Leah Hanes, Ph.D
Dr. Leah Hanes brings a unique set of professional and personal experiences to her role as Executive Director at T4T. Beginning her career in Toronto, Leah produced and hosted an award-winning television series profiling woman in non-traditional roles. This lead her to Los Angeles, where she appeared on-camera conducting interviews and hosting a variety of programs covering environmental issues, business and politics.
She eventually segued into other areas of the entertainment industry, notably as the President of a boutique talent agency representing Academy Award-winning cinematographers, editors and production designers. She also spent several years owning and running an acting school for children and teens, during a period she describes as her “empty nest” adjustment.
Her early life on a farm in Canada nurtured a strong sense of environmental stewardship while her first college experience was in Early Childhood Education, illuminating a solid direction to follow in her recent academic endeavors. Dr. Hanes holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management as well as a PhD. in Leadership and Change.
All of these variables lead to a confluence of skills and knowledge that fit perfectly into the T4T ecosystem. When she’s not spreading the STEAM word across California, she loves spending time with her grandchildren.
Materials Procurement Manager
Glen Inokuchi worked in bank finance for years and, in 2014, he walked through the Gardena Warehouse doors looking for a place to volunteer. Little did he know that he’d just figured out his next career step! Glen yearned to offer more of himself to his day-to-day professional focus. Over the course of a few months, we got to know Glen and eventually suggested he consider teaching. His smart, self directed, patient and kind approach to the world around him made working with others feels like a natural fit.
We sent Glen to meet with our friends at EnCorps, a non-profit group that ushers talented people into a career in the classroom. The problem is, once we sent Glen to EnCorp we realized we had an even better place for him with us. Glen is a perfect fit – we made him our new Materials Procurement Manager. Glen has a degree in Film and Television that we will also put to work creating more how-to vidoes for our curriculum offerings on oue web site.
Director of Programming
Michelle Cohen has a Masters degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, where she served as designer and producer for digital media projects at the intersection of educational and delightful. Her professional background designing exhibits at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History embraced storytelling in immersive environments. Later, she worked as a design and technology consultant, advising clients such as MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning initiative, Carnegie Science Center and the Chicago Public Library. At the University of Rochester she studied Art and Art History as well as Brain and Cognitive Sciences, viewing the subjects as two sides of the same coin—how we perceive the world and how we express it. In addition to her studies, she was the International Theatre Program’s resident prop master and artisan for four years.
Director of Fun
Viki has a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction and Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley College’s Graduate School of Arts & Social Sciences. Her B.A. in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood is from University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society.
Viki created the art studio at Peabody Terrace Children’s Center, a Reggio-inspired children’s center at Harvard University and ran it from 2008 to 2011. Viki was their Atelierista, offering art experiences to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Viki also trained the staff in arts education.
STEAM Lab Manager
Isai German studied Architecture Technology at Los Angeles Trade Technical College with a concentration on community involved design. He created the Sustainable Architecture Club and established a partnership with the US Green Building Council for LEED certification. Isai also worked at Iridescent Learning, a non-profit that teaches science and engineering to students in under-served communities, where he developed curriculum and prototypes for project based experiments to communicate curiosity, creativity, and persistence. Isai now serves as T4T’s STEAM Lab Manager, which means he spends most days designing and building maker-spaces in schools all over LA County.
Board Of Directors
Brent Bushnell, Board President is the CEO and Chief Rabble-rouser of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company. Most recently the team launched STEAM Carnival, a modern re-imagining of the midway to inspire kids about science, technology, engineering, art and math. Brent was an on-camera inventor for the ABC TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, cofounder of Anti-Aging Games, founding member of Syyn Labs, a creative collective combining art and engineering to create high engagement for large brands and bands including Google, Disney and responsible for the viral hit Rube Goldberg music video for OK Go that garnered 40 million views on YouTube. Brent also mentors teens in entrepreneurship.
Celeste Anlauf, Board Member, is currently the Major Gifts Officer at the Exceptional Children’s Foundation, a 25 million dollar non-profit that has been improving that lives of people with special needs since 1946. Previously, Celeste held the position of Director of Major Gifts and Communication at Para Los Niños. Prior to that she planned and launched St. Paul the Apostle’s $20 million capital campaign—the first comprehensive campaign in the School’s 75-year history.
Dave Zobel, Board Vice President, is a Cal Tech Alumni and a science writer. He describes himself as: “Half-bithead, half-executive, half-writer, half-wit: Possessing that rare ability to get down in the trenches with the researchers and the coders (being one myself), defend them to upper management and clients, and explain what they do to the outside world.” Zobel was the developer of the first Science Kits that changed the focus of T4T materials from use in Art alone to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) education. He joined the Board in 2011. He is coordinator of External Events for T4T.
Danielle Egerer, spent 22 years in banking and finance, including 12 years at Occidental Petroleum where she was Assistant Treasurer. She has a MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Egerer became a fan T4T.org when her daughter’s school, the UCLA Lab School, had a T4T event. She joined the Board in September 2013.
Karen Wolfen, Board Secretary, has practiced real estate law in Los Angeles for 13 years, having received both her undergraduate and law degrees from UCLA. She had her first experience with T4T in 2013 when she and her then 14-year-old daughter came to the T4T warehouse as volunteers. She quickly came aboard. She serves on the Grant Committee.
Francisco Arechiga, Board Member, helps manage digital content strategy, implementation and development for East West Bank. Francisco has eight years’ experience related to U.S. and China cross-border business and cultural exchange and is involved in tri-sector projects in arts and culture, civic engagement, education and economic development in Los Angeles. Previously, he worked for four years in the department of public education at the Yunnan Provincial Museum in Kunming and is fluent in Mandarin.
John Pallaro, Board Treasurer is an accountant and has been with the T4T.org Board since its inception in 2004. He does all the T4T accounting and taxes. As incoming President of the Rotary Club of Del Amo, he helped T4T obtain funding for the Sunday Makers Workshops at T4T.