Our Team

  • Grace Lu, President

    Founder & Executive Director

  • Ada Zhong, Vice President

    Vice President

  • Katie Huynh, Secretary

    Secretary

  • Alina Wu, Director of Media & Design

    Director of Media and Design

  • Sophia Huang, Product Marketing Manager

    Product Marketing Manager

  • Eve Zhong, Artistic Director

    Artistic Director

Grace Lu, President

Founder & Executive Director

Grace Lu is a 16-year-old runner with a passion for spreading motivation to runners of all ages and backgrounds. She truly believes that everyone has the power to positively impact the world as long as they put their mind and heart to it. Ever since joining Dougherty Valley High School’s Cross Country and Track & Field Team, running had made a major impact on her life. The highly vigorous, physically and mentally demanding sport has instilled in her the value of discipline, perseverance, and above all, compassion. Contrary to popular belief, running is not an individual sport. It involves a whole community of like-minded runners and teammates who support each other every step of the way. Grace carries these values not just on the track, but also throughout her daily life, in the classroom and also in her personal relationships.

In addition to HLFY, Grace is also the owner of a fitness jewelry company called Favorite Run that provides runners with motivation and encouragement through each of its hand-designed jewelry pieces that contain different inspirational messages. She posts daily content varying from inspirational running stories to relatable running quotes on Favorite Run’s large social media platform of over 225,000 devoted runners across Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

 

Ada Zhong, Vice President

Vice President

Ada began running cross country in her freshman year of high school, and in a matter of months, she developed a passion for the sport. The constant training involved taught her the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle, which was why she was excited when Grace asked her to be a part of the HLFY team. Ever since then, Ada has worked to increase awareness among teenagers about how critical it is to keep bodies healthy and well. She specifically has helped in the creation of the website, starting a school club, planning and brainstorming new ideas, and nonprofit jewelry sales. She hopes to continue expanding HLFY and working with her teammates to continue to advocate for maintaining one’s well-being in a time where academics and other stressors tend to push mental and physical health aside.

Katie Huynh, Secretary

Secretary

Katherine, or Katie, is currently a high-school student. Throughout elementary school she developed a mild interest in running only to have it become a major passion in her life by the eighth grade. In the summer going into eighth grade, she remembers sitting in the car and passing by the high school, watching high school students jog back towards the school. She asked her sister, “What are they doing? Why are they running in the heat?” She realized these runners were on the school’s cross country team, and adored their determination and strength that enabled them to run in such conditions. This sparked her enthusiasm to run.

By eighth grade she joined her middle school’s cross country team but was disappointed to learn that it was not taken as seriously she thought. But in high school, she was delighted to start pre-season! Cross country has taught her so many core values such as leading an active lifestyle, endurance, and keeping a positive mentality. Katie also had the chance to interact with new people and make new friends that she could stay “hi” to. Whether or not it is running, basketball, or any other sport, she believes that leading an active and healthy lifestyle, while also having a passion for it, is essential to one’s physicality and mentality!

Alina Wu, Director of Media & Design

Director of Media and Design

Alina is a dedicated student who loves spending time outside of academics making art as a creative and emotional outlet and also practicing sport fencing in local clubs. . As an epee fencer since middle school, Alina has proudly competed at Summer Nationals twice in the recent years, and it’s taught her to be more confident, sharpened her mentality, and even made her more efficient with schoolwork. Lessons learned from fencing makes Alina especially enthusiastic about the HLFY mission to advocate the importance of a balanced life and also to give back to communities in need.

Sophia Huang, Product Marketing Manager

Product Marketing Manager

Sophia lives by Einstein’s sage words, “Strive not to be of success, but rather of value.” She realizes thatsuccess or money does not define how well you did in life, but rather the people you impact, and relatedly, your happiness, and your character,defines how well you do in the game of life. Sophia, who is also an avid figure skater, believes in the importance of promoting active and healthy lifestyles to kids because it helps them live longer and better lives.

Eve Zhong, Artistic Director

Artistic Director

Eve is a high school student who believes that HLFY is a valuable organization in that it stresses the importance of physical and mental health of teens and children. In this day and age, many people seem to romanticize poor health, idealizing those who sleep two hours a night and skip meals for their academics. The teenage years are a pivotal point for growth, yet many choose to neglect their own well-being. HLFY serves as a wake-up call to these teens because health is permanent benefits – a 5.0 GPA does not. She is excited to be a part of the organization to spread the message that health is an extreme critical component of our lives.