Youth Leadership PROGRAM DIRECTOR AND ADVISORS

Youth Leadership Program Director

Annu Luthra
Annu’s family moved to Seattle in 1982 and she participated and performed in IACS/IAWW events from the start of the organization back in the late 1980s. As a teenager, IAWW (now IACS) was one of the platforms which gave her the opportunity to meet other kids with similar backgrounds and build lifelong friendships. Annu is passionate about volunteering to make a difference. She was the PTSA treasurer for 2 years at Newcastle Elementary and joined the IACS executive board in 2012 to give back to the community. She has served on the IACS board as Secretary, Vice President, President and this is her 7th year as the Youth Leadership Program Director. Annu started her career working at Microsoft while majoring in Marketing at the University of Washington and have held variety of roles over the years.

Email: ypdirectors@iaww.org

Youth Board Advisors

Sahara Nath

Sahara keeps herself busy as a full time employee at Nordstrom and a Computer Science student at Bellevue College. In addition, she has a passion for baking and has been running her own successful dessert catering business which has been growing over the last few years.

In her free time, she enjoys being active with soccer , working out, spending time with friends, and trying lots of restaurants.

As a child, Sahara enjoyed attending camp, and participating in the Youth Council. She is looking forward to giving back to the IAWW community through this program and working with the youth throughout the year.

Kedar Rao

Kedar studied Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology. He currently works as a Software Developer at Agilysys. He’s somewhat new to the Seattle area and loves all the nature around the city. In his free time, he enjoys reading books, watching movies, hanging out with friends, and cooking.

As a fresh face to the IAWW Youth Board Advisory and IAWW in general, Kedar hopes to bring a new perspective and insight for the Youth Board along with making some great and lasting memories.

Dhara patel

Dhara received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of Washington and is currently working as a registered nurse here in Seattle. She was born and raised in the Seattle area and went through the YC and YB program throughout middle and high school. In her free time she enjoys working out, spending time with friends and family, and cooking.

Dhara is looking forward to meeting new faces this year on YB and creating an environment which fosters learning and growing for all those involved. She is also looking forward to giving back to the community through this new advisor role.

YOUTH ADVOCACY, COUNCIL & OUTREACH Advisors

Avni Arkalgud

Youth Council Advisor

My name is Avni and I am the YC Advisor. I am a High School Senior and a Youth Board Alum
Ishaan Subramanian

Youth Council Advisor

Hi! My name is Ishaan and I am a YC advisor. I am a High School senior and Youth Board alum.
Mahima Joshi

Youth Council Advisor

Hi! My name is Mahima Joshi. I am a Senior in High School and a YB Alum.
Priyal Sahai

Youth Council Advisor

Hi, my name is Priyal Sahai. I am a High School Senior and a YB Alum.
Ananya Verma

Youth Outreach Advisor

My name is Ananya Verma and I am a YO advisor this year! I am a Senior at Newport High School. I am a Youth Board Alum. I have been part of the Youth Leadership Program for 4 years. I love to read, listen to music, spend time with my friends, and play water polo. I am so excited to be a YO advisor this year because I love meeting new kids and helping them get more involved in the community. I am looking forward to a great year!
Shivas Kumar

Youth Outreach Advisor

Hi everyone! My name is Shivas Kumar, and I am a High School Junior. This is my first year as a YO Advisor and I’m super excited! I was on YC and YB.
 I am really excited to be a YO advisor and help guide the younger kids through middle school!
Srushti Desai

Youth Outreach Advisor

Hi, my name is Srushti Desai and this is my 3rd year as a YO advisor. I am currently a Senior at Skyline High School. I am a Youth Board Alum. Some of my hobbies are painting, drawing and listening to music. I’m looking forward to meeting and working with all of the YO’s this year!
Mona Walia

Youth Advocacy Consultant

Mona has been recognized for her excellence in cultural sensitivity through healthcare: earning her a place within the community as an expert in sexual and social health care, advocacy, and education. Spending the last 20 years as a champion for Social and Reproductive justice, Mona recently became an owner of All Women’s Health in Tacoma to ensure undenied access to all people seeking healthcare services.
Erica Suy

