Tatiana Nemanim, President
Hometown: Santa Monica, CA
Extracurricular Activities: Aside from being the President of Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, I am also a Resident Assistant for De Neve GH. Additionally, I work at the UCLA Parkinson's, Environment, and Genes Study (PEG) in the Fielding School of Public Health.
Hobbies: I love to exercise and learn about nutrition!
Greatest Accomplishment: Getting into UCLA!
Career Goals: Currently, I am interested in attending a Physicians Assistant program.
Favorite Quote: "Life is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you might get..."
Rashi Singh, Vice President
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
Major: PsychobiologyMinor: Biomedical Research
Extracurricular Activities: Alumni Scholars Club; Emergency Medicine Research Associates; Golden Key International Honour Society; ACEing Autism; Research (Glanzman Lab)
Hobbies: Listening to Latin music; dining in LA; playing tennis
Greatest Accomplishment: Being happy about everything I've done thus far!
Career Goals: Neurosurgeon
Favorite Quote: "All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
David Li, Treasurer
Hometown: Walnut, California
Extracurriculars: UCLA Stroke Force, Foundation Fighting Blindness UCLA, Neurology Research
Hobbies: card magic, piano, guitar
Greatest Achievement: pending
Career Goals: Physician
Favorite Quote: "Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes playing a poor hand well." – Jack London
Alice Li, Secretary
Hometown: Monterey Park, CA
Major: Asian American Studies | Gender Studies
Minor: Asian Languages and Cultures
Extracurricular Activities: Office of Residential Life, China Care Bruins, Asian American Studies Center Intern
Hobbies: Couchless potato
Greatest Accomplishment: Undetermined as of yet.
Career Goals: Unknown.
Favorite Quote: "Do what your heart tells you."
Katie Neipris, Co-Chair
Hometown: Seal Beach, CA
Major: EnglishMinors: Spanish, Film
Extracurricular Activities: DreamWorks Animation intern, Alumni Association marketing assistant, Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society (Vice President), Student Giving Committee (Vice Chair, Stewardship), American Cancer Society, USAC (speech writer), Alumni Mentor Program, Comp Lit Undergrad Association, Homecoming Committee, UCLA Fund, Writers Den, ALDPES
Hobbies: Creative writing, movies, beach, running, hiking, softball, traveling
Greatest Accomplishment: I finished my first novel and am in the process of publishing, hooray!
Career Goals: I want to work as a Development executive and create content for film and television!
Favorite Quote: “The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching.” –Anson Dorrance
Second Greatest Accomplishment: I was Sharknado for Halloween
Anoushka Dua, Co-Chair
Hometown: Walnut, CA
Major: Physiological Science
Extracurricular Activities: Office of Residential Life - Resident Assistant (Hedrick Hall), Stroke Force at UCLA, AAP Tutorials - Peer Learning Facilitator (Chem 14A/B), Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity
Hobbies: Dancing! The best form of exercise.
Greatest Accomplishment: In Progress
Career Goals: Physician!
Favorite Quote: “Beware what you set your heart upon. For it surely shall be yours.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson (I love this guy)
Alumni Relations Committee
Andrew Do, Co-Chair
Hometown: Santa Ana, CA
Major: Political ScienceMinors: Public Health and Asian American Studies
Extracurricular activities: UCLA Office of Residential Life Learning Center Consultant, US Department of Veterans Affairs Undergraduate Researcher, Americorps JusticeCorps Legal Intern, APA Health C.A.R.E
Hobbies: Reading a good book with a warm cup of coffee, traveling (while reading a good book with a warm cup of coffee)
Greatest accomplishment: Helping a famous Vietnamese celebrity file for divorce during my internship with JusticeCorps at the Los Angeles Superior Court
Career goals: Pursue a joint JD/MPH degree and work in health law
Favorite quote: "We're all in this together" - High School Musical
Erfan Faridmoayer, Co-Chair
Hometown: Esfahan, Iran
Major: Molecular, Cell and Developmental BiologyMinor: Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Extracurricular activities: - Research Assistant - Smith Lab, David Geffen School of Medicine
- Volunteer Recruitment and Events Coordinator - Shot at Life UCLA Chapter
- Editor - The Generation Online Foreign Affairs Magazine
- External Development Coordinator - Leadership Development Committee, Alumni Scholars Club
- Scholarship Director, Golden Key International Honour Society
Hobbies: Swimming, practicing Shotokan Karate, watching movies with friends, playing the piano, and finding new ways to solve my Rubik's Cube.
