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Behind the Mask Team

  The Behind the Mask team is composed of students from a variety of backgrounds who came together to launch a platform for teens around the world to share their experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic.

​    We have done our best to help the NYC community during this time and we will continue our efforts. Through our projects, we raised funds to donate masks to vulnerable groups and helped set up COVID-19 vaccines. Dozens of teens from every corner of the globe shared with us stories of self-discovery, fortitude, and hope. These narratives shed a glimpse on how our generation is processing these unprecedented times.

Co-Head of Outreach

  Hi! My name is Ada, I am 17 years old and currently a senior at Nanjing International school in China. Some of my hobbies include playing the cello, working as a part time barista and helping out local communities around me. I initially became a part of the Behind the Mask team because I found the many experiences and stories of how COVID-19 affected everyone incredibly interesting, and as an international student myself, I hope to contribute more experiences from the diverse group of people around me!

Ada Sun
Matt Melucci

  Hi! I’m Matt. I’m a senior at Stuyvesant High School, in New York. In March 2020, when quarantine started in New York City, isolation became the norm around the world, and we all shared feelings of apprehension and distress. I created Behind the Mask as a platform for teens to share their experiences and perspectives while we grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic.

  By gathering these stories, I hope to inspire solidarity and empathy as we move forward from this global crisis. As our team grew, we were able to use the platform to gather funds to donate 3,000 masks to organizations in need in New York City through donations and successful cookie fundraisers. We also have assisted individuals who had issues making a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. I’m excited to share the incredible work of our team and contributors!

Co-Head of Outreach

  Hi! I’m Gerda and I’m from France. In my free time I love to play the piano, to write and to make short movies. In three years I might go to England to improve my English. Thus, I’ll be able to speak three languages fluently. I’m glad to be part of the Behind the Mask project and I hope I’ll be helpful!

Gerda Bornhauser
Head of Fundraising

  Hi! I’m India, a senior at Hunter College High School in New York City. I love singing, acting, hanging out with friends, and meeting people from all over the world. I am also very passionate about social justice and helping out the community, and I volunteer with kids with disabilities and senior citizens weekly. I am super excited to be a part of the team at Behind The Mask, and I hope that you‘ll love every single story we share!

India Yeoh


Douglas Tulman

Natick, Massachusetts

Hi my name is Douglas Tulman and I have a keen heart for assisting people with their troubles or obstacles that stand in their way. Personally, I very much love to spend my time outdoors. Hanging out in a hammock or hiking in the cold are just some of many things I like to do. During COVID-19 my biggest thing is reflecting and doing meditation. I practice by walking into the woods and using all my senses to take a pause from my regular life.

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Shefali Vansadia

Juno Beach, Florida

Hi!! I’m Shefali Vansadia and I’m currently a sophomore at Suncoast High School in Riveria Beach, FL. Some of the things I enjoy doing is volunteering at weekly beach cleanups, reading, and hanging out with my friends. Some of my hobbies are acting and singing. I’m extremely excited to be a part of a platform such as Behind the Mask and be able to share incredible stories of people and also donate masks to those in need!!

Nishat Ahmed

Tempe, Arizona

Hi! I am Nishat Ahmed. Some of my extracurriculars include speech and debate, leading Bangladesh Hunger Front, and Teen court. I love to watch movies and shows, eat different types of food, and travel.

Christian Davis

Madison, Mississippi

I’m from Madison, Mississippi and I’m just a guy who likes to hang out and watch TV. I, of course, love hanging out with my friends as well. I love helping them and other people when they are feeling down.

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Nadia Nurhusna

Jakarta, Indonesia

Hi! My name is Nadia. I'm a 17-year-old high school junior from Indonesia. I love reading, watching movies, and hanging out with my friends!

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Tayoung Chen

Tokyo, Japan

Hi! Originally from Tokyo, I am now a high school senior that has academic interests in computational biology, computer science, and business. I enjoy making new friends and meeting with people all around the world. Some of my hobbies include programming, exploring different types of food, and hanging out with my friends!

