Welcome to TAP-NY’s Newest Board Members!

This year, we’re welcoming three new board members to the TAP Board. To help you get to know them a little better, we asked them some quick questions…meet Emily, Jess, and Ben below!

Emily (Community Chair)

Emily

1. How did you hear about TAP and why did you decide to join the board?

I learned about TAP while I was on ITASA National Board and started going to events when I was still in college. After two years of events, I knew I wanted to get more involved once I graduated, so here I am.

2. What do you hope to accomplish in your role? New event ideas?

I hope to create even more variety in our community service events so that TAP members can give back in different manners to causes that serve their own passions.

3. What TAP event are you looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to team competition events like TAP Olympics! Friendly competition is always fun, and we had a bunch of great team events in 2014. I think my favorite was the Be the Match flip cup tournament because we were having fun for a good cause.

4. If you could meet anybody past or present, who would it be?

If I could meet anyone, I’d want to meet whoever discovered 愛玉. Who the heck thought to take the seeds of this random plant and scrub them in (mineral) water, chill it until it turned into a jelly and then eat it?? If I had to actually name someone, I’d want to meet David Foster Wallace.

Jessica Chen (Sports and Wellness Chair)

Jess

1. How did you hear about TAP and why did you decide to join the board?

I was volunteering with APEX, one of TAP’s partner organizations, and through word of mouth, I learned about TAP. A few months after that, I began playing on TAP-NY’s inaugural volleyball team, where I met a lot of incredible people. We won some games, we lost some games, but we developed a camaraderie that cannot ever be replaced. I joined the board because I want to help nurture the ever-growing TAP organization by continuing to enhance and expand its current programs.

2. What do you hope to accomplish in your role? New event ideas?

In my role as sports & wellness chair, I want to bring TAP members closer together through activities that promote a healthy and active lifestyle. As we all know, sports play an important role amongst people, be it in the form of competitive sport, physical activity, or recreational play. It’s a powerful tool, with the ability to invigorate and inspire. Like laughing, sports is a universal language that anyone in the world can understand. With all this in mind, I hope to utilize sports in order to improve the overall physical and mental wellness of the Taiwanese American community.

I aim to expand upon our current sports teams (volleyball, football, basketball, and softball), with new sports, such as dodgeball, soccer, or kickball. As for new event ideas, I would love to organize a charity tennis or ping pong tournament sometime this spring. I also want to develop wellness workshops that pique specific interests, such as yoga or massage classes, as well as implementing hiking, rock climbing, or fishing trips. Feel free to contact me if you have any ideas!

3. What TAP event are you looking forward to?
The annual ski trip. Snow much fun!

4. If you could meet anybody past or present, who would it be?
The Dalai Lama

Ben Watkins (Co-social Chair)

Ben

1. How did you hear about TAP and why did you decide to join the board?

I knew Charles Pan from Penn and had always heard about TAP through different posts and newsletters online. When I moved to New York, I naturally started attending events and was instantly hooked. Not only were TAP events so much fun, I really enjoyed meeting the people that came out. I wanted to get involved and give back to an organization that was doing really awesome things.

2. What do you hope to accomplish in your role? New event ideas?

I have big shoes to fill as Co-Social Chair, and I’m excited for the challenge. I want to continue improving on TAP’s current pillar events, making them even more unforgettable. Increasing collaborations with other NYC organizations would help give us more ideas for programming and visibility. Finally, I want increase the variety of events we have; introducing one or two bi-monthly traditions would be a great addition. I planned TAP’s Amazing Race last year, and I’m excited to build on it. Live camera crew perhaps?

3. What TAP event are you looking forward to?

The Lunar New Banquet is right around the corner, and we’ve got some pretty sick ideas cooking. Look out for updates and get your ticket early!

4. If you could meet anybody past or present, who would it be?

George Takei is truly a remarkable person, as he became both an Asian American and LGBT film icon. He speaks to so many generations, and I really admire all the advocacy work he has done.