Jonathan Markowitz Bijur

Executive Director Jonathan Markowitz Bijur is a founder of Tinkering School LA, an educator, maker, and administrator with over 15 years experience in non-profit management. He has been Executive Director of reDiscover Center since 2014. His previous board and staff work includes contributions to choirs, museums, libraries, and community centers in Boston and Los Angeles....

Jay True

Director of Operations Jay True has been reDiscover Center's Director of Operations since 2021. With twenty years of administrative experience in various departments of UCLA, Jay brings a confident and skilled touch to reDiscover's systems and operations. Her expertise covers a wide spectrum of areas: program management, student services,  advising, finance and operations, and assessment...

Emeka Simmons

“You are an artist, no matter how often you make art or how much you make from it.”   Los Angeles-based Artist and Educator Emeka Simmons has been honing his teaching skills since 2012. Originally an athlete turned dancer, Simmons takes the disciplines and skills he has developed into the classes and workshops he facilitates....

Hanabee Cartagena

Hanabee Cartagena is the Distance Learning Programs Manager. Hanabee started with reDiscover in 2018 as an Intern Facilitator, was hired as a member of the permanent staff in 2019, and has been the Distance Learning Programs Manager since 2022. A creative artist in mixed media, digital media, painting, and drawing, (and more than a few...

Bailey Fisher

Development Associate Bailey Fisher (she/her) is the Development Associate. She joined reDiscover Center in 2024 after graduating from UCLA in 2023 with a degree in Political Science and minor in Spanish. At UCLA, Bailey was named a Changemaker Scholar with the Center for Community Engagement and Social Change, where she conducted research on youth engagement...

Kevin M. Garcia

A lifelong Los Angeles resident who’s passionate about childhood education and educational equity.  With over 10 years of office working experience, Kevin joined reDiscover in the Summer of 2022 as the Office Coordinator for the reDiscover Center Venice location on 12958 W. Washington. The friendly voice you’ll frequently hear on the phone when calling reDiscover,...

Yeltsin Penado

Yeltsin Penado joined reDiscover Center as a Programs Manager in 2021. He works closely with Facilitators and interns through collaborative teaching and by creating curriculum and educational materials. Yeltsin is passionate about arts education with an emphasis on diversity and inclusive lesson structures. “My teaching superpower is being empathetic to a student's interests and imagination...

Patrick Smith

Camp Programs Manager Patrick Smith (he/him) joined reDiscover as a program facilitator in 2023, and now manages camp enrollment, program design, and staff training as Camp Programs Manager. Patrick has been teaching theatre, art, design, and tinkering to kids of all ages since 2012 through an approach that embraces collaboration, hands-on exploration, and productive failure....

Kate Zankowicz

Mid City Programs Manager Kate Zankowicz (she/her/hers) is a museum educator who has created community-driven, inclusive arts and nature programming in museums in Canada and the U.S. for the past 20 years. Her practice has centered around creating collaborative programming with—not for—communities. She holds a PhD in Education, with a focus on museum education from...

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