Meet the team behind the largest club at West.
Who are we?
CSF Board is made up of 13 board members and 1 faculty advisor committed to delivering the best community service experience to our 350 members. During the 1st and 2nd semesters of 2017-2018, the CSF Board planned over 200 individual volunteer events, totaling over 4000 hours of service. In addition, the tutoring program (operated by 6 board members) provided academic support to 50 middle and elementary school students throughout West Torrance.
Board members are selected every Spring through an election and interview process.
What do we do?
The Board is responsible for every facet of the club including:
How can you contact us?
CSF Board meets every Tuesday at lunch in 5221. But you can talk to us right here, right now.
Shirley Xiao: President
Role on CSF Board: I oversee all CSF activities and make sure everything in the club is running smoothly. Whether it's delegating tasks across the board, resolving issues, relaying information to our club advisers, or running board meetings, my role as President varies throughout the year. And as always, the board and I work together to bring local events to our members so that we can give back to our community!
What Motivates You as a Volunteer? As volunteers, we always leave things better than we found them. I am motivated by knowing that I have the ability to help out the community and make things easier for everyone involved.
Future Aspirations/Interests: I hope to pursue a career in the realm of STEM, more specifically the fields encompassing software programming and technology. If that fails, then I'll become a professional dog walker.
If you were stuck on an island and could only bring 3 foods, which would they be? Water (because survival), wasabi peas (can be used as pellets if I need to fend off enemies), and cheesecake (so I have a reason to live).
Brandon Hong: VP of Admin.
Role on CSF Board: I am the Vice President of administration of CSF. My duty is to make monthly agendas and sign-up sheets for the monthly meetings. I am mainly in charge of overseeing the entire board, and filling in the position for the president in her absence.
What Motivates You as a Volunteer? As somebody who volunteers all the time, I love the feeing of being able to help other. There is nothing better than the satisfaction of giving my personal time for the benefits of others.
Future Aspirations/Interests: I aspire to be a computer engineer.
If you were stuck on an island and could only bring 3 foods, which would they be? If I was stranded on an island, i would bring pizza, salads, and cheez-its.
Sheena Uchino: VP of Tutoring
Role on CSF Board: My role in CSF is to spread service around to our local community and neighborhood schools.
What Motivates You as a Volunteer? My motivation for volunteering comes from the satisfaction helping others. Being able to lend out an helping hand to those who need it gives me a sense of pride.
Future Aspirations/Interests: Although I have a passion for dancing, I hope to major in education to continue spreading education and helping he community around me.
If you were stuck on an island and could only bring 3 foods, which would they be? If I was stranded on an island, I would want white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, Fritos bbq twists, and anytime of fruits :)))
Harshitha Gumdala: Treasurer
Role on CSF Board I’m this year’s Treasurer. I organize the fundraisers for the club and make sure that there will be enough funding for the clubs activities, mainly for the Seal Bearer Reception.
What Motivates You as a Volunteer? The idea that my help and work will help make someone’s life easier or go towards a good cause for the many is a big motivation.
Future Aspirations/Interests: I’m really interested in psychology and I wanted to make a career out of it, but I unfortunately changed my mind because of the long career path.
If you were stuck on an island and could only bring 3 foods, which would they be? Canned food, granola bars, and chocolate.
Ashley Cho: Secretary
Role on CSF Board: My role for the 2017-2018 school year on CSF board is secretary. I am basically in charge of all the points and the points spreadsheet. People can contact me if they see any issues with the points!
What Motivates You as a Volunteer? As a volunteer, what motivates me is knowing that I’ve helped out my community. It’s very reassuring knowing that I have done something to better my community and the people around me. My motivation stems from seeing people actually being affected by my volunteering.
Future Aspirations/Interests: In the future, I want to become a lot of things. I want to do so many things in such little time so I try to do only things I truly want to do. Anyways, in the future I’d like to receive a doctorate of some kind. I hope to become a lawyer or work for the UN. My ultimate dream is to become the first Asian American woman chief justice, but it’s near impossible, so I just hope to be able to work in the law field. That’s for now, my passions change every few months so you’ll have to give it 10 years to see what I’m doing.
If you were stuck on an island and could only bring 3 foods, which would they be? If I were to be stranded on an island, I’d bring rice, barley tea, and sashimi. Rice because I need the carbs to fill me up. Barley tea because it is so refreshing when cold but soothes my body when it is warm. Sashimi because I need protein and chicken/beef/ pork seen too unhealthy to sustain me for a long time.
Britney Burnasky: Junior Tutoring Coordinator
Role on CSF Board: I'm one of the junior tutoring coordinators (JTCs) this year, and I help out with the tutoring program, and chair multiple events for members to go to.
What Motivates You as a Volunteer? My motivation to volunteer comes from seeing how all of the hours spent volunteering makes a difference in people's lives. It's really nice to recieve smiles and thank yous when you've done something people appreciate, like helping them understand a hard math problem, or planting flowers in a garden. Volunteering also helps my interpersonal skills get better, since I get to talk to children, teenagers, and adults at events or while tutoring. Overall, volunteering is really enjoyable to me, and I'm excited to find events for everyone to come to this year!
Future Aspirations/Interests: In the future, I would like to pursue a career in the medical field. I've always liked helping others, especially when it comes to their health, so the medical field is really interesting to me. However, since there are so many different kinds of doctors and nurses in this area of study, I haven't made up my mind as to what specific area I would like to do yet.
If you were stuck on an island and could only bring 3 foods, which would they be? If I were to be stranded on an island I would bring nectarines, water, and macaroni. Nectarines because they're sweet and they're one of my favorite fruits. Water because I don't want to get dehydrated. And lastly, macaroni because I like pasta and cheese and this dish has both of those elements mixed together. It's also a good source of carbohydrates for energy.
