Staff & Board of Directors


Jonathan Markowitz Bijur
Executive Director Jonathan Markowitz Bijur is a founder of Tinkering School LA, educator, maker, and administrator with over 15 years
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Barb Noren
Director of Programs Barb Noren is master maker and experienced educator. Barb has been involved with STEAM education since 1999.
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Amy Bauer
Director of Operations Amy Bauer has worked in arts administration since 2006 in Los Angeles, New York, and New Jersey.
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Program Facilitators

Molly Allis
Sam Balfus
Claudia Borgna
Caitlin Dobbin
Jenna Ervin, Pali Lead Facilitator
Isai German
Orr Herz
Janean Hinrichs
Gilon Kaner
Aaron Kramer

Jacqueline Levine
Cybele Lyle
Lalo Marquez
Evelyn Neusom
Christina Nishimuta
Juliana Ostrovsky
Kristy Pace
Nico Palermo
Dee Perez
Karl Petion

Aric Quan
Emma Ramey
Liz Reyes
Ken Rogers
Andre Shakhbandaryan
Margaret Starbuck
Joyce Tam
Edie Trautwein
Frank Wuts

Intern Facilitators

Genna Battagin
Jared Bishop
Guillermo Kersh
Juliette Schmidli
Craig Wei
Gia Xu

Board of Directors

Pantea Shakib
Pantea Shakib
Board President. Pantea is a passionate mom to three boys. The founder of Ask Panta, a strategic consultancy, she draws
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Aaron Kramer
Aaron Kramer
Vice President. Aaron has been actively involved with reDiscover since 2009 and joined the board in 2015. He has had
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Samir Sanghani
Treasurer. Samir Sanghani grew up in Texas but has happily resided in Los Angeles since 2008, where he spends his
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Mari Brusseau
Mari Brusseau
Board Secretary. Mari is a Seattle native who began working at a young age in her family’s thriving cafe, bakery,
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Kim Ayres
Kim Ayers
Kim has been a lifelong crafter, and being a direct descendant of the inventor of the spring balance which revolutionized
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Farrah Dodes
Farrah Dodes has been a member of reDiscover's board since 2018. She is the COO of Breakthrough Content. An expert
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Lynne B. Clark
Lynne B. Clark
Board Member Lynne B. Clark has been working in the Los Angeles non-profit sector for nearly three decades. Following her
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Simon Huss
Born in the midwest, Simon escaped to Los Angeles to work as a fuel cell engineer for Honeywell several years
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Mary Beth Trautwein
Director Emerita and Board Member Co-founder and former Executive Director of the reDiscover Center, Mary Beth Trautwein brings problem solving
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John Umekubo
Board Member John Umekubo is the Director of Social Entrepreneurship at Westside Neighborhood School in Los Angeles, and a consultant
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Jonathan Markowitz Bijur
Jonathan Markowitz Bijur
Jonathan Markowitz Bijur has been a volunteer, artist, and instructor at reDiscover since 2010, served as board secretary 2013-2014, and
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