EXECUTIVE TEAM

Executive Board

  • Cassidy Peebles
    Cassidy Peebles President, Curator

    Cassidy is in her third year at the University of Cincinnati pursuing a degree in Business Economics and Analytics. Besides her passion for TED, Cassidy finds joy in her involvement with Student Government and the University Funding Board as well as UC Junoon, UC’s Bollywood Fusion A Capella group. In her free time, she enjoys running in Cincinnati and playing with her 4-year-old brother.

  • Devin Lally
    Devin Lally External Vice President

    Devin Lally is a second-year Information Systems student in the Lindner College of Business.  Aside from her TED obsession, she spends her time on campus with Delta Sigma Pi and Chi Omega and off campus as a Business Analyst for Orchestrate Technologies and a volunteer for the Cincinnati CIO Roundtable. Her passions include veganism, her Vitamix blender, traveling abroad, outdoor sports, and everything BBC.

  • Surya Elangovan
    Surya Elangovan Internal Vice President

    Surya is a senior in Industrial Management minoring in Business Analytics in the Lindner College of Business. Before coming to UC, he was the logistics chair for TEDxERAU in Daytona Beach, Florida. At UC, he is a part of Student Government through the campus life committee and is the fundraising chair for Phi Delta Theta Social Fraternity. He is also involved with APICS and loves hiking and rock climbing with the Mountaineering Club.

  • Jillian Kavinsky Design Chair

    Jillian is a fourth year studying Marketing, Information Systems, German Studies, and Electronic Media, yet wishes it was possible to get a degree in jigsaw puzzling instead. Passionate about all things creative, design, and technology, Jillian works in the advertising industry and is the most die-hard Cincinnatian you will ever meet. She also likes exploring with her dog and has an encyclopedic knowledge of John Cusack movies. Find her full portfolio here.

  • Sarah Stoner
    Sarah Stoner Finance Chair

    Sarah is a fourth year studying Industrial Management in the Lindner Honors-PLUS program at the University of Cincinnati. She is a member of a social sorority and is involved in the Panhellenic community as the Vice President of Community Standards. She is a fitness fanatic and loves working out, which she channels as a member of CHAARG, the UC Boxing team, and Snowcats. Sarah is a high energy person and enjoys humor and jokes.

  • Luke Lampe
    Luke Lampe Content Chair

    Luke Lampe is a first-year Business Economics major in the Lindner College of Business. His chronic addiction to podcasts introduced him to his love of TED though the TED Radio Hour podcast. When Luke is not listening to podcasts, he spends his time as a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity or working with local high school students through the INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati. Luke’s passions include all things Cincinnati, traveling, and exploring new things.

  • Lando Slack
    Lando Slack Salon Co-Director

    Lando is a current UC junior, double majoring in Computer Science and Finance and is a Cincinnati native. He loves camping, biking, playing soccer, and playing music—guitar or piano. Lanenjoysjoy spending most of his time outside.

  • Anthony Martini
    Anthony Martini Salon Co-Director

    Tony is a second year Organizational Leadership student minoring in Business Administration. He also managed to finagle a position on the Warren Bennis Leadership Experience planning committee and the Design for America executive team, despite making up the latter on the spot. He’s an avid reader, often working through five books or more at a time, yet lacks any real communication skills. He drowns his sorrows in tea and homemade cappuccinos every night.

  • Vedant Chopra
    Vedant Chopra Marketing Chair
  • Casey Swoboda
    Casey Swoboda DLP Chair

    Casey is currently a second year Neurobiology student. He is involved with Students Consulting for Non-Profit Organizations, The Warren Bennis Leadership Experience, and a Resident Advisor for Siddall Hall. In his free time, Casey enjoys listening to a variety of podcasts and drinking coffee. He also likes reading poetry and philosophical texts, as well as running.

Executive Staff

  • Sachika Singh
    Sachika Singh DLP Director (Programming)

    Sachika Singh is a second-year sociology major and Spanish minor at the University of Cincinnati. Currently a pre-med student, she hopes to complete a Masters in Public Health and get her MD. In the meantime, Sachika loves traveling, watching Friends, and discovering the ins and outs of Cincinnati. Last semester, she took a class on Beyoncé and assisted with research on cultural appropriation in music videos; in her future, she hopes to incorporate her love for Beyonce and pop culture into her time at UC.

