Spring 2019 Board
Hello everyone! My name is Lupe Vazquez and I will be your Head Coordinator for the Spring 2019 semester! This is my fourth semester in SMILE and third on board, I'm super excited for the upcoming semester and really glad to see all the new faces as well as the returning ones. I'm a second year intended History major and I love SMILE because I get to hang out with my mentee and have formed a great bond with him throughout my four semesters in SMILE. I also love getting to know people with similar interests here at CAL, our little community has definitely been a highlight over the years and I hope y'all will feel likewise!
Hey y’all! My name is Lucy, and I’ll be your Willard Co-Internal Coordinator this semester. I’m a sophomore from West Lafayette, Indiana (no coast best coast) intending to major in MCB Immuno with a Global Public Health minor. In my free time, I like running, binging Parks and Rec or Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and petting dogs. I’m always down to grab tea or stress out with you during midterm season so hit me up! I joined SMILE during my first semester at Cal and have served as both a fundraising committee member and Willard Liaison in the past, and I’m so excited to work with y’all as your co-internal this spring. I’ve had the greatest time with both the kids and other mentors in SMILE, and I know you will, too. I’m so hyped to get to know all of you in the spring!
Hi everyone! My name is Eduardo and I am a junior, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies. Spring 2019 will be my fifth semester participating in Project SMILE and my first as Co-Internal. I enjoy watching movies (love the Star Wars saga), reading books, swimming, and playing board games! And yes, I do own a pair of lawn flamingos.
Hey! I'm Gwyneth - but you can call me Gwyn if you'd like - and I'm Project SMILE's treasurer. I'm currently an intended Math major, but I'm looking into the ISF Child Development and Education program too, so who knows! This is my third semester in Project SMILE, where I've been given the wonderful opportunity to help mentees through their challenging middle school years and become so close with my mentee, I can think of her as a little sister. I've also met lifelong friends through this org, so it's truly a win - win.
Whenever I'm not trying to figure out my life and major, you can find me reading (pretty much any type of fictional book), attempting to go to the gym (or climbing), or trying new things (whether it be new food, destinations, or activities). If you're ever looking for an adventure (ranging from a cool destination or a new show to binge watch) I'm always down for spontaneous hangouts. If you see me at Longfellow Middle School or Berkeley, please don't hesitate to say hi :)! Can't wait to get to know y'all!
Hello! I’m Sarah and I will be your Secretary for this semester! I’m a sophomore studying molecular biology, hopefully with an emphasis in environmental science. I’m someone who likes keeping busy, even if that means sitting down and reading a book. I love being outdoors, cooking, and spending time with my friends. Joining Project SMILE at Berkeley has been such a fulfilling experience. It’s expanded my view of Berkeley, allowing me to meet more people around campus and explore the city itself. I love SMILE because everyone involved is super passionate about bettering the club and our community. It’s enriching to be apart of an organization that fosters both student leadership within our college community and at the middle schools we mentor at. I hope to meet more mentees and create educational activities that challenge students to think outside the box.
My name is Calvin Nguyen; I am majoring in American Studies, minoring in Education, and have been in Project SMILE for one semester (entering my second). My hobbies include playing basketball, listening to music, and long walks on the beach.
Hi there! I’m Elizabeth (she/her) and I’m a 4th year majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education. I learned about SMILE when a board member gave a presentation in not one, but two of my classes! I considered that to be fate and attended an info session right away. I’ve always loved working with kids and thought this could be a great way to get more involved at Cal and in the overall Berkeley community This is my third semester in SMILE, and it’s been the best decision of my college career! This community is unlike any other that I’ve found at Cal. I’ve made great friends with the other mentors and an incredible bond with my mentee.
As much as I love spending time with friends, I also enjoy my self- care free time! I like to listen to all kinds of music, go on walks, sing, and watch Netflix (Jane the Virgin or Parks and Rec are some of my favorites).
I’m looking forward to this new semester in Project SMILE as an Enrichment Coordinator and can’t wait to meet you all!
