Agua Prieta, Mexico 2013

Rancho Feliz Charitable Foundation

The community of Agua Prieta

Meet our 2013 team!

We are attempting to raise the $15,000 needed to make this volunteer project a reality. If you would like to donate you can make a donation online with the form linked below or stop by our offices in the Wood Center.

Thank you for your support!

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Josh Hovis, Team Leader

This is Josh's first Alternative Spring Break as a team member and he couldn't be more pumped. The only thing that makes him more excited than the trip itself is the amazing and awesome team he has the luxury of working with. The opportunities for service, growth, and experience promise to be well worth the trip. He promises to keep the sunshine pumpin and the smiles beaming as the team works together all spring break long.

A few of his favorite things involve kayaking with crocodiles, swimming with sharks, hugging koalas, and petting wild animals.

Heidi Shepard, Team Leader

My name is Heidi Shepard and I am a senior in the Foreign Languages program. Coincidentally, I speak Spanish and enjoy traveling. I was born and raised in Fairbanks and when I'm not a student I am a waitress and bartender. I love Fairbanks mostly for it's addicting summers and the fact that home is where my Grandma lives. My volunteer experieneces are limited to this community and campus. Therefore, I am very excited to not only travel over spring break and be exposed to a new culture but to understand how to volunteer outside my own community. The boarder issues facing our country can be very heated and I believe the 2013 AB team is very lucky to be able to get a closer look at what is going on and do something postiive!

Moriah Huntsinger

My name is Moriah Hunstiger. I am Junior here at UAF and am currently a double major in biological sciences and chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry. My schooling is very important to me and my hard work and attentiveness have paid off with a 3.92 cumulative GPA. Since my sophomore year I have worked for Residence Life as a Resident Assistant in Bartlett Hall. This semester I attended the ACS Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting in Colorado to present a poster and I hope to travel to more conventions throughout my college career. In my free time I enjoy hiking, skiing, rock climbing, reading, and volunteering.

Volunteer activities I have been involved in include doing laundry at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Alaska Regional Hospital, picking up trash, working at shot clinics, and volunteering at the local soup kitchen. However, my all-time favorite volunteer experience was when I went to South Africa for a month to volunteer at the De Wildt Shingwedzi Cheetah and Wildlife Ranch. While there my duties included building roads, repairing fences, feeding the animals, and digging up invasive plant species. This is only a brief description of my trip but it has deeply impacted my life and I hope to have many more such experiences.

Jackie Cheek

Hi! My name is Jackie Cheek and I’m a junior at UAF studying biology and natural resource management. I can’t wait to help do some good in Mexico. I have volunteered with many local organizations in the past including the Immaculate Conception Soup Kitchen, Alaska State Parks, and Habitat for Humanity as well as after school programs. After graduating I hope to join the Peace Corps, working with agriculture in Africa and later become a park ranger. In my free time I enjoy hiking, knitting, reading, photography, and watching movies.

Ty Block

My name is Ty Block and I’m working towards going through a nursing program. I decided when I was younger that I wanted to help people for a living. I’ve always wanted to do something that was worthwhile so I found nursing to be a natural path to making that goal a reality, though nursing is just one-way to help others. I’ve been interested in volunteering since high school and have had many great opportunities. I’m excited for our Alternative Break trip to have new experiences and broaden my perspective!

Ashleigh Strange

I am Ashleigh Strange, a 24 year old Broadcast journalism senior and life long fairbanksan. I recently spent a year volunteering with a national service organization called AmeriCorps NCCC. I was a wildland firefighter and I caught the volunteering bug! I enjoy helping others, volunteering, making people laugh, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and karaoke. I am also mildly internet famous (“worst beatboxer ever” on youtube). I’m excited to volunteer in Agua Prieta and learn from new experiences.

Juan Cruz

Yo yo yo.. My name is Juan Cruz and i am originally from the Midwest!! Elgin, Illinois (30 min drive to Chicago). I decided to come to the great state of Alaska for the adventure!! So far everything is great. This will be my second winter here and still trying to adjust to how cold it gets here so yea. I am a senior here at UAF working on my BA in Social Work and BA in Justice. I am really exited to be going on this trip not only will this experience helping, but in my opinion it really motivates people to help out in the community by getting more involve by volunteering.

Mari Freitag

I’m originally a Ketchikan girl, but now I am in my fifth year at UAF and will graduate this spring with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Justice. I have participated in many organizations and groups during my time at UAF, including ASUAF, the student government, New Student Orientation, the Nanook Traditions board, and the UA Board of Regents as the student regent. I’m a huge Trekkie, and am currently working towards my private pilot certificate. I am excited and grateful to be a part of the AB team because I know it will enrich many lives, including my own. I look forward to bringing my experience back to further enhance the UAF and Fairbanks communities.

Krissy Shogren

Hi, my name is Krissy Shogren and I am a Spanish major. I am a Junior and have taken Spanish classes since Middle School. This trip will give me the opportunity to interact with the people in Mexico, practice Spanish, as well as to help out in their community!

Brandy Flores

Hello my name is Brandy Flores and I’m from Anchorage, AK. I’m a first generation college student in my junior year studying Natural Resource Management and Spanish. I am co-president of the UAF GSA and participate in many activities provided through the LIVE office. I’m supes excited to go to Mexico and help others. This is a wonderful opportunity for students!

Courtney Enright

Hello! My name is Courtney Enright and I’m a student working on my bachelors in Engineering and my masters in Business Administration. I’m originally from Ketchikan, AK. Currently I lack hobbies due to my combined class and workload, but I do have the pleasure of working for the Alaska Space Grant Program on the ARC1 as a student engineer. Despite my full schedule I always find time to be involved. Past experiences have included caring for animals at the animal shelter, community beautification projects, pre-school eye screening and various coordinated fundraisers for non-profits.

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