Nhat Tran | President
Hometown: Yucaipa, CA
Nhat is a guy with many broad interest ranging from world politics to menswear, but above all things, he has a great passion for the Catholic Faith and the ministries that it inspires. Having felt God's love in the Newman Community as he adjusted to his new life in Davis, he was called to help others feel the same love by serving on Newman's Leadership. Outside of the Newman Center, he loves the outdoors and building things with his hands. If you can’t find him at the Newman Center, he’s probably somewhere outside smelling the flowers, listening to some Michael Bublé, or swing dancing. He also loves men's suits...and shoes...and Star Trek.
“…faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” - 1 Corinthians 13
Anna Fogarty | Vice President
Minors: Education, Professional Writing, and Statistics
Hometown: Oakdale, CA
Anna hated Welcome Week and only attended her first Newman event freshman year to find out how to get to mass on Sundays. There she found a new home in Davis. She credits the Newman Center with her continued growth in relationship with God. When not hanging out in Edrick’s office or at Newman, she is probably working in the Washington Program office, studying in the basement of the library, or sleeping.
“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things unseen.” Hebrews 11:1
Vanessa Figueroa | Secretary
Minors: Political Science and Education
Hometown: Oxnard, CA
Vanessa loves making a difference in her community and staying busy. She aspires to attend law school in the next year and work with the education system. She believes having a strong faith foundation is essential in the world of politics. If you can’t find Vanessa at Newman, she’s most likely at the 24 hour study room or the ARC working out. Regardless of her huge passion to staying fit Vanessa loves ice cream, French fries, coffee, and tacos. Through the Last Supper, God shows us that food brings people together, so if you ever want to have a conversation about faith or life come see Vanessa, she will be more than happy to grab food and talk.
Cat Reyna | Treasurer
Major: Animal Science
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Cat enjoys sarcasm, coffee, animals, and long romantic walks to the fridge. Cat has been involved with the Newman Center since her sophomore year and is looking forward to ending her college career working with Newman. Newman is where Cat has met many life-long friends and rekindled her faith, and wants to help spread the faith and love she was met with when she first walked into the Newman Center. Among the many things that Cat loves, coffee and conversations are at the top and she is always willing to get coffee or tea with a friend!
“Act, and God will act.” -St. Joan of Arc
Bianca Guerrero | Outreach
Major: Clinical Nutrition
Minor: Chicano Studies
Hometown: Gridley, CA
Bianca started going to Newman nights during her second year and became part of council in her third year by being part of the Ministerio Cafe where she found her family away from home. She never thought of walking through the doors of Newman if it wasn't for a friend from high school that would always talk good things about the Newman Center in Chico. Newman has helped her grow in her faith and become a leader after being away from the Church. She loves working in a postharvest lab, running, and playing soccer.
Valery Rodriguez | Communications
Major: Food Science
Hometown: Fillmore, CA
During her freshman year at UC Davis, Valery was in search of a community that would support her in her spiritual journey. As a result, she became a member of the Newman community and is now serving as the leader of Communications. Her goal is to ensure that all new members feel as welcomed and loved as she first did when she walked through the doors of Newman.
Valery is also a member of the Boxing Club and Food Tech Club. Outside of Newman, you are most likely to find her in line at Dutch Bros or “studying” on the Quad.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” Proverbs 3:5-6
Tristan Schubert | Faith Formation coordinator
Major: Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Portland Oregon
Tristan Schubert is the faith formation coordinator at the Newman center. He’s a third year civil and environmental engineering major (focus on the environmental) from Portland, Oregon. Although you might not realize it immediately, Tristan is somewhat of a nerd and has been for the majority of his life. He’s always been an avid learner and is dedicated to constantly broadening his scope of knowledge. His hobbies (when there is time) include reading, Ultimate Frisbee, and gaming: board games, video games, roleplaying games, you name it. He’s excited about being a part of Newman leadership this year because of how much Newman helped him through the first two years of college and he’s dedicated to giving back!
Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity -1 Timothy 4:12