Members

National Youth Council Members 2017-2018

 

Waverley He

Waverley is the Chair of the National Youth Council.

Waverley is a senior at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. She is concentrating in Neurobiology with a secondary in Computer Science. She began volunteering with the American Red Cross in high school, when she served as President of Southwest Washington Red Cross Youth Council and spearheaded the Leadership Development Conference (LDC), Trick-or-Treat for Disaster, and numerous other fundraisers. Since then, Waverley has become a First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor, President of the Harvard College Friends of the Red Cross, and member of the American Red Cross National Diversity Advisory Council. Waverley was the recipient of the 2014 Navin Narayan College Scholarship. Contact Waverley at wyhe.nyc@gmail.com.

 

 

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Bryan is the Vice-Chair of the National Youth Council.

Bryan is a Political Science major at University of California, Irvine in Orange County, CA. He began his Red Cross journey with his Red Cross Club, where he served as President. Since then, Bryan has gotten involved with Leadership Development Center (LDC) and has become a youth LDC Staffer and Vice-Chair/Red Cross Club Coordinator of his county’s youth program. Transitioning from youth to a young adult volunteer included becoming more involved with Blood Services and leading the IHL Action Campaign Program for the Desert to the Sea Region for the past four years. Bryan was the recipient of the 2014 Navin Narayan Award for Excellence in Youth Leadership. Bryan joined the National Youth Council in 2014 and served as the Chapter Support Working Group Lead in FY16. During this time, his working group began monthly Youth Consortium conference calls for staff and volunteer youth supporters across the nation. He is now going on eight years of volunteering with the American Red Cross. Contact Bryan at bsolis@gmail.com.

 

Amy Ma

Amy Ma is a freshman at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois majoring in Economics with a minor in Human Rights. Prior to college, she served as President of the Clements High School Red Cross Club and Executive Chair of the Texas Gulf Coast Region Youth Service Council, in which she created the local Red Cross youth newsletter, organized blood drives, and planned two Leadership Development Conferences. As an intern with the Disaster Service Department of the Greater Houston Area Chapter, Amy has assisted with Community Partnerships in the Texas Floods Disaster Relief Operation and directed the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. Amy was awarded the Red Cross Tom Sellers Exceptional Youth Volunteer Award and recognized as the Greater Houston Service Awards’ Youth-of-the-Year. Contact Amy Ma at ahma.nyc@gmail.com.

 

Angela Liu

Originally from Houston, Texas, Angela Liu is currently a freshman at the University of Chicago, where she plans to study mathematics/computer science with a concentration in neuroscience. Since embarking on her Red Cross journey, she has served as President of the Bellaire High School Red Cross Club and Executive Chair of the Texas Gulf Coast Region (TGCR) Youth Service Council. As an arts enthusiast, Angela has always aimed to integrate her passions for design and journalism into her Red Cross service, which lead to her eventual work with the TGCR’s Communications Department, creating promotional videos, designing flyers and t-shirts, taking photos at local events, and more. She has also led regional Leadership Development Conferences, annual socials, and other such outreach events. In 2016 and 2017, Angela was awarded the Red Cross Tom Sellers Exceptional Youth Volunteer award. Aside from volunteering with the Red Cross, Angela also runs a photography and art business, tutors in math, works at a local art museum, and enjoys [to attempt] cooking. Contact Angela at ahliu.nyc@gmail.com.

 

Anna Nguyen

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Anna Nguyen is a sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley, studying Public Health and Data Science, with a minor in Public Policy. Anna started her Red Cross journey in the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and has served as a community disaster education instructor, president of her high school club, International Services and Fundraising Coordinator of the East Bay Area Youth Executive Board, and Chair of the East Bay Area Youth Executive Board. Anna also staffed her region’s Leadership Development Center, and has since returned as a college advisory member. During her time with the Red Cross, Anna has advocated for youth engagement in her chapter in programs including the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, international refugee support, and CPR/CPR instructor certification. Contact Anna at atnguyen.nyc@gmail.com

 

 

 

