Navigation

Search This Site

Executive Board

Introducing the 2018-2019 Executive Board

Co-Chairs

  • Judy Chen
  • Nancy Zhang

Programming Chairs

  • Sarah Ahmad
  • Subin Park
  • Sneha Ravi
  • Shivani Dimri

Membership Chair

  • Minna Kim
  • Adi Kamath
  • Emily Lin

PR Chair

  • Nancy Zhou

Judy Chen

Name: Judy Chen

Year: 2020

Position: Co-Chair

Major: Commerce

Where are you from? Norfolk, VA

Interests/hobbies: watching TV shows, movies, and dramas (romance, comedy, and scary are top three), eating and tasting new food, hanging and chilling with friends

What are you involved in? besides PAFN, I’m in SWS, American Red Cross club, Madison House tutoring, and WAALI

What are your plans for the coming year? figure out life, hopefully get in the comm school, try to exercise more and sleep more, if anyone wants to exercise together I’d be down (this semester, I actually started exercising :P)

Why did you choose to be on PAFN board? PAFN is a welcoming community that aims to help students smoothly transition into college life. Even though, I haven’t been super active as a mentee but I did have some memorable experiences and met some of my friends through PAFN. Therefore, I also want others to to easily make through first year.

Sarah Ahmad

Name: Sarah Ahmad

Year: 3rd

Position: Programming Chair

Major: Biology and South Asian Studies

Where are you from? Richmond, VA

Interests/hobbies: Watching TV shows, listening to various genres of musics, hanging out with friends, eating foooood, doing anything and everything natury  and traveling

What are you involved in? PAFN, MSA, MEMP, PSA, and Madison House,

What are your plans for the coming year? Study for the DAT (ahhhhh), try something out of my comfort zone, learn how to cook better, and read more

Why did you choose to be on PAFN board? I’ve been a part of PAFN since my first year, I wanted to just get even more involved by applying to be a part of board as a third year.  I also wanted to help others feel that PAFN can help them academically, socially in making some great friends, and help everyone feel that PAFN can be their home away from home.

Mina Kimm

Name: Minna Kim

Year: 4th

Position: Membership Chair

Major: Chemical Engineering

Where are you from? Glen Allen, VA

Interests/hobbies: Rock climbing, painting, playing piano/violin, watching kdramas/Peaky Blinders/The Walking Dead/Modern Family, eating korean bbq :)

What are you involved in? Madison House Medical Services, Co-ed Intramural Soccer

What are your plans for the coming year? I hope to take a couple fun classes during fourth year and study for the MCAT.

Why did you choose to be on PAFN board? I received a lot of help from my PAFN advisor first year and we still keep in touch now! I joined board in order to continue contributing to the organization that brought us together and create relationships like ours for other incoming students.

 

Name: Emily Lin

Year: 2

Position: Membership Chair

Major: Biostatistics

Where are you from? Charlottesville, VA :)

Interests/hobbies: Playing piano and guitar, drawing/painting, making origami, playing Ultimate, and running

What are you involved in? Madison House volunteering, Women’s Leadership Development Program, Knitting Club, Kinetic Sound (instrumental music group)

What are your plans for the coming year? Declare my Biology minor and pick up watercolorsWhy did you choose to be on PAFN board? PAFN was a really important component of my transition to college. I want to help others in the A/APA community have a similarly positive experience and make them feel welcome here, especially as first-year students!

 

Adi Kamath

Name: Adi Kamath

Year: 3rd

Position: Membership Chair

Major: Computer Science

Where are you from? Centreville, VA

Interests/hobbies: Watching/making films and TV shows, writing screenplays, talking about Econ and other miscellaneous subjects

What are you involved in? PAFN, Asha for Education at UVA

What are your plans for the coming year? Get fitter and smarter! I love going to the gym and exercising in general, and I also love to learn anything about everything. Strike up a conversation about anything you want!

Why did you choose to be on PAFN board? PAFN is a great organization that is dedicated to helping people adjust to life at UVA. Being on PAFN board is a great opportunity for me to help many people in their transition to college life and help them love the university as much as I do.

 Nancy Zhang, smiling, outdoor and nature

Name: Nancy Zhang

Year: 4th

Position: Co-chair

Major: Computer Science, Commerce (Marketing & IT, Business Analytics Track)

Where are you from? Fairfax, VA

Interests/hobbies: I love eating food and travelling, and especially travelling while eating. I enjoy painting, baking, and cooking, although I’m pretty bad at all three. I love playing soccer and doing other exercise-y things like hiking.

