Big Wheels (The Bios)

The YHHAP Board

Annie Cheng, Coordinator: Annie is a junior studying Ethnicity, Race and Migration and Political Science. She founded the Restaurant Rescue Project and now runs their youth nutrition workshop series. Beyond YHHAP, she is highly involved in the Yale International Relations Association as a member of the competitive Model UN team and a conference director. She loves food and earth and sustainability, and the intersections of the three. She considers the highest form of gastronomical excellence — in any cuisine — to come on a greasy napkin, piping hot fresh from a street vendor. Find her at annie.cheng@yale.edu!

Dalton Boyt, Coordinator: Dalton is a junior from Bakersfield, CA, studying Economics and Energy Studies. He has worked with No Closed Doors, Project Homeless Connect, and the Clothing Closet, and has served on the board as membership chair, treasurer, and co-director. Outside of YHHAP, he is a member of the Yale Debate Association and works as the Chief Aide for Berkeley College. In his free time, Dalton loves playing spikeball, hiking, camping, and being outdoors. If you have any questions about YHHAP, or want to talk about music, contact him at dalton.boyt@yale.edu

Jackson Willis, Chair: Jackson is a senior from St. Petersburg (“The Sunshine City”), Florida, majoring in Humanities and Economics & Mathematics. He is a Fellow of the Yale Institution of Social and Policy Studies, Yale Center for British Art Guide, and arts contributor to The Politic. A former YHHAP Director and long-time Board member, he also volunteers for YHHAP Projects the Book Exchange, New Haven Cares, and VITA. When he can find a piano out of earshot, he plays it. When he can find an unmarked trail, he takes it. A passionate, but lost volunteer? jackson.willis@yale.edu.

Simon Cooper, Treasurer: Simon, a sophomore in Ezra Stiles, is from Nashville, TN. He’s incredibly excited to be involved with YHHAP as membership coordinator. Outside YHHAP, he’s co-coordinating Dwight Hall’s First-years in Service, writing and editing for The Politic, competing on MUNTY, helping with YMUN, finance-managing for the UOC, and pretending to do club swimming. He spends free time sleeping, reading, or trying to figure out how to be like Annie Cheng. He loves email: simon.cooper@yale.edu.

Rebecca Yan, Membership Chair: Rebecca is a junior in TD majoring in Economics and Global Affairs. She is excited to serve as YHHAP's Membership Chair. Outside YHHAP, she is in Yale Student Investment Group and works as a Student Organizations Consultant for the YCDO. She was formerly a Production & Design editor at the Yale Daily News and Communications Director of the Yale College Council. In her free time, she likes to run to East Rock, eat Arethusa, and think about how much warmer it must be at home in Atlanta, GA. She can be reached at rebecca.yan@yale.edu.  

Carina Gormley, Advocacy Chair: Carina Gormley is a junior in Morse College who is enthusiastically pursuing a major in architecture, while focusing on urban studies. Although born in Houston and raised in Boston, she enjoys learning how to "be a local" everywhere she goes. Smiles and hugs will always be reciprocated, and she'd love nothing more than to walk and chat about foreign language education, arts and crafts, social sciences, the psychology behind the built environment, and everything in between! She can be reached at carina.gormley@yale.edu.

Suzanne Brown, Communications Chair: Bio coming soon. Contact her at: suzanne.brown@yale.edu. 

Nishanth Krishnan, Community Chair: Nishanth is a sophomore from San Diego, CA, studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. At a given moment, you can find him volunteering at No Closed Doors, planting vegetables on the Yale Farm, or doing research at the Yale School of Medicine. If not, he’s probably drinking excessive coffee at Blue State or making music in the TD basement. Reach out to him at nishanth.krishnan@yale.edu.

Renee Tung, Outreach Chair: Renee is a sophomore in Ezra Stiles college from Clarksville, Maryland. She is a project head for the Restaurant Rescue Project and also helps out with Project Homelessness Connect. Outside of YHHAP, Renee is involved in the Hypertension Awareness and Prevention Program at Yale (HAPPY), the Helix Group, FOCUS on New Haven, the Piano Collective, and Danceworks (and perhaps research and hospital volunteering). In her free time, she enjoys miscellaneous volunteer work, being that annoying person playing piano in the common room, attempting IM sports, event-hopping, and playing cards. Feel free to contact her about anything at renee.tung@yale.edu. 

Bishoy Megalla, Fundraising Chair: Bishoy Megalla is a sophomore in Berkeley from Jersey City, NJ who is studying Economics with a potential double major in History. Bishoy is the Fundraising Chair of the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project (YHHAP). Other than his position in YHHAP, Bishoy is a Site Coordinator for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Director of Marketing for the ElmSeed Enterprise Fund. When he's not cramming in Bass, you can find Bishoy procrastinating in his dorm, losing in Mario Kart, or blasting Hamilton. He can be contacted at bishoy.megalla@yale.edu.

