Curriculum Development Team

Sharon Chappell​

Advisory Board Member

Sharon Chappell, PhD, is a breast cancer survivor, teacher, and artist/writer who founded The Little Green Monster Project to support families impacted by cancer through the arts; recently began the non-profit Well-Beings Studio to provide creative arts resources and experiences to families in hardship; and works as a teacher educator at California State University Fullerton. Sharon has published a children’s book, Little Green Monster: Cancer Magic! (English/Spanish) and a book of breast cancer poems, Wet Wings. Her play, Ash and Feather: A Bird/Girl and Her Father’s Cancer, will be produced at two play festivals in Chicago and New York, 2020-2021.

Nyshae Manning​

Advisory Board Member

Nyshae Manning is a rising senior at the George Washington University in Washington, DC., studying Speech-Language & Hearing Sciences. After GW, she plans to continue on to grad school, pursuing a degree in Speech Pathology. Nyshae joined MFY because she loves working with children and is an advocate for childhood education and development. Outside of MFY, Nyshae is a musician: she loves to sing, dance, play piano, and write songs of her own. She loves making connections with new people and looks forward to working with the Advisory Board as well as the students!

Summer Kerksick​

Advisory Board Member

Summer Kerksick is a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame studying International Economics (with a focus in Spanish) and Irish Language. In the near future, Summer hopes to work for the United States government to help create policies that provide equal economic opportunities for children across the country. After working as a summer camp counselor for two years, she realized her passion for working with children. She recognized the potential they have in changing society for the better and joined MFY to give children the resources to accomplish these goals. In her free time, Summer loves to bake and blast 90’s hip hop in her car!

Ash Chandrakapure​

Advisory Board Member

Ash Chandrakapure is a student at the University of Michigan pursuing a bachelors in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. She’s impassioned to increase access to equitable education and healthcare—which she believes are the most fundamental needs to enable a thriving society. She hopes to attend medical school after she graduates from Michigan and is thrilled to be able to contribute to the Miracle for Youth mission as a member of the Advisory Board.

Henry Ojeaburu​

Advisory Board Member

Henry Ojeaburu is a rising sophomore at Stanford University, studying Mechanical Engineering. Henry joined MFY because after seeing his sibling’s remote learning realized there will be a growing need for resources for kids to learn with over the summer. He enjoyed working with children and hopes he can help to improve the academic situation of children in difficult situations. He is currently using quarantine to learn how to sketch and spend quality time with his family.

Jonathan Byrne​

Advisory Board Member

Jonathan Byrne graduated from New York University in 2018 with a degree in Business Data Science and Pre-Medicine. After working for a year and a half in Healthcare analytics and consulting he is currently living in Thousand Oaks, CA and applying to medical school. He has a strong passion for building community and finding ways to ensure all individuals have equal and equitable access to education and healthcare.

Timothy Chan​

Advisory Board Member

Tim is currently a student at Cornell University, and he loves to study health and science-related subjects. He also has a strong passion for teaching and believes that a good education is the surest way to open the door for opportunity — this is why he firmly believes in MFY’s mission! Over the past five years, he’s held numerous tutoring/TA roles, and he’s looking forward to using these experiences to team up with MFY. In his free time, Tim likes to exercise and sing songs in the shower. He also loves Disney movies. Tim is really excited to be working with MFY!

Akihiro Uno​​

Advisory Board Member

Akihiro Uno, or Aki, is a 4th year pharmacology major at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Aki wanted to join MFY because he enjoyed volunteering with SciTrek, a group dedicated to teach the scientific method to elementary and middle school.

Sydney Carra​

Advisory Board Member

Sydney Carra is a rising fourth year undergraduate at Northeastern University (Boston, MA) majoring in Chemistry and Chemical Biology with minors in both Spanish and Mathematics. She is planning on attending medical school after graduation, to pursue her dream of becoming a pediatric surgeon. She has always had a passion for science and has a patent for molecule she synthesized while conducting medicinal chemistry research at a biotech company in Cambridge, MA. As a female in STEM, Sydney hopes to inspire all young students and bright minds to pursue their dreams and to crush stereotypes and overcome the barriers society has in place for them.

Pooja Shah​​

Advisory Board Member

Pooja Shah graduated from New York University in 2020 with a major in Neural Science and a minor in Child Adolescent Mental Health. She is applying to medical schools currently and hopes to start in August of 2021. Pooja joined MFY because she enjoys working with children and understand the importance of education to a child’s development. In her free time she loves to read, go row-boating in Central Park and run! Pooja is thrilled to be a part of the Advisory Board at MFY and hopes to help children overcome the barriers to education.

Margo Bilokin​

Advisory Board Member

Margo Bilokin is a rising junior from Duke University. She is a D1 tennis player, currently on the pre-med route. She decided to join MFY because She understand the importance of education and motivation to learn. She have a brother in middle school who inspired her to join the MFY team so she can help children stay on track with their schoolwork and better understand the material taught in school. She hope to help give every child the opportunity to learn and open up many doors for them in the future.

Jenevieve Rodriguez​

Advisory Board Member

Jenevieve graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Biochemistry and Child & Youth Studies. She has a passion for improving the lives of youth through education, especially those from underserved populations. Over her college career, she gained experience in the various social worlds of children from volunteering as a teaching assistant at an elementary school, working as Behaviour Technician for children with autism, and interning at a non-profit that supports youth facing homelessness. Jenevieve joined MFY because she knows how important education is for youth and wants to support those who lack access to help.

Liam Patel​

Advisory Board Member

Liam Patel is a rising sophomore studying Economics at UC Berkeley. After college, he hopes to work at an investment bank. In his free time, he loves to resell clothing and shoes, play video games, and enjoy food and boba with his friends. Liam joined MFY because he wants to help his community during the COVID-19 pandemic. He believes that the coronavirus will negatively impact the learning of many students and wants to help diminish or erase this effect on as many students as he can. Liam also joined MFY because tutoring is often very expensive and unaffordable to many people, which is a problem that this organization is helping to fix.

Rachel Shim

Science Team Leader

Rachel Shim is a junior at Portola High School in Irvine, California. In the past, she has worked with numerous organizations to assist and teach underprivileged students, all of which taught her to value her community and to help others. She also has a very strong passion for STEM and wants to pursue this path for her future. With her former experience, Rachel decided to join Miracle for Youth to help young students find passion in education and inspire them to pursue their goals.