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.
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.
Assistant, is currently working towards a degree in Neuroscience at Vanderbilt University. She has extensive experience working with children, teens, and adults with autism spectrum disorders.
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.
Micah Moses, Job Coach, is a graphic artist who works in design, illustration, video, audio and fine art. He has managed and helped develop creative as well as commercial projects.
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.
Board of Advisers
Vice President, Macquarie Group
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
Assistant Vice President, Barclays
Director of Investor Relations, BlackRock
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
M.A, CCC-SLP, Speech/Language Pathologist and Adjunct Professor at Pace University
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
currently attends New York University for his undergraduate degree in Integrated Digital Media. Lucas uses his skills and experience in programming, web development, video production and digital design to help educate the youth in the ever-growing fields of technology.
is an artist and musician, as well as a recent graduate of NYU Gallatin. Raymond is interested in multimedia tech art and finding creative ways to relate to people.
Jose Deschamps is currently attending Parson The New School Of Design, acquiring a degree in Design & Technology. His body of work discusses relevant societal topics about social and political issues, often referencing experiences in underserved communities. He finds the game design medium most compelling due to the inherent nature of it immersing the user.
John Mulcahy is currently working towards his undergraduate degree in Computer Science, attending Pace University. His skills include mobile, web, and game development, and he spends much of his time using these skills to educate the youth in the wonderful world of technology.
Counselor, is a current student at New York University studying Computer Science. He has worked at various start ups and has extensive experience working with youth.
LCSW-R, is an alumni from the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work. She has experience working with children & adolescents and their families, in various mental health settings. Since 2005, Ms. Dempsey has been working as faculty advisor and classroom instructor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work.
IIana La Gear
is a current student studying at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College for her Master of Social Work. She has extensive experience working with youth.
Jandelyn M. Bonilla
Jandelyn is a current masters student at Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work.
is a current occupational therapist graduate student at NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Occupational Therapy.
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.
Tech Teaching Artists
Digital Artist and Educator. Mark is an alumnus of Hampshire College where he studied 3D Graphics and Animations. Along with teaching at TKU, mark also teaches at the Museum of the Moving Image where he is both an Instructor and Educator.
User Experience Designer, and Creative Technologist. Davon received his BS in Communication and Advertising and he is currently a student at New York University Tandon School of Engineering where he is working on his masters in Integrated Digital Media.
Jessy Jo Gomez
Jessy Jo is an alumnus of Parsons the New School for Design where she majored in Design & Technology. She teaches Coding, Game Design, Media, and other subjects at various youth organizations across NYC.
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.
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).
Dr. Kate Sicchio is a choreographer, media artist and performer whose work explores the interface between choreography and technology.
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.