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Member Biographies | Youth Advisory Council

Romell Calloway

Romell is from Philadelphia and lives in Strawberry Mansion. He has nurtured a life-long fascination of freight trains and is passionate about anything railroad. He is a liberal arts major at Community College of Philadelphia with plans of transferring to Drexel University to pursue a bachelor's and master's degree in mechanical engineering. He would like to improve the nation's rail system. His employment goal is to work for Amtrak. Romell joined the YAC to help young riders increase their knowledge of SEPTA and improve their riding experience.

Darin Bartholomew

Darin Bartholomew is the current Student Body President at Temple University where he is a senior studying Management Information Systems. Darin grew up in East Stroudsburg Pennsylvania and is a graduate of East Stroudsburg High School South. For 7 years he interned for the school district in the IT department. Darin enjoys being involved in the political process as well. He serves as the co-chairman of the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans as well as well as the Secretary for the Philadelphia Federation of Young Republicans. In Darin's free time he enjoys cheering on his Temple Owls and reading.

Rae Hamilton

Rae, from Boston, MA is very savvy when it comes to public transportation and wants to use her knowledge and experience as an advocate for youth riders of Greater Philadelphia. As a community based youth planner in her hometown, she found that making sure the metro system, MBTA, continue to be a user-friendly service for the youth of Greater Boston and its surrounding cities was an important topic. Rae is a junior at Bryn Mawr College, majoring in International Relations. She is the Chapter President/Founder of the 12+ program, developing a college-bound culture for public urban high school students. She is Treasurer of the Palmer Foundation's Students United Around the World Campaign, a foundation advocating for at-risk children. She Walks for Hunger, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity - New Orleans Katrina Recovery and Boston Cares.

Will Herzog

Will is a junior at Great Valley High School in Malvern. He is an Eagle Scout and is active in Model United Nations, Future Business Leaders of America, and his school's television studio. Outside of school he is an avid rail fan and train enthusiast. Will believes that public transportation is the key to unlocking our region's economic potential and would like to improve the accessibility of SEPTA services for all youth. He plans to enroll in a Civil or Computer Engineering program upon completion of High School.

Jesse Hunley

Jesse was born and raised in Philadelphia and currently resides in Haddington. He is a recent graduate of the All-State Career Institute and has taken public speaking and writing courses at Community College of Philadelphia. He is interested in geography and transportation. Whether it's trucks, trains, planes or ships, Jesse enjoys them all. He is interested in roadway, port and infrastructure improvements. He believes that having the right tools in place will help make a quality transit network. Jesse joined the YAC because it provides the perfect forum to connect with others sharing an interest in transit education and improvement.

Minhee Kang

Minhee is from Montgomery County and a sophomore occupational therapy student at the University of the Sciences. She will graduate in 2018 with a doctorate of occupational therapy. As a student, Minhee considers public transportation essential. She travels the system for school, work and recreation unlike many students from the University of the Sciences who are unfamiliar with public transportation. Minhee feels that in order for students to discover the amazing historic and modern culture of Philadelphia, experiencing the SEPTA system is a must. She is comfortable assisting fellow students with their transit questions and expects to learn more about SEPTA as a YAC member. She will spread this knowledge to her friends and the USP community.

Jeff Kessler

Jeff, a Philadelphia area native and long-time rail fan, has spent many years traveling on SEPTA, four of which involved commuting to Science Leadership Academy, a magnet high school in center city. His experience comes from a multitude of sources, including interning for Amtrak, working on a variety of public transportation improvement projects, and frequent ridership of public transportation both locally and afar. Hoping to lead the next movement in transportation, Jeff is sophomore student in the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, studying Systems Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a joint-study of Business Economics & Public Policy and Operations & Information Management in The Wharton School.

Salomon Moreno-Rosa

Salomon is a 2013 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he studied Political Science and Urban Studies with a focus on public policy. An Amherst, MA native, Salomon settled in Philadelphia after graduation to pursue a one-year fellowship with the GreenLight Fund, an organization specializing in venture philanthropy. Throughout college, Salomon's undeterred passion for community development connected him with the School District of Philadelphia and Project H.O.M.E., among other public-sector organizations. Salomon brings his appetite for community engagement to SEPTA through his belief in the power of public transportation promoting tenets of city-wide accessibility and inclusion.

