Sneha is a junior at Indiana University. At age 6, she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, which she has successfully battled with the help of several major surgeries. She founded the Crohn's and Colitis Young Adults Network, a nonprofit organization to connect young adults with inflammatory bowel diseases around the world. Sneha is a part of the Pfizer advisory board, an Eli Lilly consultant and advocates with the United Nations for the third sustainable development goal, good health, and well-being. Sneha writes for media platforms such as U.S. News and World Report.
In addition, she is a motivational speaker and has spoken on national television on Capitol Hill. Her advocacy efforts have been broadcast on both television and radio, and she was named to be one of the 33 most influential teenagers in 2018, as a Global Teen Leader. She also recently created and now chairs Indiana's first disability caucus and is on the International Women's March Disability Caucus. Sneha is overseeing the national expansion of the Health Advocacy Summit. In her spare time, Sneha is an avid wilderness advocate and enjoys mountain climbing. She most recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in December.
Deanna is sophomore at Indiana University from Greentown, IN studying Non-Profit Management and Leadership. She has been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and has some undiagnosed stomach issues. Some of her favorite things to do are swim; play tennis; play ukulele, cello, and piano; crochet; and embroider.
Deanna is involved with the Civic Leader Center at IU as well as IU CHAARG. She is a National Merit Finalist and started her own non-profit called Whales for Wells that raised over $3000 for Living Water International. She has shared her struggles with illness and her creation of Whales for Wells at the UMC Bishop’s Laity Day, the Student Leadership Academy, the Indiana United Methodist Annual Conference, and That Thing at Epworth Forest. Deanna is excited for the summit because she wants to meet other people who have gone through similar experiences and to help those who are struggling with their chronic illness.