Greatest accomplishment: Having the privilege to attend UCLA with an Alumni Scholarship.
Career goals: Medicine and Research
Favorite quote: "I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And along the way, lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you."
- Neil deGrasse Tyson
April Cockcroft, Tip of the Hat and Honorary Member Coordinator
Hometown: Seaside, Oregon
Extracurricular Activities: My own medical sociology honors research on the patient's perspective in medicine. Medical research.
Hobbies: Surfing-shredding the gnar.
Youtubing 4 chord songs and wishing I had a good voice to sing along while playing guitar.
Greatest Accomplishment: Not dying on multiple occasions when my adrenaline junkie instincts got me into scary situations.
And my desire to learn what makes people tick. So my friendships.
Career Goals: Be a doctor in a rural underserved community and take trips to third world countries that are in need of medical help, but happen to have an amazing surf break near by.
Favorite Quote: "What do ATP and April have in common? They both start with A and possess a lot of energy!" -AnonymousOther: You don't really know a Mortar Board member until you party with them. We will constantly surprise you.
Jonathan Wu, Co-Chair
Hometown: Monterey Park, CA
Major: Human Biology and Society B.S.
Extracurricular Activities: UCLA Sports Medicine Internship Program, Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Bruin Scouts
Hobbies: Watching sports, swimming, traveling, eating random food, giving massages. Greatest Accomplishment: Earning my Eagle Award.
Career Goals: D.O. or M.D.
Favorite Quote: Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. -John Wooden
Harman Rahal, Co-Chair
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Major: Physiological Science
Extracurricular Activities: Head Director, Wish at UCLA; Co-President, American Medical Women's Association Undergraduate Division at UCLA; Cost-effectiveness Clinical Researcher, UCLA Pfleger Liver Institute; Clinic Assistant, Venice Family Clinic; Volunteer, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Emergency Department; Head Director, Camp Josh-e-Javaanii; Volunteer, SCOPE at UCLA; Undergraduate Researcher, Lab of Neuroimaging; Undergraduate Researcher, Endoscopic-Ultrasound Guided Pancreatic Core Biopsy Technique.
Hobbies: Spending time with my awesome family and friends; reading; working out; listening to music; baking; watching a good movie; playing soccer/tennis/basketball/racquetball. :)
Greatest Accomplishment: Coming up soon :)
Career Goals: Physician--Undecided on specialization.
Favorite Quotes: "Happiness keeps you sweet. Trials keep you strong. Sorrow keeps you human. Failure keeps you humble. But only God keeps you going."
Communications and Publicity
Garrett Wong, Co-Director of Communications
Hometown: Walnut, California
Extracurricular Activities: I'm a First Aid/CPR Instructor; I enjoy teaching so it's a lot of fun! I am the Alumni Mentor Program Events Coordinator, meaning I help cultivate hundreds of student-alumni mentorships. I'm also part of Global Medical Training, a humanitarian volunteer organization that provides medical services in developing countries in Central America. Lastly, I am a research assistant in a developmental neuroscience lab.
And obviously Mortar Board!
Hobbies: Basketball, Hiking, Outdoors, Fitness!
Greatest Accomplishment: I'd say getting admitted into UCLA--Proud and blessed to be a Bruin!
Career Goals: Pursuing an MD!
Favorite Quote: “I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.”
― Ray Bradbury
Selena Zhou, Co-Director of Communications
Hometown: Alhambra, CA
Major: Physiological Science
Extracurricular Activities: Stamps Scholars Society, Founder and President; Kent Hill Lab, Undergraduate Research Assistant; MAPS, Intern; TEACH, Finance and Fundraising Chair, Site Coordinator; InnoWorks, Director of Sponsorship; Venice Family Clinic, Volunteer Clinic Assistant
Hobbies: musical theater enthusiast, traveling to as many places as I can afford, movies, television, shopping, hockey
Greatest Accomplishment: becoming someone my parent can be proud of, my sister can look up to, and my friends can depend onCareer Goals: physician
Favorite Quote: "That doesn't make sense to me. But then, you are very small. Perhaps you're right." - Treebeard, Lord of the Rings
Maya Florsheim, Director of Publicity
Hometown: Piedmont, California (East Bay--near San Francisco)
Major: Communication StudiesMinor: Education studies (although I might drop my minor and graduate a quarter early...)
