning from their experiences and increasing my knowledge. Third goal, I want to be able to own and run my own business. I’m good at creating, planning, and managing. I feel that I have what it takes to start something from scratch, but first I need to learn about the industry, and for that I need a mentor.

I joined the Laval Entrepreneur Mentor Program to learn about entrepreneurship as well as how to implement what I have learned in my classes to real life. I am where I am today because of my teachers, professors, and community leaders who believed in me and motivated me to continue my education. If it wasn’t for their support I probably would of been another statistic on a piece of paper. I love to learn, to listen, to think, and to discuss what others are afraid of. I tend to be riskful and I’m not afraid to speak my mind, and neither to fail. I would love to have my own business one day, but to do that I need a mentor. I believe that being able to work with a business leader from the community is a great opportunity to grow professionally and as a leader. I want to dedicate the rest of my life to help those that have a voice but can’t speak, but I also want to have my own business that consist of creativity and innovation. I believe that the Laval Entrepreneur Mentor Program would help me grow from student to professional, but it would also help me create the foundation for my life purpose “advocate for those in need”. 



 Macie SaizMacie Saiz

Major: Business Administration with a Finance Option 

What are your interests? My interests are Latin dancing, traveling, hiking, adrenaline rushes, learning everything that I can, and enjoying the company of my family and friends. 

What’s your dream career? My dream career is to dominate the entertainment business in Fresno. I want to design a nightclub that is inspired by the biggest cities in the United States and around the world. I want to bring a new nightlife to Fresno! With that said, I want to give back to the community by opening a scholarship foundation at Fresno State and Fresno City that supports students like myself. 

Why did you join EMP? I joined the Laval Entrepreneur Program for multiple reasons. I want to surround myself with like-minded individuals that will inspire, motivate, and push me. Secondly, I want to get out of my comfort zone and push my limits, I felt EMP was the perfect place to do so. Lastly, I want to improve myself as a student, person, and a leader. 






Toniemarie MunozToniemarie Munoz

Major: Business Management- Event Planning

What are your interests? My interests are having family barbeques, camping, vacations and playing with my niece and nephew. I love adventure including road trips and traveling to other countries. I am also a neat freak that likes to organize and creating events.

 What is your dream career? My dream career is to become an event planner. My career goal is to become an event planner working with high end customers where I can go all out with creativity and give me the opportunity to travel. I believe I can succeed in this goal because I am aware of the difficulty to be successful in this business and know I need to start low to get there. This business will take a lot of awareness of my abilities and networking to get my name known. I am head strong and willing to do what it takes.  This industry will require someone to take a chance on me due to my lack of experience and my young age so I know this will have a lot of failure before I have much success.

 Why did you join EMP? I am the type of person to have my goals in place and multiple plans on how I am going to get there. I joined EMP because of the collaborations with professionals that can keep me with reality and the networking opportunity that is to come from it. After meeting my fellow members, I am excited to be a part of a group that strives for creativity and have a lot of self-confidence.



Maricarmen CuevasMaricarmen Cuevas 

 Major: Business Administration- Entrepreneurship

 What are your interests? My interest involve taking photographs of my cat Jingle and updating her instagram Jingle_Meets_World. I spend my time inventing simple desserts and meals from scratch. I enjoy researching new things, words, trends, and etc. My passion for volunteering along with the Kiwanis nonprofit organization.

 What is your dream career? My dream career involved being a professor and being able to help students further their education. Meanwhile being able to run my current business Modern Twist -Handcrafted Churros at its full potential and executing my business ideas.

 Why did you join EMP? I joined Laval EMP because I wanted to continue building myself as a student and as an entrepreneur. I joined because I wanted to surrounded by students like myself that are trying to absorb every learning experience they can get their hands on. I felt ready to start developing my professional persona. I wanted to have a mentor to help me grow as an individual and as a future business leader.







Ashley Kuhn  Ashley Kuhn  


What are your interests? Stock Market, Real Estate, Documentaries, Swimming, Travel, Creating Social Change, Green Tea and Zombies.  

 What is your dream career? My dream career is to own my own corporation similar to Warren Buffet’s corporation Berkshire Hathaway. I would like to start my own businesses, purchase others and create a nice collection of investments. Real Estate ownership is also an interest of mine and I would like to own homes in every state. To keep my creative side going I write screen plays as well and would like to see them made into movies in the future.

 Why did you join EMP? I joined EMP to meet people who are productive and positive. I wanted to push myself outside of my boundaries to meet people I would have not otherwise meet. I wanted to meet people who were living the Entrepreneur’s lifestyle and learn from their wisdom. 







