MEET THE TEAM

MEET THE PEOPLE WHO CONTRIBUTE TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS ORGANIZATION.

Founder / President

Senior Directors

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Yijia (Annie) Zhang

Senior Director and Co-Head of HR

Hello, call me Annie! I am a Junior from Seattle, Washington and I am the Head of Human Resources at Reach For The Stars.

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Kameron Jones

Senior Director and Co-Head of HR

I am an undergraduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University, earning my Bachelors of Science in Biology. I plan to minor in Chemistry and Fashion, as well. I love all things fashion and beauty related!

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Vicky Huang

Senior Director and Team Leader

My name is Vicky, and I'm a Senior Director with Annie, Kameron, and Athena. I am also the Team Leader of the Social Media Team with Elena. I manage the different social media platforms and oversee the different departments here at Reach For The Stars.

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Athena Samonte

Senior Director

Hi there! I'm Athena Samonte, a University freshman in Canada, hoping to study Behavioural Neuroscience. When I am not studying, I am volunteering at my local hospital or working on projects for the non-profits that I am a part of.

Creative Director

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Jacob Chau

Creative Director

Hi there! My name is Jacob Chau, and I'm the Creative Director at RFTS. I'm currently a high school senior from Ontario, Canada.

Executive Assistants

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Bernie Baschkier

Executive Assistant

Hi there! My name is Bernardita Baschkier (Bernie for short) and I’m the Executive Assistant for our Founder, Inuola. Currently, I am a high school junior living in Florida, but I am originally from Argentina!

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Kyra Sunil

Executive Assistant

Hi! My name is Kyra Sunil, and I am an Executive Assistant at Reach for the Stars. I am a high school junior from California, but I was born in Seattle and have also lived in India! I enjoy science and math, and in the future I would love to study either chemical engineering or chemistry.

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Busola Olagunju

Executive Assistant

My name is Busola Olagunju and I live in Lagos, Nigeria. I am a rising freshman who loves volunteering and reaching out to people.

Administration Department

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Sonal Gupta

Co-Head of Administration Department, Team Leader of Secretaries, Tutoring Team Member

Hi everyone! My name is Sonal and I am currently the Co-Head of the Administration Department with Reach For The Stars!

Secretary Team

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Amy Park

Secretary Team Member

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Jessica Rosado

Secretary and Volunteer Hours Team Member

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Basilia Oferbia

Secretary

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Marisa Behl

Team Leader of Secretaries

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Cateyann Bernhard

Secretary Team Member

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Thuwaraka Mohanakumar

Secretary

Communications Department

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Fiona Xin

Co-Head of Communications Department

My name is Fiona, and I’m from Vaughan, Canada. I’ve always been passionate about anything in the education field, so when I found the opportunity to join this amazing non-profit, it was a no brainer!

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Karen Odugbesan

Co-Head of Communications Department and Team Leader of Outreach

Hi! My name is Karen and I’m from London, England, and currently in 11th grade! I’m the Head of Outreach.

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Outreach Team

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Devina Munjal

Human Resources Team Member, Event Planning Team Member, and Programs Team Member

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Mitali Patwardhan

Outreach Team Member

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Katie Nguyen

Outreach Team Member

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Radhika Abhishay

Outreach Team Member

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Melinda Wang

Team Leader of Programs, Outreach Member

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Zia-Grace Generette

Blogging Team Leader and Outreach Team Member

Internal Affairs Department

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Melinda Wang

Co-Head of Internal Affairs

My name is Melinda Wang and I am a high school freshman from New York City. In Reach for the Stars, I am the Co-Head of the Events Department! Along with my other co-head, Pran, I manage the programs and webinars that Reach for the Stars hosts or is involved in.

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Pranathi Divakaruni

Co-Head of Events Department, Team Leader of Programs, Tutoring Team Member

Hey everyone! My name is Pran Divakaruni and I am a current sophomore in college. I currently live in Virginia and am part of the tutoring team, specifically the email and applicant’s manager.