Hi, I’m Tanya Matthew, and this is my second semester in Project SMILE. I am a first year intended MCB major from the Bay Area. When I am not in class, I like to watch movies, bake, travel, and hike. I am very outgoing, and I love meeting new people. I’m excited for another great SMILE semester!
Hi hi ^-^. My name is Tarun Mendoza (you can also call me Alex, if that is easier for you). I am an Applied Math major with a focus in Data Science, and I just started my first semester in my senior year. My overall experience at UC Berkeley has been a very big rollercoaster ride. However, joining Project S.M.I.L.E. last semester has been a definite high. I love hanging out and talking to my mentee, as well as seeing all the other mentees have fun. Just seeing the amount of life and joy in their eyes makes mentoring worth it.
While hanging out with the mentees is really fun and rewarding, I especially value the other mentors/members that I have met through this club. Everyone is so welcoming, and they made me feel at home. I am not one who normally gets close to others, but the friends I met through this club have definitely sucked me into their family. I appreciate all of them very much, and I hope to have that much of a positive impact on others. Let’s make this semester and year great ^-^.
Hi! My name is Harry, and I am the fundraising coordinator for Spring 2019. Project SMILE is a wonderful organization that lets college students like us give back to the Berkeley community in a meaningful way. My favorite memories so far are when my mentee and I played hide and seek, and when we learned how to play the vihuela (a Spanish guitar-like instrument commonly found in Mariachi bands) together. In fact, Project SMILE was such an enjoyable experience for me last semester that I decided to be part of board! Outside of SMILE, I love working in my research on cell biology, using techniques like genome editing through the CRISPR-Cas9 system. Anyway, I hope to see you sometime this semester!
Hello! My name is Miquela and I'm a senior studying political economy with a minor in journalism. I have been in SMILE since my sophomore year and I truly can't imagine my life without it. I love to bake cookies for my friends and mentee, listen to music, and dance to beyonce with my roomies. o excited to spend my last semester of college on board!
Hi! My name is Natasha and I am a sophomore studying Psychology at UC Berkeley. This is my third semester as a mentor in SMILE and my second semester on board! In my free time I love to dance, hang out at the Berkeley Art Studio, and hammock on the glade. This semester I will be your liaison at Longfellow Middle School - I look forward to great semester of mentoring with you all!
Hi my name is Christian Sunderland but y’all can call me Chris. I’m a junior studying Integrative Biology and am loving my time here. My hobbies are eclectic, I love outdoorsy activities, sports, and reading/netflix. I’ll be the SOCIAL COORDINATOR this semester which means I get to hang and meet all of y’all! I’m incredibly excited to be part of S.M.I.L.E. board this semester because my fellow board members are amazing and I think it’s going to make this semester great for everyone involved in Smile! I can’t wait to meet everyone and PLEASE feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments, or if you just want someone to hang with.
Hi everyone!! I’m Rebecca and I’ll your historian for the semester so if you see me, please smile for the camera :). This will be my fourth semester in SMILE and I’m so excited. I’m an MCB major and like dogs, reading, baking, eating good food, and hanging out with people. I love SMILE for so many reasons but seeing my mentee is definitely the best part. Being able to hang out with her and just feel like I’m in middle school again helps take the stress off from being at CAL (go bears!!!!). I can’t wait to see what this semester has in store for SMILE and I can’t wait to meet all you new faces!
Spring 2019 Committee
Hey, everyone! My name is Kristen Hull, a second year studying English and French. I also enjoy creative design, The Office, legal studies, Gypsy's Trattoria Italiana, and psychology. When I’m not being your local Moffit language nerd or enjoying my other hobbies, you can catch me hanging out with friends at pretty much any Mexican place in Berkeley or at Cal sports games. But more than anything else… joining Smile was one of the best things I’ve done at Cal so far. If you’re seeking not only a wonderful way to interact with great mentees in creative, enriching ways, but also make lasting friendships, SMILE is for you!. Many a taco and Cal game was enjoyed with my SMILE family. As a part of enrichment committee, I hope to help come up with activities that the kids will find just as inspiring as they do interesting.