Evan Batov

Evan Batov is a freshman at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia studying finance, international relations and public policy. His Red Cross story began right after Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast. Living on the coast in New York City, he was especially affected, along with his family, a lot of his peers and neighbors. One of the first responders that came right after the hurricane passed was the American Red Cross volunteers. After watching them provide all kinds of disaster relief for his community, Evan became an official member his freshman year of high school. He served as the President of his local chapter – the first high school chapter in his hometown Staten Island – for over a year, where he helped organize school-wide events, fundraisers and blood drives. He was then appointed onto the Chapter Youth Council of the Greater New York City Area, representing hundreds of youth volunteers not only from his hometown Staten Island, but from the entire school system in and around New York City. With the Council, he has assisted and even chaired several citywide monthly events including RAID Cross, disaster simulations and, one of his personal favorites, Passport to International Services. He also served as the Recognition Liaison for the Greater New York City Area. Evan enjoyed being involved in National Youth Involvement Month (NYIM), especially following through with the theme of veterans this past year and focusing on zip kits and any other kind of relief for immediate veterans. Outside of the Red Cross, Evan is a huge museum and cultural buff, nonprofit activist, and aspiring social entrepreneur. He has led a few projects and ventures across the New York City Area and is currently the editor in chief of the National High School Journal of Finance. He is also a huge political junkie and has been involved and served on executive boards in organizations like High School Democrats of America, Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council and National Association of Youth Leaders (NAYL); he has also done previous service projects with the United Nations regarding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Contact Evan at evan.batov@redcross.org. 

 

Hoyt Gong

Hoyt is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania studying Economics and Neuroscience. He began volunteering with the Los Angeles Region Red Cross in 2013 and was inspired to commit to his Red Cross story after witnessing his EMR-certified advisor respond to an abrupt car accident on the freeway. He served as the preparedness officer and president of the Pasadena Youth Executive Board and as the first youth on the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Board of Directors. Aside from community education outreach as a staff member of Leadership Development Camp (LDC), he has created a multi-district youth outreach event named a national project finalist by the Paradigm Foundation. Hoyt was awarded the 2015-2016 Youth Volunteer of the Year of the Pasadena District and the 2017 Navin Narayan College Scholarship. Contact Hoyt at hygong.nyc@gmail.com.

 

 

Ian Lee

Ian Lee is a Strategic Communication major at the University of Colorado at Boulder as a Dean’s Scholar. Ian began his Red Cross journey by serving as a Youth Engagement Officer on the first regional Youth Advisory Board of the American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming. Throughout his time, Ian set forth the foundations under which the board will operate under, working closely with regional chapter staff and coordinating Red Cross Clubs. He has facilitated several events and projects such as RAID Cross, free First Aid/CPR training, and the Boulder Flood Relief Tool Drive. Ian founded the Monarch High School Red Cross Club and served as President where he has led his members in the Home Fire Campaign, the Boulder Parade of Lights, and more. Ian is one of the first certified youth Pillowcase Project presenter in the region and certified in Adult First Aid/CPR/AED. For his work, Ian was awarded “Outstanding Youth Volunteer” for his unprecedented work in Red Cross youth activities throughout the region in 2016 from the Mile High Regional Chapter.

Outside of the Red Cross, Ian serves in his local community, serving on his town’s youth leadership council and volunteering at the local library and hospital. Ian has also served as Chief Executive Officer for “MoHi C3 Cubes” social enterprise of the Carson J Spencer Foundation, raising awareness around teen suicide prevention. C3 Cubes was awarded “Social Enterprise of the Year” from the foundation. Contact Ian at iclee.nyc@gmail.com. Contact Ian at iclee.nyc@gmail.com.

 

Joanna Hu

Joanna Hu is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania studying nursing and healthcare management. She has served as President of her high school club, as well as International Committee Coordinator, Liaison, and Co-chair of her local chapter’s Youth Executive Board. In 2014, she received the International Services award from her chapter and was named Youth of the Year. Joanna is the 2016 recipient of the Navin Narayan Scholarship. Contact Joanna at jhu2.nyc@gmail.com.

 

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Kayleigh Barnes 

Kayleigh is a 17 year old International Baccalaureate student at Sussex Academy High School in Georgetown, Delaware. She began volunteering for the American Red Cross in September 2012 during Superstorm Sandy and quickly discovered her passion for disaster preparedness. Since beginning her Red Cross journey Kayleigh has started a community youth club and two school youth clubs, taken control of all the youth clubs in her region, volunteered as a project lead for The Pillowcase Project, helped install smoke alarms in local homes, and has worked at countless events as an outreach volunteer. Her favorite activity to do with the Red Cross is work at community events and teach young children about being prepared for disasters. In 2013 Kayleigh was awarded the Delmarva Youth Volunteer of the Year award  by her chapter, and in 2015 she was awarded a Governor’s Volunteer Service award for her work with the ARC and was also named a Daily Point of Light. Outside of the Red Cross, Kayleigh plays softball, competes in pageants, and runs her own non-profit mentoring organization. Contact Kayleigh at klbarnes.nyc@gmail.com

 

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Maria Muzaurieta

Maria is from Jacksonville, Florida and is a freshman at the University of Michigan. With the influence of her local chapter in Florida, Maria began her Red Cross journey when she founded the first Red Cross Club at her high school, serving as President her sophomore through senior year. Named Bolles’ Best New Club of the Year, The Bolles Red Cross Club set a precedent for community service for Florida high schools with fundraisers, such as candy gram deliveries, bake sales, and flower sales during holidays.
Maria’s favorite aspects of working with the Red Cross include volunteer outreach and fundraising.
Maria was named the Red Cross Northeast Florida Youth Volunteer of the Year in 2015. The same year, she was named to her school’s President’s List, which recognizes students that have made a significant contribution in the area of service and whose community-mindedness, hard work, and spirit stand out.

