Staff & Board of Directors


Executive Director Jonathan Markowitz Bijur is a founder of Tinkering School LA, educator, maker, and administrator with over 15 years Read more
Director of Programs Barb Noren is a master maker and experienced educator. Barb has been involved with STEAM education since Read more
Director of Operations Amy Bauer has worked in arts administration since 2001 in Los Angeles, New York, and New Jersey. Read more

Program Facilitators

Molly Allis
Sam Balfus
Claudia Borgna
Hanabee Cartagena
Jenna Ervin, Pali Lead Facilitator
Isabella Granados
Orr Herz
Jae Hinrichs

Amara Leipzig
Lalo Marquez
Ariel Navas
Christina Nishimuta
Julianna Ostrovsky
Lauren Over
Kristy Pace
Nico Palermo

Karl Petion
Aric Quan
Emma Ramey
Liz Reyes
Margaret Starbuck
Joyce Tam
Frank Wuts

Intern Facilitators

Allie Carr
Natalie Guerra
Guillermo Kersh

Board of Directors

Max Nishimura joined reDiscover's board in 2020. Max is a Southern California native, born and raised in Orange County, California. Read more
Board President. Aaron has been actively involved with reDiscover since 2009, joined the board in 2015, and became Board President Read more
Treasurer. Samir Sanghani grew up in Texas but has happily resided in Los Angeles since 2008, where he spends his Read more
Mari Brusseau
Board Secretary. Mari is a Seattle native who began working at a young age in her family’s thriving cafe, bakery, Read more
Kim Ayres
Kim has been a lifelong crafter, and being a direct descendant of the inventor of the spring balance which revolutionized Read more
Lynne B. Clark
Board Member Lynne B. Clark has been working in the Los Angeles non-profit sector for nearly three decades. Following her Read more
Jeannine Chanin Penn is an artist and marketing professional whose career is centered in the space between design and art. Read more
Dr. Kristen Paglia has been involved with reDiscover since her teenagers were kindergartners. She joined the board in 2020. The Read more
Pantea Shakib
Pantea is a passionate mom to three boys. The founder of Ask Panta, a strategic consultancy, she draws on 20 Read more
Board Member John Umekubo is the Director of Social Entrepreneurship at Westside Neighborhood School in Los Angeles, and a consultant Read more
Director Emerita and Board Member Co-founder and former Executive Director of the reDiscover Center, Mary Beth Trautwein brings problem solving Read more
Jonathan Markowitz Bijur
Jonathan Markowitz Bijur has been a volunteer, artist, and instructor at reDiscover since 2010, served as board secretary 2013-2014, and Read more