OUR TEAM

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AKSHITA

President

Hi! My name is Akshita, and I’m a junior at Santa Clara High School. I’m passionate about helping people in my community, especially kids who have special needs. I aspire to go into the medical field one day, inspired to become a doctor. My other hobbies are playing tennis, dancing, and doing art. I can’t wait to work with everyone!

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TRISHLA

Vice President

Hi, my name is Trishla Mehta and I am a junior at Irvington High in Fremont. Some of my hobbies include art, dance, and debate. I am really excited to see our organization grow and reach thousands of kids not just over the Bay Area but hopefully the entire country! I hope that this organization is a step closer to creating a more inclusive society, and I really look forward to interacting with all the amazing kids.

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PRANATHI

Director of Curriculum

Hi! My name is Pranathi, and I am a freshman at Santa Clara High School. I love music, and playing the guitar. I also enjoy reading in my spare time and playing tennis for fun. I'm really excited to help people and give back to the community.

 
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VYSHNAVI

Director of Communications

Hi! My name is Vyshnavi Katta and I am a freshman at Santa Clara High School who is passionate about computer science and biotechnology. I enjoy biking, dance, and playing the violin. The world is an imperfect place, but we can all do our part to make it a little better. Hence, I took part in Blue Bloom, I look forward to seeing what the future has in store!

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RHEA

Director of Marketing and Technology

Hi there! I'm Rhea and I am a junior at Santa Clara High School. Aside from BlueBloom, I'm also really passionate about my community and the ways I can help people around me. In the future, I look forward to pursuing a career in biomedical research, as well as witnessing the growth of BlueBloom, but for now, I'm just happy to hang out with my friends and play volleyball whenever I get a chance.

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NEHA

Director of Outreach

Hello, my name is Neha and I am currently a junior at Santa Clara High School. I love to dance, play tennis, bake(albeit not very well), and volunteer throughout the community in my free time. I am also passionate about all things science and would like to go into scientific research or the medical field in the future. I’m excited to work with students, parents, volunteers, and other potential sponsors as outreach director this year!

 
 
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MELISSA RUSHEFSKI

Advisor

Melissa Rushefski is a wellness educator who specializes in working with young people with disabilities and their families. She believes that lasting health and well-being arise from a spirit of self-worth and belonging. In addition to being an advisor to the BlueBloom team, she serves as the Executive Director of KEEN San Francisco. Melissa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Human Rights from the University of Connecticut.