Big Wheels (The Bios), originals

The YHHAP Board

Serena Tharakan, Sr. Director: Serena Tharakan is a senior in JE hailing from Glen Rock, NJ and studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. She currently serves as one of the two YHHAP Co-Coordinators and has previously served as the YHHAP Fast Coordinator. Outside of YHHAP, she is a student researcher in a lab focused on kidney regeneration, a Finance Manager for Yale College Council, a counselor for Camp Kesem, and a Student Ambassador for the Admissions Office. In her free time, she can usually be found baking in the JE kitchen.

Jackson Willis, Director: Bio coming soon.

Aryssa Damron, Chair of the Board: Aryssa Damron is a senior in Saybrook College from Ashland, Kentucky. She studies English and can always be found with her nose in a book. After a year of serving as the YHHAP Co-Coordinator, she is now the Chairman Emeritus of the YHHAP Board.  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 can works at the Yale Law School and the Yale Rep. You can reach her at aryssa.damron@yale.edu.

Lauren LaMonica, Projects Chair: Bio coming soon.

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

Dalton Boyd, Treasurer: Dalton is an Economics major in Berkeley College c/o 2020, 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, and playing spike ball and sand volleyball. 

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 spring semester of herfreshman year in 2017. Outside of being a YHHAP board member and project head, she is also 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 as well. In her free time, she loves reading, going to 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 if you're interested in joining the RRP team.

Simon Cooper, Membership Chair: Simon is a sophomore in Ezra Stiles from Nashville, TN. He’s incredibly excited to be involved with YHHAP as membership coordinator. Outside of 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 sometimes pretending to do club swimming. He spends his free time sleeping, reading, or trying to figure out how to be more like community chair Annie Cheng. He loves email, inclusivity, and hunger and homelessness action so please don’t hesitate to contact him at 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. 

Becca Shapiro, 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 the advocacy branch of the YHHAP Board with a special focus on starting up a student run shelter. She also works in an integrative environmental physiology lab that focuses 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.

Emily Locke, Communications Chair: Bio coming soon.

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 in the spring of her freshman year. 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. Outside of class and lab, 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 his freshman 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!

Michelle Cheng, Kitchen to Kitchen: Michelle Cheng is a Molecular Biophysics and 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 suitemates. Feel free to contact her at michelle.cheng@yale.edu.

Julia Hobbie, Kitchen to Kitchen: Bio coming soon.

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 in Molecular, Cellular, and 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 and 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 her work with Elm City 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, and 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, and 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 co-coordinator for YHHAP BX. Kelsang is also the co-president of the Himalayan Students Association at Yale. She is the co-manager for the Pierson Buttery, and also 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 is participating in the Global Health Scholars program. He is the co-director of the YHHAP Book Exchange, and has been involved since Freshman Year. The YHHAP BX collects book donations from Yale students at the end of each year, and then sells them back at affordable prices; all proceeds are donated to homeless shelters in New Haven. Outside of YHHAP, Brian's other activities on campus 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. Please say hi if you run into him anywhere around Yale! 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. 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.

Dalton Boyd, Project Homeless Connect: Please see bio above.

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.