THE HOPPER TEAM

TEAM BIOS

KRISTIN LAWRENCE

CEO & FOUNDER

PhD in Planetary Geophysics | Former Stanford Professor | Force of Nature

Kristin taught Planetary Geophysics at Stanford University before moving to Boulder to found The Hopper. She completed her PhD at Scripps by cooking rocks from the moon in highly-specialized magnetometers. She likes to joke that she has literally held the Moon in her hands. Kristin is uber-passionate about science education, community, and philanthropy for the sciences. Her mission is to make science and discovery accessible to everyone. She would love to recreate her childhood basement for everyone so that they too could have access to lasers, dry ice and tools on a daily basis. On her day off, Kristin enjoys playing with all these tools to build as well as rebuild things around the house including life-size cardboard mazes and rockets for her kids. Kristin’s favorite scientific discovery is the relationship between electricity and magnetism. The magic of electric currents has inspired the name of her family dog: “Tesla.”

Leslie Newman

Co-Founder & Board Chair (On Sabbatical)

Media and HR Expert | Entrepreneur at Heart | The Ultimate Boulderite

Leslie is passionate about education, science and creating positive learning experience for families. She received her Communications BA from UC Berkeley. Leslie has worked in broadcast media, technology, and human resources as well as the non-profit sector. She thoroughly enjoys the collaborative process and making shared visions a reality. Leslie is a long term Boulder Resident and lives in town with her husband and two science-hungry children. On her day off, she enjoys hiking with her family and indulging in good wine. Leslie’s discovery is the successful mapping of the genome of the Bowhead Whale (the longest-living mammal) which has helped identify a number of genes that are linked to cancer resistance, DNA damage repair, and increased longevity. 

Leslie will be on sabbatical in 2019 and scouting out future Hopper locations in Europe. 

Vanessa Schatz

Chief Operations Officer

International Communications Expert | Multi-Million Dollar Film Industry Marketer | Fearless Networker

Vanessa is an award-winning Communications Specialist and Strategist with 10+ years of international experience in private and public sector including Fortune 500 companies, government, higher education, and non-profit organizations. She grew up in Munich, Germany, and discovered her passion for implementing positive change while taking down the Berlin Wall with a sledgehammer as a young child. After many years of traveling and working in different nations around the globe, Boulder became her home base. When not busy climbing mountains with her Alaskan Malamute, Scone, Vanessa enjoys spending time with her global network of family and friends, learning new languages, playing her cello, and teaching at CU Boulder’s College of Media, Communication and Information. Her favorite discovery is meteorite research that reveals unsolved mysteries about our solar system and the origins of molecules necessary for life.

Jill Katzenberger

Creative Director

Museum Experience Expert | Acclaimed Aerial Acrobatic Performer | Creator of Magic

Jill spent the last 15 years in science education, teaching 8th grade science in the Denver Public School District and developing informal science programs at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS). With a keen eye for blending education experiences with interactive learning environments, Jill played an instrumental role in conceptualizing, designing, and implementing new innovative program models in DMNS’s education wing. She earned her BS degree in Environmental Science from UC Santa Barbara and her Teaching Certification from CU Denver. When Jill is not discovering with her own tiny scientists, her toddler son and daughter, she is teaching aerial acrobatics for Aircat Aerial Arts and performing with world-renowned bands. Her favorite discovery is the Colorado’s Snowmass Ice Age fossil excavation that allowed Jill to bring a wide range of Ice Age critters to Denver for educational programming purposes.

Ryan Madson

Director of Experience & Innovation

International Kidz Magazine Editor | Co-Founder of Fractal Tribe | Master of Spectacles

Ryan grew up in Boulder Colorado and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Business and Technology from CU Denver. He has co-founded a community run record label and booking agency, a by-kids-for-kids media company, and a software company for the Internet of Things. He wrote and directed an award-winning and internationally traveling circus show and produced a music album for the band, CASSANDRA, that the HuffPost called, “the power-ballad soundtrack for the resistance.” As a board member of the community and circus group, Fractal Tribe, he’s learned quite a few things about wrangling and nurturing a passionate group of artists and engineers. On a day off, Ryan likes to stroll down to the farmer’s market, pick up some local food, and play with fellow acrobats in the grass. A cold plunge in the creek and a homemade-dinner with friends would cap off the evening. Ryan is delighted by the pure pursuit of curiosity that lead scientists to ask why the Apatosaurus had such a long tail. It turns out, it was likely used as a bull whip to crack the sound barrier in a deafening mating call!

