BOARD MEMBERS

PRESIDENTS

Jacqueline Nguyen

Hello hello! My name is Jacqueline Nguyen and I am a 4th year Public Health Sciences major! I am thrilled to serve as one of your Co-Presidents for this upcoming year!

I've been in Red Cross ever since my first year and not only did it help me find a passion for community service, but it also gave me a space to meet some of my closest friends and has become my home away from home. I cannot wait to spend my last year at UCI (even if it is online) making more memories with all of you through our events and socials and also to help our community and CDV!

RCC has an amazing group of people and I hope that anyone who joins will feel as comfortable and welcomed in this community as I did when I first joined. I would love to become friends with as many of you as possible so please talk/hang out with me! See you soon!

Kathleen Navarro

Hi everyone!! My name is Kathleen Navarro and I’m a 4th year Biological Sciences major. I’m so excited to be serving as one of your Co-Presidents for the 2020-2021 school year.

I joined Red Cross Club during my first year and I can confidently say it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’ve met some of my closest friends and made memories that I’ll remember forever, all while sharing our passion for community service. This club has become my second home and I’m excited for all the amazing things we’ll do as a club in the upcoming year. Although we’ll be online in the Fall, I hope we’ll still be able to talk and make more memories. Some things to get to know me is that I love music (both listening and playing instruments), I love anything Disney, and spending time with my family and friends. Don’t hesitate to reach out and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone!

SECRETARY

Melinda Li

Hi! I’m Melinda, and I’m a third year Computer Science major. I’m excited to be serving as your Secretary for this year! Outside of RCC, you can find me reading, playing board games, or trying out new places to eat.

I first joined RCC during my freshman year, and I never would have imagined how much of an impact this club would make on my life. RCC has given me new opportunities to serve the community, from weeding plants at Shadetree to walking dogs at Hemopet. Not only that, but I have also been able to meet some of the most welcoming and kind-hearted people on campus.

I’m excited for what this year has to offer, so I can't wait to see you all!

TREASURER

Hirsa Sarafian

Hello!

My name is Hirsa, I'm a third-year PharmSci major, and I'm pleased to introduce myself as Treasurer of the American Red Cross Club at UCI. Though I have been in the club since Winter quarter of my first year, I have been further impassioned to serve the community given recent events, and I am honored to be able to do just that alongside a club from which I have met some of my closest friends.

Though I have met many of them through the club, I enjoy spending time with my friends in any capacity. Some of the best conversations I have had were seated in their cars with the music playing. In addition to car rides with friends, I look forward to getting to try all the milk tea from every boba shop Irvine has to offer once we get back on campus as somewhat of a quantitative analysis of that which UCI culture holds so dear.

I hope to eventually be able to call myself your friend and look forward to serving the community with you this year.

PUBLICITY

Alan Dominguez

Hello everyone!


My name is Alan and I’m currently a second year bio major minoring in criminology. I’ll be serving as one of the three publicity co-chairs for the 2020-2021 school year!:) I’m honored and excited to fill in this position because joining RCC has been one of the best things that has happened to me thus far at UCI. I joined RCC last fall quarter and I’ve been able to give back to my community and meet so many amazing people who are caring, friendly, and welcoming. I love that RCC offers so many events to get involved with and they’re all different. ( my favorite being shade tree)

I’m looking forward to the events this year and I can’t wait to get to know everyone at future RCC activities! Feel free to reach out with any questions or if you’re just trying to hang and become friends:). A couple things about me is that I love Disney, volleyball, Playing bass, DC, boba, and sushi! I also like music so if you’re into trading/recommending music let me know:)

Kayla Briceno

Hey there!! 🥰

My name is Kayla Briceño, and I am a 2nd-year Biological Sciences major. I am truly honored and beyond excited to be serving as your Co-Publicity Chair this year!

When I’m not volunteering with RCC or procrastinating on lab reports, you’ll find me spending an entire day in Disneyland, cheering on my favorite teams at sporting events, and relaxing on the beach for hours on end.

I joined RCC fall quarter of my 1st-year to surround myself with people who share the same passion as me for community outreach. After only a year in the club, I can say wholeheartedly that it is the best thing that has happened to me at UCI. RCC welcomed me with a new group of lifelong friends, a new family, and a new home away from home. This club has provided me with immense love, laughter and support from the most selfless, kind and charismatic people.

I hope that RCC will profoundly impact you the same way that it did to me. I look forward to getting to know you all, and making endless memories together that we will cherish forever!

Matt Byrne

Hello everyone! My name is Matt Byrne and I’m a 4th year Business Administration major with a minor in Psychology. This upcoming year I will be serving as one of the club’s three Publicity co-chairs, a position I am extremely excited about! Some of my hobbies include watching and playing sports, traveling, listening to music, enjoying the outdoors, and spending quality time with my family and friends. I consider myself a very social person and love meeting new people and making new friends, so feel free to reach out to me for anything you might need! I am a huge pet lover, and am proud to be the owner of two dogs, a cat, and nearly twenty fish.

