TEAM MEMBERS

Beth Rosenberg

Beth Rosenberg, Founder/Executive Director, has worked on special needs and technology projects for: The New York Hall of Science, The Seidenberg School of Computer Science at Pace University, The New York Transit Museum, The New York City Department of Education and many others. She was previously the Founding Director of Education at Eyebeam Art & Technology Center. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Technology, Culture and Society at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering. She holds an MS Ed in Educational Technology–a dual degree in the School of Education and the Computer Science department and an MA in Art History.

Jack Rubin

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.

Cristina Ulerio

Cristina Ulerio, Director of Operations and Marketing has a B.S. in Integrated Design and Media from NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She has over 7 years of experience working at TKU and is passionate about bringing technology skills to underserved communities.

Jessye Herrell

Jessye Herrell, Education Manager, is a media arts education professional with 9 years of teaching experience in NYC schools, out-of-school time programs, and cultural institutions. She recently completed an M.A. in Youth Studies at the CUNY School of Professional Studies, building on a B.A. in Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College. She is a proponent of digital literacy and committed to ensuring that all students have opportunities to learn in supportive environments.

Ariana Riccio

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.

Ellen Goldstein

Ellen Goldstein, Development Strategist, has more than 20 years experience fundraising for NYC nonprofit organizations.

Halenur Komsul

Halenur Komsul, Education Coordinator, has a B.S. 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.

David Rosenberg

President
Director of Strategy, Snap Inc.

Alex McKay

Vice President, VP, AI Labs, BlackRock

Ryan Linden

Secretary, CPA, Head of Solutions Delivery at MURAL

Joel Bencosme

Treasurer
Tax Partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Erik Dykema

Secretary
J.D., IP Attorney & Entrepreneur

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

Roseanne Legrand

Speech/Language Pathologist

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

Creative Technologist
 & Consultant

Michelle Siegel

J.D., Special Needs Attorney

Yalta Zhu

has an M.S. in Integrated Design & Media Program from New York University Tandon School of Engineering. She loves art and you can usually find her with her support bunny!

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.

Granville Jones

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

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.

Indira Ardolic

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

Clara Gilligan

has a B.S. in Integrated Design & Media Program from New York University Tandon School of Engineering. She is focusing on UX/UI design and web development, and is also interested in graphic design, 3D animation/modeling, and video production.

Haley Shibble

is an animator, artist, and educator. She received her MFA in Design + Technology at Parsons School of Design with a focus on narrative storytelling and animation. She loves experimenting with code, illustration, and stop motion animation in her own personal work. In addition to TKU, she is also a media teaching artist at BRIC and Magic Box Productions.

Sharang Biswas

is an independent game designer, writer, and artist. He has a M.A. in Interactive Technology from NYU Tisch School of Arts and a Bachelors in Engineering from Dartmouth. He has garnered numerous awards for game design and has exhibited at institutions such as the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, the Toronto Reference Library, and the Museum of the Moving Image in New York. He currently holds faculty appointments at Fordham University & Bard College.

Zoilo Mercedes

is a software developer with a B.A. in Computer Science from Hunter College. Systems thinker, specializes in programming.

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.

Tonya Blazio-Licorish

Maria Cabezas

Loren Busby

Josephine Massop