Meet the Team
Hunter Ackerley (Co-Founder, COO) is a third-year honors student at the University of Arizona (B.S. Psychological Science, Music minor). As one of CCAP Across The Map’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), she primarily oversees and manages the organization’s day-to-day operations. At the University of Arizona, she arranges music and performs with the ensemble, HarpFusion. In addition to this, she volunteers as a Research Assistant in an Emotionally Focused Mentoring study in the Psychology Department and works at the university’s Thrive Center focusing on student success and retention. Hunter plans on obtaining her Doctorate in Psychology, and seeks to work at the intersection between Marriage and Family Therapy and Forensic Psychology to address global health disparities in mental health care.
Jill Leaver (Co-Founder, Co-President) is a third-year honors student at Arizona State University (B.S. Biomolecular Sciences with a focus in genetic engineering, B.S. Neuroscience, ). 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 under-resourced areas. She plans on obtaining her M.D., and going on to combine law and medicine to address global healthcare issues.
Mani Kandan (Vice President) 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 (Co-Fundraising Coordinator) 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.
Maya Morken (Co-Fundraising Coordinator) of Tucson, Arizona is currently a sophomore obtaining her B.S. in Finance with minors in Economics and German at Arizona State University, Barrett the Honors College. She is also a member of the competitive Sun Devil Mock Trial team, the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, works as residential engagement leader and facilitates an introduction to business course. Maya met Jill and Hunter in high school where they served as mentors in her academic path. After reuniting in college, she became more and more passionate about working with CCAP. Maya is working towards finding a career in the intersections between the fields of law and finance, she is currently planning on pursuing a joint MBA/JD program post graduation.
Nicole Morote (Marketing Coordinator) is a third-year honors student at Arizona State University (B.S. Marketing, B.S. Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, Spanish Literature and Complex Issues in Healthcare minors) and serves as the marketing coordinator at CCAP Across The Map. They are also an intern for members of Congress, the returning vice president of Sun Devil Mock Trial, a legal assistant at a downtown Phoenix immigration law firm, and a marketing coordinator for Arizona List, helping women who support reproductive rights get elected to state and local offices. In their spare time, Nicole volunteers with the Humane Society, enthusiastically follows political coverage, and works to create the perfect taco recipe.
Ricardo Sosa (Outreach Coordinator) of Tucson, Arizona is a third-year student at the University of Arizona (B.S. Management of Information Systems, Marine Science minor). As treasurer of the Marine Awareness and Conservation Society (MACS) for two years, Ricardo attends public outreach events across Arizona, raising funds for marine non-profits, and ensuring a smooth interaction between business and volunteer work. He has worked at places such as the University of Arizona Student Union Administration Office in order to judge purchasing habits of the Student Union based on sustainability. He seeks to use data to conduct business in a more sustainable, smarter matter that not only allows companies to thrive but the community as well.
Jory Leaver (Intern) is a senior in high school planning to study molecular genetics or biotechnology after graduation. During his time at Catalina Foothills High School, he was captain of the school soccer team, Vice-President of academic decathlon, and founder/President of the Psychology club. During his senior year, he has spent over 200 hours as a volunteer soccer coach for a U13 boys soccer team.
Brenden Little (Intern) is a first-year student at the University of Arizona. He was a captain and the President of the Catalina Foothills speech and debate team as well as a member of the academic decathlon team. During the summer he participates in the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) summer camp in Hudson, Illinois, where he has won the camp counselor of the year. He is currently studying for his PPEL (Philosophy Politics Economics and Law) degree.