“Brother Tom Sullivan’s Biology classes are my favorite memories at CBU. That’s where I learned the importance of not just being successful in my career but also serving the community and those around me.”

Maribel Lopez majored in Natural Science and minored in Psychology at CBU. She was also a very active student outside the classroom, serving as social events coordinator for Hola CBU, and also as a CARL and a Peer Counselor. She was a member and served as President of the Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society. She was also active in the Biochemistry Club, Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society, Best Buddies, and Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. She represented CBU at the Excelencia in Education Conference, which identifies and promotes evidence-based practices improving Latino student success in higher education, in Washington, DC in 2016.

After graduating with her BS in Natural Science in 2019, Maribel worked as a Diabetic Care Specialist and a Diabetic Care Specialist Patient Coordinator and is currently employed at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital while she works on her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

Maribel is also very active in the community, volunteering regularly at Saint Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Somerville in activities that include making food to feed the homeless and gathering groceries for families that need them. She is also a Bible instructor for 9th-10th grade youth in the parish.
She currently serves as the sub-coordinator for the Catholic Diocese of Memphis Spanish Marriage retreats, which were founded by Maribel’s family and Rev. Robert Favazza. These full-day retreats are held three-four times a year with 300-400 people attending them, with the purpose of helping married couples restore their marriage.

Attending CBU and learning the Lasallian values changed my life completely and allowed me to grow in my faith. I learned how to learn and to extend my knowledge while serving in the Church and helping those in need with love. I learned how to be a better daughter of God and how to serve my community.