Meet Our Six New Council Members!
After a long and difficult process, the National Youth Council has now welcomed six (not five, as previously stated) new council members. See their bios below or under our leadership tab:
Aparna Ghosh is a senior at the University of Michigan, where she is finishing her dual major in Neuroscience and International Studies. She has been involved with the Red Cross since 2006, starting first as a Youth volunteer with her local Chapter’s youth program. She then joined the Washtenaw-Lenawee County Chapter’s Board of Directors, where she continues to serve as the Youth member. She then served a committee chair for two years at U of M’s Red Cross Club, was Vice President last year and will be President in the coming year. In addition to all of this, she helped to shape the National Collegiate Assembly, a networking opportunity for college clubs across the country to connect with each other.
Outside of the Red Cross, she volunteers with her own nonprofit organization, Dance to Empower Stronger Healthcare (DESH), coaches Science Olympiad and works in a research lab studying the genetic basis of prostate cancer.
Taylor is a 19-year-old rising sophomore at East Carolina University, majoring in Elementary and Middle Grades Education with a concentration in Language Arts. From small town Sanford, North Carolina, Taylor has been working with the Red Cross for about three years. She began her Red Cross volunteer work as a participant in a program entitled Queen of Hearts , where high school girls raise funds for the Red Cross disaster services during the month of February; whoever raised the most money for the counties chapter of the Red Cross wins. After raising about $7,000 dollars Taylor went on to serve as an Intern at her local Red Cross, developed a male program adjacent to Queen of Hearts, became a youth program volunteer, and a first responder to the April 16th, 2011 tornadoes.Since graduating high school, Taylor has become a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, Golden Leaf Scholar, and volunteer at the Red Cross in her college town, where she has worked heavily with SAF and to develop a university American Red Cross Club. In Greenville, North Carolina she was recently honored by being named East Carolina University’s volunteer of the year.”
Beginning her Red Cross career in 2010, Siena helped establish the South Bay District Red Cross Youth Corps through work as a New Media and Marketing Officer, President and Founder of Palos Verdes High School Red Cross Club, and Youth Executive Board President. Siena’s largest Red Cross accomplishments include being the recipient of the Narvin Scholarship and completing a campaign called “Race for Life” which includes her racing in the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon (1.2 mi swim, 56 mi bike, and 13.1 mile run) to raise enough money to vaccinate 1000 children from the fatal disease of measles. Siena currently attends Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles as an honor student and leadership scholar. Due to her experience last summer as a National Geographic Film Expeditioner, she is majoring in film, believing that as we enter the digital age the best way she can spread humanity enabling the Red Cross mission is through the awareness of media.
My name is Doire Perot and I am going to be a senior at The Ohio State University in the fall. I am a business major with a specialization in operations management. I am originally from Buffalo, NY and have two older sisters. I became involved with the Red Cross my senior year of high school during a scholarship drive. I have since joined the Red Cross club at OSU. I am also involved in the Student-Alumni Council at OSU which is a student group that connects student past, present, and future. My favorite food is pizza, my favorite show is Dexter, and the coolest place I’ve ever traveled is Amsterdam.
Sabrina is a freshman at George Washington University, majoring in International Affairs. Her American Red Cross story began in 2008 when she was a freshman in high school. For Sabrina, serving on the Augusta Red Cross Youth Board started as a simple way to get involved in her community, but quickly grew into a passion. She became President of the Board and served for two years. Her favorite part of being involved with the Red Cross is meeting people that share the same mission. You can contact Sabrina at
Alydaar Rangwala is a sophomore at Harvard University studying Applied Math with Economics. He first became involved with the Red Cross by starting a club his freshman year of high school, and worked to develop high school and college clubs in the Northeastern New York region. Alydaar received the 2009 Northeastern New York Youth Service Award and served on the Northeastern New York Board of Directors. He is currently the Secretary-Treasurer of the Harvard College Red Cross and stays involved through blood drives, preparedness classes, and raising awareness.
Outside of the Red Cross, Alydaar is very passionate about entrepreneurship especially in the technology and scientific fields. He has traveled to six continents and loves trying new exotic food, and during the cold New England winters he can be found on the ski slopes.