Meet the Board!

Co-Presidents: Jamie Bonan & Rosalind Ma

Jamie Bonan is a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, majoring in English and concentrating in Poetry. She joined Alternative Breaks her sophomore year as a trip participant for West-End Intergenerational Residence and became the WIR Trip Leader and Publicity/Fundraising Chair her junior year. This year, she is returning as  Co-President and is excited to continue to meet great people with similar passions. Outside of Alt Breaks, Jamie is  the PR Officer for the creative writing club, The Quill Guild, and is on  the E-Board for Association for International Human Rights. She also enjoys chocolate milk, The Office, and trying to be cool.

Rosalind Ma is a senior studying Biological Sciences. She was a trip participant for Goddard her freshman year and became the trip leader her sophomore year. Since then she has continued her work with Alternative Breaks as Secretary her junior year and now Co-President. She hopes to give the same unforgettable experience she had on her previous trips to other students on campus and continue to encourage students to leave the Cornell bubble and engage with the greater Ithaca community. Outside of Alternative Breaks, Rosalind is involved in a multicultural sorority, alpha Kappa Delta Phi, is a volunteer at Cayuga Medical Center and is on the planning committee for the East Coast Asian American Student Union Conference.

Secretary & Co-Treasurer: Kevin Wang

Kevin Wang is a junior, majoring in Human Biology, Health, and Society, with minors in Health Policy and Inequality Studies. He joined Alternative Breaks as a freshman on the Tangelo Park trip, and returned the next year as one of the trip leaders for Tangelo Park. Now serving as Secretary, he is excited to continue his involvement in service-learning and engagement through Alternative Breaks. In addition, he currently serves as the President of Cornell Club of Taiwan, and is involved in research on vaccine development. He plans to bridge service with his career interests in medicine and healthcare.

Publicity Co-Chairs: Carrie Huang & Camille Chan

Carrie Huang is a junior from Rutherford, NJ studying Information Science in the College of Arts of Science. She was a trip participant on the Asian Women Center trip her Freshman year and is now back as Co-PR Chair. Outside of Alternative Breaks, Carrie is also a part of Community Center Programs, alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, and Cornell Club of Taiwan and enjoys activities like photography, swimming, and painting.

Camille Chan is a junior studying Global and Public Health Sciences with minors in Biological Sciences and Environmental and Sustainability Sciences. This will be her first Alternative Breaks experience, but she is excited to learn and grow from the the experience as Publicity Co-Chair. Outside of Alternative Breaks, she is involved with alpha Kappa Delta Phi, research with Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension and being a photographer for the College of Human Ecology. In her free time, she enjoys to eat and now, is looking forward to the upcoming year!

Head Service Learning Chair: Lizzie Lee

Lizzie Lee is a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences, majoring in Government with an International Relations concentration and minoring in Inequalities Studies and English. Last year, she was trip leader for the Womankind team, and the experiences from Alternative Breaks drive her to engage and implement service-learning and active citizenship in all aspects. She also participates in Cornell Speech and Debate Society, Cornell Outdoor Educations, and regularly misses her home in beautiful and rainy Seattle. 

Assistant Service Learning Chairs: Drew Valentine & Nancy Engel

Drew Valentine is a junior from Danbury, CT who is majoring in Biology and Society with minors in Law and Society as well as Information Science. On campus, she is part of the Women of Color Coalition, OADI’s Pre-Professional Program, and the Women’s Resource Center. Additionally, she works at the Carol Tatkon Center as a Health and Wellness Coordinator. She intends to attend law school and hopes to eventually run a non-profit that focuses on women’s health. 

Nancy Engel is a sophomore prospective Biology major and French minor from Tallahassee, FL. She was a participant for the West-End Intergenerational Residence trip last year, which inspired her to come back on the service learning team. She is interested in learning more about social justice issues and pedagogy, and excited for the coming year!

