Sang and Charmain were at Yale during a time when most students didn't use email, when Rose Walk was a regular thru street, and when Swing Space was a parking lot. Sang graduated from Yale with a double major in Philosophy and Religious Studies in 1993 and with an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1996. Charmain graduated from Yale with a double major in Sociology and East Asian Studies in 1995. They married in 1996 and have made New Haven their home since then. They have a son, Jonathan (age 15), and two daughters: Kaylen (age 11), and Navia (age 9). They both joined staff with the ministry in 1998 and have been directing it for the last 17 years. Charmain works part time with YSC and also part time with Bridges of Hope, a collaboration of churches serving together in New Haven.
After graduating from Yale in 2010, Lara was excited to stick around New Haven and Yale, interning for a year and then joining full-time staff in 2011. She studied history in undergrad, loving the stories of humans across time -- resonating with many of the same struggles and joys in the lives of people from different times and places and circumstances. She still enjoys reading (or nap-reading, as it often goes), from children's books about rascal pigeons or elephant and piggie friendships, to missionary biographies. She loved her four years as a part of the Yale Women's Club Soccer family, and hopes for any opportunity to kick the ball around - on the beach, street, or field. Lara loves serving up coffee or tea and baked goodies in her apartment to offer a home away from home for students -- a refuge at a sunlit dining table, surrounded by green plants, under the gentle gaze of many cows.
Baher came to Yale in 2012 and graduated in 2016 with a degree in religious studies and a self-declared minor in global affairs. As a student, Baher interned at a delirium prevention program for the elderly (mainly out of his love for old people), and a refugee resettlement agency where he translated for and helped acclimate their newly arrived Arab clients. Beyond the campus and New Haven, Baher unintentionally travelled abroad every summer for the past 5 years. He has been to more than 20 countries and is excited to go to even more places and experience more cultures (especially the far East and South America!). For this second year of ministry with YSC, Baher is excited to have his best friend, a dog named Simba, come along from Texas to be a companion and an effective tool in ministry .
Nancy graduated in 2016 with a B. A. in History. During her time at Yale, she sang with an a capella group that performed 16th century music, and was on the chinese martial arts team. She also served with her church's homeless ministry. Over the years, she’s learnt Chinese, Italian and Hebrew—her heart languages. She enjoys rock climbing outdoors and playing tennis. Though she grew up in a place that is sunny year-round, she loves New England winters and the piercing sharp enlivening cold. Her three indulgences are a good book, a good pot of tea, and a well-concealed act of mischief.
Colleen graduated in 2017 and did some studying (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) but lived most of her life outside the classroom. She was proud to call Branford her home, where she lived with her lovely roommate and fellow intern, Emily. They enjoy comedy television. She also loved playing on the Yale Women’s Soccer team, a family she grew to know and love. She’s told she’s sometimes too competitive. Weird. You’re highly encouraged to challenge her to a game of spikeball. She primarily serves in the athlete ministry, Yale Athletes in Action, and is excited to be part of this crazy fun staff team!
Emily came to Yale in 2013 hoping to learn how to make movies and find friends and is pleased to report that, upon her graduation in 2017, these dreams have been (mostly?) fulfilled, although not always in the way she assumed. On one side, as a Film & Media Studies major Emily has watched a lot of movies for class, wrote/produced a few short films with friends, and wrote her thesis on television pilots to explain away all the comedy television she watched on the side. On the other side, Emily, who grew up in Seattle, WA and moved to the Chicagoland area in high school, eventually found community and friendship with fellow Branfordians and current interns Sinclair and roommate (and best television viewing partner) Colleen. She can't wait to continue to see how film, the arts, deep relationships, and the gospel relate to each other as she serves this year. That said, her one big dream in life is to one day own three dogs -- two big dumb ones and one small one that is the boss of the two big ones.
Sinclair graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in African American Studies focused on law and political science. While at Yale he danced with Yale's bboy/breakdance crew, joined Beta Upsilon Chi Fraternity and played as many IM sports as he could. He spent a summer studying abroad in Buenos Aires Argentina and still dreams of going back. He also worked with Bridges of Hope (a local non-profit) to mentor youth in New Haven, and is excited to help students get to know and be known by this wonderful city. He enjoys hip-hop, Latin dance, martial arts and drinking Yerba Mate with friends and strangers alike .