What are you involved in? Tri Sigma, honorary member of AKPsi, Women in Computing Sciences

What are your plans for the coming year? It’s my last year at UVA and I intend to make every last minute count! I’m going to be attending every event possible to get saber points so I can hopefully be Group 1 for basketball games. Hopefully I’ll get a job, too, so we’ll see!

Why did you choose to be on PAFN board? I’ve been involved with PAFN for three years now, and it has been the most amazing experience. I think that I’ve been able to make a positive impact on at least one person’s life through this organization, and I hope that I can continue to do so for the upcoming year.

 

Name: Sneha Ravi

Year: 2nd

Position: Programming Chair

Major: Undeclared but Pre-Med

Where are you from? McLean, VA

Interests/hobbies: Arts / crafts (even though I am a total amateur and can’t draw to save my life LOL), eating ice cream and chocolate, learning about culture

What are you involved in? Asian Student Union, Student Council Sustainability Committee, Undergrad Research Network - Oculus, Indian Student Association

What are your plans for the coming year? I am excited to start narrowing down on my career goals and major! I also want to start hitting the gym, other than going to the AFC for bingo night :) I also want to read more books by international authors!

Why did you choose to be on PAFN board? I really love PAFN! I had some new ideas for PAFN that I want to implement, and can’t wait to see them in action! Having a welcoming family, especially for new first years, is incredibly important to me!

 

Name: Subin Park

Year: 3rd

Position: Programming Chair

Major: Undeclared, but Psychology

Where are you from? Murphy, NC

Interests/hobbies: Basketball!!! I absolutely love to play and watch basketball. I just really enjoy sports in general. Binge watching tv shows that get recommended to me. I also like music quite a bit, rap music mostly, but I enjoy all good music. Talking about controversial topics, because I like to listen to other people’s opinions about that stuff. :)

What are you involved in? First, this thing called PAFN that I’m in that is really cool. I’m also involved in Chi Alpha, a little bit of KSA, and IM sports.

What are your plans for the coming year? I’m planning on focusing more on my major and actually becoming a Psych major officially. I’m also looking to go to the gym regularly, since my gym consistency has been horrible up to this point lol

Why did you choose to be on PAFN board? I chose to be on PAFN board because I really enjoyed being in PAFN as an advisor, and interacting with all the great people that join! I also had ideas on how PAFN may be able to improve, for example on different events, so I wanted to help build a better and improved PAFN for everyone!

 

Shivani Dimri

Name: Shivani Dimri

Year: 4th

Position: Programming Chair

Major: History (Distinguished Majors Program) and Environmental Sciences

Where are you from? Falls Church, VA

Interests/hobbies: Learning languages (especially Italian...what can I say, my thesis is on Italian history and I studied abroad in Rome this past spring)

What are you involved in? PAFN, UVA Center for American English Language & Culture VISAS program (English tutoring)

What are your plans for the coming year? Finishing my History DMP thesis, picking up French again, getting a job, and being more exercise-y like everyone else is saying lol

Why did you choose to be on PAFN board? I want to contribute to PAFN because I benefited so much from having a PAFN advisor when I was a first year at UVA. My advisor (Hi Victoria) gave me lots of advice with everything from picking classes and majors and finding housing, and was always there when I needed a friend! I wanted to provide incoming students with the same support I received. I became an advisor as a second year and a family head as a third year and now I’m on PAFN exec so that I can help welcome and support even more new students! Plus, I love that PAFN is pan-ethnic and for both Asian and Asian American students, so we can learn more about the diversity of A/APA cultures and experiences.

Family head names

Taamson Joshua + Pumoli Malapati (P)
Erwin Wijaya + Sarah Baig (A)
Toomsin Chen + Nirasha Abeysekera (F)
Aditya Sorot + Margaret E Kim (N)

 

2017-2018 Executive Board

4th year Farewell Garden Reception 2017

 

 

 

Maurice Wong| 4th Year | Membership Chair

Major: Computer Science

Where are you from? Millburn, NJ

Interests/hobbies: Binge-watching Netflix, exploring food in cities, coding, reading.

What are you involved in? University Programs Council, Hereford Student Senate, International Collegiate Programming Contest

Why did you choose to be on PAFN board? In the three years I’ve been involved in PAFN, I’ve always found PAFN to be an incredibly welcoming and open community. I’ve met some of my closest friends through PAFN, and my experiences as both an advisee and an advisor have been very helpful and rewarding. Being on board is my way of giving back to this organization and ensuring that future advisors and advisees can find an equally exciting experience in PAFN.