Admin Coordinator

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Youth Board Leaders

Vani Jain
President

Hi, I am Vani Jain, and I'm currently a junior. Some of my hobbies include playing soccer, spending time with friends and family, and taking naps with my dog. My favorite movie is Pulp Fiction, and my favorite TV show is Brooklyn 99. My dream vacation would be to travel all over Southeast Asia and Japan. The top 3 items on my bucket list include bungee jumping, skydiving, and to successfully grow a bonsai tree. A fun fact about me is I know how to both ski and snowboard. This year on YB, I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone and working together to create meaningful experiences for those in and out of our community! This is my third year on the Youth Board and my fourth year as a part of the IACS YLP. My favorite camp memory would be all of CB 2021, going back to in person made me appreciate it so much more, and the memories made are unforgettable. I can't wait to see everyone at camp this year!
Harsh Bhimani
Vice President

Hi! My name is Harsh Bhimani, and I’m a junior! Some of my hobbies include working out, hanging out with friends, listening to music and shopping! A dream vacation would be to anywhere tropical like Hawaii or the Bahamas! Some things on my bucket list are to go to a music festival like rolling loud, go to the Super Bowl, and skydive one day!! A fun fact about me is that I was born in Boston!! This is my 3rd year as a YB and I can’t wait to have full camp in the summer! My favorite IACS memory has to be Garba!!
Manav Balakrishnan
Secretary

Hi, my name is Manav Balakrishnan, and I am a junior. This is my second year as a YB. My hobbies include playing soccer, robotics, practicing viola, and listening to music. My favorite movie is Cars 2. My dream vacation spot is Alaska. The top 3 items on my bucket list are skydiving, seeing the northern lights, and going to a concert. My favorite artist is Mac Miller. This year, I am looking forward to getting to know all the new YBs and working with all of them. I have been to Camp Bharat for 6 years. My favorite memory has been my entire first year as a YB.
Nihaar Movva
Treasurer

Hi, my name is Nihaar Movva, and I am a junior. Some of my hobbies include playing squash, basketball, and football. My favorite movie is Captain America: The Winter Soldier and my favorite show is either the Arrow or You. My dream vacation spot is Japan. My bucket list consists of going to the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, and skydiving. A fun fact about me is that I enjoy listening to music, and my favorite rapper is Lil Tjay. I have been to camp for 7 years, and this is my second year on YB. My favorite camp memory was the teacher room in Day in the Life. I'm looking forward to making new memories in another great year of YB.
Yash Buddhdeo
Public Relations

Hi, my name is Yash Buddhdeo, and I am a sophomore. This is my 2nd year as a YB and around my 7th year in the program. Some of my hobbies are video games, hanging out with friends, and playing tennis. My favorite show is the Good Place and my dream vacation spot is the Maldives. Some items on my bucket list are to travel to all 7 continents, start my own company, and to make a non profit organization. A fun fact about me is that I have a second degree black belt in Taekwondo. I have loved going to camp throughout my life and I hope to continue my adventure as a YB this year by making meaningful friendships with everyone!
Aarav Khanna
YC Lead

Hi, my name is Aarav Khanna, and I am a junior going into my second year as a part of the IACS Youth Board. This will also be my sixth year attending Camp Bharat. I am really excited to get to know all my fellow YBs, make lots of fun memories, and to have a fantastic Camp this year! In my spare time, I like to play soccer (both for my school and with a club), cook, play video games, hang out with friends, play with my puppy, and practice my violin. I am thrilled for this year and cannot wait to interact with campers and create memories that will last forever!
Kamya Raman
YC Lead

Hi, my name is Kamya Raman, and I am a junior and a second year YB. Some of my hobbies include dance, lacrosse, listening to music and spending time with my friends. My favorite TV show is Parks and Rec and my dream vacation spot is New Zealand. I have been going to camp for 6 years and my favorite camp memory is when a camper complimented my face paint skills during carnival. I am looking forward to a great year and I am super excited for camp!
Shivam Singhal
YC Lead

Hi, my name is Shivam Singhal, and I am a junior. This would be my first year as a Youth Board member and I am super excited for this year! I love playing video games and going on hikes with my friends. My favorite camp memories are meeting amazing people and playing sports in the sun. I am extremely excited for this year of YB and camp!
Akila Attringal
Youth Outreach Lead

Hi, I am Akila Attringal, and I am a sophomore. In my free time, I hang out with my friends, go on runs or nap. My favorite tv show is Modern Family and my favorite movie is Up. This is my first year on YB and my favorite memory from camp is campfire night. One thing on my bucket list is exploring a new country with a pretend identity. I couldn't be more excited for what this year holds!
Jia Shah
Youth Outreach Lead

Hi, my name is Jia Shah, and I am a sophomore. This is my first year on the Youth Board. Some of my hobbies include track and field, snowboarding, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. One day I'd love to visit Greece. My favorite TV show at the moment is The Originals. I have been going to camp for five years, and my favorite camp memory is making it to the sports finals my first year at camp and making new friends! I am looking forward to a fun and exciting year on the Youth Board!
Rohan Saraiya
Youth Outreach Lead