Leo Borasio

Communications & Web Master

Storytelling and Design Wizard | Cross-disciplinary Guru | Multi-talented Musician

Leo is a 2018 CU Boulder graduate with a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.S. in Advertising–including the Outstanding Graduate Award (for the highest student GPA). His interest in science budded from an archeology field school where he researched the Ancestral Puebloans at Cowboy Wash on the Ute Mountain Ute reservation and Cuyumungue on the Pojoaque Pueblo. Leo also loves music and can play multiple instruments, but his primary is the Alto Saxophone. As an alumni of the Golden Buffalo Marching Band and Buff Basketball Band Leo continues to cheer on the Buffs and the band at every game. On a day off, Leo likes to explore the mountains, whether hiking, mountain biking, or off-roading. Leo’s favorite discovery is water on Mars, harboring valuable secrets about the planet’s past and its future potential for accommodating human colonies.

Jen Whitaker

VOlunteer Coordinator

Jen spent 15 years as a senior environmental planner specializing in managing natural resources on public lands in the western US. She worked closely with scientists, land managers and communities to develop resource management plans to address the needs of multiple stakeholders. Jen spends her free time with her husband, their two-legged children (ages 8 and 5), and their four-legged child (age puppy). Her favorite scientific discovery is Darwin’s theory of evolution and how that continues to play out as the Earth warms and living organisms continue to adapt.

BOARD

Martha Lanaghen

Martha is the Executive Director of MakerBolder.com, a Boulder-based non-profit that produces interactive science content and events, including STEAM Fest which attracts over 4,500 people to the Rocky Mountain region every year. She has empowered youth and adults around the globe to pursue higher education, authored eight text books focused on preparing young adults for success in the workplace, and is the founder of The Sparrow Group, a successful international consulting agency. Martha has lived in Boulder for nearly 30 years. A science discovery she’s watching includes the CRISPR discovery and ongoing research.  CRISPRs are a new genome editing tool that is already changing the way we think about genetics and disease.

Sumanth Channabasappa

Sumanth is a technologist, entrepreneur and investor who loves to work on globally impactful innovations that deliver market-based returns. His experiences include leadership & contributions to mobile, broadband, internet technologies, network security,  voice over IP, the Internet of Things (IoT) etc. He is currently contributing to healthcare (e.g., via the Center for Medical Interoperability), smart cities (he is a co-founder of the CO Smart Cities Alliance), and solutions for the blind and visually impaired. He is the founder and a co-organizer of XRoads, an investor in Vibrant Veggies that makes flavored Sauerkraut products, and an advisor and investor via 3 Lines Venture Fund. He also helps growth-stage and large companies with innovation, strategy, business models, lean execution etc., as a Founding Director of The CORE. His mentorship and advisory affiliations include: Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, Rockies Venture Club, Open Labs, 10.10.10 etc. In his free time, he enjoys dreaming, snowboarding, having cool conversations, hiking with dogs, and playing tennis. Sumanth’s favorite discoveries are the Theory of Relativity by Einstein and algorithms by Ada Lovelace, both of which showcased our limitations and our potential at the same time!

Kelly
Cavill

Kelly is currently VP of Sales and Marketing at Astronaut Foods, which is part of American Outdoor Products, a Boulder based family business since 1951. Astronaut Ice Cream is sold in over 300 science and space museums worldwide. Recently, Kelly has applied her management and leadership skills at a software marketing company and a sales lead startup. Previously, she worked in the film industry as a development executive at Lions Gate Films and New Line Cinema in Los Angeles. As a parent of two young children, and married to a climate scientist, Kelly is passionate about science education and provides project management leadership, enthusiasm and dedication to The Hopper team. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her kids, hiking, yoga, creative projects, road trips of exploration and dinner with friends. Her favorite scientific discovery is the discovery of DNA by Friedrich Miescher in 1869.

