Our National Directors lead new initiatives, support chapter expansion, and work in teams to ensure we can build strong and long-lasting intergenerational relationships.
Eman is studying Economics at Wellesley College. She has a passion for policy work, gender equity, and public health. After spending a summer interning for Cancer Legal Care, a nonprofit focused on helping cancer patients and their families navigate legal challenges, she developed an interest in public health policy. Through The Connected Foundation, she hopes to develop compassionate, sustainable intergenerational connections. In her free time, she enjoys reading & spending time with friends.
Bhav is studying Computer Science and Neuroscience at MIT. He is passionate about bridging disparities in access to health care & entrepreneurship in medicine. After learning about social isolation during conversations with his grandmother and senior immigrants as part of an internship with the Cambridge Health Alliance, Bhav co-founded The Connected Foundation to foster social interactions. His hobbies include cooking and dancing!
EDUCATION & ACTIVITIES CO-DIRECTOR
Darartu graduated with an A.B. in Chemical and Physical Biology from Harvard College. She currently works as a research assistant in a structural biochemistry lab, where her focus is on constructing protein-DNA conjugates. She is also interested in healthcare and education. During college, she was part of the teaching staff for organic chemistry courses and a teaching assistant for a computer science summer course in Ethiopia. Her hobbies are studying new languages, practicing chess puzzles, and listening to music.
Dominic is originally from Ft. Lauderdale, FL and graduated with an A.B. in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard College. During his time there, he advised first-year students as a Peer Advising Fellow, served on the board for the Harvard Caribbean Club and Harvard BGLTQ/Allied Students in Sciences, and completed immunology research in the Harvard Life Sciences department. He is currently on his gap year before applying to medical school. His hobbies are eating spicy chicken sandwiches, tanning by the pool, and playing with his two golden retriever dogs.
Amisha is majoring in sociology with a specialty in “Knowledge, Action, and the Public Good” as well as “Law and Society” at Bates College. She is from Millburn, New Jersey. Amisha plays Division III Golf at Bates College and is a part of the South Asian Student Association (SASA) as well. She’s also a huge lover of animals- namely because of her cats Robin and Tiny (who deserve a shoutout). She is so excited to be the volunteer director at The Connected Foundation and help this aspiring non-profit flourish! In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
ACCESSIBILITY & EQUITY DIRECTOR
Akanksha is an undergraduate Psychology student at The University of Melbourne, Australia. Having lived in India, Sri Lanka, and Singapore has shaped her international outlook and instilled an appreciation of diversity. This awareness and exploration of difference in experience has sparked her work at Connected. From working in social impact startups to user experience design- impact is close to her heart. She strongly believes in creating a world wherein the elderly feel loved, supported and celebrated each day.
HEALTH ADVOCACY DIRECTOR
Serena is studying Biomedical Engineering and Public Health as a Pre-Medical student at Harvard College. She is interested in research, entrepreneurship, STEM education, and environmentalism, and has past experience in these fields as a researcher, educator, and activist. She is passionate about healthcare equity, medicine, global health, and meaningful interpersonal relationships and hopes to help elders access healthcare smoothly and fully while educating youth volunteers. Serena is originally from Long Island, NY. Her hobbies are exploring nature, going on scenic runs, and cooking.
TECH LITERACY DIRECTOR
John is a second-year student at MIT studying Computer Science and Neuroscience. He hopes to materially improve the lives of seniors by helping them navigate complex healthcare resources and reach those who fall through the cracks.
DATA COLLECTION & RESEARCH DIRECTOR
Omkar is majoring Biological Engineering (Course 20) at MIT. Since high school, Omkar has always had a longstanding interest in the intersection of STEM and medicine. Since coming to MIT, he’s participated in a research project applying AI and data science for mental health research, which drew him to his current role at Connected.
Heeba is studying Computer Science & Economics at Wellesley College. She is currently an undergraduate researcher at the MIT AgeLab, where she focuses on longitudinal data organization. On campus, Heeba is the treasurer for both her school’s Pakistani Student Association and Muslim Student Association. She remains active in social justice issues and loves talking about politics, poetry, and philosophy. Her hobbies are playing video games with her friends and making chai.
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Evan is studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. There, he is a member of the Mobile Development Club MDB. Evan loves software engineering, quantum computing, and competing in hacking competitions. He is so excited to join the Connected team and grow the national movement!
Scott Sawaya is studying Economics and International Development at Brigham Young University. His focus is on education policy and how proven psychological practices can be used to empower learning both in the developing world and within the U.S. school system. Scott is originally from Kansas but has lived in Spain for two years, loves cooking, and is really excited to help the Connected Foundation keep growing and be successful.