Hi, my name is Rohan Saraiya, and I am a sophomore. This will be my seventh year going to camp and my first year on YB. Some of my hobbies include hanging out with friends, playing sports, listening to music, and being outside. One of my favorite movies is Home Alone, and some of my favorite music artists would have to be Yo-Yo Ma and NBA Youngboy. If I could choose one place to visit, I would pick New York because the food there looks unbelievable. Some of my favorite camp memories are campfire and late-night talks in Room 35. I can’t wait for CB 2022, and I’m looking forward to making a positive impact on the community this year!
Shivas Kumar
Youth Outreach Lead

Hi I’m Shivas Kumar! I’m a junior in high school. My favorite movie is Fast and Furious Tokyo drift and my dream vacation spot is the Bahamas! The top 3 items on my bucket list are: skydiving, flying an airplane, and dunking on Lebron. My hobbies are: playing football, purchasing shoes, binging tv shows, and surfing. Camp was a blast last year so i’m looking forward to the upcoming Camp Bharat 2022. This would be my second year on the Youth Board and my favorite camp memories are winning in Kabbadi. One fun fact about me is that I’m obsessed with listening to music! !
Aayush Talati
Social Media Chair

Hello, my name is Aayush Talati, and I am currently a junior. This will be my third year in the IACS Youth Leadership Program and my second year as a Youth Board member. I am an avid cyclist and over the summer, you would see me biking everywhere, whether it be on the country roads to Monroe, or across the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge over Lake Washington. Over the summer, I was an instructor at a summer camp where we taught kids how to ride bikes. Somewhere I want to visit on vacation is France. I have always wanted to visit Paris and see the Eiffel Tower; I also want to watch the Tour De France bike race in person. My favorite shows are Cobra Kai and Stranger Things. Currently, my favorite movie is Ghostbusters: Afterlife. I have gone to Camp Bharat for the last three years, and each year was filled with life-long memories. My favorite memory at camp was playing sports with my group and bonding with them. I look forward to being more involved with the community, and just an overall amazing year of being a part of the Youth Board. I am also excited for hopefully an in-person Camp Bharat.
 Mahima Vadlamani
Scribe Chair

Hi, my name is Mahima Vadlamani, and I am a junior. This is my third year on YB and I’m so excited! Some of my hobbies include reading, watching TV, and hanging out with my friends. My favorite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy and a fun fact about me is that I can sing the alphabet backwards. My dream vacation is to go to Morocco and three things on my bucket list are to go skydiving, backpacking, and to Australia. My favorite camp memories are getting to hang out with friends and I can’t wait for an amazing year!
Sanjana Nath
Accounting Chair

Hi, my name is Sanjana Nath, I am a Junior, and this is my second year on the Youth Board. I love to play tennis for my school and enjoy being a part of my school's DECA and ASB programs. I am also a Sales Associate at Nordstrom. My favorite TV show is Friday Night Lights. If I could go on any vacation, I would definitely go to Greece to swim in the Mediterranean Sea. My top bucket list Items include: going backpacking through Europe, studying abroad in a foreign country, and learning another language.This is my 8th year in the IACS programs and my favorite camp memory is winning camp sports as a YB last year. I am really looking forward to coming up with innovative and fun ways to do our projects while working around the pandemic and of course Camp and its planning!
Drithi Doreswamy
Youth Board Photographer

Hi, my name is Drithi Doreswamy, and I'm a sophomore. This will be my first year on the Youth Board, and my second year as part of the Youth Leadership Program. Some hobbies I enjoy include piano, karate, reading, playing French Horn in BYSO, and swimming. I also run a tutoring club at school for tutoring elementary and middle school students. One of my favorite TV shows is Shadow and Bone. Somewhere I would love to visit is London, because of all the amazing architecture and landmarks. This year on YB, I'm looking forward to helping the community through projects and making camp a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone!
Rishi Lakshminarayanan
Youth Board Photographer

Hi! My name is Rishi Lakshminarayanan, and I'm currently a sophomore. This is my first year on the Youth Board, but I've been a part of the IACS Youth Leadership Program since I was in seventh grade. I love camp because, for a few days each summer, the only thing on my mind is having fun, whether that's through sports, workshops, or just making new friends. In my free time, I like to take photos and play chess. My favorite movie is Black Panther, although I love all the Marvel movies. An interesting fact about me is that my birthday is on Christmas Eve. This year, I'm looking forward to giving campers an exciting experience and memories that they will cherish.
Yash Bhandari
Youth Board Photographer