MIND TRUST

The Hopper Mind Trust is a collective of local leaders in science, education, tech, community development and the arts. Together, the 2019 Mind Trust, will combine their multidisciplinary superpowers to help develop our future site, programming and community growth. Being a Trustee is an annual commitment that can be renewed at the end of each year. We expect participation in 2-3 ideation sessions per year. Interested in getting involved? Email Vanessa. Explore our 2019 Mind Trust cohort below.

Chris Anthony

Professional Skier, Entrepreneur & Executive Director/Founder of The Youth Project

For more than 27 years, Chris has traveled as a member of the Warren Miller film team as both an athlete and host of the nationally acclaimed film tour. During his career Chris has free-lanced for several publications, co-authored a guidebook, wrote and com- missioned a screenplay, and hosted and produced several television and film projects.

Nicole Banowetz

Sculptor and Designer

Nicole Banowetz works professionally as an artist in sculpture, design, installation, and education. She recently completed large inflatable light installations for both the 2016 and 2017 editions of the Amsterdam Light festival.

Dr. Ben Brown

Assistant Professor CU Boulder Astrophysics, Co-Founder & President Skip Tek

Ben is a theoretical astrophysicist who studies fluid dynam- ics in stars and planetary atmospheres. He is a developer of open source tools for computational physics. Ben is co-founder and president of Skip Technology, a company pursuing novel energy storage technologies. Ben believes that developing effective energy storage is critical to enabling the renewable energy revolution.

Jennifer Burak

Director of Marketing, Demand Generation at Techstars

Jen is a marketing expert with 15+ years in marketing. She has a proven track record in leading global and start up marketing strategy, building demand generation infra- structure that delivers measurable, scalable programs that align with core business objectives and that drive revenue. Jen previously worked at Rapt Media in Boulder, and Getty Images in New York.

Larkin Carey

Optical Engineer, James Webb Space Telescope Ball Aerospace

Larkin has been an integral member of the Webb Telescope team since 2004, where he has worked as an optical engineer for Ball Aerospace. Over the past 14 years, he has helped devel- op groundbreaking technology and techniques. Larkin also works as volunteer technical rescuer in Colorado, teaching swiftwater rescue, and founded an aerial cinematography com- pany working with clients such as National Geographic and films such as Chasing Coral and the Revenant.

Carl Choi

Founder and CEO, The Great Company

Carl is an American entrepreneur & producer. He currently stewards and operates The Great Company, a creative collective of entertain- ment managers, directors and producers. GreatCo is an experiential studio that creates interactive installations and immer- sive experiences for IP, global brands, and cultural institutions.

Aidan Chopra

Co-Founder and Creative Director at Bitsbox

At Bitsbox, Aidan is responsible for product management, content creation, branding, and public speaking. He previously worked at Trimble Navigation and Google where he was a product evangelist. He earned his Masters in Architecture from Rice University and has several publications. Aidan also has skills regarding donuts and bacon.

David Crotser

Principal Test Engineer at Blue Canyon Technologies

Dave is an experienced calibration and test engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the aerospace industry. Dave previously worked at CU Boulder as a Calibration Engineer and is highly skilled in optical design & test, vacuum technology, space flight hardware, and more.

Ryan van Duzer

Outdoor Adventure TV host, YouTuber, Filmmaker and Motivational Speaker

Ryan is a US television presenter, cyclist and travel video journalist and filmmaker. He is an original Boulderite and loves inspiring people to get off their couches and explore this beautiful planet. Ryan’s content has appeared on the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Men’s Journal, National Geographic and many other national outlets. Ryan loves bikes, sleeping under the stars, and bean burritos.

Melissa Felderman

Creative Technologist at Sparkfun

Melissa was introduced to the world of programmable electronics while working in advertising in New York. She got her Interactive Telecommunications Program MA from NYU, focusing on programmable electronics, wearable electronics, digital fabrication, and design. As a maker, Melissa has created digital graffiti walls, and “Lady in LED.”

