Meet the Team
Hunter Ackerley is a third-year honors student at the University of Arizona (B.S. Psychological Science, Music minor). As CCAP Across The Map’s co-founder and co-president, she oversees and manages the organization’s day-to-day operations. She plays with Harp Fusion at the University of Arizona, volunteers as a mentor in the University of Arizona Psychology Department, and mentors youth as part of the LifeSTEP program. Hunter works in the Adapt research lab, studying the relatioship between sleep, stress, and obesity. She plans on obtaining her M.D., and seeks to work at the intersection between law and medicine to address global health disparities.
Jill Leaver is a third-year honors student at Arizona State University (B.S. Biomolecular Sciences, B.S. Neuroscience, focus in Genetic Engineering). She’s a co-founder and co-president of CCAP Across The Map, and works on her own projects while overseeing the team. She competes with Sun Devil Mock Trial, studies breast cancer in Mayo Clinic and Translational Genomics Research Institute research labs, and works with SolarSPELL, which makes solar-powered computers for underresourced areas. She plans on obtaining her M.D., and going on to combine law and medicine to address global health care issues.
Mani Kandan is a third-year honors student at Arizona State University (B.S. Computer Science), and the vice president of CCAP Across The Map. He’s the tournament director for Sun Devil Mock Trial, as well as a competitive member; he works at Intel, and has experience working with the ASU Decision Theater, PCs for Refugees, and the Urban Phoenix Project. Mani is working toward his career aspirations to use data science to create and advocate for solutions that decrease preventable deaths of marginalized populations.
Will Mabrey is a third-year honors student at Arizona State University (B.S. Neuroscience, B.S. Molecular Biology, focus in Genetic Engineering), and a fundraising coordinator for CCAP Across The Map. He works at the Speech and Brain Research Laboratory at ASU, and develops software for LabRat, the startup he recently co-founded. Will plans to pursue a Ph.D. in a neuroscience-related field, with aspirations to become a tenured professor and the director of his own research lab.
Brenden Little is a first-year student at the University of Arizona (B.A. Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law), and a current intern for CCAP Across The Map. During his senior year of high school, he was a team captain and the president of the Catalina Foothills speech and debate team, as well as an active member of the academic decathlon team. Every summer, he volunteers as a camp counselor at the Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camp in Hudson, Illinois.