Department of Special Issues

Carmelli Leal

Special Issues Director

Carmelli Leal is the Special Issues Director for the 2019-2020 school year. Since starting her involvement in student government in sixth grade, Carmelli has fallen in love with cooperating with others to advocate for fellow students and the issues that they face. She is particularly passionate about the environment, mental health, and women’s rights. After her first regional general assembly meeting, she was hooked and started on the path that led her to be on the MASC Executive Board. She is currently attending Eastern Technical High School in Baltimore County as a junior. Outside of MASC, Carmelli loves to stay active in school and in her community. In school, she is in engaged in several extracurriculars including the Future Business Leaders of America, jazz band, student government, volleyball, and her class organization. Outside of school, she volunteers as a student tutor and volunteers at the Baltimore Veteran Affairs Medical Center. This year, Carmelli hopes to have a successful year in working with her department as efficient as possible and working to advocate for special issues for youth in the state of Maryland.

Melanie Andrew


Melanie is a current senior at Catoctin High School where she is apart of the SGA, American Sign Language Club, Senior Class Club, and Model UN. She is currently serving as her school’s SGA Parliamentarian, the FCASC Regional President, and is a workshop presenter for MASC. She hopes to accomplish gaining SMOB Voting Rights for her county, as well as advocating for student voices, to end her senior year strong.


Tolu Dapo-Adeyemo


 I like to write in my free time, or play video games and hang out with friends. I play soccer and tennis, and I am also a member of North Point’s Mock Trial team. I want to make legislative issues more accessible to delegates and non-delegates to give the student body more of a voice; allowing us to focus on the real issues.

Yasmine Juhar


Hi, my name is Yasmine I will be serving as your State Legislative Affairs Coordinator (SLACER) this following year of 2019-2020. I am a Sophmore at High Point High School. To get to know a little more about me I’ll share my favorite hobbies, playing soccer and my violin, reading about history, and watching any supernatural movie that makes me feel like a hero. My best interest in joining MASC was simply to indulge in action by speaking on behalf of the voices of my peers which will always include YOU.

Navi Singh

Co-Service Coordinator

Navi is HCRASC’s Vice President, a region that is beloved to her and that she’s never humble about. She started off as Charitable Activities coordinator for her school’s SGA and region- due to loving the feeling of helping her community, she thought she might as well tackle state ;). Navi wants to bring that excitable energy, creativity, inclusivity, and hands on experience to MASC’s services this year. So, Let’s not be afraid to get our hands dirty this year! Navi is a senior, but she is a child at heart


Anusha Krishnan

Co-Service Coordinator

Hi! My name is Anusha and I am a service coordinator for MASC. I’m in 8th grade and go to Roberto Clemente Middle School. I am a Special Elections Director in my regional SGA and vice president in my school. I love to play the violin in the Maryland Youth Orchestra and do traditional bharatanatyam dance. I also love to play volleyball with MVSA and horse-back ride. My favorite show is the flash (don’t hate me) and I enjoy reading and taking photos in my free time. I also participate in the Young Artists of America theater group which I love! And of course, I am very passionate about SGA and student advocacy! This year I hope to aid other counties in creating service projects and service days as well as planning our own!

George Nickels

Co-Environmental Affairs Coordinator

George Nickels is very excited to be one of MASC’s 2019-2020 Environmental Affairs Coordinators! He is a Senior at Edgewood High School for the International Baccalaureate program. George is also serving as the President for the Harford County Regional Association of Student Councils and he also serves as the Vice President for his school’s student government. Something that you should know about George is that he REALLY likes rice. This year he hopes to inform students that are a part of MASC about ways that they can become more environmentally friendly by facilitating workshops and publishing quarterly newsletters.

Kathryn Rambo

Co-Environmental Affairs Coordinator


Jayshree Srinivasan

School Safety Liaison- Advisory

Jayshree is currently a junior at Mount Hebron High School in Howard County. She is honored to, once again, serve as a school safety liaison because she strongly believes that a positive school climate is instrumental to student achievement. This year, she is also serving as the sole student representative on the Advisory Board to the Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS) Subcabinet. She hopes to use this position to bridge the gap between student leaders and adults in power through the establishment of more initiatives to spread the work of MCSS and a student advisory board. Outside of MASC, Jayshree loves to dance, give back to the community, and spend time with friends and family. She is beyond excited for the year to come!

