Meet the Team

Get to know the faces driving our mission. Discover the diverse talents behind our commitment to free math education. Together, we’re empowering minds, one equation at a time.

Active Volunteers

Brielle

Categories: Tutors

Brielle is a Lehigh University graduate who currently lives and works in Houston as a control systems engineer. Brielle attributes much of her academic success to  the teachers, mentors, and academic programs which went above and beyond to nurture her academic abilities. She believes that all students deserve the independent attention and care that shaped her love of math. Outside of work she likes to watch documentaries, eat sushi, and workout with her gym friends.

Brielle

Brielle is a Lehigh University graduate who currently lives and works in...

Carolina

Categories: Committees, Technology

Hello! I’m Carolina Vanegas. I am a passionate web developer with experience designing and building static and dynamic websites from scratch. I love challenges and I am an endless learner. I began volunteering for You Discover Math in the Summer of 2023. I believe in their mission and am excited about the opportunity to contribute my time and skills to make a difference in the lives of others. A little bit about me, I enjoy walking around my neighborhood, doing puzzles, and baking during the winter.

Carolina

Hello! I’m Carolina Vanegas. I am a passionate web developer with experience...

Dulce

Categories: Accounting and Finance, Leadership Team, Outreach & Marketing, Program Design

Hi! My name is Dulce and I’m currently pursuing my Master’s through the Nonprofit Management Program at UHD. I was connected to YDM through a service-learning project and fell in love with everyone’s passion for pushing the mission and ensuring student success. I’ve been volunteering my time since to lead the accounting and finance committee, as well as helping to push fundraising efforts.

In my free time, I like spending time with my 3 kids. I also enjoy traveling, camping, kayaking, or hiking, or just plopping on the couch to watch a movie with my kids.

Dulce

Hi! My name is Dulce and I’m currently pursuing my Master’s through...

Emily

Categories: Leadership Team, Outreach & Marketing, Technology

Hello! My name is Emily, and I am eager to volunteer at You Discover Math due to my aspiring career within the nonprofit sector. This volunteer opportunity serves as a valuable learning experience, providing me with insight into the functioning and support mechanisms of nonprofits. Notably, the Outreach and Marketing team at You Discover Math aligns perfectly with my growing passion for marketing and other career paths I intend to explore in the future. Moreover, inspired by a close relationship formed with an English teacher over the past year, I have developed an interest in teaching others, an endeavor I look forward to engaging with during my spare time. As a little glimpse into my personality, I’m an enthusiastic fan of K-pop, enjoying various artists and groups within the genre, and frequently attending local concerts.

Emily

Hello! My name is Emily, and I am eager to volunteer at...

Gopan

Categories: Human Resources, Leadership Team

Gopan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and is working as an EMT to gain experience in the medical field. As a volunteer coordinator on the human resources team, he onboards new volunteers by connecting them to different opportunities available at YDM. In his free time, Gopan enjoys playing video games and hiking.

Gopan

Gopan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s...

Greg

Categories: Accounting and Finance, Committees, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Human Resources, Leadership Team, Outreach & Marketing, Technology, Tutoring Team Leaders, Tutors

Greg is a former Michigan State University math instructor, with a unique enthusiasm for helping all kinds of people learn math. After moving to Houston TX for his engineering career, Greg has enjoyed volunteering as a math tutor & mentor, and he wanted to join as one of YDM’s founders to help arrange more great math learning opportunities for more people. Greg also enjoys playing guitar, writing & arranging music, and most of all, spending time with his wife Erin and their border collie Raven.

Greg

Greg is a former Michigan State University math instructor, with a unique...

Jose

Categories: Tutors

Jose is a chemical engineer working in the Houston area. Originally from Oswego, IL, he later studied chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Jose is a first-generation college graduate. As a tutor, he hopes to not only teach today’s math lesson, but inspire an enduring interest in the future of one’s STEM education, especially for those feeling disempowered in their schooling. As for hobbies, Jose enjoys reading, journaling, and bouldering at his local climbing gym.

Jose

Jose is a chemical engineer working in the Houston area. Originally from...

