Major: Public Health
Hobbies: Making people smile, traveling in search of new vibes (and picture perfect backdrops), “working out” to eat out, creating amateur videos, journaling, and becoming a seasoned concert enthusiast
Service passions: Reducing health disparities, youth empowerment programs for at-risk students, mental health, suicide prevention and awareness
Why Rotaract: Rotaract is my home away from home- it helps me do what I love and love what I do with amazing individuals. I’m able to actively serve the underserved and get involved in creative and dynamic Rotaract service projects with those who genuinely care. This organization, this family, holds a special place in my heart because it filled my first year at Cal with so many growing experiences and unforgettable memories- laughing 24/7, meeting my best friends, mulching a rose garden, making survival paracord bracelets (that hold up to 50 pounds!), planning the A-Z of Interact Stayover for 70 high schoolers, dressing up for banquet, and attending a Berkeley Rotary luncheon meeting! I’m forever thankful to be part of Rotaract because it we change the world for the better, cultivate each other’s service passions, connect with other service scouts, fortify foundations for future generations… and have a blast while doing so!
About Me: I’m a silly and dorky person who likes to try new ice cream flavors (unless Matcha Green tea is present), hike (on my good days) new trails, bake pre-cut and pre-made cookies and smile. A lot. I really enjoy spending time with my phamily and friends- they help me stay grounded and push me to be my best self. A few of my life favorites include scenic drives, dessert dates, music concerts, waterfall chasing, succulent pets, comedies and jumping pictures. Some things I’m looking forward to are: studying abroad one day, starting a weekly yoga/running routine, relearning how to speak Spanish, going on more foodie adventures, becoming a corgi mama and above all else, meeting you! Don’t be a stranger (◕‿◕✿)
Major: Intended Public Health and/or Sociology
Hobbies: Eating, sleeping, chillin with friends, listening to music, watching movies & dramas, doodling, going on photo excursions, watching random animal videos online, and traveling (if I have moolah)
Service Passions: Anything hands-on! Working with youngsters or the elderly, restoration/clean-up projects, soup kitchens, etc.
Why Rotaract: Well initially I joined because of the service aspect. Service is a lifestyle for me and Rotaract definitely keeps me busy with all of its service opportunities. Sure it keeps me busy, but the time I spend with Rotaract is worthwhile. This semester will be my 5th semester in Rotaract. The reason why I stayed in Rotaract for so long is because of the lasting friendships and connections I’ve made. It’s like a second family to me. It’s rare to be surrounded by people who are just as passionate about service as I am, so I don’t regret joining at all. Check out and see for yourself what we have in store for you! ~(^-^)~♥
About me: I’m a Bay Area native. Born and raised in Oakland, but moved to Berkeley for 8th grade. Aside from chillin and watching movies/ dramas, I also like to play non-competitive tennis and frisbee, hunt for Pokemon, and have deep convos about our society’s problems. I love watching random videos on Facebook and then share them with people whom I think would appreciate them. I specialize in sharing cute animal, baby and/or funny videos. Be sure to say hi to me~ Let’s have funsies this semester! -Love, Vivz ♥
Major: Molecular and Cell Biology, Neurobiology
Hobbies: Research, studying, watching movies, listening to new music on Spotify!
Service Passions: Relief aid for impoverished areas, global access to clean water, significant improvements in access to healthcare.
Why Rotaract: Rotaract is an organization that provides opportunities to make a difference at a much larger-than-self level. Volunteering with Rotaract not only grants me personal fulfillment for helping others, but gives me a family like community, making my time here unforgettable. Furthermore, Rotaract is the collegiate level of Rotary International, an immensely powerful network of successful individuals who share the will to enact positive change. Being a part of Rotaract is aligning myself with such an organization. Joining Rotaract truly has truly been my best decision in college.