Event Planning Team

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Prarti Satya

Team Leader of Event Planning

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Kanthi Makineedi

Form Manager and Event Planning Team Member

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Tavisha Sharma

Team Leader of Event Planning

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Lucía Brunelli

Event Planning Team Member and Programs Team Member

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Maria Luz Harker

Event Planning Team Member

Programs Team

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Ashika Desai

Programs Team Member

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Rojin Saji

Programs Team Member

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Lucía Brunelli

Programs Team Member

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Mahek Baig

Programs Team Member

Human Resources Department

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Kameron Jones

Senior Director and Co-Head of HR

I am an undergraduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University, earning my Bachelors of Science in Biology. I plan to minor in Chemistry and Fashion, as well. I love all things fashion and beauty related!

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Yijia (Annie) Zhang

Senior Director and Co-Head of HR

Hello, call me Annie! I am a Junior from Seattle, Washington and I am the Head of Human Resources at Reach For The Stars.

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Bobo Chan

Human Resources Team Member

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Heather Guthrie

Co-Head of Resources Department, Team Leader of Tutoring, HR Department Team Member and Interview Board Member

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Caroline Kenney

HR Team Member and Interview Board Member

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Jennifer Wood

Human Resources Team Member

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Farah Nisar

Human Resources Team Member

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Srilaasya Chirumamilla

Human Resources Team Member

Media Department

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Elena Mao

Co-Head of Media Department, Team Leader of Social Media, and Interview Board Member

Hi guys, I’m Elena Mao, Co-Head of Media Department with Rijul, Team Leader of Social Media with my absolute favorite, Vicky, and a member of Interview Board!

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Rijul Rajesh

Co-Head of Media Department, Team Leader of Video Design and Programs Team Member

Hi there! My name is Rijul and I am a sophomore from Virginia. I am a Co-Head of the Media department and the Team Leader for the Video Design team.

Social Media Team

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Arrianna Dawkins

Media Team Member

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ElisaRose Padilla

Media Team Member

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Vicky Huang

Senior Director and Team Leader

Video Design

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Emma Leonard

Co-Head of Publishing Department, Team Leader of Newsletter and Video Design Team Member

Publishing Department

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Emma Leonard

Co-Head of Publishing Department, Team Leader of Newsletter and Video Design Team Member

My name is Emma Leonard and I am a senior from upstate New York. I am the Co-Head of the Publishing Department, Team Leader of the newsletter, a tutor, and a member of the Video Design Team.

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Krysta Reveche

Co-Head of Publishing Department, Team Leader of Blogging and Editor in Chief

Hi there! My name is Krysta, and I’m currently a junior in high school from Illinois. I joined RFTS because I love its mission and how we’re helping children during these difficult times.

Blogging Team

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Akanksha Nayak

Publications

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Esha Dalal

Publications

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Tamzid Razzaque

Publications

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Alexandria Redd

Publications

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Krishna Kumar

Publications

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Tanya Singh

Publications

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Esha Bagora

Publications

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Riley Wang

Publications

Newsletters Team

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Jamiyah Jackson

Publications

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Maria Carreno

Publications

Resources Department

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Hannah Oloro

Co-Head of Resources Department, Team Leader of Service Hours, Secretary

Hi! My name is Hannah Oloro and I am the Head of Volunteers and currently a sophomore at Rolling Meadows High School, Illinois.

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Heather Guthrie

Co-Head of Resources Department, Team Leader of Tutoring, HR Department Team Member and Interview Board Member

Hi, everyone! My name is Heather Guthrie. I joined Reach For The Stars back in August 2020, and I have completely enjoyed my time with this organization.

Tutoring Team

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Ayana Amin

Team Leader of Tutoring Department

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Oreoluwa Oloro

Tutoring Team Member and Honor Council

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Courtney Stringer

Senior Director of Interviews in Tutoring Team and Interview Board Team Member

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Siya Seshadri

Senior Director of Emails and Applicants Manager in Tutoring Team

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Danielle Moses

Tutoring Team Member

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Sonal Gupta

Co-Head of Administration Department, Team Leader of Secretaries, Tutoring Team Member