Executive Committee

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Melissa Hendershott

President

Melissa joined Minds Matter Seattle in 2014 as a junior mentor and now serves as the chapter president. 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 in the Assay Development group at the Allen Institute for Cell Science. Melissa is looking forward to helping Minds Matter continue to grow to support more students, and make Minds Matter Seattle one of the best college-prep organizations in the Seattle area.

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Katie Moran

VP of Operations

Katie Moran began with Minds Matter in 2014 as a mentor and has been a part of the executive committee since 2015, serving various roles including Director of Volunteer Recruitment, Director of Summer Programs, and currently as VP of Operations. She has been working at Adaptive Biotechnologies since 2015, currently as a Project Manager for the Discovery team. She previously worked as a Research Associate at Spectrum Research in Tacoma, WA. 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.

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Coco Liu

Director of Mentoring & Academic Planning (Senior Program)

Coco joined Minds Matter Seattle in fall 2015 as a Senior Mentor and is now Director of Volunteers. She immigrated to the United States at age 14 from China, an experience that taught her the importance of education and diversity. She holds a BBA from the University of Washington, and has worked in banking and investment management field. She is now a portfolio manager at Russell Investments.

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Aisha Wang

Director of Mentoring & Academic Planning (Senior Program)

Aisha joined Minds Matter as a mentor in 2017 and joined the executive committee the same year. She currently herds cats at Microsoft and enjoys talking in the third person. When Aisha’s not volunteering for educational organizations, she enjoys hiking, white water kayaking, cooking, baking, crafting, catching pokémon, reading, writing, playing board games, and engaging in general tomfoolery.

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Nathan Moderwell

Director of Mentoring & Academic Planning (Junior Program)

Nathan joined Minds Matter in 2015 and served as a mentor for three years, before serving as a Mentoring & Academic Director for the past year and a half. His passion in the program is finding engaging ways to help students and mentors build lasting relationships, broaden their horizons through learning, and achieve their individual academic goals. He graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He currently works as a Machine Learning Software Engineer at Facebook and as a real estate investor.

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Katherine Voo

Director of Mentoring & Academic Planning (Junior Program)

Katherine joined Minds Matter as a mentor and currently serves as Co-Director of Mentoring & Academic Planning (Junior Program). She is passionate about helping students realize their full potential and has served in a variety of mentoring, tutoring, and diversity and inclusion initiatives across the country. Katherine received a B.S. in Learning & Organizational Change and a certificate in Marketing Communications at Northwestern University in 2014 and currently works at Amazon.

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Anukul Veeraraghaven

Director of Mentoring & Academic Planning (Sophomore Program)

Anukul joined Minds Matter Seattle in 2015 as a mentor and now serves as the Director of Sophomore Academic Mentoring. He studied Math at the University of Washington and currently works as a Software Engineer at Microsoft. His goal is to share his joy for learning with the students and help them explore the opportunities that lie ahead.

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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. Shashank now works for Amazon as a Business Intelligence Engineer and supports the Amazon Go retail store business.

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Devon Harris

Co-Director of Test Prep

Devon has been with Minds Matter Seattle since its first year and is currently Director of the Test Prep program. She enjoys standardized testing a little too much and enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge with the junior classes. 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 a Manufacturing Engineer at EKOS, a Boston Scientific company, which makes blood vessel catheters that treat DVT and PE by using ultrasonic waves to clear blood clots.

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Cheryl Hammond

Director of College Counseling & Senior Enrichment

Like many of Minds Matter Seattle’s students today, Cheryl grew up in the Boulevard Park neighborhood south of Seattle, attended Highline High School, and had no idea how she was going to pay for college until she discovered the magic of need-based financial aid from generous out-of-state private colleges. Smith College, one of the original Seven Sisters, was a life-changing experience and her most affordable option—considerably less expensive than in-state! A poster child for the flexibility of a liberal arts education, Cheryl graduated with a B.A. in Women’s Studies, Sociology, and Anthropology which she promptly transitioned into a career as a software developer. She is a consultant and west regional services leader for Pivotal Labs; regularly speaks at and organizes technology conferences; and serves as chair of the alumnae admissions volunteer board for Smith. She joined Minds Matter Seattle in 2017, and is best known for waving her paper Map of US Colleges and Universities at each class at least once a year.

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Jonny Lochner

Director of Senior Enrichment

Jonny joined Minds Matter in the Spring of 2017 as a Junior mentor and currently serves as co-director of Senior Enrichment. Jonny attended Highline High School, where he currently volunteers as an assistant baseball coach. Jonny graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Economics, and was an outfielder on the baseball team. He hopes to share the lessons and values that he’s learned from the many coaches and teachers who’ve had a positive impact on his life.

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Karen Beaty

Co-Director of Math Matters

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.

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Sravan Rengarajan

Co-Director of Math Matters

Sravan joined Minds Matter in 2016 as a sophomore mentor. He mentored the same student for 3 years until she graduated and then decided to become a math co-director to continue volunteering. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering in 2014 and has been living in Seattle since. Sravan has worked as a software engineer and product manager at Microsoft and now Amazon Web Services. Although he has loved math since childhood, he spends his free time now hiking, reading, and exploring new surroundings frequently.

