meet our core team

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Jessica Young

Founder, President

Jessica is a senior at Los Altos High School. Growing up in Silicon Valley, her life has been immersed in technology and science. She created this program to empower youth in STEM and give them similar opportunities that she has benefited from. In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, watching Netflix and Youtube, and reading manga.

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Allison Hong

Creative Director

As a senior at Los Altos High School, Allison is interested in the intersection of chemistry, physics, and environmental engineering. She loves to engage with younger students, conduct research, and read literature regarding novel developments in the environment. In addition, she enjoys hiking and playing the piano.


May Jiang

Videos Director

May, a senior at Los Altos High School, loves studying biology and neuroscience! She teaches math, science, and many other classes and camps in her free time to inspire young kids to exercise creativity and learn outside of the classroom. Outside of academics, she likes making things out of clay, crocheting, baking, and reading!

Margaret Capetz

Public Relations Director

Margaret is a senior at Los Altos High School and since she enjoys learning human physiology, she is considering a future in biomedicine or bioengineering. Margaret is also passionate about sustainability and is currently assisting in research regarding California wildfires. Her hobbies include reading, playing the guitar, and running. 

Julia Seryakova

Communications Director

Julia, a sophomore at Los Altos High School, has always been passionate about math and science, and is very excited to share this passion by volunteering for STEMpower! Some of Julia’s hobbies include dancing, cooking, baking, and going on long walks with her dog.


Co-Programs Director

Astra is a sophomore at Mountain View High School. She enjoys sailing, hiking, snowboarding, and spending time outdoors. More than anything, she loves spreading her interest in STEM through tutoring or activities such as STEMpower.

Elizabeth Gayhart

Co-Programs Director

Elizabeth is a sophomore at Mountain View High School. She is eager to share knowledge and help create a positive change in her community. Elizabeth enjoys playing lacrosse, piano, and learning all things pertaining to medicine.

Meghan Strazicich

WiSTEM & STEMpower Adult Supervisor

Mrs. Straz has been the advisor for WiSTEM/STEM Power since its beginnings. She's passionate about empowering students in the STEM field and believes all students deserve access to cutting-edge technology and information. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, surfing, and practicing her carpentry skills.