Beth Labate - CFYA Advising Coordinator 

Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Undeclared

Education: BA Music, Bates College; MM and Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, The University of Texas at Austin

Fact: Chicken does not belong on pizza.

Favorite Movies: Star Wars, Episodes 4-8

Favorite Books: Nightrunner series

Favorite Austin Restaurants: Asiana Indian Cuisine, Mandola's, and Sap's


Cherie Ichu - Academic Advisor  CherieIchu

Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Textiles and Apparel, Human Ecology, Public Health

Education: BS Applied Learning and Development - Youth and Community Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Fact: I’ve broken the same arm twice. I love LOVE to sing, and I have a DVD collection of movies that I refuse to let go of! 

Favorite Movies: Girls Trip, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Proud Family Movie, all of the High School Musicals

Favorite Books: Anything by Meg Cabot and Issa Rae, The Great Gatsby, Star Girl 

Favorite Austin Restaurants: Teji’s, Kerbey Lane Cafe, Gus’s Chicken, Maudie’s



Chris Connelly - Academic Advisor, Biology Scholars Program ChrisC 2017 HS

Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Public Health, Undeclared, Nutrition, and Biology Scholars Program

Education: BA Journalism/Communications, University of Connecticut; M.Ed. Educational Psychology, UT Austin

Fact: I served in the Peace Corps on the island of Grenada.

Favorite Movies: American History X, Kill Bill Vol. 1-2

Favorite Book: A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins



Gabe Lopez - Academic Advisor

Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Human Development and Family Sciences

Education: BA in English and History, University of Texas - Pan American (now UT-RGV)

Facts: I’m from San Juan, Texas which is along the Texas-Mexican border in the Rio Grande Valley.

Favorite Movies: Star Wars (especially the original trilogy), Alien, Reservoir Dogs, Blazing Saddles, The Godfather, Goodfellas, The Dark Knight Trilogy

Favorite Books: Beowulf, Dracula (Bram Stoker), Frankenstein, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, 1984

Favorite Austin Restaurants: Dan’s Hamburgers, Stile’s Switch Barbecue, Pluckers, La Posada, Home Slice

Guillermo Alvarado - Academic Advisor


Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Undeclared Pre-Pharmacy, Chemistry

Education: BA Sociology, Southwestern University

Fact: I’ve recently started to expand my cooking repertoire and I’m always looking for new recipes to try out (the best cookbooks are at Half Price Books)

Favorite Movies: Moulin Rouge, Cloud Atlas, Pride & Prejudice, The Selena Movie

Favorite Books: The Poisonwood Bible, The Namesake

Favorite Austin Restaurants: Polvos, Kismet Cafe, Mother’s Cafe, Fricano’s Deli


Keniahkiw "Kay Kay" Weso - Academic Advisor, Women in Natural Sciences 

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Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Textiles and Apparel, Human Ecology, and Women in Natural Sciences Program

Education: BA Business Administration-Marketing and BA Art-Sociology and Human Services minor, Fort Lewis College

Fact: I am passionate about traveling and have visited 49 United States, Canada, Mexico, 9 countries in the European Union, and New Zealand.  My next imagined adventure is to tour Iceland/Scandinavia.     

Favorite Movies:  I enjoy movies based on best-selling books, graphic novels, or comic books like The Harry Potter series, The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit series, The Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Favorite Books: * The Hobbit* Harry Potter* The Dresden Files* The Southern Vampire Mysteries* Artemis Fowl* Hunger Games* Ready Player One*

Favorite Austin Restaurants: Italic, Bonhomie, Sushi Zushi, Doc B's Fresh Kitchen, Mikado, and Eddie V's.

Lorena Rodriguez - Academic Advisor LorenaRodriguez Photo 
Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Nutrition, Human Development and Family Sciences, Undeclared Pre-Pharmacy
Education:  BA in Psychology and Health & Society, The University of Texas at Austin
Fact: I can extract the DNA from a strawberry. I love dachshunds. I love traveling to different countries and do so at every opportunity! I have been to South Africa, Portugal, and the UK - I can't wait for my next adventure.
Favorite Movies: Titanic, Madagascar, Breakfast at Tiffany's - I like a wide range!
Favorite Books: My Story (Elizabeth Smart), The White House Doctor (Connie Mariano), and Holes (Louis Sachar)
Favorite Austin Restaurant: Trudy's, Hyde Park Bar and Grill, Cafe Bazille at Nordstrom, and Taverna. Austin food is a favorite pastime.

Olivia Biehle - Academic Advisor, Women in Natural Sciences Olivia Portrait

Advises: Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Neuroscience, and Women in Natural Sciences Program

Education:  BA Mathematics and BS Radio-Television Film, University of Texas at Austin

Fact: In my spare time, I am a movie producer and run film sets!  I also think cats and Captain America are pretty great.

Favorite Movies: Wayne's World, The Avengers, Singin' in the Rain, Gladiator, and Top Gun

Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby, Crime and Punishment, The Spoils of Babylon

Favorite Austin Restaurant: Titaya's, Hutt's Hamburgers, 24 Diner



Sara Guajardo - Academic Advisor sara.jpeg

 Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Math, Physics, Astronomy

Education: BA English, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi;  M. Ed. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies - Higher Education Administration, University of Texas at San Antonio

Fact: I am originally from San Antonio. I love books, movies, and most of all - DOGS! I enjoy going to the beach and relaxing with family.

Favorite Movies: The Da Vinci Code, Remember the Titans, 10 Things I Hate About You,  Young Frankenstein, The Goonies, Signs, the list goes on…

Favorite Books: The Da Vinci Code, Jane Eyre, The Fault in Our Stars, Failing Forward, to name a few…

Favorite Austin Restaurants: Freedmen’s and Kerbey Lane Cafe