Executive Board

 

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President

Jasmine Yong

Hometown: Oakdale, CA

Major: Data Science

Sage Experience: Since Fall 2016 (2.5 years!)

Plans After College: Working (Hopefully in Silicon Valley!)

Favorite Sage Memory: Spookfest with my mentee! He was a firefighter, and I was Catwoman!

Fun Fact About You: When I smile, my right eye squints a little more than my left!

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VP Membership

Lindsay Timmerman

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Major: Economics and Data Science

Sage Experience: 4 semesters!

Plans After College: Grad school and traveling the world!

Favorite Sage Memory: Cookie decorating with my mentee at the end-of-semester party!

Fun Fact About You: I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro!

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Outreach VP

Mounika Gopi

Hometown: Fresno, CA

Major: Molecular & Cell Biology

Sage Experience: 4 semesters!

Plans After College: Medical school!

Favorite Sage Memory: Reading comic books with my mentee and listening to him talk about his favorite superheroes!

Fun Fact About You: I broke my ankle tripping over a tennis ball!

 

 

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VP Finance

Kaitlyn Le

Hometown: Alameda, CA

Major: Public Health & Molecular & Cell Biology

Sage Experience: 4 semesters!

Plans After College: Having fun, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and hopefully, going to medical school

Favorite Sage Memory: I told my mentee that I want to be a doctor and then the next time I saw her, she gave me a drawing of myself in a doctor's coat tending to a patient and captioned it "Dr. Kaitlyn."

Fun Fact About You: I hiked Half Dome!

 

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External VP

Olivia Zaller

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Major: Political Science, Global Poverty & Practice Minor 

Sage Experience: Fall 2017

Plans After College: I hope to work in the Peace Corps for a few years and then eventually work for an NGO focused on the implementation of sustainable international aid. 

Favorite Sage Memory: A few weeks into mentoring, a little girl in my class who had previously expressed hatred for reading asked me to listen to her read, and I noticed how much her confidence had improved in such a short period.

Fun Fact About You: I have traveled to five continents! 

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Internal VP

Veronica Nguyen

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Major: Integrative Biology

Interests: Urban dance

Sage Experience: 2 years!

Plans After College: Gap year and medical school.

Favorite Sage Memory: When my mentee accidentally called me "mom" on multiple occasions.

Fun Fact About You: I can do a great duck impression.

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VP Communications

Cami Taylor

Hometown: Los Angeles

Major: Computer Science/Legal Studies, Minor in Education

Sage Experience: Since Fall 2017!

Plans After College: Volunteering for a year - potentially with Peace Corps or Americorps.

Favorite Sage Memory: When I went to John Muir on my mentee's birthday, she brought me a gift. She made this bracelet for me the night before with my name on it. It was so sweet of her, and she was excited to match. 

Fun Fact About You: I'm a twin! 

 

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DeCal Coordinator

Bryce Lennan

Hometown: San Diego 

Major: History, Minor in Education

Sage Experience: 7 semesters!

Plans After College: I plan to attend graduate school to obtain a master's degree in education and a teaching credential in social sciences. After that, I want to be a high school teacher!

Favorite Sage Memory: Playing "catch" in the gym on a rainy day, even though the only ball my mentees and I had was in our imaginations. Surprisingly fun once you get into it!

Fun Fact About You: I can juggle!  

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School Directors

 

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Schantell Williams

Acorn Woodland

Hometown: Stockton, CA

Major: Gender and Women's Studies and Disability Studies minor

Sage Experience: For 4 semesters

Interests: Running track and field at Cal

Plans After College: Attending medical school 

Favorite Sage Memory: When my mentee came and hugged me for the first time in excitement, she was happy that I came back to be her mentor and had a heart to heart with me

Fun Fact About You: I love learning ASL

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Megan Benedicto

Jefferson

Hometown: Manila, Philippines

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology

Sage Experience: 3 semesters!

Plans After College: Don’t know yet! I want to explore more interests while I’m here at Berkeley to find out. 

Favorite Sage Memory: End of the year party with all the kids from my classroom. We all wore pajamas and made blueberry pancakes. 

Fun Fact About You: I talked to Robert Irwin (Steve Irwin's son) about snakes!

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Sweta Parija

Emerson

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Major: Public Health

Sage Experience: 3 semesters

Interests: cooking and baking!

Plans After College: Hopefully, med school

Favorite Sage Memory: Introducing my mentees to Harry Potter and seeing their growing excitement and love for it! 

Fun Fact About You: I don't like ice cream

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Caroline Kim

New Highland

Hometown: Weston, MA 

Major: Legal Studies

Sage Experience: 4 semesters!

Plans After College: Law School or Medical School

Favorite Sage Memory: The first time I played soccer with my mentees and his friends. They kept saying they wanted a grown up to play, so I jumped in. All the kids were really quick and had footwork skills like Messi’s hahah. But even though they showed me up, I could not have been prouder to see them work together like that.

Fun Fact About You: I love open water swimming!

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Sankofa

Hometown: Malibu, CA 

Major: MCB emphasis in Developmental Genetics 

Sage Experience: 3 Semesters

Plans After College: I hope to go to medical school and become a physician. 

Favorite Sage Memory: Playing a big game of football during recess with a bunch of the students. I was the quarterback for both teams and towards the end of the game I threw a pass to my mentee and he caught it for the final touchdown and we celebrated together. After that he really opened up to me and mentoring him became even more enjoyable. 

