PMP is led by a group of dedicated and organized students who make up the program’s executive team. They are in charge of planning and running community-wide events, organizing mentor training workshops and offering support to both mentors and mentees throughout the year. They benefit from access to faculty, administrators and other professional contacts. Their work with PMP provides them with professional experience in community building, event planning, managing budgets and more.
Meet the 2014-2015 Board
Name: Ana Morais
Cultural Background: I was born and raised in Portugal, but moved to the U.S.A. the summer before freshmen year of high school.
Major and Academic Interests: I am a Kinesiology Major with an interest in Exercise Physiology. I am also a Pre-Med student.
Career Aspirations: I hope to go to Medical School upon graduating from UVA and work in Emergency Medicine.
UVA Involvement and activities: I am the Student Council Undergraduate Curry School Representative for the 2014-2015 school year. I have been a member in the executive board for the Daniel Hale Williams Pre-Medical Honor Society (DHW) for the past two years. In the past I have volunteered at the Health South Rehabilitation Hospital and the Southwood Community Outreach Tutoring Program. I have been a participant in the Women Leadership Development Program and the Blue Print Project. Finally, I have also worked with the Outreach Student Admission Committee by being a panelist and by visiting high schools promoting UVA.
Tip to First-Year Self: At times you might feel that some things are just impossible to achieve, but like Mandela once said “It always seems impossible until it’s done", so always do your best and never give up!!!
Favorite TV Show: I have been obsessed with Scandal since the first episode.
Fun Fact: I studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa for a summer.
Name: Andrea Mendoza Perez
Cultural Background: 100% Venezolana, but I moved to the United States when I was 6.
Major and Academic Interests: English major with a possible minor in Astronomy (I know it's a weird combo)
Career Aspirations: I really want to go into publishing/editing specifically in Young Adult fiction.
UVA Involvement and activities: I am involved in PMP, the Harry Potter Alliance at UVA, VICS, and VAMUN
Tip to First-Year Self: Don't be afraid to try something new. Don't think sleep is unimportant--sleep is always important. Also, when stressed, Netflix and Campus Cookies are a good way to go.
Favorite TV Show: Supernatural is fantastic, Misfits is quirky and bizarre but super funny, and you really can never go wrong with The Walking Dead
Fun Fact: I traveled to Ireland for J-Term (it was amazing!)
Name: Alejandro Nava Moncada
Cultural Background: I was born in La Paz, Bolivia, and lived there until 2004, when I moved to my current home in Williamsburg, Virginia! I am known all around grounds as the very proud Hispanic who loves to tie in everything he can with the Latino Culture!
Major and Academic Interests: I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering, but am so passionate about Music that I would like to incorporate it somehow into my research as an Engineer here at UVA!
Career Aspirations: I would like to become the best Engineer I can be, while being able to somehow share all the knowledge and wisdom I may acquire in my school years and years on the job!
UVA Involvement and activities: As well as PMP, I am also part of the Latino Student Alliance (LSA), and perform with the Hispanic dance team Fuego. I am a singer in the all-male a cappella group the Hullabahoos, as well as a Section Leader in the University Singers, UVA's premier mixed Choral Ensemble. I am also part of the smaller choral ensemble Chamber Singers.
Tip to First-Year Self: Break the bad habit of "senioritis", because it will come to bite you on your first midterm, as it did with me
Favorite TV Show: I haven't watched TV in a while, but from what little I am able to watch I enjoy 'Dr. Who', and re-runs/netflix of 'Friends', 'Lost', 'Into the Universe with Morgan Freeman', and 'How it's made'. Yes, I'm kind of a nerd.
Name: Brittany Heck
Cultural background: Puerto Ricoooo! (and German/Danish). I’m a military kid, so I’ve lived in a bunch of places, but mainly southern California and northern Virginia.
Major and academic interests: I’m premed and love human biology, but I might major in biochemistry. I’ll also probably minor in bioethics, because it’s so interesting!
Career aspirations: I want to go to medical school and become a fabulous doctor. I don’t know what kind, yet. We'll see!
UVa involvement and activities: Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, Blueprint Leadership Development Program, and of course, PMP‼
Tip to first- year self: Balance is key and everything works out in the end, so don’t sweat the small stuff. UVA has everything for you: activities, clubs, Greek life, parties, restaurants, and amazing people. Enjoy it all, but don’t forget what you’re actually here for, an education. Make friends, get involved, explore Cville, but make sure you keep your studies in mind (aka don’t skip as many classes as I did first year! :D). And leave time to sleep!
Favorite TV show: Guilty pleasures: Pretty Little Liars and Teen Wolf. More socially acceptable shows: Sherlock, White Collar, Suits, and Supernatural. [Obviously I couldn't narrow it down to one.. (;]