2021-2022 PA State Officer Candidates

 Please take a moment to read about our candidates for the 2021-2022 school year.  All directions will be posted at PATSA.org for voting.

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President
Madison Martin 

Hey PA-TSA! My name is Madison Martin, and I’m running to be your 2021-2022 State President. This past year has been like pineapple on pizza. Some people have enjoyed it, while others have not. For me, the sweetest part of my year was serving as your 2020-2021 State Reporter. I’ve fulfilled all of my initiatives such as creating virtual chapter representative meetings, tripling the number of social media posts, and expanding statewide surveys.

However, there’s still more I want to do for PA-TSA. To improve the biased vice chair selection process, I will introduce vice chair interviews. These Zoom meetings will allow candidates to further explain why they are best suited for the position, and interact with the committee chair whom they will be working closely with. I will continue improving PA-TSA communication through chapter visits, where state officers will meet with local officer teams to answer questions and provide feedback—a resource that is currently heavily underutilized. By implementing a standard Google Form, I will simplify the process of requesting a visit. Lastly, I will create a chapter representative Discord Server to allow chapter officers to safely collaborate and ask questions, and give state officers a direct way to communicate with chapters.

This is just the beginning. PA-TSA, if you elect me as your next president, I will accomplish my initiatives and more. Now, while we may never know whether pineapple belongs on pizza, know that you will win with Martin.

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Vice-President

Avery Broggi

Let’s get straight to the point, 2020-2021 has been a roller coaster of emotions for everyone. Specifically, TSA has seen an enormous decline in member retention, and chapter involvement throughout the fiscal year. Now, more than ever, is when PA-TSA needs a strong, passionate, and experienced officer for the position of State Vice-President. 

Hello Pennsylvania TSA, my name is Avery Broggi, and I have had the great honor in serving as your State Historian this year. Through this position, I have been able to communicate with the state, creating lasting impact with our members, and work with a team that I will appreciate throughout my life. However, now is not the time to be nostalgic, it is time to take action. 

I am a candidate with a strong repertoire of ideas, endless knowledge on PA-TSA history, and a passion in making our membership more involved within our organization. These qualities, coupled with my experiences in chairing a committee and serving as lead representative of region 5, have allowed me to develop ideas which will benefit our organization and quality of future State and Regional Conferences. 

Our time here is short, but I encourage you to check out the latest information about my campaign via social media. I am not just A-Very good choice for Vice-President, I am the right choice for PA-TSA.
 

Julie Wright

Hey PA-TSA! My name is Julie Wright, and I am incredibly excited to run for the position of Vice President. This year, I had the honor to serve as your State Sergeant-At-Arms, and after fulfilling my campaign promises, my dedication to this organization has only grown, and I can’t wait to pursue another term as a state officer.

As Sergeant-At-Arms, I worked to change our delegation by implementing event-based themes into virtual special interest sessions, improving social media content, and redesigning event resources, all of which I committed to executing in my previous campaign. I also brought our membership together through our first Miracle Month ACS fundraising initiative and official nation-wide meme contest, even in a remote environment.

As your Vice President, I will continue to advocate for our membership by providing abundant resources to all members, enabling your input to our delegation to be worthwhile. I will unite members across our state through closer region-to-chapter communication, create networking opportunities across regions by improving outreach to external organizations and post-secondary institutions, help integrate new chapters to our membership, and continue to uphold our strong social media presence. Check out my Instagram, @julieforpatsa, which will go live on April 11th at the conclusion of the opening ceremony for more information. 

PA-TSA, please join me in growing our delegation together as a community. I wish you the best of luck in your events this April, and I look forward to what we can accomplish together. Let’s Do It Right With Julie Wright!

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Secretary
Eryn McKendree

PA-TSA, as I am sure many of you would agree, is an amazing organization. Though I cannot speak for everyone, I know that personally, PA-TSA has helped me to grow and thrive into the individual I am today. It has given me some of my happiest, most exciting memories ーexperiences beyond what I ever could have imagined back in seventh grade when I joined. 

Members of PA-TSA ー My name is Eryn McKendree, and I am running to be your next PA-TSA secretary. I am running for office because I am determined to give back to the association that has given me so much. 

Over the years, I have worked to better TSA in every way I could, starting with committees, then branching out as a chapter, and now a regional officer. Having advanced through these levels of leadership I believe I am finally equipped to lead as a state officer. I have chosen to run specifically for secretary because the position aligns with my goals for this wonderful organization. 

If elected, my primary objectives would be to enhance scholarship opportunities, introduce informative pieces regarding STEM opportunities and chapter assistance, and spark a new era of PA-TSA branding. I also have every intention of continuing the standard outreach goals that have been managed by the Outreach Committee. I cannot wait to share more about these plans and other possible initiatives during my upcoming campaign! I want to thank you for reading my message, and I can’t wait to share more.