My name is Vivian, and I'm a freshman at Cal! This is my second semester in Smile, and I'm so excited to be part of the Enrichment Committee this semester! I joined Smile last semester because I love working with kids and I wanted to make a difference, and I joined a committee this semester because I love all the people in Smile and the club. I'm a premed and pre-Haas student and an intended Molecular Cell Biology and Business double major. My favorite part of Smile has got to be the people: both the mentors and the mentees alike. One last thing: go bears!
I am a second year. My declared major is Chicanx Studies with a minor in education!
I am from a small town called Castroville, also known as the artichoke center of the world!
I mentor at Willard on Mondays, Wednesdays and some Fridays!
My mentee’s name is Jennifer Yoc!
I honestly feel that our most memorable moments change every week! She’s super fun to be around. We especially bond over our love for art! Fun fact, she taught me how to arch my back. She patiently taught me for half an hour because I feared I would break! It was such a funny memory because once I was able to do it, I realized my fear was irrational.
My most irrational fear would be holding babies because I’m so scared I’m going to break them. Also, if they cry, I might cry too. By the way, don’t even dare bringing a clown near me. I will get a panic attack.
This is my second semester in Project Smile and I feel blessed to work in such a friendly environment. I am looking forward to being of use in the Enrichment Committee, and maintaining/ building amazing friendships!
Hi everyone! My name’s Allysa Abalos and I’m part of the Enrichment Committee for SMILE this semester! This is my second semester in SMILE and I’m so excited to not only continue creating great memories with my mentee and all the other mentees and mentors, but also to do more and help create some of the workshops! Currently, I’m majoring in Spanish so I can hopefully teach it at my old high school. :) (If you ever ask why I want to be a teacher though, be prepared for a looong story involving social justice and all that!) Other than that, I love anything and everything creative, whether that means drawing, painting, singing, playing guitar or ukulele, dancing or making videos, I’m here for it! I also love spending time with friends and family, usually through some kind of means of getting food, and have to say I absolutely love being from and in the Bay Area. Yet, I’ll always love going back to the Philippines whenever I can! (You should definitely go if you get the chance! :’) ) Hope this semester is great for all of us and maybe see ya around!
Cheers, I'm Xavier and who is excited for the all the super hero movies coming this year! I am a fourth year studying cognitive science. I am from Fresno, CA, which if you did not know is a huge agricultural producer around the world. This will be my Fourth semester with PROJECT SMILE and it is the best decisions I choose. The club is one giant family and I have had a blast every time we mentor or hangout. I have made some good friends through Project smile and great memories with them. I will be on the enrichment committee this semester so be excited for some fun times. GO BEARS. Sláinte chugat!
Hi! I'm Victor Duong: currently a first year student at Cal intending to major in Cognitive Science with a minor in Creative Writing. I love cats! If you love cats then we will definitely be friends. At home, I would travel cities and neighborhoods to pet stray cats but at school I am a S.M.I.L.E mentor whose also part of an Enrichment Committee member. I enjoy long-distant travels and long bike/car rides to anywhere. And although my bed is my home, I will leave it to do more important business.
Hello beautiful humans!! My name is Julianna, and I’ve been told by our social coordinator, Chris, that I use the word humans a lot, so now I must continue. I’m a second year Molecular Environmental Biology major that adores animals. I’m currently volunteering at the Oakland Zoo with the tigers, lions, and camels which fulfills my animal needs, but I also love humans, so here I am fulfilling my social needs by being on social committee! I love hanging with kids and knowing my actions are making an impact on someone else’s life, which is why I joined Project SMILE. This is my second semester in the club, and I am really enjoying spending time with my mentee. I’m excited to get to know more people in the club and spread the Project SMILE love :)
Hello! I'm Grace, and I'm a Senior studying Conservation and Resource Studies with a focus in Food Policy and Education. I joined SMILE as a sophomore looking to get more involved both on campus and in the Berkeley community as a whole. I've made some amazing friends through this organization and my goal is for everyone to do the same, which is why I am on the social committee! This semester I hope to help plan a bunch of fun social events so all of the mentors can get to know each other and form amazing bonds like I've gotten to do over the years.