Service Learning Advisor: Barbara Cruz

Barbara Cruz is a Chicagoan studying Government with minors in Latino/a Studies, Inequality Studies, and Asian American Studies. She studies gentrification, ethnic studies, racial/ethnic activism, and prisons. She was a trip participant for New Settlement her first year, served as the Trip Leader for New Settlement her second year, and am now involved in a Service Learning consultant aspect. She is passionate about community organizing and advocacy, as well as civic engagement and service learning. She is also involved with the Public Service Center's Community Partnership Funding Board. When she is not in Kennedy, she spend my time serving as the co-chair for La Asociación Latina, and the political chair of MEChA.

Head New York City Coordinator: Lala Xu

Lala Xu is a senior studying Economics and Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is also involved in the Cornell University Program Board, Big Red Buddies, and Cornell Media Guild. As a freshman, Lala participated in the Girls Educational and Mentoring Services trip, and she led the trip to New Settlements her sophomore year. After returning from a year abroad, she is excited to jump back into service learning and looks forward to putting her travel skills to good use organizing logistics and risk management.

New York City Sub-Coordinators: Emma Li & Luna Oiwa

Emma Li is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, doubling majoring in American Studies and Science and Technology Studies, and she hails from sunny Los Angeles. She is currently one of the NYC Sub-Coordinators and was a trip participant on the Goddard Home Delivered Meals team as a freshman. Outside of Alternative Breaks, she is an avid writer and sits on the editorial board for both The Tab Cornell and The Ivy Inspire. Emma is also on the executive board for IvyCORPS, an inter-Ivy community service initiative, and the Willard Straight Hall Student Union Board of Directors.

Luna Oiwa is a rising sophomore majoring in environmental engineering. Besides Alternative Spring Breaks, she is involved in the AguaClara project team and the Swing Dance Club. She was born in Tokyo, has lived in New York City since the age of four, and hopes to pursue a career in urban sustainability. In the 2016-17 school year, she was a participant of the Housing Assistance Corporation trip to Cape Cod, as well as a data-entry assistant for Alternative Breaks.

Florida Coordinator & Co-Treasurer: Cindy Dou

Cindy Dou is a junior from Pueblo, Colorado studying Chemical Engineering with an interest in personal care products and food science. After graduating from Cornell, she hopes to enter industry, focusing on process engineering and engineering management. Aside from her professional goals, her own experiences growing up in Southern Colorado also drive her to maintain her personal goal of improving access to education by supporting effective, community-focused programs in underserved school districts. Currently, Cindy is involved in Cornell organizations such as Society of Women Engineers, Big Red Marching Band, Cornell Rotaract, Phi Mu Sorority, and AguaClara, a Cornell Engineering project team that designs sustainable water treatment systems. This summer, she plans to intern at Procter & Gamble in product supply manufacturing. Her personal interests include debate, snowboarding, and playing the clarinet. This is her third year participating in Cornell Alternative Breaks. She was a Tangelo participant in the 2016-17 school year, trip leader for Tangelo in the 2017-18 school year and is the Florida Coordinator for the 2018-19 school year.

Co-Treasurer: Jessica Bai

Jessica Bai is a pre-medical Human Biology, Health, and Biology (HBHS) major in the College of Human Ecology. She was a first year trip participant for Goddard: The Other Place/ Greenkeepers and is excited to promote the values and actions involved in service learning. Outside of Alternative Breaks, she is a member of Phi Delta Epsilon, the international medical fraternity on campus, and volunteers at Loaves and Fishes located at St. John’s Episcopal Church as part of PATCH. Jessica values the importance of service-learning in the midst of a world of communities that needs assistance and is excited to work with Alternative Breaks during her time here at Cornell.

GALLOP Trip Leader:

We are currently recruiting for this position.

