Mission and Leadership

        

Mission

Our mission is to educate, encourage, and empower K-12 girls to excel through programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and the Arts.

 


 

Leadership

Jothi M.Ramaswamy

Founder & CEO, Chair of Board

Jothi Ramaswamy founded ThinkSTEAM in 2015. She is a rising sophomore at Lakeland High School in New York who is a strong supporter of STEAM for girls. She loves coding and science and wants to inspire girls in her community to thrive in STEAM disciplines.

Our Board of Directors

Patricia Viggiano

Patricia Viggiano joined the Board in 2015. She is the Director of Curriculum – Science at Lakeland Central School District.

Akshay Ramaswamy

Akshay joined the board in 2015. He is a student at Stanford University in the Class of 2019 studying biomedical computation. Akshay is also Director of Non-Profit Partnerships for Indians4SocialChange Inc., He is an avid supporter of environmental conservation and gender equality, and is interested in integrating activism with social entrepreneurship.

Priten Shah

Priten H. Shah joined the board in 2015. He is a student at Harvard College in the Class of 2018. Priten founded and runs United 4 Social Change Inc., a platform for a global community that works to spur social change by training young activists. He is the owner of Suddha.Marketing LLC, a small business marketing and web development firm. He is the CEO of Pain, Passion, and Pursuit Inc., a consulting company that runs projects in college admissions and non-profits.

Sujatha Sambandam

Sujatha joined the Board in 2015. She  has worked in the programming industry for over 15 years, and is a strong supporter of STEM awareness for girls.

Daniel Soosai 

Daniel A. Soosai joined the board in December 2015. He has a MBA from Wharton and MS from University of Arizona.  He currently works at Facebook as the Head of Advertising Insights. Daniel is passionate about kids education.

Lisa Wexler

Lisa Wexler joined the board in March 2018. Lisa has practiced law for over 30 years, having graduated Johns Hopkins University with Honors and the New York University School of Law. She was elected Probate Judge of the Westport/Weston district in a special election in 2013. With her mother and sister, Lisa co-wrote “Secrets of a Jewish Mother”, for which she was featured on many shows for, like The Today Show, Morning Show, Fox and Friends, CBS Early Show, Imus, and many others. Lisa also created two radio shows, “The Lisa Wexler Show” and the “Acorda Scientific Excellence Award” Program, which are broadcast on the WGCH radio station. She is a strong advocate for female empowerment and is also a co-founder of Women in Power CT, which held seminars for women looking to change their careers.

Our Advisory Board

Andrea Cupertino

Andrea D. Cupertino joined the advisory board in December 2015. She has a BS in Mathematics, BA in Computer Science, and an MA in Computer Science.  She works in the Information Technology Department of PepsiCo.  She has been extremely passionate about Science and Math.  Her other interests include reading, crocheting, exercising, and seeing Broadway plays.

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