Jenny Filipetti

Electronic Media Artist, CU Denver Inworks Faculty

Jenny Filipetti is a New York-born, Denver-based electronic media artist. Her work explores how through technology we might extend human perceptual abilities and render the imperceptible material. Drawing from a background that also includes computational biology and design, her interactive work has been exhibited and awarded internationally.

Marina La Grave

STEM Consultant, Interpreter/ Translator, Intercultural advisor

With over 25 years of experience as UN Language/STEM Interpreter and Translator, as well as Intercultural Consultant, Marina has been advocating for timely programming to help bring unique information and educational experiences to Latino audiences. Her work has impacted renowned research organizations like NCAR-UCAR, NOAA, the NSF, NASA, and the White House office of Climate Change – among others. In Colorado, Marina has been PI and Project Manager for Research Associate for NSF Latina SciGirls national program, Multicultural Consultant for the City of Boulder and and Coordinator of the Spanish as a World Language program for Boulder Valley School District (BVSD). Marina lives in Boulder very close to her two married children and their families – who have proudly made her the “Mimi” of her 5 amazing grandchildren and grand-dog Roman. 

Qing Hua

Founder & Chief Endurance Officer Kids2Glow, STEAM-learning Expert

Qing founded Kids2GLOW to connect like-minded kids, parents, and educators locally and globally. She is passionate about fusing education, tech- nology, industry, diversity, and human empathy to make this world a better place through education. Qing also currently serves on the Colorado Department of Education Gifted Education State Advisory Committee.

Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza

Executive Director of Ocean First Institute

Mikki is passionate about shar- ing her love of the ocean. She is one of the top shark experts in the world. Mikki speaks, teaches and conducts research internationally including desti- nations in South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Her outreach efforts have been covered by the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Chan- nel’s Shark Week, and CBC National Radio Canada.

Martha Lanaghen

Maker Bolder Founder, Hopper Board Member & Consultant

Martha is working around the world to launch innovative education programs focused on increasing student access to university degrees and improving college completion rates. She is the founder of the international education consulting firm, The Sparrow Group, and is a sought-after speaker and educator.

Dr. Allen Lim

Skratch Labs Founder

Dr. Lim is a sports physiologist, cycling coach, and a founder of Skratch Labs – a manufacturer of performance hydration mixes. Allen was director of sport science for Garmin and RadioShack cycling teams and is the only American scientist to have worked and cooked for teams at the Tour de France. At Skratch Labs, Allen started developing a “secret drink mix” in his kitchen using a healthy, low sodium recipe.

Hugo Matheson

Chef/Co-Founder of The Kitchen Family of Restaurants

Over the last decade, Hugo has culled a network of profes- sionals who have been instrumental in making The Kitchen a world-class restaurant group. When not cooking, Hugo spends his days working with local farmers, purveyors, activists and colleagues, who share his philosophy for creating simple and local food.

John McCluskey

Principal Centennial Middle School, Education Innovator

John will change the way you think about education. He brings insights that span over 26 years in education working as a teacher and administrator. John’s passion and dedication always begin with the youth and his ideas dare to challenge long-held truths. His education leader- ship has been transforming individuals and teams across the country.

Leah Podzimek

Community Outreach Associate for Meow Wolf Denver, Executive Director of Boulder Symphony

Leah is a talented and passion- ate Denver-based creative. She currently serves as the Execu- tive Director of the Boulder Symphony. Leah also works as the Community Outreach Asso- ciate for Meow Wolf Denver and is the Community Relations Director for the Denver Immer- sive Opera, and serves as the Development Coordinator for Colorado Bach Ensemble. She also sings as much opera as she can.

Heather Porter

Program Manager, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)

Heather is a scientist, artist, and explorer with a lifelong commitment to being of service. Her scientific work has won international environ- mental awards and been featured in environmental documentaries. As an actress, she has worked with studios such as Netflix, SONY, and BET. Heather now serves the Colorado community as a Program Manager for scientif- ic and arts funding with the SCFD.

