2014-15 Student Ambassadors

Name: Christian Romero

Where I am from: I was born in Hoboken, NJ, but raised in Monroe, NC.

About me: I'm currently working on my second year at CPCC, and I'm working towards an Associates of Science. I love to learn

about a lot of different topics and subjects. I'm a firm believer that everyone should know a little bit about most topics, and a lot about one or two topics. I live my life through the quote, "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever," said by Mahatma Gandhi. If you ever see me on campus and have any questions, feel free to ask or to even say hi. I'm an open book, and always like helping and meeting new people.

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador: I wanted to help serve the college. I have reaped a lot from attending Central Piedmont Community College, and I want others to be able to get as much out of the college as they can. Students connect best with other students, that's a fact, and as a Student Ambassador, I'm a liaison between the higher college world and the student world

Vu Dinh

Name: Constanza Gonzalez Villarroel

Where I am from: Chile

About me: I am 19 years old. I have two sisters, an older sister and a younger sister. I have a German shepherd dog named Sasha. I want to transfer to NC State to get a degree in Architecture and learn German fluently.


Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador: I chose to became a Student Ambassador because I wanted to be a more active student in school and in my community. I want to be more confident in my leadership skills and become more outgoing.

Victoria Hoover

Name: Crystal Staton

Where I am from: Charlotte, North Carolina

About me: I am a mother of two beautiful daughters. They have been very supportive of me attending CPCC to earn my Associates Degree in Applied Science studying Computer Integrated Machining. I enjoy volunteering, art cultures, sports and traveling.

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador: As a CPCC Student Ambassador I’m able to help students with their concerns and questions with their educational goals in a community college environment. I want to share CPCC abundant resources that have joined many to their success stories. I’m always excited to share my experiences with others on how the Pathways, STARS and Student Life Programs has made my CPCC journey a lifetime learning experience.


Name: Jala' Couet

Where I am from: Charlotte, NC

About me: I am a single mom of two of the cutest babies, 2 and 3. I am a transfer student majoring in Biology minoring in secondary education. I am a Christian and sing in my church's choir. I love science, music, and animals!! I was a vet tech before coming to CPCC, I miss working with animals, but now know that I am meant to be a teacher. I can't wait to graduate, and begin my career!!!

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador: I became a student ambassador because I wish to have the opportunity to share with local students how important it is to get an education. I am passionate about CPCC. The school is making it possible for me to support my children while doing something that I enjoy! CPCC goes above and beyond to make the journey as smooth as possible; and the college has such a nice family atmosphere, it is impossible not to fall in love with it.

Marqus Peters

Name: Javier Guillen

Where I am from: Mexico

About me: I’m a first generation college student pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Civil Engineering Technologies here at CPCC. In addition to my Engineering major, I also enjoy spending my time with artistic projects at home and practicing yoga. One of my greatest motivations in life is my family, especially my younger brothers. I hope to be a positive role model in their life and show them that hard work and dedication pays off.

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador: Throughout high school I was very involved in community and extracurricular activities, including Habit for Humanity, student government, and Chief Editor of the yearbook. When I started attending CPCC, I wanted to take a leadership role that would enable me to grow as a person and have a positive effect in my school and community. As a first generation student, I faced many difficulties finding my way to college. I wanted to take my experiences and help other people who might be facing similar problems like I did.

Name: Jay Pokhriyal

Where I am from: Delhi, India

About me: I was born and raised in India. Near seven years back I came to America with many dreams (As we called America a Dream land) to be something. I'm currently working on my second year at CPCC, and I'm working towards an Associates of Arts. My future plan is to be an Accountant, to do so next year I am planning to transfer to UNCC to pursue my bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance. I firmly believe in “If anyone (he/she) can do it I can do it”, so my fellow students remember that, IF I CAN DO IT YOU CAN DO IT TOO. I wish good luck to all of you.

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador: I wanted to become a student ambassador to further enhance my organizational and interpersonal skills as well as Improve on leadership qualities. To be a student Ambassador gives me a sense of responsibility, which I believe one of the most important traits for any student Ambassador. To help prospective students and parents that may have any questions about the academic programs, student activities and campus life at CPCC. I like to be a good example for my fellow students to look upon as well as to help them to achieve their career goals

Name: Jessica Rubalcaba

Where I am from: Los Angeles, California

About me: I graduated from South Mecklenburg high school in Charlotte about two years ago. I am the second oldest in my family. My future goals in life are to graduate with a masters in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. I will be applying to UNCC in the spring. I have also been part of the Police Explores program in Charlotte for over 4 years. I love doing volunteer work and helping my community.

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador: I chose to be part of the Student Ambassador program because, as a student I believe we can motivate other students to achieve higher academic growth.  Being part of the Student Ambassador program provides me with the opportunity to volunteer in my community and help other students.

Name: Kenny Emberton

Where I am from: Gainesville, VA and Fayetteville, NC

About me: Guitarist with enormous goals.

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador:

Improve on leadership qualities. Grow as an individual.

Name: Lindsay Hoffman

Where are you from: Johnstown, Pennsylvania

About you: I am beginning my third year at CPCC and entering the Dental Hygiene program this fall.

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador: I applied to the student ambassador program because I love opportunities to help others.  Through this program, I am able to meet and interact with many types of people and I look forward to growing as a student and member of the CPCC community.

Name: Mayo Crawl

Where I am from: Dayton, Ohio

About me: I've been a Buzz City resident since 2005 and I'm a second year student earning my Associates Degree in HVAC/R. The education, training and community involvement I receive here at CPCC will without doubt become the base my own company is built on. My interests outside of school include watching football games, landscaping, DIY projects, cat fishing and playing with my dogs.

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador: The reason I chose to become a Student Ambassador was simple; to lead by example. I come in contact with people every day that are exactly where I was in life before deciding to go back to school. If I can inspire one person to enroll in a course, encourage them to graduate and improve their situation I will feel like I earned my Ambassadorship.

Name: Ronette Kelly

Where I am from: Plainfield, NJ

About me: I'm a proud mother of three adult children. I serve on the music ministry at my church.  I love to encourage and help the youth to better themselves despite pass circumstances.  This is my second year at CPCC and will be graduating with a degree in business administration with a concentration in human resource management. I will Transfer credits to Catawba college and get my bachelors degree here on campus at CPCC.

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador: This was an opportunity for me to help students and their parents to see what CPCC has to offer. To provide a service to the college that serves its community.  And to get involved in different programs that help people pursue their educational goals.

Name: Sache' Thomas

Where I am from: Birmingham, Alabama

About me: I am getting my degree in accounting. This is my second year at CPCC and I couldn't have picked a better school. I have a passion for many things including Japanese culture, languages, art, outdoor sports, singing, gaming, animals, swimming, reading, and computers. Currently, my Japanese language skills are at the beginner level but is steadily improving. I love learning new things and meeting new people. After getting my degree I plan to working at a Japanese company and eventually live in Japan.

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador: This is a great way for me to gain experience in a professional sense. Because I am a shy person it's difficult for me to put myself out there but this position will help with many skills. Also, I love the thought of helping the other students become more familiar with the school and have as good an experience as I am having.