Meet the Board!


Emma Shenton

Emma is a senior from Big Rapids, Michigan studying Environmental Studies & Political Science. She has been a part of PAB since her freshman year tackling issues such as food insecurity and poverty in Maryville, Tennessee, Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington DC and has been a board member since her sophomore year. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, enjoying nature, swinging her nunchucks around, playing cards, and finding unconventional places to lie down and relax! Emma is very excited for the meaningful trips Penn students will embark on this school year!


Katy Dirks

Katy is a Health & Societies major from Tulsa, Oklahoma and a member of the Class of 2021. She is super excited to bring her talents to the Penn Alternative Breaks board!! Last spring she got to be a part of an important project in her favorite city, the Big Apple, New York City! She learned a lot about food insecurity and the different organization tackling that issue. Katy loves to talk documentaries and will definitely tell you about her life mission to bungee around the world. She also loves her chihuahua Finn and her favorite person is of course her Mom!! Considering participating in the PAB community and you might be lucky enough to hang out with Katy!


Jenny Wang

Jenny is a biology major with a minor in medical sociology from Rye, New York. Jenny is truly passionate about PAB and has traveled to Lynchburg, Virginia and Austin, Texas to build homes and tackle issues like workers rights. PAB has been transformative in broadening her perspective on social justice issues and her role as a member of our community. For fun, Jenny loves to be outside with her friends, devour vanilla ice cream, and take long naps. Don't we all! Join the PAB community this year so you can get to know Jenny even more!


Nikki Lin

Nikki is a senior in the college from New Rochelle, NY studying History and Political Science with a minor in Urban Education. Wow!!! Nikki was a participant to a sustainable farm in Boone, North Carolina and a site leader on a trip to the Appalachia Service Project in Guyan Valley, West Virginia! In her free time, Nikki loves to do yoga, dance (badly) in her kitchen, and read The Onion!!! If you want to meet Nikki and other passionate people consider joining the PAB community!


Eric Shan

Eric is a junior in Wharton from Acton, Massachusetts. He has been involved in PAB since his freshman year taking trips to Hendersonville and Asheville, North Carolina. He has also been a site leader and was finances coordinator on the board! Eric is thankful for the cool people, interesting discussions, and new concepts PAB has brought him!


Jenna DiStefano

Jenna is a sophomore majoring in psychology minoring in Urban Education and ASL/Deaf Studies. Jenna is from the city we all love to call home: Philadelphia. Jenna has been a part of PAB as a member of the spring 2018 trip to New York City tackling food insecurity. She learned about food insecurity through organizations such as Meals on Wheels, East New York Farms, and Edible Schoolyards! Jenna loves creating art and biking around Philly. A super fun fact about Jenna: she can wiggle her ears to any musical beat!


Danny Cooper

Danny is a sophomore in the college from Washington Township, New Jersey. He is still very undecided on a major. Dan participated in last year's AWB trip to Dismas House in Nashville, Tennessee. He was able to learn a lot about the prison industrial system and the challenges facing the incarcerated. For fun, Dan loves to listen to pop music and is an avid swiftie and Charli XCX stan. He also spent lots of time growing a nine-foot-tall sunflower and hanging out with cows this past summer!