Fellow:Raymond Juballa

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Raymond Jia-Rui Juballa
School (Cohort)
Menlo College (2022 cohort)
Business Management: Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Minor::Political Science
United States of America
School Email:Personal Email


Raymond Juballa has had his life filled with creativity and countless pivots. Starting with his surname JUBALLA; when he was adopted by his father, David Jew, and his mother, Rosanne Balla, they dropped the hyphen, respelled, and provided Raymond with a creative non-traditional last name that inspires conversation.

Non-traditional was also his journey to and through Menlo College. He spent his pre-school years in Hong Kong, elementary in Spanish Immersion, did Saturday Mandarin school, joined a learn-by-doing youth development program, raised all major livestock for county fair, progressed through leadership and mentoring training while attending high school. Thereafter, he explored local community colleges and was well on his way to becoming a hands-on jack of all trades. However, he missed the livestock, so he migrated to Merced College (a community college) where he was able to join a colligate livestock showing and fitting team and a mechanized agricultural equipment program. He began the process that he called, “living my best life”.

Then, came a big pivot. A spinal cord injury and quadriplegia. Raymond had to rethink his education and career plan. After three months in the hospital and still in rehab, he returned to the College of San Mateo to earn an AS degree in Computer Aided Design using special accessibility tools and software. He had to problem-solve multiple times a day just to do normal daily tasks without the use of his hands. He realized that he was an innovator. He recognized that traditional career paths were not going to be a great fit for him and that he would have to create his own path. Luckily Menlo’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation program was within reach. He became a transfer student, a commuter, and began forging his way down a new path. Once a student, he revived the Oaks Innovation Club, became a University Innovation Fellow and President of the Student Government Association. He strived to see operations in place to perpetuate what he and his colleagues had initiated in all three organizations. He is optimistic for his future and looks forward to paying forward any and all of the things he has gained over the years. He is a strong believer that a positive outlook and an innovative mindset is key to a successful and productive future.


Work Experience:

Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, Town of Atherton (March 2023 to present)

Board of Directors, San Mateo County Events Center (November 2020 to present)

The Missing Element Company (January 2020 to present)

AutoCAD Customer Council & Fusion360 Insider (September 2020 to present)

4-H Adult Volunteer (August 2016 to present)

Student Body President, Menlo College (2022-2023)

Orientation Leader, Menlo College (2021-2022)

Multi-County Dairy Goat Judge (May & August 2021 & 2022)

Advisor: Ramping Up Awareness, Emerald Star Project (2020-2021)

Ranch Hand, Merced College (Summer 2019)

Junior Fair Board, San Mateo County Events Center (2014-2017)

Soap4-Hope: Co-Founder, Emerald Star Project (2015-2016)

Relevant Professional Development:

Invited Speaker - AICCU Virtual Week in the Capitol, Cal Grant Promotion, 2-23-2022

Contestant - Helicopter Blade Design Competition, Autodesk/Aerospace Museum of CA, 2020

Contestant - Techstars Startup Weekend Online Silicon Valley Womxn, November 13-15, 2020

Licenses, Certificates, & Honors:

Notary Public, State of California (2022)

Salesforce Trailhead: 166 badges completed (33 Trails), including Salesforce Einstein Basics, Designing for Web Accessibility, Campaign Management with Nonprofit Success, and Cold Calling for Sales (2021-2022)

License of Ministry (2020)

Certificate of Specialization in CAD (2020)

Merit Award Animal Science, Sage Gilbert Award, American AgCredit Educational Award, Merced (2019)

Record Book Medalist, San Mateo County (2010-12; 2014)

Gold Medal: Interview Contest (2013; 2014)

4-H Activities & Awards

State Representative - 4-H National Conference, Western National Roundup, Denver, CO (2016)

County Representative - 4-H State Leadership Conferences (2013-15)

Seminar Presenter - 4-H Goat Care (2016)

Workshop Presenter - 4-H State Leadership Conferences (2018)

4-H Club: President (2014-15); VP (2013-14); Officer (2009-11), Sergeant in Arms (2008-09, 2011-13)

4-H Achievement Star Rankings: Bronze (2009); Silver (2011); Gold (2012); Platinum, (2013)

All Star Ambassador 4-H County (2016)

First Place 4-H Team, State Quiz Bowl (2015)

Scholarship - Outstanding Livestock Exhibitor Award, SMCFair (2015)

Scholarship - Junior Livestock Excellence Scholarship (2016)

4-H Scholarship (2016-22)

Other Skills & Interests:

SolidWorks, Fusion360, AutoCAD, Revit

3-D Printing: Own and operate 3-D Printer for repair and product design, familiar with GD&T

Small Motor and Electronics Repair, Phone Screen Repair, Locksmithing

Member and Registered Goat Breeder, Triple Hat Ranch, American Dairy Goat Association

Animal Husbandry


Menlo College, Atherton, CA -- BS, Business Management, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, May 2023

Autodesk Certification Program -- Certified CAD Associate (Mechanical Design), November 2020-2022

College of San Mateo, CA -- AS Degree, CAD/Drafting Technology, 2020

Merced College, Merced, CA -- Studied Mechanical Equipment & Repair, 2018-2019

Languages -- English (Fluent), Spanish (Conversational), & Mandarin Chinese (Entry Level)

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