Lawton Advocates

Shirley Albiter

Shirley Albiter is a Senior In the Criminal Justice program, from Wauwatosa, WI. Currently she works as a Lead Campus Ambassador in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She has also spent her summer as an Orientation Leader. After Undergrad she intends on pursuing her Masters within Student affairs . During her time off she enjoys adventuring the outdoors with her younger siblings and family. This is her second year as a Lawton Scholar Advocate.


Liliana Anderson

My name is Liliana Anderson, I am a Senior at UWM. I am a psychology major who aspires to be attending Law School after graduation for the Fall of 2019. In addition to being a student, I am also a wife and mother of four children. Although my daily life can be a little hectic, I am motivated to graduate and continue to work within my community to invoke social change and justice for the people impacted by certain circumstances like poverty, crime, and those who are suffering disadvantages based on their race/ethnicity. Last year was my year as a Lawton Success Scholar Advocate, but now I am a Lead Advocate. I was interested in the role as a lead advocate because I am the oldest of five children and I’ve always been the leader in my family, the one that people turned to for advice, motivation, and sometimes just a listening ear. I would like to be that for all my scholars as well. I would like all students at UWM to know that despite whatever challenges you are going through today, that those challenges do not determine your tomorrow.


Jordan Andre

My name is Jordan Andre and I am a Senior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I am majoring in Actuarial Science with a minor in Economics. I currently work part time at Sapinski Law Office. In my free time I enjoy going to concerts and watching movies. This will be my second year as a Success Advocate but my first semester as a Lead and I’m really looking forward to it!


Alexis Barner

My name is Alexis Barner and I am a senior majoring in Biological Sciences. After graduation, I intend on applying to the Medical College of Wisconsin in pursuit of becoming a physician. I absolutely love helping and giving of my time and skills to my community. In the future, I wish to open a clinic for low income families. I love playing Phase 10, Life, and Catch Phrase with my friends; recently I have been learning how to play chess. My favorite place to go in Milwaukee is the Lakefront, there’s just something about the waves and their motion that is awe-inspiring.


Nestor Murillo Barron

My name is Nestor Murillo Barron, I’m a senior majoring in Accounting here at UWM. I was born in Guanajuato, Mexico but I’ve lived in Milwaukee for half my life. I currently have an internship at Northwestern Mutual where I divide my time in the Budget & Expense Management and Enterprise Risk Management departments. Last semester I became a member of Beta Alpha Psi and I’ve been part of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity since Fall 2016. During my free time I like to watch movies and spend time with friends. This will be my second year as an Advocate for the Lawton Scholars and I cannot wait to make new experiences.

Yasmina Bazie

My name is Yasmina Bazie, and I am a senior majoring in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering here at UWM. I am a first-generation college student from Burkina Faso in West Africa. My native language is French, but I am also fluent in English after moving to the United States in 2013. This will be my third year as a Lawton Scholar, and my second semester as an advocate. I enjoy being an advocate and getting the opportunity to meet people from diverse cultures and help them to get involved on campus. For fun I like to watch movies, and I love shopping. I also really enjoy cooking and trying new foods- but when I’m not cooking I love to eat pizza! I am looking forward to another fun year as an advocate!


Stephanie Carmichael

Stephanie is a Senior studying social work and plans on continuing to graduate school and eventually getting her clinical license. As a returning adult student after her military service and two young children at home, she understands the variety of hardships and obstacles students can face and hopes that her position in the IEC will allow her to support and encourage her fellow classmates. She is particularly passionate about all individuals having access to higher education and is invested in helping undocumented students in her position as the DREAMER assistant. Stephanie is also an officer in an organization on campus for 1st generation students and regularly volunteers at Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center. Stephanie enjoys exploring all the diverse festivals and events that Milwaukee offers but hopes to return to Washington in the future to raise her family.


