Somya Jalan, President
Hometown: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Major: Physiological Sciences
Extracurricular Activities: Middle School Education Director of Amigos de UCLA, Publicity Director of Pre-Medical Peer Association, Undergraduate Research Assistant under Dr. Kenneth Bradley, Global Medical Brigades in Honduras, Bruin Belles Service Association
Hobbies: Reading, Music, Movies/Television Shows, Basketball, Snowboarding, Laughing, Family Vacations
Greatest Accomplishment: Learning how to shoot a free throw from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Career Goals: Orthopedic Surgeon
Favorite Quote: "Don't look to quotes for inspiration, inspire yourself."
Vivy Tran, Vice President
Hometown: Arcadia, CA
Extracurricular Activities: Stroke Force, Department of Neurobiology, APA Health Care, AMSA, TA, Mental Note, Operation Mend, Cedars Sinai Cardiology, Cardiology Online, GK, WCHD
Hobbies: Horseback riding and trying anything new
Greatest Accomplishment: Being a sister, an aunt, a daughter, and a friend
Career Goals: MD
Favorite Quote: "Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be. "--Roald Dahl
Sona Parikh, Treasurer
Hometown: Oxnard, California
Extracurriculars: Undergraduate Researcher in Ganz Lab, Global Medical Brigader, Tennis Instructor, Volunteering, ISU Culture Show, AMWA
Hobbies: Doing absolutely nothing, and being content with it. Tumblr-ing. Hustling. Laughing. Being absolutely ridiculous.
Greatest Achievement: Under construction.
Career Goals: Physician.
Favorite Quote: "Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can break your peace of mind..."- Christian D. Larson
Ann Wang, Secretary
Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Major: International Development Studies
Extracurricular Activities: Business Assistant at the UCLA Volunteer Center, President of Invisible Children at UCLA, Medical Intern for ARC at RRMC, Intern at Catherine Cindy Leo Weddings, and SWC.
Hobbies: Yoga, running, eating/cooking healthy, watching a TON of television, painting, event planning, hiking, surfing, and traveling.
Greatest Accomplishment: Fundraising over $40,000 for Invisible Children while I was an intern.
Career Goals: to become a social entrepreneur with a focus in international development issues.
Favorite Quote: “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” –T.S. Eliot
Shilpa Argade, Co-Chair
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Extracurricular Activities: Project RISHI (Rural India Social and Health Improvement), Homeless Outreach through Prevention and Education (HOPE), Emergency Medicine Research Associates (EMRA), AAP Peer Learning Facilitator, Undergraduate Science Journal, Premed American Medical Student Association (AMSA), Research Assistant.
Hobbies: Dancing, watching movies, cooking, reading, playing with my puppy :)
Greatest Accomplishment: Performing my Arangetram (solo dance recital), winning 4th place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
Career Goals: To become a physician and volunteer abroad.
Favorite Quote: "All our dreams can come true ? if we have the courage to pursue them." ~ Walt Disney
Arjun Saggu, Co-Chair
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Major: Human Biology and Society
Minor: Music History
Extracurricular Activities: Cultural Affairs Commission, T.E.A.C.H. Health Intern, Hands for Africa Hospital Liaison, Mixed Student Union, Community Service Commissioner for Rieber Terrace, Golden Key International Honour Society, Global Public Health Brigades
Hobbies: Karate, soccer, piano, reading, making lists, and everything Lord of the Rings
Greatest Accomplishment: Progress
Career Goals: Public health advocate for unspecified countries in the majority world
Favorite Quote: “All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost.” - J.R.R. Tolkien
Alumni Relations Committee
Areni Shahinian, Co-Chair
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Major: Political Science
Extracurricular activities: Scouts, UCLA Kappa Alpha Pi Co-ed Pre-Law Fraternity, Armenian Student’s Association
Hobbies: Dancing, gymnastics, camping, hanging out with friends, laughing!
Greatest accomplishment: From all my accomplishments, the one I find most valuable is my work at scouts. As a scouts leader I get to inspire and lead 20 amazing young girls. Being able to shape the leaders of tomorrow means the most to me. We have a motto at scouts “Elevate yourself and others with you” and I live by this every day. My successes are not enough; being able to influence others to achieve things like I have is my greatest accomplishment.
