Here you’ll find fun facts and contact information for the current PennPals board.

Layla Rashid 


Layla is a senior majoring in Economics with a minor in Hispanic Studies. She is from Danbury, Connecticut, but she spent much of her time in New York City during her childhood as well. She loves to go on long runs (surprisingly) and uses them as a way to explore different parts of Philly. Layla likes to read, travel new places, and listen to music. She and her pal love showcasing their new favorite songs together.

Amanda Chin


Amanda is a senior in the College as a biochemistry major. She has lived in the quaint town of Short Hills, New Jersey her entire life, so coming to live in a big, exciting city like Philly was quite the change. In her free time, she loves to relax and watch the Food Network constantly. And of course, she loves hanging out with her pal. They often go on walks and enjoy hot chocolate dates, especially during the chilly months in the fall and winter.

jessicaJessica Castaneda 

Activities Coordinator

Jessica is a sophomore in the Nursing school.  She is from Toms River, NJ and loves to go to the beach in her free time during the summer!  At Penn, she is part of Penn Philippine Association and works as a tutor at the Tutoring Center.  Her Penn Pal’s name is Jadyn, and they love watching movies together. Jessica loves seeing Jadyn’s new dance moves and songs.


Arjun Mahadevan

Activities Coordinator

Arjun, born outside of London, before moving to Boston, MA, is a junior pursuing a dual degree in Wharton and the College studying Math and Statistics respectively. Arjun is a huge sports fan (all Boston teams) and can be found watching Patriots games every Sunday. Outside of PennPals, Arjun is in the fraternity Zeta Beta Tau, is a Wharton Ambassador, and loves playing basketball at Pottruck.


Justin Kamerling 


Justin Kamerling (W’ 17) is a Wharton sophomore who currently plans on concentrating in Marketing and Management with a minor in Psychology.  He looks to pursue a career in advertising after he graduates.  He is from New Jersey very close to Philadelphia.  Aside from PennPals, Justin also serves as a Philanthropy Chair of Kappa Sigma, a Co-Chair of Volunteer Management for the Penn/Wharton Leadership Training Institute, and a member of UME.  Last summer he served as the Community Health and Education Program Intern for Susan G. Komen Philadelphia and as a Marketing Intern for Focus Pointe Global.  In his free time he enjoys playing sports, especially soccer, and laughing with friends.


aubreyAubrey Vinh 

Fundraising Chair

Aubrey is a junior from the small town of Long Valley, New Jersey. When she’s not Instagramming her food, studying for a BBB exam, or struggling through a session of hot yoga, you can find her at the arcade with her PennPal Chris.



pennpals picSibel Odabas-Yigit 


Sibel is a junior BBB major in the College hoping to go into medicine. She is from sunny South Florida and loves the beach. She and her PennPal, Caleb, both love to read and spend a lot of time walking through bookstores together finding new books to read. They also have big plans to make a feature film one day!



Phoebe Wang

Community Outreach Chair

Phoebe Wang is a senior in the College, where she studies Psychology and Fine Arts. In her free time, Phoebe enjoys cycling and working on art projects that include drawing old fruit or (safely) talking to strangers. She also enjoys climbing giant button sculptures with her PennPal.



Jake Watters 

Liaison Leader

Jake Watters is a sophomore economics major in the College from Dallas, Texas. In his spare time, he enjoys watching X Factor auditions, hanging out with his brothers of Pi Kappa Phi, and spending time with his PennPal. His favorite thing to do with his PennPal is explore different restaurants in Center City.


Dana Stone

Liaison Leader

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