BOARD MEMBERS

Mark Diamond | Co-President

  • Year: Second
  • Member Since: 2019
  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Bio: Origami is a passion that has been a part of Mark ever since he can remember. Like really, I actually don’t remember what age I was lol. From the moment he first learned the art from his uncle, to a short-lived origami business in 6th grade, to an ever-increasing collection of models, Mark has lived and breathed origami. While he’s not very good at writing bios, he is kinda funny so I guess that makes up for it. His passions in video editing and photoshopping are frequently put to use in the creation of epic memes to make his friends laugh. Other things he enjoys include Birding, personal protective equipment (PPE), and De Neve Commons Residential Restaurant.

Chris Tai | Co-President


Chris Tai
  • Year: Second
  • Member Since: 2019
  • Major: Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics
  • Bio: Chris has been an avid origami folder since age 12, when he realized that homework can be repurposed (rightfully so) into paper airplanes. A San Diego native, he is a good friend of good weather, and really appreciates Mexican food. When Chris isn’t folding origami, you can find him skating, running, hiking, playing board games, trying to figure out how to use Zoom, or hanging out with members of the Asian American Christian Fellowship at UCLA.

Benny Lau | Vice President

  • Year: Third
  • Member Since: 2019
  • Major: Biology
  • Bio: Benny has always done origami ever since he first got introduced to it by his close cousin when he was little. He has on and off done it since all throughout middle school and high school, especially during class when bored. Outside origami and academics, Benny especially enjoys staying active, such as playing sports like soccer or tennis. He deeply enjoys hiking and is now an avid rock climber. In his free time, you can also catch him at the piano attempting to practice 40 hours a day, skating, or spiking people in smash.

Nicholas Chin | Secretary

  • Year: Second
  • Member Since: 2020
  • Major: Physiological Science
  • Bio: Crane. Box. Ninja star. Fox. Long ago, Nick was a bright-eyed boy who loved folding origami. Then, everything changed when video games attacked. Only productivity, master of all disciplines, could stop them. But when Nick needed it most, it vanished. 19 years passed and UCLA introduced a new source of origami inspiration, a folding club called BOFA, and although its lessons are great, it has a lot to grow before it can inspire anyone. But I believe BOFA can inspire the world. Nick is also a massive dweeb and weeb.

Nyla Jafri | Treasurer

  • Year: First
  • Member Since: 2020
  • Major:: Psychobiology
  • Bio: Nyla has enjoyed folding origami since she was in elementary school, mainly to make homework more...enticing. When she is not pressed by deadlines, you may find her frolicing amongst her piles of mostly completed origami, usually attempting to play music.

Ezra Chen | Instructor

  • Year: Third
  • Member Since: 2019
  • Major:: English and Philosophy
  • Bio: Normal children stay up deep into the night, playing games or watching videos on the Internet, but when he himself was a child, Ezra spent his nights… playing games and watching videos on the Internet. Though sometimes, in high school, he would stay up whittling away at some origami project or other. Now, he stays up late into the night playing video games or procrastinating on yet another paper. Origami is for the day time… during class. Else, one might find him playing video games or working on some other art project or doing philosophy with an unfortunate friend or attempting and failing to come up with the next C.S. Lewis masterpiece.

Karen Cavicchio | Instructor


Karen Cavicchio
  • Year: Fourth
  • Member Since: 2020
  • Major: Computer Science and Engineering
  • Bio: Karen has been folding origami as a solitary pastime since elementary school and is now extremely excited to get to share the activity with other enthusiasts and teach anyone who wants to learn. She has always loved the geometric nature of folding paper and can often be found folding it under the table in class. Karen also enjoys avoiding schoolwork by playing the violin in musicals and orchestras and spending time on the archery range.

Felix Lam | Instructor

  • Year: Third
  • Member Since: 2020
  • Major:: Architecture
  • Bio: Felix started folding at the ripe young age of 6 years old. Since then he’s been dropping cranes left and right. His favorite is the Pegasus though. Now he begins his exploration of tessellation. More on this in the future. Aside from origami you can find him practicing his sleight of hand and his smash bro’s techniques. When he’s not bunkered down you can find him at the golf range or at the snow slopes eating it badly.

Elvia Mendez | Activities Coordinator

  • Year: First
  • Member Since: 2020
  • Major:: Global Studies
  • Bio: I never had super intensive experience with origami other than casually folding something in art when there was a sub. However, I was always impressed with the art and wanted to try it myself, but I never did until I learned of BOFA. I am so excited to continue learning more about origami and looking forward to showing people who were in the same spot as I was, teaching the students I tutor and the little kids in my family. :D

Andy Tseng | Community Outreach Coordinator

  • Year: Second
  • Member Since: 2019
  • Major: Psychobiology
  • Bio: Although he doesn’t have much experience with origami, Andy Tseng has always had a fascination for the patience and skill it took to create complex figures out of flimsy paper. (Not to mention the figures look amazing!) Besides working on classes, clubs, or origami, Andy’s hobbies include going out for boba runs, hiking, running, and hanging out with friends. Andy is also open to trying out new things and has such as rock climbing so feel free to give him suggestions!

Joyce Kuo | Social Media Officer

  • Year: Second
  • Member Since: 2020
  • Major: Psychobiology
  • Bio: Joyce has been folding origami since high school and is very fascinated by origami applications to science. She really likes origami giraffes because they are her favorite animals, and she thinks the Alice Gray butterfly is pretty neat too.

Stephanie Lo | Graphic Designer

  • Year: Second
  • Member Since: 2020
  • Major: Psychology
  • Bio: When her grandma first taught her how to fold an origami crane, Stephanie fell in love with the art. As she continued to expand her origami repertoire, she realized that giving it as a gift was much better than keeping it for herself. Today, Steph continues to fold origami gifts for friends, family, and peers. In her free time, she enjoys folding origami (OBVIOUSLY), chewing a TON of gum, hanging with friends (now with 100% more Zoom), going roofing, and binging Youtube for 5 hours.

Jasper Sun | Photographer


Jasper Sun
  • Year: Third
  • Member Since: 2019
  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Bio: Jasper has always liked using origami to add a more personal touch when gift-giving. He enjoys running, cooking, playing badminton, taking photos, listening to music, and flying RC helicopters. You can also find him lurking on Summoner’s Rift.

Sally Seok | Webmaster

  • Year: Third
  • Member Since: 2020
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Bio: Sally was primarily introduced to the world of origami in her high school Chinese class and now hopes to master the craft one day. She enjoys watching Korean dramas, travelling, and spending time with friends and family in her free time.