Officers Fall 2010

Archival Page for Fall 2010 Board of Directors

Austin Ashcraft, Co-President

austin-croppedYEAR: 4th, Undergraduate
MAJOR: Philosophy
SERVICE PASSIONS: Any project that promotes fairness and equality by working to counteract the lottery of birth.
HOBBIES: (no particular order) Video games, soccer, service, philosophy, politics (have to be in the mood for it), reading, writing, thinking, talking, playing games/sports, laughing, reddit, hiking, driving, geocaching, music (listening), sleeping, exploring, and finally, quality anime, good movies, and interesting T.V. that can be watched online.
CONTACT: president@calrotaract.org or aashcraft@calrotaract.org
ABOUT ME: HI! My name is Austin and I am going to be serving as your president (with Jimmy) for 2010! Looking back on my term as president in 2009, I think that we had some great ideas, but there are tons of areas where we can improve! Seeing the growth of Rotaract since I joined (going from swamp cleaners to building prosthetic hands) has been a truly wonderful experience for me and I feel like Rotaract finally has an identity of its own (the four pillars: service, fellowship, professional development, committees) that distinguishes us from other service clubs on campus. Outside of Rotaract, I am an intern in the Student Legal Clinic, I play intramural soccer, I work as an security monitor in the units, and I write tons and tons of philosophy papers. Did I mention I probably have too many hobbies? (see above)

Jimmy Le, Co-President

jimmy-le2YEAR: 4th, Undergraduate
MAJOR: MCB and French
SERVICE PASSIONS: Working with children, health care and professional development
HOBBIES: Raising pet fishes, grinding up plant tissues to collect their DNA
CONTACT: president@calrotaract.org or jle@calrotaract.org
ABOUT ME: Hello! My name is Jimmy, and I am a very curious person who’s always ready to learn something new and not afraid of the challenges. I really enjoy spending time with Rotaractors working on service projects both locally and internationally. It’s great to go out and volunteer, but it’s even better when you’re out volunteering with friends! I’m a former Interactor from District 5170 and have helped organized numerous service projects. During my free time, I enjoy taking care of my fishes, playing video games, facebooking, and meeting people.

Steven Wong, Vice President

steven-wongYEAR: 4th, undergraduate
MAJOR: Civil Engineering
SERVICE PASSIONS: Building/Hands-on Projects and Working with Children
HOBBIES: Running, Basketball, Swimming, All kinds of Arts and Crafts
CONTACT: swong@calrotaract.org
ABOUT ME: Hey! Although I was not in Interact in high school and was in Key Club (=O), I have just as much love for Rotaract as the rest of the officer team. I really enjoy spending time helping others in anyway I can. I have learned a lot from being in Rotaract so far and will not leave any time soon. And like many others I wish I had more time to do everything! When I am not completely bombarded by academics I like to swim, play basketball, run, and make all kinds of things from scratch. Even though I ran a marathon before and it sounds like I am really active, I am not. But healthy and active or not, I still love Rotaract!

Elodie Tong-Lin, Secretary

elodie-tong-lin2YEAR: 3rd, Undergraduate
MAJOR: Molecular Toxicology
SERVICE PASSIONS: Health/medical-related projects, MAKING THINGS (i.e. stuffed animals for children, etc.)
HOBBIES: Reading, Photography, Drawing, Eating/Cooking
CONTACT: etong-lin@calrotaract.org, secretary@calrotaract.org
ABOUT ME: I am the secretary for the Berkeley Chapter of Rotaract! This is my second semester, and I am excited to meet new people and work on service projects with them. I am open to any emails for people who have questions or need advice! Let’s all work hard to improve and make a positive impact on our community!

Celia Gong, Treasurer

celia-gong2YEAR: 3rd, Undergraduate
MAJOR: Intended Cognitive Science or MCB
SERVICE PASSIONS: International and local service projects!
HOBBIES: being busy, trying new things
CONTACT: cgong@calrotaract.org
ABOUT ME: Hello hello! I am your treasurer and I am very excited to be part of the Cal Rotaract community this year! I love to do service and help out whenever I can, and Rotaract is a great way to do so while having so much fun. When I’m not caught up with school and Rotaract, I love to run, longboard, indulge in boba, explore new music, and hang out with friends.

