Volunteer Info

Organizational Volunteers

Silicon Valley Odyssey of the Mind is an all-volunteer organization. As such, every position is filled with dedicated volunteers who do it because they believe in it! If you are interested, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inquire. 

We have the following volunteer positions:

  1. Regional Director (currently, Barbara Han and Barbara Krishnan) Looking for Shadows
  2. Problem 1 Captain (currently, Kal Krishnan, Asst./Co OPEN)
  3. Problem 2 Captain (currently, Sunil Dhar, Asst./Co OPEN)
  4. Problem 3 Captain (currently, Olga Tymoshchuk, Asst./Co Radha Ravi)
  5. Problem 4 Captain (currently, Dan Lesieutre, Omar Quijano)
  6. Problem 5 Captain (currently, Cynde Ayers, Asst./Co Parvathi)
  7. Spontaneous Problem Captain (currently, Sally Piao, Asst. 1 & 2 OPEN)
  8. Primary Problem Captain (currently, Archana Jarajapu)
  9. Tournament Director (Malti Gusahani)
  10. Score Room co-ordinator (currently, OPEN, Asst./Co OPEN)
  11. Secretary (currently, Terri Lesieutre)
  12. Treasurer (currently, Renuka Dhar)
  13. Webmaster (currently, Kal Krishnan)
  14. Hospitality co-ordinator (Muskaan Advani, Barbara Han, with other volunteers)
  15. Public Relations (currently, OPEN)

In addition, we have a number of people that are volunteer Judges (non-affiliated with any team). We also have a number of tournament day volunteers (also, not affiliated).

WE NEED LOTS OF HELP TO KEEP THE ORGANIZATION GOING! Please consider volunteering for any of the above positions so we can continue the work of educating the children through this creative medium. THANKS TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS!


Team-supplied Volunteers

Volunteering is another wonderful way to give a bit of your time for great benefit to the kids! While judging is a 2-day commitment, volunteering can be as little as a 2-hour commitment, so it is more suitable if you are too busy to be a judge.

The Silicon Valley region requires each team to designate at least one 2-hour tournament volunteer. There are always lots of jobs to be done at the tournament. If you are interested in volunteering for more than 2 hours please let us know. We have often found that high school students who are looking to fulfill community service requirements enjoy volunteering at our tournament all day or half day to collect service hours. If you know any high school students who would be interested please send them our way.

Volunteering is just a 2-hour commitment - either on the night before the tournament to help set-up, or on the day of the tournament to help run it. So, on tournament day, you WILL be able to watch your affiliated team perform. ALSO NOTE THAT ALL VOLUNTEERS SHOULD BE AT LEAST HIGH SCHOOL AGE OR ADULTS.

To become an Odyssey of the Mind volunteer, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Sign up using the Volunteer Sign-Up Link.
  2. When you receive an email from SignUp Genius notifying you that the Volunteer Schedule is available choose your job(s) and time slot(s).
  3. Show up on tournament day (or the night before), sign-in at the Sign-In/Info table prior to your shift. (Give yourself enough time to park and find your job site.) Have fun volunteering!