Career goals: Criminal Prosecution Attorney
Favorite quote: "It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end." -Ursula LeGuin
Golmah Zarinkhou, Co-Chair
Hometown: Shiraz, Iran
Extracurricular Activities: Vice President of Public Relations, Secretary & Webmaster, National Society of Collegiate Scholars; News Writer, UCLA Daily Bruin; UCLA School of Dentistry Volunteer; Premed American Medical Student Association; Service Learning Student, Westwood Horizons; Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority
Hobbies: Reading, writing fiction and poetry, collecting stickers—especially the sparkly ones, participating in debates about the Harry Potter wizarding world, and searching for the real-life version of Sheldon Cooper
Greatest Accomplishment: Earning the Thelma L. Culverson Scholarship to UCLA
Career Goals: Making a difference and enjoying myself in the process
Favorite Quote: "No, look, all we need is a no-pressure situation where we can force things to happen naturally" - According to Jim
Jennifer Movsessian, Tip of the Hat and Honorary Member Coordinator
Hometown: Glendale, CA
Major: Political Science and Sociology
Extracurricular Activities: President of Alpha Gamma Alpha Sorority, Executive board member of Armenian Students’ Association, National AGA Marketing ,Publicity and Social Director, UCLA Students for Progress in Employee Language Learning Tutor, Director of Children’s and Youth Miniseries, Intern at HTAE Church, Teacher’s Assistant at Haygazunyatz Armenian School, BruinCorps Tutor, Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society, Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek Honor Society, Order of Omega Honor Society
Hobbies: Arts & crafts and baking cupcakes
Greatest Accomplishment: Serving as class president for four years in high school, the first to do so in the 100 year school history.
Career Goals: Participating in Teach for America after graduation then attending a top Educational Administration program to finally become a school administrator or employee of the Department of Education.
Favorite Quote: "As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives." -Henry David Thoreau
Angela Arunarsirakul, Co-Chair
Hometown: Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA
Major: Southeast Asian Studies, History, Political Science
Extracurricular Activities: Southeast Asian Campus Learning Education and Retention (SEA CLEAR) Project, Vietnamese Student Union, United Khmer Students, Thai Smakom, UC Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools, UCLA Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools, UCLA Council on Planning and Budget, UC Committee on International Education, Undergraduate Students Association - President's Office, External Vice President's Office, Academic Affairs Commission, Alumni Scholars Club, College Honors Program,
Hobbies: Reading the newspaper, running half marathons, creating greeting cards, painting portraits, exploring LA via public transportation, having critical discussions about social and political issues,
Greatest Accomplishment: Completing the San Francisco Half Marathon the day after I finished a rigorous Public Policy & International Affairs fellowship
Career Goals: Get a Ph.D, research, teach, and work on policies in the education sector
Favorite Quote: A smile is a present in a special way because you still get to keep it when you give it away!
Sahar Shiralian, Co-Chair
Hometown: Encino, CA
Major: English and Comparative Literature
Extracurricular Activities: Editor-in-Chief of the Undergraduate Law Journal; Pre-Law Society; Justicecorps Intern; Popular Culture section editor, blogger, and columnist for FEM magazine;Student Educator at The Hammer Museum; (UCLA’s feminist news magazine); editor for Aleph, (UCLA’s Undergraduate Research Journal); President and Founder of the UCLA Opera Club; UCLA Representative of LA Opera’s College Advisory Committee; French Club; Sigma Tau Delta (English Honors Society); Golden Key International; Dean’s Honors List; Honors Collegium; English Departmental Honors; Comparative Literature Departmental Honors
Hobbies: reading, discussing, and writing poetry, discovering more about modern and contemporary art, seeing operas, going to concerts, playing the cello, being a shameless shopaholic, having long conversations over coffee and scones, spending time with my awesome little sister, and obsessing over Lana Del Rey
Greatest Accomplishment: Becoming Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Undergraduate Law Journal
Career Goals: Entertainment Law or Corporate Law
Favorite Quotes: “Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” -Oscar Wilde
“I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” -Anaïs Nin
Communications and Publicity
Carmen (Andrea) Chavez, Co-Director of Communications
Hometown: San Diego, California
Major: Sociology | Spanish
Extracurricular Activities: Univision News Department Intern 2012 –Present; Management Leadership for Tomorrow 2011-Present; Riordan Program Alumni Association 2011-Present; Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. Vice President 2011-2012; KCET Program Marketing Intern 201 Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. Assistant Chapter Orientation Advisor 2010-2011; Latino Greek Council Scholarship Chair 2010-2011; Secretary for Order of Omega 2010-2012; Secretary for Gamma Sigma Alpha 2010-2012
Hobbies: Working out, going to the beach, listening to music, strolling, shopping, baking, and spending time with family and friends.
