Cathy Douglas

Cathy is the Site Coordinator SMASH: UCLA. Additionally, she works as a the Associate Director, Pre-College Programs for the Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity (CEED) in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS). In this capacity, she is responsible for the academic year coordination of Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) preliminary and regional competitions for middle school and high schools, professional development activities for teachers, and college planning workshops.



Vincente Washington
Lead Instructor

Vicente Washington is a mathematics/science educator with expertise in project based learning, culturally responsive environments and research based pedagogy.  He quickly and effectively identifies teacher needs in the classroom and provides administrations with comprehensive training plans to improve the academic discourse.  He serves as a chairperson for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and most recently served as the program director for a culturally based algebra program and participated as an aviation astronomy ambassador for NASA. He has undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering.  In the classroom, he services a disadvantaged population in Physics, Mathematics and Engineering Design.  His focus is to bring about change in the classroom to allow access and equity for all students.


Patrice Smith
Pre-Calculus Instructor

Patrice Smith is currently a mathematics teacher at City Honors College Preparatory Charter School.   She has taught Pre-Algebra all the way up to AP Calculus over the past 12 years.  Patrice Graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Mathematics Applied Science and specializations in Business Administration and Computing.  She later received her Teaching Credential and Masters in Education from Pepperdine University.  Patrice enjoys bowling, television, sports and Mathdoku.  She is excited to challenge and expand the minds of our future leaders.


Solomon Russell
Computer Science Instructor

Solomon has been working for the UCLA SMASH Program for the last 4 years. He graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with Bachelors degrees in Computer Science and Biochemistry and later received his Masters in Computer Science from UCLA. He worked for a couple of years in the defense industry before finding his passion for teaching. He taught at USC MaST High School in South Los Angeles. Having grown up in inner city Washington DC he has a real appreciation for the not fully tapped potential of underrepresented minorities and women in engineering. Solomon is also a rabid Georgetown basketball and Washington Redskins fan and always loves a good political debate. When not in the classroom you may find him teaching weekly salsa dance classes in West Los Angeles.


Victor Casas 
Webs Development Instructor

Bio coming soon


Gail Atley
Chemistry Instructor

I really love science! I majored in Chemistry at Spelman College and studied Chemical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. I worked as a Program Manager at an aerospace company for many years. I worked on inertial navigation systems for unmanned vehicles and rockets delivering low earth orbital satellites. I went to the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business to earn an MBA in Finance and Operations Management. I have worked on lots of fun projects and became a Marketing Manager for an emerging business in fiber optic, erbium doped amplifiers. I worked the Marketing Director for a company that made local area networks for telecommunications, and then I moved to northern California to work in marketing for a high tech fiber optic components manufacturer.


Alexander VanName 
Chemistry Instructor & EDC II

Bio coming soon


Ashley Jackson
Physics Instructor & EDC II

Bio coming soon

Cheryl Carter-Harris
Calculus  Instructor & College Success

Cheryl is a math teacher at Carson High School in Carson, California. She has a degree in mathematics and has been teaching for 1 years.   She runs several clubs and organizations at her school including a Saturday math intervention program.  Her mission as a SMASH instructor this summer is to give her students “Math Swag” so that they can see the beauty in mathematics just as she does.  She is married  to her high school sweetheart and has three children – Tatiana who is a graduate of San Francisco State University, Tray who currently attends San Jose State University  and Tracey who currently attends The University of Montana.  Cheryl and her husband are currently experiencing an empty nest and they are loving it!!


Gerardo Perla
Calculus/Statistics Instructor  & SAT Math Level II

Gerardo is currently teaching mathematics and physics at Los Angeles High School. He majored in Physics at UCLA.  His mission in SMASH is to empower students so that they can use math to see the world from a different perspective.  He is married to Evelyn Torres, a former math teacher.  Mr. Perla and Mrs. Torres are enjoying married life, vacationing together around the world.