I joined Red Cross this last year with little to no knowledge about the club and what they do, and I have to say, I have been completely blown away by the outstanding members that represent this club, and the amazing community service they do for our local communities. I instantly made connections with several members during my first ever RCC event, our annual Welcome Week bonfire, which lead me wanting to come back to RCC events every week. I have had so much fun volunteering at Red Cross service events, such as the Second Harvest Food Bank and Hemopet, knowing that the work we were doing is going to go a long way for our community. The experiences I’ve had with Red Cross and the people I have met will always provide me with memories I will never forget. I hope to see you all soon at future Red Cross events!

EVENTS COORDINATORS

Jacob Villa

Hello everyone!


My name is Jacob Villa and I am a 4th year Human Biology major. I am super honored to serve as the club’s Co-Events Coordinator for the 2020-21 school year! A little bit about myself is that I love playing electric guitar, hanging out with friends, playing video games, and volunteering at St. Joseph Hospital.

Joining RCC in the beginning of my 3rd year was one of the best decisions that I have ever made here at UCI as it helped me meet so many amazing people and allowed for me to give back to the community. Since then I have enjoyed every moment with RCC. Some of my favorite RCC events have been the Second Harvest Food Bank where we got to package food for the under served and the Bolsa Chica Land Trust where we got to do wetland restoration and clean up.

RCC offers a wide variety of events and I am sure you will all find something that you will love. I cannot wait to meet all of you and hope you love the club as much as I do! (:

Fouzia Khan

Hi everyone! My name is Fouzia [foo-zee-uh] Khan, and I am super excited to be one of your Co-Events Coordinators this year! 😊 I am a 4th year Human Biology major, who loves donuts, anything Disney, and dogs. I love hanging out with people, both virtually and in person (so don’t be shy to say hi 👋). I’m going to be in Irvine for most of the year, so if you’re ever in the area and looking for someone to get boba with or if you need someone to talk to, I’m here for you!

I joined RCC to get close to a wholesome group of people who love serving the community just as much as I do. This club offered that and so much more! The people who make up this club are some of the best people I have ever met, and I’m so grateful to have become friends with them. This club has given me countless memories that I will forever cherish, and I can’t wait to make some more with you all this year! Stay safe! 💞

FUNDRAISING

Giselle Hafen

Hello!

My name is Giselle Hafen. I am a second year Mathematics major, with an emphasis in Secondary Education...basically, I’m going to be a math teacher. I am so incredibly excited to be serving as one of your three Fundraising chairs this year!

I joined Red Cross my freshman year of high school but I’ve stayed this long for the super fun and fulfilling community service events, as well as the loving community. Even through an online platform, joining this club is the easiest way to find another family ♡︎

A little bit about me...I’m a proud hapa (Japanese and Swiss), I’m really big on crafting (penpal-ing, bullet journaling, scrapbooking), and I like connecting with people through music (so hit me up with your Spotify usernames and song reccomendations please!).

Here’s to a great year and I hope to see you around 🙂

Lorena Torres

Hey everyone!
My name is Lorena [Lo-rain-ah] Torres, and I’m a fifth year Bio major. I am extremely excited to be serving as one of your Co-Fundraising chairs this year! If you’re reading this I’m assuming you want to get to know me a little so here are some things about me. I’m currently pre-med. I love playing sports such as basketball and swimming. I love animals and I’ve had snakes since I was about 7 years old. I have a bunny, a turtle named T, and a 7 foot snake named Rex ( get it? T-Rex).

I joined RCC fall 2020, it was one of the best decisions that I’ve made. I was not only given the amazing opportunity to volunteer more but I also met amazing new people. Don’t get me wrong I’ve always loved meeting new people but for me it was always hard to maintain friendships in college especially because I commuted. This was until I joined RCC, when I finally made amazing long lasting friendships. Some of my favorite memories in RCC are bonfires, charity gala, banquet, and honestly every single social. I will forever be grateful for all the amazing memories and friendships, and because of that I wanted to give back. I applied for board to be able to give that sense of community to others.

I truly hope that RCC makes a big impact on your life as it did to mine. Feel free to reach out to me if you ever need anything, or if you want a Disneyland buddy! I can’t wait to make memories with everyone this next year!

Victor Vicente II

Hey everyone! My name is Victor Vicente II and I am a 4th year Public Health Sciences major and I will be serving as one of your Co-Fundraising chairs for this year! I am so excited to get to know everyone while we raise money for CDV :).

When I am not volunteering for RCC or pretending to study for my classes, I would probably be in my room, attempting to play guitar. I love MCU movies (Thor: Ragnarok is my favorite) and I love listening to music. Please share some songs with me, I love discovering new music!

