Executive Board


Yichen Yue, President

Yichen came to New York four years ago. She is currently pursuing her Master Degree in Taxation. She is unapologetically an accounting geek and tends to cite code sections during casual discussions about tax issues. Though not too keen on American cuisine, she appreciates the variety of food that New York City has to offer. She has strong work ethic, warm personality, and easygoing demeanor. She absolutely loves dogs and plans to rescue one within a year. Most fundamental to her character are her love for learning, open mindedness, and bubbly nature.


Michael Noto, Executive Vice President

Michael is a first year MST student at Baruch. He graduated in May 2018 with a BBA in Accounting. Michael has over a year worth of tax internship experience including international, partnership, and commercial taxation. He has a desire to become a professional tax consultant specialized in international tax. In his free time Michael enjoys listening to hip-hop, skiing, and endlessly critiquing animated films.


Jing Shao, VP of Finance

Jing is in her second semester of Masters in Taxation Program. Besides, she is a Graduate Assistant and a Research Assistant. She got BBA in accounting at Baruch. Before pursuing her masters degree, Jing worked at a commercial bank. Jing passed all four CPA exams and look forward to gain enough experience to be a CPA. As ZTAX provides excellent opportunities to connect with tax professionals and peers who share same interest in tax, she would like to be part of ZTAX family, serve ZTAX and grow together with ZTAX. 


Mengjie (Melody) Yang, Treasurer

Melody Yang is an undergraduate student at Baruch College. She is majoring in Accounting and minoring in Mathematics, and her expected graduation date is June 2019. She joined ZTAX because she would like to learn more about tax, broaden her network, and enrich her experience.


Jingyuan (Heather) Li, VP of Event Planning

Heather is currently a first-year MSA student at Baruch College. Her interest in tax stems from an overseas internship program she participated in while she was still a senior in China. US taxation is a fresh and interesting topic for her. She hopes to interact with ZTAX members and gain more exposure to the tax profession while contributing to the club. Heather’s favorite sport is badminton. She likes to watch volleyball games but she doesn’t play. She is interested in photography and is now working on it.

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Tim Donnelly, AVP of Event Planning

Tim is a second-year graduate student currently pursuing his Master Degree in Taxation. His interest includes reading about politics namely about the various tax debates that happen in D.C and across the country, the economic impact of current tax bills such as the Tax Cut and Job Act along with proposals National VATs and other unique taxes such as vacancy taxes, and urban affordability proposals. When Tim isn't reading about Tax or Economics, he enjoys watching new movies, eating out at new restaurants every week and pursuing fitness goals.

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Qingqing Lin, VP of Marketing

Qingqing is currently enrolled in the Intensive Program, and she will start her master in Spring 2018. She got her Associate in Business from Bellevue College in Washington State. She decided to join ZTAX after doing VITA, hoping to get more exposures from taxation side. When she is not glued on the computer screen, she would like to explore the city and do street photo shootings.

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Yuan Yuan Cheng, VP of Social Events

Yuan Yuan graduated from Baruch in Accounting and is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Information System. She plans to pass the CPA exam before the graduation in next year 2019. She really loves movies, cooking, and black and white film photography. She also have a very cute bichon.



Hyo-joon (Joon) Kim, VP of Communications

Joon is currently studying accounting for his master’s degree here at Baruch College. Before coming to New York City, he earned his BA in Economics degree from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His career goal is to become a successful accounting professional at a public accounting firm and he believes his experience in ZTAX will be an important asset for a successful professional career. He likes going for a walk in the city, listening to music during his free time. Feel free to reach out to him via Linkedin!

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Benjamin Hanbury-Aggs, AVP of Communications

Ben Hanbury-Aggs is currently enrolled at Baruch College pursuing his Master's in Taxation whilst working as an Account Manager at Sotheby's in their Trusts, Estates & Valuations Department. Ben graduated magna cum laude from Dickinson College where he double majored in Archaeology and Africana Studies. Ben, a British citizen, enjoys traveling having lived, studied, and vacationed in over 30 countries across 5 continents. Ben is delighted to be teaming up with such a globally-minded and diverse student club.

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Yingfan He, VP of Research

Yingfang is currently a graduating senior at the undergraduate level of Baruch College. She plans to continue her study at MST program for master’s degree. She enjoys the process of thinking strategically, analytically, and conceptually with creativity, that’s why she chooses taxation. Her expected date of graduation is May 2019.


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Yoon Young Kim, AVP of Research

Yoon Young came to New York about a year ago to continue her journey in Accounting and Taxation. She is currently majoring in Taxation and expected to graduate in Dec 2019. Before coming to New York, she worked at a global accounting firm and start-up company in Korea. Those professional experiences sparked her interest in tax-related issues. As a part of ZTAX family, she is excited to learn deeply about issues in tax practice with the team members and interact with tax professionals. She loves trying new cuisines and exploring hidden restaurants in NYC.