Ma Cha

My name is Ma Cha, and I’m a senior student majoring in the field of nursing. Fall 2018 will be my last semester as an undergraduate student here at UW-Milwaukee as I’m preparing for graduation. I’m excited to say that throughout my experience as part of the UW-Milwaukee community, along with the Lawton Advocate team, I’ve gain several great insights to my professional career path. Being a part of the Lawton Advocate team for an ongoing duration of 2 years has sculpted my growth both personally and professionally through a number of aspects. Some facts about me are that I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, being outdoors, and learning new things.


Youa Chang


My name is Youa Chang. I am a senior currently studying Finance in the Lubar School of Business at UWM. This year is going to be my 3rd year being in the Lawton Scholarship program but will be my second year being a Lawton Scholarship Success Advocate. Some things I like to do in my free time include learning how to cook and bake; learning to sew; and spending times with my family.


Nancy Correa

I am Nancy Correa, a senior at UWM, majoring in Human Resources. This is my last semester at UWM, and first time being a Lawton Advocate. Currently I work on campus at the Roberto Hernández Center, as a student assistant. I enjoy sharing my experiences with other students in hopes to potentially motivate, or help them through their educational path. As a scholar, Lawton helped me in many ways, which is what inspired me to become and advocate and help guide others. On my spare time, I love traveling, and spending time with family and friends. I did a semester abroad in Seville, Spain, and a winter abroad in Havana, Cuba. I am a firm believer that everyone should step out of their comfort zones, and explore other parts of the world. You’ll learn so much about others, and most importantly, yourself!

Andrew Flores

My name is Andrew Flores and I am in my Senior year here at UWM. I am originally from Kenosha, WI and am a first-generation college student. I enjoy spending time outdoors and watching movies. Since coming to Milwaukee, I have grown proud to call this my home and I look forward to continue exploring everything that this great city has to offer.



Ciara Gaines

My name is Ciara Gaines and I am senior studying Human Resources Management. Post-graduation I plan to attend graduate school where I will be seeking my MBA with hopes to land my dream job in a managerial role. During my free-time I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, cooking, and being outdoors. This will be my third semester as a Lawton Advocate and I look forward to learning more and doing more in this leadership role. I am excited for this upcoming year and I can’t wait to work with my scholars and the other advocates!


Olivia Gloria

My name is Olivia Gloria, and I am a senior Biology and Pre-Dental student. This is my second year as a Lawton Scholar Advocate. I hope to become an approachable resource for first-generation students during my time as an advocate. I am very involved in undergraduate research and am interested in anything relating to bio-medical topics. I hike and run in my spare time. I am also heavily involved in volunteering throughout Milwaukee city.


Aisa Henry

Hi my name is Aisia Henry. I am in my Senior enrolled at UW-Milwaukee. I currently am a Social Work major with a minor in Psychology. I plan to work with geriatric clients as a focus in my field. I am also currently a Research Assistant for the Sociology Lab here at UWM. Outside of school I’ve worked many retail jobs; my most recent job being a Team Member at Target! I am someone who likes to keep up with fashion trends and just clothes in general which has led me to become a brand team member for the time being. I have two siblings; a younger sister and brother. Some fun facts about myself is that I know how to say the alphabet backwards and when I was in elementary school I auditioned to be in a PopTarts commercial. My hobbies include reading (when I have the time) and watching YouTube videos and listening to a vast array of music. I spend a lot of time on my phone but who doesn’t? I look forward to an amazing year with Lawton!


Grauben Lara

My name is Grauben Lara and I am currently majoring in Psychology and Human Resource Management. I love helping people and understanding what exactly is going on in their minds. A lot of this stems from a show I’ve watched since I was younger which deems itself to be the “greatest social experiment on TV”: Survivor. I’ve marched two summers with a competitive drum and bugle corps from Minnesota called River City Rhythm where I play the snare drum. This group has given me the opportunity to travel to many different places in the U.S. and perform in front of thousands of people. I also have a current love for basketball. The Bucks are my favorite team and I have the privilege of working with the entertainment group at games and events, providing music through the drumline while watching my team play! Apart from that, I’ve slowly been growing an addiction to exercise. I translated my experience from playing soccer through high school into hard work in the gym and it really pays its dividends. I think of myself as optimistic and friendly, so if you see me around, don’t be afraid to say hi!


