Tracy Chen, Co-President
Major: Molecular Cell Biology-Immunology
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, watching Youtube videos, dancing, singing, making bad puns
Service Passions: Equal access to affordable healthcare, promoting awareness of global issues, and making smiles on everyone’s faces!
Sandra Chang, Internal Vice President
Andrew Tham, External Vice President
Vani Topkar, External Affairs Vice President
Major: Molecular Cell Biology
Hobbies/Interests: I am very involved in lab work on campus. My favorite TV shows include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Jane the Virgin, The Mindy Project, The Office, Sherlock, and Friends. I love watching stand-up comedy and teach dance classes over Skype. I am so excited to be a Rotaract executive this year so feel free to talk to me anytime. Please be my friend!
Service Passions: Education for all, women’s health, sustainable sources of food and water in impoverished areas
About Me: Jordin Sparks asked how she’s supposed to breathe with no air, but I’ve been doing it my whole life! Hailing from the beautiful and mountainous city of Boulder, Colorado, I have grown up loving being outdoors. Whether it be hiking, biking, camping, or snowboarding, I am always up for an adventure. I am a mean baker, enjoy free writing, and love playing with my bichon, Gypsy. Ice cream is my favorite food and yellow is my favorite color.
Why Rotaract: After leaving the dorms after my freshman year, I felt like I had lost the community I was a part of at Berkeley. As I searched for clubs and organizations to join, I was struck by the altruism and genuineness of Cal Rotaract. Living with kindness, love, and empathy has always been the priority for me and being a part of Rotaract has given me both a family on campus and new sense of purpose.
Major: Economics / Legal Studies
Hobbies/Interests: Playing music (piano, clarinet, sax), writing, photography, videography, hiking, exploring the great outdoors, exploring the great indoors, binging The Office and HIMYM, trying out new restaurants, traveling
Service Passions: Environmental protection, equal access to quality education, reducing gender inequalities, pursuing ethical business
About Me: Hey hey. My name is Austin and I’m an east coast kid who finds himself on the west coast to pursue higher education. I am pursuing a double major in economics and legal studies. I’m a rather simple person, although other people in Rotaract would argue that I’m pretty extra. I mean I have created merchandise for my social media and YouTube handle, but that is besides the point. If you see me around campus, I’m either walking around with my earbuds in listening to a mix of EDM, soundtrack, and acoustic music or probably lugging around my camera. While I can appear intimidating at first, I swear I am extremely dorky, sometimes funny with my dad jokes and good puns, and if you ever need an aesthetic photo or headshot, just hit up me or my talented co-chair, Allie Lucchesi.
Why Rotaract: The running story for me is the fact that I was basically immersed in Rotaract from the start. One of my roommates freshman year was an officer on the officer board and my other roommate’s father and grandfather were both Rotarians. Yeah. But besides that fact, I had wanted to join Interact in high school, but never got around to it due to time obligations for marching band and tennis. Having had volunteerism be a part of my high school experience, I wanted to continue it in college, and Rotaract provided that venue for me. While I do enjoy the diversity of service events, I’d say another great aspect of the Rotaract experience has been the people that I’ve come to meet and the diversity of experiences and stories that they bring.
Allie Lucchesi, Co-Historian
Major: Sociology & Legal Studies
Minors: Education & Public Policy
Hobbies/Interests: cooking healthy foods so I can eat all the ice cream, reading, finding new music, photography, going to the beach, dance, trying new restaurants
Service Passions: social and racial equity/equality, equal access to quality education, poverty eradication
About Me: Hi everyone! I’m Allie and I love all the floofers. If you see me around campus or tabling, I will most likely be pointing out all the cute doggos that are around. Aside from doggos, I love to cook and go on foodie adventures. I’ve recently been exposed to the beauty of dim sum and I can honestly say, it’s one of the greatest things to ever exist. But in all seriousness, I’m excited to be your co-historian this semester and take all the aesthetic photos for you. My face is usually behind a camera but don’t let that dissuade you from approaching me. I promise I’m nice and won’t take surprise photos of you! Feel free to talk to me whenever!
Why Rotaract: I joined Rotaract partly because I was an officer in my high school Interact club but also because I wanted to find a community at Cal. Since joining Rotaract, I’m continually amazed at how kind and genuine the people here are. I joined the club knowing no one (and being super shy) and in one semester (I joined Spring 2018), I’ve risen from an intern to an officer and found a great group of friends. You can find service in a lot of places, but the people in Cal Rotaract are truly unique.
