Name: Karl Baker
Biography: Karl Baker was born and raised in the Midwest. Through a scenic employment history of 40-hour work weeks, Karl was able to afford and earn an Associate of Arts degree from Kellogg Community College. Two and half years later, Karl earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University.
Earning a bachelor's degree opened career opportunities for Karl and eventually inspired him to open his own business. Working two jobs and pushing to launch his own American dream; Karl learned through responsive clients, community organizations and various associations that open communication, creative competition and intelligent participation is collectively beneficial.
Today, Karl Baker is a United States Navy sailor stationed in Japan. His messages of perseverance and dedication are amplified as he pursues a second bachelor's degree from University of Maryland University College (UMUC), in the field of Political Science.
Karl was very proud to be elected to the UMUC Student Advisory Council (STAC). He feels that the attributes and demeanor that are embodied by him and many students are essential for enabling a more enhanced graduating class from UMUC.
Name: Carina Freeman
Biography: Carina Freeman is currently a full-time student at University of Maryland University College (Asia Division). In addition to pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Political Science, she is a professional portrait photographer. Additionally, Carina is a meditation instructor, an aromatherapist, and a holistic health practitioner; she also holds several other professional certifications.
Although Carina was born and raised in a large family in southern New Jersey, she currently resides in Okinawa, Japan, with her active-duty military husband and three children. Carina's future includes returning to her home state of New Jersey, where she plans to seek election to the United States House of Representatives.
Throughout her life, Carina has always been there for others, even on what many would call the worst days of their lives, which led her to humanitarian efforts such as:
- Teaching CPR and First Aid with the American Red Cross
- Seven years as a North Carolina State Paramedic
- "Safe Kids" Chapter President in North Carolina
- Coaching a cheerleading squad -- current
- Serving as UMUC Kinser base Student Ambassador, Okinawa, Japan -- current
With a wide range of experience, Carina is enthusiastic about life and dedicated to higher education. She has always had the ability and desire to speak for others. Recognizing that a strong voice was needed for students at UMUC (Asia Division) she joined the student advisory council (STAC) to be that voice while bringing out the best in people and situations.
Biography: Wakana Takahashi was born and raised in Japan. She earned an Associate of Arts degree from Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington, in 2010. Wakana "found" University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in 2011 and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, with a minor in Business Administration. Additionally, she works for British Airways at Narita Airport in Tokyo.
Having earned a spot on the Dean's List, Wakana has proven her academic capabilities. She has also been inducted into the honor society Alpha Sigma Lambda, Tau Chapter.
Wakana has a rich history of volunteerism and has enjoyed helping others and serving in any community in which she has lived.
Wakana is proud of the following activities:
- Atsugi's Student Ambassador, 2012
- Completed an Accounting Foundations Certificate
- Elementary School Volunteer, 2010
- Japanese Red Cross Volunteer, 2012
Wakana is grateful that the global mission of UMUC has afforded her the opportunity to continue her American educational journey in Japan. She believes that being a part of the UMUC Student Advisory Council (STAC) is the best way to express her gratitude and the best place to use her international background to help the student body.