Meet Our Directors

Meet our 2019-2020 Board of Directors. From handling the operational aspects, to planning trainings, bonding, site curriculum, and more, these nine women work together to ensure the effectiveness of our organization.

Maya Stehle – Co-Executive Director 

Form Philadelphia, PA, Maya is a third-year economics turned political science major. In her time at UCLA she has participated in dance teams, women’s business organizations, and various mentorship groups, as well as serving as WYSE’s Co-Finance Director last year. This year she is looking forward to seeing how much WYSE grows, and getting to work with all this beautiful community of powerful and inspiring women.

Years in WYSE: 3
Year at UCLA: Junior
Major: Political Science


Madalena Burke – Co-Executive Director  

From Temecula, CA, Madalena is a third-year mathematics major minoring in philosophy. Last year she served as one of WYSE’s Finance Directors, and currently serves in the Community Service Commission as the same role. Madalena has also been involved with student labor advocacy on campus, as well as being a vegan in her everyday life. Some of her summer highlights include working for Lays Chips and getting tons of free chips, as well as traveling to Sweden. If she could go back in time and give her middle school self some advice, she’d say not to rely on boys’ opinions to feel good about yourself.

Years in WYSE: 3
Year at UCLA: Senior
Major: Mathematics, Minor: Philosophy


Sarah Fatkin – Co-Finance Director 

From Roseland, NJ, Sarah is in both her second year in WYSE and at UCLA. Her summer highlight was riding camels in Western Australia, and is looking forward to welcoming more wonderful mentees and mentors this fall in WYSE. If she could go back to give advice to her middle school self, she would say to be confident in your own opinions and not let others make you feel any less amazing!

Years in WYSE: 2
Year at UCLA: Sophomore
Major: Neuroscience


Mckenzie Whalen – Co-Finance Director

Mckenzie, originally from Oxnard, CA, just returned from a summer in Washington D.C. where she interned for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In her time at UCLA, she is proud of how she’s made the most of her college experience by studying abroad in Scotland as well as doing a quarter in Washington D.C. Her life motto so far is to embrace all that life has to offer–just like she’s done at UCLA.

Years in WYSE: 3
Year at UCLA: Senior
Major: Business Economics, Minor: Public Affairs


Taylor Lewis – Education Director at Mark Twain Middle School

Originally from Benicia, CA, Taylor is a third year Psychobiology major and aspiring orthopedic surgeon. Outside of WYSE, she also works for UCLA Athletics in sports medicine. Her other talents include her ten years of violin training, and undying love of donuts. Something she wishes she could tell her middle school self is to be confident in yourself and embrace that you are uniquely you.

Years in WYSE:  2
Year at UCLA: Junior
Major: Psychobiology


Karina Damian – Education Director at Sepulveda Middle School

Hailing from Riverside, CA, Karina is a third-year Political Science and Chincanx Studies major. The highlight of her summer was seeing her family that she adores in Mexico. This year, she is most excited to work with all her new board members and see the beautiful faces of all of her WYSE women. Advice that would have helped her in middle school would be to love yourself unapologetically!

Years in WYSE: 2
Year at UCLA: Sophomore
Majors: Chicanx Studies, Political Science



Sachiko Moran – Publicity Director 

Sachiko is a fourth year World Arts and Cultures and Political Science double major from Berkeley, CA. At UCLA she works on the Campus Events Commission Print Staff as well as Mixed Student Union, and the Hammer Museum. Some highlights of her summer were visiting Chicago and New Orleans as part of her mission to see more of the U.S. This year in WYSE, she is most excited to learn from all the new mentors and mentees!

Years in WYSE:  2
Year at UCLA: Senior
Majors: World Arts and Cultures, Political Science


Aleeah Aguilera – Community Engagement Director

From Palm Springs, CA, Aleeah is starting her final year at UCLA as a Psychobiology major and Chicanx Studies minor, with career aspirations to help people and her community. She loves to eat spicy food, thrifting, spending time outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite musical artists include Lauryn Hill and Vampire Weekend. She is most excited about all that WYSE will accomplish this school year, and if she could tell her middle school self anything ,it would be to not worry about what others think, and to seek happiness without guilt.

Years in WYSE: 2
Year at UCLA: Senior
Major: Psychobiology, Minor: Chicanx Studies


Bableen Kaur – Programming Director

From Selma, CA, Bableen is a fourth-year Sociology major with a Disabilities Studies minor and an aspiring lawyer. Bableen enjoyed going to concerts, the beach, and online shopping. She joined WYSE because she wanted to empower and educate younger girls, and she is so excited for another great year. If Bableen could tell her middle school self one thing, it would be to stop being so self-critical.

Years in WYSE: 2
Year at UCLA: Senior
Major: Sociology, Minor: Disabilities Studies