Monica Habashy, Chief Executive Officer
Monica is a third year Psychobiology major from Egypt. She grew up in Kuwait where undergraduate health care opportunities were very limited. As a result, when she came to UCLA, she joined FISH during her freshman year in hopes of getting exposed to global health. FISH has been a truly humbling and eye-opening experience. Being a part of FISH has introduced her to extremely caring and passionate people who selflessly give back to the people of the community in Maclovio Rojas. FISH has helped her realize the importance of sustainability in the services provided and the benefits of self-sufficiency. Monica was previously one of the Co-Directors of the Domestic Relations team. As CEO this year, Monica wants to improve the connections FISH has with the community members in Maclovio and work towards improving the way our services are run and set up. Outside of FISH Monica is involved in TEACH, and the Arab Interest Women's Association, as well as shadows students at the UCLA School of Dentistry. In her free time she likes to hike, attend concerts, and explore new food places!
Arsal Zaheer, Chief Administrative Officer
Arsal is a third year Economics major and Public Health minor. He joined FISH in the fall of 2016 and has since learned to thoroughly appreciate the interplay between economics, education, and health outcomes in local and global environments. Through his experiences in FISH, he has become a major advocate of analyzing health barriers and disparities through a structural and cultural lens. Upon graduation, Arsal hopes to work in healthcare advocacy, bridging the gap between healthcare and politics on a national scale. In the past, he served as Co-Director of Training in 2018. With his CAO position, Arsal plans on fostering targeted community interventions, global health ethics, and Spanish fluency among FISH’s members. In doing so, Arsal hopes to expand FISH’s services to better serve the needs of the Maclovio Rojas community. He is constantly in awe of the aspirations and passion circulated in FISH, and is honored to serve as CAO this year. A Bay Area native, Arsal has a liking for clean beaches, cool weather, and adequate public transportation. He conducts research pertaining to health outcomes for parolees with mental health issues through the Integrated Substance Abuse Program (ISAP) at UCLA. He is also a member of the Model United Nations team and the UCLA CPR Instructor Program.
Michael Kim, Internal Relations Officer
Mike is a third year Psychobiology major from San Diego who has been a member of FISH since his first quarter at UCLA. He is proud of the organization's genuine interest in providing sustainable services for Maclovio Rojas through a long-term, developed relationship with the community and its people. He hopes to continue this effort alongside his fellow members.
Outside of FISH, Mike participates in clinical research as part of the Student Stroke Team, is a research assistant at the UCLA Youth Stress and Mood Program, and mentors a high school student through the program Mentorship UCLA. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, cycling, and running as he pursues his interest in triathlon.
Kiana Charles, External Relations Officer
Kiana is a third year Human Biology and Society major from Santa Cruz, California. She joined FISH in her second year as an undergraduate, in hopes of gaining a greater understanding of healthcare disparities in underserved communities and avenues of intervention through global health. FISH has been an invaluable part of Kiana’s experience as a Bruin. Through her involvement in FISH, she has enriched her passion for global health and has challenged herself by thinking critically and working with the rest of the team to create sustainable change in the community of Maclovio Rojas. Outside of FISH, Kiana was also a committee member of the 2019 Los Angeles Global Health Conference, which aimed to educate and connect both students and professionals about the varying health disparities both in Los Angeles and around the world. In her free time, Kiana enjoys spending her time outdoors, whether it be hiking or cheering on the Bruins at the Rose Bowl.
David Chung, Operations Officer
David is a third year Computational and Systems Biology major and Biomedical Research Minor from Santa Clarita, California. He joined FISH in fall 2017 because he was passionate in learning more about public health, particularly in relieving health and educational disparities in local and international communities. With FISH, David has been given the opportunity to work with a diverse group of caring and driven individuals who all share interests in contributing and giving back to a community. Particularly, David remembers the close friendships he has been able to cultivate with the students at Maclovio Rojas. Outside of FISH, he volunteers as a clinical research associate for the Student Stroke Team, and works in cytogenetic clinical research. In his free time, David enjoys appreciating architecture, taking and editing photos (particularly landscapes!), playing clarinet with the Game Music Ensemble, playing Super Smash Bros, and exploring Los Angeles for good coffee shops!