General Team


Hi, my name is Vatsala. I am in grade 10 and go to school in Toronto, Canada. I work towards marketing this NGO and creating physical health partnerships. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends as well as drawing and doing yoga. I have been taking singing lessons for over 5 years. I am really excited to be apart of State of Mind and I can't wait to start working towards this cause!


Meet Maahi! Studying in Grade 11 in India, Maahi is currently the Content Editor for SOM. She joined our team to build on her passion for writing, but at the same time, wants to open up important conversations regarding mental health in her home country & society :)


Hi, my name is Thandi Chikuhwa. I am a physical health content researcher and an Editor for State of Mind. I live in Brooklyn, New York and I love the city so much! I am a sophomore in highschool and in my free time I am always trying out new hobbies, though I dedicate most of my time to acting and playing tennis. I am very eager to watch State of Mind grow and become a safe place for so many people. 


My name is Ara Kim. I was born in New York City but I'm a sophomore at Chadwick International School in South Korea. In my free time, I enjoy taking film photography, spending time with my friends and family, and traveling. I love what The State of Mind Project represents and works towards so I'm so excited to be a part of this community and have us all grow together in this organization. 


My name is Dani Brown, and I am a sophomore drama major at Frank Sinatra in Queens. I use she/her pronouns. I personally struggle with mental illnesses, so I am excited to start my journey at State of Mind!

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Hi! I’m Vaishnavi Loganathan, and I am an incoming psych and music major at UC Davis. I’m interested in finding out how different art forms, like singing and painting, can help people recover from mental health disorders. I am also in love with Adam Driver. I am so, so excited to be a part of this project, and can’t wait to make huge strides in the mental health community! In my free time, I sing and play guitar.

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Hello! My name is Carlie Dugué and I am from Indiana. I'm currently a high school senior. I joined State of Mind because mental health is important to me. Both of my parents work in the mental health field, and so I grew up with mental health being de-stigmatized. I recognize what a privilege it is that mental health has never been taboo in my house, and how open my parents have always been when talking about how I feel. So, I realized that I wanted to help other people feel the same way, and not feel so embarrassed about whatever they may be going through. I hope to make other people feel like they have a place to turn without having to feel embarrassed, and feel comfortable with themselves, and whatever may be going on in their life. I look forward to working with everyone!

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Hi, my name is Alifia Azra, usually called Rae and I'm from Jakarta, Indonesia. I am currently a physical health content researcher for State of Mind. I like reading books, watching movies and playing games in my free time and I am always looking out for new hobbies and experiences! Even though I'm currently in High School, I'm interested in majoring in Psychology.

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Hi! My name is Sarayu Kurra and I work as a Physical Health Partnership Coordinator at State of Mind. I am a rising senior living in Aldie, VA. I enjoy playing tennis, swimming, and other physical activities, which is a reason why I understand that physical health is so important. However, I also enjoy the once-in-while lazy day with Netflix and chips. I am very excited to be a part of this amazing project and I look forward to all of what we can do in the future as a team!

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Hey! My name is Sankhya Ganesh and I’m a sophomore at Independence High School, as well as Academy of Engineering and Technology, in Northern Virginia. At State of Mind, I work towards marketing and promoting the organization. As someone who has always had a passion in psychology, I’ve joined this team to not only build on my current knowledge, but also to expand on my existing skill set. In my free time, I’m always baking a new batch of banana bread or spending time with my family and friends! I can’t wait to watch State of Mind grow along with my amazing colleagues!

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Hello! My name is Kavya Smart and I am a physical health content researcher from Ashburn, Virginia. I’m in 11th grade and I study entrepreneurship and engineering at the Academy of Engineering and Technology. I want to contribute to such a forward-thinking initiative because I strongly believe that health is wealth. Furthermore, I love the State of Minds initiative and its push to help teens find credible resources for healthy living. In my free time, I enjoy baking, singing, and listening to music.

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Hi! My name is Angela and I am the Onboarding Coordinator for State of Mind. Having friends who have mental illnesses made me realize that mental health really isn’t talked about enough. I know people who are scared or don’t want to admit that they have a mental health illness because it makes them seem weak, and those that believe that mental health issues are used as excuses to not work properly or to take breaks. I joined State of Mind because I want to help break the stigma around mental health and bring awareness to the fact that mental health is just as important as physical health is. In my freetime, you can find me in a library, reading a book or writing a story.

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Hi, my name is Ritu Shivani Suddapalli. I am a graphics designer for the State of Mind general team, and I design instagram posts and coordinate with other graphic designers to emphasize our content and make it eye-catching. I'm a rising senior at Broad Run High School and the Academy of Science in Virginia. I love community service and working with children, so I volunteer as a tutor and work as one too! I am also a board member for the Homemade Hugs branch in Virginia, where we conduct baking events to show gratitude to nonprofit organizations. In my spare time, I love dancing, painting, playing tennis, and spending time with family. I am so happy to be a part of the State of Mind team and am super happy to be able to contribute to such a great organization!

