Monica Inoue | President
Major: Animal Science
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Monica has a passion for people, animals, and adventure. Aspiring to become a vet, she naturally chose UC Davis, the #1 vet school. From showing sheep, milking cows, herding beef cattle to interning at a small animal veterinary clinic – Monica has experience with a wide range of creatures. In addition to her love of animals, she also has a heart for ministry. In high school, she was involved in her youth group and campus ministry. The transition from a Catholic school to a public university served as a challenge for Monica. She is blessed to have found a home in Davis, particularly in Newman. The strong community and some of the leadership team taking her under their wings, as well as attending a Catholic leadership conference, reminded Monica of her identity as a beloved daughter of God and call to joyfully share the good news! Monica hopes to share this truth, and especially bring it back to her sorority Alpha Delta Pi and do Greek outreach. She believes that life is such a blessing and the best adventure God have given us! She looks up to St. Francis and Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, people who found the ultimate adventure.
Favorite quote: “To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him, the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest achievement.” -St. Augustine
Riley Marshall | Vice President
Major: Human Development
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Riley enjoys anything spontaneous and outdoors: hiking, watching the sunset, and going for runs. She is grateful for the welcoming community that has inspired her to grow in the faith from the moment she first came to the Newman Center. Her goal serving as Vice President is to ensure that Newman continues to be a community of belonging and a place for people to truly “come as they are.” Outside of Newman, she enjoys getting coffee with friends, playing soccer, golden retrievers and reading good books.
Favorite Quote: “Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire.” -St. Catherine of Siena
Jason Singson | Secretary
Major: Global Disease Biology
Minor: Public Health Sciences
Hometown: Moorpark, CA
Since Freshman Year, Jason has devoted his time to collegiate ministry, initiating the current Freshman Foundations ministry of the Davis Newman Center. He has formed a deep passion for trauma-informed, compassionate ministry that addresses the needs and gaps of the whole person. This calling extends into societal-awareness towards social justice, the marginalized, and the underserved. If he isn't studying or setting up a Newman event, you could probably find him drinking boba somewhere in Davis, bowling at the MU, or writing poetry. Just make sure not to get him started on infectious diseases or public health as he will go on forever. If you need someone to listen or talk to, feel free to schedule an appointment with him.
Favorite Quote: "The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with this world." -Dr. Paul Farmer
Alicia Cruz | Treasurer
Major: Clinical Nutrition
Minor: Chicano Studies
Hometown: Oxnard, CA
Alicia believes the way to strengthen the sense of community is through good hospitality and delicious food. After studying culinary arts in high school and currently majoring in Clinical Nutrition, she continuously puts her faith into practice, specifically in the kitchen. Having found a home away from home at the Newman Center, she felt called to serve others as part of Newman leadership. When she's not helping out at Newman or attending school, you can find Alicia binge-watching her favorite shows or spending time with friends. She likes to wind down with a good book or by listening to music. She also loves learning random fun facts and watching spooky horror movies. If you ever need some cooking tips, recipes, prayer and someone to talk to, feel free to ask her.
Favorite Quote: "For it is in giving that we receive" -St. Francis of Assisi
Junior Salcedo | Outreach
Major: Cognitive Science
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Junior is a young man whose faith stems from service and curiosity. Being from Oakland, he has seen true economical and social struggle, yet also being witness to unconventional demonstrations of God’s grace. Because of this he is a firm believer that followers of Christ may come in various forms. He hopes to help others at the Davis Newman Center expand their community in faith to all brothers and sisters in Christ. Although he has a compact schedule, he always finds a way to be full of energy. No matter how busy he may seem, he constantly is engaged with others, whether it is through sports, hiking, dancing, or simply having conversations.
Isabel Javier | Communications
Hometown: El Dorado Hills, CA
Isabel finds joy in watching the multitude of squirrels that roam the UC Davis campus. In addition, she has an affinity for Filipino breakfasts, SAT words, and pianos. She firmly believes that there’s nothing that a mixture of food, family, and faith can’t solve.
Even more than watching squirrels, she loves watching and interacting with people, and seeing how God reveals Himself in each of them. A hopeless romantic, she’s grateful that Newman helped her rediscover the greatest Love, and feels humbled by the opportunity to serve on Leadership. Through Communications, she wants to celebrate the diversity of the Catholic Church, and bring the Good News to the UC Davis campus and beyond.
In the future, she aspires to become a Physicians Assistant and have a family. She hopes that you never lose sight of the “squirrels of joy” in your life!
Monica Zuchelli | Program Development
Major: Sociology | Minor: Religious Studies
Hometown: Gilroy, CA
Monica Zuchelli is best described as a bubbly, passionate, and joyful individual. She started her love of ministry during her time in high school youth group. This passion led her to seek out the Newman Center Welcome Week of her freshman year, and Newman quickly became a major part of her schedule. Monica firmly believes that joy and laughter can bring us closer to both God and our community. This year at Newman, she hopes to facilitate events that allows everyone to have fun while growing in holiness. Outside of Newman, Monica is studying to become a social worker. She hopes to help all people, Catholic or not, know that they are loved even with their imperfections. Feel free to help fuel Monica’s caffeine addiction by grabbing coffee with her!
Favorite Quote: “Joy, with peace, is the sister of charity. Serve the Lord with laughter.”- St Padre Pio
Katrina Tuazon Perez | Marketing & Branding
Major: Human Development
Hometown: Soledad, CA
Katrina is someone who loves adventures and exploring anything new, whether it is food, a new hiking trail, or even a beach. The one consistency she that is always in her life is her relationship with her faith. Although she had to see the darkest day in order to have God’s brightest path for her future revealed to her, her passion to guide other lost sheep in their spiritual journey strengthened. As she transitioned into a new adventure in Davis, she stumbled upon the Newman Center, and every part of her heart knew this was a new chapter in her faith that she was ready for. Instead of teaching the youth back at home how to stay connected to their faith with changes in their life occuring, she knew it was her turn to be taught more about Catholicism. If she is not in Newman or adventuring, she loves participating in social media to fully grasp what is trending in their generation because she believes, as marketing and branding, it is important to advertise and inform the rest of the lost sheep through social media in the most creative and relevant way possible.
Favorite Quote: “Life is like an arrow. If it pulls you back with difficulties, that means it will launch you into something great. So, hold on and keep aiming.”