 Jesus PimentelJesus Pimentel 

Major: Business Administration - Entrepreneurship 

What are your interests? Videography, Photography, Traveling, Backpacking, meeting new people and hearing their life stories.

What's your dream career? My dream career would be to travel the world meeting people and learning about their different cultures and stories. I want to be able to help make a positive impact everywhere I visit and leave it better than I found it. 

Why did you join EMP? I joined the Laval EMP program to gain new skills and a greater understanding of the community around me. Fresno is such a diverse place and I plan on meeting all the great community leaders that contribute to Fresno's greatness. I hope that after completing this program, I will soon join the ranks of these incredible leaders who call Fresno home.







Jaquay Washington  Jaquay Washington 

Major: Entrepreneurship

What are your interests? I love to cook and bake and I’m always looking for new foods to try and make. I also love collaborating and brainstorming with others and I’ve found the best way to do that is over a meal.

What is your dream career?  I want to own my own pastry food truck or tailor. Growing up I’ve always have loved sharing my creations with people and seeing their reactions from it. The ability to travel with a food truck allows me to share a piece of myself with the world and I can’t think of anything more satisfying.

Why did I join EMP? I joined EMP because I had heard such great things about the program and how it changed people's lives or how EMP was the reason why they started their business and got serious about entrepreneurship. After hearing that I knew I had to join because I needed a place where I could not only grow, but receive help and guidance from a mentor. I’ve always thought it was very valuable to have someone who has taken the similar steps that I will and help me navigate through it all and EMP will provide those things for me.




Elena Estada Elena Estada

Major: Business Administration in Marketing 

What are your interests? One of my biggest passions is to travel, especially along with family or friends. I love to learn about the history, culture and local customs of every place I visit. I am always ready for a great adventure wherever I may travel to and I always look forward to trying new things wherever I travel. I also, enjoy reading books to pass the time while on the road, especially reading books from my favorite authors, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Paulo Coelho. Aside from reading I enjoy doing arts and crafts and drawing is another big passion of mine. Lastly, watching movies is something I like to do when I want to relax and not worry about anything.

What is your dream career? I do not have a dream career, but I know that I would want to start my own company where I can provide jobs for immigrant workers and families. More than anything, I would love to help immigrant students attend college and help them further their education. I am a first-generation student, daughter of immigrants and I aspire to create a company that dedicates its resources, to helping others in any way possible. I would want my company to be large enough to provide jobs, and resources to students and families throughout the state of California then, on a much larger scale. I see myself making connections and partnerships with other big companies to further the reach of my company and provide resources for immigrant families. One helping hand can cause a chain reaction and just as Steve Jobs once said, “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

 Why did you join EMP? I joined EMP to challenge myself and at the same time, to take advantage of all the opportunities the program has to offer. When I first heard about EMP, I was told students had to create a major project at the end of each semester. One project is a food product and the other is a subscription box, and when I heard about this, I thought it was amazing that students were able to create these products and start their own businesses with their creations. I on the other hand, thought to myself, “What would I create?” so I decided to join for that same reason. I wanted to, not only challenge myself but, to take an extra step out of my comfort zone and create something I never thought I could create. I wanted to be around those people who aspire to do great things in life, that’s why I joined EMP.




Rosa Saldana  Rosa Saldana 

Major: Entrepreneurship

What are your interests? I developed an interest for self-help and motivational books. My all-time favorite is the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I enjoy dancing and being outdoors. On my days off from work and school, I am always on the search of an adventurous road trip. I am a major foodie, meaning I am always open to trying new food places. Fashion is also one of my biggest interest. I would describe my style as chic with a touch of edginess. I love fun, bold shoes. 

What is your dream career?  I do not have a dream career. My ambition has always been to be the CEO of my own destiny. I aspire to own not one business but multiple businesses. I can’t fathom the idea of working my entire life to make someone else's dreams a reality. I have always said that we get to live to this beautiful life once, why not live it to your own terms? Why live a life where you must ask for permission to go on vacation? To pick up your kids? Or worry about getting fired? As Shark Tank entrepreneur Lori Greiner quotes, “Entrepreneurs are the only people who will work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week,”. To many people this sounds crazy, but to me it ignites a burning passion. I have the ambition, motivation and hunger for success that is needed to be an entrepreneur. I would like to eventually go back into the wedding industry and enter the e-commerce world. My dream project is to own a Fit House, where women of all sorts can unite together in a healthy, fun, and safe environment.  

