Current IYAB Members 2019-2020
Brett Budnik, Alpena MI
Hi, my name is Brett Budnik! I am 16 years old and I am part of YVC of Alpena! Alpena is a small town north of the lower peninsula of Michigan. We have cold and snowy winters and hot and humid summers. I am in the 11th grade and I have been volunteering with YVC ever since the 6th grade. It has been such a great experience and I am so thankful to be able to be on IYAB again this year. I enjoy bike riding, swimming, and running with my dog. I look forward to being able to meet many new people and being able to get many new ideas!
Alison Tucker, Anderson, SC
Hi, my name is Alison Tucker. I am an 8th grader in Anderson, SC. I have been volunteering with the YVC since October 2017. I am the co-chair of the Anderson YVC and was recently selected to be an ambassador of YVC. I have been a BETA club member for the past two years. Last year I joined the debate club at school. I have my black belt in taekwondo. I recently started taking Jiu Jitsu and MMA classes; I love doing both of those! In the summer I go to visit my grandparents and friends back in Illinois. During the week I go to work with my grandma to Catholic Charities. I volunteer my time in the food pantry and helping the ladies around the office. I love volunteering because when I see people hurting it makes me sad and I want to help them.
Anisha Fujii, Ann Arbor, MI
Hi, my name is Anisha Fujii. I’m 17 and I will be a senior this upcoming year. I have volunteered with the Ann Arbor YVC for the past three years, and it has been an amazing experience! Last year I joined my YVC’s youth advisory council and this is my second year on IYAB. I enjoy playing sports including soccer and cross country, and my favorite subject in school is math. My parents are from Japan and Sri Lanka and I love travelling to those two countries as well as everywhere else around the world!
Connor Lang, Calgary, AB – IYAB Executive Team
I’m Connor Lang. I am a grade twelve student from Calgary, Canada. I was a part of IYAB last term and am excited to be back on the Executive Team! In Calgary, I enjoy volunteering with YVC and Youth Central. I am a member of Youth Central’s Steering Committee, and he writes blogs for YVC and Youth Are Awesome. This year, he also wrote for Sled Island, a music festival in Calgary. Connor enjoys writing, running track and field, and neuroscience. He hopes to take neuroscience in University and aspires to become a neurosurgeon. He is passionate about sharing knowledge and helping others, and Connor hopes to do that throughout his life, just like through his service with YVC. It’s going to be a great year!
Iliana Cutten, Calgary, AB
My name is Iliana and I am an avid volunteer with Calgary’s YVC, and am excited to serve my first term on IYAB. I am entering grade 11, and work two jobs for the city. When I am not at work, volunteering or at band I can be found sleeping on the bus. If I ever do find downtime it is most likely spent skiing, climbing or collaging. I consider myself a well-adjusted insomniac, and rampant procrastinator.
Martina Min, Calgary, AB – IYAB Co-Chair and Executive Team
Hi! My name is Martina Min and I am from Calgary, Canada! I am in grade 12 and I have been volunteering with YVC for about 5 years now. This is my fourth year serving on IYAB and my first year as a Co-Chair. I am excited to continue volunteering and representing the youth volunteers of YVC! I am super passionate about giving back to my community, mental health, mindfulness and the environment! In my spare time, I like to read, watch movies, drink tea, go on hikes or walks, and spend time with friends and family.
Malorie Hunt, Cedar City, UT – IYAB Executive Team
Hey! My name is Malorie Hunt. I am sixteen years old and a junior at SUCCESS Academy in Cedar City, Utah. I love to bake, decorate cupcakes, do spray paint art, play softball, be involved in YVC, and many other things. I’ve been type one diabetic for about ten years now. I am the middle child of six and my little brother, Colton, has special needs (Angelman Syndrome). I am often referred to as the mom of our YVC. As a career, I would like to help people with special needs. I like to have fun and to hang out with friends.
Masilan Sundara, Charleston, SC
My name is Masi Sundara, and I have been proudly serving the YVC in Charleston since it started in 2015. I am a rising senior at Academic Magnet High School and in addition to volunteering, I enjoy playing soccer, reading, and camping. At school, I am part of the Science Olympiad team, Academic Club, and the wrestling team. It’s a privilege serving on the IYAB and I want to make sure I am an active and impactful organizer as a member this year.
Ian Gimino, Corvallis, OR – IYAB Executive Team
Hello! I live in Corvallis, Oregon and I’m 17 years old. I will be a senior this school year and I’ve been a part of YVC since I was 13. This will be my fourth year on IYAB, and my fifth on my local YAB. On top of volunteering, I like to play piano and baseball. I am also passionate about falconry. I’m incredibly grateful for how volunteering and YVC has impacted my life and I’m excited to use my experiences with them to college!
Jessica Hovermale, Corvallis, OR – IYAB Co-Chair and Executive Team
My name is Jessica Hovermale and I am a senior in high school in Corvallis, Oregon! This is my fifth year volunteering with Youth Volunteer Corps and my third year serving on the International Youth Advisory Board. I love volunteering throughout my community and I especially enjoy working with the Humane Society. I love animals and have two dogs at home. I am a president of our TEDx Club which puts on TED-style events and of our school environmental club. I also participate in Modern Dance and I love to travel!