Major: Cognitive Science
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, listening to music, playing videogames, hanging out with friends and playing joking around, cooking and baking
Service Passions: Creating new opportunities for everyone to help make a difference in the world
About Me: I from SoCal and enjoy playing videogames all day everyday (well I wish if I didn’t have classes). I am a somewhat quiet guy at first but if you get to know me then you’ll wish I stop talking. I eating with friends so if you ever feel like eating or wondering about where to eat then you always hit me up.
Why Rotaract: I joined Cal Rotaract initially to satisfy a scholarship requirement. I joined my freshman year and I have loved this club ever since. I feel like Cal Rotaract is my home away from home, a place where I can be myself while doing service projects with like minded people. I would say my entire college life would be a different experience if I didn’t join Cal Rotaract.
Eric Berkovsky, Co-Treasurer
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, reading, playing tennis, running, traveling, cooking, gardening, looking at memes
Service Passions: Economic development and conservation
About Me: Hey everyone! My name is Eric and I hail from the faraway city of San Francisco. I’m really excited to serve as one of the treasurers this year and look forward to getting to know all of you! Some fun facts about me are that I have no cousins, once rode a camel, and am actively trying to visit all 50 states (currently at 30). In the rare opportunities when I have spare time, I enjoy binge reading or watching Netflix. Some of my favorite shows are Game of Thrones, Friday Night Lights, Breaking Bad, and HIMYM, at least until the finale happened. I also like listening to music (my favorite band is Weezer but I’ll listen to just about anything), cheering for sports teams I have no personal connection to (Go Twins and Spurs), and sleeping a lot. Please feel free to reach out anytime, I love meeting new people and would be happy to send you some quality memes or take you on a local’s tour of the Bay Area!
Nikhil Bhumralkar, Co-Treasurer
Jessica Cheng, Human Relations Chair
Major: English and Math
Hobbies/Interests: Writing poetry and stories, reading, attempting to bake, eating, music, paper crafts, interacting with kids!!
Service Passions: I believe in educational equity for all students, as well as youth empowerment from community support and involvement. Also a big proponent of mental health awareness!
About Me: Hello everyone! I’m a Bay Area native — San Jose to be exact. Some of my favorite things to do: spend time with family, explore aesthetic handwriting and card-making, write almost excessively in my journal, wholesome memes and cringy puns, listening to music (from One Direction to all the K-dramas I watch), and of course… bread! I love bread. Almost as much as I love deep talks and feel-good times with people. I’m so excited to get to know everyone in the next semesters — feel free to approach me whenever. 🙂
Why Rotaract: After being involved with Key Club in high school, I knew that service was something I wanted to continue with in college. And I think like many people, I joined Rotaract for the service and stayed for the people, who helped fill my first semester at Cal with a sense of adventure and belonging. The Rotaract community is incredibly eye-opening, inspiring, warm, and fun, and there are so many opportunities to get involved — from the different service projects to the four committees, there is still much that I am excited to explore with Rotaract!
Jonas Katona, Fellowship Co-Chair
Hobbies/Interests: Food, writing music, listening to music, playing piano/oboe/E. Horn, mathematics, mathematical sciences (physics included, of course), linguistics, data science, history, anthropology, sociology, singing, traveling, trying new cuisines, adventuring, hiking, running, just having deep and chill conversations with people!
Service Passions: Quality education for all, increasing awareness for underrepresented communities and cultures, diversity in STEM, improving the efficiency and availability of useful technologies, and helping whenever possible in simple, everyday ways.
About Me: Whoa, so this guy isn’t (pre-)Haas, econ., or pre-med.? You bet! :’) I’m a massive nerd, and I’ve always been, since birth. Did anyone say otherwise? I am the northern boundary of the Greater Los Angeles Area, in the tranquil, sleepy suburb of Santa Clarita, California, but I originally come from a much smaller suburb ~25 miles northeast from Seattle: Maltby, Washington. Anyways, I have always been a major fan of music, in general. There was once a dismal time of my life when I solely listened to classical music (I still do quite a lot, usually from the Romantic period onwards), but soon after, my music tastes grew immensely, and now, I would say they run the gamut from French house to neo soul to chillwave to art rock to Hungarian folk music. I would list some of my favorite artists, but that list is quite dynamic, so it would be pointless. I am also in several musical organizations on campus, such as the UC Berkeley Wind Ensemble, UC Jazz Ensembles, and Cal Composer’s Club. I am in other non-musical organizations too (ahem such as Rotaract), but man, this is already getting too long. Before I keep on talking, there’s way too much to know about a person than can be gleaned from a single paragraph. I love talking with different types of people. If you have any questions about life, music, food, mathematics, physics, MEMES, linguistics, Cal, or just need someone to hear you out, hmu on Facebook, Snapchat, Telegram, Gmail, etc., and I’ll try to respond within 12 hours. Or 24 hours. Or maybe 48 hours. Depends on my mood and how much work I have. See y’all around!