About Me: I was born in Thousand Oaks (near LA) but then lived the second half of my life in the bay area (San Carlos, it’s on the peninsula). I have a twin brother- I know, it’s crazy. If you see me or him, say hi, we’ll probably respond. I enjoy a lot of types of food, but have to pin my favorites as Italian, Thai or Chipotle. I am a huge fan of the sciences, so if you wanna talk chemistry, biology, or physics, I’m in. I am currently super interested in the molecular underpinnings of cancer, specifically breast cancer. Outside of class, I have conducted research at UCSF and currently teach the Cancer 101 Decal. Let me know if you ever have questions about the biochemical sciences, being a premed student, or scheduling classes! I’ll be applying to medical school in the next application cycle, so if you have questions about that or the MCAT, I’d be happy to help the best I can. Finally, I am more than excited to serve as Cal Rotaract’s Vice President of External Affairs for 2016. Let’s do this!
Major: Molecular Cell Biology
Hobbies: Hiking, morning runs, cafe-hopping, practicing the piano/saxophone, Netflix binge-watching, playing with my dog, and baking.
Service Passions: Equal access to health care, education, animal welfare, and poverty relief.
Why Rotaract: I did a lot of volunteer work in high school, and coming into college I wanted to continue volunteering and some friends told me about Rotaract so I decided to join to try it out. I found that I was welcomed with open arms, and found a community of people that I could be myself around who also had the same passion about service that I did. I always had such a blast doing service projects and participating in the family events and competitions. I realized that members and officers of Rotaract truly did embody the motto of “Service above Self”, and in my first year at Cal I felt very lucky to have found a home away from home through the people I have met in Rotaract.
About Me: Hi everyone! My name is Michelle and I am very excited to be a part of the officer board for this upcoming semester! I am from San Carlos, California, so I am native to the Bay Area. I absolutely love the outdoors and exploring, so if you ever want to go hiking, definitely hit me up! I am always down to try new foods and cook new recipes; it’s one of my goals to try all the restaurants in Berkeley by the time I graduate. I love meeting and talking to new people, and bonding over tv shows and food! If any of you out there need a study buddy, I am always down to study in a cafe; I have found that my favorite cafe to go to in Berkeley is Cafe Milano-you’ll most likely find me there before a midterm or final. Anyways, I am very excited to be your new HR chair, and let me know if you have any questions! Can’t wait for a great year of service and family fun:)
Major: Intended Cognitive Science (& possible Art Minor)
Hobbies: Drawing/doodling/hand lettering, basketball, tennis, sleeping, eating
Service Passions: Preservation, climate change, education, health care…basically, making the world a better place!
Why Rotaract: As a Spring Admit (Spring 2015), I came to Berkeley thinking that it’d be hard to make friends since most other freshmen already had spent a whole semester together. So, I told myself I should join at least one club to put myself out there. I went to the first Rotaract general meeting and was so surprised at how friendly and welcoming everyone was…and the rest is history! I’ve been with Cal Rotaract ever since and I absolutely love it! I’m am so thankful that I was able to find my home away from home 🙂
About Me: Hello…it’s me…your Design Chair Claire! I was born and raised in San Jose, making me a fan of pretty much all Bay Area professional sports teams. I love to hand letter when I’m bored, so if you ever see me writing in a notebook with my headphones on, that’s probably what I’m doing! I also love to travel – my dream is to visit all 50 states and to one day travel the world. So, don’t be afraid to ask me about where I’ve been or where I want to go next – I’d love to share travel stories with you! Lastly, as design chair, I’ve made it a priority that the event banners you see are not only pleasing to the eye, but also informative. So, if you have any suggestions, let me know!
I can’t wait to meet all of you!!!!
Major: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Service Passions: Education, animal welfare, combating depression and homelessness
Why Rotaract: Rotaract is full of awesome people. Everyone is very warm, friendly, and welcoming and collectively we foster an undeniably positive atmosphere. You can literally walk into a Rotaract meeting feeling horrible after a bad day and come out feeling relaxed and happy that you know you’re making a positive impact on the world. I believe that service is a way of life – it’s something bred into us to do good and make the world a better place, to give back to society for all the good fortune that has come to us in life. And you just can’t beat the fact that Rotaract is a place where there’s tons of opportunities to engage in rewarding activities and meet new people, and most importantly to grow as a human being.