Extracurricular Activities: Peer Health Exchange, UCLA Mighty Mic, Hillel, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, New Student and Orientation Programs (New Student Orientation Counselor).
Hobbies: I love road trips Give me a car and an IPod, and I can be entertained for faaaarrrrr too long. I love being outside. My favorite activities (outside of Mortar Board, of course) are probably hiking, going to farmer's markets, and exploring new places.
Greatest Accomplishment: Being alive and well! Talk to me in 50 years, and maybe I'll have a more concrete example. Right now, my goal is to live in the moment, and to live life to the fullest :).
Career Goals: Sooooooo many ideass. I am strongly considering a career in recruiting or HR. But I also have a long-lived passion for health--especially reproductive rights. I think I ultimately want to get a master's degree in Health Communications, and work for a nonprofit organization that aims to provide health education, and other vital health services, to marginalized communities, and students, who drastically need access to health information and health education. I am very interested in providing women the knowledge and skills they need to make their OWN decisions regarding their bodies, and their reproductive rights.
Favorite Quote: "You're never really a whole person if you remain silent, because there's always that one little piece inside you that wants to be spoken out, and if you keep ignoring it, it gets madder and madder and hotter and hotter, and if you don't speak it out one day it will up and punch you in the mouth from the inside."
Community Service Committee
Lisa Shue, Co-Chair
Hometown: Pleasanton, CA
Extracurricular Activities: Fellowship for International Service and Health - Marketing Associate of Social Media; Phi Delta Epsilon - Academic Chair; Surgical Quality Team at Ronald Reagan - Intern; VSU Modern/Moditional - Dancer; Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute - Research Assistant; Global Medical Brigades, Ghana - Volunteer; UCLA Bruin Marching Band - Flute; Roche Molecular Systems - Genomics and Oncology Research Intern
Hobbies: DIY fashion projects; online window shopping/thrifting; dance; sleeping; spontaneous adventures
Greatest Accomplishment: Still working on that ;)
Career Goals: MD; I want to also participate in international programs like Doctors Without Borders
Favorite Quote: "No one can make you feel inferior without your own consent." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Shannon Lassiter, Co-Chair
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Major: History & Political Science
Extracurricular Activities: Resident Assistant w/ Office of Residential Life
Fundraising Director w/ Bruin Belles Service Association
Hobbies: Hiking, Adventuring, Eating, Reading
Career Goals: History Professor
Favorite Quote: "And though she be but little, she is fierce." - William Shakespeare
Ruben Guzman, Fundraising Co-Chair
Hometown: South El Monte, CA
Minor: Public Health
Extracurricular activities: I was the Public Relations and Marketing Chair for Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity for two consecutive years.
I am a Youth Outreach Coordinator for the Title X OBGYN Clinic of UCLA.
Hobbies: I LOVE HORSEBACK RIDING! I've been riding since I was around 3 years old!
Greatest accomplishment: I do not like to have great accomplishments because I do not want to have a jaded view of life and depreciate the little things in life :)Career Goals: To be a plastic surgeon and if that does not work out for me, then I would want to open a chain of restaurants. I have a really good idea but I don't want to reveal it in case I need it MUAHAHAHA.
Favorite quote: "Optimism can make you look stupid, but cynicism always makes you look cynical" -Calum Fisher
"Originality is unexplored territory. You get there by carrying a canoe - you can't take a taxi" -Alan Alda
Matthew Derakhshesh, Fundraising Co-Chair
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Major: Neuroscience Major and Biomedical Research Minor
Extracurricular Activities: Founder and President of Medical Friends at UCLA, Campus Engagement Intern of Hillel at UCLA, Spring Activities Fair Director at USAC, Research Assistant under Dr. Colwell (Circadian Rhythms Laboratory) at Semel Institute, med volunteer at Cedars Sinai
Hobbies: Traveling, visiting museums, playing basketball and running.