Anna Pan

Anna is from California's Bay Area. She is a University of Pennsylvania senior, majoring in English with a minor in Journalism. She is a member of the student acappella group Dischord and Sigma Kappa sorority. Both groups are actively engaged in fundraising for charity. Anna feels the importance of public transportation cannot be stressed enough within the communities served. The Youth Advisory Council position at SEPTA is a perfect fit for her because it integrates her interest in leadership, environmental activism, and civic duty.

Alaric Qin

Alaric is a junior in the Management and Technology program at the University of Pennsylvania studying electrical engineering, operations management and marketing. He strongly believes that effective and efficient public transportation is the primary component of a sustainable and livable urban environment. His goal during his involvement with the YAC is to make the youth and general public more aware of the diverse transportation options available to them and to encourage people to become active agents of positive change in their own community. Alaric is from Los Angeles, CA.

Max Shein

Max lives in Penn Wynne and is a senior at Hill Top Preparatory School, Rosemont, PA. He is an avid bus and rail transit fan; from the buses to the trolleys to the trains, he loves them all! Needless to say his favorite transit system is SEPTA. He joined the YAC because he felt that he could truly help encourage youth to ride public transportation. In a couple of years he wants to work for SEPTA as a bus operator, and later operate light rail vehicles.

Jacqueline Slaby

Jackie grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan. She is a junior at Bryn Mawr College, majoring in Growth and Structure of Cities. She has been involved in a number of groups on campus such as Bryn Mawr's NAACP Chapter and Sisterhood, serving as a member on the executive board in the position of Public Relations Chair and Black History Month Coordinator. Jackie also works as a graphic designer for the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Haverford College. With her experiences with advertising and marketing Jackie wants to help strengthen the relationship between SEPTA and colleges in the Main Line area through raising awareness and promoting the use of public transportation. As a Cities major Jackie is very passionate about the planning of cities and the intricacies of a city's layout, including its transportation systems. She believes the Youth Advisory Council position at SEPTA will provide a great opportunity for her to utilize her promotional skills and explore her interests of public transportation.

Anna Stepchin

Anna Stepchin is a senior at Temple University studying Anthropology and Healthcare Management. Anna joined the YAC in 2010 in an effort to participate in spreading information about SEPTA's services and developing ways of advocating for its support by reaching out to students in the city. Her first exposure to transit was at Baldi Middle school via chartered buses and continued to Central High School in Olney. Believing the best way to gain exposure, knowledge and appreciation of SEPTA from various perspectives comes from both the youth and elderly, she hopes the YAC will grow in size and influence regarding the future of transit in Philadelphia.

Drequan Taylor

Drequan is a 2013 graduate of the Science Leadership Academy (SLA) in Philadelphia. SEPTA is his primary source of transportation for school and recreation activities. He joined SEPTA's Youth Advisory Council (YAC) because he had an interest in how public transportation worked and wanted others to understand the convenience and value of public transportation. The YAC is an opportunity to work with other young people who feel strongly about public transit.

Gary Thomas

Gary is from Philadelphia and attending Community College of Philadelphia to pursue his interest in technology. He commutes to college on SEPTA and wants to promote transit use among young riders.

Jonathan Tieu

Jonathan lives and breathes Philly. One can often find him wolfing down a cheese steak on South Street or taking in the fresh air at LOVE Park. He believes that the easiest way to share these Philadelphia treasures and more with the rest of the city is through SEPTA. As part of the YAC, Jonathan hopes to make riding SEPTA contagious. Jonathan is a junior Engineering student at the University of Pennsylvania.

Niccolas Vargas

Nick is from Pennsburg, PA and is a Temple University sophomore biology major. He uses public transportation to get to work, school and to travel the city. Public transportation is an essential part of his lifestyle, without which he would struggle. He finds the new payment technology in SEPTA's future crucial and wants to be a part of the transition and excitement surrounding new SEPTA technologies and advancements.