Meet the Board

Meet the Executive Board for Connect Me Tutoring, responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the organization. Each Board Member leads a Department, and manages critical tasks, including pairing students and tutors, screening and interviewing new tutors, and organizing exciting projects including partnerships with school districts and influencers among others.

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Meet the Board

Welcome to our “Meet the Board” page, where you’ll discover the passionate individuals guiding Connect Me Free Online Tutoring. Get acquainted with our dedicated team, each bringing unique expertise and vision to our mission of accessible education. Join us as we share stories, aspirations, and a commitment to breaking down barriers to learning.


Ritvik Ellendula

Ritvik Ellendula is a senior at Northville High School, passionate about empowering others through the power of education as well as mentorship. He joined Connect Me Tutoring upon seeing the magnificent work the organization achieved on a local level, inspired to contribute to the organization’s mission of empowering students all across the world to chase after their dreams and help students maximize their learning potential. He previously served as the Vice President and the Secretary. Outside of Connect Me, Ritvik is a passionate runner, who races on Northville’s Cross Country and Track teams. He’s also involved in other extracurricular activities, such as Student Government and HOSA – FHP. In the future, he hopes to contribute towards inspiring others to reach their aspirations.

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External Vice President

Hasini Anand

Hasini Anand is a Washtenaw International High School (WIHI) junior who joined Connect Me three years ago to reach her community and make a greater impact. She has previously served as a tutor, Director of Advertising, and Secretary. From tutoring amazing students to helping spread the word about Connect Me, she has loved everything about the experience! She is also very involved with her school community through clubs like Student Government as a Class Representative, Forensics as Club Secretary, and National Economics Challenge as a State Competitor. In the future, she hopes to pursue business and finance as a career.

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Internal Vice President

Aarav Shah

Aarav is a Georgia Institute of Technology junior who joined Connect Me to make a difference in the community around him. Previously, he served as Deputy Chair of the Media Committee and is currently the Executive Board Internal Vice President and the Director of Media, where he manages the social media content for Connect Me. Aarav also serves as the CTO for College Treehouse, a content creation team dedicated to making college applications and admissions accessible to everybody. He studies computer science and actively participates in artificial intelligence and neuroscience research.

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Yulianna Kowalczyk

Yulianna is a freshman at the University of Michigan. She joined Connect Me in 2023 to get service hours. However, she found a passion for this non-profit organization and will continue to participate as she transitions into a college student. Yulianna enjoys dancing, baking, running, reading, and going out with friends!

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Director of Operations

Silvana Solsoloy

Silvana is a senior at Clovis North High School in Fresno, CA! She joined Connect Me in 2021 as a freshman and has since worked to help develop the organization inside and out by serving on the Admissions Committee and opening a Connect Me chapter in her school. She loved watching all her students grow throughout her time here, and hopes to continue tutoring after high school! Silvana enjoys traveling with family, hanging out with friends, and playing piano and violin in her philharmonic orchestra. Besides tutoring, she is very passionate about sleep research and climate change activism, and hopes to pursue medical research in the future!

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Director of Partnerships

Celine Samaan

Celine Samaan is a senior at Northville High School. She joined Connect Me to make a difference in communities across the country. She saw that many of her classmates were involved in Connect Me and wanted to join upon seeing the impact they were making. Her favorite thing about Connect Me is the bonds she creates with her students. She was previously a tutor and a member of the advertising committee and is now serving as the Director of Partnerships. Outside of Connect Me, she likes to play tennis, draw, read, and hang out with friends.

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