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.


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.


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. 


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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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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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.


Steve Park, Committee Member

Steve Park is from Korea. He transferred from Florida when he was sophomore. Then, he studied accounting at Baruch. He is in his 2nd year of MS Taxation. He joined ZTAX because most of his friends are/were members of this club so he was curious about this club. He likes sports like basketball, soccer, ping pong, pool, anything playing with balls. He really likes to listen to music but he usually doesn't remember the titles/singers. He also likes to get exposure to new culture and language exchange opportunities.

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Jordan Mentry, Committee Member

Jordan is currently enrolled in the graduate Masters in Taxation program at Baruch College.  He has almost 10 years of financial services experience and five years of trust and wealth management experience, including administration, investment management and compliance.  Jordan received is bachelor's degree from SUNY Geneseo in 2009. He holds the Certified Fund Specialist (CFS) designation, FINRA Series 7, and NYS Life, Accident & Health Insurance license. Prior to working in New York City Jordan worked int he Poughkeepsie area where he completed a year long leadership training program through the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce. He hopes to use the skills he learned there and from his career to help promote ZTAX and its excellent events. Jordan is an avid football and lacrosse fan, and he and his wife live in Queens and love to travel.