TEAM MEMBERS

Beth Rosenberg

Founder/Executive Director
MS Ed Technology | MA Art History
Beth Rosenberg has worked in education, tech and art for much of her career, first in the Education Department,  Guggenheim Museum, then as Founding Education Director, Eyebeam and as a consultant for NYC museums and community organizations. She is a faculty member in the Department of Technology, Culture and Society at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She started tech workshops in 2009 for her neurodiverse son.

Jack Rubin

Co-Creator of TKU, is a college student who loves technology. He enjoys playing video games, creating videos and coding. He has his own YouTube channel which has received over a million hits.

Haley Shibble

Education Director, is an educator with over ten years of experience teaching media, art, and technology programs in NYC. She received her MFA in Design + Technology at Parsons School of Design with a focus on narrative storytelling and animation.

Ellen Goldstein

Development Strategist, has more than 25 years of experience fundraising for NYC nonprofit organizations.  She has a BA from Pomona College and an MSW from Columbia University.

Halenur Komsul

Education Coordinator, has a BS in Integrated Design and Media from NYU Tandon School of Engineering with a double minor in Science and Technology Studies, and Feminism and STEM. She is interested in the connection between multimedia technologies and their role in altering cultures and societies.

Raymond Barash

Online Education Coordinator, Online Education Coordinator has a BA from NYU Gallatin, and is an educator, artist, and musician who has been working with Tech Kids Unlimited for the past five years. Raymond is interested in multimedia tech art and finding creative ways to relate to people.

Savannah Jerome-Solbakken

Education Program Associate, is a recent graduate with a BS in psychology from Fordham University. She spent 2018 at TKU working as a counselor. She is interested in clinical psychology in addition to child development and education.

Aryan Easwaran

Design and Marketing Associate, has a BS in Integrated Design and Media from NYU Tandon School of Engineering. He is a music composer and animator who has worked in theatre and film. His work rides the line between the abstract and the surreal.

Alex McKay

President
VP, AI Labs, BlackRock

Ryan Linden

Vice President,
CPA, Head of Solutions Delivery at MURAL

Joel Bencosme

Treasurer
Tax Partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Erik Dykema

Treasurer
Of Counsel, Bochner IP, General Counsel BICMD

David Rosenberg

Director of Strategy, Snap Inc.

Luke Dubois

Ph.D. Composer and Director of the Integrated Digital Media Program at NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Dr. Jonathan Hill

DPS, Dean, Seidenberg School of Computer Science at Pace University

Nirilla Dharini

M.D. is a long-time parent of a TKU student and a medical doctor in Coney Island specializing in internal medicine and is skilled at diagnosing & treating a wide variety of illnesses & disorders in adult patients.

Roseanne Legrand

Speech/Language Pathologist

Rachael Rekart

VP Growth Transformation at ProUnlimited

Harrison Lung

Partner, Value Creation, Siris Capital Group

Kristen Gillespie-Lynch

Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Psychology, College of Staten Island & Hunter College Graduate School. She uses a multi-method participatory approach to investigate strengths and weaknesses associated with ASD across the lifespan, including relations between early attention and later linguistic and adaptive skills. She developed and directs Building Bridges Project REACH (a mentorship program for autistic college students and students with other disabilities) and an associated online autism training. She is the Director of CSI’s Advanced Certificate Program in ASD.

Hannah Kaplan-Cohen

Director, Special Needs Parenting, Professional & Support Programs, The JCC in Manhattan

Jeremy Louie

Web developer and entrepreneur with a knack for solving challenging problems. After founding three startups, he joined Roam & Wander where he now build apps, websites, and services for a variety of companies.

Daniel Nadasi

Engineering Director, Google

Evan Schechtman

Evan is an award-winning creative technologist with over 20 years of work to create stellar artistic visions. He has worked on award-winning projects such as the Johnny Cash Project, Nike + Fuelband Installations, NASA, the NBA All-Star Game, Sprint Sound Sessions with Pharrell Williams, American Express Unstaged Taylor Swift Blank Space Experience App, and many others. His projects have received an Emmy, a Grammy, numerous Cannes Lions, Smithsonian National Design Award, and more. Evan is the founder of Cuttlefish, a multi-disciplinary group focused on location-based projects where technology, media, and experience coalesce to offer a modern blend of skills that break typical molds.

Michelle Siegel

J.D., Special Needs Attorney

Sofia Wheeler

is an undergraduate student at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering Integrated Design and Media program.

Vida Saffari

is an undergraduate student at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering Integrated Design and Media program.

Indira Ardolic

has a B.S. in Integrated Design & Media Program from New York University Tandon School of Engineering.

Granville Jones

has a B.S. and M.S. from New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering Integrated Design and Media program.

Raymond Barash

is an artist and musician, as well as a graduate of NYU Gallatin. Raymond is interested in multimedia tech art and finding creative ways to relate to people.

Steven Yoo

Steven Yoo is a researcher, developer, and educator. He received his B.S in Computer Engineering and M.S. in Integrated Design & Media with a focus on mixed reality and education technology. He loves to develop and design games. Do you like video games? You should ask Steven for his favorite games and you'll never get bored!

Leah Gauthier

Leah Gauthier is a studio artist, designer and educator. She has an M.F.A from the School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston and Tufts University and a B.F.A. from the School or the Art Institute of Chicago. She makes wild inspired embroidered paintings, living sculpture and often edible community works exploring food as an agent of social change.

Sophia Nevarez

Sophia Nevarez is working toward her bachelors of science in civil engineering from New York University school of engineering, Tandon. She has a passion for cooking, music, and teaching.

Tonya Blazio-Licorish

Maria Cabezas

Loren Busby

Josephine Massop

Lessly Castillo

Amy Hochstein

Nirilla Anthonimuthu

Ruth Broyld

Karen Kirshenbaum

Jeanine McAdam

Sam Bromfield

Social Work Intern Supervisor, LCSW, Sam Bromfield has been working with youth and adults since 2008, starting in residential treatment before moving on to schools and home-based care. Through this work, Sam developed a passion for working with at-risk youth and families, with a concentration in students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Sam continued working with students and families in New York City public schools starting in 2013 after completing his MSW at Columbia University. Sam has a passion for supporting the growth of staff members and he credits his experience in residential treatment  for giving him a strong clinical foundation for his current and future work.

Ellen Mullan-Jayes

Social Worker, Ellen is a graduate social work student and graduated with a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Denison University. She has spent several years working in out-of-school programming for children in Elementary, Middle and High School. She has a range of experience working with individuals with disabilities.

Grace Gerber

Social Work Intern, Grace is currently pursing her Master's degree from Columbia University School of Social Work.

Hunter Soileau

Social Work Intern, Hunter is currently pursing his Master's degree from Columbia University School of Social Work.

Deane Pless

Social Worker, Deane Pless, LMSW is a recent graduate of NYU Silver School of Social Work. Deane has been with TKU since 2020 as a social worker and now works as the Mentor for the CRISP Program. Deane possesses a passion for working with children and young adults on the Autism Spectrum developed through research experience and time spent as an interventions teacher.

Harish A.

Age 18

Justin M.

Age 20

Patrick L.

Age 22

Sara C.

Age 17

Saumya D.

Age 21

Tate B.

Age 16

William G.

Age 15

Aaron J.F.

Age 19

Christian S.

Age 16

Masghana S.

Age 22

Ariana Riccio

Evaluator, holds a doctorate in Human Development with a primary focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder, children’s development of early social-cognitive milestones and the role that parents and peers play in fostering these milestones.