Our Directors

While our organization is made up of more than 150 students from across the state, we keep ourselves organized by dividing it into several teams and assigning some members leadership (director) positions. Our organization is divided into an executive board and six subteams: Legislative, Events, Outreach, Media, Internal Relations, and Research. Each team has different members and works towards different goals, but oftentimes works collaboratively to achieve these goals. Many members volunteer for multiple subteams that consist of our core team. The core team is the main force behind Confront the Climate Crisis campaign. Since October, we have been meeting to build the campaign from the ground up, gain statewide support, and organize volunteer meetings and actions. Each subteam meets every week to discuss upcoming strategies and plans to help the campaign reach its full potential.

Executive Board

The Executive Board makes all our executive decisions. Specifically, they facilitate report backs, campaign decisions, communication between subteams, and reorganize the campaign when needed. 

Siya Goel

(she/they)

Siya is an assistant executive director and has been involved in confront since fall 2020. She is a senior at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School. On top of school, she has done research on pancreatic cancer, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular disease at the University of Michigan, Purdue University, and Tuft Medical School. She is hopeful that every state can declare a climate emergency by the end of the 21st century.

Annabel Prokopy

(she/her)

Annabel is a co-executive director and has been a member since fall 2020. She is a senior at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School where she also runs cross country. She's excited to see so many young people getting involved in climate activism in Indiana. You can check out her podcast, On Strike With Insight, by clicking here.

Ethan Bledsoe

(he/him)

Ethan is a co-executive director and has been involved in CTCC since fall 2020. He's a senior at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School where he also participates in science olympiad and academic superbowl. He is also a research assistant for Purdue University's Forestry and Natural Resource Department. In the future he hopes that climate education and literacy materials will be available for youth around the world.

Lily Shen

(she/her)

Lily is an assistant executive director and has been involved since fall 2020. She's a senior at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School where she is involved in student council, choir, eco club, and debate. She's excited for a full transition to renewable resources and energy in the future.

Clizia Martini

(she/her)

Clizia didn't submit a form :(

Rahul Durai

(he/him)

Rahul is a director of operations and has been involved since fall 2020. He's a sophmore at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High school where he is the president of his class's student council, runs cross country and track, and plays the piano. He can't wait for the Indiana General Assembly to accept that climate change is real and take meaningful action.

Maggie Gonzalez

(she/her)

Maggie is a director of operations and has been involved in CTCC since fall 2020. She is a senior at Brebeuf Jesuit where she also is involved in their conservation club, speech team, and runs cross country. She is hopeful to see more accountability in politicians nationwide and for meaningful action to be taken to confront the climate crisis.

Legislative Team

The legislative team is responsible for anything that has to do with passing legislation. This includes writing the legislation itself, meeting with legislators and other organizations to get it passed, creating and managing petitions, and finding other climate-friendly organizations and legislation across the state to support. 

Aanchal Agarwal

(she/her)

Aanchal is a director of legislative organizing and a senior at Carmel High School. Outside of CTCC, she is the Chair of Indiana High School Democrats, an organizer for Carmel Pride, and works with Communities Allied for Racial Equality. She loves Billy Joel and coffee ice cream, and in the near future she hopes we can move to a circular economy.

Henley Lynch

(she/they)

Henley has been in CTCC since 2020 and now serves as policy director. She is a senior at North Central High School where she makes art and participates in quiz bowl, National Honors Society, and Sacrifice for Freedom Student-Teacher Institute. She hopes that the government takes swift action to regulate corporations in order to prevent the environment from being milked for every penny that it's worth

Jonathan Siskind

(he/him)

Jonathan is a legislative director and has been involved since fall 2020. He is a senior at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School where he is also the vice-president of the debate and robotics teams. He is a member of the International Maker Community, and in his free time he likes to build and invent things. He hopes that climate change becomes less of a partisan issue and that we can start taking the urgent action that is necessary to address it.

Siya Goel

(she/they)

Siya is a legislative director and has been involved in confront since fall 2020. She is a senior at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School. On top of school, she has done research on pancreatic cancer, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular disease at the University of Michigan, Purdue University, and Tuft Medical School. She is hopeful that every state can declare a climate emergency by the end of the 21st century.

Rahul Durai

(he/him)

Rahul is a director of legislative organizing, and has been involved since fall 2020. He's a sophmore at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High school where he is the president of his class's student council, runs cross country and track, and plays the piano. He can't wait for the Indiana General Assembly to accept that climate change is real and take meaningful action.