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Emily Eastlake

Co-Director of Math Matters

Emily is an 11th and 12th-grade math teacher-turned-software engineer who joined Minds Matter shortly after moving to Seattle from New York City in late 2017. Now Director of Math Matters and a junior mentor, she finds herself constantly inspired by the students and staff she works with at Minds Matter. Emily has a B.S. in bioengineering and mathematics from George Mason University and an M.A. in mathematics education from Teachers College, Columbia University. When she’s not working or volunteering, you can find her fly fishing in Puget Sound and hiking with her dog.

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Bob McNamara

Director of Writing & Critical Thinking

Bob joined Minds Matter as a Writing and Critical Thinking instructor in 2016, having recently retired after 30 years of teaching writing in the Interdisciplinary Writing Program at the University of Washington. In 2017, Bob joined the executive committee as Director of Writing and Critical Thinking. When he’s not working with Minds Matter, he spends much of his time writing and reading poetry. He has published three books of poems, most recently Incomplete Strangers. Additionally, he published a co-translation of selected poems of the Bengali poet Sarat Kumar Mukhopadhyay, The Cat Under the Stairs.

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Edward Wilson

Director of Summer Programs

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.

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Forrest Collman

Director of Finance

Forrest has been a mentor with Minds Matter since 2014, and is currently acting as the Director of Finance as well as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors. Forrest was born and raised in Franconia, a small town in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Forrest has an undergraduate degree in Physics from Princeton University, and a Phd. in Neuroscience and Molecular Biology also from Princeton. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University before moving to Seattle to work at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, where he is currently an Assistant Investigator. His research presently focuses on the patterns of how different neuronal cell types in the brain connect with one another.

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Omar Contreras

Co-Director of Fundraising

Omar joined Minds Matter Seattle in 2014, and mentored for three years while studying at the University of Washington School of Law. He now focuses his efforts on fundraising for the organization. Omar is an Associate at Seattle law firm Schwabe,Williamson & Wyatt, where he practices corporate domestic and international transactional law and advises social impact ventures. He and his family immigrated from the Dominican Republic to the U.S. when Omar was six years old, an experience that drove him to volunteerism focused on expanding educational opportunities for students. He graduated from Rutgers University in 2010 with a B.A. in Economics.

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Camille Yan

Co-Director of Fundraising

Camille joined Minds Matter as a Sophomore Mentor in 2018 and now serves as Fundraising Co-Director. She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Camille currently works as a Product Manager at Amazon, where she focuses on sales, marketing, and data analytics for Amazon Devices. Camille is passionate about supporting positive youth development and has served in leadership/Board of Directors roles for various youth-serving nonprofits. She is excited to help Minds Matter grow to help even more students realize their full potential in college and beyond. In her free time, Camille enjoys traveling, music, and exploring everything the PNW has to offer. 

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Julia Hodges

Co-Director of Fundraising

Julia was born and raised in Seattle. She has a B.A. in Community Psychology and Communications from the University of Washington. Soon after college, she founded a youth mentoring nonprofit. After 6 years running a volunteer based organization, she now is volunteering as a co-director of fundraising at Minds Matter Seattle. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, and backcountry skiing.

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Nancy Li

Director of Community Outreach

Nancy joined Minds Matter Seattle as a Senior Mentor in 2015 and now serves as the Co-Director of Community Engagement.  A transplant from Northern California, Nancy is pursuing her MBA at the University of Washington Seattle. She holds a Master's degree in International Environmental Policy from the University of California, San Diego, and she received her dual bachelor's degrees in International Political Economy and Chinese Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Nancy is an avid traveler, a committed foodie, and a devoted owner of a 10-year old bichon-frise.

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Liz Stone

Director of Marketing

Liz has been with Minds Matter since 2014, and currently oversees the marketing program and co-mentors a Junior student. A 2010 graduate from Seattle University with a B.A. in Strategic Communications, Liz works as the Strategic Content & Brand Manager at a local non-profit organization serving Washington’s home care aides. Off the clock, she can be found planning her next travel adventure, binging on Netflix, or kicking around her hometown.

Paul Lee

Paul Lee

Co-Director of Volunteer Operations

Paul graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a degree in Psychology and currently works as a Software Engineer for a security-tech company, Building IntelligenceThis is Paul’s third year with Minds Matter Seattle, continuing his role as an afternoon mentor and stepping into the co-Director role of Volunteer Operations with Alex Diaz. Feel free to reach out with any friends or colleagues who are interested in hearing more who being a volunteer at MMSEA and he’ll happily chat on the phone or in person!

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Alex Diaz

Co-Director of Volunteer Operations

Alex graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Communication, focused on Behavioral Communication and Cognitive Processes. Currently, Alex works as a Global Product Marketing Manager for Uber. This is his second year with Minds Matter Seattle, continuing his passion as a mentor to developing students and stepping into the co-Director role of Volunteer Operations with Paul Lee. Reach out if you’re interested in grabbing coffee or want to learn more about Minds Matter Seattle, Alex is always game to meet and interact with new individuals!

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Jesus Terriquez Camarena

Director of Technology

Jesus joined Minds Matter in 2018 as a Critical Thinking and Writing Instructor. Additionally, he supports IT and hardware initiatives on the executive committee. He graduated from Washington State University in 2013 with a degree in Economics and is a Program Manager in Digital Marketing Operations. Likes geography, helping kids overcome obstacles. Dislikes flat-Earth theories, regressive taxes.