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Welcome New Faculty to the PFFS Team

Vanessa Reynaga – Will be our onsite videographer, working both with students and making her own mini-documentaries about the terrific work being done at our schools.  In the past she worked as a video editor for the United Way of Tucson and a photographer with GradImages.  She is a graduate of Sunnyside High School and has taken classes in digital film and media and writing at both Pima College and the University of Arizona.

Claire Bernhard –  Claire is the counseling intern at Downtown! She is currently in the Master’s School Counseling program at the University of Arizona. Originally from Seattle, WA but she feels much more comfortable in the desert. When she first moved to Tucson, she went to massage school, so she is also a licensed massage therapist. She enjoys walking up Tumamoc and hanging out with her cat who adopted her!

Ariana Garcia  – Ariana is the VISTA Coordinator for Wellness and Diversity Initiatives. She was born and raised in Tucson, and is a recent U of A graduate in Anthropology and Biology. Being a native Tucsonan, she is an avid hiker, yogi and recently got into rock climbing. She wants to go into Education and Public Health, and is looking forward to what this coming year holds for her and her involvement at CITYCCL!

Dani Melissa – Dani R-P is our new farm to school program coordinator Americorps member. They moved to Tucson a year ago and served a term at Tucson Village Farm. They grew up on a farm in Delaware and have been working on farms ever since. They studied Music at Bennington College in Vermont. This past summer, they did a bike tour from Seattle to San Francisco. Their favorite vegetable is broccoli!

Ernest Nizigiyimana is from Tanzania.  As an Americorp member, he will be helping students with math at PFFS-Downtown.  Ernest’s goal is to get his MD degree and return to Tanzania to provide free healthcare for those unable to afford it.  Ernest graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Biology and a minor in Psychology.  In addition to English, he speaks Kirundi, Swahili and Kinyarwanda.

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