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The Branch leadership team believes in serving others with grace, humility, love, joy, and laughter. We aim to be disciples who make disciples on the campuses of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. We welcome and encourage anyone and everyone to answer God's call to love our neighbors.

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Lisa Yang

Staff Member /

​Class of 2020 graduate, studied APMA-CS, Branch staff since Fall 2020!

Word to Describe Me: Sincere

On Branch: When I was a student unsure of where I belonged at Brown, The Branch welcomed me into a genuine community that I grew to trust and love. Now as staff I’m excited to welcome new students into our community, to help them know Christ, and to serve our campus together!

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Madeline Wachsmuth


Environmental Studies and Education '25

Verse on my mind: Isaiah chapter 43

This chapter is a snapshot of God's faithfulness and steadfast love across generations; I have returned again and again to these passages in times I've felt really anxious and uprooted and found nothing but the overwhelming peace of our Father. Our God loves you deeply; lean on Him <3 & now go read Isaiah (it's a beautiful book)!!

Fav food: Strawberry Chapstick


Sophia Smith

Core Group Leader (Gender-Inclusive)

Undecided '26

One word to describe me: Almost there! (Does that count as one word?)

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Toby Meng-Saccoccio

Vice President 

​Biomedical Engineering '24

Ideal hangout activities: Nintendo Switch games, ultimate frisbee, worship jam sessions

On Branch: These brothers & sisters are always first to encourage, challenge and disciple me in my walk with Christ, and do so with gracious love and humility. Living alongside others my own age who seek Christ has been an undeniable anchor during my time at Brown. If you're curious about Christianity or The Branch, we'd love to meet you! Hebrews 10:24-25 ✌️

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Ryan Rhew

Core Group Leader (Gender-Inclusive)

Neuroscience '24

Word to describe me: redeemed (ask me how)

How I like my coffee: black, whole black, and nothing but black


Ilana Nguyen

Core Group Leader (Women's)

Computer Science/Philosophy '26

Other Clubs I'm in: Club Ultimate Frisbee (go CoRays!) and Women in CS (go women in STEMmmm)

Fav restaurant: Heng Thai!!! Their Holy Basil dish, noodle soups, and Thai Tea SLAP


Annie Liang

Core Group Leader (Women's)

Public Health '24

Thing you might see on social media about me: I dance with Daebak at Brown!


Joel Kim

Core Group Leader (Men's)

Computer Science '25

Not-so-hidden talent: I love rock climbing! There are two great climbing gyms near campus, one on Broad St and one in Lincoln.


Yeabfikir Ayele Alemayehu

Core Group Leader (Women's)

Literary Arts '25

Favorite study spot: Ratty for food/Swearer Center for the mildly spooky vibe.

Fun Fact: My name, Yeabfikir, means the Love of God.


Phoebe Hong

Core Group Leader (Women's)

Cognitive Science '26

One thing people don't know about me: I get extremely hyped and dramatic while watching sports and analyze games and teams while they are not playing. It never shows but internally, I go overboard with fandom sometimes. 

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Tim Chen

Core Group Leader (Men's)

Neuroscience '25

One word to describe me: Overwhelming Favorite thing in PVD: Chomps Burgers and Kow Kow!


Lucy Yu

Events Coordinator

Public Health '26

One word to describe me: Thoughtful

Ideal Hangout: Boba and India Point Park on a sunny day

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Seehanah Tang

Outreach Chair


Word to Describe Me: Confused

Ideal hangout: play shengji with me


Tony Pan

Outreach Chair

Chemistry '24

Other Clubs I'm in: Global Medical Missions Alliance (GMMA@Brown)

How I take my coffee: Venti Starbucks Matcha with 2% milk, 5 scoops of powder, less ice, 3 pumps of raspberry syrup


Nikhil Reuben

Service Coordinator 

Neuroscience '26

Ideal Hangout Activity: Watching basketball Favorite Restaurant: Taco Bell


Phill Walker

Communications Chair

Painting '25 (RISD)

Word to Describe Me: Blerf

Ideal Hangout: Walk in Lincoln Woods and end the day at Tea in Sahara


Laysa Mourao

Service Coordinator

Business Economics '26

Favorite Foreign Country: Brasil🇧🇷🐎

Favorite restaurant on Thayer: Den Den Korean Fried Chicken

Yeabfikir Ayele Alemayehu

Core Group Leader (Women's)

Storytelling '26

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Yune Jee Bang

Communications Chair

Environmental Studies '24

Ideal hangout activity: We read books together in silence <3 Or have a late-night tea chat.

A good verse: "Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." Joshua 1:8.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:10-11 (NIV)

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