Who Are We?

Connect Me is a student-run organization from high-achieving volunteers who have a passion for helping our community. Right now, as our society faces the challenge of COVID-19, the community is pulling through together, and we want to also contribute by providing tutoring to students who need extra support.

To parents/guardians: you're working hard already - let us keep your kids' grades up

To students: our utmost priority is teaching you the content you need to excel in school and build towards a successful future.

Meet the Board

Mehmet Tascioglu

Founder/President
Mehmet Tascioglu is a rising freshman at Stanford University. He founded Connect Me to support students in maintaining their academic success after witnessing systemic educational inequality firsthand. He also runs his own educational YouTube channel called Academic Games Tips, Tricks and Tutorials, which showcases his teaching and mentoring skills. Other extracurricular activities include training as a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo, serving as a HOSA Event Leader, serving as President of the NHS Ping-Pong Club, President of the Turkish American Cultural Association of Michigan's Youth Chapter, and President of the Assembly of Turkish American Associations Youth Committee. During his free time, Mehmet likes to read up on healthcare & politics, hang out with his friends, and watch movies.

Kaustuv Mukherjee

Vice President, Internal
Kaustuv Mukherjee is a rising freshman at Princeton University. He joined Connect Me to nurture his passion for teaching and to help kids in need during the pandemic. He has much experience in the tutoring field, and has a firm knowledge of the core classes up to the high school level. In his free time, he enjoys browsing YouTube, bowling, and sketching.

Akul Gunukula

Vice President, External
Akul Gunukula is a 12th grader at Troy High School. He enjoys helping people and joined Connect Me as it was perfect for helping children. He enjoys playing basketball and learning about science in every field. Some extracurricular activities include serving as Engineering Vice President of Robotics Team FRC 226, Vice President of Physics Club, participating in math competitions, and doing Forensics. His favorite subjects are math and science and plans to pursue those areas in college.

Camille Johnson

Director of Communications
Camille Johnson is a rising freshman at Purdue University. She joined Connect Me with hopes to make tutoring resources more accessible to students in her community. She is the active Co-Captain of her high school’s Robotics team (Team 2224 Robo Phoenix) and is a part of the Minds Matter Detroit Chapter. Camille is a CIEE Global Navigator where she had the opportunity to visit Mexico for a month to gain more knowledge about the culture and language. In her free time, she enjoys playing the ukulele, guitar, and bass guitar. Camille also spends her downtime studying Spanish and Korean, using CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and browsing YouTube. After high school, Camille aspires to go to the University of Michigan to study Engineering.  

Meghana Ramoju

Director of Applications
Meghana Ramoju is a rising freshman at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has joined Connect Me to help nurture the growth of students during the current pandemic. She is currently the Director of Applications at Connect Me. Additionally, she is a Graphic Designer for Revamp Youth Foundation, an organization that aims to help students with their studies by creating various programs to ignite their creativity. She is also involved in her school’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter, Interact Club, and Art Club. Furthermore, Meghana is a dancer at Ishana Dance Academy. She also enjoys taking an active role in supporting her community, as she volunteers at her local food bank and is a Youth Coordinator at PATA (Peoria Area Telugu Association). During her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, drawing, painting, reading, playing chess, and dancing.  

Emir Tascioglu

Treasurer
Emir Tascioglu is a 10th grader at Northville High School. He entered the Connect Me team due to his passion for not only helping other fellow students, but also for marketing and business. He's responsible for contacting schools, businesses, and influencers for partnerships to grow Connect Me. In his free time, Emir plays for a nationals soccer team and is also a member of the Business Professionals of America and the Turkish-American Cultural Association of Michigan's High School Chapter. He also enjoys exercising, dabbling in the stock market, and playing the trumpet.

Ashwath Palavalli

Director of Partnerships
Ashwath Palavalli is a rising senior at Mira Loma High School. He is very passionate about helping students affected by the pandemic. He is very interested in Chinese culture, taking Chinese at school for 5 years and participating in the Chinese club at his school as the Secretary. He loves to make practical projects and find solutions to everyday problems. He also loves exploring his interests, joining Speech and Debate, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), district level clubs such as a council, and advocating, and volunteering at local libraries. Ashwath aspires to continue innovating in the Biomedical Engineering field.

Nivedita Ravi

Secretary
Nivedita Ravi is a rising junior at Dunlap High School. She wants to help children and support them through Connect Me, as well as improve herself in many aspects. One of her favorite subjects is literature, mainly due to the endless interpretations of the same work and the deeper meaning of every story. She has also always been fascinated with the different psychological phenomenons and how they explain a person's behavior, and hopes to pursue a career as a child or forensic psychologist in the future. One of her greatest achievements is receiving the Presidential Award of Outstanding Acheivement Excellence. When she has free time, she loves to sew, read, watch television and go biking.
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