Executive Board

Meet the Board

President- Amanda Karas

Hi, I’m Amanda! I am a senior majoring in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations with a focus in Application Development. I chose to study cybersecurity because it is behind everything that we do. It can be like a puzzle when trying to figure out how to keep information safe without hindering the experience of the user, which is the part I love most. This past summer I had the opportunity to work as an intern for Liberty Mutual analyzing risk to web applications. Besides WIST I also work as an LA for IST 261! My favorite hobby is reading anything sci-fi/fantasy, but I also enjoy yoga, cooking, writing, and spending time with my family and friends. I also love helping others, so if you ever have questions or just want to talk, feel free to contact me! Connect with Amanda on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanda-karas-27554a193/


Vice President and Lean In Chair- Brinda Iyer

Hey, I’m Brinda and I’m a senior majoring in Data Science! I’m also a part of the Penn State Ski Team, Nittany Data Labs, and Project Paws. I love going to the beach, skiing, and dog walking! I initially joined WIST because I wanted to get to know more women in my major and I had a great experience! If you have any questions or just want to talk, feel free to contact me! Connect with Brinda on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brindaiyer4b6378147/

Treasurer- Tia Karia
My name is Tia Karia, and I am the Treasurer of WIST! I am a senior studying IST Design and Development. I love innovation and the world is constantly changing so I am excited to work in the Tech Industry! While I love to code, I also love to draw and to go on hikes to relieve stress. Feel free to contact me about anything! Connect with Tia on LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/tia-karia-5a0b93149
WebMaster and Events Coordinator- Kara Ristey

Hey everyone! I’m Kara and my major is information science and technology with a focus on integration and application. I never expected myself to be interested in technology and coding, but I took a Python class during my senior year of high school and really enjoyed it! I would like to learn more about the consulting field and project management. A fun fact about me is that I love playing cornhole! Around campus, I like to try out different restaurants with my friends. Right now, my favorite is Little Szechaun! Feel free to contact me with any questions, or if you just want to hang out and chat! Connect with Kara on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kara-ristey-87a30b191/