Neev

Categories: Program Design, Technology

Hi! My name is Neev, I am an 8th grader, and I attend both Stanford Online High School and Davidson Academy Online. I am a math enthusiast who loves to compete in math competitions as well as spread my love for mathematics. I love to code, am a huge Harry Potter fan, and am a certified nerd. In my free time I like to play with my goldendoodle, Lucky, and read books (particularly spy thrillers!).

Neev

Hi! My name is Neev, I am an 8th grader, and I...

Ryan

Categories: Committees, Leadership Team, Technology, Tutoring Team Leaders

Ryan teaches at Michigan State University in the Department of Mathematics. In his free time he enjoys tennis, frisbee, ping-pong, and a bit of coding. Ryan has served as a tutor and program coordinator with YDM, as well as a member of our founding board of directors. Ryan also leads our website team.

A nice quote that Ryan likes “To those who do not know mathematics it is difficult to get across a real feeling as to the beauty, the deepest beauty, of nature. … If you want to learn about nature, to appreciate nature, it is necessary to understand the language that she speaks in.” –Richard Feynman

Ryan

Ryan teaches at Michigan State University in the Department of Mathematics. In...

Saanvi

Categories: Committees, Leadership Team, Outreach & Marketing

Saanvi is a high school student who enjoys debate team, varsity tennis, and humanitarian work at her local food bank. She joined the YDM tutoring team and has been awesome at helping students overcome obstacles on their math learning journeys! Saanvi has also helped get YDM’s marketing activities organized.

Saanvi

Saanvi is a high school student who enjoys debate team, varsity tennis,...

Volunteers Emeriti / Advisors

We would not be anywhere near as far as we are currently are without many many other volunteers and advisors who help shape YDM into the organization it is today. Thank you so much!

Ashley

Categories: Volunteer Emeriti / Advisors

Ashley started tutoring when she was in 10th grade and ever since then, she has continued the passion of sharing her knowledge. She joined YDM as a tutor to help students understand math concepts, overcome fears related to math as a subject, and make learning math easier & more fun. An interesting fact about Ashley is, that when she was pursuing her Master’s degree in Ireland, she was a movie cast “extra and got to be part of the Game of Thrones series, the Vikings series, and the movie Normal People! Ashley now lives in San Jose, California along with her husband. Maybe Hollywood will be her next stop!

Ashley

Ashley started tutoring when she was in 10th grade and...

Brian

Categories: Volunteer Emeriti / Advisors

Brian is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Packaging Science. Brian has substantial experience in tutoring & mentoring and also has his own nonprofit, the Brian Forte Foundation. Brian played a big part in helping YDM become established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and served on our founding board of directors. In his spare time, he enjoys mentoring youth, running, and reading.

Brian

Brian is a graduate of Michigan State University with a...

Clement

Categories: Volunteer Emeriti / Advisors

Clement is currently a sophomore in high school and strives to be an electrical/aerospace engineer. In his free time he enjoys reading all sorts of books, producing music, learning about new topics and helping others to achieve their goals. As a part of YDM he is excited to use his video editing skills to help promote an important cause!

Clement

Clement is currently a sophomore in high school and strives...

Deepti

Categories: Volunteer Emeriti / Advisors

Hi there, I’m Deepti. By day, I’m a dedicated software engineer, with a master’s degree in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology, but my most cherished role is being a mom to my spirited 4-year-old daughter who keeps me constantly on the move. Beyond motherhood, I find solace in the soothing melodies of Indian classical music, and I’m known to whip up culinary creations that leave my foodie husband delighted. On cozy evenings, you’ll often catch me engrossed in gripping crime dramas, accompanied by a steaming cup of coffee. I’m thrilled to be a part of the YDM team and contribute to their impactful mission.

Deepti

Hi there, I’m Deepti. By day, I’m a dedicated software...

Edgar

Categories: Volunteer Emeriti / Advisors

Edgar is a first-generation Mexican American who grew up in Houston. He’s a Global Scholar student at Lone Star College with plans to further his studies at UT Austin / Rice University, and aspires to earn a PhD degree in Computer Science and Neuroscience. He’s a bilingual speaker as his first and preferable language is Spanish. He’s a known underground music producer that collaborates with successful Mexican/Spanish artists in the Houston/California area in the Mexican Regional genre. Edgar hopes to help and grow the YDM organization, as math is one of his favorite academic subjects and he likes to help those who require assistance when learning new information.