Visone Ly

My name Visone means “from wrong to right” given to me by my parents. I am a fourth year nursing student at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. I am the middle child of six kids, meaning I’m the unlucky one who has a lot on his plate. Fun fact about my family is that we came to the United State in year 2000. I learned to enjoy the outdoors and sports as I grew older. I am strong in my faith by going to church every Sunday. Many people would describe me as mysterious and strange. If there is one thing I could change it would be my height. I am not a big fan of animals that can hurt you but I do love farm animals. I was on the 2018 state fair commercial and worked at St. Lukes. There are many things I haven’t done in life but one thing I would really like to do would be to sky dive. Thanks for reading.


Tou Jim Lee

Tou Jim Lee is an experienced marketer, innovator, and entrepreneur. Lee currently attends UW-Milwaukee, pursuing a degree in Marketing and certificates in Entrepreneurship and International business. Driven by personal goals, he has held multiple leadership roles in college and in the community. He was also one of the four selected to represent UW-Milwaukee to participate in an elite worldwide program with Stanford University. Lee’s passion is in entrepreneurship/startups, marketing, and business.


Gabriela Leon

My name is Gabriela Leon, but you can call me Gaby. I’m originally from Kenosha, WI and I’m a first -generation college student. I moved to West Allis to be close to UWM. I decided to pursue a degree in Social Work, in order to help my community and youth along the way. Some of my hobbies include listening to music and watching movies. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I’m excited to have the opportunity to be part of the Lawton Scholars Success Advocate team this year!


Laura Manriquez

My name is Laura Manriquez. I am working towards my major in Health Care Administration with minors in Business, Communications and Economics. I am encouraged with hopes to go into the new UWM master’s program of Health Care Business Administration followed by earning my Doctorate in Neurobiology. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a Lawton Scholar and am looking forward to serving as an advocate.



Manuel Mora

My name is Manuel Mora, I am a senior, double majoring in History and English in the creative writing track here at UWM. I was born in the city of Milwaukee and have lived here my whole life. My parents are from Mexico, and as a first-generation student I have looked towards my mentors and peers in school to help me navigate through college. I enjoy reading fiction, mostly short stories, as well as writing short stories of my own. Watching movies and listening to music are other things that I do to relax. I have been a Lawton Scholar for two years and have learned a lot in those two years. As a Lawton Advocate I plan to learn a lot more, as well as help other Lawton Scholars. I plan to graduate in the Spring of 2019, and after graduating I plan on going to Graduate School and continue writing,



 Carlos Munoz Ornelas

My name is Carlos Munoz Ornelas. I am majoring in Finance with a certificate in International Business. I am currently an Associate for The Giersh Group,President for Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. UWM Colony, and a waiter at Beer Belly’s on the weekends. I will be graduating in December. I am a First-Generation Student and will be the first one to graduate from my family and hopefully my brothers will follow in my footsteps as well. I am also a huge soccer fanatic. Nothing gets passed me in that topic. I am a returning Advocate and want to meet great students.


Eveelid Quirino

My name is Eveelid Quirino and I am currently a Junior at UWM majoring in Nursing. I am a first generation student and I am thankful for those around me who support me every step of the way. This is my first year as a Lawton Advocate and my second year as a Lawton Scholar. As a student here at UWM I am involved in an on campus organization called Colleges Against Cancer who partners with the American Cancer Society to raise awareness and fight against cancer. When I am not in class or at work I enjoy hanging out with friends, listening to music or simply exploring Milwaukee. I look forward to working with all the Lawton Advocates and Scholars!


Izaiah Ramirez-Ealy

Izaiah Ramirez is a Sr. this year at UW-Milwaukee and is excited to begin his second semester as a Lawton Scholar Advocate. His main focus of study is theatre acting and performance through Peck School of the Arts. After this semester he will graduate with a BFA in theatre and also be performing in UWM’s production of WIlliam Shakespeare’s The Tempest.