About Me: Hi! My name is Dennis and I really love three things: computer science (especially artificial intelligence), education (in terms of both learning and teaching), and community service (Rotaract…). These things are really starting to define who I am, so hit me up and we can have a long chat! Other things I like include fantasy novels, anime, strategy games, badminton and volleyball, running and hiking, and of course meeting new people. Some activities I’m involved with on campus are undergraduate research in robotics with Pieter Abbeel, spreading CS education to local middle school and high schools as the public relations officer of ANova, and working on a fun RTS Android game that will hopefully be released by the end of this semester!
Kevin Pham, Treasurer
Major: Intended ORMs and Business Administration
Hobbies: Food and music events
Service Passions: Equal opportunities for education and healthcare!!
Why Rotaract: I actually started off in Key Club at my high school, and since then I’ve always loved community service. Coming into college, I wanted to continue this passion and I had always heard about two amazing service organizations here on campus called Circle K and Rotaract and couldn’t decide. However Rotaract just happened to fit better with my schedule and here I am! Honestly, a lot of the organizations here on campus are the same structurally, but the people in Rotaract are what really make this organization shine.
About Me: I’m lactose intolerant and I was born in Nashville, Tennessee where I lived for 10 years before moving to Orange County in Southern California! I enjoy long walks on the beach and deep talks at 3AM. I love food, whether it be trying out new or interesting foods, or just going around to my favorite places. If you’re ever looking for a meal, hit me up! I’m excited to meet and get to know all of you amazing people and don’t be afraid to say hi if you don’t know me!
Priya Natarajan, Historian
Major: Intended Public Health
Hobbies: Listening to Bollywood music, hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, cooking, and of course taking pictures
Service Passions: Any fields where I can make a direct impact
Why Rotaract: Because in high school I participated in Interact, District 5170 forever!! (Except now I’m District 5160 :)) I really enjoyed the feel of a close knit family within Interact and loved the fact that we could make such a direct impact in our own communities as well as worldwide. I wanted to continue my service throughout college too and decided to join Rotaract because of the amazing people and the club’s spirit!
About Me: My name is Priya, yes like the Toyota Prius. I am from Fremont, CA, which is about 45 minutes south of Berkeley. I love short walks with friends (because I don’t have the stamina for long walks), adoring other people’s photography on Instagram, spending time with my family, and when I get a chance sleeeeping J I am absolutely stoked to meet tons of new people this year! Ohhh and if you ever need some advertising, a special post dedicated to you on Instagram or Facebook, LinkedIn head shots, or a new profile picture let me know cause I could totally make that happen! 🙂
Joan Hu, Local Committee Co-Chair
Major: Intended Business/Economics
Hobbies: Cooking, Tennis, Hiking, Movies, Working Out, Finding Aesthetic Things
Service Passions: Youth Empowerment, Equal Access to Education, Relieving Poverty
Why Rotaract: Rotaract is a group of like-minded people with the mentality of devoting “service above self.” Like many other members, the main reason I continued on with Rotaract was because of the “home away from home” feeling that just felt right. I made some of my closest friends here, and Rotaract has provided me with the perfect balance of family and service.
About Me: I’m that girl that can’t stop smiling, is easily distracted and will stop to point out cute dogs, loves cooking but is terrible at baking, and plays a decent amount of tennis. I also love exploring new areas, especially if it has anything to do with hiking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, or just plain old beaching (gave up on this after a year of living in the Bay Area). Don’t be afraid to reach out! I have a Facebook or find me at the library, low key.
Sam Kim, Local Committee Co-Chair
Major: Molecular Cell Biology, Music Minor
Hobbies: I love to cook and eat. I love to explore, exercise,workout, hike, be outdoors. I love movies. I love netflix. I have a really cool fishtank. I like to garden. I occasionally study.
Service Passions: Human Rights, Relieving Poverty, Education, Equality for all. Just wanna help anyone in any way.
Why Rotaract: Rotaract is an awesome club that you can just be yourself in. You don’t have to put on a show or fake anything to “fit in.” You can join and just immerse yourself in a wonderful community to provide meaningful service to yourself and others and help make a difference. Plus, Rotaract is kinda great and you can put a smile on someone’s face.
