Staff

Warren (Trey) Lathe

Executive Director

Trey joined Maker Ed as its Executive Director in October 2014. He has an incredible breadth of experience that allows him to continue to expand the impact of Maker Ed’s work. Trey received his Ph.D. in molecular biology in 1997, and after four years of genomics research at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg Germany, he started the company OpenHelix with two others. Trey and his partners sold the company in 2014. In 2012, Trey became an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow at that National Science Foundation. In this role he worked in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering directorate supporting programs to broaden participation of women and underrepresented minorities in the computer and technology fields. Additionally, Trey served as co-chair for both the first D.C. Mini-Maker Faire and the “Making Education Great” symposium that sought to bring educators, makers, and government agencies together to discuss the power of making in education.

Stephanie Chang

Director of Programs

Stephanie Chang is the Director of Programs at Maker Ed, where she is responsible for overseeing Maker Ed’s program and project offerings, including Maker Corps, Maker VISTA, Young Makers, the Open Portfolio Project, and the online Resource Library. She also ensures cohesion between programs and Maker Ed’s larger organizational goals.  Previously, with Maker Media’s Makerspace project, Stephanie worked closely with fifteen northern California schools to define and develop makerspaces and making programs in schools. Prior, she’s worked in educational research and evaluation, designed curriculum, led the science and technology summer program at The Tech Museum, and taught environmental and marine science. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s in Biology from MIT and a Master’s degree from the Learning, Design, and Technology program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education.

Jessica Parker

Director of Community & Learning

With 10+ years teaching in higher education and secondary classrooms, Jessica comes to Maker Ed with a passion for making and the Maker Movement, expertise in the field of digital media and learning, and extensive experience in supporting professional learning networks. She co-founded the Maker Certificate Program at Sonoma State University, where she was previously an Associate Professor in the department of Curriculum Studies and Secondary Education. She is the author of Teaching Tech-Savvy Kids: Bringing Digital Media into the ClassroomJessica completed her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley; she has a BA in Mass Communication and a MA and a PhD in Education. With two children under the age of five, she is currently inspired by Legos, treasure hunts, and the card game, Crazy Eights.

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Jakki Spicer

Director of Development

Jakki is the Director of Development at Maker Ed. She comes from a long line of educators, including her father, mother, sister and grandmother, and has a lifelong passion for fostering curiosity and intrinsic motivation in kids. At Maker Ed, she builds partnerships with foundations, corporations and individual donors. Previously, she worked in development capacities at Places Journal, the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, KQED, Interfaith Power and Light, and other arts, community and environmental organizations. She holds a B.A. from Hampshire College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature from the University of Minnesota. While at Minnesota, she taught courses on cultural studies, and served as book review editor at the journal Cultural Critique. She has also been writing for independent journals in print and online for over a decade.

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Katie Barthelow

Program Manager, Maker Corps

Katie Barthelow is the Program Manager for the Maker Corps program, where she leads the professional development of Maker Corps Members and partner site supervisors as they work to provide summer maker education programming to young people. Prior to joining the Maker Ed team, Katie managed a digital storytelling fellowship for graduate students, and directed Stories Shared, an initiative she founded to digitally connect English classrooms in Panama with Spanish classrooms in the US. She earned a BA in African and Black Diaspora Studies from DePaul University, a Masters in Public Administration, and an MA in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Katie is originally from a small island off the coast of Washington state, and is loving life in Oakland where she enjoys getting walked by her dog, and the sunshine. She is also arguably the number one fan of the Panama national soccer team.

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Julia Petraglia

Program Manager, Making Spaces

Julia Petraglia is the Program Manager for the Making Spaces Program, where she’s working with Google, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, and a national network of educators and institutions aiming to sustainably integrate making into schools across the country. Passionate about bringing innovative and creative learning opportunities to students and educators, Julia has worked to support the education efforts of numerous performing arts organizations. Prior to joining the Maker Ed team, she worked with San Francisco Opera coordinating community and school education programs. A Bay Area native, Julia ventured down south to attend Scripps College where she earned her B.A. in Music and Psychology. She’s happy to be back home in the Bay and spends her free time Irish dancing, playing the flute, and volunteering with local animal rescue organizations.

Jan Schmitz

Office Manager

Jan joined the Maker Ed staff in March 2015 as Office Manger.  She combines a background in education with office administration experience gained in the higher education accreditation world of the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Jan started her teaching career off way before the Maker Movement but with marked maker tendencies. As a high school World Civilizations teacher she led her classes in an archaeological dig using a sandbox brought into the classroom that was ultimately filled with artifacts made and dug up by students! She has lived and worked in Oakland, CA for over 17 years, directing education programs at a community center, teaching English as a Second Language to adult learners, and nurturing a family on local tacos and phở. A California native, her BA in history is from UC Davis while she earned her MEd from UCLA.