Greatest Accomplishment: Being the first female in my family to attend college.
Career Goals: To obtain an MBA.
Favorite Quote: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” – Nelson Mandela
Serli Polatoglu, Co-Director of Communications
Hometown: Northridge, CA
Minor: Political Science
Extracurricular Activities: Contributor to and former editor of the Daily Bruin, sister of Alpha Gamma Alpha, member of JusticeCorps, member of the Armenian Students Association, member of the Alumni Scholars Club
Hobbies: Reading! I do a lot of that as an English major, but reading for pleasure is a rarity I try to treat myself to as much as possible.
Greatest Accomplishment: Proudly serving as the Daily Bruin's Opinion Editor for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Favorite Quote: "For all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: 'It might have been!'"
Tatiana Nemanim, Director of Publicity
Hometown: Santa Monica
Extracurricular Activities: Student Health Advocate (SWC), Student Researcher at PEG Study, incoming Resident Assistant, active lover of life!
Hobbies: Reading, gym, and sun-time
Greatest Accomplishment: Becoming a part of Mortar Board :D
Career Goals: Pharmacy
Favorite Quote: “When it rains, put on a coat.”
Community Service Committee
Michael Jew, Co-Chair
Hometown: Monterey Park, CA
Major: Physiological Sciences
Extracurricular Activities: Vice President of Recruitment, Phi Delta Epsilon; President, Bruin
Scouts; Undergraduate Research Assistant, Dr. Gwack's Calciomics Lab at the David Geffen
School of Medicine; Served as a Site Coordinator, TEACH; Undergraduate Caseworker, UCLA
Mobile Clinic Project; Volunteer, Assisting Residents in C-ICARE at Ronald Reagan UCLA
Medical Center and Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center
Hobbies: Enjoying Scenic Views, Basketball, Board Games, Walking my Dogs, "Cleaning" the
Apartment with my Apartment-mates
Greatest Accomplishment: Achieving the Rank of Eagle Scout; Becoming a Bruin; Hiking the
Incan Trail to Machu Picchu
Career Goals: Family Medicine Physician
Favorite Quote: "Go big or go home" - Johnny Tsunami
Mynga Le, Co-Chair
Hometown: Rosemead, California
Extracurricular Activities: Resident Assistant with the Office of Residential Life, President of
Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society), Fernald Research Lab Intern, Camp Ronald Mcdonald
Counselor, Camp Kesem Counselor, Invisible Children Intern
Hobbies: Spending time with loved ones, Singing, Reading, Writing, Trying new things and
exploring new places.
Greatest Accomplishment: Wait for it…
Career Goals: To have a career that makes me smile every time I think about it, in addition to
starting a nonprofit organization.
Favorite Quote: “Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” -Mother Teresa
Allison Portney, Co-Chair
Hometown: Arroyo Grande, CA
Major: Anthropology B.S
Minor: Public Health
Extracurricular Activities: Founding member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority at UCLA, Lemelson Anthropology Research Program, Intern at the American Red Cross in their Government Relations Division, CAPPP Quarter in Washington, DC, Test of Oral Proficiency Questioner, Representative of Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol, mentee in a Physician Mentoring program and Public Health Mentoring program, UCLA Hillel
Hobbies: Reading, discovering new music, experiencing different cultures, traveling, watching movies, and eating lots of sweets
Greatest Accomplishment: I’m still working on it!
Career Goals: Receive a Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration in International Health and begin to change the world!
