LEADERSHIP TEAM

SWB is now recruiting!

Our Leadership Team applications are now open! We are accepting applications for all positions. The following teams are recruiting: Communications Team, Finance Team, Outreach Team, Media Team, Technology Team, Social Media Marketing Team, Management Team, and the Research Team! We're so excited!

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The Leadership Team consists of 30+ Executive Directors and Directors from all around the world. To learn more about our passionate leaders on the Communications Team, Finance Team, Outreach Team, Media Team, Technology Team, Social Media Marketing Team, and the Research Team, look below. If you're interested in joining the Leadership Team, you can apply now!

Meet our LEADERSHIP TEAM

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Tanisha Panchal

Executive director of Communications

Tanisha Panchal is a junior at Troy high school and is one of the Executive Directors of Communication for STEM Without Boundaries. She is the president for SparkED and leads her robotics team, volunteering clubs, and various other STEAM-related programs. She really enjoys cooking and watching Netflix and is interested in astronomy and chemistry.

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Sally Nakazawa

Director of Communication

Sally Nakazawa is a student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada studying Cognitive Science and Economics. Her interests include behavioral science, psychiatry, hands-on research and entrepreneurship. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis and traveling; she is looking forward to giving young students opportunities for immersion in STEM! 

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Sahithi Gokavarapu

Director of Communications

My name is Sahithi Gokavarapu and I am a rising junior at Novi High School. In school, I am involved in Robotics and tutor for various organizations such as Detroit Educational Society. I really enjoy working with kids and putting a smile on their face. Apart from school, I enjoy hanging out with my friends and cooking. My goal is to create more exposure to all the variety that the STEM field can offer!

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Farheen Hirji

Executive Director of Media

Farheen is a rising sophomore from Michigan. This is her second term on the SWB Leadership Team. She has won multiple awards in video production including an Excellence Award for the Michigan Student Film Festival at the Detroit Institute of Arts. In addition, she is a Student Council representative for the class of 2023 at Novi High School.

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Swastika Sharma

Director of Social Media Marketing 

Swastika is a rising freshman at Boston University, majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Psychology or Neuroscience. She works with COVAC as a media liaison and social media designer. She also researches the psychological impact of COVID on different ages with R.F.C. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, going outdoors, volunteering, and designing.

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 Harshita Challa

Director of Sponsorships

Hi! I’m Harshita, a current senior at Novi High School in Michigan! During my free time I love playing volleyball, spending time outdoors, and being with my family and friends! I’ve been involved in the STEM field for quite some time and am so excited to see what we can accomplish through this organization!

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Simona Hausleitner

Executive Director of Research

Simona Hausleitner is a high school senior at BASIS Phoenix in Arizona. She plans to pursue a career in medicine and STEM research, and her interests include biology, psychology, neuroscience, and environmental studies. She is also involved in activist organizations such as AZ Youth Climate Coalition and March for Our Lives AZ. In her free time, she enjoys adventuring outdoors, traveling to foreign countries, and surfing at the beach.

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Jeffrey Xu

Executive Director of Communications

Jeffrey Xu is a sophomore at Livingston High School in New Jersey.  He loves pursuing STEM through activities such as Science Olympiad, Science Bowl, Science League, HOSA, and Math Team.  He is especially interested in neuroscience and is the Co-President of his high school's chapter of the International Youth Neuroscience Association.  In his free time, Jeffrey enjoys playing the piano, trying new foods, and going on hikes with friends and family.  

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Medha Maroju

Director of Communications

My name is Medha Maroju. I’m a junior at Novi high school. In school, I’m part of various clubs such as the debate team, HOSA, and DECA. I also enjoy painting and spending time with my friends and family. 

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Shriya Rudraraju

Executive Director of technology

Shriya is a sophomore from Michigan.  She joined STEM Without Boundaries to help provide the resources to educate our youth on an overlooked field. She adores using her abilities to better the community.  

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Tanish Kalwad

Director of media

 My name is Tanish Kalwad and I am a Junior at Rochester Adams High school. I am on the varsity swim team, like to play piano and guitar, and love to watch movies. My goal is to go into a STEM related career, specifically Computer Science.

 

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Caitlin Chao

Director of outreach

Hi! My name is Caitlin and I’m so excited to be a part of Stem Without Boundaries. I am  currently a freshman data science major at Northeastern University. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, and listening to music. As a Director of Outreach at SWB, I hope to empower
women and other underrepresented groups to pursue their passions in STEM.

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Vincent L.

Director of Sponsorships

Vincent is a senior at Arroyo High School in California. He enjoys playing badminton and performing music in his free time. He is the Marching band Drum Captain and the Badminton Team Captain at his high school. He also enjoys binge watching Netflix and his favorite show is The Office.

