TEDxRutgersCamden’s Core Team

Pariti Sutaria
Melissa Maselli
Vice President
Ajitha Jasti
Finance Team Member
Laura Nguyen
Finance Team Member
Mallory Carvalho
Curation Team Member
Lisa Traczyk
Curation Team member
Dillon Dixon
Curation Team member
Yamilette Roman
Mogistics Team member
Kaila Crozier
Mogistics Team member
Doris Bru
Mogistics Team member
Ha Nguyen
Mogistics Team member
Jenna Nunziato
Mogistics Team member


Marla Blunt-Carter
TEDx Speaker & Professor
Dan Rosenthal
Adjunct Professor
Natalie Cox
Adjunct Professor

Speech Coaches

Christina Starbuck is a performance coach who specializes in public speaking instruction for career professionals in areas of conference speaking, meeting leadership, media and panel appearances, and native accent reduction. As a critically acclaimed, veteran New York actor, she also offers audition skills training for fellow actors. Christina is a graduate of Syracuse University, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and Oberlin Theatre Institute and has trained independently with leading voice and speech experts from around the world. Her coaching clients have emerged from a broad range of industries such as advertising, finance, construction management, real estate, media and journalism, as well as film and theatre. Her own performance work spans theatre, television and film including network primetime, daytime, television commercials, and feature films. Christina lives in Hudson County, New Jersey with her daughters where she has served as a volunteer homeless advocate for many years.

Kim Boudreau Smith is passionate about helping women find (and use!) their bold voices. A born entrepreneur with 25-years as a leader in Corporate America, Kim rocks at showing female entrepreneurs and high-performing professional women how to develop their speaking confidence, level up their presence, and increase their profitability. Kim’s raw, slightly rebellious, and always riveting speaking style makes her a go-to speaker for women’s business and professional conferences, associations, employee resource groups, and podcasts. Prior to launching her career as a professional speaker and speaking coach, Kim was the head of a radio station and for 25+ years ran a thriving fitness business. Kim is also the co-author of several Amazon bestselling books.

Please check out more about Kim Boudreau Smith at her website: https://kimbsmith.com/

Taruna Ramani has over 20 years of coaching experience under her belt, with Masters’ degree in Educational Leadership from California State University, Fullerton. She founded her passion project- Power Speakers Unlimited in 2016 which currently serves a public speaking institute. It was born out of a firm belief that public speaking is an essential life skill and that each person is unique, has something to say, and wants to be heard. Couple that belief with the founder’s creativity, imagination, and zest and you have what Power Speakers Unlimited is today. Through our K-12 year-round programs, faculty training workshops, leadership and entrepreneurship development courses, interview preparation classes, seasonal camps, and competitive youth events, PSU members are always on the pathway to success! When Taruna came out of her fight with cancer, she resolved to help others who were fighting similar battles. That is exactly when she started her podcast ‘Mind Over Cancer’. She started podcasting her experience in dealing with sickness with the aim to motivate others and to take charge of their health and mindset. Her podcast series along with her series on ‘How to Enhance Your Child’s Personality for Success’ has been widely circulated and helped motivate others around the world. Taruna often speaks at various events organized by women’s groups, corporate meetings, and schools around the United States and continues to support numerous individuals through life coaching

Priya Kartik is a public speaking and leadership coach dedicated to empowering people to influence positive outcomes. With an engineering degree, a Masters in Management and over 20 years of experience in training and development for universities and corporates, Priya is uniquely positioned to render a competitive advantage to all her clients.  Priya developed the “Enspire Process”, a research-based training methodology to coach her clients to master the art of effective communication and leadership. In an endeavor to bring this mission into reality,  she founded Enspire Academy and has helped 2000+ clients to accelerate their success. Priya’s keynote addresses and panel discussions have captured the hearts and minds of their listeners. She believes in giving back to the community through her internationally-recognized outreach projects and creating leaders for a better tomorrow. A resident of New Jersey, Priya is also a devoted mother of two boys. Music and hiking are her favorite hobbies.

Bareeq Barqawi is currently a Human Resources Business Partner at Amazon by day and a college Communications professor by night, teaching courses like Public Speaking, Digital Presentations, and Interpersonal Communication. She received her Masters degree in Communication Management from Temple University and has been teaching public speaking professionally for the last four years. Outside of that she has had many speaking engagements, including but not limited to, speaking on behalf of a Palestinian-American delegation to 1,000 people in Palestine and emceeing nonprofit fundraisers like Playgrounds for Palestine’s annual fundraiser. She is now transitioning to coaching professionals on improving their public speaking and communications skills, where she has trained nonprofit professionals on how to be more engaging speakers in a digital area. She loves working with people and reframing public speaking to be something enjoyable rather than intimidating. Her current work in Human Resources primarily focuses on leading and developing future leaders and DEI work, which are also passions of hers. In her free time she hosts a podcast, checks things off her bucket list, enjoys time with her son, family and friends, and visiting eclectic coffee shops and used bookstores.

Rebecca Massoud inspires thousands to share their brilliance on stage as a speaker coach, marketing mentor and creator of the popular Speak Shine Sell Workshop. Rebecca’s clients courageously step into the spotlight with a soulful signature talk, attract their ideal clients with ease, and double (or triple!) their revenue, as they unapologetically say “yes” to being seen, heard and highly visible.
Rebecca dazzles audiences as a lively, engaging and seasoned speaker and event emcee. She’s the host of the Savvy, Soulful & Successful Radio Show and has been a featured speaker at Fab Fempreneur Fest, Women’s Wisdom, Moxie Camp, as well as a guest expert on podcasts such as the Mind Body Business Show with Brian Kelly and the Radiant Achiever Show. She is honored to have shared the stage with world-renowned authors, thought leaders and speakers such as Lisa Nichols, Arielle Ford, Rhonda Britten, Mari Smith, and many more.
Because many women business owners hold back their voice, stay invisible and, as a result, don’t enjoy the money & freedom they desire (something Rebecca struggled with for years), she has made it her mission to guide women to use their powerful feminine voices for maximum visibility and profit. To connect with Rebecca, visit rebeccamassoud.com