Event Planning

One of the major parts of our organization is holding events to spread awareness of our Confront the Climate Crisis and climate change in general. Our event planning team is responsible for coming up with, organizing, publicizing, and funding donors for all of our events. Some of these include the "Craft for Climate" event, where we raised environmental awareness through art, and our "Rise Up" strike, which was centered in West Lafayette and used to announce the legislation we will be introducing with senator Ron Alting.

Molly Edwards

(she/her)

Molly is an event director and official MC for our events. She's been involved since fall 2020. She's a junior at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School, where she plays the horn in the school's band and Wabash Valley Youth Symphony and plays the mellophone in the school's marching band. She also acts and sound mixes for the school's theater program. She hopes that in the future more people vote with the environment in mind.

Grace Kaneshiro

(she/they)

Grace joined CTCC late 2020 and is a director of event outreach. She is a junior at the International School of Indiana where she also swims and is also hoping to start recycling and composting for the school garden. She's excited to see a move to renewable energy and improved public transit in the future.

Chenyao Liu

(she/her)

Chenyao is a director of event outreach and director of photography, and has been involved with CTCC since fall 2020. She's a junior at Carmel High School where she also runs cross country and writes for the school newspaper. She also works with Fridays For Future Digital and Saving Tuvalu. In the future she's hopeful that Indiana will make fairer districts, improve infrastructure, and implement cleaner public transportation.

Annabel Prokopy

(she/her)

Annabel is an event planning director and has been a member of CTCC since fall 2020. She is a senior at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School where she also runs cross country. She's excited to see so many young people getting involved in climate activism in Indiana. You can check out her podcast, On Strike With Insight, by clicking here.

Ethan Bledsoe

(he/him)

Ethan is an event planning director and has been involved since fall 2020. He's a senior at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School where he also participates in science olympiad and academic superbowl. He is also a research assistant for Purdue University's Forestry and Natural Resource Department. In the future he hopes that climate education and literacy materials will be available for youth around the world.

Outreach

Our Outreach team is responsible for outreach! Specifically, they recruit and engage new volunteers in the campaign through phonebanks and events, find and work with partners to collaborate on projects with them, and apply to grants.

Gabriela Weiner

(she/her)

Gabriela is a fundraising director and has been involved in CTCC since fall 2020. She's a senior at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School where she plays the cello in youth symphony. In the future, she's hopeful that we can implement cleaner and more efficient public transportation and infrastructure.

Claire Curran

(they/she)

Claire is an events advertising director and first got involved in July 2021. She is a sophmore at Brebeuf Jesuit Prep School where she is a part of the debate and speech team, with a focus on gender and sexuality. In the future she's excited for making more and more accessible public green spaces.

Ashlyn Walker

(she/her)

Ashlyn is an event advertising director and has been involved since July 2021. She is a sophmore at Carmel High School where she's a member of the orchestra, Carmel Democrats, and Carmel Green Action Club. She's hopeful that in the future large corporations will be held responsible for their pollution to the planet.

Ann Alekseenko

(she/her)

Ann is a fundraising director and has been involved in CTCC since February 2021. She is a senior at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School where she plays volleyball and the piano. She's excited to see a transition to renewable energy sources in the future.

Abby Lee

(she/her)

Abby is the director of outreach and first joined CTCC in fall 2020. She's a senior at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School where she also plays the piano and is president of National Honors Society and student council. She can't wait for the Indiana General Assembly to pass our legislation, taking the first step in recognizing and addressing the climate emergency.

Lily Shen

(she/her)

Lily is the onboarding director and has been involved since fall 2020. She's a senior at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School where she is involved in student council, choir, eco club, and debate. She's excited for a full transition to renewable resources and energy in the future.

Clizia Martini

(she/her)

Clizia didn't submit a form :(

Media

Our media team is responsible for all our social media! They construct social media posts and manage all our social media accounts. They also write press releases and speech lineups, make videos, and take pictures for all our events.

Allie Skalnik

(she/her?)

Allie joined CTCC in March 2021 and is a communications director. She is a senior at University High School of Indiana where she is a part of the robotics team, runs the gardening club, edits for the school newspaper, and is a member of the student government. She hopes that in the future the climate crisis receives the national attention it deserves and that legislators take appropriate action.