Samantha Light, AVP of Research

Samantha Light is currently pursuing a MS in Taxation at Zicklin business school. She has a Bachlores degree in accounting. Samantha also has work experience in accounting and tax from interning at The Muse hotel. She currently works full time managing a Restaurant in New York City. Samantha looks forward to being a member of ZTAX and taking advantage of all the opportunities it can bring! 

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Kris Thiessen, Editor

Kris is currently enrolled in the graduate accounting and tax program at Baruch College.  He has 20 years of financial services experience and seven years of tax experience, including compliance, planning and controversy.  Kris began his career at Goldman Sachs, where he helped build a new proprietary investment effort, and founded investment advisory consultancy Helix Management.  He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and Enrolled Agent designations.  Kris earned his Bachelor’s degree in economics cum laude from Harvard University and his Certificate in Income Tax Planning and Reporting from New York University.  Prior to his business life, he was a principal investigator for experiments on two Space Shuttle missions.


Qing Wang, VP of Alumni

Qing is currently pursuing a MS degree in Accountancy and it’s her second semester at Baruch College. She decided to join ZTAX after she volunteered at VITA sites, hoping to interact with ZTAX members and learn more about what’s going on in the tax world. When not studying, she loves exploring the city.  Prepare for the unprepared.


Yan Chen, AVP of Alumni

Yan recently graduated from Baruch College with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Taxation. She works at a business management firm that provides tax services in the entertainment industry. She joined the ZTAX family because ZTAX provides valuable resources and connections to students. Yan is interested in learning more about tax and the different industries through ZTAX. She is a foodie and love to explore the city when she is not studying for the CPA. 


Xinyu Zhang, VP of Digital Marketing

Xinyu Zhang is currently pursuing the MS degree in Accountancy. She got her Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from Baruch last December. After spending one year working at local CPA firm, she developed a great interest in taxes. Also, She enjoys the challenge of identifying and solving problems in the work. She likes road trip and always develop good plans for vacation.


Zhimei Wang, VP of IT

Zhimei is a graduate student in Baruch College studying Taxation. She graduated in December 2017 with a double major in Accounting and BAIS (Business Analytics and Information System) from the University of Iowa. With her background in accounting and data analytics, she wants to apply her knowledge in both areas to real-world business scenarios. Prior to study at Baruch, Zhimei had data analytics project experience with Principal Financial Group, and accounting and tax working experience in a local Florida accounting firm. She was also a certified tax preparer in VITA helping low income families file their tax returns. As an absolute lover of food and cultural diversity, Zhimei fell in love with New York City at first sight.

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Shriya Gupta, VP of Membership

Shriya is currently studying in the Masters in Taxation program at Baruch College. She has experience of working with PwC India for 7 years where she was responsible for driving auditing engagements of various industries ranging from financial services, manufacturing, travel, media etc. By education, she is a Chartered Accountant and currently pursuing CPA. Shriya loves exploring new travel destinations or experimenting with food. She also enjoys playing tennis and badminton.

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Eunice (Yu Sze) Chiu, Assistant Secretary

Eunice is currently pursuing a MS degree in Taxation at Baruch College. She has tax experience in both public accounting and corporate. She worked at Baker Tilly as a winter tax intern during the past two winters and recently started working as a tax consultant at Viacom. Eunice enjoys traveling with friends and family. After she graduated from Baruch with her BBA in Accounting in Spring 2017, she took a semester off from school and travelled around Asia for two months. Feel free to get in touch with Eunice if you’re also a wanderlust! She will give you a list of places that worth travelling to!

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Alex Kulagin, Committee Member

Alex is a business professional with accounting and operations experience. He worked in such industries as real estate investment, construction sector, and manufacturing, and navigated many aspects of taxation, accounting, and risk management issues in a wide variety of subject areas. Through his experience, he became very interested in taxes and went on to pursue MS Accounting with an emphasis on taxation. Alex enjoys riding a motorcycle, listening to audiobooks (podcasts), and surfing.

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Lu Zheng, Committee Member

Lu is a candidate for Master’s degree in Taxation with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, both from Baruch College. She currently works as an accounting associate for an insurance company located in lower Manhattan. Lu enjoys studying in Taxation. She decided to join ZTAX because she was impressed by how this club organizes events so well and how friendly and thoughtful the club members are. Lu sees herself in five years is to graduate in May 2019, find a tax associate job, gain experiences, learn more about tax field and hopefully would be able to give advice to college students in the future.

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Helen Kim, Committee Member

Helen has experience as an accountant and tax professional in many industries, including financial services, construction, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. She has lived and studied in Seoul, Milwaukee and Vancouver before settling down in New York. Helen is pursuing an MS in Taxation to build a strong foundation in public accounting, especially in corporate tax.  She is striving to become a great public accountant, and believes she is on the right track by building close relationships with Baruch students, teachers and alumni. In her spare time, she likes to play tennis, rock climbing, hiking and board games (occasionally).  Her favorite city is New York!