Favorite Quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”- Eleanor Roosevelt
Wan Jung (Yvonne) Chang, Co-Chair
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Major: Global Studies
Minor: Film, Television, and Digital Media
Extracurricular activities: Programming Co-Director of Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association (ITASA), Internal Vice President of Bruins for Taiwan, Research Assistant of Fuyoush, Office Assistant of ARC Films/ Trigram Films
Hobbies: reading, traveling, cooking, and watching movies
Greatest accomplishment: leaving my hometown alone for the state when I was 18
Favorite quote: “The only disability in life is bad attitude.” – Scott Hamilton
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.” – Steven Jobs
“Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts.” – Winston Churchill
Jenna Chilingerian, Co-Chair
Hometown: Fresno, California
Major: Political Science
Minor: Civic Engagement
Extracurricular Activities: Internships, President of the Political Science Student Organization, Peer Learning Facilitator at the Athletics Peer Learning Lab, ALD PES Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Colleges Against Cancer.
Hobbies: exercising, organizing, being a tourist, exploring local cultures (i.e. I love farmer's markets)
Greatest Accomplishment: So far, being able to, on my own, fund 1-year of college through merit-based scholarships.
Career Goals: Anything and everything dealing with politics and government that takes me back to Washington, D.C.
Favorite Quote: Don't hope good things happen, make good things happen
Historian and Webmaster
Rashi Singh, Historian & Webmaster
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
Minor: Biomedical Research
Extracurricular Activities: Research Assistant -- UCLA Neuro-Oncology Program (Lai Lab); Research Assistant at the UCLA Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology (Sun Lab); Director of the Alumni Mentor Program -- UCLA Alumni Scholars Club; Director of Communications -- Golden Key Honor Society; Tennis Instructor -- ACEing Autism; Official Notetaker the UCLA Office for Student Disabilities; Surgical Assistant -- Charitable Eye Hospital, India; Alpha Lambda Delta & Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies; Physician's Assistant -- Santa Barbara Eastside Neighborhood Clinic; UCLA Honors College; Robert C. Byrd Scholarship Recipient
Hobbies: Listening to Latin music, playing tennis, shoe shopping, eating sweet potato fries, relaxing back home
Greatest Accomplishment: Doing everything humanly possible as a Bruin!Career Goals: Neurosurgeon Favorite Quote: "All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Jeffrey Lin, Co-Chair
Hometown: Arcadia, CA
Major: Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Extracurricular Activities: Co-Editor-in-Chief, UCLA Undergraduate Science Journal; Public Relations Chair, CPR & First Aid Program; Student Research Assistant under Dr. Linda Liau.
Hobbies: basketball, tennis, taekwondo
Greatest Accomplishment: Overcoming my fear of flying.
Career Goal: Physician
Favorite Quote: "Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but can spend it. Once you've lost it, you can never get it back."- Harvey Mackay
Katelin Shepardson, Co-Chair
Hometown: Lancaster, California
Extracurricular Activities: Director of Activities and tutor with WATTs Tutorial Program, Student coordinator at Undergraduate Admissions, Volunteer at Sundown Elementary, Performer with Hooligan Theatre Company (Suessical)
Hobbies: My hobbies are spending as much time as possible with my family. I love to be active; running, soccer, and dance are my favorite activities. And I love reading (non-school related reading that is.)
Greatest Accomplishment: My greatest accomplishment was my acceptance into the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers. This program prepares us for a graduate-program setting, and will help me with my GRE classes and pay for 10-15 graduate applications in the fall. It is a tremendous opportunity and will be a huge stepping-stone towards preparing me in the best possible way to become an educator.
Career Goals: My goals for my future are centered on education. I want to work in the classroom as a teacher and eventually begin to work with education policy within the school district, continuing on to state-wide and nation-wide education policy.
Favorite Quote: “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)”
Malav Patel, Selections Chair
Hometown: Gainesville, FL
Extracurricular Activities: Phi Delta Epsilon, Camp Crystal Lake – Camp Counselor, Research Assistant – Genetic Dissection of Behavioral Flexibility: Reversal Learning in Mice, Office of Residential Life-Learning Center Consultant (L.C.C.), Measuring and Assuring Patient Safety (M.A.P.S), Tennis Club, Together Educating and Advocating Community Health (T.E.A.C.H), California Teach – Elementary School Level Science Intern.
