Resident Leader Council


Brenda R. Mendoza O.

Brenda is an honors graduate of Hinkley High School and is currently majoring in Molecular Biology and International Studies and minoring in Economics at CU Denver. Brenda has volunteered in the community as an interpreter in parent-teacher conferences in order to increase involvement of Hispanic parents in their children’s education. She has volunteered in local programs helping as a tutor for middle school children in Aurora. Brenda believes that education is the key to success and that college students as well as professionals must help in their community motivate youth. Additionally, she wants to see college education become more accessible to all community members.

Brenda's Personal Network

Hinkley High School, Aurora LIGHTS
University of Colorado Denver
University of Colorado Denver Alumni Association
Denver Health
Clyde Miller Middle School
Aurora Community Connection


Khoa Nguyen

Khoa attended Hinkley High School and is currently a senior at CU Denver. He volunteers at the Anschutz Medical Campus-Emergency Department. Khoa would like to encourage youth to become participants in their communities. He believes that being a leader requires effective listening skills, a positive attitude, and being a friendly and committed team player – all attributes that Khoa exudes.

Khoa's Personal Network

Hinkley High School, Aurora LIGHTS
Reisher Family Scholarship
University of Colorado Denver
University of Colorado Hospital-Volunteer Services


Maria Saldaña

Maria is a parishioner at Saint Therese Catholic Church and is currently working for Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. Maria has volunteered for over five years working with youth groups including teaching catechism at Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Maria would like to grow as a leader in her community and create a strong connection and reciprocity between Anschutz Medical Campus and the Aurora community. “I de-sire for the Aurora residents to be informed and proactive residents so the Aurora community can grow as a whole and benefit from the surrounding organizations.”

Maria's Personal Network

Saint Therese Catholic Church, Aurora
Saint Pius X Catholic Church, Aurora
Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Aurora
University of Colorado Denver
Centro San Juan Diego, Denver
Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver


Lah Say Wah

Lah Say graduated from Hinkley High School and the Community College of Aurora and currently attends UC Denver. She speaks Karen, Thai, Burmese and English. Lah Say is passionate about youth, especially in the Aurora refugee communities, and wants to encourage them to attend college and obtain jobs. She describes herself as a team player and wants to support others with her hard work and experience as a resident leader.

Lah Say's Personal Network

Hinkley High School, Aurora LIGHTS
Golden Gate Christian Ministry, Centennial
University of Colorado Denver
Colorado Burma Round Table Network (CBRTN), Aurora
Colorado Karen Community, Aurora
Karen Baptist Church, Aurora