Sofie Alge

(she/her)

sofie didn't fill out a form :(

Lydia Emry

(she/her)

Lydia first joined CTCC in fall 2020 and is a director of social media. She is a freshman at the University of Vermont where she is majoring in environmental science and plans to double major in natural resource management. She is a member of her school's beekeeping club, ski club, outing club, and symphony orchestra. She's hopeful that in the future we will better manage our natural ecosystems and achieve carbon neutrality.

Maanya Rajesh

(she/her)

Maanya is a director of social media and has been a member since early 2021. She is a senior at Carmel High School where she runs their Green Action Club, plays flute in the band, and does Indian classical singing. She hopes that environmental racism from factory farms, coal plants, and more is addressed in Indiana.

Ethan Stoehr

(he/him)

Ethan is a director of videography and has been involved in CTCC since fall 2020. He's a senior at Carmel High School where he's a member of Indiana High School Democrats. Outside of school, he studies several languages and is an organizer for Carmel Pride. He's hopeful for improved public transit, especially cross-country high speed rail.  If you're in the Indianapolis area, come to the INUF PAC's launch party!

Landon Teel

(he/him)

Landon didn't submit a form :(

Elina Gorenstein

(she/her)

Elina is a director of photography and has been involved in CTCC since late 2020. She's a junior at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School where she also competes in Latin and Ballroom dance at Purdue University. She's an avid hiker, backpacker, and photographer. In the future, she hopes that environmental services and justice can become available to more people so that environmental justice can become widespread. To see pictures that she takes follow her Instagram.

Chingyan Huang

(she/they)

Chingyan is the director of graphic design and has been a part of the campaign since early 2021. She's a freshman at Purdue University where she plays the violin in the Purdue Symphony Orchestra, is on the Purdue Student Sustainability Council, is a member of Biology Club, and participates in Fridays For Future. She hopes that in the future we can find ways to control invasive species without hurting native plants and helping their populations recover.

Zayne Shalabi

(she/her)

Zayne is a director of videography and first joined CTCC in fall 2020. She's a senior at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School where she plays the viola in orchestra and symphony and runs the film club. She is concerned about the effects of deforestation and loss of wetlands and hopes that natural habitats in Indiana can be adequately conserved

Internal Relations

Internal relations is the backbone of the campaign. They take notes and assign notekeepers during meetings, manage the Google Drive, GroupMe and Google Calendar, organize team bonding events, and keep track of event and volunteer attendance.

Katharine Schertz

(she/her)

Katharine is a director of internal relations and has been a member since fall 2020. She is a senior at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School where she is a part of the choir, president of REACH, and an executive member of UNICEF. She's excited to see Indiana pass more environmental legislation that can lead to change in the state.

Krisha Shah

(she/her?)

Krisha joined CTCC in January 2021 and is director of internal communications. She's a junior at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School where she is also a member of the band, cross country, Red Cross club, student council, and Spanish club. She hopes that in the future we can reduce the endangerment of coral reefs and oceans.

Barakah Abdo-Baari

(she/her)

Barkah is the director of record keeping and first joined CTCC in 2021. She's a senior at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School where she is a member of UNICEF and eco club. She hopes that people recognize the urgency of the climate crisis to encourage them to take action.

Maggie Gonzalez

(she/her)

Maggie is a director of internal relations and has been involved in CTCC since fall 2020. She is a senior at Brebeuf Jesuit where she also is involved in their conservation club, speech team, and runs cross country. She is hopeful to see more accountability in politicians nationwide and for meaningful action to be taken to confront the climate crisis.

Research

Our research team is responsible for researching! Specifically, they do research on environmental issues and legislation, manage the website, and write blog posts and newsletters.

Ashley Yang

(she/her)

Ashley is a director of research and has been involved in CTCC since fall 2020. She's a freshman at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School where she also plays the piano, dances ballet, participates in academic super bowl and science olympiad, the robotics team, student council. She hopes that in the future low waste becomes the standard for everyone.

Jayant Yadav

(he/him)

Jayant is a research director and has been a member of CTCC since June 2021. He is a senior at Carmel High School where he's also a member of Carmel Green Action and Carmel High School Democrats. He hopes that we can achieve both carbon neutrality by 2045 and Fare Free Public Transportation.

Daniel Jenkins

(he/him)

Daniel is the website administrator and has been involved since May 2021. He's a senior at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School where he plays the clarinet in the band and is a member of eco club. In the future, he hopes that America can create a national high speed rail system and improve other aspects of infrastructure.

Lilia Wolf

(she/her)

Lilia didn't fill out a form :(