2018-2019 Staff

Mayra Figueroa Vazquez

Co Editor-In-Chief

Hello! I'm Mayra. I am a quiet introvert who loves storytelling. In my free time I enjoy watching and critiquing movies, going to art galleries and exhibitions, as well as comedy shows and the theater. I love to cook but I can...

Dorian Uson

Co Editor-n-Chief

Dorian Uson is a sophomore at San Diego Mesa College. She graduated from University City High School (UCHS) in June of 2017. At UCHS she fell in love with journalism as a member, and leader of the Commander staff. She also has...

Janna Braun

Faculty Adviser

Janna has been the Faculty Adviser to The Mesa Press since 2005.  During that time, the newspaper has been honored by a variety of organizations, including the San Diego Press Club, San Diego Society of Professional Journalists,...

Delaney Schafnitz

Features Editor

Delaney is in her third semester here at San Diego Mesa College. She is majoring in Journalism and this is her second semester on the Mesa Press staff, her first semester as Features Editor. Originally from a small town in central...

Libni Galicia

News Editor / Writer

Libni Galicia is a San Diego native with a love for the water and music. She is on her second year here at Mesa College double majoring in Journalism and English, aspiring to become a news editor or an investigative journalist....

Adriana Orozco

Opinions Editor

Adriana is majoring in Journalism and Public Relations. This is her second year at Mesa College and hopes to transfer to California State  University Fullerton in the Fall of 2019 in hopes of becoming a successful journalist.

Erik Acosta

Opinions Editor/Writer

Erik is a Mesa College Journalism student and aspiring novelist. Erik has written sports for the Roxbury Review, and hopes to transfer to SDSU to fulfill his dreams of becoming a successful writer.

Leo Abustan

Photo Editor

Leo has an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. His current major is in Communications. He loves to travel and to experience life.

Isadora Troncoso

Photography Editor

Isadora is a Journalism major with a deep passion for movies, music and travel. She is the current Editor of Photography at the Mesa Press. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Isadora followed the sun all the way to San Diego in the...

Barbara Prevost-Nedd

Social Media Editor/Staff Writer

I have had a long held interest in writing but detoured to the field of Accounting, in which I earned a degree at CSU San Marcos. I am happy for this opportunity to write for The Mesa Press. My long term goals include writing...

Katie King

Sports Editor

Katie King is a sophomore at San Diego Mesa College and a first time Mesa Press member. She has a passion for education and wants to be a second grade teacher when she is older. She hopes to transfer to University of Colorado...

Kyla Esquivel

Sports Editor

This is Kyla Esquivel's first year at San Diego Mesa College, but her second year as a journalist. After graduating from University City High School in the spring of 2018 and spending a year at the Commander there, Kyla is super...

Saida Hassan

Staff Writer

Saida is a third year student at San Diego Mesa and is an Economics major. This is her first semester being part of The Mesa Press staff. She adores German Shepherds and hopes to transfer to UCSD or UCLA. She loves writing because...

C.N. Williams

Staff Writer

Cara is a Journalism major in her second semester at San Diego Mesa College. She's originally from the Midwest but grew up all over Southern California - and even did a stint in Brisbane, Australia, where she attended some high...

Megan Blacher

Staff Writer

Megan is a second year student at San Diego Mesa College, and it is her first time being part of the staff at the Mesa Press. Originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, she moved a year ago to San Diego to pursue a career in Journalism....

Kellie Summers

Staff Writer

Kellie Summers moved to San Diego from a small Texas town outside of Corpus Christi. She is a Muay Thai addict, mental health advocate, and has a strong passion for writing. Kellie is currently in her third year, studying Journalism...

Isaiah Opatz

Staff Writer

Isaiah Opatz is a Music Producer, Musical Artist, Film Maker, and aspiring Screenwriter and Novelist. He lives in San Diego, CA with his wife and their two children (which are dogs).

Samantha Festin

Staff Writer

Samantha is majoring in journalism at San Diego Mesa College. She is in her third year of community college and plans to transfer to San Diego State University in Fall 2019.

Dominick Celestina

Staff Writer

My name is Dominick Celestina and I hope to transfer to San Diego State University next fall semester with an AA in journalism. I am 27 years old and was born and raised in Sonoma County California but have been living in San...

Ian Caffarel

Staff Writer

Hello to whoever is reading this, my name is Ian J. Caffarel, but you can call me Ian, or Ivan. I'm just dipping my toes into this ocean, called newswriting. Because I'm new, I am going to do something horribly wrong, so bear...