Gwinnett Tech Welcomes 36 New Student Ambassadors

Students from all different backgrounds are a common sight on the Gwinnett Tech campus. However, the 36 students in the newest group of Ambassadors at the state’s third largest technical college are the biggest and most diverse group ever.

These students, who are now part of an elite group that serves as the face of the College at events both on and off campus, come from more than a dozen countries and represent programs of study from accounting to welding and everything in between. Within this group there are a grandmother of six and a 16-year-old high school student who is earning college credit while in high school through Move on When Ready. What they all have in common is a love for their experience at Gwinnett Technical College and a desire to help others.

“This is the largest and most diverse group of students we have had the pleasure of welcoming as ambassadors to Gwinnett Tech,” said Rachel Mariano, director, student life. “We can’t wait to see what they bring to the table in this role.”

Ambassadors are chosen through faculty nominations and series of interviews, and must maintain GPA and service hour requirements. This year’s class of Ambassadors includes:

  • Cynthia Alriche of Stone Mountain
  • Sebastian Barahona of Lawrenceville
  • Juan Pablo Bohorquez of Lawrenceville
  • Bobby Bowden of Lawrenceville
  • Gisella Brust of Lawrenceville
  • Catherin Chacon of Auburn
  • Victoria Coker of Monroe
  • Kara Cooper of Loganville
  • Kenneth Cureton of Winder
  • Rickey Dailey Jr. of Decatur
  • James Edwards of Lilburn
  • Dorothy Elmore of Lawrenceville
  • Sue Gates of Braselton
  • Samia Haroon of Lawrenceville
  • Michael Johnson of Buford
  • Betul Kilinc of Lawrenceville
  • Izella King Chardon of Stone Mountain
  • Thomas Lee of Lilburn
  • Ashton Mason of Snellville
  • Jennifer MIller of Sugar Hill
  • Jane Nyingi of Lawrenceville
  • Victor Opara of Duluth
  • Lucio Parra of Buford
  • Christy Proctor of Grayson
  • Shanna Pye of Lawrenceville
  • Missun Raine of Stone Mountain
  • Mimi Rasche of Suwanee
  • Briana Saifullah of Hoschton
  • Melissa Sifuentes of Norcross
  • Eric Skinner of Atlanta
  • Brigette Small of Norcross
  • Chris Southerland of Lawrenceville
  • Gisele Tamara of Lawrenceville
  • Kaikor Tamba of Grayson
  • Ivory Walton of Duluth
  • Van Whitmire of Gainesville

Gwinnett Technical College offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate program options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit or call 770-962-7580.