Jerri Bamberger, originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2013 (Go Blue!), her Master’s degree from New York University in 2015 and her Integrative Health Coach certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. After living in New York City for 2 years, Jerri moved her talents to the West Coast, taking on Silicon Valley, where she worked in Business Operations for the largest business-focused online lunch delivery program in the US. Jerri joins the GenHERation team with immense passion for enhancing opportunities available to females in business industries across the nation. Her hobbies outside of GenHERation include indoor cycling, yoga, skiing, travelling, environmental conservation, calling her Senators concerning important societal actions and above all cooking.
Samantha Grasso is from Buffalo, New York, and is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania. She was valedictorian of her high school class and a Girl Scout for ten years. Samantha is the founder of a non-profit organization called Looking aHEAD for Kids in which she makes and sells headbands whose proceeds are used to purchase athletic games and equipment for impoverished children. Samantha is involved with various organizations, such as the Young Entrepreneurs Society, Student Activities Board, J-Walkers, GIVE club, and Mock trial. Samantha is passionate about empowering girls and hopes to see more female leaders in the political world.
Ashni Nadgauda, a current junior from southern California, is studying biology, as part of the 7 year accelerated medical program at Drexel University. After graduating from Drexel Medicine with an M.D., she plans to work as either an OB/GYN or neonatal physician. Ashni is currently involved with Drexel’s chapter of Global Brigades and recently traveled to Panama on a medical brigade, spent her summer working with research on gliomablastoma multiforme with Dr. Yinghui Zhong, and is on an all girls Bollywood fusion dance team called Jhalak. In the upcoming year, Ashni hopes to help start a chapter of the UN Foundation’s Girl Up initiative at Drexel University with fellow GenHERation team member Chelsea Edirisuriya. In addition to empowering women, Ashni loves to experiment with baking, is currently obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy, and adores all things coffee and chocolate. Ashni is extremely excited to be working on the GenHERation team, and is determined to do her best helping to empower women and girls throughout the nation.
Ally Massimi is currently is a second year Dietetics Major at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. At Ashland Ally is a dedicated member to her Student Dietetics Association, where she also is a contributor for their blog. After she receives her RDN she plans on eventually opening her own business that helps young girls to have fun with nutrition and inspire them to have a positive body image. In her spare time she likes to hang out with friends (especially during Bachelor Mondays), workout, hike, and go bike riding. She also really enjoys sports and loves to support her school’s athletic teams, as well as her favorite team the Buffalo Sabres. She is excited to be a contributor for GenHERation and spread the message of female empowerment that it embodies.
Born and raised in Texas, Ricky Rajani is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying Digital Media Design in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. After attending and later working at an all-female computer science camp in Austin, she became interested in programming and encouraging women empowerment in the technology sector. Along with computer science, Ricky is also interested in art and design and how they can merge with science and technology in order to create STEAM (STEM + Art) programming. She was elected as the Engineering Class Chair of the Class Board of 2018 and is involved in Women in Computer Science and Society of Women Engineers. In her free time, she enjoys Bollywood and Hip Hop dance, drinking tea, and catching up on the latest trends in technology. Ricky is incredibly excited to join the GenHERation team and is looking forward to empowering girls throughout the nation!
Rebecca is a current sophomore at East Chapel Hill High School, where she is a member of the social justice academy, the science club, and the swim team. She enjoys reading, playing volleyball, and helping others. She has interviewed successful women in the past and was left in awe by not only their mastery in their fields, but also their ability to influence the future generations. This experience has made her even more passionate about encouraging young women to achieve their goals. Rebecca is very excited to join GenHERation because she believes that knowledge and information is the ultimate leeway to empowerment.
Laissa Christelle Alexis is a high school student at Saint Vincent Academy in Newark, New Jersey. She is involved in tons school clubs and activities like her school Literary Magazine, Forensics Club, book club and more. She is part of the Newark Museum Science Explorer program for high school students. She enjoys singing in her church choir. In her free time, she loves to read, sew and write on her blog called. Laissa is very excited to be a GenHERation writer, she thinks that she will have a lot of fun with it. She loves to empower girls and is ready to take on the world
Keerthi Jayaraman is an incoming sophomore at the Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey. She is involved in many clubs and organizations in her school such as Diversity Council, the Community Service Committee, and the school’s selective singing group. She is also a member of the school’s field hockey and swim team. Keerthi founded Edgift, a non-profit organization which works to empower impoverished gifted and talented girls in India and in inner-city schools of New Jersey. She strongly believes that all girls should have equal access to education throughout the world. As Malala Yousafzai once said, “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.”