Executive Board

Akhil Peddikuppa

Co-Founder, Executive Director, Head of Operations

Akhil Peddikuppa is a senior at the School for the Talented and Gifted. He captains the Quiz Bowl Team and led his school to the Small School National Championship Tournament, where he placed top 15 nationally. He is a Co-Developer of RxConvert, a mobile app built in collaboration with International Literacy and Development, an international NGO, to help refugee and non-literate communities understand their prescription labels via machine learning. Akhil is also a member of the North Texas Food Bank’s Young Advocates Council, a council of youth advocates helping to raise awareness about food insecurity and food waste in the North Texas area.

Vedant Tapiavala

Co-Founder, Executive Director, Head of Logistics & Outreach

Vedant Tapiavala is a freshman at Dartmouth College pursuing a Neuroscience major, Government minor, and a Global Health certificate. He has previously served in various pertinent roles, most prominently with AlzBuddy, an app for Alzheimer’s patients he developed with 5,000+ downloads in 23 countries. He also has nonprofit and organizational experience as Platform Team Lead of COVIDRxExchange, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit fighting COVID-19 misinformation, and Project Lead of DFW Covid Drive, a project delivering PPE and thank you cards to frontline healthcare workers in DFW, NYC, and LA during the COVID-19 pandemic directly under a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Dat Tran

Co-Founder, Executive Director, Head of Development

Dat Tran is a senior at the School for the Talented and Gifted. His wide range of experience includes winning the UIL State Computer Science competition hosted by UT Austin and captaining his school’s top-ranked computer science team. He has excelled in machine learning coursework and has experience with AI-based projects. He has also volunteered extensively with food pantries throughout the DFW metroplex, dedicating himself to fighting food insecurity in his community.

Ben Peckham

Co-Founder, Executive Vice President

Ben Peckham is a senior at the School for the Talented and Gifted. He is club president of the Townview Magnet Center Investment Club, teaching lower-income students about investing and encouraging them to participate in the stock market. He has been offered an internship at a hedge fund and plans to pursue finance in the future. He also devotes time to an extensive music career, playing 4 instruments for various ensembles and participating in state-level piano competitions.

Marketing Department

Cameron Peckham

Senior Vice President - Marketing

Cameron Peckham is a senior at the School for the Talented and Gifted. He is proficient in UI/UX design software and is the lead designer of TAG Student Council’s Rideshare App. Outside of designing modern UI for applications, Cameron is active in Varsity Orchestra and competes in state-level piano competitions.

Geeya Kalavant

Head of Social Media

Zachary Vinnola

Staff Writer

Zachary Vinnola is a senior at the School for the Talented and Gifted. He is a writer for TAG Inklings and a member of the Bass Section of the Townview Choir, which was recently given Grammy Signature School Recognition.