Pantea Shakib

Pantea Shakib

Board President. Pantea is a passionate mom to three boys. The founder of Ask Panta, a strategic consultancy, she draws on 20 years experience analyzing and streamlining businesses for growth, including product development and national branding. When not tinkering with businesses, she loves to tinker and build with her husband and kids. One of...

Aaron Kramer

Aaron Kramer

Vice President. Aaron has been actively involved with reDiscover since 2009 and joined the board in 2015. He has had art shows in the gallery space, exhibiting works of collage and sculptures that feature recycled and reclaimed materials. He had been the Senior lead instructor for the first two years of Tinkering School LA,...

Samir Sanghani

Treasurer. Samir Sanghani grew up in Texas but has happily resided in Los Angeles since 2008, where he spends his time with his wife and active young boys, enjoying the weather, coaching kids sports teams, and rooting for the LA Rams. Samir is a financial type - currently a portfolio manager at Guggenheim Partners,...

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, and catering business. Mari was certain the creativity gene had skipped right past her and the business path would be her calling.  But after watching Gever Tulley’s popular TED Talk on "5 Dangerous Things...

Kim Ayres

Kim Ayers

Kim has been a lifelong crafter, and being a direct descendant of the inventor of the spring balance which revolutionized Swiss watchmaking history, has a penchant for making things from tiny objects. Her dedication towards recycling, reusing and recrafting lead her to join the Board in 2014 and because she can type fast, became...

Farrah Dodes

Farrah Dodes has been a member of reDiscover's board since 2018. She is the COO of Breakthrough Content. An expert in web management, communications, and design, Farrah brings an artistic sensibility and the precision of an expert project manager to reDiscover's governance.  She is active in her children's PTA in Beverly Hills and various...

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 tenure as Director of Development at UCLA’s Fowler Museum (1997-2008) she began her own fundraising consultant business where she specializes in working with community-based arts organizations. During this time, she has served as a...

Simon Huss

Born in the midwest, Simon escaped to Los Angeles to work as a fuel cell engineer for Honeywell several years ago. He came to teaching as a second career, working first in the public school system in the LAUSD. Most recently, Simon taught physics at Venice High and as an adjunct physics professor at...

Mary Beth Trautwein

Director Emerita and Board Member Co-founder and former Executive Director of the reDiscover Center, Mary Beth Trautwein brings problem solving skills developed from a career in design and her passion for nature to inform our programs and services. She strives to bring reDiscover?s mission to life by connecting with artists and environmentalists in the...

John Umekubo

Board Member John Umekubo is the Director of Social Entrepreneurship at Westside Neighborhood School in Los Angeles, and a consultant to schools in the areas of making, STEAM, and educational technology. An educator for the past 27 years, John is passionate about active, self-driven learning for children, with an emphasis on hands-on, creative making...

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