Our Team 2016

Dmitry Simakov


Junior at Indiana University, majoring in Finance and Business Analytics at the Kelley School of Business. Apart from running and managing the organization’s funds, Dmitry is also involved as an associate justice on the Indiana University Supreme Court, a delegate on the Kelley Student Government, and a member of the Investment Banking Workshop. During his free time Dmitry enjoys photography, traveling, swimming, and attending IU athletic events.

Christoper Podlaski

Vice President

Senior at Indiana University, majoring in Informatics. Apart from his role in the event, Chris is involved in the Informatics Student Association as a Vice President, is a member of the Technology Consulting Workshop, and has done internships in marketing, operations, and consulting. In his free time Chris writes music, is an avid film buff, and advocates for emerging technology and space commercialization.

Kevin Schmidt

Marketing Director

Senior at Indiana University, majoring in Music Informatics with a minor in Business. Outside of TEDxIndianaUniversity, Kevin has won multiple awards in Speech and Debate competitions in the Midwest and has completed internships in IT and Project Management. His free time is mostly comprised of writing/playing/singing music with multiple instruments, playing disc golf, reading, playing video games, and talking about Life, the Universe, and Everything.

Alyssa Osborn

Finance Director

Sophomore at Indiana University, majoring in Accounting and Technology Management at the Kelley School of Business. In addition to organizing and managing TEDx Indiana University’s funds, Alyssa is involved as a mentor in the Kelley Living Learning Center (KLLC), advises the KLLC Philanthropy Board, tutors students for introductory Kelley courses, and teaches swimming lessons at the local YMCA. During her free time Alyssa enjoys traveling, reading, and swimming.

Omar Mattar

Production Director

Senior at Indiana University, majoring in Finance & Economic Consulting at the Kelley School of Business. Omar is Production Director and Project Manager for this TEDx event after supporting the organization as a curator last year. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, exploring languages, and discovering new music.

Naomi Kellogg

Internal Affairs Director

Junior at IU majoring in Non-Profit Management with a minor in Education Policy. Naomi is a strong advocate for the student voice and improving public education. The founder of our Associates program, Naomi has been focused on making every member of TEDxIU feel plugged in and confident. During her free time she rides for her sorority's Little 500 Bike team and serves as a member of the IUSA Student Congress.

Jordan Ehrlich

Public Content Team Lead

Sophomore studying Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Business at the Kelley School of Business. Aside from his involvements with TEDx, Jordan sings with the all-male a cappella group known as Another Round. He spends much of his time running, volunteering as a mentor at Templeton Elementary School, and working with projects to increase environmental sustainability.

Lauren McNeeley

Creative Content Team Lead

A senior studying journalism with specializations in graphic design and public relations, Lauren McNeeley serves as the creative content lead. She is also involved on campus as President of Pageantry at IU and Secretary of the Society for News Design. On the weekends, Lauren can be found working late nights at Pizza X serving breadsticks and cheesybread to our campus. She also enjoys photography, reading comic books, and beating her friends at Super Smash Bros.

Harrison (Tyler) Elmore

Curation Director

Senior at Indiana University, majoring in Business Economics and Public Policy at the Kelley School of Business with a minor in Creative Writing. Apart from his role as Director of Curation within TEDx, Harrison works as a part of Kelley's Honors Leadership Team. He studied Junior year for a semester in Budapest, Hungary, where he traveled to 20 different countries, and in the summer of 2016 he gained experience interning as an analyst at Charles River Associates.

Akiva Yablong

External Finance Lead

Senior at Indiana University, majoring in Finance, Accounting & Entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business. Outside of his role in TEDxIndianaUniversity, Akiva is a certified rescue diver and particularly enjoys wreck dives. His other interests include swimming, political science, cooking and snowboarding.

Aaron Shafer

Technical Director

Junior at Indiana University, majoring in Cinema & Media Arts at The Media School. In addition to producing promotional videos and other visual media for TEDx, Aaron's interests include time-lapse photography, documentary filmmaking and performing on the saxophone.

Cassidy Ostmeyer


Cassidy is a Junior at Indiana University studying Accounting, Finance, and Technology Management through Kelley School of Business. She is also involved in Women In Business as an associate in Capital Management; WIB is one of her favorite organizations at IU. Cassie passionate about equality, animal rights, baking and reading.

Savannah (Savi) Brenneke

Event Coordinator

A second year MPH in Social & Behavioral Sciences, Savi works as a graduate assistant in the School of Public health, as well as a researcher in the Institute for Research on Addictive Behavior (IRAB). She brings 4 years of TEDx experience from her undergraduate and time in South Korea to the team. Upon completing her MPH she will be moving on to pursue a dual PhD/JD in Public Health Policy, Law and Ethics. In her free time she enjoys cooking, running, and learning languages- she's working on her 6th one!