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Elizabeth Chang, Co-Marketing Director

YEAR: 4th, Undergraduate
MAJOR: Practice of Art/Pre-business
SERVICE PASSIONS: Go green projects, environmental
HOBBIES: Writing, playing piano, driving with the windows down, running at midnight
CONTACT: lchang@calrotaract.org
ABOUT HER: Hi all, my name is Liz. Unfortunately my high school did not have Interact, so I heard about Rotary when I got to college. I think Rotary is a great way for people to open their eyes and be grateful for things in their daily lives. Aside from that, I’m thinking about doing a Practice of Art and Pre-business double major, even though that’s a huge time committment. Oh, I love food, and one of my several nicknames is “the cookie monster” because I’m always hungry! And who doesn’t like cookies? Come out to our meetings, and say hi sometime! And feel free to add me on Facebook!

Joaquin Ugalde, Co-Marketing Director

joaquin-ugalde2YEAR: 2nd, Undergraduate
MAJOR: Architecture
SERVICE PASSIONS: I really like relay for life and blood drives, but
ANYTHING THAT HELPS PEOPLE, THE ENVIRONMENT, ETC. is awesome too
HOBBIES: reading, writing, drawing, and daydreaming
CONTACT: jugalde@calrotaract.org
ABOUT ME: I am a quiet goofball with a passion for the arts and genuine public service. This year, I am very excited to be serving as marketing director for Cal Rotaract, and hope to use my position as an opportunity to recruit more students to our awesome organization.

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Kyle Wang, Co-Fellowship Director

kyle-wang2YEAR: 2nd, Undergraduate
MAJOR: Intended Business/Psychology
SERVICE PASSIONS: International Projects (Hydraid)
HOBBIES: Photography, Snowboarding, Circuit Training, Healthy diet, Occasional risks
CONTACT: kwang@calrotaract.org
ABOUT ME: I’m a outgoing guy who can’t wait till I meet you all in Rotaract! I was in love with Interact in high school, and I’m starting to love Rotaract too. I’m a pretty weird guy, but I think it’s a good weird. I like to laugh and make friends. I also laugh at the smallest things, and I can be quite loud. I am also kind of blunt, which is probably my biggest weakness, or strength, depending on how you look at it. I think I’m a really friendly guy, so even if I don’t approach you first, please talk to me! My goal is to get to know every active member in Rotaract.

Kelly Wong, Co-Fellowship Director

kelly-wong2YEAR: 4th, Undergraduate Senior!!!
MAJOR: Economics
SERVICE PASSIONS: Health Care, Kids, Hands-On Projects
HOBBIES: Playing at night, Volunteering, Traveling, Arts and Craft, Photography, Climbing objects/trees, WATCHING REALLY REALLY GOOD MOVIES, and being spontaneous
CONTACT: kwong@calrotaract.org
ABOUT ME: HELLOOO GUYS AND GALS! My name is Kelly. I am excited to be your co-fellowship director this year! I am look forward to meeting everyone so we can all have a super-duper time. Rotaract has been an amazing experience for me and there is so much more to come. Something you should probably know about me is my dislike of mushrooms (yes, i know about 99% of the people around me love mushrooms!) and my phobia of mayo. Besides the fungus and gross condiment, I love everything else. I love exploring, traveling, going on adventures and helping people all at the same time. If you have any questions about anything at all and I mean anything, feel free to ask. I don’t bite.

Eugenia Ho, Co-Service Director

eugenia-ho2YEAR: 2nd, Undergraduate
MAJOR: tentative Art History or History
SERVICE PASSIONS: Working with kids, environmental projects
HOBBIES: Drawing, watching movies, hanging out with friends, playing video games!
CONTACT: eho@calrotatarct.org
ABOUT ME: Hey, I’m Eugenia and I’m really thrilled to be your co-service director this year! I’ve been involved with community service starting from high school, and I can’t wait to get more involved with the club. When I’m not slaving away in my academics, or helping out with Rotaract, I love to customize my Mac (mostly just my desktop). If you have any questions (about anything), feel free to leave me an email or chat me up on facebook!

Brian Ma, Co-Service Director

brian-ma2YEAR: 3rd, Undergraduate
MAJOR: Bioengineering/Pre-Med
SERVICE PASSIONS: Environmental Clean Ups, Rebuilding Projects, and Youth Events
HOBBIES: Ping Pong, Karaokes, Night Driving, Movies, Anime, Reading, Video Games, Sleeping, Chats, and Food
CONTACT: bma@calrotaract.org
ABOUT ME: Hey everyone! My name is Brian and I’ll be one of your service directors (along with Eugenia) for 2010. I’m really excited to be a part of this awesome board and hope to introduce some memorable, fun, and beneficial community projects. Interact was a large part of my high school life and so I am happy to be back under the Rotary banner. This is a great club for everyone to meet new people, make new friends, and most importantly, give back to ones community. Besides Rotaract, I really enjoy exploring new food destinations. I’m a real Foodie and I love the details in life. My friends know me as the guy with the headphones because I always have them on during our General Meetings. If you see a short Asian with white headphones, don’t be shy and say hi! Also, feel free to add me on Facebook if you want.

