Allison Rikalo started her college career while still in high school by taking dual credit classes through the College of Southern Nevada. After relocating to Carson City in the summer of 2014, Allison enrolled at Western Nevada College to complete pre-requisite courses before transferring to UNR in fall 2015.
While at WNC, Allison began working as an outreach assistant for the Jump Start and Bridge to Success programs. After completing a successful year at WNC, Allison transitioned to UNR where she began to pursue a degree in Spanish.
While attending classes full time at UNR, Allison continued to work part time for WNC in many different facets. For her last semester of her four-year degree, Allison immersed herself in the Spanish language and culture by studying abroad through USAC in Alicante, Spain. Allison graduated from UNR in spring 2018 with a degree in Spanish and a minor in Latin American and Spanish Studies. During the summer months of her college career, Allison also worked at Sand Harbor State Park as part of its Beach Patrol program. She assisted with numerous medical emergencies and rescue operations throughout the East Shore of Lake Tahoe. This demanding summer job led Allison to pursue a career in emergency medicine. Though there are many options for persons wanting to become certified in emergency medicine, Allison chose to return to WNC to earn her EMT certification. While doing so she also worked as an assistant to President Dr. Vincent Solis.
Allison completed and passed the EMT course in fall 2019 and received her National Registry and Nevada State certifications after completing a series of rigorous exams. Though this is a large accomplishment, Allison does not plan to stop there. She is currently enrolled in the Advanced-EMT course at WNC and later plans to attend school to become a paramedic.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Allison has continued to assist the president’s office by working from home but felt a strong need to answer the global call to action and serve her community. Allison began assisting our community by utilizing her new skills as an EMT when she stepped into her new position at Ready Responders recently.