Big Wheels (The Bios)

The YHHAP Board

Serena Tharakan, Exc. Director: Serena is a JE senior hailing from Glen Rock, NJ and studying Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology. She currently serves as one of the YHHAP Co-Coordinators and has previously served as the YHHAP Fast Coordinator. Outside of YHHAP, she is a student researcher in a kidney regeneration lab, a Yale College Council Finance Manager, a Camp Kesem counselor, and a Student Ambassador for the Admissions Office. She can be found baking in the JE kitchen or at serena.tharakan@yale.edu

Jackson Willis, Director: Jackson is a junior from St. Petersburg (“The Sunshine City”), Florida, who dates Humanities and Economics & Mathematics (but not on the same night!). He is a Fellow of the Yale Institution of Social and Policy Studies, a Yale Center of British Art Tour Guide, and while Director of YHHAP, he also volunteers for YHHAP’s Book Exchange and VITA. When he can find a piano out of earshot, he plays it. Known for his love of the outdoor life, he considers himself a traveler, though his definition of “traveler” may vary from others and involve excessive proximity to books. Are you a passionate, but lost volunteer? jackson.willis@yale.edu

Aryssa Damron, Chair of the Board: Aryssa is a senior in Saybrook from Ashland, Kentucky. She studies English and can always be found with her nose in a book. After a year as YHHAP Co-Coordinator, she is now the Board's Emeritus Chair. She previously coordinated Project Homeless Connect and Abraham's Tent. Outside of YHHAP, she is active in her residential college, formerly led the AIDS Walk New Haven, and works at the Yale Law School and the Yale Rep. Theater. You can reach her at aryssa.damron@yale.edu.

Lauren LaMonica, Projects Chair: Lauren is a senior in Jonathan Edwards College from Boston, MA. She is studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and is a student in the 5-year BS/MPH program at the School of Public Health, but she also enjoys having overly-excited conversations about Classics (especially the Aeneid!). Lauren is the co-president of A Leg Even, an organization that provides academic and professional support to first generation and low-income Yale students, as well as a 1yvG coordinator, the Inter-Ivy First Generation College Student Network. Outside of YHHAP Lauren founded HomelessHope.net, a non-profit organization in Boston that connects the homeless community with access to food, shelter, and healthcare resources. Contact her at lauren.lamonica@yale.edu

Daniel Tenreiro-Braschi, Projects Chair: Bio coming soon.

Dalton Boyt, Treasurer: Dalton is a sophomore Economics major in Berkeley College, from Bakersfield, CA. He is involved with No Closed Doors, and serves as the project head for Project Homeless Connect. Outside of YHHAP, he is a member of the Yale Debate Association and works as an Aide for Berkeley College. In his free time, Dalton loves running, hiking, and camping. If you have any questions about PHC, YHHAP, or want to talk about Alt-Rock, Contact him at dalton.boyt@yale.edu

Annie Cheng, Community Chair: Annie Cheng is a sophomore from Lakeland, Florida, majoring in undecisiveness. She is the founder/coordinator of The Restaurant Rescue Project, which she started her freshman year. Outside of YHHAP, she is a member of the competitive Model UN team through YIRA, and part of the organizational staff for the Budapest and New Haven high school MUN conferences. She's also a staff reporter of the Yale Daily News and a managing editor for the Yale Globalist. In her free time, she loves reading, museums, theme parks, camping, and going to the beach! You can also find her at many of the humor or spoken word shows around campus (or the local sushi/dim sum joint). Contact her at annie.cheng@yale.edu.

Simon Cooper, Membership Chair: 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.

Isabel Gonzalez, Fundraising ChairBio coming soon.

Harry Seavey, Internal Advocacy Chair:  Harry Seavey is a junior in Hopper College from New York City, majoring in Global Affairs. He currently serves as YHHAP's Projects Co-Chair and Advocacy Co-Chair. In addition to the work he does for YHHAP, he is a member of the Yale University Rugby Football Club and Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Review of International Studies. He looks forward to continuing to work to end homelessness in New Haven. Contact him at harry.seavey@yale.edu

Becca Schapiro, External Advocacy Chair: Becca Schapiro is a junior in Davenport from Atlanta, GA. She is a History of Science, Medicine and Public Health major and a Global Health Scholar. She currently serves as the head of YHHAP's advocacy branch with a special focus on starting a student-run shelter. She also works in an integrative environmental physiology lab on women’s health, teaches health classes in New Haven public schools with Community Health Educators, and is a tournament director for the Yale Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team, Ramona. E-mail her at rebecca.schapiro@yale.edu

Emily Locke, Communications Chair: Emily Locke is a junior in Silliman from Seattle, WA. She is a Theater Studies and American Studies double major, with a concentration in politics and American communities. She currently serves as YHHAP's Communications Chair, and outside of YHHAP is involved in theater at Yale and is a Silliman aide. In her free time she enjoys writing, singing, and running/swimming/yoga/kickboxing. Contact her at: emily.locke@yale.edu

YHHAP Project Heads

Katie Sabin, Hunger Heroes: Katie Sabin is a senior in Davenport from Coventry, CT double majoring in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology and American Studies. After volunteering with Hunger Heroes during her first semester at Yale, she joined the project as a Coordinator her freshman spring. Outside of Hunger Heroes, she studies fat cell differentiation as an undergraduate researcher in an MCDB lab and is a member of Taps, the all-tap dance group on campus. She enjoys baking, running, and birdwatching. Feel free to contact her at kaitlyn.sabin@yale.edu.