Aside from the Red Cross, Maria tutors in foreign languages, hosts international students, volunteers for local hospitals, is a certified babysitter, a National Hispanic Scholar, President of her dormitory, and served as captain of the Varsity Crew team at her school. She is currently a member of the University of Michigan Red Cross Club.
Maria looks forward to lifelong involvement with the Red Cross and plans to pursue a career in finance or accounting, while continuing her studies in Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Contact Maria at mimuzaurieta.nyc@gmail.com.

 

Michelle Glauberzon

Michelle Glauberzon is a freshman at Rutgers University where she plans to pursue a major in the field of business. Michelle began her Red Cross journey as a Team Leader for Middlesex County where she organized staffing for blood drives in her area. She created the first Red Cross club at her high school and served as president through her senior year. As a leader she executed scrubby bear projects for small kids, sold ghoul grams with emergency preparedness advice, and held blood drives at her school. Through her club, she was able to join the Princeton Youth Council where she was a member for two years and was the Youth Representative for Central New Jersey Board of Directors during the year of 2016-2017. Michelle is currently a Youth For Disaster Volunteer and is CPR/First Aid Certified. In 2016 Michelle was recognized with the Central New Jersey Outstanding Youth Involvement Award and later that year received the Presidential Bronze Service Award for volunteering over 100 hours with the Red Cross in one year.

Aside from the Red Cross, Michelle participated in her school government as Student Council Vice President and was the president of the Key club at her local high school. She loves to ballroom dance, ski, and is currently learning Chinese. Contact Michelle at mbglauberzon.nyc@gmail.com.

 

Miki Rai

Miki is the Communications Working Group Lead and a member of Youth Services Working Group.

Miki is a junior at University of California, Los Angeles. She is majoring in Nursing and plans to pursue a career in healthcare. Miki started volunteering with the Bay Area Chapter during the sixth grade. She continued her Red Cross journey as Vice-President of her high school club, as Co-Chair of the Silicon Valley Youth Executive Board, and as part of the local chapter’s Board of Directors. As Co-Chair, Miki led a team in executing events for over 1,600 youth and volunteered as staff at the annual Red Cross LDC camp held in the Bay Area. Miki has translated documents and taught CPR/First Aid classes in Chinese, Japanese and English. In 2015, Miki was awarded the Silicon Valley Chapter “Youth of the Year Award.” During Miki’s first year on the Council, she led “Pathways”, a popular series of RedCrossYouth.org articles, and the Redcrossyouth.org revamp. Outside of the Red Cross, Miki performs medical research and acts and models for the entertainment industry. Contact Miki at mrai.nyc@gmail.com.

 

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Anna Drenning, NYC Advisor 

Anna became a high school volunteer with her local chapter in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. From there, she founded two Red Cross Clubs in high school and college and served terms on both the National Youth Council and National Young Professionals Council. Anna is currently the Regional Youth Volunteer Specialist with the Western PA Region of the American Red Cross and advocates for youth and young adult involvement through all lines of service. In her role, she works with youth-focused community partners, volunteers, Red Cross Clubs, interns and young professionals. Contact Anna at andrenning.nyc@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

Gloria Coliton, NYC Advisor

Gloria has worked with youth for over 15 years.  She started as an Americorps member and developed and ran two programs.  One was an award-winning tutoring program at the most diverse high school in the county with over 57 countries represented. The other was part of a national pilot with the Dept. of Labor, Job Corps program, which expanded to over 25 centers nationwide.  She developed a volunteer mentoring and tutoring program for “at-promise” youth between the ages of 16 and 24 and later was part of a team that trained new program coordinators.  Gloria joined American Red Cross of Southern Maryland as an employee filing the role of Sr. Volunteer Specialist.  She is passionate about working with youth and seeing youth become an integral part of the work of Red Cross.  In her off time she enjoys spending time with her husband and best friend of 26+ yrs and together they foster and adopt senior and special needs cocker spaniels. Contact Gloria at gloria.coliton@redcross.org.

 

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