Executive Committee


Ann Rubin


Ann joined Minds Matter Seattle in 2013 as Mentor & Director of Summer Programs, becoming President in 2015. Born and raised in Tokyo, she is a certified college counselor and owner of COLLEGE-DO, a private college counseling service firm specializing in both local and international students. She has enjoyed working closely with each of the mentees in finding their best-fitting summer programs and looks forward to supporting even more students in the coming years. Ann obtained her B.A. in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College, an M.A. in Education from Columbia University Teachers College, and her college counseling certificate from UCLA.


Nicole Arroyo

VP of Academics

Nicole started with Minds Matter in fall 2014 as a mentor. She has previously worked with students in many capacities, including tutoring, mentoring, and teaching, but most notably as an instructor for the Talent Development Institute. She graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2012 with a B.S. in molecular bioscience and biotechnology and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in immunology at the University of Washington. Nicole is passionate about diversity initiatives and how they can be utilized in the classroom to benefit all students.


Namita Das

VP of Operations

Namita has been involved with Minds Matter since 2013 from when Minds Matter Seattle chapter started. She started as a Sophomore Academic Mentor and served for two years as Director of Volunteer Recruitment and Retention. Namita has 8 years of work experience across product management and marketing, and has worked at Microsoft, General Electric and Community Empowerment Lab (funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). She also works with The Garage, Microsoft internal incubation program, to provide guidance to internal start-ups in taking their products to market.  Namita obtained a B. Eng (Hons) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani followed by a M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.


Melissa Hendershott

Director Of Mentoring & Academic Planning (Senior Program)

Melissa joined Minds Matter Seattle in 2014 as a junior mentor and now serves as the Director Of Mentoring & Academic Planning. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in biochemistry and completed a PhD in cell biology at the University of California-San Francisco. She now works as a Microscopy Specialist at the Allen Institute for Cell Science. Melissa is looking forward to working with our second class of seniors this year, as well as an awesome group of mentors.


Malini Jagannadham

Co-Director of Mentoring & Academic Planning for (Senior Program)

Malini joined Minds Matter in 2015 as a Senior class mentor. Previously she has volunteered her time at many STEM education initiatives, including Ignite's Teaching Kids Programming events, Girls Who Code, and most notably as a Board Member at School’s Out Washington. She grew up in Chennai, India, then graduated summa cum laude from Georgia Institute of Technology, with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering while receiving scholarships from Women in Engineering. She is currently a Program Manager on the Photos App team at Microsoft, using customer data and insights to make strategic product decisions and ultimately ship products used by millions of people around the world. She supports Minds Matter’s mission and values, and is excited to guide the senior class through their college admissions process.


Joseph Buchta

Director of Mentoring & Academic Planning (Junior Program)

Joseph joined Minds Matter Seattle in early 2015 as a sophomore mentor and is now the Director of Mentoring & Academic Planning. Joseph graduated as valedictorian of his high school and received a full tuition scholarship from Wayne State University. At Wayne State, Joseph received his BA in Mathematics, BS in Computer Science, and an MS in Computer Science.  Joseph is now a Senior Technical Product Manager at Amazon Web Services working on cloud computing software.

Anukul Veeraraghavan

Director of Mentoring & Academic Planning (Sophomore Program)

Jennifer Sweeny

Director of Senior Enrichment


Devon Harris

Director of Test Prep

Devon has been with Minds Matter Seattle since its first year and is now co-directing the Test Prep program with Shashank Bharadwaj. She enjoys standardized testing a little too much and is really excited to share her passion and knowledge with the junior class this year.Devon graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2013 with a degree in biomedical engineering, moved to Seattle shortly after, and fell in love with the PNW. She is currently a Manufacturing Engineer at EKOS Corporation, where she's proud to be part of a great team making ultrasonic devices that clear blood vessel blockages to treat pulmonary embolism.


Shashank Bharadwaj

Co-Director of Test Prep

Shashank joined Minds Matter in 2015 as a Test Prep instructor and is now a co-director for Test Prep. He has been a tutor at various levels, from high school to college to his professional career. He graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and then worked as a federal consultant for IBM in Washington, D.C. Shashank moved to Seattle to work for Amazon and in his current role works as a Data Engineer supporting Amazon's device and digital businesses.


Eduardo Gonzalez-Vega

Director of Math Matters

Eduardo joined Minds Matter Seattle in 2015 as a junior mentor, and is now continuing as a senior mentor as well as Director of Math Matters. Eduardo graduated with a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington in Seattle. He then went to school in France, and graduated with an International Masters of Turbulence degree from the École Nationale Supérieure de Méchanique et d'Aérotechnique. Now Eduardo works as a Fluid Dynamicist, and looks at how fluids move and the interesting things that result from fluid flow, like air flowing around an airplane for example. Eduardo loves all things math, and is excited to share his enthusiasm for mathematics with the students.

Melissa Boone

Director of Writing & Critical Thinking



Lara Gruye

Summer Program Coordinator 
Lara joined Minds Matter as a Writing and Critical Thinking instructor in 2015. She joined the executive committee in 2016 as a Summer Program Coordinator. She currently works as a Research Study Assistant in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center. Before moving to Seattle, Lara graduated from Cornell University in 2015 where she studied Biology and French. She is excited for another great year at Minds Matter, and is looking forward to helping students achieve their goals in selecting and attending the summer programs of their dreams!


