Volunteer Center Fellows ’11-12

Halsey DiSario

Halsey DiSario is a fourth year Political Science and Spanish double major. She has been volunteering as a tutor to underprivileged and disabled students since middle school, and in high school worked as a volunteer health teacher and community organizer in Dominican Republic and Honduras with Amigos de Las Americas. Since college, she has served as the Recruitment Director for Amigos de UCLA and Vice President of Membership Development for Pi Beta Phi. Halsey is a returning Fellow, and led the UCLA Volunteer Center’s Peace Corps Volunteer Project last year.

Danny Duel

Danny Duel is a third year Psychobiology major and has served as the Special Projects Director for UCLA’s Swipes for the Homeless for two terms, spearheading alternative projects for the club to expand its outreach within UCLA to build on one of the organization’s goals – students helping students. Danny also works with UCLA’s Hillel on an internship, the Campus Entrepreneur Initiative (CEI), which consists of volunteering in many different events including an Alternative Spring Break in Uruguay to help build communities. Lastly, Danny participates in the organization Students for Community Outreach, Promotion and Education (SCOPE), providing free health information and resources to the underprivileged at a clinic in Santa Monica.

Lauren Irwin

Lauren Irwin is a third year Anthropology major and an officer for ALDPES, an honor society at UCLA. ALDPES participates in a wide array of service events like Reading to Kids, painting murals, beach clean-ups, and dances at the Westwood retirement community – Westwood Horizons. Additionally, Lauren is a Resident Assistant in Hitch Suites. She has participated in every Volunteer Day event and the Westwood Organized MEGA Project, among other service events on and off of the UCLA campus. Lauren also interns at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Tri-Counties to help grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.

Molly Katz

Molly Katz is a third year History major with a minor in Political Science. From Oakland, she has a strong passion for social justice and community service. She currently serves as the External Chair for the Community Programs Office Student Association that oversees 23 community service projects that specialize in social justice, education, and health. Molly also serves as the Chair of the Student Risk Education Committee, a committee focused on risk management and safety for student groups at UCLA. Additionally, she serves as the assistant office manager at the Community Programs Office where she works closely with the front desk interns in their office management and holistic development as well as to provide support for CPO’s 26 full time staff members.

Brett Neely

Brett Neely is a fourth year Psychology major. He is the incoming director of Camp Kesem at UCLA, a week-long summer camp for children whose parents have, have had, or have passed away from cancer. Brett served on committee for Kesem in 2010-2011, and it is his second year as a counselor. Brett also volunteers for Amigos de UCLA, a tutoring project for underprivileged youth in the Los Angeles area.

Matt Rosenstein

Matt Rosenstein is a third year Study of Religion major. He has been involved with Circle of Friends, an organization that forms friendships between students with and without disabilities, for seven years. Matt volunteered with the organization for four years in high school and then started a chapter when he first arrived at UCLA. He also has experience in public service from an internship in Senator Feinstein’s office.

Jennifer Ta

Jennifer Ta is a fourth year English and Political Science double major, who started off her college experience volunteering for Best Buddies at UCLA and Project Literacy. At Best Buddies, an organization that pairs together college students and those with intellectual disabilities to create lasting one-on-one friendships, she has served as the Membership Director, Finance Director, and is now the College Buddy Director.

David Tracy

David Tracy is a fourth year Business Economics major. He has volunteered as a summer camp counselor with the Boy Scouts of America since high school, where he taught introductory swimming classes and served as activities organizer. For his Eagle Project, David designed and led construction of a play structure at his elementary school in Sacramento. At UCLA, David has volunteered as a tutor with Project Literacy and served as the student chair for the Westwood Organized MEGA Project (WOMP). In his free time, David creates furniture out of legos.

Rebecca Verlaque

Rebecca Verlaque is a fourth year International Development Studies major. She is a member of the Bruin Belles Service Association – volunteering with homeless shelters, schools, and various other non-profits – performing at least ten volunteer projects each year. She also serves as the director of E3’s Garden Mentorship Project, which brings students from UCLA and the Santa Monica Unified School District together to work in school gardens to bond, as well as to learn the value of organic, sustainable food production. Finally, Becca has the privilege of interning at Relief International, a humanitarian non-profit agency that provides emergency relief and development assistance to vulnerable communities worldwide.

Jamie Yao

Jamie Yao is a fourth year majoring in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, and is a returning Volunteer Center Fellow. As the USAC Community Service Commissioner, she works to support 23 service projects within the commission and to represent UCLA service organizations as a member of the Undergraduate Students Association Council. Previously, she worked on programming initiatives for the Community Service Commission (CSC) to promote service on the UCLA campus. Jamie continues in an advisory support and training role with Read to Succeed!, a program that provides reading tutoring for youth in Milpitas and Fremont.

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