Staff & Board of Directors


Executive Director Jonathan Markowitz Bijur is a founder of Tinkering School LA, an educator, maker, and administrator with over 15
Director of Programs Barb Noren is a generalist who loves getting her hands dirty. A master maker, videographer, musical instrument
Director of Operations Amy Bauer has been a powerhouse in arts administration since 2001. Amy joined reDiscover in 2014 as

Program Facilitators

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

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

Intern Facilitators

Allie Carr
Molly Dickler
Guillermo Kersh
Louis Moench

Board of Directors

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