Current Board Members

Tanya Zabalegui | Chair

Tanya Zabalegui is the Director of Special Programs for Summer Session.  Her expertise is in business development, student affairs and marketing professional. Tanya has more than 20 years of experience in the international education, entrepreneurial and technology industries.  In the past two decades, Tanya has worked as Associate Director for Engineering Sciences, and IT at the University of California, Irvine, Division of Continuing Education and the Director of Programs for OCTANe@UCI.  She also worked at  UCLA Hispanic Outreach, UCLA’s Jules Eye Institute, and at UCLA American Language Center. Tanya has  managed on-line affiliate marketing for Proflowers.com, trade shows for Digirad, award ceremonies for UCSD CONNECT and UCSD Athena. She has dabbled in entrepreneurship with her own business – importing handmade glass art from Argentina.  She was born in Colombia, but travels  frequently to Argentina to visit her husband’s family.  She is fully bilingual, Spanish-English.

Contact: tanyaz@uci.edu

Debbie Wong | Finance Chair

Debbie earned her B.A. in Business Economics with a minor in Management at UC Irvine and recently received her M.S. in Higher Education from CSU Fullerton.  Debbie has worked with international students for nearly eight years where she developed a passion in mentoring and supporting students from diverse backgrounds.  She currently serves as a Board Member for the Academic & Professional Women of UCI (A&PW of UCI) and the Asian American Pacific Islander Staff Association (AAPISA) at UC Irvine.  During her spare time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, and watching (trashy) reality shows.

Contact: Debbie.Wong@unx.uci.edu

Tiffany Le | Secretary

Tiffany graduated in 2015 from UCI with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in International Studies. Currently, in her role as a Student Affairs Specialist at UCI Summer Session,  she works closely with incoming freshman students who participate in the early start program, Freshman Edge. Her passion for youth empowerment stems from her previous work with various youth leadership programs and her involvements at UCI. As an undergraduate, she served as a Resident Advisor and a New Student Orientation Coordinator, working to create more welcoming and inclusive spaces for incoming students at UCI. In addition to her involvements on the UCI campus, she gained experience abroad, studying in Cyprus and the Netherlands. She enjoys serving as a Board Member for A&PW of UCI, as it has given her more opportunities to meet empowering and inspiring women in the community.

Contact: tiffannl@uci.edu

Rachel Christensen | Marketing Chair

Rachel has worked in higher education for eight years, taking on roles such as instructor recruitment, program development, employer relations and career counselor. Currently, Rachel is working with the Field Study Program in the School of Social Ecology. She has also worked and counseled in the K-12 system and actively volunteers for a non-profit organization where she fulfills her strong passion for working with educators, orphans and refugees in Southeast Asia by providing training and programming. She earned her B.A. in Sociology at UC Irvine and an M.A.Ed with an emphasis in Educational Counseling from Azusa Pacific University. In addition, Rachel is a new mother, paints and records music with her husband on their spare time.

Contact: rbalvare@uci.edu

Michelle Mar | Communications Chair

Michelle Mar serves as the Communications & Events Coordinator for the UCI Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences where she manages the development & execution of marketing strategies and events. Michelle possesses 7 years of marketing & communications experience from both the for-profit and non-profit industries. Her expertise is in content creation, storytelling, and website management. An experienced event coordinator, Michelle has organized and executed fundraisers, dinner galas, festivals, symposiums, and seminars for the Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County, the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, OC Pride, and Community Service Programs, Inc. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys kickboxing and boogie boarding.

Contact: marm@uci.edu