Hobbies: Being outdoors, going on random adventures with friends, Tennis, Running, Biking, Water Skiing, Archery, travelling, watching reality shows and playing Mario Kart.
Greatest Accomplishment: Moving across the country to attend UCLA as an out of state student.
Career Goals: To become a Psychiatrist.
Favorite Quote: “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” –Robert Frost
Evan Shih, Orientation Chair
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Major: Physiological Science
Extracurricular Activities: Co-Head Coordinator, Student Stroke Team; Referrals committee chair, Mobile Clinic Project at UCLA; Director, CPR/First Aid Program; Research Assistant, Medical and Molecular Pharmacology Sun Lab; Regents Scholars Society; ALD/PES Honor Society,
Hobbies: Playing basketball, going to the beach, skating around town, watching movies, reading, and enjoying time with family.
Greatest Accomplishment: Planning my own trip to Peru, Earning the Regents Scholarship to UCLA, and surrounding myself with such radiant family and friends.
Career Goals: Become a physician and give back to the community.
Favorite Quote: “So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” – Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie.
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; Campus Engagement Intern, UCLA Hillel; First Year Network Intern, UCLA Hillel; Bone Biology Researcher, UCLA Dental School; Volunteer, Pre-Dental Student Outreach Program; Volunteer, Friendship Circle
Hobbies: Running, Basketball, Singing in the shower, Sipping on hot cocoa by a fireplace listening to smooth jazz on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean
Greatest Accomplishment: Smiling (:
Career Goals: Being happy, Oral & Maxilla Facial Surgery
Favorite Quote: "I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." ~Stephen Grellet
Lidia Liang, Co-Chair
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Major: Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Extracurricular Activities: Assistant Director and Instructor, UCLA CPR/First Aid Program; Research Assistant, Medical and Molecular Pharmacology Research Assistant under Dr. Ren Sun; Research Assistant, Membrane Biology under Dr. George Sachs; Lifescience 23L Undergraduate Assistant; Editorial Board, Undergraduate Science Journal; Case Worker, Mobile Clinic Project; Department Coordinator Assistant and Care Extender, Ronald Reagan Hospital; Pre-assigned Shadowing Program, Ronald Reagan Hospital, Pediatrics Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition.
Hobbies: Fighting "bad guys" and going on adventures with my 7 year old little brother. Baking fun, crazy weird desserts that usually end up being inedible. Traveling the world (slowly). Karaoke. Spending hours in puppy stores. Going to Aquariums and Zoos!!! Long conversations over "fine politics" aka potential Zombie attacks with my roommate. Impulsive shopping. Fashion magazines and blogs. Writing about random realizations throughout the day. Theme Parks!!! Especially disneyland. Eating giant turkey legs at disneyland. Eating everything. Trying new, exotic foods from different cultures. Long hikes to enjoy beautiful scenery. Debating! Reading psychology magazines, articles and blogs. Reading classic novels and being a book worm. Enjoying the finer things in life :)
Greatest Accomplishment: I attended 9 different schools growing up. I was able to stay optimistic and accepting of the new environment every time my family moved. Throughout this process, I have interacted with so many different kinds of people and have grown to love and accept different personalities, beliefs and cultures.
Career Goals: Become a physician and be involved in non-profit health clinics for underserved populations.
Favorite Quote: "Hakuna Matata" It means no worries, for the rest of your days :)
Special Projects Committee
Janice Ma, Co-Chair
Hometown: Arcadia, CA
Major: Biology, Gerontology Interdisciplinary Minor
Extracurricular Activities: APA Health CARE Referrals Director, UCLA School of Public Health Research Assistant, Center for Community Learning Frontiers of Human Aging Course Service Learning Coordinating Assistant, Resnick Immunonutrition & Metabolic Research Laboratory, UCLA Geriatrics Research, AHMC Clinical Assistant, Cakes We Bake
Hobbies: spending quality time with family and friends, museums, traveling, cake decorating, watercolors, sports, interior design, hiking, art history, adventures
Greatest Accomplishment: Winning the Pick 'n Save coloring contest as a kid :)
Career Goals: Public health and medicine
Favorite Quote: “The secret of life…is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” - Paulo Coelho