The Executive Directors are our leadership team and are the heads of Revive’s Task Teams.
DIRECTOR OF JOURNALISM: BLOG
“My name is Aesnur Karani and I am 16 years old. I am a third culture kid, Indian by ethnicity, studying in Mombasa, Kenya and living in Kinshasa, DRC. Mental health is something very personal to me and something that needs to be addressed in today’s society. Living in an Indian household, I was always surrounded with statements such as “Therapy is a scam, a business to earn money using people’s problems”, “Mental health is a hoax, it’s for the weak people and not for us”. When the pandemic and lockdown took a toll on my mental health, I was so confused and didn’t know how to act or who to go to. I became numb and it was not a great feeling, I have had many friends that needed someone, and I couldn’t be that someone. Being part of this team, I want to use this platform to its best potential and help address this situation because at the end of the day, everyone deserves that someone… no one deserves to feel that numbness I felt on May 25th, 2020 at 2 AM”
DIRECTOR OF JOURNALISM: INTERVIEW
Adelaide is a 16-year-old sophomore studying in Hong Kong. She is especially passionate about music and psychology. To her, mental health is a topic that deserves more attention. She believes that understanding and empathy are the most important aspects of being a mental health advocate. She has experienced and witnessed the impact of mental health and hopes to raise public awareness.
DIRECTOR OF JOURNALISM: INTERVIEW
“Hello! I am a high school student who is interested in learning about biology and history. My favorite activities consist of reading murder mystery novels, listening to K-pop, watching Asian dramas and tutoring other students. The reason why I value mental health awareness so much is because my parents and friends influenced me to be a very empathic person. Mental health is often either romanticized or stigmatized in our society, which creates an impregnable bubble around those who need help. I want to provide a safe space to those in need of help, those offering help and every other person who wants to educate themselves about mental health. “
DIRECTOR OF JOURNALISM: RESEARCH
“I am Diya, a 16 year old who loves to read, listen to music, watch Netflix and overall have fun! Mental Health is very important to me. It affects everything like how we act, talk and feel. It can affect daily life and relationships. This is why it is super important to be there for others during their time in need.”
DANIELLE SAINT HILAIRE
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS: FINANCE
“My name is Danielle Saint Hilaire and I just graduated from the University at Albany with a degree in Biology and a minor in Neuroscience. I am taking a gap year as I am applying to medical school to pursue my dream of being a pediatrician. In my last year of college, I have worked with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as I have been trying to contribute to some of the important work being done to de-stigmatize mental illness. As a Christian, I’ve been told that my faith should cancel out my anxieties, my fears, my mental health struggles. But I’ve come to learn that it’s okay to love Jesus and have a therapist too. I am very grateful for the opportunity NAMI gave me to learn more about mental illness and I hope to continue to change the narrative surrounding mental health.”
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS: HUMAN RESOURCES
“My name is Kathryn Xie and I’m from San Francisco, California. I love to swim competitively and also love to go on long hikes or runs. I also really enjoy listening to music, old Taylor Swift and country music in particular. As a rising junior in high school, mental health is a topic that is extremely important to me, as I’ve had past experiences where my mental health really wasn’t great. I want to be able to share with the world what I’ve learned from my past experiences and help others in understanding mental health. Taking care of our mental health and understanding even what it is, is something that I believe everybody should be able to learn.”
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS: MARKETING
“My name is Afua Siaw, a junior in high school from nyc! I want to be a child psychologist when I grow up due to my love of mental health, children, and medicine! Some of my hobbies include creative writing, as I love to express my voice through the power of words and photography as I admire nature’s beauty. I also love social media and activism, as it’s gen z biggest platform and I love to raise awareness about social justice issues.
Going to the pediatrician, I notice how they ask “Are you social and have friends?” or “Do you participate in after-school activities?” to assess our mental health. There’s more to be done if psychologist-visits were required annually just like the doctor. Thus, my interest has shifted to wanting to support children with their mental health as a child psychologist.
