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Intern Bios

Taylor Bell

Taylor Bell - Lead Intern, Intern to Justin Jones, Chief of Staff

Taylor Bell is studying Political Science with an emphasis in Public Law and Political Philosophy. Upon arrival to UVU, Taylor became involved with the student association as a volunteer with activities. Taylor has since served as a senator for the University College, worked as a mentor for the Developmental Math Department, and has sat on the Re-envisioning the Undergraduate Experience and Faculty Connections & Academic Experience committees.

Taylor currently acts as Chief Justice and chairs the Judicial Council within UVUSA. In this role, Taylor promotes civic engagement across campus through voter registration drives and political discussions. He is passionate about UVU’s core themes and hopes to contribute to the culture of being seriously inclusive and civically engaged. Through the academic year, Taylor will be a student representative for Campus Appeals and Disciplinary Hearings. He is also a member of the Strategic Web Action Team and Sustainability Committee.

Taylor is passionate about international development and humanitarianism. In the non-profit sector, his work has included initiatives focusing on clean water, hygiene, women empowerment and developmental education in the countries of Nepal, Peru and Belize. He hopes to continue this work and broaden his reach across the world. After graduating from UVU, Taylor plans to receive his juris doctorate and hopes to work for the U.S. Government abroad or in Washington D.C.

 

Anna Tibbitts

Anna Tibbitts - Intern to President Astrid S. Tuminez

As a freshman at Utah Valley University, Anna quickly became involved on campus through UVU’s Honors Program and Women’s Rugby team. Since then, she has furthered her involvement on campus through multiple organizations including the First Year Experience Department as an orientation team lead, the National Society of Communication Scholars Honors Society as vice president, the National Communications Association of Students as vice president, and the Latter-Day Saint Student Association as a council executive. She has also done humanitarian work in several areas of China.

Currently, Anna is in her senior year studying Communication. Aside from this internship, she is an honors student and also works with an international company that runs English-learning camps in China.

Anna hopes to draw valuable leadership skills and experience from this internship that will assist her in pursuing a career in leadership coaching. After her time coaching, she has plans to attend graduate school for a Master’s degree and Ph.D. specializing in interpersonal relations and organizational communication and become a professor of Communication.

 

 

 

Tuvae Nerveza-York

Tuvae Nerveza-York - Intern to Jeff Olson, Senior VP of Academic Affairs

Tuvae Nerveza-York is originally from Hawaii and her first language is Hawaiian. She is currently a senior at Utah Valley University gaining a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science, with a minor in finance. Her hobbies include outdoor activities, cultural dancing, and eating amazing foods. Her previous professional experience consists of serving two political internships; one for a U.S. Congresswoman and one for a Utah lobbyist.

Tuvae is passionate about being a part of the UVU student community because of the culture and guidance UVU provides. Tuvae has chosen to be a Presidential intern to better present herself and the UVU student population. She also strives to engage students in the culture and mission UVU is achieving.

She would like to learn how the University operates at an executive level and what makes UVU so successful and unique compared to other universities in Utah. The Presidential internship will help Tuvae gain a unique perspective that will benefit her in law school as she strives to become a corporate lawyer. She also has the desire to become a consultant to help assist and guide businesses to success. The Presidential internship is also an opportunity for Tuvae to represent her cultural background and present herself as a Hawaiian from Hawaii achieving her goals at a professional and executive level.

 

 

 

Skyler Payne

Skyler Payne - Intern to Val Peterson, VP of Finance & Administration

Skyler graduated from Pleasant Grove High School and soon after left to serve a two year sabbatical for his church in the Czech Republic. Upon returning home, Skyler quickly began his schooling as a Personal Financial Planning student in the Woodbury School of Business at UVU.

Skyler found a passion for being involved and has served as a director and VP for alumni relations of the UVUSAA (Student Alumni Association). He has worked with the Universities Foundation as a “Foundation Ambassador”. There he represented the student body to the Foundation Board in an effort to build stronger student donor relationships. He is heavily involved with his degree and is serving as the PFPSA (personal financial planning student association) president. And this year is a founding member of a student run Venture Capital program titled “The Wolverine Fund”.

He is married to his best friend McCall, and they recently celebrated their one year anniversary. Skyler plans on attending graduate school after finishing his bachelors this spring. After completing his masters Skyler plans on following an entrepreneurial route and aspires to one day own his own wealth advising firm.

 

 

 

Nathan Roundy

Nathan Roundy - Intern to Linda Makin, VP of Planning, Budget and Human Resources

Nathan Roundy is a senior majoring in Political Science and double-minoring in Humanities and Philosophy. Nathan received a High Distinction in leadership from the UVU Center for the Advancement of Leadership for his work over the past two years a member of the LEAD program and the Wolverine Ambassador program. While at UVU, Nathan has volunteered on the Transgender Task Force, has worked as an intern in the Policy Office, currently co-chairs the Homelessness Task Force, has participated on InQueery panels, and worked on several original research projects about LGBT Political Behavior that have received over $10,000 in funding. Nathan spent the summer studying at the University of Cambridge where he conducted research analyzing the effects that conservatism within the Queer community has on LGBT rights and culture.

