Lea Veloso, Director of Public Relations
Lea Veloso is a senior at Centennial High School who has been involved in JSA since her freshman year and currently serves as Co‐President of her chapter. Last year, she served as Director of Videography and subsequently attended the JSA Summer Program at Georgetown. Outside of JSA, she serves as President of Centennial Choir and is involved in Technology Student’s Association, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and other community service projects. In her free time, you can find her chilling with coffee or watching a heap load of Scandal reruns on Netflix. She looks forward to another awesome year in the Junior State and the Publicity Department!
Kano Umezaki, Assistant Director of Technology
Kano Umezaki is a senior at Centennial High School and is absolutely thrilled to be this year’s Assistant Director of Technology. Born shy and bred a pacifist, Kano had strayed from sharing her opinions as her voice became overshadowed by fear and the feeling of insignificance. Through JSA, she has realized the importance of sharing her voice and ideas in order to acknowledge contemporary issues and create progressive change.
Outside of JSA, Kano is the vice president of her chapter’s Animal Rights Club (ARC) and president of Technology Student Association (TSA) while also serving as a California TSA state officer as sergeant‐at‐arms. She is also active at her local Buddhist center as she helps interview, edit, and create films which document the organization’s major milestones. In the future, she hopes to major in film and minor in Religious or Women’s Studies in order to create documentaries/short films which call attention to undermined topics regarding the subjugation of people due to their gender, race, or political/religious beliefs.
In her free time she is probably scriptwriting, playing the guitar, watching soccer games, or seeking inspiration outside of herself and her comfort zone. As someone who has fallen in love with the Junior State, Kano is honored to be a part of this organization in which she plans to dedicate her all in this upcoming year.
Calissa Bacino, Assistant Director of Social Media
Calissa (Cali) Bacino is a senior at University High School Irvine. After her first convention during sophomore year, Cali fell in love with the organization and has attended any and all JSA‐related events since then. In this club she discovered her ability to convey her opinions and, in turn, met a plethora of students who inspired her to give JSA her all; and she did.
Since joining JSA, Cali has become the president of her school’s chapter, as well as the Assistant Director of Social Media. Combining her lifelong love of talking to new people and her enjoyment of graphic design, she has found a way to help extend the benefits and life changing abilities of JSA to a wider audience than ever before. To Cali, JSA is a place to not only express your opinions freely and meet new people, but also a place to discover who you truly are and who you want to be. Her goal this year is to help as many students as possible experience the amazing ‐ and lasting ‐ benefits that JSA has to offer.
Outside of JSA, Cali is a part of her school’s ASB as the Head of On‐Campus and Social Media Publicity and has plans to major in Business and Marketing in college. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, going to the beach as often as possible, painting (or more‐so attempting to), taking photos and traveling.
Marisa Umeh, Assistant Director of Videography
Marisa Umeh is a rising junior from Diamond Bar, CA. She loves to learn, but more than that she loves to share what she has learned through filmmaking so that it may enlighten and better other’s lives. Her film she co‐directed titled “In & On” received second runner up in the Green IS category at the Girls Impact The World Film Festival hosted by ConnectHer and the Harvard Social Innovation Collaboration. She is a host for the #LikeHer, a web series, presented by Girls Learn International in which she interviews influential women in multiple fields. On campus, she is actively involved with organizations such as Girls Learn International and JSA, and enjoys her positions on Mock Trial and yearbook. Marisa looks forward to another exciting year on the JSA cabinet as she produces thought‐provoking visuals as Asst. Director of Videography!
Cooper Lichacz, Assistant Director of Videography
Cooper Lichacz has been attending JSA meetings since the first OCSA JSA meeting of his Freshman year. Since then he has became active within his club meeting at his school and outside at state conventions. This year he took the big leap of applying for a position on cabinet. Because of his understanding of filmmaking and love for video production, he believed that the job of Assistant Director of Videography would be a strong place for him to help grow the junior state. He is very excited to serve the junior state next year doing something he loves as well as something he can do to help grow southern California JSA.
Anisha Patil, Assistant Director of Photography
Anisha Patil is currently an incoming junior at University High School and currently serves JSA as the Assistant Director of Photography. She has loved JSA since joining the club her sophomore year and loves speaking and meeting new people. In addition to JSA, she is a part of Junior Council. Anisha enjoys spending free time listening to music, taking pictures, hanging out with friends, and creating art. Anisha is excited to serve JSA this year!
Katie Smith, Photographer
Katie Smith is a junior at Irvine High School and currently serves as her chapter’s vice president. She joined JSA her sophomore year and felt inspired to become more involved with this wonderful organization since. Besides taking pictures, Katie likes to write songs, read books, watch Netflix, and listen to music 24/7. After an amazing first year in JSA, Katie is excited for her second year in the organization and looks forward to serving in cabinet!