Dana Tran '20
One of the original founders, Dana served as the president from Fall Quarter 2017 up until Spring Quarter 2020. Dana was a Neuroscience major and Education Studies minor born and raised in Los Angeles. She is a certified pun and dad joke enthusiast, and a passionate individual that enjoys the unique experiences found within meeting new people and traveling. You can find her exploring the outdoors, listening to Twice, or spending quality time with friends and family.
Jenny Sun '20
One of the original founders, Jenny served as the External Vice President from Fall Quarter 2017 up until Spring Quarter 2020. Jenny was a Physiological Science major and an avid sleep enthusiast born in Los Angeles. On days she’s not hiking, calls to nature are silenced by her calls to nap. In her free time, Jenny can also be found staring in awe of A1 sunsets, holding her stance in the GA section of concerts, and belting out her favorite contemporary R&B tunes.
One of the original founders, Amanda served as the Internal Vice President from Fall Quarter 2017 up until Spring Quarter 2020. Amanda was a Biology major and professional blood donor while at UCLA. Originally from Sacramento, Amanda spends her spare time enjoying nature or growing her own fruits and vegetables. She loves cooking up too much Thai food and trying new recipes. Her days are mostly spent dreaming of traveling; something she started by backpacking SEAsia!
Amanda Sysamouth '20
Robert was our first Director of Technology, creating Peak's first website and trip sign-up portal. While at UCLA, Robert was a computer science major who loved to occasionally stop looking at a computer for a few hours a day to get outdoors. He participated in the IEEE lab on campus. He is a hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and cookie-baking enthusiast. He now stares at computers all day for Google Alphabet.
Robert Zalog '19
Gavin is a Cognitive Science major from the New York City area who is extremely passionate about product design. This website was one of his first design projects :). He is an adventurer with an affinity for traveling, running, hiking,
camping, and photography. If not rushing to class or a meeting on campus, you are most likely to run into him relaxing at the beach watching the sunset or doodling in a notebook. Gavin first joined Peaks in 2018 as a trip lead.
Viviann is a self-proclaimed corgi-enthusiast from Bakersfield, CA. She is extremely passionate about all things chemistry, pursuing a B.S. in Biochemistry (with minors in Film and Southeast Asian Studies) and serving as an active member of Alpha Chi Sigma, the co-ed chemistry fraternity. She also loves going to the movies, cooking in her apartment, and listening to Arctic Monkeys on repeat. If she's not updating her Google Calendar or running late, she's probably been kidnapped.
Director of Programming
Olivia grew up in the central coast of California: a place where it’s always sunny & 75, sandwiched between green hilltops and ocean views. Olivia spends countless evenings taking in beautiful sunsets followed by nights of stargazing. Of course hiking is another favorite past time, mostly because she feels tall for once when reaching the peak! As a social butterfly and Psychobio major, Olivia does her best to evenly allocate her time between friends, adventures, and academics.
Sakshi (sock – she) is a global studies major born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina where there wasn’t a lot to do besides going outside! As a result, she developed a love of hiking, backpacking and rock climbing and a passion for the environment. In her free time she enjoys photography, food, and movies.
Sophie is a neuroscience major with aspiring math and Spanish minors from Orange County, California. She loves cats and baking, and always enjoys a good hike. When she’s not working in the research lab or tending to her ever-growing collection of houseplants, you’ll likely find her relaxing at the beach with a Murakami novel, or singing loudly on a road trip.
Mili Patel '20
Mili was a Human Biology and Society major with a minor in Public Health who served as a trip lead at Peaks. She grew up exploring National and State Parks with her family, and hopes to one day be able to say that she has explored all 58 National Parks. She recommends that exploring Zion whenever you get a chance and is a huge advocate for our #thinkoutside motto. Mili is a music enthusiast, green tea connoisseur, and Marvel fanatic who hopes to one day run a National Park Half Marathon.
David Weitz '19
David was a computer science student here at UCLA who served as a trip lead and resident driver for Peaks. He is a hacker, not a slacker, so you’ll often find him in digital mode with 1s and 0s racing across his eyes. For leisure, David gives up file paths and megabytes for hiking paths and delicious bites. His various skills include the ability to count to 10 in less than 10 seconds. If you catch him on a hike, he’ll probably be sporting the cap of his favorite team, the San Francisco Giants!
Zoe is a student from Arroyo Grande, CA, a town submerged between beaches and mountains. As such, she loved to take advantage of the beautiful wildlife and go on hikes and road trips as much as possible. She is currently undeclared but loves to talk about anything regarding psychology, English, or nutrition. In her free time, she enjoys eating good vegetarian food, reading, listening to music, and thrift shopping.
Saloni is a Cognitive Science major and French minor from New York City. As a huge foodie, she loves exploring restaurants and trying new foods. She’s passionate about entrepreneurship and hopes to start her own business one day. In her free time, you can find her hiking on the California coast, baking, or binge watching Chef’s Table on Netflix.
Nick grew up all around the U.S., and went to high school in D.C. He is an Environmental Sciences major and dedicates most of his breaks from school to outdoor adventures, both casually and professionally as a guide. Although backpacking is his preferred discipline, he also enjoys kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, and climbing! Nick also loves blueberries, Outkast, and people who get stoked easily.
Lisa is from Fortuna, California, which is located 5 hours north of San Francisco, just outside of Redwood National Park. She is a first year Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics major. When she is not busy studying, she loves going to the beach, listening to Passion Pit, and searching for the best food in LA.
Raised on the sunny beaches of SoCal, Erin is a Redondo Beach native who loves the ocean, but still has no idea how to surf. As a second-year mechanical engineering student, she spends most of her time working on robotics projects and commanding a tiny army of killer robots as a technical lead of UCLA’s BattleBots program. When she’s not cramming for classes, you can find her eating waffles, watching terrible 80’s movies, or listening to indie and psychedelic rock for hours.
Sachi is from the Washington, DC area and is a firm believer of East Coast > West Coast. She enjoys running, hiking, and exploring the city. A first year geography major, she loves to talk about where she’s from and where she’s going next!
Brandon is a Human Biology and Society major from San Diego. Growing up next to Mission Trails Regional Park and joining the Boy Scouts at the age of six, he developed a love for all things hiking early on. He has backpacked in the New Mexican backcountry at Philmont Scout Ranch and has trekked across Europe on the Portuguese Coastal Route of the Camino de Santiago. He has climbed Mt. Baldy and Mt. San Jacinto and gone on countless day trips with his Golden Retriever, Bentley.
Anna is a Biology major from balmy Oceanside, California. When she isn’t exploring national parks or hanging out at the beach with her friends, you can find her singing or sneaking her dog Molly food under the table. Anna loves making new friends and exploring new places, so she can’t wait to see what this year with Peaks & Professors at UCLA holds!
Humza Ali Khan
Humza is a Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics student and self-proclaimed lab junkie. When he’s not yelling at his computer for not processing his data, he loves to explore LA. Humza is incredibly passionate about mentorship in science, making and eating good food, and photography. He loves Kurt Vonnegut, his friends and family, jazz, and, of course, hiking. His favorite hiking story refers to the picture on the left, where he hiked a snow-capped, 40 degree Crater Lake in sneakers.
Sophie grew up in Seattle, WA—surrounded by the mountains of the PNW and is a firm believer that the west coast > east coast. As a Psychobiology major and Geography and Environmental Studies minor, she splits her free time between music, photography, and traveling. Her favorite TV show is Law and Order SVU, favorite font is Cambria, favorite instrument is the guitar (despite not being able to play it), and favorite time of day is dawn, even if she's stayed up so late she gets to see the sunrise.
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