Why Rotaract: Well, you know how I mentioned that I was from the Santa Clarita Valley? So is my man Nikhil, one your co-treasurers. We started the very first Interact at West Ranch High School; he was president and I was secretary (for Key Club, as well). Coming to UC Berkeley, it not only felt natural to continue Interact in the form of Rotaract, but I also had a desire to continue serving our community on a local and international scale. Plus, in organizations such as Rotaract, it isn’t at all difficult to find and build long-lasting relationships with quality people, many of whom are bound to have similar interests, goals, and aspirations as you. When you are hecking stressed from piles of work and a busy, packed schedule, it is an ideal and fulfilling way to escape, while bringing help and joy to others.
Julia Acuna-Fleming, Fellowship Co-Chair
Major: Biological Sciences
Hobbies/Interests: During my time away from school work, and other engagements I like to spend my time doing things most people do. I enjoy reading (I am a certified bookworm), watching Black Mirror and rewatching Friends, doodling, cooking, following mukbangs, and lastly, messing with my family and friends in all the ways I possibly can.
Service Passions: In service, I strive to create a better world for the less fortunate. By targeting large issues such as literacy, World hunger, extreme poverty, and lethal illnesses, I believe that Rotaract is serving such a purpose. By being a part of Rotaract I am following my passion to eliminate many of the main issues that pollute the earth today. To eliminate such, is my only passion.
About Me: Hello 🙂 My name is Julia Acuna-Fleming. Born and raised in the bay, as they say (that rhymed lol XD). I went to Hayward High about 30ish minutes away from here, and was brought up to dedicate my time to family and education alone. Since coming to UC Berkeley, I have found additional outlets of expression in service, and social events that have cultivated me into the new and improved (insert sassy woman emoji lol) individual I am today. I am excited to be your Fellowship Co-Chair and to show you all the amazing things about Rotaract next to service, and that is the people and the bonds you can make with them. I hope to make these next few semesters the best we can achieve. Go bears!
Why Rotaract: Introduced to the club by some of the nicest people I’ve known, I still wasn’t prepared for a club as fulfilling as Rotaract. I was roped into the commitment of weekly meetings, the ever-present service events, and seeing the smiling faces of every member as much as time permitted. Rotaract is a club dedicated to providing for the community; both local and social, young and old, kind and bitter, with the most efficiency a group of schedule-bound college students can muster. Rotaract provides medication for the sick, and food for the hungry. I don’t see a reason this club can be ignored when faced with the results of its effect on change for a better world. I joined Rotaract because I want to make an impact on the world, even if my part is small, I’m satisfied with being a part of something that is as substantial as Rotaract. The kind-hearted, beautiful people that we call members, are only an added bonus.
Justin Lee, Interact Co-Chair
Major: Intended Molecular Cell Biology
Hobbies/Interests: religiously binge watching shows on Netflix/Youtube, playing cards and board games, hand lettering, listening to music, trying new cafés and sweets, hand lettering, drinking boba
Service Passions: I particularly enjoy projects that involve increasing global medical accessibility, health education, youth empowerment! Really anything that will improve the quality of life of people and make the world a better place!
About Me: If you’ve ever heard of anyone who enjoys the purple/grape Jolly Rancher, you may have met me. Born and raised in the Bay, I also enjoy scrolling through Facebook for dog posts and edgy memes during my excessive study breaks. I love watching superhero fiction TV series, comedies, and reality TV game shows! My dream is to travel the world, especially the Mediterranean and Europe! I have a huge sweet tooth, meaning I love all things sweet, especially baked goods and desserts! I’m always down to try new cafés and boba places; basically, a huge foodie. If you ever, ever need a Chubby Cup date at Sheng Kee, hit me up! Not only am I Facebook friendly, I’m also venmo friendly!
