About Us
Our Team

Meet Our Wayfinders

Our team of former administrators, teachers, designers, and content creators have over 500 combined years of K12 experience

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Wayfinder Core Team

Wayfinder Guides

Skylar Bantley
Skylar Bantley
San Francisco, CA
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Ishani Parekh
Ishani Parekh
London, England
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Alexx Temeña
Alexx Temeña
Chicago, IL
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Aran Levasseur
Aran Levasseur
San Anselmo, CA
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Eli Marienthal
Eli Marienthal
Co-Director & Co-Founder at Back to Earth Outdoors
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Hye Jung Kim
Hye Jung Kim
Honolulu, HI
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Kate Weiler
Kate Weiler
London, England
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Ifeyinwa (Ify) Anako
Ifeyinwa (Ify) Anako
New York, NY
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Caroline Bonner
Caroline Bonner
Santiago, Chile
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Kelsea Combs
Kelsea Combs
Brighton, MI
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Mariana Garza
Mariana Garza
Nairobi, Kenya
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Stephen Holcomb
Stephen Holcomb
Irving, TX
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Jenelle Peterson
Jenelle Peterson
Waipahu, HI
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Tamara Wells
Tamara Wells
Phoenix, AZ
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Alexis Newman
Alexis Newman
Sanford, FL
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Dashielle Vawter
Dashielle Vawter
Dallas, TX
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Research & Design

Dr. Susie Wise
Dr. Susie Wise
Founder
Stanford's K12 Lab + Adjunct Professor Stanford d.school
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Vicki Zakrzewski
Vicki Zakrzewski
Education Director
UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center
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Kendall Cotton Bronk, Ph.D
Kendall Cotton Bronk, Ph.D
Director
Claremont Adolescent Moral Development Lab
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Heather Malin, Ph.D
Heather Malin, Ph.D
Director
Stanford Center on Adolescence
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Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D.
Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D.
Honorary Principal Fellow
The University of Melbourne’s Centre for Wellbeing Science
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Murat Ozturk
Murat Ozturk
Data Scientist
Rutgers University
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International and Domestic Joint Partnerships

Dr. Miki K. Tomita
Dr. Miki K. Tomita
Hawai’i
CEO, Education Incubator
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Will Hanley
Will Hanley
Australia
Innovation Advisor, Independent Schools of Victoria
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Raiki Machida
Raiki Machida
Japan
CEO, ImaginEx
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Wayfinder Advisors

Dr. Bill Damon
Dr. Bill Damon
Director
Stanford Center on Adolescence + Author, Path to Purpose
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Sandy Husk
Sandy Husk
ASCD Interim CEO
Former AVID CEO and District Superintendent
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Mike Marriner
Mike Marriner
Founder
RoadTrip Nation + Ashoka Fellow
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Dr. Aneel Chima
Dr. Aneel Chima
Director
Division of Health and Human Performance, Stanford
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Emily Esfahani Smith
Emily Esfahani Smith
Author
The Power of Meaning + NY Times Contributor
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Aaron Sokol
Aaron Sokol
Senior Growth Advisor
Former Growth and Sales Leader at Clever and Handshake
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Don Shalvey
Don Shalvey
CEO of San Joaquin A+
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Alline Akintore
Alline Akintore
Principal
Oregon Venture Fund
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Eric Wilson
Eric Wilson
Senior Fellow, COVID-19 and the Future of Education
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Molly Efrusy
Molly Efrusy
President
Efrusy Family Foundation
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Ashanti Branch
Ashanti Branch
Founder
Ever Forward Club + Featured, The Mask You Live In
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Bo Shao
Bo Shao
Chairman & Co-Founder
Evolve Ventures
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William Deresiewicz
William Deresiewicz
Author
Excellent Sheep + Educational Speaker
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Dr. Diann Kitamura
Dr. Diann Kitamura
Superintendent, Santa Rosa City Schools
Santa Rosa, CA
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Laura McBain
Laura McBain
K12 Lab Director, Stanford d.school + Former Director of External Relations, High Tech High
San Francisco, CA
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Nat Manning
Nat Manning
Senior Advisor
Whitehouse Innovation Fellow
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Alan Harlam
Alan Harlam
Founding Director, Brown Social Innovation Initiative
Providence, RI
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Chris McKenna
Chris McKenna
Education Program Officer
Mindful.org + Former Program Director, Mindful Schools
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Sarah Pazur, Ph.D
Sarah Pazur, Ph.D
Director of School Leadership, CS Partners & President of FlexTech Education
Dearborn, MI
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Bob Lenz
Bob Lenz
Executive Director
Buck Institute + Founder, Envision Schools
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Jennifer Carolan
Jennifer Carolan
Co-Founder and General Partner
Reach Capital
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Dr. John Gasko
Dr. John Gasko
Wayfinder Senior Fellow, Chief Well-Being + SEL Officer, Uplift Education
Dallas, TX
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Laura Thompson
Laura Thompson
Product Lead, GoogleX + Trustee, Wayland Academy
San Francisco, CA
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Daniel Keever
Daniel Keever
Formerly of Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Virginia Beach, VA
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Chi Kim
Chi Kim
CASEL Board Member + Former CA Superintendent
Boston, MA
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Lee Hark
Lee Hark
Head of School, GreenHill School + former Assistant HOS Durham Academy
Dallas, TX
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Pamela Davis
Pamela Davis
Makerspace Facilitator, Richland 2 School District
Columbia, South Carolina
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Randle Charles
Randle Charles
Haudenosaunee Member (Iroquois Confederacy)
Artist, Indian American Institute of Art
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Jocelyn Swisher
Jocelyn Swisher
Former Executive Director
Peninsula Bridge
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