Meet the CHAC Exec Board

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CHAC Exec Board 2014

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Grace Truong, Co-Chair

Grace Truong is a junior in the College studying Biology. She is from sunny Southern California and misses it with all of her heart. Last year, she had the opportunity to become the Arts-Based Liaison. Outside of CHAC, she is also involved in PEER Mentoring Program, Penn Speaks for Autism, alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, United Community Clinic, and the American Medial Women's Association. She currently works in the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as a research assistant in the Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine. In her spare time, you can most likely find Grace marathon-watching Sherlock, Suits, or Psych while eating tubs of ice cream. 

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Amit Pujari, Co-Chair

Amit Pujari is a junior majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and hopes to attend medical school. He was born and raised in Johns Creek, GA, just outside of Atlanta, and has two brothers including a twin. Amit first got involved with CHAC after joining Engineers without Borders, one of its member groups. While serving as the One Time Service Liaison last year, he also got involved with Penn for Youth Debate, an organization that helps coach debate practices at nearby high schools. Outside of CHAC, he is a member of Dhamaka, Penn's All-male South Asian fusion dance troupe, and works at a neuroscience research lab. He loves biking around Philly and hopes to get more involved with classical music in the city.

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Casey Libonate, Communications and Funding Coordinator

Casey is a sophomore studying Earth Science with a concentration in Environmental Science. She has been involved with Civic House since before her NSO, through participating in PennCORP, which she then became a student leader for. Casey is also a Civic Scholar and work-study student at Civic House. She is involved in SHOOP, PISA, Eco-reps, and the Polybian society. Outside of her academic, work and extracurricular responsibilities Casey is also an intern for Turning Technologies and likes to take long walks around campus to people watch.


Yessenia Gutierrez, External Liaison

Yessi will be a super senior double majoring in Biology and Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) with a minor in Japanese. She is currently involved in The FWord: A Collection of Feminist Voices, the Race Dialogue Project (RDP), the United Minorities Council (UMC), Alpha Phi Omega community service fraternity, and the Queer Student Alliance (QSA). If you're looking for her during the day, be sure to check out the newly renovated ARCH building or the Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC). In her free time she likes to watch copious amounts of TV, attend interesting events on campus and around Philly, (attempting) to catch 'em all, and pretending to be a writer for on- and off-campus publications.

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Rebecca Ballantyne, Arts Liaison

Rebecca Ballantyne is a junior in the College studying Economics and minoring in Computer Science. She hails from the beautiful Redmond, Washington and loves Disney movies, really bad puns and writing. She has been involved with Penn Music Mentoring Program since she was a freshman and is thrilled to serve as Arts Liaison. Outside of CHAC, she is an avid flute player and performs with Penn Baroque, Penn Wind, and Penn Singers.

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Aaron Guo, One-Time Service Liaison

Aaron is a student at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a dual-degree in Systems Engineering and Finance & Environmental Management. He has previously worked with Angler Environmental, a regional environmental consulting firm, as well as several sustainability-based initiatives. Along with CHAC, he is also involved with Cleantech@Penn and other green research organizations. Aaron is eager to learn more about the applications of environmental policy within civic service and to explore the dynamic field of environmentally-driven development.

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Filippo Bulgarelli, Tutoring & Mentoring Liaison

Filippo is a sophomore in the College majoring in Sociology, with minors in Economics and Urban Education Policy. He works with Community Schools Student Partnerships and with the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, helping organize programming and serving as a tutor and mentor at Sayre High School. On-campus, he also participates in Penn's Society for international Development, and is a member of the College Cognoscenti. This past summer, Filippo was one of the student directors of PennCORP, the community service focused pre-orientation program run through Civic House. When he's not on campus or at Sayre, he can likely be found at one of the many coffee shops around Philadelphia.

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Carla Hernandez, Poverty Liaison

Carla isa junior from sunny Orlando, Florida studying Cognitive Science with a concentration in Neuroscience. She is also pursuing a minor in Italian cultural studies. She has been involved with Civic House from her summer before freshman year as a participant in PennCORP and then served as a liaison for Penn Speaks for Autism in the following years, in which she is now serving as co-president. Carla is also involved with Penn for Immigrant Rights, works at the Cullen Neurosurgery Lab studying traumatic brain injury, and is a volunteer at the Cognitive and Developmental Lab. With whatever time she has left, Carla is an avid concert goer and seeking for random things to do in Philly.

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Brian Dhingra, Public Health Liaison

Brian Dhingra is a freshman from Chicago, Illinois studying mechanical engineering at Penn. In addition to CHAC, Brian is part of the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project Impact Assessment team and a member of the Penn's club tennis team. He is excited to develop Penn's community service in the public health field, both locally and abroad.


Kate Samuelson, Advocacy Liaison

Kate Samuelson is a freshman in the College studying Political Science with minors in International Development and Journalistic Writing. She is primarily interested in environmental and educational policy, political journalism, human rights policy, and the political representation of women and minorities. Kate is Founder and Executive Director of Rainbows and Roses, a nonprofit organization benefiting pediatric cancer patients and their families.  At Penn, she is a Civic Scholar, Secretary of the Penn Government and Politics Association, and on the Secretariat Board of the International Affairs Association. She also works as a research assistant at Penn's School of Social Policy and Practice. In her free time, Kate enjoys volunteering, singing, and writing. 

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Sherry Huang, Developmental Liaison

Sherry is a sophomore in Wharton from San Diego, CA, intending to study Marketing and Social Impact & Responsibility. Outside of CHAC, Sherry is involved with MUSE's Community Service Committee and PennSEM, as well as Chi Omega's philanthropy committee. A lover of film, food, and philanthropy, Sherry can be found watching movies or eating brunch dishes for every meal when not at Civic House.