Roseline Olumuyide

Bronx, New York

My name is Roseline, I am 14 years old and a freshman in high school. In my spare time, I like to watch dramas and listen to music such as Kpop. I also dance when I am bored!


Sydney Adreon, Vergennes, VT

Nishat Ahmed, Tempe, AZ

Leona Alonso, Houston, TX

Katie Altman, Jacksonville, FL

Lívia Apolônio, Astorga, Brazil

Tati Bannett, Philadelphia, PA

Isaac Bell, Jackson, MS

Brenda Belmiro, Newark, NJ

Keya Bhuta, Pune, India

Lara Bonnier, Stockholm, Sweden

Ananya Borde, Pune, India

Gerda Bornhauser, Tours, France

Ky Cagan, Stanford, CA

Darrius Calloway, Chattanooga, TN

Isabella Carrara, Wayland, MA

Tahlia Carroll, Anchorage, AK

Sarah Carter, Madison, AL

Nayara Celere, Parana, Brazil

Mia Chen, Edison, NJ

Tayoung Chung, Tokyo, Japan

Ariana Contreras, San Cristobal, Venezuela

Gabriela Costansa, Valdivia, Chile

Katrina Dawap, Jos, Nigeria

Kritika Dhakal, Kathmandu, Nepal

Paula Donahue, South Burlington, VT

Macy Ellis, Petal, MS

Lena Fedda, Algiers, Algeria

Joshua Feldman, Queens, NY

Mia Feldman, Weston, CT

Brandon Fowlin, Cary, NC

Elena Guidali, Milan, Italy

Merle Hoefer, Hamburg, Germany

Jordan Hoppenheim, Montreal, Canada

Rose-Edgaina Jean-Pierre, Everett, MA

Mira Jiang, Coppell, TX

Emma Johnson, UT

Luca Jones, Brooklyn, NY

Mia Kaur, Queens, NY

Samuel Kay, Nairobi, Kenya

Christie Kwon, Duluth, Georgia

Chanel Lau, Honolulu, HI

Faith LeBrun, Baltimore, MD

Esther Li, Vancouver, Canada

Edward Lynch, London, England

Sherleen Meilikha, Singapore

Rick Melucci, Palo Alto, CA

Laura Moncada, Caracas, Venezuela

Shalini Murugavel, Markham, Canada

Mary N., Famagusta, Cyprus

Miu Nakajima, Tokyo, Japan

Andrea Olsen, Sevenoaks, England

Anaiya Patel, Phoenix, AZ

Arya Patel, Ontario, Canada

Emma Peckson, Manila, Philippines

Roseann Phan, Scottsdale, AZ

Poulomi Pitale, Pune, India

Mary Polak, West Palm Beach, FL

Celine Qin, Sacramento, CA

Nathan Rampersaud, Queens, NY

Julissa Rauda, Baltimore, MD

Isabella Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico

Aryan Ruparel, Brooklyn, NY

Kristina Scofield, Salem, OR

Minnie Shih, Taipei, Taiwan

Grace Small, Wilmington, DE

Mary Spell, Madison, MS

Brianna Swafford, Seattle, WA

Clarke Taylor, St. Louis, MO

Roshani Tripathi,  Kathmandu, Nepal

Chloe Vale, Manila, Philippines

Shefali Vansadia, Juno Beach, FL

Eli Vasily, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Aleksey Voronchihin, Kharkov, Ukraine

Kenadi Waymire, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Ante Willemsen, Valburg, The Netherlands

Soraiah Williams, Cary, NC

Ashley Woo, Fullerton, CA

Madeline Yang, San Francisco, CA

Annetta Yuwono, Philadelphia, PA

Brianne Zafra, Fullerton, CA

Lluvia Zariñan, Mexico City, Mexico

Edwin Zha,Nanjing, China


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