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Kidz Code Leadership

Shrey Vedantham

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Founder and President

Shrey is the founder and president of Kidz Code. He is a junior in high school and has been coding in Python for over 4 years. Shrey loves to code, drum, hang out with his family and friends, and (of course!) mess around with technology. He has completed three college-level coding courses and is excited to share his knowledge. Shrey led the Student Council of Clayton High School in converting its activities into online formats during the pandemic, and was named 2022 Sophomore of the Year for his academic and extracurricular achievements. Shrey has devoted many hours to giving technology support to senior citizens. Most of all, he has really enjoyed helping grade-school children explore their interest in coding in a friendly and stress-free way and is excited to share this opportunity with more kids.

Shrey Vedantham

Vice President

Sanjay Sinha, MD is a medical physician (pediatric cardiology) from Scottsdale, AZ. Sanjay graduated from the University of Arizona School of Medicine and did his subsequent training at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he currently serves as a faculty member. Since high school, Sanjay has devoted substantial energy to charitable endeavors, which included serving as the Horizon High School Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity in Scottsdale, AZ. After spending a summer in Tanzania delivering HIV/AIDS education to young people, Sanjay co-founded the International Alliance for the Prevention of AIDS (IAPA), a 501(c)3 organization that focuses on bettering the lives of children and adults living with HIV/AIDS in India, serving as its first President and now as Chairman of the Board. Sanjay is happy to devote his experience to the Kidz Code team.

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Secretary-Treasurer

Suresh Vedantham, MD is a medical physician (interventional radiology), researcher, and educator who has gained substantial experience in the leadership of nonprofit organizations focused on health care and cultural development. Suresh has lived in St. Louis since joining the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis in 1998. Soon thereafter, he co-founded the Network of South Asian Professionals, and served as its first President in 2000-2001. In later years, Suresh served on the Executive Boards of the American Board of Phlebology, the American College of Phlebology, the American Venous Forum, the Society of Interventional Radiology (including serving as President in 2017-2018), and the Vascular Disease Foundation. Suresh is excited about the opportunity to devote his time and experience to the service of children who can benefit from opportunities to gain early exposure to coding and technology.

Sanjay Sinha, MD

Suresh Vedantham, MD

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Board Member

Co-Director of Community Outreach

Dr. Tarita Rhimes, EdD is a native of Milwaukee, WI, where she went to Alverno College and majored in Elementary and Middle School Education with an emphasis in Computer Science. Dr. Rhimes has worked as an assistant principal at Wydown Middle School in Clayton, MO for the last five years. Before that, she spent four years as an Educational Technology Specialist at Meramec Elementary School. Before coming to Clayton, she worked for five years in the Ferguson-Florissant School District, three years in St. Charles, Louisiana, and five years in Milwaukee Public Schools, where she taught elementary school. Dr. Rhimes received her doctoral degree in educational leadership from Maryville University. She holds a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Educational Specialist Certification in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Computer Science with a Middle School certification from Alverno College. Starting July 1, 2022, Dr. Rhimes will be the principal of Glenridge Elementary school in the School District of Clayton. 

Tarita Murdock, Ed.D

Lisa Jackson-Terry, MA CCC-SLP/MEd

Board Member

Co-Director of Community Outreach

Lisa Jackson-Terry, MA, MA is a distinguished educator with 31 years of experience across multiple positions in general education, special education, and education administration. Lisa holds Masters of Arts degrees in both K-8 Administration and Communication Disorders and a Bachelors of Arts in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. Lisa served as a speech language pathologist in the School District of Clayton for seven years, as principal of Holman Elementary School in the Ferguson-Florissant School District (2010-2012), and as principal of Meramec Elementary School in Clayton (2012-2018). She looks forward to devoting her considerable experience to guiding the Kidz Code initiative.

Tarita Murdock, Ed.D

Tanya Vedantham, MSOT

Board Member

Tanya Vedantham, MS is an experienced pediatric occupational therapist who grew up in Scottsdale, AZ. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Northern Arizona University in 1999, she moved to St. Louis to pursue her Master’s degree in the Occupational Therapy Program at Washington University in St. Louis. She subsequently worked as an occupational therapist at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis from 2002 to 2020. In 2017, she founded Club Smiles, LLC, a company that provides supplementary physical development services to children ages 5-6. She is also an AFAA-certified fitness instructor at Lifetime Fitness in Frontenac, MO. She has volunteered for 2 years for the West County Chapter of the Young Men’s Service League and currently serves on its Board as Assistant Vice President Young Men Coordinator. Tanya is deeply committed to the educational development of young people and is eager to devote her energy to support the Kidz Code initiative.

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