Lutong Yang

Director of Summer Programs

Lutong joined Minds Matter in 2015 as a Senior Enrichment Instructor and is currently Director of Summer Programs for the Junior class. Lutong graduated from University of Pittsburgh with a BA in finance and marketing. After college, she moved to Seattle to join Amazon.


Edward Wilson

Summer Program Coordinator

Edward joined Minds Matter Seattle as a mentor in 2014 and now serves as Co-Director of Summer Programs. As a beneficiary of services similar to those offered by Minds Matter, he felt compelled to help others reach their long-term educational and career goals. He is currently a Brand Manager at Nordstrom and holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.


Forrest Collman

Director of Finance

Forrest has been a mentor with Minds Matter since 2014, and is currently acting as the Director of Grants. Forrest was born and raised in Franconia, NH, a small town of ~1,000 people in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and attended the small public high school there, where his graduating class contained 39 people. Forrest attended Princeton University as an undergraduate, where he majored in Physics. He liked it enough to stay on for his Phd., though switched fields to become a neuroscientist. After four years working as a post-doc, he moved to Seattle to take a job as a Scientist as the Allen Institute for Brain Science, where he studies the different types of synapses in the brain and how they change during learning.


Omar Contreras

Co-Director of Fundraising

Omar is a third-year J.D. candidate at the University of Washington School of Law with a focus on in business law and social justice. Upon graduation he will join local firm Schwabe,Williamson & Wyatt as a corporate transactional lawyer. Since 2014 he’s served as a mentor and now continues to mentor as well as co-direct fundraising efforts.


Jonathan Manheim

Co-Director of Fundraising

Jonathan joined Minds Matter as a mentor in 2015 and now also serves as the Co-Director of Fundraising. He is the President of HAL Real Estate, a commercial real estate investment firm. Jonathan grew up in Seattle and received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.


Ruby Montes De Oca

Director of Alumni Relations

Ruby joined Minds Matter in 2015 serving as a sophomore mentor and now serves as the Director of Alumni Relations. She graduated from Denison University with a B.S. in Communication and Educational Studies. Ruby currently provides culturally and linguistically appropriate case management services for middle and high school youth ages 13-17 in the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) through El Centro de la Raza. Given that she was a first generation student, she is very passionate about working with students from similar backgrounds to help with bridging the knowledge gap (in regards to the "hidden curriculum") to help them thrive in higher education.


Trevor Brownd

Co-Director of Mentee Recruitment & Retention

Trevor Joined Minds Matter in 2015 as a junior mentor and is now Director of Mentees. Having an ethos rooted in meritocracy via education, he has mentored and held board positions in a number of other education centric organizations including College Bound Dorchester and Seattle University. Trevor holds an MBA from Boston University & a BBA from University of Portland. His professional career has consisted of roles in investment banking, corporate finance and institutional investment consulting, however, he is taking a time out to stay home with his son. Trevor is an avid skier, an amateur chef, a mediocre outdoorsman and a hopeless gamer.

Jay Raina

Co-Director of Mentee Recruitment & Retention


Katie Moran

Co-Director Volunteer Recruitment & Retention

Katie Moran began with Minds Matter in 2014 as a mentor for the second group of incoming sophomores. She joined the executive committee in 2015 as a summer program coordinator. She works as a Scientific Projects Coordinator at Adaptive Biotechnologies in Seattle since June of 2015, before which she was a Research Associate at Spectrum Research, an epidemiology company in Tacoma, WA from 2012-2015. Katie graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2013 with a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. During her time at UPS, she was President of the Phi Sigma Biological Honors Society, a biology course assistant, as well as an outdoor trip leader.


Theodor Trampe

Co-Director of Volunteer Recruitment & Retention

Theo joined Minds Matter as a Mentor in 2015. In 2016, he joined the executive committee as the Co-Director of Volunteering. He currently works at Amazon.com on the Office Products retail team. Theo graduated with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 where he studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.



Liz Stone

Co-Director of Marketing

Liz is the Marketing Director at a Seattle-based consulting firm, and a 2010 Seattle University graduate with a BA in Strategic Communications. She joined Minds Matter Seattle as a sophomore mentor in 2014, and today continues to mentor as well as serve as Co-Director of Marketing alongside Vikram Sundaram.


Vikram Sundaram

Co-Director Of Marketing
Vik joined Minds Matter Seattle in September 2015 as a Junior Class Mentor and is now co-director of Marketing alongside Liz Stone. Graduating from McGill University in Montreal, QC with a Bachelors of Arts focusing on Computer Science and Anthropology, he has worked as a staffer on Parliament Hill, a second language teaching assistant for Tamil students, and is currently working as an engineer at Microsoft. Particularly interested in the way technology can be used for social justice, Vik hopes that as Director of Marketing he can help empower the students to share their voices and their stories.

Kayla Harris

Event Coordinator

Niko Olsrud

Event Coordinator