I joined RCC winter quarter of my second year (it seems so long ago when I say that) and I fell in love with the sense of community it brought to me. I have met some of my closest friends in RCC that I don’t think I would’ve found in other clubs/organizations. This, alongside the amazing feeling of helping out the community, inspired me to apply for board and I had the absolute privilege to serve as a Co-Internal last year. It was one of the best experiences I ever had and I am super excited for this year :))). See you all on zoom (and hopefully on the fundraising booth in the future!!!!)

INTERNAL COORDINATORS

Justin DeCarlo

Hello, world, and all who inhabit it!

I’m Justin DeCarlo, I’m a third year Mechanical Engineering major, and you’re probably just as confused (and hopefully excited!) as I am to know that I will be one of your JustInternals™ this year! When I’m busy procrastinating on my actually important responsibilities, I like to pass the time by playing bass, producing/listening to music, watching Giants baseball, playing pool, hiking, and laughing at my own dim-witted humor.

I joined RCC in Winter 2020 to do some good for the community while meeting awesome new people through the club’s socials, and thought, “I can do better than that”, so I applied for board, and here I am (I wonder if I can put this in my bio). On a serious note, the club has been central in some of my favorite memories here at UCI; you won’t have a better time with better people anywhere else. I want to make some grandiose statement here about how much the club has impacted me, but we’re really only just beginning, and I’m ecstatic to find out what more we can all do, together, to make this year the best we can!

Justin Falk

Greetings and Salutations to anyone who is reading this.

I am Justin (Falker) Falk, a 4th year Biomedical Engineering major, and I will be serving as one of your JustInternals™ for this year. And that makes me so excited as I love talking and meeting y’all. More about me is that I am a huge nerd, I love watching movies, playing video games and coding for a number of projects such as music boxes. Oh, and everything you may have heard about me is true 😜.

I joined the club Winter quarter of my first year (2018) which honestly feels like an eternity ago, but it has been a great eternity to say the very least. I have met the best people I have ever met and I have made friendships that I believe will last for at least another eternity. I was also on board last year as a publicity chair which was amazing in its own right, but I believe this year will be even better and I can not wait to see y’all and make amazing memories helping others.

EXTERNAL COORDINATORS

Aaron Ing

Hello everyone! My name is Aaron Ing and I'm currently a 4th year History Major with a minor in Chinese Studies. I'm super into random food adventures and just being outside having a good time, so basically the same thing 99% of the student body enjoys. I'm super excited to get to be one of your Co-external coordinators for the 2020-2021 school year!

Red Cross Club has truly been a college defining experience for me. I joined my second year, and I remember how immediately the amazing sense of community, lasting friendships, and dedication to the cause of community service all let me know that this was going to truly be a home for me for the next few years. I decided to apply for board for two years in a row because I wanted to be able to contribute back to a club that does so much for others and helped me to find myself. While the current global situation may be dire, I know that Red Cross Club will be one of the pillars that continues to support me and so many others; I look forward to seeing everyone again and seeing all the new faces that join our amazing RCC family!

Lizeth Gutierrez

 

Hi RCC! My name is Lizeth Gutierrez and I am beyond excited to be serving on board as one of your Co-External Coordinators for this upcoming school year. You probably already know that I am a 3rd year bio major, I have the sense of humor of a 12 year old prepubescent boy, and my favorite pastime is making myself laugh.

I joined RCC the winter quarter of my 1st year and I can wholeheartedly say that this was one of the best decisions of my college career. Not only has this organization allowed me to give back to my community, but it has also granted me the opportunity to network with some of the most amazing people on campus. Being on board last year as Internal, I realized how much this club means to me and how much of a tightly knit community it has become. I have made some of my best friends at UCI through RCC and I can promise you that we will strive to make your experience in RCC as wholesome and as memorable as it has been for all of us on board. I can’t wait to get to know each and every one of you, despite remote activities, and feel free to reach out to me whenever if you want to hang out on Zoom!

WEBMASTER

Dennis Chuong

Hey everyone!

My name is Dennis Chuong and I am a 4th year Computer Science major. I am excited to be serving as your Webmaster for the 2020-2021 year! When I'm not volunteering with RCC, I enjoy cooking, hiking, camping, trading, and exploring new restaurants with friends.

I joined RCC Winter quarter during my Junior year seeking to become involved on campus. As a transfer student and a commuter, it was a challenge adjusting to the new University. I immediately felt welcomed by everyone during my first meeting and knew this was a community that I wanted to become invested in. RCC made all the difference for me as a commuter, it helped me find my sense of belonging at UCI. Being able to give back to the community through service has been very meaningful to me as well. I hope that everyone who that gets the opportunity to check out RCC has that same positive experience!

I look forward to meeting you all and having an unforgettable year!