GEMS Trip Leader: Darshna Anigol

Darshna Anigol is a Biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences originally from Walnut Creek, CA. She joined Alternative Spring Breaks as a trip participant for GEMS in her freshman year and was a trip leader her sophomore year. Before joining the trip, she did not know much about the issue that GEMS dealt with, commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), or how it appeared in a community. However, after joining Alternative Breaks, she learned a lot about the root causes of CSEC and service learning. This inspired her to become passionate about social justice and about spreading awareness of CSEC. This year, she is very excited to be the trip leader for GEMS again as a junior. Outside of Alternative Spring Breaks, she is also a part of SASSY and conduct research.

Goddard: Home Delivered/Senior Center Trip Leader:

We are currently recruiting for this position.

Goddard: TOP/Green Keepers Trip Leader: Jessica Wu

Jessica Wu is a junior studying Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior. She joined Alternative Breaks as a sophomore as a trip participant on the Goddard TOP/GK trip and is excited to be the trip leader this year. She hopes to be able to tie in service learning with all her future endeavors. In her free time, she loves to dance and is in various dance groups on campus.

Harlem Grown Trip Leader:  

We are currently recruiting for this position.

MLA Trip Leader:

We are currently recruiting for this position.

New Settlement Trip Leader:

We are currently recruiting for this position.

True Colors/New Alternatives Trip Leader: Bukola Anifowoshe

Bukola Anifowoshe is a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences double majoring in Biology & Society and Development Sociology. She and her family are originally from Nigeria but moved to Prince George's County, Maryland during her childhood. After earning her degrees in BSOC and DSOC, Bukola will enroll in a graduate program in pursuit of a PhD in public health and continue on to work with a non-governmental organization. In the past, Bukola has been the Head NYC Coordinator and is extremely excited to lead the True Colors/New Alternatives trip this year.

SAFE Trip Leader: Brinda Gurumoorthy

Brinda Gurumoorthy is a senior from Basking Ridge, NJ studying Computer Science in the College of Engineering. She enjoys reading the news and watching The Office, and wants to pursue a career in education. Having participated in the Spring 2017 Alternative Breaks trip to SAFE Domestic Violence Shelter in West Virginia, she will be leading the Spring 2018 SAFE trip.

Tangelo Co-Trip Leaders: Fiorella Atoche & Sawako Suzuki

Fiorella Atoche is a Cornell student majoring in Information Science and minoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies from Long Island, New York. She was born in Peru but came to the U.S. at the age of seven. She is a past participant to Tangelo Park but came back this year as trip leader. Some of her hobbies include discovering new music, painting, playing tennis, and reading. She is particularly passionate about social justice. On campus she is involved in several organizations including Cornell Alternative Breaks, First Generation Student Union, Women in Computing, Scientista Organization, and La Asociacion Latina at Cornell.

Sawako Suzuki is a freshman at Cornell University from Vestal, New York studying Nutritional Sciences also pursuing minors in Global Health and Inequality Studies. In the future, she plans to work internationally towards food security and food sustainability through food policy. She is a part of several other organizations on campus, including Cornell Alternative Breaks, Camp Kesem, YOURS Cornell, and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. In her free time, she enjoys trail-running, rock-climbing, backpacking, and skiing.

WIR Trip Leader:

We are currently recruiting for this position.

Womankind Trip Leader: Alice Zhao

Alice Zhao is a second-year undergraduate student studying at Cornell University majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior. From Syosset, New York, she enjoys playing badminton, reading books, and hanging out with friends, as well as participating in several student organizations such as Alternative Breaks, and aspires to serve the public in the medical field. Previously a trip member on the trip to Womankind, an agency located in New York dedicated to serving survivors of gender-based violence, she has actively participated in weekly hour-long discussions on topics relevant to the social justice issue of domestic violence, developed an understanding in domestic abuse and the intersectionality of culture, race, and class in issues of civil rights, and developed and headed 4 workshop proposals for the survivors at the center. This year she hopes to serve Womankind again as the trip leader and is looking forward to learning more and developing a deeper understanding of the issues at hand.

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