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My name is Lakshmi Kovuri but I commonly go by my nickname, Lucky. I'm a junior at Independence High School and the Academies of Loudoun, and I reside in Brambleton, Virginia. I enjoy learning about medicine, psychology, and wildlife. I have been playing the piano for around 10 years and I love walking outside and visiting my community lake! I'm a Mental Health Partnership Coordinator here at State of Mind, and I'm so excited to be a part of this organization and work with the team. I'm passionate about mental health advocacy and medicine, and I strive to become a psychiatrist in the future. I work as the south regional manager of Medpath, a researcher at The OCD Truth, the secretary of the Academies of Loudoun's Red Cross Youth club, and the co-founder of Independence's calligraphy club — I hope to help and touch people emotionally and bring awareness to issues pertaining to various aspects of health through these positions. It is imperative that we devote time to focus on overall health, especially mental health, for our present, future, and general wellbeing as maturing humans. I am so glad to be a part of this community and I hope it grows so that more people can be a part of this safe space

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My name is Rianna Conda, but you can call me Ri! I’m in 12th grade and I go to school in Metro Manila, Philippines. I’m a member of State of Mind’s Marketing Team, as I find it really important to help State of Mind and its resources reach and help out as many people as possible. My interests are angled towards the arts, especially filmmaking and graphic design! Joining State of Mind gives me an opportunity to dedicate my knowledge and free time towards an advocacy that is close to my heart, and to contribute to fostering a safe space for many.

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My name is Angeline Shir and I am a rising junior at Milpitas High School in California. I was born and raised in the Bay Area! Some fun facts about me are that I once broke my tooth in half and I only like to eat crunchy mangos. I joined State of Mind because I believe that our mental health is such an important pillar in our lives. Unfortunately, it is often the most overlooked and under cared for. Alongside the negative stigma around mental health, change seemed long over due and I wasn’t willing to just stand by and not do anything. On my journey with State of Mind, I hope to accomplish many things such as creating relationships with doctors, fellow team members, and our lovely audience. But most importantly, I hope to be one step closer to breaking the negative aura around mental health. Together, we can move in the right direction!

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Hi, my name is Maya Inaltong! I am the Mental Health Partnership Coordinator for State of Mind! I live in New York City and I am a sophomore in high school. I enjoy walking, meeting new people, and seeing new places. I can't wait to start working with the State of Mind team!

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Hi! My name is Malyka, I am a junior from Illinois and I attend Glenbrook South Highschool. I play volleyball competitively at a club, which takes up a good majority of my time. Aside from that, I am in another nonprofit organization that works to bring teens together, and I hope to maintain my role in that as well as in this organization. I joined State of Mind as mental health is something very important to me, and something that not everyone has resources and accessibility to handle. I hope to help end the stigma as well as create awareness through my work in this organization.

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Hi, my name is Ayusha Timalsena. I live in Texas and I am a senior in high school. I dedicate most of my time volunteering, coding, baking, and painting. I’m currently an Instagram Post Creator for SOM. I’m excited to be a part of State of Mind and help provide information on mental health to people all around the world!

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Hey there! My name is Aliyah, but you can call me Ali. My pronouns are she/her, I am a video content creator here with State of Mind and am stoked to be an active part in such a fantastic organization. With that being said, what prompted me to join the team was my personal struggles with mental illness. I deal with borderline personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, complex childhood trauma, major depressive disorder and disordered eating. I have fallen victim to the stigmas revolving around these illnesses - especially BPD - and I want to play the role as proof of the demonization being blatantly inaccurate. State of Mind equips me with both a platform and the right people to spread the awareness I am striving to provide. In my spare time, you can find me in a greenhouse buying new plants, a thrift store, or in a park with a blanket on the grass, a canvas in one hand and a paintbrush in the other.

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Hi everyone! My name is Angelina, (but everyone just calls me Angie). I'm currently a mental health partnership coordinator here at State of Mind, where I assist in gathering mental health resources. Aside from this project, I also happen to run a nonprofit initiative known as Tutors4yemen. I’m from New York and I’m a junior in high school. In my free time, I love to write, or indulge in a good book. Working towards getting rid of mental health stigma has always been a big goal of mine, which is why State of mind is so important to me. I’m really excited I get to be a part of the team and I’ll do my best to help everyone involved!

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Hi! My name is Alekzandra Peters and I am a mental health content researcher for State of Mind. I have lived in California for all of my life, and am a sophomore at El Dorado High School in Placentia. As I have struggled with mental health myself, I believe that being a part of State of Mind will not only help me grow personally, but also help those with similar struggles feel less alone in their daily lives, and provide them with helpful resources that will allow them to further succeed. I am very grateful to be a part of this organization and help break the stigma around mental illness!

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My name is Lavanya Vadehra. I am (almost) 16 years old and I am from India. I am a member of the marketing team here at State of Mind Project. I am what you call a film enthusiast or cinephilia. I really love old Bollywood songs and cannot go a day without them. I love playing football and painting. So glad to be here!