2020-2021 Organizers

2020 Student Organizers


Vincent Haung


Vincent is a transfer senior undergraduate Civil Engineering student who will be the 2020-2021 President of TEDxUConn. He joined TEDxUConn at the start of the Spring 2019 semester because he loves watching TED Talks and enjoys listening to new ideas presented by TED speakers. One of Vincent’s favorite hobbies is running. He will run miles on end to stay in shape and feel energized when workload and stress is high in college.


Avery Bikerman

Vice President


Serena Riback

Treasurer/Website Admin

From Chatham NJ, Serena is a class of 2022 Computer Science and Engineering major minoring in Math and Spanish. Besides being involved in TEDxUConn, she is a member of the service group Honors Across State Borders (HASB), works as a physics tutor at the Q-Center on campus, and plays the violin in the UConn Symphony Orchestra. Serena can’t wait for the 2020 conference and is so excited to be the Treasurer for the 2020-2021 academic year.


Joanna Liang


Joanna Liang is a New England Scholar from Montville, CT pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. She is a mentor for the Asian/Asian American Mentoring Program (AMP). Joanna joined TEDx because she felt inspired by TED talks and wished to play a role in organizing TEDx conferences at the University of Connecticut. She will be serving as Secretary for TEDxUConn from 2020-2021.


Vivian Tang

Curation Chair

From Norwich, CT, Vivian Tang is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Pathobiology in the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources. She is expecting to graduate in Spring 2021. She works as a student technician in the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. Vivian joined TEDx because she loves to watch TED Talks in her free time.


Sucika Perumalla

Funding Chair

Sucika is a sophomore from Acton, MA. She is a STEM Scholar pursuing her degree in Physiology and Neurobiology with a Bioinformatics minor. In the future, Sucika aspires to become a neurosurgeon after medical school or neuropsychological clinical researcher. Aside from school, she is a Children’s Rights intern for the Student Coalition for Human Rights, a Social Engagement leader for the STEM Scholar board, a PATH mentor, and a regional tutor coordinator/English tutor for young adults in Syrian refugees at Paper Airplanes.


Gwangsu (Ted) Choi

Logistics Chair

My name is Gwangsu Choi and I’m a junior in Management Information Systems major in the School of Business at UConn. My expected graduation date will be May 2021. I want to have a good last year with TEDxUConn members and hopefully finish Fall 2020 conference successfully as scheduled. Fun Fact: I’m a military veteran in South Korea.


Lili Romann


Lili is a Communications and Psychology double-major from Fairfield County, CT. After doing her first freshman semester at the Stamford campus, she joined TedXUconn after her love for Ted Talks and their conceptual, enticing, randomized subject-speeches. Otherwise on campus, she is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta society, Psychology club, and is looking to work more with different Special Education programs on campus. She hopes to learn as much as possible about cognitive science. She loves Mac Miller, Drake, the Beatles, among many more. She also loves running, watching Mad Men, Entourage, and her favorite movie Good Will Hunting.


Will Roser


Hi! I am Will Roser, a student studying psychology in the class of ’22 from Hebron, Connecticut. I joined Tedx in order to have deep and knowledgeable conversation about a variety of interesting subjects, and work with speakers to make their talks shine. I enjoy the aquascaping hobby and rock climbing.


Grisela Luna Juarez


Grisela Luna is a New Haven Promise Scholar in the Neag School of Education. Grisela plans to graduate with her B.S. in Education in the Spring of 2022 and graduate with her Masters in Education in the Spring of 2023. She plans on earning her Connecticut teaching certification as well as bilingual endorsement.


Ava Zawadzki

From Cromwell, CT, Ava is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, expected to graduate in the Spring of 2024. In the future, Ava aspires to be a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist. Ava is also a member of UConn Psych Club, UConn Outing Club and Knit for NICU. Ava joined TEDxUConn because she has always enjoyed watching TED Talks, and has a bucket list goal of being a speaker at a TED event based on research she has done in her field post-graduation.

A special shoutout to the seniors who graduated spring of 2020. Unfortunately, we had to push back our 2020 event due to COVID-19. Although they will no longer be participating in our organization, we appreciate all they did to help us prepare for our 2020 conference.


Himaja Nagireddy

Former President


Caroline Sekel

Former VP


Silvanna Moran-Vargas

Former Treasurer


Jillian Devine

Former Secretary


Diante Felton

Former Logistics Chair