Meet the Team

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Full-Time Team

Stephanie “Be” Buelna
Investor, BUENA Founder
2x Founder

  • Named by Business Insider as the “Entrepretraveler”
  • Traveled to over 250 destinations
  • Worked with over 100 brands in tourism and lifstyle through her media companies Lead and TravelBreak
  • Served as an advisory board member in digital marketing for Visit California, the official board of tourism for the State of California
  • Holds a B.A. in Sociology & a Minor in Global Studies from UCLA and has ten years of marketing experience
  • First generation Mexican-American. Native Spanish speaker.
  • Terribly afraid of drowning

Richard Palaima
Senior Frontend Engineer

  • Over 15 years of experience as a front-end developer
  • Co-founder of ShopYourLikes at Connexity
  • Developed multiple projects at Connexity, including Hitwise (B2B Facing Merchant Platform)
  • Additional experience in WordPress development
  • Self proclaimed renaissance man. Scientist by education, programmer by trade, artist by nature.

Collin Kennedy
Backend Engineer

  • Developed an Android application at HHMI to analyze macromolecules and nanoparticles for his research’s biochemical purposes
  • Formerly engineering and research at Roche Molecular Systems, Howard Hughes Medical Center, and David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • B.S. Biochemistry from UCLA with extensive coursework in Computer Science
  • Spent a summer in Kansas to learn to be a farmer; baffled he never got a return offer

Phoenix Trejo
 Software Developer

  • Holds a B.S. from UCLA in Mathematics
  • Completed a certificate in System’s Analysis through UCLA Extension where he took courses covering Database Systems, Computer Networks, Machine Learning, Android Development, and Software Development Practices
  • Researched solar panels and wrote Python programs to model the effect atmospheric haze had on power output
  • Built 5 apps during his time at UCLA
  • Finally getting “good” at guitar…6 years in

Anmol Jain
Software Developer

  • Founded a startup, Closr, that was part of the StartupUCLA Summer Accelerator
  • Devised an indoor navigation algorithm for one of his startups
  • Former Software Developer for UCLA Radio
  • UCLA B.S. in Computational Mathematics
  • Studied abroad in Rome for a summer
  • Can’t drink coffee because it makes him sleepy

Sarah Lang
Marketing & Business Development Coordinator 

  • Spent nine months part-time while a Senior at UCLA before joining the team full-time.
  • Previous Social Media and Marketing Intern for Abbot Kinney “First Fridays”
  • UCLA B.A. in Sociology
  • Studied International Studies at Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris
  • Former VP of Marketing for Alpha Phi Sorority at UCLA
  • Avid Earth, Wind & Fire Enthusiast

Part-Time Team

Steve Yu
Investor, Interim CFO
UCLA School of Law CFO