Manjari Daniel President
Manjari is a fourth-year student majoring in neuroscience and minoring in philosophy (which subject is more confusing? you decide). She is from the picturesque town of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, where she obtained her caffeine addiction and uncommonly high standards for a good cappuccino. When she isn't hunting down hipster coffee shops or studying in the basement of her sorority house, Manj is usually running rehearsal as the music director of her all-female a cappella group, or dying under a pile of data in her lab as she searches for improved clinical treatment methods for schizophrenia. This will be her second term serving as the president of the Alumni Scholars Club, and she is unbelievably thrilled to continue serving this incredible scholar community! You can find her at JWAC during her weekly presidential office hours. Alternatively, you can and should take her to brunch.
Megan Ren Vice-President
Megan is a third-year MIMG major pursuing minors in Global Health and English. She hails from the lovely epitome of Bay Area suburbia, otherwise known as Fremont, California. After serving as Marketing Director last year, she is extremely excited to return to the ASC Executive Board as VP. Outside of ASC, Megan is a Director for Fellowship for International Service and Health (FISH), serves as a Coordinator for SCOPE Patient Health Advocates, and works as a Peer Learning Facilitator for athletes. She aspires to become a pediatrician while also searching for sustainable health solutions for international communities. In her free time, Megan enjoys reading, hiking, going on road trips, playing piano, spending time with friends and family, and devouring everything that BPlate has to offer (yep, even the kale). She is still waiting on her Hogwarts letter, but in the meantime is loving her time here in sunny LA. Her favorite dynamic duo is Princess and Elvis, the two huskies who grace UCLA's campus everyday. She is super thankful to be a part of the inspirational ASC family and can't wait to meet even more scholars this year!
Nolan Gunsolley Alumni Mentor Program Director
Nolan Gunsolley is a third-year Mechanical Engineering major and Film and Television Studies minor from Laguna Beach, California. During his time in ASC, Nolan has served as a coordinator on the Outreach committee and as the logistical director of the Scholar Relations committee, bringing fun and energetic events like National Finals and Quarterly to the scholars of ASC. As this year's Alumni Mentor Program director, Nolan hopes to continue strengthening the ASC community by forging strong connections between scholars and alumni - creating relationships that last a lifetime. Outside of ASC, Nolan serves as a member within the UCLA Racing Club and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He can often be found tinkering with electronics, exploring Yosemite, or twisting balloon animals. In the future, he hopes to pursue a graduate degree in engineering and become a Disney Imagineer or a technical engineer within the motion picture industry. Nolan is extremely excited to work with students and alumni this upcoming year to further develop and improve the Alumni Mentor Program!
Douglas Dang Alumni Relations Director
Doug Dang is a second-year Bioengineering major from Rohnert Park, a suburban town in Northern California. When he is not studying to survive at UCLA as a pre-medical, engineering student, you can find him interviewing patients through the Ronald Reagan Hospital's Assessing Residents' CI-CARE medical program, researching neurodevelopmental learning disabilities in youth at the Semel Institute, programming a teaching tool for patients and students to learn physiological processes at UCLA's BioCybernetics Lab, or administering HIV tests for people in communities disproportionately affected by the disease. In terms of career, Doug aspires to go to medical school and become a pediatrician, but, in his free time, he enjoys creating new recipes, developing his skills as a chef, discovering restaurants throughout L.A., and spending time with family and friends. Over the past year, Doug served ASC as a coordinator for the External Campus Volunteers committee and hopes to apply his professional and communicative skills to being the head of Alumni Relations. ASC is the reason he decided to come to UCLA, so he wants to ensure that scholars benefit from the opportunities this amazing club has to offer!
Samiksha Chopra External Campus Volunteers Director
Samiksha Chopra is a third year from the mountainous regions of San Fernando Valley. She is currently majoring in Neuroscience and hopes to attend medical school in the future. After serving as a coordinator for the External Campus Volunteers committee, she is very excited to be taking over as Director and growing ASC's off-campus volunteering presence. Outside of ASC, Samiksha is on the UCLA's Neuroscience Undergraduate Society executive board and is a program director for the annual Martin Luther King Remembrance Day Project. If she is not in class or studying at Kerckhoff, you can probably find her in The Semel Institute working as an undergraduate researcher in various Huntington's disease and electroencephalogram studies. To relax, she plays ultimate frisbee, cuddles with her dogs, and explores new hiking trails around her home . She is looking forward to all of the great things ASC will accomplish together over the next year!
Haley Petitt Outreach Director
Haley Petitt is a third year student from beautiful Oceanside, California! She plans on majoring in English with a minor in Theater so she can impact students through the arts and humanities in the hopes of becoming a Choir and English Teacher! She has previously served as a member of UCLA's Hooligan Theater Company where she has worked behind the scenes doing hair and makeup for shows like "Rent," and when she is not heard singing in the shower, she is most likely found performing with her all-female a cappella group, Signature! She is extremely passionate about UCLA and is so honored to be returning as the Outreach Director this year because she has seen the impact this club can have in making new Bruins feel welcome and part of the Alumni Scholars family!
Jonathan Fox Internal Campus Volunteers Director
Jonathan Fox is a third-year MIMG major and Biomedical Research minor from the farming town of Tracy, CA. In ASC he has served two years as a coordinator for ICV and is excited to lead the committee this year. When Jonathan isn't researching cancer in his lab or playing the viola in the Game Music Ensemble, he enjoys going out to eat, SCUBA diving, and watching musicals. Jonathan also enjoys saying he'll go to the gym but finding an excuse not to. His goals include becoming fluent in Japanese, going to medical school, and becoming strong enough to finally beat his grandmother at arm wrestling. Jonathan looks forward to getting his fellow Alumni Scholars excited and involved in volunteering this year.
