Founder/Executive Director, is an educator with over 20 years experience teaching students and teachers. She founded Tech Kids Unlimited in 2009, after realizing that her son who learns differently, loved technology but wasn’t being exposed to it during the school day. She is on the faculty at NYU-Tandon School of Engineering in the Department of Technology, Culture & Society. She consults on special needs, education, art and technology programs at cultural and community organizations.
Director of Operations and Marketing, is a graduate of New York University Tandon School of Engineering. She holds a B.S. in Integrated Digital Media and is interested in the intersection of art and technology.
Education Specialist, is a Media Arts Educator and Photographer living in Brooklyn, NY. She is a candidate for a M.A. in Youth Studies at CUNY School of Professional Studies and holds a B.A. in Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College. She has been teaching in non-traditional education environments and NYC schools for 7+ years, and her teaching philosophy is built on inquiry-based, hands-on, youth-participatory learning.
Community & Creative Tech Producer, graduated from New York University’s Integrated Digital Media Graduate Program. She received her undergraduate degree in Music Performance. Her interests are in music, web design, and installation work.
Co-Creator of TKU, is a 19-year-old high school 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.
Development Strategist, has more than 20 years experience fundraising for NYC not-for-profits.
Researcher & Evaluator, is a current doctoral student of Human Development at The City University of New York 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.
Education Assistant, is a recent graduate of NYU Tandon’s Integrated Digital Media undergrad program. Kevin is a musician, audio engineer, and media producer. He plays in a rock band, and works with creating and editing a range of sound and video.
Board of Advisers
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.
Director, Special Needs Parenting, Professional & Support Programs, The JCC in Manhattan
Jeremy is a 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.
J.D., Special Needs Attorney
Ph.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Clinical Instructor at NYU Langone Medical Center
Board of Trustees
Board Treasurer, Tax Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Ph.D. Composer and Co-Director of the Integrated Digital Media Program at NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Board Secretary, J.D., Patent Attorney
Dr. Jonathan Hill
DPS, Dean, Seidenberg School of Computer Science at Pace University
Vice President, Macquarie Group
M.A, CCC-SLP, Speech/Language Pathologist and Adjunct Professor at Pace University
Assistant Vice President, Barclays
Board Vice President, Engineering Director, Google
David L. Platzer
Experience Researcher, Adobe
Senior Vice President MSG Ventures at the Madison Square Garden Company
Board Chair, Director of Business Development, GIPHY.com
Director of Investor Relations, BlackRock
Counselor, is a Computer Science graduate from Hunter College who is interested in software development and game develpment.
Counselor, is currently an Integrated Digital Media graduate student at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She is interested in interweaving storytelling and digital media.
Counselor, is a current student at New York University studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is currently working at a start-up company and has extensive experience working with youth.
Counselor, is currently a student at Teachers College, Columbia University pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Instructional Technology and Media
Counselor, is a graduate student at the interactive telecommunications program (ITP) at NYU where she creates interactive play like art, using cutting edge technology (coding, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, physical computing, video and animation).
is a current occupational therapist graduate student at NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Occupational Therapy.
is a graduate of Hunter College School of Social Work. From September 2012 to June 2013, she worked at The JCC in Manhattan’s Boost! Program for students on the autism spectrum.
is a current graduate social worker student at Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work.
Social Worker, is a current Master’s student at Hunter College. She has experience in school-based therapeutic work across a large range of ages.
LMSW, MA holds a masters degree in developmental psychology from Columbia University, as well as a masters in social work from Fordham University.
Tech Teaching Artists
Visual Designer and Creative Technologist. She is currently a graduate student at NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Integrated Digital Media Program. She currently works for the advertising agency, OGILVY & MATHER where she works on various client projects.
Counselor, is a recent graduate of the Integrated Digital Media, B.S. program at New York University Tandon School of Engineering.
Game designer, interactive storyteller, writer, and artist in NYC. He has produced games & interactive theater for various organisations, as well as written game criticism and analysis for numerous publications.
Dr. Kate Sicchio is a choreographer, media artist and performer whose work explores the interface between choreography and technology.
Jaclyn Wickham is a teacher-turned-technologist exploring the potential of technology to enhance teaching and learning.
Guilherme Pena Costa
Guilherme Pena Costa is a NYU alumni with experience in leading workshops for kids and adults through STEAM Tech programs and Advertising agencies. He has a Master’s degree from the Interactive Telecommunication Program (ITP) at Tisch School – NYU. Anartist by heart, his background includes music, new media and storytelling. Guilherme works in advertising and believes in empowering others through creative uses of technology.
Ernie Gerardo is a masters student graduate of New York University Tandon School of Engineering in Integrated Digital Media. Alongside audio engineering and video editing, he is recently interested in UX design and coding in MAX.
Dr. Mark Dzula
An artist, musician, educator and scholar who recently defended his dissertation on kids appropriation and learning at Teachers College.
Technology Program Associates
Technology Program Associate, graduated from the Integrated Digital Media Graduate program at New York University Tandon School of Engineering. He is interested in UX design.
Technology Program Associate, is an undergrad student at Pace University double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. He is aspiring to work as a software engineer in the aerospace industry.
TKU Creative Tech Interns
Anthony Garcia is an intern at Tech Kids Unlimited during the 2017-2018 school year. He is 18 years old and is in high school. He enjoys playing Wii, PlayStation 3, and watching Press Your Luck on YouTube. Anthony very much enjoys his time with Tech Kids Unlimited and has been attending for several years.
Jonas Lukosevicius is a 16 year old intern at Tech Kids Unlimited. He is currently a junior in high school. His interests include video editing, music, and graphic design. He is interested in pursuing a career as an industrial designer.
Paloma Gabriela Kalisch is a 19-year-old TKU intern from Brooklyn. She is currently a second-year student at BMCC over in New York City and is working towards her associates degree in Animation and Motion Graphics. Her interests include drawing, animating, comics, writing, film-making, reading, and animals (especially pigs and dogs). Paloma started off at TKU as a child participant in 2009 and has been an intern since 2015.
Matthew Palermo is an intern at Tech Kids Unlimited during the 2017-2018 school year. He is 17 years old, and a senior in high school. He enjoys playing video games, watching television, browsing the Internet, and taking walks around town. He is extremely dedicated to his work, no matter how hard an assignment is, he tries to make it as perfect as possible. He is interested in coding and video editing, and is thinking about pursuing game programming in college.
Ian Parker is an intern at Tech Kids Unlimited. He is 18 years old and just graduated from high school in June. This is second time interning at TKU. His is interested in Photoshop and drawing. Ian is very interested in graphic design and is the creator of The Taft Foundation website logo which he developed at a TKU term workshop.
Benjamin Prud’homme, 18, has been a resident of Washington Heights for five years and a resident of New York City for over eleven years. For nearly his entire life, he has been deeply interested in various forms and applications of technology, including computers, phones and tablets, audio and video editing, programming, and virtual reality. He also has a strong passion for music; he has been playing classical guitar for over twelve years, and will soon be getting an electric. Having graduated high school, Benj is currently taking a gap year, after which he will attend Vassar College as a member of the Class of 2022, where he hopes to major in Mathematics, Music, and/or Computer Science.