Edgar

Edgar is a first-generation Mexican American who grew up in...

Erin

Categories: Volunteer Emeriti / Advisors

Fun fact: Erin’s very first job was as a math tutor. Based in New Orleans, she has been using her passion for mentorship and volunteering to serve on the board of a local charity. Erin has been using that experience to help YDM’s board of directors, and she played a big part in YDM becoming established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. In her spare time, Erin enjoys hiking, travel, gardening, and learning the ukulele.

Erin

Fun fact: Erin’s very first job was as a math...

Jason

Categories: Volunteer Emeriti / Advisors

Jason is a Clear Lake High School student who enjoys math, coding, and physics. He started competitive math in 6th grade and is a 2-time AIME qualifier. In his plentiful free time, he enjoys coding random Python projects, playing with (harassing) his two siblings, and laughing.

Favorite quote: “You can do anything with Python in 2 lines of code… as long as the first line starts with ‘import'”

Jason

Jason is a Clear Lake High School student who enjoys...

Kat

Categories: Volunteer Emeriti / Advisors

Kat joined YDM as a high school senior and dual-enrolled college student majoring in mathematics. After being a math tutor, she authored Math Quick Reference Handbook: Algebra II to Calculus III. In her free time, Kat enjoys ballet, cooking, and playing with her pitbull Everest. Kat helped YDM design its tutoring & academic coaching program, and has also helped us identify student organizations for YDM’s volunteer outreach. Kat continues her studies at Stanford University.

Kat

Kat joined YDM as a high school senior and dual-enrolled...

Khoa

Categories: Volunteer Emeriti / Advisors

Khoa is currently a student enrolled in Houston Community College to complete his prerequisites prior to transferring to MD Anderson. In his spare time, Khoa enjoys playing his guitar, singing, watching chemical experiments on Youtube, and playing basketball.

Khoa

Khoa is currently a student enrolled in Houston Community College...

Krisha

Categories: Volunteer Emeriti / Advisors

My name is Krisha Ruparel and I’m currently a senior at Seven Lakes High School in the Houston area! Some of my passions are art, coaching basketball, and doing karate. I am the Junior Board Treasurer for YDM and have been a part of this amazing nonprofit for over 6 months now. In my free time, I like painting and reading books on investing and behavioral finance. In college, I intend on majoring in finance or applied economics with a specialization in alternative investments such as art galleries and real estate.

Krisha

My name is Krisha Ruparel and I’m currently a senior...

Lance

Categories: Volunteer Emeriti / Advisors

Lance is a medical student at the University of Houston College of medicine. In his free time, Lance enjoys weightlifting, watching movies, travel, and playing sports. Lance joined YDM’s outreach team and has helped YDM build community partnerships with other institutions and community leaders. Lance is a proud graduate of Prairie View A&M University and is extremely passionate about seeing people from diverse backgrounds accomplish their dreams.

Fun Fact and quote: Lance’s first job was preparing burgers on a food truck at a marina. “It is not about where you begin, it is about where you finish.”

Lance

Lance is a medical student at the University of Houston...

Mia

Categories: Volunteer Emeriti / Advisors

Mia graduated from Louisiana Tech university with their B.S. in Chemistry and now works as a chemist helping clients apply and analyze chemical data. After tutoring their younger brother and countless students as a teaching assistant, they realized that teaching is something they want to continue for as long as they can. They live in the Houston area with four very animated birds, a lazy cat, and their fiancé. Mia’s hobbies include reading, running, slasher movies, sudoku, and spending time with friends and family.

Mia

Mia graduated from Louisiana Tech university with their B.S. in...

Michelle

Categories: Volunteer Emeriti / Advisors

Michelle is a software engineer, holds a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UTSA, and also volunteers for Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council. Michelle speaks English, Spanish and French and her favorite things are Tex-Mex food, music and travelling! She lives in Humble, TX with her 3 children, husband and dog.

Michelle

Michelle is a software engineer, holds a Bachelor’s degree in...

