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.


John Ruggiero, Assistant Secretary

John Ruggiero is currently pursuing his MS in Taxation at Baruch College. John is also a certified tax preparer in VITA, which includes preparing tax returns for low and middle-income individuals. Currently, John is pursuing his CPA. John enjoys travelling, snowboarding and watching movies. John looks forward to being the Assistant Secretary of ZTAX in Spring 19, and is excited to make new friends and acquire new skills!


Lu Zheng, VP of Finance

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.


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.


Tim Donnelly, VP 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.


Suna (Jungsun) Hwang, AVP of Event Planning

Suna graduated from Baruch College with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Accountancy. She had internship positions in diverse industries during her undergraduate years such as airline, construction and trading. Shortly after her graduation, she worked as an associate at a local accounting firm for a year which, eventually made her decide to pursue a career in tax. She’s currently working as a tax consultant at Viacom and very excited to solidify her career in tax. Suna loves food, wine, travel and she’s recently into cooking exotic food at home.


Alex Kulagin, VP of Marketing

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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Benjamin Hanbury-Aggs, VP 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.


Guangya Zhang, AVP of Communications

Guangya is currently a graduate student enrolled in MSA program at Baruch College and expect to graduate in May 2019.  She came to New York four years ago from China in a 2+2 exchange program and has been working as a tax accountant for about 3 years in a CPA firm in midtown Manhattan.  Being interested in advancing her knowledge of taxation and connecting with more tax professionals and friends, she joined ZTAX and wants to make more people interested in taxation.  In her spare time, she loves painting, watching movies and exploring various cuisines in NYC.

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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! 


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.


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.


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.

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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! 


Michael Ferrandino, Committee Member

Michael Ferrandino has been a Certified Public Accountant for three years. He has been working for New York State government as a sales tax auditor for six years. He wants to join a CPA firm to assist businesses with their audits. To do this, he is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration, assisting the Zicklin Graduate Tax Society as an IT Committee Member and networking on campus. Michael enjoys running and reading in his spare time. He is looking forward to working with ZTAX and meeting new friends this semester!


Riva Zhu, Committee Member

Riva Zhu is currently pursuing her MS in Information Systems with a Concentration in Data Analytics program at Baruch College.  Previously, she has gained the MBA in Public Accountancy and MS in Taxation degrees and has been working at a mass media company as a Tax Analyst for over a year.  Riva enjoys travelling, skiing, hiking, playing volleyball and reading.  Riva is also a cat lover and wishes to have her own cats someday.  Being a new Committee Member of ZTAX in Spring 19, Riva would like to get to know more tax students/professionals and bring in more events to this diversified tax society.


Peng (Aaron) Ding, Committee Member

Peng Ding is currently pursuing his MS in Taxation at Baruch College. In May 2017, He has received MS in Professional Accounting at Fordham University. Peng has working experience as tax preparer and tax accountant during the last three tax seasons. With the reference from ZTAX, he got an excellent opportunity to work at a local CPA firm this year. He would like to meet new friends and interact with tax and accounting professionals in ZTAX.


Heifan Pau, Committee Member

Heifan Pau is currently pursuing his MS degree in Taxation at Baruch college. He works as a tax accountant at a public accounting firm preparing various tax returns and resolving different types of tax notices for clients. With his experience and strong passion, he wants to be a competent financial services tax professional. Heifan looks forward to expanding his professional network and is excited and enthusiastic to interact and assist with members of ZTAX. He enjoys searching and trying all kind of tasty food and exploring the city as well.