SMMIP 2016

Sarahi Aranda

Sarahi is a fourth year Communication Studies major with a minor in Film Television, and Digital Media. She is interested in social media marketing and the way it is utilized within the film industry, especially with the promotion of feature films and impactful documentaries. She is a passionate learner and hopes to use film and social media to spread worldwide awareness about environmental conservation. In high school, she founded the Environmental Science club and continues to educate herself about this subject each day.  She is the Marketing Director of UCLA ALPFA, where she uses design and editing software to promote the organization’s mission and retain membership among minority students seeking a career in Business and Accounting. During her free time, she enjoys reading, studying trailers, writing stories, hiking, and arts & crafts. Her career goals are to work either in entertainment design or for a film company as an executive marketing manager that works with editing trailers.

Daphne-Jane Dizon

Daphne-Jane is a fourth year Economics major and Public Affairs minor at UCLA. She currently works as the Business Office assistant at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She is involved with Samahang Pilipino and the HOOLIGAN Theatre Company on campus. She previously served as Controller for De Neve Evergreen and Fir and Financial Coordinator for the 2014-2015 Samahang Pilipino Cultural Night committee. Her community service experience includes volunteering for BruinLIGHTS (Leaders Inspiring Growth and Hope Through Stage), where she shared her theatre experience and taught performing arts classes for Los Angeles schools with a need for an arts-enrichment program. Daphne is very excited to take part in another wonderful opportunity at UCLA as a SMMIP intern! She looks forward to not only developing her social media and marketing skills, but also to applying them when campaigning and advocating for worthy causes in the community.

Peggy Ho

NichPeggy is a second year Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics major at UCLA. Prior to attending UCLA, Peggy went to high school in Upstate New York and grew up in Taiwan. She is passionate about the fields of genetics and cancer. After becoming the Communication Chair of Hitch Suites, Peggy became interested in media design and marketing, and is excited to explore opportunities where science and business intersect. She also volunteers as a Care Extender at Mattel Children’s Hospital, serves as the student coordinator for TAP-LA Mentorship Program, and is an active member of the UCLA Archery Team. During her free time, she likes to read blogs and travel.

Daniela Ibañez

Daniela is a third year Psychology student. She has developed an interest in marketing and looks forward to learning about nonprofit marketing careers as a SMMIP intern. She has worked with UniCamp, a non-profit volunteer program that sends kids to camp for a week. In her free time, she enjoys working out and exploring new coffee shops in Los Angeles.


Mireille Keuroghlian

Mireille (pronounced Meray) is a fourth year Communication Studies major. She has always had an interest in marketing, specifically the role of social media.  She is fascinated by the worldwide impact a viral post can make and how the idea of an impactful post is conceived, created, and disseminated from start to finish. This past summer she was selected as an intern for UCLA External Affairs through the Internship in University Advancement and Philanthropy. She was given the opportunity to work for UCLA Spark, UCLA’s very own crowdfunding platform. It was a unique experience and a hands-on look at how one message can galvanize a group to take action and support a cause they believe in, all through the power of unique marketing. She is also part of the Armenian Students Association and Kappa Delta Sorority. After graduating from UCLA, she plans on pursuing a career in marketing strategy.

Anika Patil

AnikaAnika is a second year Business Economics major. Originally from Lake Tahoe, CA, moving to Los Angeles was a big change. She has always been amazed by how the economy affects every decision a person makes and how these choices have a global impact. In high school, Anika mentored 20 young girls for the Boys and Girls Club and was Committee Leader in several community service based clubs, such as Key Club and Soroptimist Club. At UCLA, she is involved in Project RISHI and BGreen Consulting. After graduating, Anika plans on entering an MBA program. She is eager to strengthen her skills while pursuing her passion of making a positive impact on the community.

Mathew Ralph Santiago

Mathew is a first year Political Science major with a concentration in American Politics. He has always been fascinated with the workings of government and one day strives to become a Senator of California. In high school, Mathew served as Senior Class President as well as President of National Honor Society: Mu Alpha Theta. Despite only being a freshman, Mathew has already obtained several leadership positions. He currently serves as the Internal Vice-President and Facilities Commissioner of Saxon Suites and the Social Chair for UCLA’s chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary. Aspiring to become a lobbyist, Mathew hopes to strengthen his communication and marketing skills through the duration of the internship. He is excited to get to work on future endeavours with the Volunteer Center and with local advocacy organizations.

Ryan Togashi

RyanRyan is a third year Biochemistry major who is currently the President of the Nikkei Student Union (NSU) at UCLA, a Japanese American Culture Club that focuses on advocating and serving the Japanese American community in the Los Angeles area. As President, he strives to build external relationships with community based organizations through volunteering and collaborating on their specific needs. At UCLA, he is a research assistant through the Department of Medicine’s Cardiology program, studying the effects gene expression levels have on Multi-Organ Dysfunction of advanced heart failure patients. He hopes to use his research in gene expression to better diagnose patients going into surgery and help hospitals use their resources more effectively. His background as an Eagle Scout has also influenced his hobbies, as he enjoys hiking, backpacking, and camping in the outdoors. Ryan is excited to be a part of SMMIP in order to use his skills to help community organizations advocate and market more effectively.  

Kevin Tran

KevinKevin is a second year Business Economics major who aspires to pursue his career in the field of marketing and/or event planning. His involvement in community service began at the LAC+USC Medical Center, assisting nurses and catering to patients’ needs as a Junior Volunteer. This past summer, he taught two to twelve-year-olds abroad in China. At UCLA, Kevin is currently one of the graphic designers in the Community Service Commission and works for the Graduate Division as the Operations and External Relations Assistant, where he enjoys organizing events and creating graphics through Illustrator. When he’s not scrolling through his Facebook, Snapchat, or Instagram feed, you will most likely find him eating soup-filled dumplings or binge watching Friends, How to Get Away with Murder, and New Girl.

Kimberly Uehisa

KimKimberly is a first year Physiological Science major and Global Studies minor at UCLA. She is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. Kimberly has maintained her service spirit in college, with non-profit organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House, the Fisher House, Volunteers Around the World, Operation Mend, and as a Development Intern at the American Lung Association.  She is also part of the Global Siblings program and participates in intramural sports. Kimberly is confident that as a SMMIP intern for the UCLA Volunteer Center and the UCLA Advocacy program, she can continue to advocate to humanity as a True Bruin.

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