By participating in the Presidential Internship, Nathan can continue to build his research and leadership skills. Nathan interns in the Office of Planning, Budget, and Human Resources, where he often conducts research on university policy, future plans, and working conditions within the university.

After UVU, Nathan plans on earning a PhD in Political Science. He plans to continue researching LGBT politics and culture with the intent to improve conditions for LGBT people within our society.

 

 

 

Brett González

Brett González - Intern to Kyle Reyes, VP of Student Affairs

Brett is a senior at UVU majoring in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Family Studies. He plans to attend graduate school and become a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist.

While attending UVU Brett has been presented with numerous opportunities to become involved on campus. He has enjoyed participating in and working with clubs on campus starting in the Family Studies club; he later co-founded the Photo Fam photography club. His involvement led to him becoming a Club Ambassador in the UVUSA office and then was voted in as the Vice President of Clubs in UVUSA leadership. Brett’s involvement has allowed him to become more knowledgeable about and in the university’s inner workings while sitting on various committees on campus including the Diversity and Inclusion committee and the Course Fees committee.

Brett is currently working with professors conducting research for the American Families of Faith project. His focus in the project is working with Hispanic and Latino families in various religions to explore the values and beliefs that help their family stay strong. Brett also volunteers with the Bradley Grief Center working with youth and teens, helping them learn and use positive coping skills when dealing with the passing of family and friends. He is also currently serving as a county delegate in his local precinct.

 

 

Lluvia Santiago

Lluvia Santiago - Intern to Belinda ‘Otukolo Saltiban, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer

Aloha mai! ‘O wau nō ‘o Lluvia Koali Santiago. ‘O O‘ahu ku‘u one hānau. He hiapo au o ‘elima keiki no ku‘u mau mākua na‘au ali‘i. He huaka‘i kēia ola no‘u e kūlia i ka nu‘u.

Lluvia was born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii. After high school at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama, she obtained an Associate’s of Architecture at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California. Subsequently, she served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Missouri and Kansas.

She currently is a Pacific Islander Section Leader in UVU’s Cultural Envoy Leadership Program, whose mission empowers her to become an exceptional leader and achieve success. Lluvia participates in CAL’s LEAD program. She is also Miss Pacific Islander Utah 2018, which is part of the Miss America program. “Changing the world one kind act at a time” is her message as a title holder, which she shares as Alohakind on Instagram.

In an effort to bring her different experiences together, Lluvia has switched her major from Construction Management to Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations, and looks forward to a career as a licensed architect or perhaps a public figure.

 

 

 

Kim Bojórquez

Kim Bojórquez - Intern to Cameron Martin, VP of University Relations

Kim is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in communication with an emphasis in journalism and a minor in Latin American studies. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kim is the proud daughter of Mexican and Guatemalan parents.

She is the communications branch coordinator for UVU’s Multicultural Student Council. From 2017-18 she served as the editor-in-chief of UVU’s independent-student newspaper, the UVU Review. In 2016 Kim traveled to Minnesota and reported on protests caused by the officer-involved killing of Philando Castile. This event inspired her to focus on issues pertaining to race, class, civil unrest, and social justice.

She’s worked for the Provo-based newspaper the Daily Herald, local-affiliate station ABC4, and the alternative-newspaper Salt Lake City Weekly. In 2018 she was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards as a finalist for best in general news photography and best in breaking news reporting. Recently, Kim was named an honorary recipient of the 2018 Utah SPJ Sunshine Award for pushing to keep police records open to the public. Kim currently serves on the board of the Utah Headliners SPJ.

Kim strongly believes that she can make the world a better place through storytelling and investigative reporting. She hopes to work in print journalism and dreams of working for the Los Angeles Times or Washington Post, and pursue a master’s degree in journalism.

 

Mat Hepworth

Mat Hepworth - Intern to Scott Cooksey, VP of Development & Alumni

After serving a service mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Portland Oregon, Mat came home and worked for a Global Logistics company in freight forwarding as an account manager. Two years later he took an internship in Washington D.C. where he worked as a research staff member for the Joint Economic Committee contributing to papers on the opioid crisis and shotgun marriage for the Social Capitol Project.

Currently Mat is studying Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Family Studies and a Minor in Marketing. In his role in Alumni and Development, Mat is working to network the different colleges on campus with student and alumni entrepreneurs’ and helping them gain accesses to necessary business resources. He also is the co-creator and Vice President of UVU’s Fight Against Porn Club, and teaches a local religious institute class.

Mat’s passion is human development and has wanted to be a husband and father since he was young. He loves helping people recognize and reach their full potential, and plans on going into leadership coaching and development. He believes in shooting for the stars and hopes to one day be an inspirational speaker, author, and President of UVU. He wants to inspire other UVU students that anything is possible if they are just willing to put themselves out there and try.