Fun Fact About You: I love the outdoors. 

 

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Darby Shore

Washington

Hometown: San Rafael, CA

Major: Cognitive Science

Sage Experience: Since Jan 2018

Plans After College: Work in the Bay Area for a bit and then go to grad school!

Favorite Sage Memory: For a while, my mentee was very closed-off to me and shy, but I remember the exact day when that changed. Zoe walked around that day with a huge grin telling every single one of her classmates that my name was Darby and that I was HER mentor.

Fun Fact About You: I have a desert tortoise named Bubbles who will likely outlive me!

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Berkeley Arts Magnet

Darain Noveir

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Major: Neurobiology

Sage Experience: Since Fall 2016

Plans After College: Medical School

Favorite Sage Memory: My mentee is very active and loves running. As soon as he sees me entering the school, he waits for me at the track. No greetings. Just “ready, set, go!” and we race around the playground a few times until we get tired. I never let him win, so he tells me that we have to race every day until he beats me. On my last day, he will.

Fun Fact About You: I can make my eyes vibrate?

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John Muir

Alysha Jamieson

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Major: MCB emphasis neurobiology

# of semesters: 1!! 

Fun fact: I spent my last two summers teaching in Kenya and I would love to return every single year!

Plans after college: Spend a gap year exploring the world and then attend medical school or teach

Favorite Sage memory: My mentee had the hardest time remembering my name, but the day she remembered it she came running across the blacktop as soon as she saw me, yelling “Alysha!!!” and jumped right into my arms. She said she had been practicing saying my name with her mom every single night for a week just so she could remember it the next time I came.

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Oxford

Carolyn Hong

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Major: Chemistry

Sage Experience: 2 semesters!

Plans After College: Dedicated to sustainable energy.

Favorite Sage Memory: Watching my mentee, Alyssia perform in her school dance performance and seeing how proud and confident.

Fun Fact About You: I have an 8 year old brother! 

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Sean O'Neil

Hometown: Richmond, VA

Major: Environmental Science, Class of 2019

Sage Experience: Since Fall 2015

Plans After College: I will be a secondary school biology teacher in Richmond, CA, through Teach for America. 

Favorite Sage Memory: My mentee's dad telling me he called me his best friend

Fun Fact About You: I can make balloon animals!

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Omar Cacho

Hometown: South Gate in Los, Angeles, CA

Major: Mathematics, Minor in CalTeach

Sage Experience: This is my sixth semester with Sage.

Plans After College: Moving back to LA and going to grad school or teaching math

Favorite Sage Memory:  My favorite Sage memory would have to be either when I saw my mentee for the first time since the summer break, and he fell to the ground with excitement or when I took a group of students to Berkeley Bowl and supervised them while they worked together to do a scavenger hunt! 

Fun Fact About You: I have donated my hair to cancel organizations twice and plan on doing it again in the future.

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Finance & Marketing Team

 

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Aidan Flood

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

Major: Data Science

Sage Experience: 2 semesters1

Plans After College: No set plans yet, but I want to travel for at least a year right out of college.  

Favorite Sage Memory: When my class finally all knew my name and swarmed me yelling "AIDAN" and all tried to pull me down until I pretty much toppled over.

Fun Fact About You: I'm interested in Music, College Basketball, Movies and Hiking!

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Sabrina Marvin

Hometown: Kauai, Hawaii

Major: Political Economy, Behavioral Economics, and Psychology

Sage Experience: 3 semesters!

Interests: Research, Running, and Cooking

Plans After College: Working in corporate finance or human resources in the US or abroad.

Favorite Sage Memory: Playing UNO with my mentees.

Fun Fact About You: I went to boarding school on the island of Hawaii.

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Stephanie Ross

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Major: Economics 

Sage Experience: 4 semesters!

Interests: Traveling, watching food/cooking documentaries, and going to concerts

Plans After College: Travel and live abroad for a while

Favorite Sage Memory: My favorite sage memory was participating in a cooking class with my mentee at John Muir Elementary School.

Fun Fact About You: My first language was French.

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Lauren Coffey

Hometown: Villanova, PA

Major: Economics 

Sage Experience: 4 semesters!

Plans After College: Hopefully either law school or business school

Favorite Sage Memory: Hanging out with my first graders last semester!

Fun Fact About You: I love yoga but I still can’t touch my toes. 

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Founder

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Alejandro Velez

With the realization that there was a great need for a mentorship program that grounded itself in forging powerful, long-lasting relationships with the youth in the greater Berkeley and Oakland community, Alejandro founded Sage in 2008. Alejandro began Sage with a vision of creating a program in which UC Berkeley mentors could be paired up with an elementary student and serve not only as teachers but also as friends and role models. To this day Alejandro is very close to his mentee, Cleveland.

Since his graduation, he has gone on to have a very successful career driven by the same entrepreneurial spirit to find ways to better the world around him. Alejandro now serves as the co-founder of Back to the Roots, an Oakland-based business that sells mushroom kits and AquaFarm fish tanks to retailers nationwide. Since co-founding BTTR, Alejandro has even been named as one of Inc.’s 30 Under 30, Poder's 2010 Influential Hispanics Under 40, Forbes’ 30 Under 30, CNN’s 10 Next Entrepreneur’s to Watch, and been recognized by President Obama!