MEET THE TEAM
Director of Human Resources & Operations
Charlotte Picardo is a 17 year old student, in Year 12 from London, UK. She is currently studying Economics, English Literature and Geography for her A-Levels. She is interested in Business Management courses and hopes to pursue a career in HR, Finance or Operations. She enjoys dancing, singing, reading, painting and researching new information. She is experienced in Marketing, Recruitment, finance and writing educational articles. She hopes she can help accomplish other organisation's mission, goals and most importantly volunteer to give back to the community. Fun Fact: She has been mentored by employees from Vodafone, Onfido, Uber and HSBC. Her duties at sparkED include interviewing, screening applicants and compiling team info, structuring and implementing strategies.
Director of Programs
Eli is a junior at LASA High School in Austin, Texas. They hold the position of Event Lead currently. Eli is interested in a career in neuroscience, specifically around mental health. They like writing, especially poetry. They are also Aedile (plans events) of the Latin club at LASA. Eli is known for dying their hair a multitude of fun colors. Currently, their hair is rainbow.
Evelyne is a Junior at LASA High School in Austin, Texas. She will be working in the finance committee and is currently researching fundraising options. She wants to increase her knowledge of finance and enjoys playing guitar.
Director of Outreach
Neha Suri is a rising sophomore at Mira Loma High School in Sacramento, California. She loves to compete in Public Forum in Speech and Debate and spends her free time playing soccer. She is very passionate about helping her local community and is an active member of Key Club. She enjoys to explore technological aspects in STEM fields and hopes to pursue a career in this area. She will be creating partnerships with future speakers and is very excited to continue this journey as the Director of Outreach in SparkED!
Disha Bhattacharya is a junior at Carnegie Vanguard High School of Houston, TX, USA. As SparkED's committee, she aims to streamline communications with other organizations and businesses as well as keep SparkED thriving with ample financial support. She has two years of finance experience with other institutions. Her academic interests include biology, organic chemistry, industrial chemistry, and research. She loves fishing, board games, and food (especially desserts). Fun fact: her favorite artificial flavor is grape.
Logistics Committee and Programs Committee
Hi, my name is Jannath . I am a high school junior from Michigan (US), I am passionate about majoring in the medical field and minoring in political science. I am currently working on an internship with Cornell and University Michigan Ann Arbor. I am awarded academic scholar and working on multiple projects in advocacy, fundraising and other ways to improve society . My hobbies revolve around in political organizing, fundraising , reading, researching and cycling.
Founder and Executive Director
Paridhi (Pari) Latawa is a rising junior at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin, Texas. She is interested in exploring the intersection between tech and biology, specifically genetics. She enjoys competing in Science Olympiad and playing the viola! She loves pursuing any opportunities that involve spreading scientific literacy such as hosting talks, speaking at District Summits, and more! She started SparkED as a platform to enable the youth and future generations to make informed decisions about their futures. In her free time, Pari loves playing tennis, painting, and spending time with her 5-year-old sister!
Director of Creatives
Shivani Regan will be in 11th grade at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Texas this fall. She is the co-director of creatives and is currently focusing on creating a consistent theme and brand throughout SparkED. Shivani is passionate about graphic design, marketing, and branding and hopes to have a career in the field one day. Aside from SparkED, she also uses her creative mind to run a handmade card business!
Apoorva is an incoming 8th grader at Iron Horse Middle School in California. She is the Co-Secretary at SparkED and is currently working on the Speaker Series. Her hobbies include reading, writing, drawing, travelling, taking photos, and volunteering. When she is older, she hopes to be a lawyer. A fun fact about Apoorva is that she has volunteered over 10 hours during quarantine.
ROUND ROCK CHAPTER
Michigan Chapter Ambassador
Tanisha Panchal is a rising junior at Troy High school in Troy, Michigan and is a chapter ambassador for the Michigan branch. She and her team have been working on organizing workshops for individuals interested in astronomy by coordinating guest speakers and gaining various types of resources for her wide audience. She is highly involved with her FRC Robotics team as a student lead and leads several other STEM-affiliated clubs and activities. Tanisha is incredibly interested in astronomy and chemistry and aspires to work in those fields in the future. A fun fact about her is that she loves to cook and can play various instruments like the guitar and violin!
Michigan Chapter Ambassador
Sarvikaa Rakeshram is going to be a junior this year in Troy High School in Troy, MI and is one of the chapter ambassadors for the Michigan chapter. She has been working on starting a Michigan chapter of SparkED and has been organizing the branch and trying to help others with science interests. She enjoys STEM and hopes to pursue a career relating to the astrophysics field. Sarvikaa is involved in a lot of volunteering clubs, as well as more STEM related clubs. One fun fact about her is that she can sing and play the piano and she loves to bake various desserts.
Mentorship and Tutoring Lead
Moved by the opportunity to positively impact her community, Arya works as the Mentorship and Tutoring Lead, developing a program that achieves SparkED's goal in creating a program that offers academic support to students in need. As a senior at LASA HS in Austin, TX, Arya is interested in STEM, specifically in electronics and computer science. She hopes to one day further the innovation of new technology in the field of EECS, dismantling the barriers that often prevent students from engaging in STEM or accessing the resources that help them succeed. Arya enjoys her time listening to "Philosophize This!", Alt-Rock, as well as transcribing prison Blues songs from the 20th century.
MENTOSHIP & TUTORING TEAM
Rebecca Harshman is a junior at LASA High School in Austin, Texas. She loves working with kids, music, roller skating, and science. During quarantine she has learned to cook and make earrings
Anagha Sampath is a Freshman at Round Rock High School, in Austin, Texas. She is a Chapter Ambassador for SparkEd along with her partner Sarayu. She is hoping to bring in more Health Science related projects to this wonderful SparkEd community. Anagha has been working tremendously hard to make the Austin chapter as best as it can be. She is also involved in 8 different clubs including HOSA, Debate, Girl Up, and DECA. Anagha’s passions include dance, baking, educating others, and anything involved with healthcare. She has been an Indian Classical dancer(Bharatanatyam) for 10+ years and does in-school dance which includes Ballet, Hip-Hop, and Modern. Anagha has always had an attraction towards the medical field, specifically Dermatology. She has wanted to become one since she was just 4 years old! Anagha also LOVES working with people and is very extroverted. STEM has always been a fascination to her and hopes that SparkED will help her achieve her goals, and for her to spread her knowledge to others. She is very excited for this Austin chapter and will do anything it takes for it to thrive!
Sarayu Kommuri is a rising freshman at Round Rock High School in Austin,Texas. She is a chapter ambassador along with Anagha Sampath. She hopes to help others find a passion for science and bring more people into the SparkED community. Sarayu has always been fascinated by the Medical field and hopes to pursue a career in it. Sarayu also owns and manages a dance studio for 3 years and counting. She has been an Indian Classical dancer(Bharatanatyam) for 10+ years and does in-school dance which includes Ballet, Hip-Hop, and Modern. Sarayu is also involved in multiple charities and clubs such as Deca,Girl Up, She’s the first, Debate, and Red Cross! She would love to bring new ideas and opportunities to SparkEd. Fun Fact Sarayu loves to travel and has been to over 15+ countries!