Volunteer Center Fellows ’13-14

Omar Arce

Omar Arce is a fourth year majoring in International Development Studies and minoring in Spanish. He is the USAC Community Service Commissioner, where he oversees 23 student service project organizations, 8 projects affiliated through the CSC Network, and the planning of large community service events that educate and inspire Bruins to engage in service. Omar is the CSC representative to the Volunteer Center Fellows. He has also been involved with Amigos de UCLA since his freshman year, a project where he tutors and mentors elementary and middle school students in Mid City L.A.

Nicole Cremer

Nicole Cremer is a fourth year Psychobiology major. She is the co-founder of Activity Books for Children (ABC), a UCLA student organization that creates uplifting coloring books to brighten the days of the patients at the Mattel Children’s Hospital. ABC also empowers local elementary school students to make a difference in the community by involving them in the creation of these coloring books. She has been doing research in the UCLA Brain Tumor Nanotechnology Laboratory for the past three years and volunteers at the Venice Family Clinic. She is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and is looking forward to co-leading the UCLA Volunteer Center’s Three Pillars, One University program this year.

Rachelle Gonzales

Rachelle Gonzales is a fourth year Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics major and the Global Health Theme Community Resident Assistant at Rieber Hall. She has been involved in Pilipinos for Community Health (PCH) since her freshman year. She volunteers in PCH’s service projects, which includes weekly hypertension (blood pressure screening) sites, three quarterly health fairs, annual Medical Outreach Banquets, and visitations to nursing homes hosted by Senior Smiles. Rachelle is currently PCH’s Internal Executive Director and has served as one of PCH’s Staff Assistants and Pre-Health and Advising Mentorship directors. She was also the Community Service Commissioner at Hedrick Hall, where she coordinated court-wide blood drives and led community service-related programs.

Taimi Jacobson

Taimi Jacobson is a fourth year Economics major and Linguistics and Environmental Systems & Society double minor. Taimi is a Resident Advisor in Dykstra Hall and the ORL representative to the Volunteer Center Fellows. This will be her third year working in the Office of Residential Life (ORL) and second year at the Volunteer Center. She is also a volunteer tutor for Amigos de UCLA, a tax-filer for VITA, and is on the Swipes for the Homeless Executive Board. Taimi is excited to spend time incorporating all that the Volunteer Center has to offer into programming on the Hill!

Samantha Ong

Samantha Ong is a second year Philosophy major who is also planning an individual major in Aesthetics. She is an active member of UCLA’s only Co-Ed Entrepreneurship Fraternity, Sigma Eta Pi, Publicity Chair to the Association of Chinese Americans, and the External Vice President of Rieber Hall. She has also volunteered with UCLA Unicamp since freshman year, which organizes annual summer camps for children from low-income backgrounds, and she highly recommends it to all students! Trained in both taekwondo and contemporary dance, Sam enjoys swimming, grass, jelly, and daydreaming on a regular basis.

John Tsiang

John Tsiang is a fourth year Neuroscience major and the Community Programs Office (CPO) representative to the Volunteer Center Fellows. Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, he moved to America at age 7 and floated around the country before settling in the Bay Area. He is currently the External Chairperson of the Community Programs Office Student Association, an organization that oversees 24 community service projects that specialize in education, social justice, and health. He is also the Chairperson for the Student Risk Education Committee, which focuses on risk management and safety for student groups at UCLA, and the Health Fair Co-Director for Asian Pacific Health Corps. Through each of these organizations, he hopes to bring about lasting change within the community, whether it is on-campus or off-campus.

Brittany Voth

Brittany Voth is a fourth year Neuroscience major and Anthropology minor. She is member of the UCLA Neurosurgery Brain Tumor Nanotechnology Laboratory as well as Dr. Daniel M.T. Fessler’s Anthropology Research Lab as a research assistant. Brittany is also the Co-Chair of Three Pillars, One University, a UCLA Volunteer Center initiative in collaboration with the Pathway at UCLA Extension program. In addition, she is a clinic assistant volunteer at the Venice Family Clinic. As a UCLA Volunteer Center Fellow, she hopes to spread the word about the importance of volunteering in our community.

Dalit Yadegaran

Dalit Yadegaran is a fourth year Psychobiology major. She has participated in Alternative Spring Break programs with Hillel and AmeriCorps, working 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 helping them during life-threatening moments. She is in the Domestic Relations Committee of 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 to work with different service-based organizations..

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