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 Medical Aid Initiative is composed of 50 UCLA undergraduate student volunteers. Serving on one of our five committees, each volunteer's experience is different, but everyone is equally connected to implementing MAI's goals into the community. Discover members' journeys within our organization below. 

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Member Spotlights    

MEMBER
SPOTLIGHT
Sofia
Litchev

SOCIALS COMMITTEE

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Kendal
McCarthy
DONATIONS COMMITTEE
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
MEMBER
SPOTLIGHT
Sartaj
Bal

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

COMMITTEE

MEMBER
SPOTLIGHT
Vada Andree
Furlan

DONATIONS COMMITTEE

All Members

Socials Director 

AAKASH TAMMANA

Year: Senior

Major: Psychobiology

Hometown:Dallas,TX

Fun Fact:  I DJ!

ALEX ZHANG

Year: Junior

Major: Bioengineering

Hometown: Chandler, AZ

Committee: Warehouse

Fun Fact: I'm allergic to mangoes, but still eat them because they're really good :P

ANISH PATEL

Year: Sophomore

Major: MIMG

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Committee: External Relations

Fun Fact: I like going camping and backpacking in my free time!

Year: Senior

Major: Biology

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Committee: Finance

Fun Fact: I was banned from Wikipedia 3 times at age 6.

ANISHKA BANDARA
ANNELISE GAZALE

Year: Junior

Major: Psychobiology

Hometown: San Diego, CA 

Committee: Socials

Fun Fact: The first MAI Social was my favorite!

ASH TANWAR

Year: Junior

Major: Psychobiology

Hometown:Valencia,CA

Fun Fact: My favorite MAI memory was the teranium social! 

Finance Director 

BEN
PANG

Year: Junior

Major: Bioengineering

Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Fun Fact: I summited Mount Whitney at age 15.

Executive Director 

BRIANNAEMPSON

Year: Junior

Major: Biology

Hometown: Lenexa, KS

Committee: Donations

Fun Fact: I played competitive soccer before discovering I only have one kidney. 

CHARLOTTE SUIZA

Year: Junior

Major: MCDB

Hometown: Stockton, CA

Committee: Publicity

Fun Fact: I can play three instruments: ukulele, guitar, and the kalimba!

ELISA BASS

Year: Junior

Major: Economics

Hometown: Torrance,CA

Fun Fact: I love to rock climb!

External Relations  Director 

ELLEN 
SI

Year: Junior

Major: Biochemistry

Hometown: Toronto, CA

Committee: Publicity

Fun Fact:

EMILY INIGUEZ

Year: Senior

Major: Psychobiology

Hometown:Whittier,CA

Fun Fact:I volunteer with Translators Without Borders 

EMMANUEL OGUNRINDE

Year: Junior

Major: HBS

Hometown: Victorville, CA

Committee: Warehouse

Fun Fact: I collect sneakers!

GEENA WANG

Year: Senior

Major: Psychobiology

Hometown: Plano, Texas

Committee: Finance

Fun Fact: I like gum. 

ILYASS MAJJI

Year: Senior

Major: Physiological Science

Hometown: Tangier,

Morocco

Committee: Donations

Fun Fact: I am quadrilingual!

IRENE ZHOU

Year: Junior

Major: MCDB

Hometown: Walnut, CA

Committee: External Relations

Fun Fact: I love baking!

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JEFFREY HUYNH

Year: Junior

Major: Biology

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Committee: External Relations 

Fun Fact: I love my committee.

JENIBELLE HSU

Year: Sophomore

Major: Physiological Science

Hometown: L.A., CA

Committee: Warehouse

Fun Fact: My favorite MAI memory was going to an escape room and Saffron & Rose with my  committee.

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JOVANA MAHHO

Year: Junior

Major: Biology

Hometown: Victorville, CA

Fun Fact: I can touch my nose with my tongue!

Donations  Director 

KENDAL MCCARTHY

Year: Junior

Major: Pyschobiology

Hometown: San Clemente, CA

Committee: External Relations

Factoid: I make really

good mac n' cheese.

LEANN 
LE

Year: Senior

Major: MIMG

Hometown: Mission, Viejo CA

Committee: Socials

Fun Fact: I love making playlists for everything!

LISA 
YAN

Year: Sophomore

Major: MIMG

Hometown: Milpitas, CA

Fun Fact:  Bullet journaling helps me feel like I have my life together! 

Warehouse Director 

LORNA 
SU

Year: Junior

Major: Biochemistry

Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand

Committee: Warehouse

Fun Fact: I can sing the alphabet backwards!

MIRANDA
CLAIRE
GUTIERREZ

Year: Junior

Major: Neuroscience

Hometown: Eastvale, CA

Committee: Donations

Fun Fact: I can make my tongue into a 3-leaf clover!

NADA ABOUHAIBA

Executive Director 

Year: Junior

Major: Biology

Hometown: Moorpark, CA

Fun Fact:  In 8th grade, I

played Sandy in Grease. 

NAREN RAMESH

Year: Sophomore

Major: Physiological

Sciences

Hometown: Cupertino, CA

Fun Fact: I was a

Starbucks barista during

high school so ask me for drink recs!

Finance Director 

NOLAN NGUYEN

Year: Junior

Major: Psychobiology

Hometown: Newbury Park,  CA 

Committee: External Relations

Fun Fact: I can speak 4 languages: English, German Vietnamese, & Spanish! 

PHILIP RAJ

Year: Sophomore

Major: Psychobiology

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Committee: Finance

Fun Fact: I can play the trumpet!

RAMYA LAKKARAJU

Year: Senior

Major: MCDB

Hometown: San Ramon, CA

Committee: Finance 

Fun Fact: I went to Cambodia last summer on a medical mission trip!

SALEHA MIAN

Year: Junior

Major: Psychobiology

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Committee: Warehouse

Fun Fact: I loved going on a medical service trip with some MAI members!

SARTAJ BAL

Year: Sophomore

Major: HBS

Hometown: Moorpark, CA

Fun Fact: Hip hop has revolutionized my world.

External Relations  Director 

SARTAJ BAL
SOFIA LITCHEV

Year: Sophomore

Major: Biochemistry

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Committee: Socials

Fun Fact: I have moved states 7 times throughout my life.

SWETHA AMPABATHINA

Year: Junior

Major: MCDB

Hometown: Moorpark, CA

Committee: Donations

Fun Fact: I love eating ramen 🍜 🥰!

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SYDNEY LARAMIE

Year: Sophomore

Major: Physiology

Hometown: Fresno, CA

Committee: Warehouse

Fun Fact: I've made a hole-in-one in golf before when I was 10!

Publicity Director 

TIFFANY TRAN

Year: Senior

Major: Physiological Science

Hometown: Serrano, CA

Fun Fact:   

Chief Executive Director 

VADA
ANDREE
FURLAN

Year: Sophomore

Major: Neuroscience

Hometown: Laguna Nigel, CA

Committee: Donations

Factoid: I’m a baker and a Canadian at heart!

VICTOR
LI

Year: Senior

Major: Psychobiology

Hometown: San Carlos, CA

Committee: External Relations

Fun Fact:  My middle name is a single letter. It doesn't actually stand for anything! 

VY 
TRUONG

Year: Sophomore

Major: Math/Applied Science

Hometown: Castro Valley, CA

Committee: Publicity

Fun Fact: I can eat over a pound of gummy bears in one sitting.