Meet the Fellows


Aaron J. Davis is a junior at Saint Mary’s College of California. He is studying Business Administration with a concentration in Global Business and Entrepreneurship with a minor in Marketing. After high-school, Aaron spent four years as an infantryman with the 75th Ranger Regiment in the United States Army. At the end of his active duty service, he moved home and attended Sierra College in Rocklin, California where he spent two years studying. He is currently serving in the United States Army Reserves as a Psychological Warfare Specialist and is a sales associate for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing company.

On campus, Aaron serves as the Co-President of ENACTUS, a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world. He is the Vice President of the Dean’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board for the School of Economics and Business Administration which is consulted regularly on matters of curriculum, program, and student experience. This Fall he will continue studying business while abroad at the University Technology of Sydney in Australia. His interests include sustainable energy, renewable sources, politics, trade, cultural studies, and recreational activities.

Sierra Nguyen

Sierra Nguyen is a senior majoring in Sociology and double minoring in Chemistry and Art Theory and Criticism. She became interested in art criticism after studying the cross-pollinating relationship between the production and critical function of art in society. She has experience in both the art and science fields, holding positions as a programmer intern for the Mill Valley Film Festival, a co-curator for the experimental film exhibition, Surplus|Lack, and currently studies riboswitch activity in bacteria as a biochemistry researcher. After graduating in 2018, she hopes to continue her studies in Critical Theory and Art and eventually become a museum curator for modern and contemporary art. When she isn’t busy reading poetry and feminist thought, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and learning the rules to new board games. She is currently on a quest to perfect her grilled cheese sandwich, but has yet to find a bakery that offers porous yet chewy sourdough.


Kristin Perez is a senior at Saint Mary’s College of California. She is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Kristin has been an active member of our Saint Mary’s College community. She is President of the Saint Mary’s chapter of American Marketing Association which hosts Networking Nights to have Bay Area businesses meet with students providing them with opportunities for internships as well as build connections with business professionals. Fall 2016 Kristin was recognized for her marketing skills, and was brought onto Saint Mary’s Enactus Organization as their Team Lead in Marketing. Enactus is an organization focused on social justice through entrepreneurial action. She now serves as their Vice President in Marketing and Recruiting. Kristin has also served on the Dean’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board for the School of Economics and Business Administration. She volunteers her time each year for Weekend of Welcome to be an Orientation Leader for incoming freshmen. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for Saint Mary’s with the incoming class to better transition them for their four years. Kristin also volunteers with Relay for Life, she has been a team captain for three consecutive years. Kristin wants to continue her passion for marketing in the business world. She hopes to pursue a career in Entertainment Marketing or as an Outreach Event Coordinator.

Rachel Rowland

Rachel is a senior at Saint Mary’s College. She is studying Business Administration with a double concentration in Marketing and Digital Media, and a minor in Economics. She is the President of the Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Board for the School of Economics and Business Administration, which consults regularly with SEBA faculty to improve programs and student experiences. Rachel has always had an appreciation for Special Olympics, which she volunteered with during her sophomore summer. Her passion for sports led her to work with the Oakland Raiders for the past three seasons where she has learned everything from fan experience to ticketing. She is currently interning for NBC Sports Bay Area where she is taking an active role and engaging the fans of bay area teams. Rachel has a hidden interest in video production and graphic design. She is also constantly searching for the best cup of coffee in the bay. After graduation, she hopes to either continue working with the Raiders, or pursue a career in marketing.


Arielle Sexton is a sophomore at Saint Mary’s College of California. She is a 3+2 Engineering major, a program in which she will spend five years earning two bachelor's degrees, a BA in Liberal Arts from Saint Mary’s and a BS in Engineering from a second school. This program fits her well because she is both scientifically and artistically inclined.

Arielle grew up on stage, performing as a member of a professional youth choir and competing on a synchronized ice skating team. Through choir she had the opportunity to travel to other countries and perform on dozens of stages, discovering a passion for teaching as well as learning along the way. She applies the life skills and creative knowledge she gained from her years in choir and ice skating to the problem solving she undertakes as an engineering student.

Arielle is passionate about robotic engineering and serves as treasurer of the Saint Mary’s engineering club. She works through the club to educate fellow students about modern engineering applications like 3D printing, drone technology, and robotics. It is her hope to one day combine her passion for robotics with her wish to improve the lives of others, creating new technologies for the betterment of society and individuals.


Symone Williams is a junior at Saint Mary's College of Ca pursuing a double major in Justice, Community, Leadership and Sociology, with a minor in Law and Society, with anticipation of doubling with Theology. Within her college career, criminal justice reform has inspired her to intern at both Napa Juvenile and Adult Probation for two consecutive summer terms in 2016 and 2017. This summer, Symone will also be working alongside the chair of the Justice, Community, Leadership program as well as SMC faculty members in honoring a grant awarded to SMC by developing a new program, INSTEP, a special education teaching program which targets the needs of understaffed public schools in Contra Costa County.

At SMC, Symone is guided by her passion for leadership. She has served as a senator of her class, and will now be taking on the role of Vice Chair for the Class of 2019. Symone is a member of the College Committee for Inclusive Excellence (CCIE) working alongside members of the administration such as the Chief Diversity Officer and the Provost. She is also Student Co-Chair of CCIE's subcommittee Black Lives Matter. Symone has been an active member of the Black Student Union where she serves on the executive council as the Diversity Organization Council Representative. Upon graduation, Symone will continue on to law school, in order to pursue her passion in the law, writing policies for criminal justice reform.