Winward Choy is a second year medical student at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. During his undergraduate work at UC Berkeley, where he was a Molecular and Cell Biology major and Education minor, he was involved with a number of education and health-related community programs. At Berkeley, Winward was a founding member of Give Back Dominican Republic, a student-run organization collaborating with community health professionals to organize mobile clinic missions to Haitian villages in the Dominican Republic. At UCLA, he has worked with medical student groups in health fairs and the Mobile Clinic Project, which provides free direct medical services and resources for homeless and low-income patients in Los Angeles.
Danny Duel is a fourth year Psychobiology major. He is currently the President of UCLA’s Swipes for the Homeless, and previously served as the Special Projects Director 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 has also worked with UCLA’s Hillel on an internship, the Campus Entrepreneur Initiative (CEI), and was on board as the External Vice President, which consisted of volunteering in a variety of events including Alternative Spring Break in Uruguay and New Orleans to help build communities.
Rachelle Gonzales is a third year Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics major and a Resident Assistant at Hedrick Hall. She has been involved in Pilipinos for Community Health (PCH) since her freshman year. PCH outreaches to the community through weekly hypertension (blood pressure screenings) sites, two annual health fairs, annual Medical Outreach Banquets, and visitations to nursing homes hosted by Senior Smiles. Rachelle has served as one of PCH’s Staff Assistants and is currently a co-director for the Pre-Health Advising and Mentorship component. She was also the Community Service Commissioner at Hedrick Hall, where she coordinated court-wide blood drives and lead community service-related programs.
Anees Hasnain is a fourth year majoring in Sociology and minoring in Education Studies, LGBT Studies, and Political Science. She is the USAC Community Service Commissioner and works to support 23 service projects within the commission as well as those affiliated through the CSC Network. Anees is the CSC representative to the Volunteer Center Fellows. She has also been involved with Project W.I.L.D. since her freshman year, a project that works with elementary students in Rosemead to improve their literacy and provide mentorship.
Taimi Jacobson is a third year Economics major and Linguistics minor. Taimi is a Resident Advisor in Rieber Hall and the ORL representative to the Volunteer Center Fellows. This will be her second year working in ORL and first year at the Volunteer Center. She is excited to spend time incorporating all that the Volunteer Center has to offer into programming on the Hill!
Vivian Lai is a third year Global Studies and Political Science double major. She is the current Treasurer of Kappa Delta Sorority and is also an Application Producer for the Daily Bruin Marketing. She has served as a tutor for underserved youth in the Bay Area and was Academy Coordinator for the Berkeley Business Academy for Youth at Haas School of Business, creating leadership and teamwork activities for the students while also leading training sessions for camp counselors. She has participated in every Volunteer Day starting in 2009 as a freshman.
Belem Lamas is a fourth year Political Science major specializing in International Relations and the CPO representative to the Volunteer Center Fellows. She is from Riverside, California and is passionate about creating a positive change in any community and making a difference in the lives of others. Belem is currently the External Chair of the Community Programs Office Student Association that oversees 24 community service projects that specialize in education, social justice, and health. Belem also serves as the chair of the Student Risk Education Committee which focuses on risk management and safety for student groups at UCLA. Belem’s hobbies include sky diving, Tae Bo, eating Diddy Reese cookies, and volunteering for Latinas Guiding Latinas.
Matt Rosenstein is a fourth 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 eight 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.
Dalit Yadegaran is a third year Psychobiology major. She has participated in Alternate Spring Break programs with Hillel and AmeriCorps, toward rebuilding the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana, which is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. As a Care Extender, Dalit spent over 250 hours volunteering within the health field by aiding patients in a hospital setting, and helped them during life-threatening moments. She is in the Domestic Relations Committee in Fellowship for International Service and Health (FISH), and makes quarterly visits to underserved communities in Mexico to provide basic health services, as well as domestic trips across Los Angeles towards working with different service-based organizations.