Greatest Accomplishment: Being able to live my dreams; I wake up every day knowing that I have family and friends who love me. I also get to attend an incredible institution that provides me with opportunities to make a positive impact around me while allowing me to grow as an individual. Furthermore, I am given the tools to follow my passion and each day, I am given a chance to take another step towards achieving my lifelong goals. Thus, I embrace each day as if it were my greatest accomplishment.
Career Goals: To become a physician who serves misrepresented and underprivileged individuals.
Favorite Quote: A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein
Historian and Webmaster
Mindy Duong, Historian & Webmaster
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Major: Physiological Sciences
Extracurricular Activities: Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity: Secretary and Risk Management Officer (2012) and Vice President of Programming (2013), Mobile Clinic Project: Database Committee, Student Stroke Team, Pancreatic Cancer Research in the Department of Surgery at UCLA
Hobbies: Photography, visiting art museums, and travelling the world!
Greatest Accomplishment: In progress.
Career Goals: Becoming a physician.
Favorite Quote: "Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything."
Paulina Young, Co-Chair
Hometown: Arcadia, CA
Major: Physiological Science
Extracurricular Activities: Instructor Liaison, CPR/First Aid Program; Caseworker, Mobile Clinic Project at UCLA; Assistant Managing Editor of Review, UCLA Undergraduate Science Journal; Research Assistant under Dr. Peter Narins (Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology); Undergraduate Research Scholar, UCLA URSP; Tutor, Watts Tutorial Program
Hobbies: Taking pictures of food and then eating it, cacophonous singing, buying shoes, hanging out with family and friends, and last but not least, cuddling with my precious dog.
Greatest Accomplishment: Probably facing my paralyzing fear of sharks/the ocean by taking a leap of faith off the boat and snorkeling in the clear waters of the Mexican Gulf. I hyperventilated most of the time and swallowed what felt like a gallon of salt water, but I did it!
Career Goal: Physician. My goal is to serve with Doctors Without Borders as a reconstructive surgeon.
Favorite Quote: The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs.
Luis Argelis Gonzalez Samot, Co-Chair
Hometown: Isabela, Puerto Rico
Minor: Urban Planning
Extracurricular Activities: Center for Community College Partnerships
Veterans Resource Center
Hobbies: Playing guitar
Greatest Accomplishment: Getting into UCLA coming from a non traditional background. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, I enlisted in the US Air Force after high school, then I went to community college in Northern California, and finally landed in UCLA.
Career Goals: Entrepreneurship, and government advising. I am planning to transform a family owned business into self sustained vacationing villas. Also, along with an associate, I am currently learning about the production and exportation processes of Puerto Rican specialty coffee with aspirations to start our own company. On the government advising side, I aspire to be involved in Puerto Rico's decision making regarding urban development and policy.
Favorite Quote: "Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Sina Femanini, Selections Co-Chair
Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Minor: Biomedical Research
Extracurricular Activities: Undergraduate Research Assistant: UCLA Department of Human Genetics, Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC): Student Wellness Commission, Colleges Against Cancer
Hobbies: I have recently started trading stocks and commidities as a way to educate myself about the US and global markets and gain valuable skills for future investments.
I love staying up to date on current events and world politics. Therefore, I am an avid reader of Popular Science, NY Times, and Foreign Policy Magazines. Plus, I listen to NPR when I am working in lab.
I like reading good fiction and non-fiction works.
Career Goals: Still consdering my options but most likely M.D. (maybe with an MBA) and specialize in Oncology or Neurology.
Favorite Quote: “An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” ― O.A. Battista
Favorite book: CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller
Favorite Movie: Inception
Anthony Nguyen, Selections Co-Chair
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Extracurricular Activities: Student Leader of summer medical missions to Vietnam with Project Vietnam Foundation, EMT volunteer for the Orange County Medical Reserve Corps (OCMRC), Instructor for Basic Life Support (BLS) and Pediatrics First Aid (PedFACTs), CPR Instructor: UCLA Student Wellness Commission CPR/FA, Anatomy Academy: teach anatomy and health to grade school children, Tennis Coach for junior players, Undergraduate Research at Department of Pathology at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Undergraduate Assistant of the Life Science Department
Hobbies: I enjoy playing tennis and sports fantasy league, reading Marvel comics, and watching science fiction movies.
Greatest Accomplishment: Student Leader of Project Vietnam Foundation: served on four medical missions to rural areas of Vietnam to provide health care to thousands of indigent patients each summer.