Alison Kim: Junior Tutoring Coordinator
Role on CSF Board: I am the junior tutoring coordinator of CSF and I help with the tutoring program for CSF.
What Motivates You as a Volunteer? As a volunteer, I am motivated to help when I see the difference that I’ve made. It always feels good to have accomplished something.
Future Aspirations/Interests: I want to become a dentist in the future. However, if I find that dentistry is not for me, I’d be interested in working as a different kind of specialist in the medical field.
If you were stuck on an island and could only bring 3 foods, which would they be? I hope that I will never have to be in that situation, but if I were to be stranded on an island, I’d want to have pizza, spaghetti, and bread with me.
Eesha Sachdev: Junior Tutoring Coordinator
Role on CSF Board: My role on CSF board this year is a JTC (Junior Tutoring Coordinator) and I help out with the tutoring program.
What Motivates You as a Volunteer? As a volunteer, I am motivated to help out people in my community and contribute to various causes. I enjoy making a difference in people’s lives, and gaining new skills, experience and knowledge. It also helps me to connect with local community to raise my awareness on local issues. I believe in taking few hours every week to give back to the society and make a meaningful contribution.
Future Aspirations/Interests: In the future, I hope to pursue something in the medical field. I’m not exactly sure what specific career at the moment because there are so many different fields that one could go into. The medical field itself is so diverse, with careers like public health, nursing, research, clinical technologists, medical appliance technicians, and pharmaceuticals. I’m still trying to make up my mind but I’m sure that helping people with their health is what I want to do!
If you were stuck on an island and could only bring 3 foods, which would they be? If I were stranded on an island, I would bring chocolate chip cookies (who doesn’t like a good chocolate chip cookie?), water (I want to survive), and oranges (I need that Vitamin C).
Katie Yang: Junior Tutoring Coordinator
Role on CSF Board: I’m one of the JTCs (junior tutoring coordinators) this year and my job is to help out with the CSF tutoring program and find fun events for members to attend.
What Motivates You as a Volunteer? My motivation for volunteering is seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they receive the help they need (especially tutoring). I really enjoy volunteering to not only establish connections in nearby schools, but also to meet new people.
Future Aspirations/Interests: In the future, I hope to major in business economics or accounting, and I also hope to continue volunteering for my community.
My interests and passions include: volunteering, playing the piano, traveling the world, meeting new people, and hanging out with my friends.
If you were stuck on an island and could only bring 3 foods, which would they be? If I were stranded on an island, I would not be able to live without sushi, boba, or ice cream.
Il Joon Kim: Membership Coordinator/ICC Rep
Role on CSF Board: I help seniors stay on track to earn the Sealbearer status. I also represent CSF at ICC meetings, serving as communication between ASB and CSF.
What Motivates You as a Volunteer? I enjoy being able to give back to my community so that it can be a better place for everyone.
Future Aspirations/Interests: I plan to become a civil engineer focusing on design and architecture, but I also have a passion for music!
If you were stuck on an island and could only bring 3 foods, which would they be? Tacos, wings, mangos.
Connie Lee: Technology Coordinator
Role on CSF Board: I manage the CSF website, which includes anything from the layout and design to uploading sign-ups for events, answering questions on the drift q&a section in the bottom right of the website, and uploading other important forms and photos. I also take pictures at the general meetings.
What Motivates You as a Volunteer? For me, volunteering is not only an empowering opportunity to aid the community, but also a valuable way to integrate myself into the community that I am a part of. Volunteering may even push you out of your comfort zone and allow for you to gain a deeper understanding of the sheer diversity of people within the community.
Future Aspirations/Interests: As of right now, my aspirations are kind of all over the place: sociology, journalism, psychology, anthropology, design-I like to keep my options open! I’m especially interested in the development of human society and patterns in how people interact with one another. I also like learning about individuals’ personal stories. My interests include reading historical fiction novels, improvising on piano, learning new languages, and getting lost on YouTube.
If you were stuck on an island and could only bring 3 foods, which would they be? If I was stuck on an island, I would bring ramen (pretty sure noodles run in my blood), salmon sushi (rice included), and peach iced tea (slightly healthier than lemonade but not as plain as water)
Emily Hackett: Spirit Publicist
Role on CSF Board: My role in CSF is to publicize meetings and events as much as possible! As the Spirit Publicist, I’m posting on our Instagram (@whscsf) and sending messages on Remind (text @westcsf to 81010) to you all! I’ll also be designing the shirts for our members this year! I’ll also find and chair an event or two per month for CSF members to volunteer at.
What Motivates You as a Volunteer? What motivates me as a volunteer is knowing that I’m serving the needs of my community. Community service is something valuable that anyone can participate in, and it’s a really important thing to me to be able to give back to groups and communities that need a bit of extra volunteer support. It’s also a great opportunity for self-growth and new experiences!
Future Aspirations/Interests: A future aspiration I have is to become a Speech-Language Pathologist! I love the idea of teaching kids how to speak properly because I love kids and I love English. I’m excited to have an office space (in the future) built for nurturing the needs of kids who need an extra bit of speech help.
My interests and passions (besides volunteering!) are singing, performing on my own or with my girls in choir, listening to/attending musicals, reading, writing, drawing, traveling, spending time with my friends, having new experiences, and learning about things I’m interested in!
If you were stuck on an island and could only bring 3 foods, which would they be? If I were stranded on an island with three types of foods, they would be spam, blueberries, and... bagels? I’m not really sure, those were the first three things that came to mind. Spam transports nicely, blueberries are good, and I like bagels? Plain bagels are nice every once in a while, so I wouldn’t mind having them along with me on an island.