About Me: What’s gucci? I’m Sam. I’m from SoCal, Moreno Valley to be exact. I love to explore, be outdoors, workout and play sports. But I also love to be home, cook, watch sports, and watch netflix and chill. But no matter where I go, my life revolves around food, staring at it, and then devouring it. So, come explore, be a couch potato, gym, eat, chill with me.
Mathew Madain, International Committee Co-Chair
Major: Global Studies
Hobbies: Running, photography, and trying new cuisines
Service Passions: disaster recovery, refugee assistance, education, environmental protection & conservation, wildlife preservation, global development.
Why Rotaract: Ever since the day I stopped by the CalRotaract Table on Calapalooza, Rotaract struck me as one of Cal’s best student organizations. Its emphasis on service – with its local, international, and professional aspects – is remarkable. Rotaract has the ability to transform you into a more compassionate, informed, productive citizen, to embody “service above self”. Rotarcters are some of the friendliest people on the Cal campus! I hope my position as co-chair of the International Committee will prepare me for a future career in humanitarian service.
About Me: I’m a native of Los Angeles, but definitely appreciate the Berkeley life. I’m passionate about traveling, learning about new cultures, and history. I also like to hike and explore nature, and take pictures, too. I can’t wait to meet each member of this year’s Rotaract family – and I hope that this year will be our best!
Ammar Inayatali, International Committee Co-Chair
Major: Economics, Intended Business
Hobbies: playing and watching sports (hockey, tennis, baseball, etc), reading, watching Netflix (House of Cards, Suits, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, House, The West Wing)
Service Passions: International Development, Microfinance, Access to education
Why Rotaract: I love service… especially when it comes to international development! Rotaract, with is diverse focus both locally and internationally, enabled me to help others both locally and globally. Moreover, its connection with one of the worlds largest development organizations ensures that we receive the support and guidance we need make a difference. The community in Rotaract is incredible and I can assure anyone considering joining that they will love it too!
About Me: I live in a small suburb about half an hour from Toronto- or as most people know it: the “6”. I love playing and following sports, particularly hockey, baseball, tennis, basketball, football, etc. Rotaract is unique because of its multifaceted approach to developing a service community. Not only do we do great work, but we participate in socials, get mentored by accomplished professionals, and host events for the campus community. I look forward to service alongside Matthew Madain as Co-Chair of the International Committee and I hope you join us!
Sam Pajuleras, Fellowship Co-Chair
Major: Molecular and Cell Biology, Infectious Diseases
Hobbies: Building and collecting LEGO sets, playing tennis, watching all kinds of sports and medical dramas/comedies, playing the guitar, jamming out to music
Service Passions: Equal opportunity for the basic necessities of healthcare, mentoring, and spreading happiness!
Why Rotaract: Repping one of the largest community service organizations on the Berkeley, campus, Rotaract provides a numerous amount of opportunities for social connections and leadership experience while building an interdependent community. I joined Rotaract because I saw its potential for providing connections that can benefit me in the future, and I noticed how well the club meshes social activities and community service based on my experience in Interact during my senior year of high school.
About Me: Hi! My name’s Sam, and I am thrilled to coordinate the club’s social events for incoming and returning members this fall semester! I have lived here in the East Bay my entire life, so you can always find me watching a Warriors game on TV (since tickets are really expensive nowadays!). I love playing tennis with fellow Cal Rotaractors and my old floormates from freshman year, and I also got really into dancing this past summer. During my down time, I enjoy practicing songs on my guitar or watching Scrubs and Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix. I hope to meet all of you, and I’m looking forward to venturing this semester of community service with y’all!
Stanley Ho, Fellowship Co-Chair
Major: Cognitive Science and Computer Science
Hobbies: NETFLIX, League of Legends, Pokemon, “Gyming”, Acting like I know what I’m doing in life
Service Passions: Education and anything related to helping others
Why Rotaract: Fun fact: I was a KEY clubber, oh no, but coming into college I wanted to branch out and try something new. What exactly? All I knew is that I wanted to give back to the community in some way. Then I learned about Cal Rotaract’s Interact Committee and knew that this change was worth the leap.
