2019-2020 EXECUTIVE BOARD

MAHSD is run primarily through an Executive Board. Its members develop our long-term organizational strategy and keep day-to-day operations running smoothly across the Commonwealth.

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Tadea Martin-Gonzalez, Chair

After fostering a fascination with international relations and foreign politics since 5th grade, Tadea finally got involved domestically by volunteering with the Hillary Clinton campaign which eventually lead her to become a founder of the Northampton chapter. Since then, she has helped her chapter organize everything from walkouts to pizza party phone banks, gaining national recognition as the High School Democrats of America’s Local Chapter of the Year in 2019. Outside of being a local chapter leader, Tadea has also served as the Western Massachusetts Regional Coordinator helping aspiring chapter leaders to organize their own school communities. She’s so excited to be a part of such a great organization and get to work in the next year further expanding MAHSD. When she isn’t doing things related to politics or school, she likes to do gymnastics, play with her dog J’acc, dance, and do handstands next to her icons. Tadea is currently a senior at Northampton High School.

Contact Tadea at tmartingonzalez@hsdems.org.

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Thomas Coulouras, Vice-Chair

When the 2016 election sparked a passion in Thomas to become a Democrat, he at once became aware that political involvement was his calling. Upon his arrival to high school, Thomas became a member of his school’s chapter of MAHSD and joined the statewide Finance and Development Committee his 9th grade year. In addition to phonebanking and sending emails to fundraise and expand MAHSD, he also became the manager of MAHSD’s Homelessness Initiative and supported a homeless bill of rights for Massachusetts. Thomas helped organize a walkout for gun violence prevention at his school and advocates for reform in gun legislation with Teens For Action Springfield. In his own community, he has campaigned for the re-election of his state house representative and interns with his state senator. Thomas strongly believes in the importance of the youth voice in politics and loves working to strengthen that voice through his work in MAHSD. Outside of political involvement, Thomas loves to swim, Greek dance, sing in chorus, and do student council! He is currently a junior at Longmeadow High School.

Contact Thomas at tcoulouras@hsdems.org

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Sam McKeown, Communications Director

Sam McKeown is a senior at Medway High School. He’s been interested in politics for years, and became involved in creating Medway’s MAHSD Chapter in 2016. In the past, he has served on MAHSD’s Finance and Development Committee, worked on his State Representative’s Reelection Campaign, and participated in Senate President Spilka’s Youth Advisory Council. In his free time, he enjoys baseball, spending time with friends and family, and getting involved in issues he’s passionate about.

Contact Sam at smckeown@hsdems.org.

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Levi Trestan, Political Director

Levi Trestan is a senior at Dover Sherborn High School. He first got involved with the High School Democrats in early 2018 when he founded the local chapter at his high school. Levi worked for Senator Elizabeth Warren’s re-election campaign during the 2018 midterm elections and canvassed for candidates up and down the ballot. Previously, Levi organized the March For Our Lives walkout at Dover Sherborn High School following the tragic shooting in Parkland. More recently, he was a member of the MAHSD Legislative Advocacy committee and worked on the Vote16 legislation to make it easier to lower the voting age in cities and towns across Massachusetts. Outside of politics, Levi is an avid Boston sports fan and is a camp counselor in the summer.

Contact Levi at ltrestan@hsdems.org.

 
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Nate Lapointe, Finance Director

Nate is a senior at West Springfield High School. He first gained an interest in politics during the 2016 election. Following that election, he became involved with MAHSD and later with March For Our Lives. Over his three years in MAHSD, he has worked on a state senate campaign, served as a canvass captain for Elizabeth Warren, and served on the Finance & Development Committee as well as chair and co-chair of his local chapter. Outside of MAHSD, he participates in his Teens For Action Springfield and in his school’s debate club.

Contact Nate at nlapointe@hsdems.org.

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Meghan Kane, Legislative-Advocacy Director

Meghan Kane will be a senior at Nipmuc Regional High School this coming year. After having the privilege of working towards the passage of the Education Promise Act while on the legislative-advocacy committee this past year, and she was able to make wonderful connections both within MAHSD and with other organizations, such as the Massachusetts Teachers Association, which combined with the fact her mom was a teacher, ignited her passion for educational activism. She first became politically-aware when the Sandy Hook shooting happened, after realizing it could have easily been her, her mom (as a teacher), or her brothers, who were in first grade at the time. Seeing how distraught her mother was at the inaction in the Senate, she realized what the legislators needed to be held accountable. After Parkland, she got involved with politics, helping out with local campaigns among other things. Meghan joined MAHSD in the fall of her junior year, and can’t wait to continue working with everyone!

Contact Meghan at mkane@hsdems.org

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Preranaa Srinivas, Development Director

Preranaa Srinivas is a senior at Nipmuc Regional High School. She co-founded her local chapter in November 2018, post-election. Preranaa has interned for a congressional campaign, the EMK institute, and for her state representative. She has a great passion for education and immigration reform, which is a primary reason why she became involved in advocacy throughout high school, especially in MA High School Democrats. She is ecstatic to serve on the executive board and more than ready for what this year has to offer!

Contact Preranaa at psrinivas@hsdems.org.

