Haejin Kang and Thomas Poelman


Haejin Kang

Haejin earned her bachelors from Cornell University majoring in Human Biology, Health, and Society. She is interested in specializing in pediatric dentistry and going on dental mission trips.

Goals: 1) not just overseeing all committee chairs but also encouraging members and being the go to person for all chairs, 2) keeping committee chairs accountable for their goals, and 3) encouraging the use of the ASDA app to make sure that all students feel involved with ASDA and are aware of all the events that different committees organize.

Thomas Poelman

Thomas is constantly hungry. Thomas is currently working on his golf swing.

Goals: 1) making sure every committee within the member services umbrella achieves everything they set out to do this year, 2) helping organize and grow the ASDA alumni directory and encouraging alumni participation at UCLA ASDA events and socials, and 3) identifying the most active and enthusiastic members within UCLA ASDA for recognition at the end of the year awards with scholarships to ASDA conferences.

Lidya Jirjis


Lidya Jirjis

Lidya has been an active member of UCLA ASDA since her first year of dental school. Lidya’s involvement with ASDA started as a subcommittee chair for the Community Service and Morale Committees. During her second year, Lidya served as the Community Service co-chair where she helped organize events that provided preventive dental services to those in need while increasing the community’s knowledge about oral hygiene. Lidya is excited to continue her ASDA involvement as the Director of Community Outreach, overseeing all community service and oral health events held by UCLA ASDA.

Goals: increasing cross-committee collaboration, hosting inter-professional community service events, and help the Community Outreach Department expand by targeting new communities and volunteers.

Holvin Louie


Holvin Louie

Prior to becoming the Director of Marketing and Media in UCLA ASDA, Holvin was the sole Website Committee Chair. During his term as Webmaster, the Website Committee won two Gold Crown awards for the third consecutive year: Best Website and Outstanding Website Design & Usability. In May 2016, the Website Committee announced the official release of the UCLA ASDA mobile app, the first technological advancement of its kind ever seen out of all of the other dental schools participating in ASDA, in order to further improve user accessibility and sharing of information.

Goals: 1) establishing a continuous stream of synchrony among all social media platforms, which include but are not limited to UCLA ASDA website and app, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, 2) maintaining effective communication among all Committee Chairs, Directors, and the Cabinet via monthly or quarterly records of goals and accomplishments within the Marketing and Media Department, and 3) assisting in any particular task within the Marketing and Media Department if any difficulties arise.