Eleni Olivea Varlas

School Safety Liaison- Subcabinet

Olivea is a senior at Westlake High school in Charles County. She will serve as School Safety Liasion for 2019-2020 and is very excited to do so. She is involved in Student Government at her high school and currently holds the position of Class President for 2020. While participating in Student Government, she maintains 4.0+ GPA. After school, she’s involved in soccer and track. She also is involved in multiple clubs inside and outside of school including Key Club, International Club, Top Teens of America and Spanish Club.

Emily Kerns

Diversity and Equity Affairs Coordinators

Emily Kerns is the Diversity and Equity Affairs Coordinator for the 2019-2020 school year. She has been active in student government since 8th grade, and has been in love ever since. She is extremely passionate about student and youth advocacy and leadership. She also currently serves as the regional president of CCASC. Last year, she served as MASC Service Coordinator. She has also served as school liaison to her county’s Board of Education and SGA President at her school. Emily is a senior at McDonough High School in Charles County. Outside of student government, Emily plays volleyball and is a Girl Scout. Emily is excited for her position because it provides her with a chance to further diversify and educate the students of MASC and Maryland to become more united than ever.

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Maddy Henn

Mental Health Affairs Coordinator

Maddy is currently a junior at Liberty high school and has been involved is sga for about 3 years. Maddy first discovered sga freshman year when her boyfriend dragged her to a CCSGA general assembly. Soon after that Maddy served as her school’s press secretary and a MASC certified workshop presenter. Maddy is thrilled to serve as one of this years mental health affairs coordinator. Maddy has personally struggled with mental health issues and seen the effects of mental health with her peers growing up. Aside from student government, Maddy also is involved in drama as she is her school’s costume designer and assistant choreographer. Maddy also is a teacher at “Sew-fabulous sewing school” where she teaches kids and adults how to sew. Overall Maddy loves student government and cannot wait for this year!

Gabrielle Ryder

Mental Health Affairs Coordinator

Gabrielle Ryder is a junior at Washington County Technical High School in their Homeland Security program. She is an at-large member of Washington County Association of Student Councils (WCASC) and has been involved in student government for the past three years. Through school, Gabrielle is a member of the National Spanish Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Ruriteen (high school sub-section of the Ruritan), plays on Smithsburg’s volleyball team, and archery, where she has competed at the state level three times and the national level twice. During her freshman year of high school, Gabrielle created STOP Stigma, which is a mental health awareness initiative in Washington County. Through this program, Gabrielle has hosted three mental health events, including an hour long video presentation that will be presented at every middle and high school during the 2019-2020 school year. She hopes to make students feel more comfortable talking about mental health and asking for help when they need it. After high school, she plans to double major in forensic psychology and cybersecurity. From there she aspires to be a Staff Operations Specialist for the FBI.

Gabrielle is constantly looking for new ideas for STOP Stigma and is always willing to provide resources related to mental health to any county. Feel free to contact her by reaching out through any of STOP Stigma’s social media accounts.

Trisha Reddy

Mental Health Affairs Coordinator

Trisha is a current junior at Mount Hebron High School, Howard County. Through her experience helping to organize the first ever Mental Health Forum along with the SMOB and other student leaders within Howard County, she was able to learn more about the perspectives of many students, staff, and parents. This event inspired her to take more action to increase awareness for mental health issues and decrease stigmas surrounding it- two of her main goals for the upcoming school year. This is her first year on the MASC Executive Board and she is honored to have been given the opportunity to influence change on an issue close to her heart. Outside of her student leadership, Trisha remains busy through her engagement in volleyball and community service, as well as her secondary passion for photography.

Grant Procopio

Post-Secondary Resource Coordinator

Grant Procopio is currently a junior at Liberty High School in Carroll County, Maryland. He is very excited to be the Post-Secondary Resource Coordinator for the 2019-2020 school year! Along with serving on the MASC Executive Board this year, Grant will serve as Liberty High School’s SGA Treasurer and the Carroll County SGA Chief of Staff. Outside of Student Government, Grant is a part of the Liberty High School School Improvement Team, LGBTQ Club, National Art Honor Society, and National Honor Society. Grant frequently volunteers at Fairhaven Retirement Community’s marketing department in Carroll County. He hopes to have a productive year helping to inform the youth in Maryland about Post-High School opportunities! Come on MASC, lets get sickening!!