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Nicole Liu

Director of Research

My name is Nicole Liu and I am a sophomore at Stuyvesant High School. Some of my hobbies are reading, running and writing. I am on my school’s cross country and track team and I also tutor in my free time. I am very interested in biology, specifically in the pathology of diseases and I aspire to be a nurse in the future.

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Michelle Xiao

Executive Director of Communications

Michelle Xiao is a junior at Little Flower Academy in Vancouver, BC. She is ecstatic to be part of such an amazing team and utilize her skills to make STEAM more accessible to everyone. When she’s not working hard at her computer or volunteering in her community, you can find her speaking passionately at a Model United Nations Conference, participating in a cross country meet, reminiscing about her travels, or writing poetry in her secluded room. 

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Caryn Hong

Director of Communications

Caryn is a high school senior from Plainsboro, NJ. She enjoys tutoring in math and hopes to pursue chemistry and education in the future. In her free time, she enjoys making green smoothies, playing piano, fencing, and tennis.

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Kaustubh Harnoor

Director of Technology

Kaustubh Harnoor is a junior at Homestead High School in California. He is interested in computer science and passionate about working on projects and learning more about the field.

 

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Lauren Zaidel

Executive Director of Social Media Marketing 

Lauren Zaidel is a junior at Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles, California. She loves coding, AI and machine learning, and she's interested in all things STEM! She's passionate about making sure all voices are heard - especially representing women and multiracial backgrounds in the field, being biracial herself. She's involved in silicon-valley startups, nonprofits, school clubs, and more!

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Esha Patel

Executive Director of Sponsorships

Hi! My name is Esha Patel and I’m currently a junior at Troy High School. I'm so excited to be a part of SWB again. I love playing tennis and running track. In my free time, I enjoy doing adventurous outdoor activities and hanging out with my friends. 

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Darveen An

Executive Director of Finance

I’m a junior at Notre Dame High School in Los Angeles, California. I love playing violin, and I’m co-president at my school’s Korean Club. After developing an interest in journaling and finance, I started a student-run business magazine called The Student Coffee about a month ago. I’m always excited to work with the SWB team!

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Joyce Zhou

Director of Research

Hi! My name is Joyce and I'm currently a sophomore at Thomas S. Wootton High School. I enjoy playing volleyball and reading in my free time. I love being a part of the STEM Without Boundaries team as a Research Director. 

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Rhea Sridhara

Director of Communications

Rhea is a rising junior at Salem High School, and is very passionate about STEM, especially the biomedical sciences. She is currently involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through their Students of the Year program, and serves as a board member on several nonprofit chapters. She loves working with kids, and serves as a mentor and tutor in her local community. In her free time, she loves to dance!

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Arya Kalathil

Director of Communications

My name is Arya Kalathil and I'm a senior at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Northern Virginia. I'm passionate about science, specifically psychology, neuroscience, and medicine. I am a Women In STEM ambassador and co-founded my school’s chapter, as well as write for Shattering the Stigma, a mental health initiative. I aspire to increase the accessibility of STEM opportunities for disadvantaged youth. 

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Nathan Crasto

Director of outreach

Nathan is a rising junior at Novi High School. He is participating in various extracurriculars such as, Boy Scouts, Hosa, and Soccer. As a Boy Scout Nathan is working on making Accessible gardens beds for people with physical disabilities. He is passionate about helping others and positively impacting the community.

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Catherine Jia 

Director of Social Media Marketing 

Catherine Jia is a current junior at Fayetteville-Manlius High School and is very passionate about STEM. She is the co-founder and co-president of Health Professionals of Tomorrow and is part of many other organizations. Catherine is involved in Science Olympiad, Dance Team, MUN, and other various clubs. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, sewing, dancing, volunteering, and spending time with family.

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Aiswarya Saravanan

Director of Sponsorships

Hi! My name is Aiswarya Saravanan, and I am currently a junior at Plymouth High School. I lead a club at my school called buildOn, and I am also involved in HOSA, Science Olympiad, National Honors Society, and Student Council. I love reading and dancing, and my favorite shows are Criminal Minds and Brooklyn 99! I am also very passionate about biology and chemistry, and I hope to become a neurosurgeon in the future.

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Aayush V.

Director of Finance

Hey! My name is Aayush Verma a current sophomore at Franklin High School in the Sacramento region. I am currently lead my congressional district in cancer advocacy and also participate in Boy Scouts almost attaining my Eagle Rank. In my free time I enjoy playing tennis or basketball and taking hikes, so a lot of outdoor activities interest me. 

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Prachi Fozdar

Director of Research

Prachi Fozdar is a senior at Novi High School in Michigan. She is a captain of her school’s varsity cross country and track teams in addition to being an active member and officer of her school's National Honors Society and BuildOn chapters. She is also extremely passionate about helping others realize their love for STEM related fields and aspires to pursue civil/architectural engineering.

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