Viktoria Wulff-Andersen, Danbury, CT
Hi! I’m Viktoria Wulff-Andersen, and I’m a sixteen-year-old junior at Danbury High School in Danbury, Connecticut. I have a passion for school. I love to write and read, and thus am a member of the National English Honors Society as well as my local newspaper. I engage in clubs such as Debate, Model UN, and Board of Governors. I also have a life outside of school (shockingly). I love to play the violin and ukulele. Despite my lack of athleticism, I still pursue skiing and wakeboarding for the thrills. As a member of my local YVC and YAB, I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to join this chapter of the IYAB and hope to make a difference.
Elena Stevens, Hampton Roads, VA
Hi! My name is Elena and I’m in 11th grade. I am the co-founder and co-president of the Youth Volunteer Corps club at my school. I also play the cello for my school orchestra. I am passionate about giving back to my community through volunteering and keeping my community clean. In the future, I would like to become a marine biologist to help clean the Pacific Ocean and restore the ocean’s wildlife and coral reefs.
Ciara DeMorier, Hampton Roads, VA
My name is Ciara DeMorier. I’m going to be a senior this upcoming school year. I’m in chorus and on the archery team. I have a passion for working with children, which has led me to want to major in elementary education. My dream school is Liberty University. I have been volunteering with YVC for four years. I joined IYAB because I want to use my ideas to benefit YVC as a whole. I want to make a difference beyond my hometown.
Caroline Lubbe, Kansas City, MO
Hello! My name is Caroline Lubbe. I am a freshman at Blue Valley Northwest in Overland Park, Kansas. I am a member of the Kansas City YVC. I have been serving on the Kansas City Youth Volunteer Corps for almost four years. Last year was the first year that I was on my local advisory board and I am serving again this year. I play the trumpet in my school band and I do Taekwondo. I love to serve others, and I especially enjoy building relationships through service. I am also a buddy YMCA challenger, an adaptive sports league.
Ava Reese, Manhattan, KS
Hi guys! My name is Ava Reese, and I am so excited to serve on IYAB again. This will be my second term on the board. I live in Manhattan, KS, and I will be a freshman at Manhattan High School. When I am not at a volleyball event, I am probably practicing the cello, scrolling through TikTok, or listening to BTS (yes. kpop!). I am so excited for this year on IYAB!
Dilanka Ranaweera, Manhattan, KS
Howdy y’all! My name is Dilanka Ranaweera, or Dil for short. I live in Manhattan, Kansas and I currently attend Manhattan High School as a junior! I play basketball and tennis as well as participate in many extra-curricular activities such as Student Government and band! My hobbies include hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, and long walks on the beach. YVC got me directly involved helping change the lives of so many; that’s why it’s pretty cool when I can now benefit the YVC’s of Manhattan and North America! I cannot wait to make this next year, a year of empowerment!
Qinlan Moc, Philadelphia, PA
My name is Qinlan Moc, I am currently a senior at Central High School. My hobbies include reading light novels, organizing events, hanging out with friends, and volunteering. Being in YVC has made me a happier person; I am able to make great friends and find a place where I feel like I belong. I would always hang out with my friends after going to a service project which allowed me to relax and recharge myself. Volunteering has also become a way for me to relieve stress since I started high school and has also given me unforgettable memories.
Rahul Balakrishnan, Plymouth, MI
My name is Rahul Balakrishnan and I am thirteen years old. I am in the 8th grade and live in Canton, Michigan. I love volunteering with YVC. Subjects that interest me in school are math and science. When I grow up I want to be a doctor to benefit society. When I am not in school or volunteering, you can find me playing baseball or hanging out with family and friends. I also enjoy traveling.
Shruti Balla, Plymouth, MI
Hi! My name is Shruti Balla and I am going into 8th grade in the 2019-2020 school year. Although I live in Canton, Michigan, I am part of the YVC program in Plymouth, Michigan. I started YVC last summer, and I joined YAB that same fall. I have a strong interest in serving those around me, which was the most compelling factor in my decision to join YVC and YAB. Generally, I enjoy reading fantasy and fiction. Some of my other hobbies include playing sports, computer programming, and spending time with my friends. Sometimes others view me as eccentric, but they also describe me as knowledgeable, supportive, and kind. Now, as a member of IYAB, I am finally able to extend my sphere of work and bring new, innovative ideas to the table.
Jace Bausher, Reading, PA
My name is Jace Bausher. I am a senior at Wyomissing Area High School. I have played soccer throughout high school and I have played club soccer since the age of eight. I am in the National Honors Society. I ski frequently, and I am an officer of the ski club. After high school, I plan to attend an accredited, four-year university to study anthropology and economics and I would like to play soccer at the collegiate level as well. Community service has always been something that I hold in high regard and I am excited to pursue it with IYAB.
Leah Craig, St. Joseph, MO – IYAB Executive Team
My name is Leah Craig and I have been a member of the International Youth Advisory Board for three years. This will be my second year on the International Youth Advisory Board Executive Team. I am a senior at Savannah High School and plan to pursue a career in the medical field as a BSN/RN. I am involved in golf, National Honor Society, Savage Ambassador, SHS leadership, and volunteer at my local YVC of St. Joseph. I will continue to serve my community by joining the Air National Guard through College. I am excited for this year and can’t wait to see what we accomplish!
Vidya Iyer, Des Moines, IA