As someone who constantly masked their mental concerns by distracting myself with school, rethinking about those times brings back the emotions I pushed down. Being a black woman in America, my mental health has consisted of dealing with our constantly evolving world. Issues such as racism, intergenerational trauma, and poverty disproportionately affect people of color. Mental health care accessibility is needed in my community.
I want to be the person that I wished I had during difficult times. I’ll make sure to listen to the voices and needs of marginalized students before it develops into long-term mental disorders. Representation for me is not only about being a voice for marginalized students, it’s also about being the person low-income minorities can talk to because it’s hard to open up when you don’t feel like anyone can relate to you. We don’t have a support system and that’s who I want to be. It matters who you talk to, who understands the struggles you face, who you open up to.”
DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY: GRAPHIC DESIGN
” I’m currently pursuing my Masters in Film and TV. I’m deeply passionate about Photography and hope to be a Wildlife Photographer some day. Having undergone depression and anxiety issues myself, I’m well aware of what it is like to battle your inner demons everyday which stop you from being productive and having a positive approach towards everything in life. If through my efforts, I’m able to give hope to even people to hold on and survive, and contribute in removing the taboo around mental health, I’ll be grateful. I know what it’s like when you feel you won’t be heard or nobody will understand so I want to contribute in providing that voice to people which is something I couldn’t do for myself. This world needs more kindness and I’m positive that being a part of this organization and helping people share their stories would inspire and give me hope every single day as well. “
DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY: DIGITAL MEDIA
” To me, Mental Health means a lot to me, as someone who suffers from depression, having good Mental Health is something I strive for, not only for me, but for everyone around me, I know f a few people who have/had depression and I tried my hardest to get them to a state of happiness. I have first hand experience with this.”
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTIONS: PODCAST
” Hi everyone! My name is Riya Bhuta and I am currently a junior from New Jersey! In my free time I love to play tennis, watch Bollywood movies and listen to music! I believe mental health is an extremely important topic within our society today and it is especially important to bring awareness to the topic considering many communities as well as schools do not recognize nor enforce it! I believe that by working together as a team we will be able to shed light on many of these issues and encourage others to join the fight!”
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTIONS: TIKTOK
“Hiiii, I’m Emilee Bravo. (Yes bravo). I am a senior in high school that hopes to have a career in business marketing and/or management. I really love to sleep and be cozy in my gray cotton blanket. Mental health has been a big thing in my life because I personally struggle with it. I have experienced those dark days where it feels like mental illnesses have robbed so much from you. Luckily, I had a great support system that checked on me and made sure I was okay. Unfortunately not everyone has thy and I hope as being a part of this organization, I can be part of the movement that brings that support system to everyone. As well as making sure that they know that they are loved and won’t have to worry about others judging them.”
DIRECTOR OF EVENTS
“My name is Smera Pattanaik and I am a student in Canada. I love to paint and some of my hobbies include art, graphic design, and anime. I believe mental health is important in every stage of life. A healthy mind lets you learn, grow and understand each other. Mental health means having ways to deal with your feelings even when things are hard. Good mental health isn’t about feeling happy and confident all the time and ignoring any problems. It’s about living and coping well despite your problems. Mental health affects how we think, feel, and act. Everyone has mental health but not everyone experiences a mental illness. But, everyone will struggle or have a challenge with their mental health sometime in their life.”
DIRECTOR OF EVENTS: FINMARKET
Being a full-time student herself, Alicia Mathew is accustomed to the struggles and trials of the everyday school-aged child. She is an avid writer, reader, and educator, and she aspires to pursue medicine in her future. For her. mental health is much more than what meets the eye. She has struggled with her mental health in the past, since all of her stressful activities have definitely taken a toll on her. However, she recently had an epiphany in her life, and she is currently working toward improving her mental health and the mental health of others.