About Me: Hey! I’m Stanley and I’m excited to be serving you guys as your Fellowship Co-Chair. I’m from Southern California near the Los Angeles area. I really do like watching Netflix and TV in general. Some of my favorites include: How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs, Bones, Game of Thrones, just to name a few. Come talk to me about any show and recommend me something you like, I’m willing to binge-watch anything. Also I’m willing to get boba with anyone, just hit me up!
Susan Wang, Family Chair
Major: Economics, minor in music
Hobbies: Singing, listening to music, going to live music events, attending SF Giants games, binge watching shows on Netflix, traveling, and photography
Service Passions: Promoting music education in public schools across the nation, women empowerment, youth empowerment
Why Rotaract: During all four years of high school I was actually an Interactor in District 5170! (A2 represent) At first when I arrived at Cal I thought I was ready to move on from Interact, so I was a little hesitant about joining Rotaract. But when I attended one of the general meetings, I knew I just had to join Rotaract because it was the first place on campus where I immediately felt welcomed and accepted, no questions asked. Everyone in Rotaract is incredibly amazing and inspiring. I really feel like I’m a part of a family <3
About Me: Hey everyone! My name is Susan and I am so excited to be the Family Chair this semester! I was born in Oakland and raised in a town called Castro Valley that’s about 30 minutes away from Berkeley, so I’ve been in the Bay all my life. Aside from service, music is one of my biggest passions in life. I am currently interning at a music startup based in Berkeley called queueIn and it’s helped me confirm that working in the music industry is definitely what I want to do after I graduate from Cal. I’ve also been singing for as long as I can remember. Performing in front of an audience gives me a natural high
Justin Tan, Interact Committee Co-Chair
Hobbies: Traveling, Hiking, Playing Sports, Anything outdoors, Eating, Going To Sport Events
Service Passions: Giving back to the community from homeless shelters to working with children. Anything I can do to impact someone’s day is my passion. Helping the world one smile at a time.
Why Rotaract: Being in Interact since high school, when I came to Berkeley, I wanted to continue giving back to the community. I knew I wanted to be a part of Rotaract as soon as I attended the first Rotary meeting as everyone was super friendly and made me feel at home; a part of a bigger family. The “home away from home” vibe really helped me settle in and I feel that some of my closest friends are from Rotaract. It was nice being surrounded with people that had the same passion for community service as you and I felt that everyone in Rotaract was genuine. Joining Rotaract was by far the best decision I made my freshmen year, allowing me to have unforgettable memories and helping me grow into the person I am today.
About Me: Hey guys! My name is Justin and you will probably know me as the loud and energetic guy. I am excited to be one of your Interact Chairs and helping plan the most awesome Stayover this semester. I have lived all over, from NorCal, to SoCal, to Singapore, and finally Seattle. Despite all the places, I consider myself a SoCal dude so #TeamSoCal! I love to travel and hope to travel to Taiwan or Spain sometime soon. Sports is my thing as I am a Lakers, Angels, Manchester United, and a Colts Fan. Most important I am a Golden Bear fan, expect to see me at basketball and football games. I also love doing outdoor activities from hiking to water sports. If you are interested in forming an IM team for volleyball or dodgeball, hit me up. I love meeting new people and being at Berkeley helps with that experience as there are people from all around the world with different stories and different experiences that I just want to hear about. Feel free to come up to me at any meetings if you have any questions or just want to talk as I would be more than happy to.
Sarah Yi, Interact Committee Co-Chair
Major: Intended Integrative Biology
Hobbies: hiking, looking at cute pictures of dogs, swimming, playing the piano and photography.
Service Passions: Women Empowerment, Reproductive Rights, Equal Opportunity in Education, Youth Empowerment
Why Rotaract: I’ve been apart of the Interact/Rotaract/Rotary family since the beginning of my high school career! I have received countless opportunities through these amazing organizations and I strive to give back to the organizations who have made me the person I am today. In fact, one of the reasons I chose to attend UC Berkeley was because Cal Rotaract’s Fall 2014 Stayover introduced me to this wonderful University. I have already met so many amazing people in my new Cal Rotaract family and I cannot wait to see what amazing things happen next.