Why did you join EMP? I am a first-generation college student meaning I am paving the path for my siblings. I want to break the glass ceiling that exists for first-generation immigrant women. I want to be a role model for my siblings and other dreamers that have a hunger to succeed. I knew that in order to grow professionally and be able to become the role model I aspire to be, I had to associate myself with people who were like-minded. I wanted to be around ambitious students who shared a similar vision to mine. I also wanted to have the opportunity to be mentored by a successful person from our community. When I heard about EMP I knew I had to jump on board. I do not come from a family of entrepreneurs which means I do not have any close relations with any business owners. I joined the Entrepreneurship Mentor Program in search of making those networking opportunities. I also wanted to be part of an environment that embraced the birth of new ideas and innovation. It is a fact that you become like those you associate with and I want to associate with people who embrace creativity and have a burning desire to succeed.  




 Lilia Mendoza Lilia Mendoza

Major: Business Entrepreneurship

What are your interests? All things beauty, fitness, watching YouTube vloggers, and spending time with friends and family.

What is your dream career?  To be a successful Entrepreneur who gives back to the community. I am excited to bring my passions to the market and learn how to become a successful woman in the business world. I hope to one day give back to students by helping and giving advice about my successes and failures.

Why did you join EMP? I joined EMP to meet not only other students here on campus, but also important and influential leaders in the community. I wanted to meet and connect with people who had the same interests as I do with the goal to inspire each other. From this program, I intend to gain lifelong skills and experience while being an active member. 






JenniferJennifer Vang 

Major: Economics and Minor in Philosophy

What are your interests? Playing the piano, learning new languages, playing video games, reading, and drawing.

What is your dream career? Corporate Lawyer

Why did you join EMP? I joined EMP to gain a better understanding of the Central Valley's business leaders and to also have a mentor of my own to support me on my path to success.











Faiaz Rahman Faiaz Rahman 

 Major: Electrical Engineering, B.S. with Computer Science, Mn. and Mathematics, Mn.


What are your Interests? I’m interested in the intersection of education and technology, especially in how we can develop more accessible electronic devices and apply machine learning towards modeling individual learning patterns. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling and making vlogs with friends, listening to and producing music, creative writing, and binging Netflix (although I have a bad track record of actually finishing shows).

What is your dream career? I aspire to start my own educational technology non-profit, which will emphasize both in creating ed-tech software for universal usage and in expanding digital communications methods to allow for Internet access to reach even the most underserved corners of our world, including parts of my home country of Bangladesh. Additionally, through the humble power of writing and public advocacy, I also hope to help bring a greater sense of awareness towards immigrants in the United States, mitigating some of our stigmas and instead nurturing a culture of understanding in our national melting pot.


Why did you join EMP?  I joined the Laval Entrepreneur Mentor Program to help bring my somewhat quixotic dream of revolutionizing the future of education into the reins of realistic entrepreneurial actions. I’m thrilled with the opportunity to be able to work alongside like-minded, ambitious young entrepreneurs as we help learn from one another’s business experiences, while also developing lifelong relationships with our insightful mentors. I rest assured knowing that my experiences with the EMP will help accelerate my mission towards expanding educational opportunity and digital accessibility throughout the underprivileged and underdeveloped regions of our world.



BreannaBreanna Rodriguez

Major:Animal Science - Meat Technology 

What are your interests? Writing, cooking, baking, community work 

What is your dream career? Plant manager overseeing safety and product development

Why did you join EMP? EMP is a wonderful opportunity to challenge myself and work on strengthening my professional skills. I wanted to connect to a mentor that could provide valuable insight on what it takes to be successful, and how to learn from failure. I look forward to professional and personal growth with EMP










Allison VillinesAllison Villines

Major: MCJ Public Relations

What are your interests? Fashion, Marketing, Design

 What is your dream career? Growing my business globally and working in New York city designing clothes.

 Why did you join EMP? To be surrounded by like-minded people and be encouraged in an atmosphere that pushes me to be my best self for my personal and business life.









Andrew SkidmoreAndrew Skidmore

 Major:Mechanical Engineering

 What are your interests? Dale Carnegie, business ideas, traveling, agriculture, process improvement, books on business or personal improvement, and engineering

 What is your dream career?  Entrepreneur/Teacher/Politician (I would love if I no longer needed to focus most of my time generating personal income, and would have time and mobility in my lifestyle to invest in making the world a better place)

 Why did you join EMP? For me, the EMP program represents the opportunity for me to participate in Fresno State's premier professional development program. I look forward to growing my professional network, learning from my mentor(s), collaborating with ambitious like-minded peers, and taking advantage of the opportunities that the EMP program offers.