  • Josh Cramer
    Josh Cramer DLP Director (Mentorship)

    Josh is a second-year Chemical Engineering student in CEAS at UC. He is passionate about passion and helping others realize their potential. Besides loving TEDx, Josh is involved in the Phi Sigma Kappa social fraternity, is the Director of Campus Services for UC Student Government, the Director of on-campus logistics for Warren Bennis Leadership, and absolutely LOVES the Bearcats!

  • Venkat Suru
    Venkat Suru Sponsorship Director

    A former member of the Discovering Leadership Program, Venkat is a second-year honors student studying Medical Sciences. Having found a purpose in leadership, he is the secretary of the NSLS honor society and the founder of Health Occupation Students of America. Venkat is also a Research Assistant, studying the effects of stress hormones on epilepsy. He fancies intense games of ping pong, long walks at dusk, playing basketball, and creating amusing rap songs. He is thrilled to be a part of TEDxUCincinnati!

  • Babaljit Kaur
    Babaljit Kaur Assistant Design Director

    Babaljit is a third year studying Communication Design with a minor in Information Technology. She is also a member of Hyperloop UC, DAAP Tribunal and AIGA UC. As a designer, she wants to make a difference in the lives of others by bringing their visions to life through problem-solving. When not in the classroom, she loves spicy food, astronomy, origami, can be found enjoying a good book and does freelance work as a designer and photographer.

  • Divya Vinod
    Divya Vinod Speaker Relations Director

    Divya is a second year Medical Sciences Major and is pursuing a Spanish Minor and an International Human Rights Certificate. In addition to TEDx, she is a health intern at RISE and an active member of GlobeMed and Design for America. Along with her passion for medicine and social justice, Divya has an interest in teaching public speaking classes, playing her violin, and dancing.

  • Blake Schemine
    Blake Schemine Social Media Director

    Blake is currently a sophomore in Business Finance. In addition to TEDx, he is involved with BTV, the Navigators, and has volunteered numerous times with the Special Olympics. Blake is also passionate about emerging technologies, culinary arts, and the art of film production.

Team Advisors

  • Charles H. Matthews, PhD.
    Charles H. Matthews, PhD. Chair, Advisory Board

    Distinguished Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, Lindner College of Business, University of Cincinnati

    Dr. Matthews is an internationally recognized scholar and innovative teacher in the field of entrepreneurship. His teaching and research interests include: strategy, entrepreneurship, leadership and decision making. An educational entrepreneur, he is the founder of the UC Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research in 1997, which was named one of the top 50 Entrepreneurship programs in the U.S. in 2001 (Success magazine).

    Dr. Matthews has served as a delegate on entrepreneurial development in China, the former Soviet Union (including Russia, Latvia, and Estonia), studied at the University of Antwerp, was honored to receive a Malone Fellowship for study in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and has traveled to the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Egypt.

  • Jared Haggit
    Jared Haggit Co-Founder, Curator Emeritus '15

    Jared Haggit is a University of Cincinnati alumnus who helped co-found TEDxUCincinnati in the fall of 2014. After graduating in 2015, Jared began work as an enterprise business development associate for technology company Cision. There, he consults with CMO’s and corporate communication professionals to develop strategic partnerships that optimize company communication’s across earned, owned and paid media. As an advisor to the TEDxUCincinnati leadership team, Jared works closely with the president and advisory board to plot the strategic direction of the organization. Outside of this, Jared regularly contributes thought leadership pieces to publications such as Influencive, Cision and PRNewswire’s blog and can be found biking, hiking and exercising.

  • Shivam Shah
    Shivam Shah Co-Founder, Curator Emeritus '16

    Shivam is currently completing his Masters of Health Economics at the London School of Economics. As the Co-founder of TEDxUCincinnati, Shivam was instrumental in bringing a culture of TEDx to the University of Cincinnati. At UC, Shivam served as the Student Body Vice President and also created the Discovering Leadership Program. In 2014, Shivam gave a TED Talk about the subtleties of classical piano at TEDActive, a global TED Conference. As an advisor, Shivam focuses on strategic planning and engagement with the TEDxUCincinnati Executive Board.