 

 

Jason Zhang | 4th Year | Membership Chair

Major: B.S. Biology

Where are you from? Forest, VA

Interests/hobbies: I like working with my hands so some of my hobbies are playing with yoyos and doing card tricks. I also watch way too many movies and play too many video games

What are you involved in? I’m involved with PAFN and I’m Vice President of the Pre-Dental Society at UVA

Why did you choose to be on PAFN board? I chose to be on board because I wanted to be a part of the organization that made my first year at UVA one of the best years of my life. I feel like I have made lifelong friends through PAFN and I want to help others have similar experiences.

 

Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee | 4th Year | External Programming Chair

Major: Computer Science, minors in Business. Materials Science Engineering, and Applied Mathematics

Where are you from? Dunn Loring, VA (NOVA)

Interests/hobbies: I play the saxophone and piano, and I like to sing. I also watch a lot of TV (mostly police procedural or sci-fi) and superhero movies! Additionally, I enjoy travelling, trying coffee shops and restaurants, and having deep conversations.

What are you involved in? Besides PAFN, my other major organizations are PULSE and Sustained Dialogue! I also give tours of the engineering school, perform materials science research, TA, and participate in hackathons and case competitions!

Why did you choose to be on PAFN board? Everyone I met in PAFN seemed so friendly, including everyone on board when I was a first and second year! PAFN felt a lot less cliquey and exclusive than other groups on-grounds, and it seemed like a great way to stay connected to the A/APA community at UVA. I joined PAFN board so I could help make PAFN as great of a group for new members as it was for me when I first joined (or even better). Additionally, transitioning to UVA as a first-year was really tough for me, and I thought I could help make it easier for struggling first-years through PAFN board.

 

 

Judy Chen| 2nd Year | Programming Chair

Major: Pre-Commerce

Where are you from? Norfolk, VA

Interests/hobbies: watching TV shows, movies, and dramas (romance, comedy, and scary are top three), eating and tasting new food, hanging and chilling with friends

What are you involved in? besides PAFN, I’m in SWS, American Red Cross club, Madison House tutoring, and Case Competitions

Why did you choose to be on PAFN board? PAFN is a welcoming community that aims to help students smoothly transition into college life. Even though, I haven’t been super active as a mentee but I did have some memorable experiences and met some of my friends through PAFN. Therefore, I also want others to to easily make through first year.

 

 

Maha Nayyar| 4th Year | Programming Chair

Major: Biology major, Psychology minor

Where are you from? Springfield, VA

Interests/hobbies: Reading, exploring Charlottesville, and hanging out with friends

What are you involved in? Madison House Medical Services, Global Medical and Dental Brigades, Muslim Students Association, and Pakistani Students Association

Why did you choose to be on PAFN board? When I first came to UVA, my PAFN advisor helped me out a lot with figuring out what classes to take, deciding what to get involved in, and adjusting to college life. I want to be able to further the support that PAFN can provide to advisees to make them feel as welcome at UVA as possible by planning events and strengthening advisor-advisee bonds!

 

Nancy Zhang

 

Nancy Zhang | 3rd Year | Programming Chair

Major: Commerce (finance) and Computer Science!

Where are you from? Fairfax, Virginia (NOVA)

Interests/hobbies: : I love eating food and travelling, and especially travelling while eating. I think I still like painting but I’m so busy that I never have time anymore (sad). I’m in a sorority, and you’ll find out pretty quickly because of Maurice and Jason. I also like stress eating.

What are you involved in? Club Running (ish), Smart Woman Securities, Tri Sigma, Women in Computing Sciences, eating?

Why did you choose to be on PAFN board? My first year, PAFN not only had extremely exciting events and great advising opportunities, but it also allowed me to meet some of the coolest people. I wanted improve upon my experience with PAFN by planning and bringing to fruition some of my own ideas for events, which is why I joined board! Also, PAFN is so much fun, and I love hanging out with people and getting to know everyone!

 

 

Victoria Li | 4th Year | PR Chair

Major: Statistics & Computer Science

Where are you from? Alexandria, VA

Interests/hobbies: I like kpop, video games, and superhero movies. I have an uncanny knack of recognizing songs just by their instrumental or one lyric.

What are you involved in? PAFN, Asian Student Union (ASU)

Why did you choose to be on PAFN board? I made a lot of my friends at UVA through PAFN, so I wanted to help give others the same experience by sharing my ideas on PAFN board!