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Welcome to the Team, Kolia!

Kolia Souza is the newest member of the RGI team. She is joining us at RGI as a Graduate Research Assistant. Kolia is currently pursuing two Master of Science degrees in Architecture and Community Development. She also holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Textiles and Interior Design. She has worked as a marketing consultant for Manhattan Broadcasting and currently volunteers as a classroom aid in the gifted program at USD 475 in Junction City. She would love to someday work in a professorial capacity, and is interested in research and extension work.

Kolia is from Junction City, Kan. She has two daughters, Paris, 13, and Isabella, 9, who are both poised to take on the world. Paris currently plays the cello and piano in the Manhattan Silver Youth Orchestra. Isabella is a competitive dancer and gymnast. When she’s not taking care of her daughters, Kolia also enjoys cooking and gardening. Kolia is happy to be a part of the RGI team, and is looking forward to getting closer in gaining her professorial dreams.