Meet Our Team
Our team leads eight departments and 40+ volunteers to ensure we can build strong, long-lasting, and meaningful intergenerational connections.
Bhav is studying Computer Science and Neuroscience. He is passionate about bridging disparities in access to health care & entrepeneurship 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-created The Connected Foundation to enable our senior friends to have healthy social interactions.
Hobbies: Cooking & Dancing
Wellesley College '23
Eman is studying Economics and 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.
Hobbies: Henna & Reading
TEACHING AND CURRICULUM
Darartu graduated with an A.B. in Chemical and Physical Biology. 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.
Hobbies: Studying new languages, praticing chess puzzles, and listening to music
Wellesley College '23
Heeba Nazeer is studying Computer Science & Economics. 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.
Hobbies: Playing video games with her friends and making chai
Bates College '23
Amisha Kalra is majoring in sociology with a specialty in “Knowledge, Action, and the Public Good” as well as “Law and Society”. 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!
Hobbies: Traveling, being artistic and spending time with friends and family in her free time.
DATA COLLECTION AND RESEARCH
Omkar is majoring Biological Engineering (Course 20). 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.
Hobbies: Play cards, watch sports, and hangout with friends
Harvard College '24
Serena is studying Biomedical Engineering and Public Health as a Pre-Medical student. 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.
Hobbies: Exploring nature, going on scenic runs, and cooking.
John is a first-year student at MIT studying Computer Science and Neuroscience. As the Health Advocacy Co-Director, he hopes to materially improve the lives of seniors by helping them navigate complex healthcare resources and reach those who fall through the cracks.
PR & SOCIAL MEDIA
Yale College '25
Sianna is a rising first-year prospective computer science and art major. She works at the intersection of technology, public policy, & society. She is passionate about fostering educational equity and diversity in STEM, including building technological literacy among the elderly. Sianna is inspired by the benevolent mission of Connected and hopes to contribute to this nonprofit, as well as learn from her team.
Hobbies: Writing & skateboarding
ACCESSIBILITY AND EQUITY
United World of Singapore and Southeast Asia (UWCSEA) '19
Akanksha is a motivated, engaged and inspiring individual with a passion for serving as a catalyst for change. Currently, on an exploratory gap year, Akanksha's passions lie within the convergence of Psychology, Philosophy and Philanthropy. Be it touching the lives of children born with clefts, or working for an SDG centric venture company, she strongly believes that creating a world wherein the elderly feel loved, supported and celebrated is critical to maintaining the health of humanity.
Hobbies: You will often find her on a rocky shore with Tolstoy.
University of Wisconsin-Madison '21
Mikayla is studying Nonprofit Management and Political Science. She has spent a majority of her college career working in various levels of government including community engagement for the City of Madison Library System, the Wisconsin State Senate and the White House. In addition, Mikayla has studied and collaborated with many nonprofits supporting older adult advocacy. Most note worthy, she worked with New Bridge Madison to create ‘Remembering Yesterday for Tomorrow,’ a project focused on recording the life stories of older adults.
Harvard College '20
Dominic is originally from Ft. Lauderdale, FL and graduated with an A.B. in Molecular and Cellular Biology. 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.
Hobbies: Eating spicy chicken sandwiches, tanning by the pool, and playing with his two golden retriever dogs