Hi, my name is Yash Bhandari and I am currently in 11th grade. Some of my hobbies include running, playing soccer, snowboarding, and cooking. For me, my favorite show would have to be a tie between The Office, and Psych. My dream spot for a vacation is a trip to the Alps, where I would snowboard every day. The top three items on my bucket list are driving an F1 car, sky diving, and attending a World Cup game. This is my second year on the IACS Youth Leadership Program, and my first year as a member of the Youth Board. My favorite camp memory was when I pied my YB in the face after winning a raffle. I’m looking forward to meeting new people, and changing my community for the better!
Aakash Banerji
Youth Board

Hi, my name is Aakash Banerji, and I am currently in 11th grade. Some of my hobbies include reading books, tutoring, and working out/playing basketball with my friends. My favorite show is Attack on Titan and my dream vacation spot is likely Hawaii, with all its beaches. Some items on my bucket list are going scuba diving, seeing the Burj Khalifa, and going on a cruise to Alaska. While I enjoy a wide variety of cuisine, I'd say my favorite food is sushi. I have been a part of YC for two years and this will be my second year as a YB. I'm most looking forward to bonding with all the new YBs this year. My favorite camp memory is sitting around the campfire with all my friends listening to scary stories.
Aasha Parikh
Youth Board

Hi, my name is Aasha Parikh, and I am a freshman. This is my first year as a YB and I am super excited for camp! Some hobbies I have are playing sports, hanging out with friends and drawing. I’ve been going to camp for four years and I always have a lot of fun playing sports. I am excited to be a part of the Youth Board this year!
Aditya Arora
Youth Board

Hi, my name is Aditya Arora, I am currently a 10th grader, and this is my first year on YB. In my free time, I like to listen to music, play the drums and take my dog out for walks. My favorite artists are Nirvana and The Weeknd. My favorite TV shows are New Girl, Modern Family, and the Office, and my favorite movie is A Dog's Journey. My dream vacation is a summer in Greece because my favorite book series is Percy Jackson and I've gained a bit of an interest in Greek mythology and life. A fun fact about me is I am on my school's green team and am very passionate about the environment and animal welfare. I am so excited!
Arnav Shah
Youth Board

Hi, my name is Arnav Shah, and I’m a junior. Some of my hobbies include running, playing sports, spending time with my family, and playing video games. My favorite movie is Iron Man. Three things on my bucket list would be to go to the NBA finals, go to the Superbowl, and drive a school bus. This is my third year as part of the IACS Youth Leadership Program and my first year on the board. My favorite camp memory was winning camp sports. I am looking forward to having a great year on YB!
Diya Modi
Youth Board

Hi! My name is Diya Modi, and I'm in ninth grade. This year is my first on YB, but I've been going to camp since I was 9! My favorite memory from camp is winning the improv competition with my group and getting to perform at campfire! In my free time, I dance competitively, sing, and spend time with friends. I also love watching TV, and my favorite show is Outer Banks. Something interesting about me is that I was in a movie over the summer, and it was an amazing experience! I'm super pumped for camp this year, and I'm looking forward to all of the amazing people I'm going to meet, as well as the memories I'm going to make!
Jaisal Vohra
Youth Board

Hi, my name is Jaisal Vohra, and I am a sophomore. In my free time, I like to read, listen to music, hang out with friends, and watch movies. Some of my favorite movies include Home Alone, the Mission Impossible series, Badla, and 3 Idiots. My dream vacation spot is Paris. The top three items on my bucket list are visiting every continent, going snorkeling, and learning to ice skate. This is my second year in the IACS Youth Leadership Program and my first year in YB. I'm looking forward to meeting new people, and I am excited for a great year!
Mallika Sheth
Youth Board

Hi, my name is Mallika Sheth, and I am a sophomore. I have been a part of the IACS YLP for three years and have been going to camp for seven. Some of my hobbies include skiing, swimming, and cooking. I love vacationing to warm, beachy places, but I don’t mind camping out in the wilderness. I also like to read, and my favorite TV shows include What If and Truth be Told. My favorite camp memory is bhangra and staying up past lights out. This year on the Youth Board, I am excited to connect with other YBs and be able to do more outreach in the Indian community.
Nandini Sinha
Youth Board

i, my name is Nandini Sinha, and I am a sophomore. I’ve been going to camp for the past six years, and this year, I’m especially excited to be a Youth Board member. In my free time, you can find me playing badminton, reading, or hanging out with my friends. Some of my favorite TV shows are The Good Place and Umbrella Academy, and my favorite movie is Dolphin Tale. A fun fact about me is that I lived in 4 different countries by the age of 4. My favorite camp memories are s'mores around the campfire and playing camp sports, and I'm looking forward to Camp 2022!
Neha Mukhara
Youth Board

