Board of Directors

Committed to Our Cause

Medhnaa Saran

President and Co-Founder

Medhnaa Saran is the co-founder and president of the Touch of Life Foundation. She began her journey eight years ago at Kailash Satyarthis orphanages and since then has wanted to make a difference to help children who have been victims of child labor and human trafficking. She has hosted many bake sales, events, and clothing drives to raise funds and clothes for rescued children. Additionally, she has spoken to congressmen and representatives to amend laws and spread awareness about this cause. She is currently working on the “Not My Child” campaign for schools to have mandatory annual assemblies for students to notice the signs and inform them about child trafficking and labor. Medhnaa is a sophomore at Pinnacle Academy in Northern Virginia. In Medhnaa’s free time, she enjoys playing competitive golf, robotics, and mentoring teams in science and math competitions.

Kushaan Saran

Vice President and Co-Founder

Kushaan Saran is the co-founder and vice president of the Touch of Life Foundation and is currently in 9th grade at Pinnacle Academy.  He has organized sports tournaments and bake sales to raise funds for victims of child trafficking as well as have had clothes drives for these victims.  Kushaan enjoys robotics and is on the engineering and programming team of his high school’s FRC team where his team took first place in the regionals this past year.  He also competes in Science Olympiad and is in the National Honor Society. Kushaan is an avid golfer and competes in local and national tournaments. Kailash Satyarthi, the 2014 Nobel Laureate was his inspiration and has guided him and Medhnaa on how they can make a difference in this fight against child trafficking and labor.

Avani Mehta

Volunteer Supervisor

Avani Mehta is a member of the Touch of Life Foundation’s Board of Directors. She assists with marketing and outreach aspects for the organization. She actively spreads awareness by making posters and reaching out to local businesses for their support. In addition, she is a presenter/panelist for the virtual volunteer programs. She is a student at James Madison High School in Northern Virginia. Avani enjoys drawing, playing piano, and volunteering. She competes on her schools debate and crew team. She has been an avid student and performer of both Bollywood and classical Kathak dance from a young age. She is very grateful to be a part of this wonderful organization which will help a great number of victims around the world.

Nayan Iyer

Outreach and Tutoring

Nayan Iyer is a fifteen-year-old who is a sophomore at James Madison High School. He feels strongly about volunteering for the Touch of Life foundation because it is important for every child to be with their family and have the opportunity to succeed. He is currently involved with spearheading educational outreach for the foundation in Northern Virginia community elementary schools. He wants to make a difference in the community to ensure avenues for enrichment are available to all children. In his free time, he enjoys reading and biking. He also participates in Science Bowl and Science Olympiad.

Arya Sharma

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Arya is a sophomore at Sherwood High School. Arya has been heavily involved with Touch Of Life since it’s inception. She is a compassionate and driven individual that spends time volunteering for local community organizations such as, Touch of Life and Manna. Arya has a love of sports and enjoys playing basketball and field hockey. Along with sports she has been passionate about dancing from a very young age. Arya has explored the arts of Bollywood, Bhangra, and  Bharatnayam. She is looking forward to serving on the board and making a difference.

Jay Sikka

You Tube Director

 Jay Sikka is currently a Freshman at James Madison High School in Vienna, VA. He joined the foundation in Spring 2019. He has helped with fundraising, marketing and developing a tutoring program. He plays the Trombone in the Marching Band at his school and he is an avid coder. He likes to help others and enjoys being a part of the Touch of Life Foundation.

Ishani Kaul

Proposal and Grant Coordinator

Ishani Kaul is a senior in high school from Dallas, Texas. She has had the great experience of living across the country in states like California, Texas, and Virginia, where she met Medhnaa and Kushaan, who introduced her to the Touch of Life Foundation. Ishani assists Touch of Life remotely by designing flyers and posters, as well as starting online fundraising campaigns. In addition to community service through organizations like Touch of Life, Ishani plays on her high school’s basketball team, and competes in academic competitions like DECA and AcDec. Her favorite things to do include watching movies and playing piano. She is excited to work for an organization that does meaningful work for a great purpose!

Adan Eftekhari

Outreach Director

Adan Eftekhari is currently 14 years old and in grade 9 at Pinnacle Academy.  He is the eldest of 3 and was born in Fairfax, Virginia. He lived there for about a year and a half before moving to Doha, Qatar for his father’s work.  After Qatar, he and his family moved to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates for around a year and a half, before moving back to Fairfax, Virginia. Still living in Fairfax, Virginia currently, he enjoys school a lot and loves learning.  Adan’s favorite subjects are geography, math, and science. He also really enjoys sports and has been playing soccer for about 11 years. Adan currently plays on a local travel soccer club. Also, in his free time, he enjoys playing with friends, competing in schoolwide and nationwide competitions, studying  geography, and playing video games.

Rhea Malhotra

Board Member

Rhea is a board member of the Touch of Life Foundation and a senior at Pinnacle Academy.  Her interests include traveling, creating home movies, coding, and practicing and teaching yoga, as she is a certified teacher. After watching her mom’s work and assisting alongside her at a non-profit that supports individuals living with disabilities, she knew that she wanted to be a part of a meaningful cause that helps others. She was introduced to TOLF when she met Medhnaa and soon began as a virtual volunteer. She felt inspired by the work the organization had done previously and wanted to help make a difference. She hopes to educate and encourage others to get involved and join the fight against human trafficking.

Rushil Johal

Board Member

Rushil Johal is a member of the Touch of Life Foundation's Board. He believes that having freedom and choice should be a right rather than a privilege, where young women and children should not resort to being forced into dangerous, illicit situations in order to resolve their conflicts. He wants to influence the community and aid others to have the same chance of achieving as everyone else. Rushil is a sophomore attending George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Virginia. He has an interest in visual arts as well as love for aviation. He plays the violin while being in his school's Philharmonic Orchestra and competes in his school's FRC Robotics Team. He enjoys volunteering as editor of his school's Key Club and is thankful to be part of the Touch of Life Foundation.

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