Bernadette was born and raised in the Philippines. At age eleven, she immigrated to the United States. She is an undergraduate student at AU’s Kogod School of Business majoring in Business Administration, specializing in Entrepreneurship and Finance with a minor in Economics and a certificate in Community-Based Research. She is also a member of CAS LEAD and holds executive board positions in AU Photo Collective, AASU and serves as a District Representative for the Philippine American Coalition. Her favorite past time is swimming and watching the sunset. Bernadette also supports many causes that benefit underserved children in her community. When she is not busy swimming or spending time at the beach, she can be found playing the piano, eating great food, spending time with children, and creating new adventures.
Ryan is a foreign policy wonk and political junkie. Originally from Arizona, Ryan is a sophomore in AU's School of International Service and is majoring in International Studies with a minor in Russian and a certificate in Community-Based Research. He is also a researcher in the Olson Scholars Program, where he conducts research on insurgent movements in Russia and Eurasia. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys playing boardgames (especially Chess), learning computer code, and watching Game of Thrones. He is excited to share his passion for community development by leaving a lasting impact on El Progresso this spring!