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University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Denver


Meet The PAL Mentors



 Leif Larsen

 Major: Information Systems

Campus Involvement: I currently work as a Peer Advocate Leader as well as a Student Assistant in the Office of Information Technology.

Fun fact: I like Tie-Dye!



  Lauren Brady

Major:  B.S in Music with emphasis in Recording Arts

Campus Involvement: Peer Advocate Leader, 2015 Alternative Winter Break participant

Interesting fact: Video games are my passion!


  Caesare Tamag

Major: Pre-Medicine

Campus Involvement: PAL

​Interesting Fact: My dad is from an island called Yap in Micronesia but I have never been out of the country.


 Sanju Garimella

Major: Biology 

Campus Involvement: University

Honors and Leadership Student Club, Women in STEM, Bollywood Club, CU Denver Speech and Debate, Dance Marathon, and of course, PAL! 

Interesting fact: I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled to 12 countries (and counting!) :)


 Hithu Kodicherla

Major: Biology

Minor: Women and Gender Studies 

Campus Involvement: CU Denver Women in STEM (WiSTEM), Gender Issue Scholarship and Action (GISA), Learning Assistant Program, and Peer Advocate Leader (PAL) 

​Interesting fact: I play an Indian classical instrument called the veena.

          Anna Gibala

Major: Mathematics

Campus Involvement: PAL

Interesting Fact: If I am not ever in the PAL lounge or in class, I will probably be in the gym rock climbing.  I also love to be outdoors and in the mountains.  


        Katie Logar

Major: Business 

Campus Involvement: Peer Advocate Leader (PAL) Program and Club Sports (Office of Student Life) 

Interesting Fact: I am a HUGE Marvel (Captain America in particular! ) and Doctor Who fan!​ 


Dakota Edmonds

Major: Mechanical Engineering and Minor in Mathematics

Campus Involvement: PAL,  Dance Marathon, Former Student Government Senator

Interesting Fact: I love Google Maps, Minecraft and I can speak Spanish!


Haley Pasquariello

Major: Communication major with an Organizational Communication and Public Relations Pathway.

Campus Involvement: I am involved with Student Life and Student Government Association.

Interesting Fact: I have skied since I was 3-years-old and I have snowboarded since I was 8-years-old. I don’t have a middle name (Italian tradition). My dad is first generation American and his family emigrated here from Italy.


   Gloria Medina    

Major: Secondary Education with an emphasis in Political Science.  

Campus Involvement: PAL and three years at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

Interesting fact: I was born in Los Angeles, California. I was raised in California and in Jalisco, Mexico, but moved to Denver eight years ago. I am an animal lover and enjoy spending time outside with my dogs.​ 

              Hue Phung   

Major: Psychology and minoring in Ethnic Studies. 

Campus Involvement: I am involved in Asian Student Alliance, Vietnamese Student Association and CASL. Last year I was fortunate to be a part of Student Government Association and this year I am ecstatic to be working as a PAL and with the CU Denver Live committee.

Interesting Fact: On my free time I love to hike, camp and travel.​


Monica     Khounsavath 

Major: Business Management and Administration 

Campus Involvement: Peer Advocate Leader (PAL) Program, CASL (Council of Asian Student Leaders) Program and Asian Student Alliance. 

Fun Fact: I am super creative and love designing and working on my own projects from party planning to scrapbooking. I also have a passion for baking and love going on spontaneous adventures.