>Hi, my name is Neha Mukhara, and I am a sophomore! This is my first year on YB, and I'm super excited! My hobbies include dancing, baking, paddle boarding, and spending time with my friends and family. I love to find new movies to watch, and my favorite movie is Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. One of my favorite things to do is travel, and the current top three places on my bucket list are Thailand, South Korea, and Tahiti. My favorite camp memory is teaching the YC bhangra dance with other YCs during my first year of camp. This year I'm looking forward to bonding with everyone on the Youth Board and of course, going to camp!
Priety Grover
Youth Board

Hi, my name is Priety Grover, and this is my first year as a YB! Some of my favorite hobbies include playing tennis, reading, and dancing. I also love learning foreign languages and hope to travel the world someday, especially in Europe. Some fun facts about me are that I love Disney movies and Thai food. My favorite camp memory is campfire, and I’m so excited to meet all of the new campers this year and make more wonderful memories!
Shivani Sinha
Youth Board

Hey all, my name is Shivani Sinha, and I am a sophomore. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis and listening to music. My favorite movie is Harry Potter, and my favorite TV show is Brooklyn 99. My dream vacation spot is Florence, Italy, and the top three items on my bucket list are to see the Northern Lights, meet penguins, and go skydiving. A fun fact about me is that my spirit animal is a turtle! I have been a part of IACS for three years, and my favorite camp memory is Garba night. I am looking forward to meeting all of the campers and having a great year!
Shivraj Raichur
Youth Board

Hi, My name is Shivraj Raichur, and I am a sophomore. This is my first year on the Youth Board and my fourth year in the IACS Youth Leadership Program. Some of the things I am part of are my school's theater program, my school's ASB, DECA, and running an online card business. My favorite movie is Crazy Rich Asians, and some of my favorite tv shows are Friends, Loki, and Outer Banks. One fun fact about me is that I have been playing piano for eight years, and I have always wanted to go to the Maldives. My favorite camp memories are Garba and American Dance. This year, I am excited to meet and get to know new people and be a part of the YB Program.
Shruti Chadalavada
Youth Board

Hi, I’m Shruti Chadalavada, and I am a freshman. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, going on walks, drawing, and watching TV. My favorite TV shows currently are Criminal Minds, One Day at a Time, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. My dream vacation spot is Hawaii because of how relaxing it appears. My top three items on my bucket list are to go to a concert, to find love, and to change someone’s life for the better. One fun fact about me is that I’m ambidextrous for certain activities. I’ve been in the IACS Youth Leadership Program for about four years now, and my favorite camp memories are the late nights right before bed. This year in YB, I am really looking forward to making new friends and helping the community as a whole connect. I’m really excited to be working with everyone this year!
Suraj Vaghela
Youth Board

Hi! I’m Suraj Vaghela, I’m in 11th grade, and this is my second year on the Youth Board. Some hobbies of mine are that I like to play basketball, play baseball, and watch Netflix. My favorite show to watch is You. My dream vacation spot is Egypt, and three things on my bucket list are that I want to go to a music concert, drive a jet ski, and learn to cook. I also like snowboarding! This year, I’m looking forward to getting to know the board more, and my favorite camp memory is when I got to bond with campers and YBs at camp last year!

Youth Advocacy Leaders

2021-22 YA Leaders
Adhya Kona, Akyas Kandallu, Anishka Kanjilal, Arjun Menon, Ashvi Shah, Athreya Shastry, Avanti Bhandari, Dhruv Kasarabada, Divij Aswinkumar, Diya Reddy, Drithi Pasupuleti, Gayathri Arvindh, Harnoor Virk, Jasleen Kapoor (Social Media Chair), Krish Doshi, Mahima Balakrishnan, Manan Vora, Maya Raghavan, Mihir Mishra (Vice President), Mihir Nair, Pranav Alaparthi, Rajiv Arvind, Rajiv Rajesh, Rakesh Velagapudi, Ria Bahadur, Ritvij Garg, Rohan Kurup, Ruthu Mavnur, Saanvi Datta, Srimedha Thummala, Srujana Kodavalla (Secretary), Tara Bhagwat (President), Tisha Gulati, Vennela Panja (PR Officer)

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