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Faridah Azeez, Diversity Director

Faridah Azeez is a junior at Blue Hills Regional Technical School. She got involved with HSDA in 2018 during the midterm elections where she founded her school’s chapter. She has previously interned for the Massachusetts State House as a tour guide, Elizabeth Warren Re-election campaign for Senate, and the Sunrise Movement. Faridah currently serves on Congresswoman Pressley’s Youth Advisory Council. She is also very excited to serve as Diversity Director for MAHSD this upcoming school year to strive to make MAHSD diverse and inclusive to every member! In Faridah’s free time she enjoys playing softball, reading comics, riding her bike, and hanging out with friends and family.

Contact Faridah at fazeez@hsdems.org.

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Sophie Coyne, Expansion Director

Sophie Coyne is a senior at West Springfield High School. While she always held an interest in politics, that interest turned to action after joining MAHSD in September of 2016, following outrage over the coming election. She has served as Secretary, Vice Chair, and is currently Co-Chair of her local chapter which has organized events such as a forum for their local school committee candidates, hosted a DSC Meeting, and worked on various local and state campaigns. Additionally, Sophie is a member of Teens For Action Springfield which is working to create gun violence prevention and mental health programs for the Springfield Schools and served as a Phonebank Captain for the 2018 MassDems Coordinated Campaign. Her other extracurricular activities include Key Club, being Chair of the National Honor Society at her school, Mathletes, and rock climbing.

Contact Sophie at scoyne@hsdems.org.


REGIONAL  COORDINATORS-

 
 
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Mary Ossar, Boston

Mary Ossar is a senior at Brookline High School. After being passively interested in politics for quite some time, they joined their school chapter of HSDA and began to work on a number of issues, including Yes on 3 and Absentee Ballots Now. They are currently working on LGBT issues in their school and the surrounding middle schools, attempting to make the LGBT curriculum more accessible for teachers to teach to their students. Other than politics, Mary volunteers in their schools library, helps facilitate the GSA, and fences foil.

Contact Mary at mossar@hsdems.org

 
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Andrea Reier, Greater Boston

Andrea Reier is a rising senior at Lexington High School with an interest in pursuing political science and journalism at university. She is the co-chair of the Lexington chapter of Massachusetts Highschool Democrats and a member of the Lexington debate team. Being a Lincoln-Douglas debater, she enjoys studying postmodern philosophy and critical literature. Other hobbies she enjoys include creative writing and reading.

Contact Andrea at areier@hsdems.org

 
 
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Jack Dubow, North Shore

Jack Dubow is a junior at St. John’s Prep. He has been involved in Democratic politics since a young age. His first campaign experience was in 2012 when he canvassed for President Barack Obama in New Hampshire. This experience sparked his love for politics. After attending the Inauguration of President Obama in 2013, Jack committed himself to civic engagement. Since this time, he has volunteered for Sec. Hillary Clinton in 2016. He also worked for the Sam Hammar for State Senate campaign during the 2018 midterms. He has been involved in MAHSD since June of 2018. Jack is also the Chair of his school's Young Democrats. In his free time, he loves to sail, ski, and is the Secretary-General of his Model UN club’s annual conference.

Contact Jack at jdubow@hsdems.org

 
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Will Woodring, South Shore

Will Woodring is a senior at Medway High School. He got involved in politics after the 2016 election. He joined MASHD last year and has since attended National Summit, joined the Communications Committee, and canvassed for local democratic politicians. He enjoys running and is a member of the Medway Cross Country team. Next year, he hopes to study political science and journalism in college.

Contact Will at wwoodring@hsdems.org

 
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Ethan Salvesen, Central

Ethan Salvesen is a sophomore at Franklin High School. While Franklin previously had an independent club for left leaning students with an interest in politics, Ethan integrated the club into the High School Democrats and established it as a chapter. Since then, he has become highly involved within the organization, serving on the Communications, and Finance Committee. His interests outside of the organization are history, books, and physics.

Contact Ethan at esalvesen@hsdems.org

 
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Kamini Waldman, Northwest

Kamini Waldman first entered the world of politics as an 8th grader after hearing the news about the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school shooting. Within that same year, she attended her local March For Our Lives Rally that was organized by students at her local high school. It was then and there that Kamini knew she wanted to pursue a career in politics. Kamini is currently a sophomore at Northampton high school. She holds the position of Chair in the her HSDA club and is on the Legislative Advocacy Committee for MAHSD. Kamini knows that a key part of politics is organizing, and is excited to also be taking on the role of Northern Western Mass Regional Coordinator. She wants to help other high school students in her area to become involved just like she did, and she wants the already existing chapters to be able to remain strong- especially given the time that we are in now.

Contact Kamini at kwaldman@hsdems.org

 
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Ruby Mcelhone-Yates, Southwest

Ruby is a Junior at the Williston Northampton School and lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts. She has interned in the local Mayor's office and volunteered on local, state, and national campaigns. She has been a part of MAHSD for three years now as Williston's chapter leader, and first got seriously interested in politics during the 2016 election. In addition to politics, she enjoys playing volleyball and squash.

Contact Ruby at rmcelhoneyates@hsdems.org


FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Ethan Salvesen

Apple Lin

Caroline Harding

Thomas Colouras

Jack Steen

Nate Lapointe


LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

Kamini WaldMan

Joanna Setow