About Me: Hello there, friend! My name is Sarah and avidly love dogs (I have 2), food, swimming, and anything bright green. I love hiking, preferably near waterfalls, and I love going on adventures in the city. My favorite band is OneRepublic, my favorite candy is sour patch kids, and my favorite author is Jonathan Safran Foer. In my free time, I enjoy playing the piano (Ludovico Einaudi and Yiruma are my two favorite composers), cooking, and reading a good book while drinking a hot cup of coffee/tea. Welcome to Rotaract, I love you already!
Alex Lazich, Rotary Committee Co-Chair
Hobbies: In my free time I enjoy playing Fantasy Sports, playing video games (League anyone?) and watching films.
Service Passions: Before Berkeley my service passion had rotated around giving back to the community. I helped teach citizenship questions to seniors at my local community center and built a greenhouse for my high school as part of my Eagle Scout project. I have wanted to branch out a little at Berkeley and was involved with International Committee and Rotary during my first two semesters here. I really enjoyed Rotary and am hoping to continue and expand its work!
Why Rotaract: As a Spring Admit to Berkeley I wanted to make sure to dive into Berkeley. One of my good friends told me about Rotaract and after attending a general meeting I knew I wanted Rotaract to be a part of my Berkeley experience! In high school service had been a large part of my life and Rotaract meshed service with a fantastic group of friends.
About Me: I am from Menlo Park (right next to Stanford and home to Facebook), so always have been a Bay Area kid. Here on campus I have been a part of the Actuarial League and am currently a member of Theta Chi fraternity. If you ever want to talk baseball, football, or esports please please come say hi! Favorite food would have to be bread, specifically sourdough. Favorite TV shows include Game of Thrones, Black Sails, VEEP, and The Daily Show. I love meeting new people so please make sure to come up and say hi at a meeting or event! I am really excited for this coming semester in Rotaract! It’s going to be great 🙂
Major: Intended Business/Economics
Hobbies: I love playing sports, dancing at a concert, watching Netflix and going out for coffee! Being competitive is kind of my thing, so any sports or games, you’ll definitely see me there!
Service Passions: I love giving back, and one of the best parts of giving back is being able to see the change you make to the world. That is why I love participating in service projects because it directly affects people’s lives. Of all the projects I’ve done, my favorite one by far has been building prosthetic hands for those in need in third-world countries. Not only was it hands-on, but I was later on able to see a video of someone using the hand I had created! While fundraising for End Polio Now we are able to see the international difference as only 3 countries are left with existing cases of polio! Also, when we volunteer at local shelters, we are immediately able to see the smiles on their faces motivating us to continue our service passions. I suppose all in all my service passion is seeing the difference I can individually make to one person’s life.
Why Rotaract: I joined Rotaract in an effort to reignite the passion I had for Interact! Interact was a huge part of high school for me giving me my friends, inspiring my future profession and prompting me to have many of the meaningful relationships I have today with Rotarians. Giving back is a part of who I am and as Rotaract is the biggest service club at Cal, it fits perfectly! After joining, I stayed because of the bond I had with my family, the amount of service I was able to put in at my own leisure and the close knit committee set up! I hope to develop Rotaract to be an even greater club and show everyone who joins why it means so much to me, in hopes that it will have the same effect on them!
About Me: Hellooooo! I’m Mayuko! Friends say I’m the loud and Netflix type, but I also love to work hard and have meaningful conversations. I’m not one to be shy, but if I don’t catch you, feel free to come and talk with me anytime you like! I love being athletic. In high school, I played soccer and did track (any other pole vaulters out there?) and loved it! I’m trying to recreate that in college utilizing IM soccer and the gym! I do love my movies, and Netflix TV shows are my guilty pleasure. I love food, all food, and also taking pictures! I’m definitely one to stick out like a sore thumb because of my loud voice, but I also love some quiet down time with some good books, hot chocolate, and blankets. Say hi anytime!