Bernadette Fernandez
Business Etiquette

Bio coming soon



Valerie Allison 
Residential Director

This is Valerie Allison’s first summer as residential director with SMASH UCLA, she is excited to meet and work with all of the scholars. For the past two years, Valerie worked for Chesapeake Public Schools as a Special Education Teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Norfolk State and Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Averett University. During the past 20 years, Valerie has worked professionally as a teacher, tutor, director, counselor, Multimedia Technician, and as the costume mistress for V2W Experience Dance Theatre. Furthermore, Valerie has judged for many speaking and play competitions over the last ten years that include: middle and high school Forensics competitions and the VHSL One Act Play festival; at the district and regional level. She believes that artistic expression empowers one to be their best self.


Daniel Guzman
Head Residential Advisor

Daniel was born in Hayward, CA. He attended San Jose State University (SJSU) and graduated with a degree in sociology: concentration in criminology and a minor in Mexican American studies. He has actively applied his education in nonprofit settings and in urban schools to motivate and inspire students to take an active role in their education and be agents of change in their communities. He is excited to return to SMASH for his second year and looks forward to being part of the dynamic Residential team dedicated to providing rigorous and impactful academic, enrichment, and physical wellness activities. He recently finished his first year of graduate school at Loyola University in Chicago and looks forward to sharing his experiences and knowledge with the scholars.


Jennifer Soliman
Head Residential Advisor

Jennifer is a Head Residential Advisor for SMASH this summer.  She is originally from Los Angeles and has just completed her B.A in Psychology from UC Berkeley with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. She is a spunky gal with a great sense of humor and a passion for helping others. In her spare time, Jennifer likes to go on scenic runs, bake scrumptious desserts, or immerse herself in new worlds through novels and books. She’s beyond excited to take part in SMASH’s residential team and to serve as a resource to help students pursue their goals. She hopes that by the end of the summer those participating in SMASH will gain the inspiration and foundation to chase their dreams.


Winston Boyce
Residential Advisor

Bio coming soon


Roselin Campos
Residential Advisor

Bio coming soon


Amethyst Edmond
Residential Advisor

Amethyst Edmond is a first year Residential Advisor with SMASH UCLA from Norfolk State University located in Norfolk, Virginia. She is a very smart, energetic and engaging young lady with a very bright personality. Amethyst is currently a senior at Norfolk State majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She has worked as a residential advisor and a summer bridge mentor to freshmen at Norfolk State University and is excited to do the same with SMASH. Amethyst is excited to participate in the SMASH program and be an influence to the young people she will encounter this summer; and to build strong relationships with everyone on her team.


Kira Fuller
Residential Advisor

Kira Fuller is a first year Residential Advisor with SMASH UCLA from Los Angeles California. Kira is an out of state student currently pursuing an education in animal science at Tuskegee University located in Tuskegee Alabama. Kira enjoys spending time with her family and helping others. Some of her hobbies include, but not limited to, working out, going to the movies, and spending time volunteering her services at farms. Kira looks forward to learning from students as well as staff. In addition, Kira looks forward to helping students with their short term and long term goals.


Sergio Herrera
Residential Advisor

Sergio is a first year Residential Advisor for this years SMASH program at UCLA. Sergio is from South Gate, CA. He attended East Los Angeles College (ELAC) and obtained an AS in Mathematics. He then transferred to UCLA and is pursuing his B.S. in Civil Engineering.  Sergio has tutored students at ELAC in the subject of mathematics. When he is not studying or finishing up homework, you can find him at the gym pretending to workout. Sergio enjoys running, boxing, basketball, and making attempts to play other sports.


Marvin Hodges 
Residential Advisor

Marvin is a first year Residential Advisor with SMASH UCLA from VA. Beach, VA. He is rising senior at Virginia Commonwealth University. He comes from a visual arts background and majors in Urban/Regional Planning and Design and has also recently been a Summer RA at VCU. He is a member of Good Clear Sound Poetry organization at VCU who recently took second place nationally as well as the community organization Black Action Now. He looks forward to working and building a home for students and hopes to have the skills and focus he’s acquired from these groups to aid in the vision that LPFI and the SMASH program have implemented.


Jose Villanueva
Residential Advisor

Jose is a first year Residential Advisor with UCLA SMASH from Mountain View, CA. He is currently pursuing his B.S. in Civil Engineering at Stanford University. Jose is a SMASH alumnus graduating with the UC Berkeley class of 2010. He has tutored for after school programs in both mathematics and science.  He looks forward to applying his experience by serving as a mentor to students and is excited to be working with a group of highly motivated scholars this summer.