Undergraduate Student

Sandra is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University. Her interests include speech-language pathology with medical and bilingual concentrations. Sandra is a BUILD EXITO alumni and was introduced to research in partnership with BUILD EXITO. Sandra is assisting on a project focusing on the true vocal fold movements during cough. Her experience with BUILD EXITO, the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, and the Speech, Swallowing, and Respiration Lab have supported her with her plans for continuing with research.


Undergraduate Student

Joseph Alonso was born and raised in the Portland Metro Area where he graduated from West Linn High School. He enjoyed his time in AP Law and participated in sports. He is currently enrolled at Portland State University and studying Speech and Hearing Sciences where he wishes to pursue a career in Speech Pathology. He wants to work with children with disabilities. He has worked with a company called Rise Inc. where he has taken care of young adults with Autism. During his work with those within the Autism spectrum, he has helped with their ability to reach goals and achieve a better sense of communication. He is currently working in a lab focusing on vocal fold immobility on coughing as well as participating in other labs and activities. In his free time he gives to the homeless and others in need, in a project with the Seventh-Day Adventist church. 


Undergraduate Student

Kylee Carmony is a third year undergraduate student studying Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University. She started her studies at Mt Hood Community College when she was a sophomore in high school in order to receive her AAOT when she graduated. She is fascinated by the medical concentrations of speech-language pathology and is looking to pursue a career in research. She is currently working on a lab regarding the movements of the true vocal folds during cough. Outside of the lab and school, Kylee spends much of her time hiking and exploring nature. She also really enjoys caring for her plants and gecko at home.