OUR TEAM

The Passion Behind the Organization

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JALEASHA LYONS
SHE/HER

President

Hello everyone! I am an undergraduate senior in the CSAD program. I am very intrigued with Audiology. Becoming an Audiologist has been a dream of mine since high school. Also, I consider helping others a lifelong passion so I look forward to working as an Au.D. I am also passionate about equality and the diversity in our field. I find importance in encouraging open-mindedness and proving representation. All in all, I proud to be apart of this club as well as this major.


“Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.” - Susan L. Taylor

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FERNANDA AGUILAR
SHE/HER

Vice President

Hello everybody! I’m a Latina senior undergraduate in the CSAD program in Sacramento State. My dream is to get a masters degree in speech language pathology. I’m motivated to advocate for those who have a difference and not a disorder. I have a strong passion for helping others, especially those who need extra help to succeed. Therefore, helping people find their voice and feeling confident about it means the world to me. I strongly believe that everyone deserves the same opportunities regardless of any factor (gender, sex, ethnicity, etc). Everyone deserves a voice and a loud one!🌟

“Knowledge is power.” - My parents 

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JACOB SANDOVAL
HE/THEY

Treasurer

Hi! My name is Jacob Sandoval and I am the treasurer for R.A.I.N.B.O.W. I am a transfer student from the Bay Area and this is my 2nd year at Sac State. I am hoping to pursue a career as a speech pathologist. As a member of R.A.I.N.B.O.W. I hope to help provide a safe space for all peoples.


"Love is never wrong." — Melissa Etheridge

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GLORIA RAMIREZ
SHE/HER

Secretary

Hi my name is Gloria and I am a senior in the CSAD program with a minor in Art Education. I identify as a Chicana pansexual woman and love how far I've come in accepting myself for who I am. I aspire to become a great SLP that can help others. My goal as a R.A.I.N.B.O.W board member is to help provide a safe space for all people and help others make connections. 

"...We are not on Earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others." -Gordon B. Hinkley 

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JULIE SOTO 
SHE/HER

Public Relations

Hello everyone ! My name is Julie and I’m a junior and my major is in CSAD. I hope to accomplish representation of diversity and to help create a safe space for everyone. Mental health is a priority of mine and I hope to help others as well prioritize this in life and while in school. 


My favorite quote would have to be “Stop creating fake scenarios and hurting your own feelings” The reason I chose this quote is because I struggle so much on self image, self worth and depression and I do create fake scenarios and end up hurting my own feelings. Mental health is very important and it is something we are all working on and I want to show everyone that you’re not alone. 

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MANAR TAYEH 
SHE/HER

Disability Liaison

Hello R.A.I.N.B.O.W members, 

My name is Manar Tayeh and I am a junior here in Sac State. As a member of the team I hope to continue to push inclusivity and respect for all backgrounds in our field. I am looking forward to working with my team members to accomplish these goals.


My favorite quote has always been “Just because he/she carries it well doesn’t mean it’s not heavy” I take this to mean be kind to everyone because everyone has their struggles and we  never know what they may be going through. 

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LEAH GEER ZARCHY
SHE/HER/ELLA

Advisor

Hello, to share a little bit about myself, I always wanted to become a teacher of some kind. I see myself as a life-long learner! By the time I got to college, I knew I wanted to teach college-level students. My Ph.D. area of specialization is linguistics. Since joining the faculty at Sac State, my work has become broader, including work on imposter syndrome, teacher-scholarship, and most recently early childhood deaf education. I recently co-wrote an ASL curriculum for hearing families with deaf or hard-of-hearing children. My co-author is an SLP who graduated from Sac State's program! This semester I'm looking forward to teaching a new class for the first time, ASL Classifiers.

"I'm not proud to be disabled in higher ed. But I am proud to stand amongst many disabled scholars who are actively and viciously fighting to carve out space for disabled academics at all career stages."  - Dr. Nicole Lee Schroeder

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President: jaleashalyons@csus.edu | Vice President: fernandaaguilar@csus.edu |
Treasurer: fsandoval3@csus.edu | Secretary: gloriateresaramirez@csus.edu
Public Relations:jmsoto@csus.edu |Disability Liaison: jmsoto@csus.edu |
Faculty Advisor: leah.geer@csus.edu