Dusty Reid

Marketing and Event Manager at Google

Dusty has been at Google for 12.5 years as the Marketing Event Manager. He was the founding co-lead for Google I/O, Google’s annual developer conference, where he designed and implemented all interactive experiences. Dusty has man- aged other high-profile product launch events, including the launch of Google Maps transit directions. He is currently working on the Google Earth outreach team to support outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

Brad Schell

Co-Founder & Director of SketchUp

Brad has 15+ years of experience with 3D software. It was his desire to make 3D easy and accessible to everyone that brought him and Sketch Up Co-Founder Joe Esch together in late 1999 to form @Last Software (Sketch Up’s predecessor). @Last was acquired by Google in 2006. Today, SketchUp is one of the most popular 3D design programs in the world.

Mathew Sisson

Owner and Head of Design at Stellar Factory, Enigma Escape Rooms

Matt co-founded Enigma Escape Rooms for a challenge to tie game design and interior design into one project. He made the trek to Boulder, CO, after being a Boulder Startup Week Fly-in (Yay! Free ticket!). At that time, he focused on software design and helped many companies going through the Techstars Boulder program. Now, he has broadened his skill set to product design such as board games and also experiential design.

Katie Stjernholm

Director and Co-Founder, Balcony Nine Media

A native Coloradan currently based in Boulder and Crest- ed Butte, Katie has done her share of seeing the world. Katie had a brief stint in the feature film world, working in marketing and distribution for Randall Wallace, a screen- writer and director in Los Angeles. Katie is currently a director at Balcony Nine Media, a production company she co-founded. Edges (Mountainfilm 2016) is her first film and follows a resilient 90-year-old figure skater.

David Thomas

Director of Academic Technology at CU Online

David is an organizational leader who sees technology as a long lever for meeting the evolving needs in higher education and the long term success of the educational mission. David has 25 years of experience advancing quality online courses, programs and degrees in line with organizational values and vision. Additional specialties: Architectural theory, fun places, fun houses, fun objects, wicked problems and wacky workplaces.

Hopper Team

TEAM BIOS

KRISTIN LAWRENCE

CEO AND FOUNDER

PhD in Planetary Geophysics | Former Stanford Professor | Force of Nature

Kristin taught Planetary Geophysics at Stanford University before moving to Boulder to found The Hopper. She completed her PhD at Scripps by cooking rocks from the moon in highly-specialized magnetometers. She likes to joke that she has literally held the Moon in her hands. Kristin is uber-passionate about science education, community, and philanthropy for the sciences. Her mission is to make science and discovery accessible to everyone. She would love to recreate her childhood basement for everyone so that they too could have access to lasers, dry ice and tools on a daily basis. On her day off, Kristin enjoys playing with all these tools to build as well as rebuild things around the house including life-size cardboard mazes and rockets for her kids. Kristin’s favorite scientific discovery is the relationship between electricity and magnetism. The magic of electric currents has inspired the name of her family dog: “Tesla.”

Leslie Newman

Co-Founder & Board Chair

Media and HR Expert | Entrepreneur at Heart | The Ultimate Boulderite

Leslie is passionate about education, science and creating positive learning experience for families. She received her Communications BA from UC Berkeley. Leslie has worked in broadcast media, technology, and human resources as well as the non-profit sector. She thoroughly enjoys the collaborative process and making shared visions a reality. Leslie is a long term Boulder Resident and lives in town with her husband and two science-hungry children. On her day off, she enjoys hiking with her family and indulging in good wine. Leslie’s discovery is the successful mapping of the genome of the Bowhead Whale (the longest-living mammal) which has helped identify a number of genes that are linked to cancer resistance, DNA damage repair, and increased longevity.

Vanessa Schatz

Chief Operations Officer

International Communications Expert | Multi-Million Dollar Film Industry Marketer | Fearless Networker

Vanessa is an award-winning Communications Specialist with 10+ years of international experience in private and public sector including Fortune 500 companies, government, higher education, and non-profit organizations. She grew up in Munich, Germany, and discovered her passion for implementing positive change while taking down the Berlin Wall with a sledgehammer as a young child. After many years of traveling and working in different nations around the globe, Boulder became her home base where she earned her BA and MA in Communications. When not busy climbing mountains with her Alaskan Malamute, Scone, Vanessa enjoys spending time with her family, long walks with friends, and teaching at CU Boulder’s College of Media, Communication and Information. Her favorite discovery is meteorite research that is revealing unsolved mysteries about our solar system and the origins of molecules necessary for life.