Maurice Ware, Hunger Heroes: Maurice Ware is a sophomore in Davenport College from Cleveland, Ohio. He is a potential Political Science, Psychology double major. He began his freshman year volunteering in the Hunger Heroes kitchen and became a coordinator in the spring. Outside of the YHHAP umbrella, Maurice serves on the board of the Black Men's Union as the Community Outreach Chair. Outside of school and service, Maurice loves basketball, exercising, and finding free food on campus! E-mail: maurice.ware@yale.edu.

Michelle Cheng, Kitchen to Kitchen: Michelle Cheng is a Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry major in Berkeley. She is from Green Bay, Wisconsin, and she will serve as a co-coordinator for the YHHAP Fast and Kitchen to Kitchen. Outside of YHHAP, Michelle is a student researcher for the Department of Urology, a co-president of MedSci, and a teacher's assistant at the Calvin Hill Daycare Center. She enjoys running (once in a while) and spending time with her suite mates. Feel free to contact her at michelle.cheng@yale.edu.

Julia Hobbie, Kitchen to Kitchen: Julia Hobbie is a second-semester senior in Branford from Exeter, NH.  She is a major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and is currently studying the evolution of Viburnum species in Japan.  She is a Yale Outdoors trip leader and co-coordinator for Community Service and Outreach and is very excited to be co-coordinating K2K this semester with Michelle.  In her free time, she can be found hiking, cooking (and eating), and dancing.  Contact her at julia.hobbie@yale.edu.

Annie Cheng, Restaurant Rescue Project: Please see bio above.

Sarah Siegel, VITA: Sarah Siegel is a junior in Trumbull College who has lived in five states and considers Oregon her home. She is a double major in History and Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology. Sarah is co-president of VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). This is her third year volunteering with VITA. In addition to VITA, Sarah works with the Women in Government Program, is a fellow with the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and plays trombone and euphonium in numerous musical events. She also enjoys running, cooking, giving her friends candy, and laughing at cheesy puns. She can be contacted at sarah.siegel@yale.edu.

Bishoy Megalla, VITA: Bishoy Megalla is a sophomore in Berkeley from Jersey City, NJ who is studying Economics with a potential double major in History! Bishoy is co-president of VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). This is his second year volunteering with VITA. Other than VITA, Bishoy is the treasurer of the Yale Undergraduate Legal Aid Association (YULAA) and a member of the Yale Undergraduate Diversified Investments (YUDI) group. When he's not cramming in Laz, you can find Bishoy procrastinating in his dorm or playing ultimate frisbee on Old Campus. He can be contacted at bishoy.megalla@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.

Khush Dhaliwal, Elm City Echo: Khush Dhaliwal is a junior in Morse College from Norwalk, CT and a Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology major. She currently is one of the Editors-in-Chief of the Elm City Echo, as well as a volunteer at the HAVEN Free Clinic and the Living History Project. She also works in an immunology research laboratory at the Yale School of Medicine. In her free time, she loves to bike and try out new foods. You can contact her at khushwant.dhaliwal@yale.edu.

Sedina Dzodzomenyo, No Closed Doors: Sedina Dzodzomenyo is a senior in Berkeley hailing from Columbus, OH and studying Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology. She currently serves as a Co-Director of No Closed Doors and has previously served as the group's Outreach Coordinator. Outside of NCD, she volunteers with PALS Tutoring & Mentoring and sings in the Yale Glee Club. In her free time, she can usually be found reading or bullet journaling. Feel free to contact her at sedina.dzodzomenyo@yale.edu.

Andrea Ouyang, No Closed Doors: Andrea Ouyang is a junior majoring in Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology. She, along with her fellow co-director Sedina, has served as part of No Closed Doors since the beginning of her freshman year. Outside of YHHAP, she enjoys working as an editor for the Yale Scientific magazine and, in her free time, binge-watching Sherlock and the Great British Baking Show. Please feel free to contact her at andrea.ouyang@yale.edu

Kelsang Dolma, Book Exchange: Kelsang Dolma is a junior in Pierson College (the best college). She was born in India before moving to the wonderful state of Minnesota. She is majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and is considering either concentrating in the intersectionality of human rights & ethnicity or immigration & ethnicity. This is her second year as YHHAP BX co-coordinator. Kelsang is also the co-president of the Himalayan Students Association at Yale, the co-manager for the Pierson Buttery, and a Peer Wellness Champion. In her free time, Kelsang enjoys making memes and drinking smoothies. She can be reached at kelsang.dolma@yale.edu.

Brian Matusovsky, Book Exchange: Brian Matusovsky is a junior in Pierson College from Los Angeles, California. He is majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and participating in the Global Health Scholars program. He is the co-director of the YHHAP Book Exchange, and has been involved since Freshman Year. Outside of YHHAP, Brian's other activities include the Living History Project, HAPPY (Hyper-tension Awareness and Prevention Program at Yale), and Voke Spoken Word. In the fall, Brian leads an incoming cohort of freshmen to a local Connecticut farm as a Harvest leader. He enjoys the finer things in life, like food and bad jokes. It is rumored that he will never turn down an offer to socialize whilst eating. Catch him around campus, and contact him at brian.matusovsky@yale.edu.

YHHAP, Clothing Closet: New project head to be announced Fall 2017.

Aryssa Damron, Abraham's Tent: Please see bio above under Board.

Dalton Boyt, Project Homeless Connect: Please see bio above under Board.

Aidan Pillard, The Fast: Aidan Pillard is a sophomore in JE from Washington, DC. He is planning on pursuing a major in Humanities while fulfilling pre-med requirements. He served as the YHHAP Fast Coordinator for spring 2017 and will continue through fall 2017. Outside of YHHAP, he runs for the cross-country and track teams and serves as vice president of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at Yale. He is an avid fan of Yale's performing arts groups. He can be reached at aidan.pillard@yale.edu.

Michelle Cheng, The Fast: See bio. above under K2K.