JAE KANG is the President of Accounting Association for Spring 2017. He was born in South Korea and came to America when he was 7 years old. He grew up in a small town called Salinas and moved to San Diego to attend San Diego Mesa College. He was heavily involved with a church in San Diego where he almost applied to a seminary to become a pastor. Eventually Jae came back to Los Angeles where he started to pursue to be an accountant. He didn’t know anyone coming into CSUN during Fall 2015, but became a member next Semester, a Director of Meetings for both Accounting Association and Association of Latino Professionals for America during Spring 2016, and an Executive Coordinator during Fall 2016. He went through Summer Leadership Programs with PwC, EY, BDO, RSM, CohnReznick, and HCVT where he received an offer from all of them. In the end, he signed with PwC and will be doing a Summer Internship with them during Summer of 2017. He loves to go hiking/running and go to Alchemist Coffee Project in Koreatown or Copa Vida in Pasadena to get work done. He is also a huge fan of LeBron James.
YOON LEE is a senior who is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Accountancy and will be graduating in the Fall of 2017. Yoon has been an active member of Accounting Association (AA) since Spring 2015 and truly appreciates the professional development and leadership opportunities AA has to offer. As Vice President, Yoon's duties include advising the President on all matters pertaining to AA operations and overseeing the Student Development and Firm Tours programs. He is also looking forward to interacting with new and transfer students so he can provide them with mentoring and guidance. Over the Summer of 2016, Yoon participated in the Deloitte Envision Leadership Conference and is extremely excited to start his internship in the audit practice this Summer. In his free time, Yoon enjoys playing golf, taking photos, hiking, and cooking.
HENRY NGUYEN is pursuing a B.S in Accountancy and will be graduating in Fall 2017. Prior to his commitment to Accounting, Henry pursued a degree in Psychology and then in Architecture at Pasadena City College. There he had juggled being a full-time student while working part-time. At one point in time, he had two part-time jobs while attending school. His vast work-experience in customer service helped him solidify his choice of career in the client-service industry as a public accountant. Since choosing to major in Accounting, Henry transferred to CSUN in Fall 2014. It was not until Fall 2015 where he had become a member in the Accounting Association. Since then, he has had the opportunity to help the association as a Membership Director in Spring 2016 and an Executive in Fall 2016. Henry is grateful to be involved in the Accounting Association since it has made a strong impact on his personal and professional growth. In Summer 2016, Henry attended Summer Leadership Programs for PwC, Moss Adams, and CohnReznick. At the same time, he obtained an early opportunity to intern at Gursey Schnieder LLP where he gained audit and tax experience. In Summer 2017, Henry will be an audit intern at PwC. Henry is currently the Controller of the Accounting Association. In his spare time, Henry enjoys watching sports, playing video games, and hanging out with friends. He is an avid NFL Madden gamer and has made the top 4% in competitive online matchmaking.
MELIA CUMMINGS was born as Meilya Reza Alexandra. She and her two siblings migrated from Indonesia to the United States in 2006 where they were adopted by their Aunt and Uncle. After obtaining an Associate degree from Los Angeles Pierce Community College, Melia transferred to California State University, Northridge in the Fall of 2015 to pursue a B.S. in Accountancy and a minor in Business Law. Prior to becoming Treasurer for the Accounting Association in the Spring of 2017, she was awarded "Best Member" in the Spring of 2016 and served as one of the Historians in the Fall of 2016. The Accounting Association is like a family to her and it has motivated her to take on more leadership positions within the organization. She will graduate and be CPA eligible with more than 150 units in the Fall of 2017. In her free time, she likes to draw anime, hike, play badminton, and enjoy a Hazelnut Ice Blended from Coffee Bean.
Executive of Student Relations
OLIVER TRINH is currently a senior at California State University, Northridge. He is a transfer from Pasadena City College and had started attending CSUN in Fall 2015. During his tenure at PCC, he was inspired by his professors at the time to major in Accountancy and had cultivated passions in learning and personal development. CSUN's Ernst & Young Leadership Seminar, its community college outreach project, and its participants who spoke at PCC on one day would transpire him to ultimately attend CSUN. He is very involved in campus activities and was members of the AA, BAP, and ALPFA in a semester. He has held multiple directorship roles for AA and BAP, Directors of Charitable Events, Monday Meetings, and Tutoring, and is a Spring 2016 Noski Foundation Award recipient. Understanding the resources CSUN has provided for him, he is motivated to develop future generations of CSUN students and is employed by the AA Executive Board to collectively haul more opportunities for students. Apart from countless study nights at cafes and campus interactions, Oliver enjoys spending time in browsing Quora and Youtube, weightlifting, practicing basketball shots, engaging in consumerism, and discovering new coffee spots.
JONATHAN REYNOSO began his academic career at CSUN as a transfer student with the intention of going into accounting. It took him ten years to finish community college due to lack of motivation and working full-time. Once he transferred to CSUN, he saw the great resources that the school provided. He would have never imagined the tremendous impact that the Accounting Association would make in his personal and professional growth. He learned that recruiting in accounting is completely different than the other majors. Earning good grades is not enough to succeed in the accounting program. He understood that he had to be a well-rounded person who can successfully manage school, extracurricular activities, and personal responsibilities. He is grateful to be a part of a program where everyone is supportive of whatever path he takes. His goal is to motivate new members on how to succeed in the program and not make the same mistake he made in his life.
MARETA VAPURYAN transferred to CSUN from high school and was undecided for her freshman year. She was born and raised in Armenia and moved to the U.S. at the age of 14. Mareta speaks 4 languages: English, Spanish, Armenian, and Russian. However, she is fluent in only 3 (English, Spanish, and Armenian). After working at a bank as a universal banker, she realized that business field was what she wanted to pursue. Therefore, she decided to major in accounting. She started networking with fellow accounting students in her Accounting 350 class (Spring 2016), when the current President, Jae Kang, caught her attention by being very active and putting together study sessions for Accounting 350 students. Attending those study sessions and networking with peers such as Jae Kang, Yoon Lee, and Ivan Pena got her interested in applying for a directorship and being a part of the Accounting Association. Mainly, because of the people on board including the Executives and Directors, she decided to get involved. Mareta was the Alumni Events Director for Fall 2016 which helped her sharpen her communication and leadership skills throughout recruiting. It was her first semester recruiting (Fall 2016) when she received internship offers with Big 4 and Mid-tier firms. PwC and HCVT extended her an offer for a Summer Internship in Tax and after several weeks, she signed her offer with PwC.