Tiffany Ju Academic Enrichment Director
Tiffany Ju is a fourth-year MIMG major, with a minor in Biomedical Research. She hopes to pursue healthcare and combine her interest in science and health with her love for helping others. This past year, she was the Academic Enrichment Director, and feels extremely honored to have this opportunity once more to continue to serve the amazing scholars of ASC. Tiffany also loves meeting new people, trying new things, adventuring, eating (like seriously, she loves food), punning (she loves both lame and non-lame puns/jokes!), hanging out with her family and friends, swimming, figure skating, rapping, the list goes on! She looks forward to meeting and getting to know all the ASC scholars, and hopes to be able to help them achieve their goals as they all navigate this college journey together.
Benjamin Shou Leadership Development Director
Benjamin Shou is a second-year Computational and Systems Biology major from Dallas, TX. A former coordinator in the Scholar Relations Committee at ASC, he looks forward to better serving Alumni Scholars through the Leadership Development Program. Benjamin hopes to attend medical school after graduation and to work towards a career involving both being a clinical research physician as well as a political advocate for the advancement of science and global health. In addition to his roles in ASC, he is a M.A.P.S. (Measuring to Achieve Patient Safety) volunteer at Ronald Reagan Hospital and a student researcher at the UCLA Molecular Biology Institute with a focus on immunogenetic sequencing. Outside of school, Benjamin is a nationally competitive figure skater, Eagle Scout, and founder of the Dallas Stars Therapeutic Skating Program, a non-profit program aimed at teaching children with special needs.
Adilene Ramirez Bunche Director
Adilene is a fourth year majoring in Political Science and minoring in Philosophy and Labor & Workplace Studies. Coming from the San Fernando Valley, Adilene wishes to pursue a future J.D. in order to advocate for her community. While Adilene is not busy contemplating her life, she is making espresso drinks at a campus cafe where she works at (in order to deal with people's constant need for caffeine), working on her short fiction on her blog, helping conduct research in the UCLA Department of Communications or simply going out to indie dance nights throughout LA. Adilene has worked with UCLA's Proyecto de Jornaleros, a student-run organization that provides ESL tutoring to non-English speaking day laborers in Downtown Los Angeles. Adilene has also worked with her local congressman. Adilene has served as a coordinator and will now be in her third year as a executive board member for ASC. This is because ASC is her main outlet and home on campus, and Adilene will continue to be humbled by the blessings this organization has provided for her.
Olutobi Jekayinfa Creative Scholar Relations Director
Tobi is a fourth year pursuing a B.A. in Sociology. He is the son of two Nigerian immigrants and was raised in Riverside, CA. He has two younger brothers, one 16 and the other is 11. According to Tobi, neither of them can guard him on the basketball court. Outside of the classroom, he interns at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center as a Care Extender. Through the Los Angeles Team Mentoring Program, he is a youth mentor at Richard Merkin Middle School in downtown LA (he'd like to take this time give a shout out to his lil homies). This is Tobi's fourth year of involvement in ASC. He's been a coordinator on the Alumni Relations Committee, and both the Internal and External Campus Volunteers committees. Officially, his career goal is to go to medical school and become an orthopedic surgeon. Unofficially, his dream is to become an actor, make millions, and put some money back into his alma mater, Arlington High School. Tobi always says "I chase checks, never chicks." His hobbies include playing pick-up basketball with friends, who apparently can't guard him either. He loves eating his mom's cooking and watching Netflix. He is excited to be a member ASC's Executive Board.
William Cho Logistical Scholar Relations - Logistic Director
Will Cho is a third year Business Economics major from seven different cities throughout California, as well as his birthplace of Philadelphia. He is committed to the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica College Bound program as the President of the Achievement Scholars Club, and has considered adopting public speaking as a hobby due to his dynamic energy. Will is also a dedicated bodybuilder/powerlifter in the UCLA community, serving as the MyProtein Student Ambassador, co-founding the Bruin Bodybuilding Club, and educating his peers via social media platforms. When he is not training, Will can be found appreciating jazz combos and vocalists, researching the scientific basis of physical exercise and nutrition, or developing his photography and videography skills.
Nick Motamedi Finance Director
Nick is an awesome fourth-year hailing from the great state of Texas. Nick is a biology major with the intentions of eventually attending medical school, given he can get through biochemistry. When outside of class, Nick is extremely passionate about UCLA student government and ASC. In his free time, Nick loves running around Westwood and playing tennis. Nick is a strong believer of living in the moment and never taking life too seriously! Nick's favorite thing about ASC is the amazing family of hard-working and passionate scholars that one gets to know! Nick is super excited about what next year will bring.
Aaron Baugh Marketing Director
Aaron is a fourth-year Biochemistry and Psychology double major with a minor in Society and Genetics, which is definitely a mouthful, but a lot more fun than it sounds. After serving as a coordinator on the Outreach committee his freshman year and a Presidential Associate for the past two years, Aaron is extremely excited to be a part of the 2017-2018 ASC Executive Board as the Marketing Director. With a passion for photography and videography, he wishes to expand upon the incredible marketing foundation set in place by last year's director, create engaging promotional videos, and foster a stronger sense of community within the club. Outside of the club, Aaron is a member of City Lab, an organization dedicated to teaching high school students about the rapidly developing world of biotechnology through hands-on laboratory experience, as well as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Liao's Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology lab. When he's not taking graduation pictures or trying to get bacterial cultures to do what he wants them to do, Aaron will definitely be running from his problems, making horrible puns, dyeing his hair a different color, and searching for the best dessert places in Koreatown.