Inverness Garden Club 2017 graduates


Graduation: the ultimate goal of our scholars—yet their aspirations reach even further. Thanks to our generous donors, these young people are on their way. The Inverness Garden Club Scholarship Fund committee is proud to present this outstanding group of scholars.

Bronimer Adler-Ivanbrook is graduating from Swarthmore, where he majored in astrophysics. He hopes to have a year or two before graduate school to “figure out his possibilities.”

Lily Bryan completed her studies at Evergreen State College in three years, majoring in evolutionary biology and theory. Evergreen is a progressive, public liberal arts and science college in Olympia, Wash. Part of her education included a stay in the Amazon. As yet, her plans for the future are undecided.

Nestor Teodoro Chavez completed four years at the University of California, Merced with a major in computer science and engineering and a minor in applied mathematics. He is looking for industry and classroom experience and hopes to get a master’s degree in education and a teaching credential.

Abigail Esquivias is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley majoring in social science and minoring in education. She became involved with Hermanas Unidas, a mainly Latina nonprofit on campus. Its mission is to create a supportive space for Latinas in higher education. After an internship working with people seeking immigration relief, Abigail would like to attend law school and work in immigration or criminal law.

Ruby Fisher-Smith is a University of California, Davis graduate. She completed requirements for her major in international relations, global environment, health and natural resources, and her minor in Spanish. In her junior year, she spent a semester in Granada, Spain, followed by a month of travel in Europe. She particularly enjoyed the challenging upper-division classes required for her major.

Janelle Kehoe will receive an associate’s degree in nursing from College of Marin at the end of the summer. In addition to her coursework, she attained her Red Cross BLS certification for two years, with training in Alzheimer’s and dementia. Part-time work at Stockstill House enables her to help people care for their loved ones. She plans to further her education with a B.S. in nursing.

Justice Kelley graduated from Sonoma State. A sociology major, he sees his future as an educator. He is looking into postgraduate programs as an English teacher abroad, and would like to enroll in a master’s program in the future, simply because “I love to learn and help others learn.”

Adriana Torres Lopez, a University of California, Davis graduate, majored in Chicana/o studies. She would like to work in administration in higher education to promote educational awareness and facilitate programs for underrepresented minority populations at the university level. With that in mind, Adriana will apply to Ph.D. programs in education next fall.

Olivia Piazza transferred from Santa Rosa Junior College and completed her studies at the University of California, Berkeley this year, majoring in physics. Transferring to a large, competitive school influenced her plans for the future. She was accepted to a Ph.D. program in material science engineering and applied physics at Stanford University, specifically working for the ATLAS detector research group at CERN. She will enroll after completing a computer science engineering degree at Sonoma State University.

Daniele Potts received his degree in mechanical engineering from Chico State University. His senior project was a group effort that designed a product for manufacture. His plans for the future are yet to be decided. It will be a bright one!


Jan Aston is a friend of the Inverness Garden Club Scholarship Committee.