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Our Team

Barbara Matthews

Barbara is an active volunteer in her community. She is the lead VolunTEEN Nation Ambassador Coordinator. She is an active leader in many campus organizations and enjoys studying science in school. She volunteers with science programs and prepares simple experiments for elementary school students throughout the year. Barbara is always excited about helping VolunTEEN Nation with its STEM service programs in urban and rural communities.

Jake Bernstein

Jake is a junior at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and an active volunteer in the St. Louis community. Since co-founding VolunTEEN Nation with his sister, Jake has further developed the website, planned events, and created a Youth Advisory Board. The Youth Advisory Board is a group of students who work together to better the community. This past summer, Jake organized sports clinics for youth on the autism spectrum. He also planned a 9/11 service and remembrance event. Jake is listed on the 2012 Forbes 30 under 30 list. Got questions for Jake? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Jonathan Knohl

Jonathan is a junior at the University of Alabama, majoring in Finance and minoring in Political Science. During high school, Jonathan was very involved with DECA. He served as his chapter's president and competed on the international level during his senior year. At the University of Alabama, Jon will look to fulfill a leadership role in its DECA Chapter. He is the Southeast Regional Representative for Volunteen Nation.

Ken Zheng

Ken graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2014. He studied computer science, He is currently the treasurer and graphics designer for Volunteen Nation. He helps plan and coordinate volunteer events. Ken also runs his own organization Making Music Matters. Got questions for Ken? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kevin Beerman

Kevin is a junior at New York University in New York City. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Content for all the publication staffs there and has received several local, state and national awards for his work. Kevin also serves on the board of Volunteen Nation and played a leading role in helping plan and execute a Serve to Remember 9/11 memorial event. Kevin believes in the power or a small group of people to make a big difference which is one of the reasons he is committed to Volunteen. Got questions for Kevin? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Megan Foo

Megan is a high school senior from Hong Kong who is passionate about sustainable giving and nonprofit service. As the Global Outreach Director for VolunTEEN Nation, she hopes to promote sensitivity to global development and justice issues. A fervent advocate of women’s education, Megan is the founder of the Hong Kong chapter of Women LEAD, a nonprofit organization that focuses on empowering adolescent girls in Nepal to be leaders. Having been involved with philanthropic causes including raising funds for family violence intervention programs and conducting research on women's entrepreneurial development in Guatemala, Megan is also the Chief Content Officer of Givology, an online giving marketplace that leverages dollar donations to fund grassroots education projects in developing communities. When not volunteering, Megan enjoys running cross country, traveling, and reading about issues in STEM. Her favorite subjects are physics, mathematics and chemistry.

Sharlena Luyen

Entering into her senior year at Troy High School, Sharlena is the Social Media Coordinator for VolunTEEN Nation. She ventures her studies towards learning and working with philanthropy, the community, and social entrepreneurship. To extend the wealth of leadership, networking, and professional skills to youth in local communities, Sharlena leads workshops and organizes events through the non-profit Youth Leadership America. Beyond academics, she voices her opinion of current events and controversial topics through a student-run magazine. Aspiring to discover something greater than herself, Sharlena yearns to inspire others to pursue their passion and reach their full potential. 

Simone Bernstein

Simone graduated in May 2014 from St. Bonaventure University. She is in an 8-year combined medical school program with George Washington University Medical School. At the age of 17, Simone founded the nonprofit organization St Louis Volunteen.com. As an active volunteer in the community since the age of 12, she was frustrated with the lack of information and resources available for area youth that wanted to volunteer in the community. Simone took it upon herself to create www.stlouisvolunteen.com, a comprehensive website for youth and families in the St. Louis area to find volunteer opportunities. Simone Bernstein was named one the 2013 Glamour Top 10 College Women, 2010 L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth, January 2011 Huffington Post Person of the Day, and listed on the 2012 Forbes 30 under 30 list. Got questions for Simone? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Sophia Rotman

Sophia is from St. Louis, MO. She graduated from Clayton High School in May 2014 and will be attending Washington University in St. Louis in the fall. She is a Volunteen Nation Student Ambassador in her area and helps plan many of their events. She also is a student volunteer for the Jewish Community Relations Council, as she educates teens in rural Missouri about Judaism hoping to promote unity and respect. In addition, she enjoys volunteering through her Girl Scout troop. She is an active teen volunteer who hopes to help and empower teens around the nation to volunteer as well.

Sophie Bernstein

Sophie Bernstein is a rising ninth grade student in St. Louis, MO. Sophie focuses her service efforts on environmental issues and youth with special needs. Her eagerness to help our neighbors have access to recreational sports activities was the spark to create Aces for All. She is an active participant in all volunTEENnation's sports clinics and conservation events. Sophie has received grants from Katie's Krops and Youth Service America to plant vegetable gardens to grow and deliver fresh produce to local food banks to help feed the hungry in the St. Louis community.