Career Goals: Physician
Favorite Quote: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Attributed to M. Mead
Brandon Nguyen, Orientation Chair
Hometown: Fountain Valley, CA
Major: Physiological Science
Extracurricular Activities: Resident Assistant for Hedrick Hall, CPR/First Aid Instructor and Finance Chair, Lambda Chi Alpha, Research Assistant at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Unicamp WALL Advisor
Hobbies: Backpacking! Geocaching! Soccer! Eating! Web Design! Reading! DIY Projects!
Greatest Accomplishment: Correctly guessing the EXACT amount of Jelly Beans in a jar in elementary school
Career Goals: Become a physician and give back to the global community
Favorite Quote: “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?” -- Winnie the Pooh
Patil Kodchian, Membership Assistant
Hometown: Glendale, CA
Extracurricular Activities: Member of Psi Chi, Alpha Gamma Alpha, and the Armenian Students Association, Undergraduate Research Assistant at the Social and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory
Hobbies: My hobbies include playing volleyball, drawing, and going hiking. I also love approaching big dogs any time I come across one and trying out different types of restaurants
Greatest Accomplishment: Wanting to accomplish more!
Career Goals: Working with stroke patients and all other individuals who have experienced any sort of brain injury as a Speech Pathologist, helping with the rehabilitation of their speaking abilities.
Favorite Quote: “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” ~Abraham Lincoln
Edwin Eshaghzadeh, Co-Chair
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Extracurricular Activities: Founder and External President, ImpactLA; Bone Biology Researcher, UCLA Dental School; Hunger Fellow, MAZON; Volunteer, Friendship Circle
Hobbies: Besides smiling, running, exercising, cooking, and meeting people as I walk to class or when standing in line at a coffee shop, I enjoy short walks on the beach followed by cuddling with a toy maltese as I sip hot cocoa listening to smooth jazz next to a fireplace on a cliff overlooking the pacific ocean, accompanied by my good friend Gene (Block).
Greatest Accomplishment: Failing, and learning from it.
Career Goals: Being happy and having peace of mind/Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Favorite Quote: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” -Victor E. Frankl
Arjun Saggu, Co-Chair
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Major: Human Biology and Society | Music History
Extracurricular Activities: Campus Chairperson of Global Brigades at UCLA
Hobbies: Martial arts, soccer, piano, and everything Lord of the Rings
Greatest Accomplishment: Creating a home away from home
Career Goals: Dentist
Favorite Quote: "All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost."
Special Projects Committee
Jenny Chhea, Co-Chair
Hometown: Rosemead, CA
Major: HistoryMinor: Political science and Asian american studies
Extracurricular Activities: Usac external vice president office
Asian pacific coalition
Chinatown community for equitable development
Hobbies: Puffy painting
Singing karaoke :)
Greatest Accomplishment: As much as I love UCLA, I think getting waitlisted to Harvard was one of the greatest accomplishments
Career Goals: Policy advocate for a non profit Asian American legal center
Go to law school and study in critical race theory with a joint degree in public policy
Favorite Quote: "There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyages in their lives are bound my shallows and in misery."
Danh Le, Co-Chair
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Major: Physiological Sciences Minor: Education Studies & Biomedical Research
Extracurricular Activities: AAP Math & Sciences: Chemistry Peer Learning Facilitator, CityLab at UCLA: Publicity Director/Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Stroke Force: Clinical Research Associate, Together Educating and Advocating Community Health (T.E.A.C.H.): Co-Chair of Publicity/Intern, Laboratory of Circadian Rhythm and Sleep Medicine: Research Assistant, UCLA Career Center: Medical School Workshop Presenter, Measure to Achieve Patient Safety (M.A.P.S.): Volunteer, Samahang Modern: Dancer, Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, Undergraduate Research Fellows Program, CARE Fellows/Scholars, Golden Key Honour Society, etc.
Hobbies: Going to the gym, being active, hiking, dancing, performing, boxing, gymnastics, piano, church, listening to music, devouring dangerous amounts of Mexican food, learning how to DJ, singing to Usher in my car, and spending time with family and friends.
Greatest Accomplishment: Surrounding myself with family and friends who believe in me more than I do myself.
Career Goals: Physician, Dance Instructor, and Teacher.
Favorite Quote: "I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
- Maya Angelou