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.

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!

Ezra Chen | Treasurer

  • 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.

Jasper Sun | Photographer / Social Media


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.

Kelly Zhong | Graphic Designer

  • Year: Third
  • Member Since: 2020
  • Major: Cognitive Science
  • Bio: Kelly first started folding origami in elementary school, and had an especially huge origami phase in middle school. Although she does not fold origami as much anymore, she has a huge appreciation for the craft and loves to see other peoples’ creations. In her free time, Kelly loves to do anything art-related (especially bullet journaling, painting, and calligraphy) and hanging out with friends and family.

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.

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.

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.

Justin Lee | Instructor

  • Year: Fifth
  • Member Since: 2020
  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Bio: Justin was first introduced to paper folding at a very young age when his grandmother showed him how to turn the chopstick paper wrappers into small chopstick holder boats. It then grew to hours in the elementary school library finding as many other models that peaked his interest. The passion was strong well through middle school, but entering highschool, the years of investment into this hobby was soon eclipsed by trading cards and video games such as Yugioh and League of Legends. It wasn’t until discovering BOFA that brought Justin back to origami.

Laurie Tan | Instructor


Laurie Tan
  • Year: Second
  • Member Since: 2020
  • Major: Chemistry
  • Bio: Quarantine has been an interesting time. Laurie has already baked banana bread, binged watched Crash Landing On You, and bleached her hair. Was cutting her own bangs next? Fortunately, BOFA was there to save her from a very terrible decision! Laurie loves origami and has been getting into modular designs. She loves science and puns which is why she's a chemistry major (haha jk...unless?). She enjoys playing pool, going to botanical gardens, and watching romantic movies.

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.