Meet The Team
Founder & President
Laura has worked with teachers and students and technology for over thirty years. An early interest in LOGO programming led Laura to the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she collaborated on projects with the MIT Media Laboratory and the mathematician and educator, Dr. Seymour Papert, the founder of LOGO programming and one of the world’s foremost experts on instructional technologies. Prior to founding Vision Education, Laura directed the Computer Department at The Buckley School in Manhattan for fourteen years and was Director of the Technology Program at the Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School for two. Laura was named as one of the Enterprising Women of the Year in both 2006 and 2008 by Enterprising Women magazine.
Director of Finance
Natasha brings the business acumen and savvy she has gained from 12+ years of experience working in financial operations to RoboFun. She has had a wide-ranging career, having worked as Financial Operations Manager for Franchise Kings and as Financial Controls Auditor for New York Presbyterian Hospital. She holds 3 degrees, including a MBA in Accounting from Keller Graduate School. An active member of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, Natasha also donates her time and financial expertise to Dlo Pou Viv (Water for Life), a non-profit that builds wells in Haiti, and Women Who Inspire Women, a New York based collective of established female business leaders, politicians, and philanthropists. She enjoys having brunch with friends and being a homemaker.
Julia spent a year with Citizen Schools, where she taught and refined curricula, before landing at RoboFun as Program Manager. She believes that giving kids hands-on learning opportunities will get them excited about pursuing technology and programming career paths in the future. She graduated from Bard College in 2013 with a BA in playwriting. She spends her spare time playing board games, writing, and hula hooping.
Program Manager for Special Projects
Victoria is passionate about providing students with creative and equitable spaces to learn. Victoria began teaching at Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Learning Center. She also designed the programming and curriculum for the LaGuardia Community College system’s first ever on-campus multi-subject tutoring center. Victoria has her MSW from Hunter College, with a focus in Community Organizing and Social Welfare policy and holds a BS in Health and Human Services from St. John’s University.The students at Robofun make every day brighter and inspire her to always think outside of the box!
Junior Program Manager
Jessica’s interest in the youth development field began early in college when she interned for The Child Center of New York in Flushing, Queens. After earning her B.A. in Psychology from Queens College University in 2006, she worked as a Site Manager for The Princeton Review, running successful after school programs throughout the city. Jessica eventually returned to The Child Center of New York, where she was promoted through several positions until she became Program Director at PS 223Q. She spends her spare time hiking, traveling, sketching, snapping photos everywhere she goes and making music mixes for her loved ones.
Junior Program Manager
Gretchen began her career working in special education in Newark, New Jersey, where she supported exceptional students and coordinated school systems. Her experience includes a breadth of projects on program evaluation, data analysis, and educational research with a focus on the arts and out of school time. Gretchen completed a Masters in urban education policy at Brown University in May 2015, bringing an academic dimension to her understanding of issues in education. She enjoys drawing, painting, and other artistic endeavors in her spare time.
Director of Operations
Rena is passionate about helping children discover their talents through technology, creativity, self-compassion, and partnership. Rena brings 30 years of operational efficiency and management leadership to Robofun based on her years with Fortune 500 companies such as JCrew, Kenneth Cole and UBS. She began her career as a graphic designer and transitioned to Operations/Management leadership roles where she discovered how much fun it can be to bring order to the chaos of creativity. Her empathetic and business-focused approach has led to her being given a few nicknames including, “Hippie MBA,” “COO of the Creative Process,” “The Vault,” and “How may I help you?”
Kelly has over 8 years of experience working in education. She has taught English as a second language in China and Vietnam, and managed ESL schools in Indonesia and Brazil. She is passionate about making high-quality education accessible to all students and connecting teachers with rewarding work that allows them to use their creativity. She enjoys meeting new people, traveling, reading, and practicing Portuguese.
Curriculum & Project Designer
Tanya’s interest in instructing students began when she worked with the National Society of Black Engineers’ SEEK Program as a Lead Mentor and then as an Assistant Site Director. She is a SUNY Buffalo State alum where she graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology. She is currently working on her Master’s from NYU ITP (Interactive Technology Program). In addition to helping others, Tanya enjoys painting, creative coding and DIY electronics projects.