 

Ben Moldovsky

Hey Pennsylvania TSA! My name is Ben Moldovsky and I’m running to be your next State Secretary! 

As I become more involved with TSA, I can’t help but think back to my first State Conference. As I walked through our beloved Seven Springs, I gazed upon the lively events, the chaotic atmosphere, but what most caught my eye were the members that were assisting their fellow competitors. That’s when I realized that TSA is a community, 250,000 strong, and that our members have the potential to do great things in our near future. From that moment onward, I knew TSA was my destiny and took every opportunity I could to further my progress.

I competed in as many events as I could. I joined student-led committees. I ran for state office. These experiences made me the candidate I am today.

The road to becoming a candidate for State Secretary has not been easy. I’ve appreciated my wins, but I’ve learned from my losses. I learned the importance of communication, teamwork, and strengthening relationships with our amazing members. It’s time to bring new initiatives to Pennsylvania, so we can further our progress, and continue to lead our technical world.

For the most up-to-date information and an in-depth look at my ideas and qualifications, please keep an eye out for my social media! My name is Ben Moldovsky, and I’m thrilled to be a candidate for our next PA-TSA Secretary, so let’s come together to Lead the Way for PA-TSA.

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Treasurer
Avanti Athavale

Hello PA-TSA! My name is Avanti Athavale, and I want to be your 2021-2022 State Treasurer! I’m currently a sophomore at Cumberland Valley High School in Region 3, and this is my third year in TSA. These past two years I’ve been my chapter’s treasurer-elect and then treasurer. I’ve also been a member of the regional representatives committee and the national service project committee for the past two years. This past year, I was also a member of the outreach committee, the bylaw amendment and resolution committee, and the conference sessions and activities committee. Some ideas that I would implement as your treasurer would be to sell items at regionals to fundraise for the ACS and have statewide meetings throughout the year that chapters could attend to discuss fundraising issues they’re facing or share ideas. Thank you for reading a bit about me, and remember, vote Avanti for your State Treasurer!

 

Rik Bhattacharyya

Hey PA-TSA! I’m Rik Bhattacharyya and I am running to be your 2021-22 State Treasurer. TSA has given me the opportunity to learn about not only leadership but also adaptability. Currently, I serve as the Region 8 President, helping to coordinate initiatives like chapter-level fundraisers and an apparel sale that raised more than a thousand dollars for the American Cancer Society. Along with that, I’ve raised thousands of dollars in corporate sponsorships for my chapter. 

As state officer, my first priority would be the cost to attend states. I personally know that high registration fees can deter members from attending the state conference. My first step to combat this would be to learn where our fees are going and publish that information publicly. From there, we will look into where we can lower those costs to make states more affordable for everyone.

Secondly, I would streamline the ACS donation process. In the past, the state has provided little guidance for how chapters should turn over donations to the ACS. I would design an online portal where chapters can do just that. Using this streamlined process, we would collect information about who is donating which would be used to create a dashboard. This data would help us focus our chapter and region-level fundraising for the most impact. 

Though this year has been tough, we’ve all adapted to do great things. Together, we will continue making PA-TSA the best it can be. So remember when voting, “Rock Next Year with Rik.”

 

James Coppersmith

Welcome PA-TSA! I’m James Coppersmith, a junior at South Western High School enjoying my fourth exciting year of TSA! 

I know how limiting this year has been, so as your State Treasurer, my first order of business would be creating a poll to allow you to choose our next PA-only competitive event! Through my committee experience, including my work creating the Event Overlap Index for the Event Resources Subcommittee, I’ve identified Engineering Troubleshooting, Statistical Analysis, and Industrial Fabric Composition (alongside your suggestions) for you to select from.

Knowing how hard we work on our projects, it devastates me to see so many get damaged on bus rides, so I’d remedy this by expanding our printing station into the Event Adjustment Station. Glue, screwdrivers, rulers, and more would be available for you to make any last-minute tweaks to your submissions, and proceeds would benefit the American Cancer Society!

Speaking of which, our current greatest flaw in ACS fundraising is that we target the regional and state levels instead of our organization’s source: our chapters. As chair of the National Service Project Committee, I’d create the Link Subcommittee, which will reach out to and link individual chapters to expand fundraising opportunities.

PA-TSA, this year has been nobody’s favorite, but we have a unique opportunity to be the difference that we want to step back into Seven Springs with. If you want to learn more, visit my website, (https://jamescoppersmithpatsa.weebly.com), and remember, A Vote for James is a Vote for Change!


Phillip Gao

Hello PA-TSA! My name is Phillip Gao and I am thrilled to be running to be your next State Treasurer. 