Why Rotaract: Through Rotaract, as cliché as it may sound, I’ve met people that I will be lifelong friends with. Bonded through service, Rotaract is a place where everyone can make a difference in the community or world while meeting amazing people! I’ve had a long history with the Rotary organization; I’ve been involved in Interact all through high school and knew that I wanted to continue on in the community with Rotaract! Come check us out, we have something for everyone!
Jacob Sese, Rotary Co-Chair
Major: Intended Molecular Cell Biology
Hobbies/Interests: Sports, Cooking, Board Games, Exploring Nature
Service Passions: Helping the disadvantaged reach the pinnacle of their potential.
About Me: I was born in the Philippines but raised in Tracy, CA. Besides Rotaract, I am also into recruitment and retention work for underserved communities. I like to make terrible puns so sorry in advance for that. I love going to the gym and playing basketball with my friends. Feel free to hit me up if you’re down to chat, ball up, or throw down on FIFA.
Why Rotaract: This club is full of people who bring out the best in each other. It’s a place where you can make amazing friends, find new opportunities, and do great work. Cal Rotaract is definitely an environment with ample opportunity for your growth as someone who wants to live a life of service.
Prachi Khandekar, Rotary Co-Chair
Suppiya Low, International Co-Chair
Hobbies/Interests: Hanging out with my friends and learning to play a little bit of guitar and piano.
Major: Intended Economics
Hobbies: Watching K dramas, cooking, reading, researching ways to lose weight on youtube, reading stuff on quora
Service Passions: My passions in service revolve around the issues of famine and education for underprivileged children in the world, mainly because growing up, I always had an abundance of both of the aforementioned, and I believe that every child deserves the same too.
About Me: I’m a plethora of contradictions. I like getting to know new people, but I can be exceedingly shy at times. I have a black belt in Taekwondo, but I look so weak that nobody believes it. I know seven languages, but when I get nervous, I’m unable to piece together a single sentence. I come from Malaysia! (Ask me where that is, it’s okay if you don’t know //nobody ever seems to anyway) but I’m ethnically Chinese 🙂 I like fluffy and cute stuff, so if i randomly squeal at a dog or something please excuse me. I like traveling, but I get seasick/airsick/carsick everywhere. I love milk, but i’m lactose intolerant. I also love shrimp and seafood, but I’m allergic. So if you’re a bad influence, i’ll probably love you heheh. HIT ME UP WE CAN BE BEST FRIENDS!! (p/s here’s a bribe i can cook you good Chinese food)
Why Rotaract: I’m a huge advocate of community service and ending famine worldwide; my passion for the needy, the poor and the helpless drives me to volunteer for various NGOs even back home in Malaysia. I wanted to continue doing service in Berkeley, hence I joined Cal Rotaract. (Fun fact: I tried to establish a Rotary club back in Malaysia, but was unsuccessful due to our secluded location – so I made my own club instead and named it “Helping Everyone Reach Out”!)
Christine Chow, Local Co-Chair
Hobbies/Interests: Singing, Binge-watching rom-coms, Making 3D origami (or regular), Eating, Making bad math puns & Traveling!
Major: Molecular Cell Biology: Immunology
Hobbies/Interests: Tennis, playing cello, snorkeling/ swimming in the ocean, hiking, running, going to the gym, EMS, and martial arts
Service Passions: My service passion is making sure the community becomes a better, cleaner environment for all walks of life. I hope to play a positive impact on the youth by introducing better academics and learning environments via community service.
About Me: I was born near Chicago and moved to SoCal when I was 8. Since then, I have played cello for about 10 years, and tennis for even longer. I have also done both taekwondo, karate, and a bit of archery. Other than music and sports, I’ve been getting into TV shows, my favorite being Chicago Fire (I became an EMT over the summer and responded to various 911 calls, hence my interest in EMS :D). I absolutely love the outdoors, especially hiking and swimming, and I hope I can go scuba diving/hunting one day. I’m a pretty easy going person, so if you want to chat or do anything hit me up!
Why Rotaract: I was looking for something that could make my college years impactful and useful (and get a social life otherwise I’d be rotting away in my room doing nothing). That’s when Andrew introduced me to Rotaract. On my first meeting, I was absolutely stunned by the social atmosphere the club had. Despite being a service club, members and officers alike strove to create a warm and supportive environment for welcoming new members. At the time, I was quite introverted, and the new atmosphere was refreshing. I was hooked onto the close knit community in an instant.