Danielle Randle

My name is Danielle Randle and I am a senior at UWM pursuing a degree in Accounting. After graduating in the summer of 2019 I plan to move on to my master’s degree at UWM and begin preparation for obtaining my Certified Public Accountant license. Apart from school I spend most of my time with my three year old daughter who is my biggest motivation for becoming successful. Other interests of mine include suspenseful TV shows and all things music and dance. I look forward to getting to know everyone and assisting in all of your successes!


Dennis Regalado

My name is Dennis Regalado and I am going to be entering my senior year at UW-Milwaukee. I am also very excited to be taking the role as an Advocate. Many people describe me as fun and intriguing. I enjoy spending my time going to see any new movie or hitting a workout at the Klotsche center! One of my many passions is exploring Milwaukee and taking advantage of what this loving city provides. Milwaukee is truly a wonderful experience when tackling the city with a group of friends!



Heriberto Rios

My name is Heriberto but I go by Eddie and I am a Mexican-American. I am originally from Chicago but my family and I moved to the Milwaukee area almost 12 years ago. I am going into my Senior year at UWM and anticipate to graduate in the Spring of 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. I am currently the President of my Fraternity and also Co-President of the Multi-Cultural Greek Council on campus. I also have an internship at Robert W. Baird and I work in Private Wealth Management – Supervision.



Valerie Rubalcava

My name is Valerie and I am a junior in the geosciences program. My ultimate goal is to go to grad school to earn my master’s degree in geology/earth sciences. This is my first year as a Lawton Success Advocate. My goal through this position is to get to know and encourage other low-income, first generation minority students like myself to aim higher in their education. I am involved in undergraduate research, volunteer with the Roberto Hernandez Center as much as possible, and will work as an SI leader and tutor at PASS in fall 2018. Aside from school, I love finding new shows to watch, camping, and kayaking. I look forward to my role as a Lawton advocate this year!


Odalyz Santiago (Odi)

My name is Odalyz Santiago also known as Odi. I am your advocate for the year 2018-2019. I am senior majoring Social Work. My goal this year is to graduate and go on to get my Master’s degree. My favorite color is grey. My favorite animal is a giraffe. My favorite dish to eat is pasta specifically chicken alfredo. My favorite hobbies to do is reading and go bowling. If you need to contact me my email is Have a great year!



Paajtshab (Jessie) Thao

Paajtshab Thao, but widely known as Jessie, is a creative designer who has a strong passion for art, music, and photography. She is currently a senior at UW-Milwaukee majoring in Design and Visual Communication. She strives to create innovative and purposeful design while aiming for precision and believes that every experience provides a significant learning outcome(s). Jessie also holds multiple roles within the university besides a Lawton Advocate. She is the Vice President Gen1.0, a student organization for first generation students. She landed an internship at the University of Relations and Communications. She has also had the privilege to give out tours of the art and design department and be a classroom assistant within introductory design course. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, teaching beginner piano back at her home church, and more importantly being with family and friends.


Pa Kou Vang

My name is Pa Kou Vang. I am a first-generation student from Wausau, Wisconsin. I am a senior majoring in psychology with a minor in counseling. I will be graduating in Spring of 2019! I am also a part of Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority Inc. Here at UWM, I’m serving as secretary and community service chair. Currently I am a Behavioral Treatment Technician with WEAP, working with adorable kids! This will be my first year as a Lawton Advocate and I am looking forward to a great year.



Vanisha Walker

Vanisha Walker grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College. At Milwaukee Area Technical College, Vanisha was a Business and Entrepreneur major. After graduating from both programs Vanisha decided to attend University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. She’s currently a small business owner of Plush Beauty Lounge located in Milwaukee, WI. Vanisha loves spending time with her family, and visiting other countries. After graduation, Vanisha plans to open a finance company before entering a master’s program in Business Administration.