I’ve been an avid member of TSA for six years, during which time I’ve gained invaluable insight that has prepared me for the responsibilities and duties of being Treasurer. I’ve founded and chaired my chapter’s fundraising committee and served as Vice Chair for the NSP. Equipped with this experience, I’d love to give back to PA-TSA in a meaningful way through a number of initiatives.

First, I plan on creating a new incentive system that gives students from top fundraising schools perks at the State Conference. They include being able to skip lines for event drop offs, breakfast, and interest sessions, and receiving discounts on printing, TSA attire, and entries to raffles and video game tournaments. 

Next, I will increase chapter participation in the National Service Project by bolstering competition. To accomplish this, a leaderboard will be posted on the PA-TSA website, which will allow members to gauge the success of their fundraising efforts compared to those of other schools. 

Lastly, I’d like to help new chapters get accustomed to our PA-TSA traditions. I will implement a system where veteran members can volunteer to give tours, answer questions, and provide other forms of assistance to members of new chapters.

It would be my privilege to serve as your next State Treasurer, but I cannot do this without your support. Remember when voting, to take the vow to vote for Gao.
 

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Reporter
Vraj Patel

Hey PA-TSA! My name is Vraj Patel and I am running to be your 2021-22 State Reporter. Throughout my TSA journey, I’ve been immersed in numerous leadership roles and collaborative environments to develop as a student. Serving as my Chapter’s President with over 50 members, I have discovered how to lead and grow by actively participating in the National Service Project and Communications and Promotions Committees, while also participating in the 2021 Virtual FLEX Conference. These experiences presented me with the best ideas to improve PA-TSA.

My first objective is to enhance communication between officers and members: the development of social media forums like Google Forms or Padlets will allow members to relay information to officers on what they would want to see at PA-TSA Conferences. My next initiative would be to restructure the Communications and Promotions Committee by including a sub-committee that holds different skill workshops, which would help individual chapters with social media, fundraising, and learning new information. This committee will also work to highlight PA-TSA member success and recognize individuals for their phenomenal TSA work. Third, I will focus on strengthening state communication by working to reach out to other states to adopt new initiatives and work with the Outreach Committee to involve PA-TSA members in-state networking to develop state and member connections. 

PA-TSA, your support will allow me to implement ideas to develop your passion and help TSA thrive. Remember, do well with Patel!
 

Michelle Zheng

Let’s be real. It’s been a rough year. Online school, cancellations, virtual conferences…you get the idea. But, I’m ready to move on. It’s time to leave the past behind us and look towards the future. My name is Michelle Zheng and I am running to be your next state Reporter. 

Over the past year, TSA has seen a dramatic loss in membership, even losing entire chapters. I want to create a Membership Recruitment Toolkit consisting of promotional material, tips for recruiting members, FAQs, and more. In addition, I will create a video tutorial series to help new members and chapters explaining key parts of TSA: fundraising, basics of competing, running meetings, voting, and more. Next, while communication has improved, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. Getting answers to questions can be difficult and time-consuming. By creating a form on the website that allows members to send questions directly to the State Officer Team and Board of Directors, members can get answers from a reliable source and responses will be posted afterwards for everyone else to see. Furthermore, our email newsletter is extremely outdated. Through a redesign and adding sections useful to members such as monthly scholarship lists, internship opportunities, and committee highlights, we can maximize its potential.

As for my qualifications, I have served as my Chapter President, Region Vice-President, NSP Blog/Outreach Subcommittee Chair, and a recurrent member of CAPC and Regional Representatives Committee.  When voting, remember, Make your Mark with Michelle.

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Sergeant-at-Arms
Zane Al-Saleem

Over the past 4 years, I have always imagined what it would be like to run for state office. Now, given this opportunity, I hope I can surpass previous campaigns that have inspired me to run for state office.

Dear Pennsylvania TSA, my name is Zane Al-Saleem and I am excited for this opportunity to run as a candidate for State Sergeant at Arms. While I might not be able to greet you in person this year, I think it is important that I am able to foster connections (virtually) within our great state organization.

As a candidate, I am no stranger to experience within TSA. Having been in CSAC for three years, and this year serving as vice-chair, I’ve been able to facilitate change within the state committees. These changes will and have already had a lasting impact within Pennsylvania and I hope to continue to expand upon my repertoire of TSA accomplishments. 

Three years ago, when I attended my first State Conference, I was inspired by the state officers that would soon become my role models. I have learned about their passion and I acquired their drive to create a lasting impact on the organization.

As your next Sergeant-At-Arms, I will deliver the utmost poise and dedication, just like my predecessors. 