Political Science; 4th semester in SMILE; Hobbies: Running & playing sports, watching movies, dancing
Hi! My name is Aurash and I’m going to be on the Social Committee for this semester. My favorite mentoring activities are playing basketball with my mentee as well as reading comics with him. Outside of mentoring, I love to compete, both outside on some type of court and inside on a board or video game console. I love also talking and meeting new people, so say hi whenever you see me :)
Hello! I’m Elaine, a member of the social committee! I’m a 2nd year sociology major who’s super passionate about public education and access to quality education. This will be my 4th semester in SMILE, and I’ve enjoyed every second of getting to know and spending time with my mentee, as well as other SMILE mentors. I’m also on the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, so if you want to throw a disc around, I’d love to meet you on the glade!
Hello my name is Kousha Modanlou, a junior here at Berkeley and I'm very excited for another semester with Project SMILE. I mentor my 6th grade buddy Brooks from Willard Middle School on Tuesdays and Thursdays usually. He and his group of friends are an incredibly wholesome bunch, much like the general atmosphere of Project SMILE. I always look forward to my walks to Willard, because I know there's going to be such happiness that awaits.
Event Planning Committee:
Yooo what’s up? I’m Frances and this is my second semester in SMILE! I’m from Shanghai and majoring in Media Studies and minoring in Education. I love Modern Family, playing mahjong, going to farmer’s markets, playing and watching basketball, watching my dog sleep through the camera I installed in her cage, and losing track of time while doing art and photography. Can’t wait to meet all of you, wooot it’s gonna be a good semester!
Event Planning Committee:
Hi!! My name is Emily, but I mostly go by Em! This is my second semester at Cal, and my second semester in SMILE. I’m Pre-Haas and I’m from LA, although I might like Berkeley better... :) I’m a third degree black belt in a blended style of martial arts, and I’ve been training alongside my entire family for 13 years! I also have a dog at home that I really miss (she’s a Boxer-Pitt-Terrier mix). I joined SMILE because I wanted to mentor a middle schooler, and I ended up making a ton of new friends! I’m super excited to be part of the Event Planning Committee this semester!
Event Planning Committee:
Hello all! I'm Paulina and I'm a sophomore studying MCB. I'm from New Hampshire but I'll probably say I'm from Boston if you ask (GO INSIGNIFICANT STATES!). I'm on the Event Committee and this is my fourth semester in SMILE and I love it more than anything! I can't wait for a great semester with all you lovely SMILE folks
Event Planning Committee:
My name is Eric and I like plants
Hey everyone! My name is Mihir Phatak and I'm a junior studying Applied Mathematics. This will be my third semester in Project SMILE and my second on fundraising committee. I enjoy watching movies, reading books, playing basketball, and hiking among other activities. Catch me at Willard this semester!
My name is Celeste Alexander and I am majoring in Political Science and Sociology. I have been in Project Smile for one semester and going into my second!! During my free time I enjoy playing the cello, playing soccer, hiking, or hanging out with my housemates!
Supppppp. My name is Zach Novak, and I’m a junior in my third semester at UC Berkeley. I currently major in environmental economics with a minor in education. I’ve been in SMILE since I stepped onto Berkeley’s campus, making this my third semester in SMILE and my second at Willard Middle School. When I’m not studying for another midterm or hanging out with Elliott at Willard, I enjoy playing all types of sports, hiking, and hanging out with my twelve year old brother Oliver whenever I’m back home in Palo Alto. Don’t forget, Stanford still sucks.
My name is Mark Villarica, I'm a fourth-year Berkeley student majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy with a minor in Education, and this is my second semester in Project SMILE. My hobbies include playing guitar, reading, journaling, poetry, and spending time with people I care about.