YHHAP Project Heads

Willemijn van Deursen, Yale Community Kitchen: Willemijn is a junior from Rochester, Minnesota, studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Willy immensely enjoys her Friday afternoon drives to pick up food from the dining halls (and she loves chef Will from TD).What she enjoys even more is actually serving the food to familiar faces at the soup kitchen. She also delights in playing on the Yale Women’s Water Polo Team, Saybrook IMs, and cross country skiing in Minnesota. When she’s not rescuing food, Willy conducts Immunobiology research at the Yale School of Medicine and volunteers in the Education Department at HAVEN Free Clinic. You’ll probably see her biking around campus, sipping a cup of coffee, or replying to the email you sent her at willemijn.vandeursen@yale.edu!

Maurice Ware, Yale Community Kitchen: Maurice is a junior in Davenport college, hailing from Cleveland, OH. He is a psychology major. Maurice loves the community he has found in YCK and couldn’t imagine spending his weekends any other way.  Reach him at maurice.ware@yale.edu.

Nika Zarazvand, Kitchen to Kitchen: Nika Zarazvand is an anthropology major and junior in TD from Tehran and Southern California. Nika is mainly involved in activist organizations at Yale and in New Haven including Yale Students for Justice in Palestine, Unidad Latina en Acción, Sanctuary Kitchen, and the Yale chapter of Democratic Socialists of America. In her free time, she loves to take photographs, listen to music, and hang out with friends. You can reach her at nika.zarazvand@yale.edu.

Megan Ahern, Kitchen to Kitchen: Megan Ahern is a sophomore in Ezra Stiles from Boca Raton, Florida who hopes to major in Statistics & Data Science. Outside of working with K2K, Megan is an English tutor for Bridges ESL, a representative in the Undergraduate Student Title IX Advisory Board, a trumpet player in the Yale Symphony Orchestra and Coup de Brass, and an avid fan of the West Wing. Reach out to her at megan.ahern@yale.edu. Reach her at megan.ahern@yale.edu.

 Jason Paz, Kitchen to Kitchen. Bio coming soon. jason.paz@yale.edu.

Renee Tung + Amy Zhang, Restaurant Rescue Project: Bio coming soon. Reach them at renee.tung@yale.edu and amy.zhang.az336@yale.edu.

Paul Banegura, VITA:

Jasmine Liu, VITA: Jasmine Liu is a junior Ecology & Evolutionary Biology major in Benjamin Franklin College and proudly calls Lexington, Kentucky her home. Jasmine is co-president of VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). This is her third year preparing taxes with VITA. Outside of VITA, Jasmine conducts tropical ecology research at the Yale School of Forestry, works on program model development for Y2Y New Haven, serves as a Chinese language representative for the Light Fellowship’s Student Advisory Committee, and occasionally puts her EMT certification to use. In her free time, she enjoys knitting socks, tending to her many potted plants, talking about her dog, and getting lost on public transit. She can be reached at jasmine.liu@yale.edu.

Sophie Neely, Elm City Echo. Bio coming soon. Reach her at sophie.neely@yale.edu.

Maddy Batt, Elm City Echo: Maddy Batt is a sophomore in Ezra Stiles from Boston, MA. She studies political science and human rights. Currently, she serves as an Editor-in-Chief of Elm City Echo, and has previously volunteered as a Site Leader for the periodical. In addition to the Echo, Maddy is a member of the contemporary a cappella group Out of the Blue, a Dwight Hall Urban Fellow, and an events journalist for the Schell Center for International Human Rights. She also likes to show people pictures of her dog. You can contact her at madeline.batt@yale.edu.

Everest Fang, No Closed Doors: Everest Fang, also a YHHAP board member as Projects Chair, is a junior in Ezra Stiles from Salt Lake City, Utah studying Economics and Mathematics. He enjoys rock climbing and skiing. He is also involved with the Yale Herald and the UP Fund. Reach him at everest.fang@yale.edu. 

Taylor Spadory, Clothing Closet: Bio coming soon. Feel free to contact him at taylor.spadory@yale.edu. 

Charlie Urban-Mead, YHHAP Big Sibs

Manny Brewer, YHHAP Big Sibs

Vanessa Liu, Abraham's Tent: Bio coming soon. Reach out to her at vanessa.liu@yale.edu.

Abhishek Srinivas, Project Homeless Connect: Bio coming soon. Reach out to him at abhishek.srinivas@yale.edu. 

Aki Dadda, The Fast: Bio coming soon. Reach out to her at aki.dadda@yale.edu.