For the most up-to-date information on my campaign, please keep an eye out for my social media campaign! My name is Zane Al-Saleem and remember to use your brain, and vote for Zane :)

 

Kendall Coddington

Hi PATSA, as you all know, we are in the midst of a global pandemic. There has been so much unknown- COVID-19 did not come with instructions on how to defeat it! As a result, the 2020 state conference had to be cancelled. This bothered many PATSA members, and we weren’t going to settle for another cancellation. We did what PATSA members always do, use problem solving to find a solution. I would like to congratulate you PATSA for successfully having a state conference despite our circumstances!

I’m Kendall Coddington, regions one and six’s lead representative, a CSAC and CAPC committee member, and a lover of everything TSA, and I am running to be your next state sergeant-at-arms. As the president of my own chapter, I filmed instructional videos to watch after reading the event guide. These offered extra insight and more simply explained the events. I want to do the same for PATSA and use its current youtube channel to post these. This series could include filmed zoom interviews from experienced event veterans to give advice. This will be extremely helpful to both new and returning members!

Winning the election sounds great, but the real winning I am worried about is every PSTSA member getting the most out of this amazing organization. I believe that having me as the sergeant-at-arms and implementing my ideas will help every one of you do better at your events and be more successful people. So, for a real win, vote Kendall Coddington!

 

Evan Kahn

Hello Pennsylvania TSA, from the battlefields of Gettysburg, I’m Evan Kahn a sophomore and I am ecstatic to be running for the office of PA-TSA Sergeant-At-Arms. Since 6th grade, TSA has had major impacts on my life, and now I’m ready to give back as a member of the SOT. If elected as your Sergeant At Arms I would create 3 new initiatives to better KAHNunicate with the membership, create new engagement tools to KAHNnect our delegation, and finally create introductory videos to KAHNfert new members.  

First, I would establish new KAHNmunication methods to bridge the gap between TSA members and the SOT. If elected I would establish a weekly schedule to meet with chapter members and I would create several town hall style meetings where students could address their concerns. Secondly, I would create new engagement tools to KAHNnect the delegate. I currently feel that the average TSA member is only active in the weeks before a completion, that’s why I would create new mini competitions where members could show off their engineering skills. Additionally, I would establish statewide game sessions where students could meet other TSA members. Finally, I have seen many new members quickly become overwhelmed and lost when starting their TSA projects. To KAHNfert them I would work with the SOT to create introductory videos that explain the basics of TSA and how to start a project. So PA-TSA remember, Together we KAHN and elect Evan Kahn as your Sergeant-At-Arms.

 

Rushil Negandhi

Hey PA-TSA! My name is Rushil Negandhi, and I’m running to be your next Sergeant-at-Arms. This is my 3rd year in TSA and I enjoy every part of it! The past year, I served as Region 3 President, Chapter VP, and Lead Region 3 Representative. I’m running for this position because TSA has done so much for me and I’d like to give back by improving the experience for future members. As an officer, I would make it my goal to improve event success and prevent confusion with rulebooks through several initiatives.

This year, I had the opportunity of being co-chair of the Event Resources subcommittee, a part of CSAC. Through this new initiative, we are able to incorporate documents into the Event Resources page that will help you succeed. If elected, I would further expand this and the Event Gallery to include specific event guides and external resources. In addition, I would advocate for a statewide Q&A forum or event FAQ page on the state website.

Although this year has been challenging, TSA is bound to evolve as a result of our increasingly effective use of technology. Thus, I’d like to implement virtual event workshops and SIS leading up to the conference where members can connect and learn from each other. 

PA-TSA, I know you have great ideas for the welfare of this organization as well. If elected, I promise to gather feedback from you to improve my agenda. So remember, it’s crucial to vote for Rushil!

 

Miriam Ruback

Hi PA-TSA! My name is Miriam Ruback, and I am running to be your next State Sergeant-at-Arms. During my three years in TSA, I have been a leader in my middle school and high school chapters as President and Vice President. This year I am on the Conference Sessions and Activities Committee, where I am leading the “Minecraft Special Interest Session.” TSA is a passion of mine, and I am proud to be a part of an organization where students can pursue their interests, work to their full potential, better understand technology, and be part of an effort to improve the world.  

I will be a leader for PA-TSA who will take my responsibilities seriously. I will work for the betterment of TSA and all its members, and will bring perspective to the office from Central Pennsylvania. In addition to my chapter and state responsibilities, I participated as a delegate from Pennsylvania two summers ago when I went to nationals. 

My goals for the office are to continue the great work of the prior officers and represent your views. I also want to develop effective contingency plans so that if PA-TSA will ever need to switch to a virtual format, we can. Finally, I plan to empower leaders of tomorrow by creating leadership forums and events throughout the TSA season. 

When voting, consider that I always have TSA’s best interests at heart. Your views matter, your vote matters, and you will go forward with Ruback! Thank you.