ACS On campus

Board 2020-2021

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Jenna Rosen

President

Year: 4th year

 

I organize club meetings, manage the budget, and keep us all on track to reach our goals!

Favorite Relay Moment: The Mr. Relay pageant has to be my favorite Relay Moment! It is so fun to see the contestants give it their all and see the support of the Relay Community around them!

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Justin Chang

VP Operations

Year:  4th year

I manage general club operations and logistics! This includes creating slides for our weekly meetings, writing weekly recap emails, monitoring the club Venmo, and creating/monitoring the Slack!

Favorite Relay Moment: The Luminaria Ceremony is always the highlight for me. It’s so heartwarming and emotional, and wholeheartedly reminds me of why we all work so hard to organize this event. The companionship and strength that everyone has is inspiring to be a part of, and has always brought about unforgettable memories for me. This applies to both in-person Luminaria Ceremony and our virtual Luminaria Ceremony last year!

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Lauren Blankenship

VP Mission

Year: 3rd year

I oversee the Survivorship, Fight Back, and Luminaria committees, work with other clubs and organizations for collaborations, and always advocate for our club's mission to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer!

Favorite Relay Moment: The Luminaria Ceremony! It is always so amazing to to remember those we've lost to cancer in such a sentimental way, I was the Luminaria Chair last year so it holds a very special place in my heart:)

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Priyanka Bhakta (she/her)

Growth Director

Year: 4th year

 

I work to ensure that Relay For Life 2021 continues to grow through recruitment, fundraising, marketing, and outreach and to ensure our committee members are always feeling welcome and motivated.

Favorite Relay Moment: I love when we all come together for the Opening, Luminaria, and Fight Back Ceremonies at Relay because these moments reflect so clearly how Relay Ror Life creates and sustains a beautiful, resilient, and diverse community of people who have been touched by cancer in any way and fosters celebration, remembrance, and indomitable hope in the fight against cancer.

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Shane Simon

Productions Director

Year: 4th year

 

I oversee the Logistics, Entertainment, and Sponsorship Food/Hospitality committees and am the co-event lead for Relay For Life. I handle the day of Relay responsibilities including directing and formatting the livestream behind the scenes and logistical planning of the event.

Favorite Relay Moment: My favorite Relay moment has to be the Luminaria Ceremony. Walking the silent lap with my arm around my sister as we thought of our grandmother was a truly touching moment.

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Kenya Ochoa

Advocacy Chair

Year: 2nd year

As a co-chair for the Fight Back Committee, I help design and carry out monthly cancer education rallies where we emphasize ways for our Relay for Life participants and ACS on Campus members to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients. We endorse petitions on behalf of ACS, encouraging members to enact their civic duties for a good cause!

Favorite Relay Moment: I loved watching our virtual Mr. Relay talent show last year! It was amazing and hilarious!

Katie Lin

Cancer Education Chair

Year: 3rd year

 

I help organize educational rallies to spread awareness about the different types of cancer including their treatments, prevention, symptoms, and current research. I also assist my co-chair Kenya with advocacy efforts.

Favorite Relay Moment: My favorite part of relay is Luminaria because it reminds us that we are all fighting against cancer for the same reasons. It brings everyone closer together in love and support for one another to celebrate our loved ones that we have lost.

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Selena Garcia

Luminaria Chair

Year: 4th year

 

I am in charge of hosting and putting on the Luminaria ceremony! This ceremony honors every life touched by cancer through a ceremony of remembrance.
I also help sell Luminaria bags throughout the year. Dedicate a Luminaria bag today to honor a loved one!

Favorite Relay Moment: My favorite relay moment would have to be the Luminaria ceremony! It is the reason I joined relay at UCLA and why I wanted to take on the position!

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Gabrielle Sotomayor

Survivorship and Care Giver Engagement Chair

Year: 2nd year

 

I work alongside my co-chair to organize events and activities that are focused on celebrating and supporting cancer survivors and their caregivers.

Favorite Relay Moment: The survivor lap after opening ceremony tends to be favorite relay moment every year. I love when all relay attendees wrap around the track and cheer our survivors on. It is genuinely the best way to kick off Relay !

Samantha Jeffrey

Co-Marketing Chair (Graphics)

Year: 3rd year

 

I create, and oversee the creation of, promotional materials for ACS On Campus at UCLA and Relay For Life, as well as various other events, fundraisers, and rallies. I also help run our social media platforms, in addition to designing merchandise.

Favorite Relay Moment: My favorite Relay moment is the Luminaria Ceremony. It is such a beautiful and moving way to honor those who lost their fight against cancer, and reminds us all of why we are a part of ACS On Campus.

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Sophie Roberts

Co-Marketing Chair (Video)

Year: 4th year

 

I film at different club events and use this footage to edit promotional and educational videos to spread awareness about our club and its purpose!

Favorite Relay Moment: My favorite Relay moment has always been the Luminaria Ceremony. I find the entire event to be very uplifting and positive, so I think Luminaria is super important in providing a space for people to remember and mourn their loved ones and create a sense of community among the Relay attendees.

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Rachana Jayaraman

Co-Fundraising Chair

Year: 3rd year

 

I plan and execute various fundraising events and pushes throughout the year to maximize our donations to ACS!

Favorite Relay Moment: My favorite part of Relay is the Luminaria Ceremony! It’s a beautiful way to honor those that we have lost to cancer, and it reminds us of why this fight is so important. The sense of community and solidarity that arises during the ceremony is something that is truly special and meaningful.

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Amber Armellini

Co-Fundraising Chair

Year: 2nd year

 

I am in charge of funding pushes and well as other fundraising events we put on every quarter. I also am responsible for ensuring members reach their personal fundraising goals!

Favorite Relay Moment: Virtual Relay’s beautiful Luminaria ceremony!

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Anvitaa Anandkumar

Co-Recruitment Chair

Year: 2nd year

 

I work with the Recruitment Committee to reach out to organisations, groups and people on UCLA campus and surrounding community and encourage their participation in the life-changing experience that is Relay for Life at UCLA

Favorite Relay Moment: My favourite Relay moment is the Luminaria ceremony, because everybody comes together to remember the people we have lost in the battle against cancer, and the reason we fight to save lives

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Olivia Henshaw

Co-Recruitment Chair

Year: 3rd year

 

I work with recruitment committee to reach out to various on-campus clubs, organizations, individual students and the Westwood community to encourage them to join the fight against cancer by participating in our wonderful Relay event!

Favorite Relay Moment: Virtual Mr. Relay made me cry laughing!

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Sami Rafeedie

Head Team Captain Coordinator

Year: 4th year

 

I engage with the community and alumni for participation in Relay For Life!

Favorite Relay Moment: The Luminaria Ceremony always gives me a strong feeling of solidarity with everyone present at Relay. It is truly the most powerful moment of the event.

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