MEET THE TEAM
Maya Claire “MC” Villasenor has always been fascinated by the intersection of technology and social justice. She first got the idea for Noviaris when her high school class visited the St. Anthony’s Foundation in San Francisco. While there she learned about their Tenderloin Technology Lab, an initiative to provide desktop computer access to all members of the community. Inspired, she decided to create a program that provided access to the mobile technologies, such as phones, tablets, and laptops, that have become increasingly important in every facet of our lives. When she is not working on Noviaris, MC is a student at University High School. She has a natural affinity for math and science, leading her to co-found Math Club and Physics Club, both of which are dedicated to recreational, collaborative problem solving and debate. She is also an accomplished athlete. After months of hard work, she and her club volleyball team qualified to compete in the 2017 Junior National Championships in Minnesota. You can often find MC scarfing down a bowl of udon and enjoying a milk tea with tapioca in SF’s Japantown.
Judith Edwards’s favorite things in life include nature, history, and art. She is passionate about wildlife conservation, and spent the summer volunteering at the Nature Conservancy. While there, she learned about the global challenge we face in trying to conserve our natural resources in a way that enriches society. Judith also tutors middle school students in math and English through Summerbridge, an organization based at San Francisco University High School that brings tuition-free education to underprivileged students in the Bay Area. After noticing the pressure experienced by students of all ages, she joined the leadership of San Francisco University High School’s Mental Health Coalition, which aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. For the past two years Judith has run cross country in the fall and swam for the San Francisco University High School varsity team in the spring. Judith is dedicated to visual art, and uses her drawings to reflect on the world around her. When she isn’t trying to save the world from rising sea levels, you might find Judith at an art museum, carefully analyzing the art and sharing knowledge about its historical background.
Micherice Tao’s nonprofit work began when she joined the Teen Advisory Group at her local library when she was in the sixth grade. Since then, she has pursued equity in education through her role as a UHS Peer Advisor to underclassmen; her independent study exploring school structures in the Bay Area; and her service as a representative for District 3 on the Marin Youth Commission, where she sits on the Educational Equity subcommittee. Micherice is the founder of Kiva Club at UHS, a club that uses Kiva’s crowdlending platform to raise funds and support educators in underprivileged communities. Micherice is also the captain of the San Francisco University High School sailing team and the goalie on the varsity girls’ lacrosse team. In her free time, Micherice enjoys exercising the right half of her brain, either in the form of belting out an off-key one-woman rendition of Les Misérables, trying to make a centered cylinder on the ceramics wheel, or showcasing her training in traditional Hawaiian hula dance.