Our Board/Advisory Board


Deepa Gopal, Founder & CEO

Yuanyuan Sun, Operations

John Henitz, Board Member

John joined Youngzine’s advisory board in March 2017.  He considers himself a kid at heart and was drawn to Youngzine because of their journalistic integrity and exceptional content. As a new father, he is even more passionate to further promote Youngzine and the growing importance of their mission.

John brings a diverse background over 20 years of business & leadership experience. He currently works in business development at Apple.  Prior to his current role, John served in multiple different leadership roles in customer experience & partnership (Apple), supply chain & IT (IBM) and as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. 

John earned a BS in accounting from The College of New Jersey and an MBA from the University of California - Berkeley.  While he is originally from New Jersey, he and his family currently reside in the San Francisco Bay Area.   John loves playing competitive soccer, Crossfit and spending time w/ his family. 

Darlene Clementz, Board Advisor

Darlene joined Youngzine’s advisory board in March 2017, excited by its mission to help young people explore and discover our global, diverse world.  Having lived outside of the U.S. with her two children for several years, Darlene is passionate about offering all children access to international learning.

Darlene brings 20 years of digital experience in driving growth across all stages of the customer lifecycle.  She is currently an independent consultant advising clients from early-stage startups to mature ecommerce platforms.  Prior to consulting, Darlene led various marketing functions and business groups at eBay US and Australia, Vendio eCommerce and Applied Marketing Science.  Darlene is a graduate of the Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.  She enjoys skiing, traveling and playing recreational sports with her family.

Karen Worden, Board Advisor

Karen has been in the classroom for 15 years teaching reading and writing, creating a curriculum, and connecting the classroom with the wider world, especially through the lens of Journalism as she now lives in the Washington, D.C. area.

Karen lived in California for thirty years before packing up her son, her dog, her bird, and a houseplant to drive across the country to head back east, where she was born. She has a Master of Science in Education degree with a specialization in Professional Studies in Education as well as a Post Masters in College Teaching. Karen loves being outdoors listening to birdsong among the trees and creeks in the Mid-Atlantic area. #trashtag challenge.

Sri Subramaniam, Board Advisor

Sri is a Silicon Valley geek who believes in making positive changes in the world through technology. He believes that our kids are much smarter and much more capable of absorbing more of the world around them than we think, and is passionate about stretching their boundaries.