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Meet the Team



Jacqueline Horgan

Academic Strategy, 
Assessment &


  • years of experience teaching science (pre-K through adulthood) in both in-school and out-of-school settings including the American Museum of Natural History.

  • Instructor of elementary science teaching practices and qualitative research methods for undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Certified educator in elementary science and mathematics.


  • PhD in Science Education from Columbia University; BS in Elementary Education from Penn State University.

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Diana Rodriguez

Sr. Director Programs &


  • Expert in complex & large-scale project planning and execution

  • Former school leader within the NYC charter system; experienced with Special Education management and data-driven instruction

  • Teach For America 2011 Metro-Atlanta Corps Alumna

  • BA from Penn State University; Advanced certification in Project Management from the CUNY School of Professional Studies


Christin Creary



  • NYS certified in Elementary Education N-6 and Reading K-12

  • 25 years experience teaching 5th grade

  • B.S. in Elementary Education with a Concentration in Natural Science from Marymount College Tarrytown

  • M.S. Ed. in Literacy from Mercy College

  • Building Leader for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Public Schools of the Tarrytown

  • Coordinator of After School Programs at Washington Irving School, Tarrytown, NY

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Elizabeth Uraga
Family Liaison and Educator--US


  • AA, BS and MS ED all in Early Childhood Education

  • Over 12 years teaching experience in both Public and Private Schools/Programs including Head Start and Ella Baker School

  • Significant experience working with families as allies in ensuring equity in education

  • 2021 semifinalist for The Flag Award for Teaching Excellence

  • Bi-lingual in English and Spanish

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Caleb Cheng'Ori Wanyonyi
  • Teacher at Prince Dan Academy

  • Graduate with Certificate in Education 2009

  • Teaches grades 4,5,6,&8

  • Teaches English, Kiswahili, Arts, Science and Music

  • 10 years teaching experience


Vriti Saraf

Academic Advisor


Liza Aponte



  • Certified Teacher in Pre-K to 6th grade

  • 21 years K-5th grade teaching experience

  • 9 years Science Specialist in grades Pre-K to 5th grades

  • Bi-lingual in English and Spanish

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Gladys Kwamboka Onsoti



  • Graduate of the National Youth Service College in Early Childhood Education

  • 15+  years teaching experience 

  • For the past 10 years has also served as a manager at Prince Dan Academy while concurrently responsible for Pre-Primary Level 2.

  • Holds a certificate in Medical lab from Kenya Polytechenique

  • Bi-lingual in English and Swahili


Jane Wangari Karuma



  • Certified Teacher in Science and English

  • 6 years of teaching experience

  • Also trains learners in ICT

  • Currently Headteacher at Prince Dan Academy

  • Bilingual in English and Swahili


Kayli Mediratta 



  • Edtech Entrepreneur at k20 Educators. 

  • Expert in building and executing professional learning ecosystems and programs across local, global, public and private, k-12 and higher education organizations.

  • Experienced school leader, network administrator, teacher, and adjunct professor, with pedagogical expertise in Online Learning, Responsive Classroom, Reggio Emilia, Standards-based Instruction & Assessment, and Project Based Learning.

  • Teach for America alumna; B.A. from Macaulay Honors College; M.Ed. from Teacher U/Hunter College

  • Inaugural mentor for Full STEAM Forward

  • Currently an MS student at Wheelock College of Education and Human Development Graduate School for Special ED and Elementary ED

  • Extensive experience in tutoring teaching and mentoring

  • BA in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College

  • Teacher at Prince Dan Academy in Mathematics and Scienc​e

  • Teaches grades 4,5 & 6

Business Support and Global Operations


Mary Manning

Grant Writer and Development

  • 20 years experience in corporate including 10 years with an international investment bank in Sydney, Australia working in client services, product development and project management in the private banking sector.

  • BSc degree majoring in Earth Science from Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia



Magaga Enos Rombo

Kenya Lead

  • Certified educator in Biology and Mathematics.

  • Country Lead for, Kenya.

  • Community and Outreach Coordinator for Beads For Education, Kenya. 

  • Extensive experience working with organizations serving young students in Kenya including: UNESCO, My Dream Machine Global, Githiga Boys High School, and Friends School Senende.

  • Advocate for quality education, gender equity and women’s empowerment.

  • Bi-lingual English and Kiswahili.

  • Locally based outside of Nairobi


Eunice Ochoro
Educator Kenya

 Leadership and Board 

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Joni Bessler

Board Chair/CEO


  • Recognized expert in educational ventures, including: Full STEAM Forward; Bookends; Avenues, China; Whittle School, China; and YK Pao School.

  • 30+ career with Booz & Co. focused on Australasia, working with public and private company leaders.

  • MBA from University of Chicago (Booth); BS in Engineering from Stanford University.

  • Fluent in Spanish and Mandarin


Rebecca Singer

Board Member/COO

  • Portolio manager focused on investments in Biotech and Technology.

  • AmeriCorps program coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County. 

  • Three-term, publicly elected Board of Education Trustee of a NJ K-12 public school district.

  • PhD and MS from Albert Einstein College of Medicine; BA, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Global finance and transformational executive with 20+ years of experience. Currently CFO at Hootsuite

  • MBA, USC Marshall Business School, Jiao Tong University; BA Economics and Accounting, Universita’ Cattolica, Italy.

  • Bi-lingual in English and Italian

Tiziana Figliolia

Board Member/CFO

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Yemmie Oluwatosin

Board Member


David Young

Board Member/Special Projects

  • Currently Senior Medical Director, Chronic Kidney Disease, AstraZeneca

  • Nearly 25 years experience in both the field as a research scientist and in HQ in medical affairs, 

  • Recently appointed Delaware State Science Ambassador as part of the Nationwide Science Works awareness campaign

  • PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • Founder and Managing Director of Top Golf Advisors

  • Over 20 years of international marketing, planning, and development and training experience

  • MBA from SDA Bocconi in Milan, Italy

  • Fluent in English and Italian

Strategic Advisors


Mona Sinha

  • Board Chair: ERA Fund for Women’s Equality, and Women Moving Millions.

  • Co-Founder: Raising Change. 

  • Board member: Columbia Business School, The Global Mental Health Program at Mailman School at Columbia University, Women Creating Change at Columbia University, Breakthrough, and Center for High Impact Philanthropy.


Diana Taylor

  • Former Assistant Secretary to NY Governor George Pataki, CFO Long Island Power Authority, New York State Superintendent of Banks, MD at Wolfensohn Fund Management.

  • Board member: International Women’s Health Coalition, The New York Women’s Foundation, YMCA of Greater New York, ACCION, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, Sotheby’s, Citigroup, Brookfield Properties. 


Deborah Jackson

  • Founder & CEO Plum Alley, Founder, Women Innovate Mobile.

  • Former SVP, Shattuck Hammond Partners, Goldman Sachs.

  • Recipient of numerous awards including: “League of Extraordinary Women”, “Leader of Economic Impact”, ”Women Changing the World: VCs/Entrepreneurs”.


Meme Scherr

  • Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Sensato Investors.

  • Former COO at PBPCapital Management managing non-investment activities of a start up hedge fund.

  • Director of Client Service at Mellon Capital Management.

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