The Mentra Team

A community of action-driven disability advocates committed to empowering neurodiverse communities to finding meaningful employment. If you resonate, join hands with us to make this vision a reality.

Meet the Mentra family

Jhillika Kumar

Cofounder

My personal experiences with my non-speaking, autistic brother ignited my passion to advocate for disability rights and design a world where my brother can one day find a job. I am a social impact entrepreneur and speaker/advocate for disability empowerment.

Conner Reinhardt

Cofounder

I never understood the humanity behind the accessibility movement until hearing Jhillika’s story about her autistic brother Vicky. I saw a chance to contribute to real change in our society. And that is something I’ll never turn down!

Rishma Mendhekar

Design Lead

 

I am a UX designer and inclusive design advocate. I was first introduced to the inclusive design and accessible hiring movement two years ago, and at Mentra, I'm able to use my design skills to make a tangible difference.

Shea Belsky

Frond-end Lead

I'm a passionate software engineer based in Boston who cares about building applications that people care about and enjoy using!

Syntyche Jennings

Market Researcher

Having spent over a decade working with autistic individuals, my research has shaped me to push for employer and company wide objective behavioral changes in the workplace that promote diversity and inclusion while also continually advocating autonomy and dignity for neurodiverse individuals around the world.

Averie Brookie

Employer Specialist

I am a Clinical Counselor, having worked 5 years with PWD, I have a background in job development  and advocate for disability rights, and accessible employment. My hope is to encourage conversation and acceptance around disability and mental health in all future endeavors. 

Tanushree Sudheer

Marketing

I am a Human Computer Interaction graduate student at Georgia Tech. I want to apply my engineering knowledge in the field of UX and aims to use technology to be a voice for others who are not being heard!

 

Marcela Musgrove

User Researcher

I am currently based in North Carolina and have a Master's degree in Human Computer Interaction. I am a long-time neurodiversity advocate who is excited to put my experience into practice at Mentra.

Shalvik Gupta

Software Engineer

I am a Master's student at UNC and I want to apply my engineering knowledge in the field of UX and aims to use technology to be a voice for others who are not being heard!

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