Patrick

Categories: Volunteer Emeriti / Advisors

Patrick graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelors degree in chemical engineering before beginning his career, where he has enjoyed actively helping others develop as engineers. As part of the tutoring team at YDM, he has been helping students develop their skills and comfort with math. In his free time, Patrick enjoys reading, hiking and playing Dungeons & Dragons. Patrick also serves on YDM’s Technology Team, which has also helped him to gain some practical experience in another career field as he’s been considering a switch from chemical engineering to a software profession.

Patrick

Patrick graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelors degree in...

Rose

Categories: Volunteer Emeriti / Advisors

Rose studied Mathematics and Neuroscience at Agnes Scott College, followed by graduate studies in Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University. She works in software/technology, designing systems and processes to support planning, portfolio optimization, financial analysis, and project execution. Rose has lived and worked in five countries across four continents, and she is passionate about Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. She practices yoga and recreational partner acrobatics, and she also has a cat named Sasha. Rose has helped YDM design its tutoring and academic coaching program.

Rose

Rose studied Mathematics and Neuroscience at Agnes Scott College, followed...

Ryan

Categories: Volunteer Emeriti / Advisors

After a brief 2-year stint as a high school math teacher in Ohio, Ryan realized his passion was in software engineering. Although he is still passionate about math and helping students, he is much happier coding from home with his wife (Alexa) and pug (Bosco) at his side. Ryan loves hiking, playing tennis, team trivia, and especially walking and playing with Bosco. Ryan has helped YDM as a strategic advisor and used his teaching experience to guide the core principles we focused on during our initial tutoring program design.

Ryan

After a brief 2-year stint as a high school math...

Sarah Snyder

Sarah

Categories: Volunteer Emeriti / Advisors

Sarah is a proud Rice Owl with her undergraduate degree from Rice University in Kinesiology and a double major in theater. She has her clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Texas Woman’s University—Houston and worked as an acute care physical therapist for four years with Harris Health, frequently performing wound care, post-surgical and ICU mobility evaluations, and neonatal developmental evaluations. Sarah is very passionate about advocacy and education, frequently volunteering her time to provide mentorship to students. Having been born in Costa Rica, she enjoys practicing her Spanish, traveling, and learning about various cultures and languages. Her dogs Bo and Blaise are her pride and joy. They all enjoy spending time outdoors. One other fun fact about Sarah is that she led the design of YDM’s logo.

Sarah

Sarah is a proud Rice Owl with her undergraduate degree...

Sharon

Categories: Volunteer Emeriti / Advisors

Sharon is a math academic specialist at Michigan State University. She guides the YDM team using her 32 years of experience connecting young people with impactful mentors and academic coaches. Sharon’s many roles have included Director of Mathematics in MSU’s Charles Drew Science Scholars Program, math instructor at MSU’s summer Engineering and Science Success Academy, and tutor liaison for Mask Memorial Academic Coaching Program. Sharon holds degrees in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and Mathematical Science from Clemson University. Her abundant experience as a supporter of math learners helped YDM design its core program to be student-centered and include the blend of tutoring & academic coaching, which has proven to be highly effective.

Sharon

Sharon is a math academic specialist at Michigan State University....

Spencer

Categories: Volunteer Emeriti / Advisors

Spencer is a proud Arkansas Razorback, where he earned his BA in economics. Spencer later graduated from Harvard Law School, where he focused on business law. While there, he helped teach the first-year course “Principles of Economics” to Harvard freshmen and sophomores. Spencer has a passion for teaching, and he has helped students succeed in the classroom and on high-stakes standardized exams. He currently lives in Houston, TX with his wife Allison, who is pursuing her doctorate of dental surgery.

Spencer

Spencer is a proud Arkansas Razorback, where he earned his...

Stacie

Categories: Volunteer Emeriti / Advisors

Stacie holds a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and taught K-4 students for 4 years. She lives in Houston, TX and spends her time raising her 5 young children and doing volunteer work with different organizations such as YDM, Mormon Women for Ethical Government and Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services. She enjoys reading, spending time outside with her husband and kids and exploring Houston.

Stacie

Stacie holds a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and taught...

Thor

Categories: Volunteer Emeriti / Advisors

Thor is an engineer from Rice University. In his spare time he enjoys playing Gaelic football, hiking, and trying to keep his plants alive. He helped YDM design its initial virtual tutoring program.

Thor

Thor is an engineer from Rice University. In his spare...

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