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Meet our Fellows

Cydney Caradonna




Position:  Lead TRV Fellow

Major: Spanish




Cydney Caradonna is a Spanish Major with a minor in Writing. She is a part of the UC Merced Women's Basketball Team along with being a TRV Fellow. She is a transfer student herself from Gavilan College in Gilroy and Hawaii Pacific University, Her career goals include humanitarian advocacy and becoming a professor and author.


Spencer McDermott




Position: TRV Fellow

Major: Environmental Engineering, Physics Minor




Spencer McDermott grew up in of Elk Grove with his mom and brother. Spencer moved to Modesto to attend Modesto Junior College for 3 years and graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Mathematics and Physics before transferring to UC Merced to major in Environmental Engineering. His future goal after obtaining his degree is to continue on towards a Masters and PhD studying climate change and water resource. During Spencer's downtime, he enjoys hiking in Yosemite or Pinecrest along with playing pool, going bowling, and enjoying a good movie.


Christopher Ingle




Position: TRV Fellow

Major: English and Global Arts




Chris is from Merced, but lives in Winton. He is a transfer student from Merced College with an AAT in English. He is a double major in English and Global Art Studies (GASP). His hobbies include archery, video games, and local theater. His goal is to eventually become a High School English and Theater teacher.


Ernest (E.J.) Garcia




Position: TRV Fellow

Major: Psychology with Chemistry and Natural Sciences Education Minor


Ernest (E.J.) Garcia is a Psychology transfer student from Merced Junior College. He was born in Merced, CA and after moving around a bit, returned to Merced to finish high school at Golden Valley High followed by a stay at Merced Junior College. His hobbies include classical singing, music of any kind, specifically piano. He also enjoys cooking, and has competed in several competitions for cooking. He is also an avid cyclist and hiker. In terms of goals for the future, E.J. plans to graduate from UC Merced with a degree in Psychology and work in the Department of the Interior and National Park Service.


Emily Hagen




Position: TRV Fellow

Major: Public Health



Emily Hagen is a transfer student from Santa Cruz California. She graduated from Cabrillo College with an Associates Degree in Sociology and Health Science. She moved to Merced to pursue a degree in Public Health. Her future goals include working with underserved populations in our local communities and volunteering for the Peace Corps. Her hobbies include boxing, weightlifting and spending time with her corgi Jasmine.

Viridiana Vazquez 




Position: TRV Fellow

Major: Public Health with Minor in Psychology



Originally from Santa Ana, CA, Viridiana now attends UC Merced as a fourth year pursuing a degree in Public Health with a minor in Psychology. Apart from being a fellow for TRV, she’s also involved in health organizations focusing on bettering community life in Merced. Viridiana likes to hang out with friends or volunteer at the local animal shelter.