MEET THE TEAM
meet our team of passionate students from all across the country
aiming to make a change through writing, art and design.
Iris Fan is currently a rising junior at Jericho Senior High School in New York. As a first generation Chinese-American, she seeks to bring awareness to global issues and empower Asian Americans whose voices are often oppressed in western media. She strives to educate minority youth to help them make their voices heard. In addition, she is passionate about ending stigma surrounding mental illnesses and actively works on research in this area. In her free time, Iris enjoys debate, swimming, and baking.
IRIS FAN- CO-FOUNDER & BRAND MANAGER
Kaitlyn Thitibordin is a rising senior in Jericho Senior High School, born in the Big Apple and raised on Long Island. She is a first generation Thai-American that has actively advocated for women’s rights and equality for Asian Americans and loves to write. Kaitlyn has written a book on the stigmatization of Generation Z in her book "it’s a gen z thing" in hopes to shed light on the youth she grew up around. On the weekends, Kaitlyn enjoys teaching kids how to swim and trying to keep her dad from having a heart attack while she learns how to drive.
KAITLYN THITIBORDIN- CO-FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Meet one of our co-founders and executive director Ashley Lu. She is the head of editing and is super excited to be a part of the team! She is currently a rising senior at Jericho Senior High School. She is an ambitious student who passionately participates in youth-led political organizations in her free time in order to help voice out the helpless and cause change. She enjoys listening to differing perspectives and coming up with solutions. On the side she enjoys meeting and working with new people and going to church.
ASHLEY LU- CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF EDITOR
As the youngest member of the team, Ashlyn Thitibordin is an important asset to the Project Angel Island. Innovative, resourceful, resilient, and crafty, Ashlyn is the creative core of the group and loves to spend her free time sewing and inventing. She attends Jericho Middle School and has sold homemade trinkets like stickers and charms on Etsy. Ashlyn looks forward to succeeding the cofounders once they graduate and keeping the Project Angel Island alive.
ASHLYN THITIBORDIN- CO-FOUNDER & HEAD OF PRODUCTION
Claire Lee is a rising junior at Jericho Senior High School. As a first generation Korean-American, she strives to empower Asian American youth and shed light on casual and passive racism. She is also passionate about global human rights and environmentalism, particularly in the textile industry, and takes an interest in conscious and ethical consumerism. She strives to advocate for and speak out about social change using an academic platform through debate, and is always willing to learn. Some of her hobbies include art, poetry, and administrative work.
CLAIRE LEE- HEAD OF GRAPHIC DESIGN & HUMAN RESOURCES
Jenn Baek is currently a rising sophomore attending the Jericho Senior High School. She is an avid writer and hopes to use her pieces of writing to ultimately fight prejudice and bigotry. She occasionally writes short stories and drabbles in poetry as well. In her free time, she is often found baking, reading a new novel or magazine and swimming.
JENNIFER BAEK- HEAD OF FINANCE
Rachel Park is currently a rising junior and attending the Jericho Senior High School. She has attended mission trips provided by her church to serve and help poor and lacking countries such as Nicaragua. She also expresses her generosity through volunteering as a teacher assistant at summer schools. She is passionate of providing aid for those who doesn't have a lot of access to education and basic needs. During her free time she loves to do photography, baking, and reading.
RACHEL PARK- HEAD OF MARKETING
Himani Mehta is a rising junior at Jericho High School. As a first-generation Indian-American, she is passionate about both South-Asian representation in mainstream media as well as women’s rights. Her involvement in both debate and political campaigns has given her strong speaking and writing skills, which she regularly employs to express ideas both in and out of tournaments. Himani uses her passion for women’s rights and engineering to push further representation of minority women in STEM fields. In her free time, she enjoys reading, tinkering, and performing classical music for seniors.
HIMANI MEHTA- WRITER
Jillian Miu is currently a rising junior at Jericho High school. Over the years, she has done a lot of community service opportunities. One of her favorites is a trip to the Dominican Republic to teach students English! At her previous school in Massachusetts, she was also a member of the Diversity Committee, which is a group that brings awareness to all aspects of the community in order to create a stronger, more tight-knit school. In her free time, she really likes to go for runs (xc is her favorite sport!), play the piano, and drive!
JILLIAN MIU- PRODUCT DESIGNER & GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Jackie Kwan is a rising junior at Bronx Science. With a focus on mental health awareness and uplifting the Asian community, she hopes to make a change in her community. She enjoys writing and making crafts in her free time.
JACKIE KWAN- WRITER
Felicia Quan is a rising senior at Westford Academy in Westford, Massachusetts. She is an advocate for abortion rights and racial equality and is currently writing a thesis paper about the accessibility of abortion. She enjoys drawing and designing, swimming, composing and playing music, and debate, and is a co-captain of her school’s speech and debate team and president of band.
FELICIA QUAN- GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Jing Li is a rising junior at Northern Valley Demarest High School in New Jersey, born in Brooklyn NY. She enjoys reading narratives of minorities, primarily asian Americans to be more educated on her own ethnicity. She advocates for the empowerment of asian american females by noticing and breaking harmful stereotypes. She loves to meet new people and hear their perspectives of social issues. In her free time, she bake, knit, and practice golf.
JING LI- MARKETING ASSISTANT
Sara Fan is one of the youngest members of the group. Although she is young, she is excited to be helping out whether that be coming up with new ideas or helping out with production. Her creativeness and craftiness proves useful to Project Angel Island and she has many ideas she'd like to implement in Project Angel Island. She enjoys making jewelry and dancing in her free time.
SARA FAN- PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Caleb So is a South Korean rising sophomore at Stuyvesant high school. He enjoys drawing and painting in his spare time. He believes strongly in schools making an effort to inform students about climate change through environmental education and the use of our own abilities and resources to spread awareness.
CALEB SO- GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Christine Choi is an upcoming sophomore at Jericho High School. As a member of the Project Angel Island charity organization, Christine hopes to clearly articulate and stress today’s issues about racial injustice and bring about change. In her free time, she enjoys scrolling through TikTok and playing badminton.
CHRISTINE CHOI- SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Chloé Salva is a rising sophomore at Jericho High School in New York. Born in the Philippines and having her childhood set at the bustling, contemporary city of Dubai, Chloé grew to love traveling to exciting, new places! As much as she loves to travel, Chloé is the happiest when she's writing. Being able to speak her voice through her authentic writing, she passionately strives to bring awareness to significant societal issues concerning mental health and social inequality. In her free time, Chloé enjoys taking photos and playing her ukelele.