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Daniella Shoshan

Program Manager, Maker VISTA

In her role as Program Manager, Daniella leads the Maker VISTA project, coordinating and supporting both VISTA Partner sites and VISTA Members in their capacity-building efforts towards eradicating poverty through education. Prior to working at Maker Ed, Daniella served as Program Director at an arts education non-profit in San Francisco, where she designed, managed and implemented arts programs for students throughout Bay Area elementary schools. She holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and an MFA in Theater Arts, Playwriting from Columbia University. Though a die-hard East Coaster, Daniella has lived in Oakland for the past three years and loves it more than she expected a skeptical New Yorker could. She also loves 90s hip-hop and her dog.

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Keyana Stevens

Communications Manager

Keyana Stevens coordinates the outreach and communications efforts at Maker Ed. Prior to joining Maker Ed, Keyana managed content partnerships and video publishing at Edutopia, worked on the digital media team at Sesame Workshop, and consulted with tech startups about community management and engagement. She graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she majored in Digital Media for Journalism, editing the independent student news blog NYU Local in her free time. A lifelong musician and artist, Keyana spends her weekends immersed in the Bay Area music scene. Originally from Hawaii, she is happy to call San Francisco home.

Justin Boner

Program Coordinator

Justin is the Program Coordinator at Maker Ed, where he supports Maker Ed’s multiple program initiatives and helps maintain their partner relationships. Before joining the Maker Ed team, Justin fostered the academic and social/emotional well-being of underrepresented youth at an immigrant advocacy non-profit in San Rafael, CA and assessed early childhood literacy in Oakland public schools. Justin holds a B.A. in Classics from New College of Florida and a M.A. in Classics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Danny Kirk

Education Community Coordinator

Danny is Maker Ed’s Education Community Coordinator. Before joining Maker Ed, Danny spent many years as an out-of-school and after-school youth program leader and coordinator. He also brings with him a strong background in cooperative community development, having worked for organizations like the Berkeley Student Cooperative and Open Source Ecology. He is an enthusiastic maker who is currently inspired by hardware hacking, 3D printing, and circuit bending. Danny attended UC Berkeley where he received a BA in history with a focus on education and social change in modern Latin America.

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Sam Erwin

Maker VISTA Member

Sam was born and raised in Arlington, Texas – land of many stadiums and amusement parks. While he did not travel outside of Texas much growing up, he did make it out to the West Coast during a road trip after high school and fell in love with California, deciding that’s where he wanted to live ultimately. Sam attended college at Southern Methodist University in Dallas where he studied Journalism and Philosophy. His studies sparked an interest in community service, and he decided to make good on his goal of moving West by becoming an AmeriCorps member with City Year Los Angeles. With City Year, Sam worked at a school in the East LA neighborhood of Boyle Heights, serving as a tutor, mentor, role model, and running an afterschool program with his team. Sam worked many different jobs, including as a salesman and bartender, before deciding to return to service with a VISTA year at Maker Ed. Sam is excited to return to the nonprofit world, for which he still holds the same passion instilled in him earlier in his studies. In his free time he enjoys reading, hiking, and is excited to explore the Bay Area makerspaces!

Hadiyah Shabazz

Maker VISTA Leader

Hadiyah was born and raised in the Bay Area. Valuing curiosity, service, understanding, connection and kindness she ventured south to study at UC Riverside. During her time there she began recognizing various ways in which her learning needs were not being met, leading her on a journey of learning more about her needs and finding other avenues to fulfill them. During this journey she studied Anthropology and Dance, and was very active in supporting her community. Following graduation she joined AmeriCorps VISTA, working with California Conservation Corps, and later serving another year as a VISTA Leader in Utah. She spent 2 years with Galileo Innovation Camp for Kids in Oakland, and this recent year as a caregiver, which helped her continue to engage her resourcefulness in supporting personal development. Hadiyah is very excited to be working with Maker Ed as a Maker VISTA Leader because she has experienced the confidence developed through making and knows how crucial it is to believing, truly, that everything is possible.

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Andy Willis

Maker VISTA Leader

Andy was born in Subang Jaya, Malaysia to two international teachers and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Abu Dhabi, UAE. At the American Community School of Abu Dhabi where his parents taught, he graduated from a class with over 40 different nationalities represented. Andy completed his undergraduate degree in Government at Claremont McKenna College, “the happiest college in the county,” with class and departmental honors in 2014. After graduation from college, Andy worked as a freelance writer, reviewing screenplays and ghostwriting for a variety of blogs and people. He used his job’s flexibility to travel around the U.S. to all of our country’s presidential libraries. Not surprisingly this hobby led his mind to service and he joined his first VISTA project in April of 2015. It was a challenging and rewarding experience and he’s looking forward to helping Maker VISTAs make the most of their experiences in 2016-2017.