Sarah Belford, Co-Professional Development Director

sarah-belford2YEAR: 3rd, Undergraduate
MAJOR: Political Science
SERVICE PASSIONS: promoting equal opportunity in education, working with local community partners (food distribution centers, senior citizen centers), working with kids!
HOBBIES: photography, soccer, learning Italian (Venite a parlare italiano con me durante le riunioni, se volete!)
CONTACT: sbelford@calrotaract.org
ABOUT ME: To keep it quick and sweet, I am a sophomore here at Berkeley, planning on going on to graduate school in public policy or law after I graduate. I’ve been a member of Rotaract since I first got to Cal, and it’s one of the best decisions I could have made. I want to go on to be a member of Rotary International after my time here as a undergrad. I won the Fenton’s Ice Cream Challenge last semester. If you want proof, I’ll wear the shirt next meeting. Besides ice cream, there are three great loves in my life: the ocean, Calvin and Hobbes. And now, to leave you with a couple of my favorite quotes:

“There’s never an end for the sea.” ~Samuel Beckett

Calvin: “You can’t turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.”
Hobbes: “What mood is that?”
Calvin: “Last-minute panic.”

Ruben Jimenez, Co-Professional Development Director

ruben21YEAR: 4th, Undergraduate
MAJOR: Legal Studies
SERVICE PASSIONS: Hands-on projects, working with children, working with elderly, Relay for Life, Anything that makes a real positive difference in the community.
HOBBIES: Playing tennis, Eating, Sleeping, Watching TV/ Movies, Listening to music, Reading, Recently started playing guitar, Just hanging out.
CONTACT: rjimenez@calrotaract.org
ABOUT ME: Hey everyone! I’m Ruben and I, along with Sarah, will be your Co-Professional Development Director this year. This is my second semester in Rotaract here at Berkeley, but I am excited for everything in store for this semester! I did Interact in high school and am glad I joined Rotaract, because it goes above and beyond an ordinary service club. I’m a pretty easy going guy. When school’s not too intense, I like to relax, hang out with friends and laugh at the most random things. Rotaract is a great way to meet cool new people and I look forward to meeting all of you. I’m super easy to talk to, so don’t hesitate to ask questions or just talk!

William Zhang, Sergeant At Arms

YEAR: 4th, Undergraduate
MAJOR: Computer Science
SERVICE PASSIONS: Building things or anything that is hands-on or requires manual labor.
HOBBIES: Hanging out with friends, swimming, and playing games.
CONTACT: wzhang@calrotaract.org
ABOUT ME: Hello, I’m Will. I was in Interact during high school and was Sergeant at Arms. If you’re wondering what that is, feel free to ask me the next time you see me. I enjoy helping people because it gives me a warm feeling inside. Rotaract is the most awesome club because of the wide variety of events we have. When I’m not swapped with CS projects, I love going on crazy adventures at night with my friends.

William Mok, Co- Historian/ Web Master

will-mok2YEAR: 2nd, Undergraduate
MAJOR: Undeclared
SERVICE PASSIONS: Hands-on, green projects
HOBBIES: Writing, Video, Photography, Piano, Investing, Tennis
CONTACT: wmok@calrotaract.org
ABOUT ME: Hello! This is both my first year at Cal and my first year at Rotaract/Interact. Before this, I was in a variety of community service groups at my high school, but none of them were nearly as organized. In general, I just like to make things, whether they’re meaningful or not. They just have to be meaningful tasks. Hopefully, during my time here, I can help make Rotaract even better than it already is.

Julie Huynh, Co-Historian/ Web Master

julierotarYEAR: 3rd, Undergraduate
MAJOR: IB, GPP minor
SERVICE PASSIONS: Helping the underprivileged and the environment.
HOBBIES: running, knitting, reading, learning the guitar, listening to music, shopping, spending time with my awesome family and friends
CONTACT: jhuynh@calrotaract.org
ABOUT ME: Hi everyone! This is my second semester in Rotaract. I wasn’t in Interact in high school but I’m glad I’m in Rotaract now because it’s awesome! I’m from Southern California (woot woot) but I love it here in NorCal. I could not think of anywhere else I’d rather go to college what with the unique Berkeley atmosphere and SF right across the bay. My family is the most important thing to me and my friends are the greatest. I love In-N-Out so if you’re hungry, let’s go! I love all fellow Rotaractors so if I haven’t met you yet I hope you’ll introduce yourself!