Meet our Team Leads

DARTS Team Leads


Jessica Valencia

Lead Fellow


Jessica is a first generation college student and third year transfer.  She obtained both her Associates of Science in Biology and Chemistry at Hartnell Community College before transferring in the fall of 2015.  In the spring of 2017 she will be graduating with her B.S. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis on Molecular & Cell Biology.  Her hope is to continue on to medical school and become an OB-GYN with a sub-specialty in Maternal Fetal Medicine.  In her spare time Jessica enjoys volunteering at the local hospital and spending time with her family.

Viviana Martinez

Lead Peer Instructor


Viviana is a traditional fourth year Pre-Med Psychology major, Cognitive Science Minor student. She hopes to pursue a career in Psychiatry. Outside of DARTS, she is a part of Psi Chi Honor Society, Health Psychology Research Lab, AMSA, and a ED volunteer for Mercy Medical Hospital. She is excited to meet all DARTS Scholars!!

Socorro Cardoso

Academic Support Lead Fellow


Socorro Cardoso is a third year Biological Science Major with an emphasis on Ecology and Evaluation. She is a part of the Academic Support team and a Peer Instructor for the Transfer USTU-10 class. She is excited to help DARTS scholars transition from their current situation to UC Merced. She likes doing community service events in Merced with her organization and the CRS class. She plans to go to Veterinary school to become a Vet.

Cydney Caradonna

Events Lead Fellow


Cydney Caradonna is a Spanish Major with a minor in Writing. She is a part of the UC Merced Women's Basketball Team along with being a DARTS Fellow. She is a transfer student herself from Gavilan College in Gilroy and Hawaii Pacific University, Her career goals include humanitarian advocacy and becoming a professor and author. 


Adrian Evangelista

Returning Team Lead Fellow


Adrian is a first-generation college student and a Human Biology major with a Psychology minor. He transferred to UC Merced from Merced College and Hawaii Pacific University. He is part of the Pilipino American Alliance at UC Merced, and plans to join the Psi Chi Honor Society. On his spare time, Adrian likes to go to the gym, ride his bike, and play RPG and MOBA style video games (catch him outside in Overwatch, how about that). One of the things on his bucket list is to attend the Olympics as either a volunteer or a spectator.   


Alondra Zambrano

Operations Lead Fellow


Alondra Zambrano is pursuing a major in Human Biology with a minor in Psychology. Outside of DARTS, she is the president of United Pancreas (UP). She co-founded UP, the UCM chapter of the College Diabetes Network. In her spare time, she likes to do events and activities in her club revolving around Type 1 Diabetes to promote the mission behind CDN. She plans on getting a Masters in Diabetes Nursing and hope to work with kids who are affected by Type 1 Diabetes.