Jill Katzenberger

Creative Director

Museum Experience Expert | Acclaimed Aerial Acrobatic Performer | Creator of Magic

Jill spent the last 15 years in science education, teaching 8th grade science in the Denver Public School District and developing informal science programs at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS). With a keen eye for blending education experiences with interactive learning environments, Jill played an instrumental role in conceptualizing, designing, and implementing new innovative program models in DMNS’s education wing. She earned her BS degree in Environmental Science from UC Santa Barbara and her Teaching Certification from CU Denver. When Jill is not discovering with her own tiny scientists, her toddler son and daughter, she is teaching aerial acrobatics for Aircat Aerial Arts and performing with world-renowned bands. Her favorite discovery is the Colorado’s Snowmass Ice Age fossil excavation that allowed Jill to bring a wide range of Ice Age critters to Denver for educational programming purposes.

Ryan Madson

Director of Experience & Innovation

International Kidz Magazine Editor | Co-Founder of Fractal Tribe | Master of Spectacles

Ryan grew up in Boulder Colorado and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Business and Technology from CU Denver. He has co-founded a community run record label and booking agency, a by-kids-for-kids media company, and a software company for the Internet of Things. He wrote and directed an award-winning and internationally traveling circus show and produced a music album for the band, CASSANDRA, that the HuffPost called, “the power-ballad soundtrack for the resistance.” As a board member of the community and circus group, Fractal Tribe, he’s learned quite a few things about wrangling and nurturing a passionate group of artists and engineers. On a day off, Ryan likes to stroll down to the farmer’s market, pick up some local food, and play with fellow acrobats in the grass. A cold plunge in the creek and a homemade-dinner with friends would cap off the evening. Ryan is delighted by the pure pursuit of curiosity that lead scientists to ask why the Apatosaurus had such a long tail. It turns out, it was likely used as a bull whip to crack the sound barrier in a deafening mating call!

Leo Borasio

Communication &
Web master

Storytelling and Design Wizard | Cross-disciplinary Guru | Multi-talented Musician

Leo is a 2018 CU Boulder graduate with a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.S. in Advertising–including the Outstanding Graduate Award (for the highest student GPA). His interest in science budded from an archeology field school where he researched the Ancestral Puebloans at Cowboy Wash on the Ute Mountain Ute reservation and Cuyumungue on the Pojoaque Pueblo. Leo also loves music and can play multiple instruments, but his primary is the Alto Saxophone. As an alumni of the Golden Buffalo Marching Band and Buff Basketball Band Leo continues to cheer on the Buffs and the band at every game. On a day off, Leo likes to explore the mountains, whether hiking, mountain biking, or off-roading. Leo’s favorite discovery is water on Mars, harboring valuable secrets about the planet’s past and its future potential for accommodating human colonies.

BOARD

Martha Lanaghen

Martha is the Executive Director of MakerBolder.com, a Boulder-based non-profit that produces interactive science content and events, including STEAM Fest which attracts over 4,500 people to the Rocky Mountain region every year. She has empowered youth and adults around the globe to pursue higher education, authored eight text books focused on preparing young adults for success in the workplace, and is the founder of The Sparrow Group, a successful international consulting agency. Martha has lived in Boulder for nearly 30 years. A science discovery she’s watching includes the CRISPR discovery and ongoing research.  CRISPRs are a new genome editing tool that is already changing the way we think about genetics and disease.

Sumanth Channabasappa

Sumanth is a technologist, entrepreneur and investor who loves to work on globally impactful innovations that deliver market-based returns. His experiences include leadership & contributions to mobile, broadband, internet technologies, network security,  voice over IP, the Internet of Things (IoT) etc. He is currently contributing to healthcare (e.g., via the Center for Medical Interoperability), smart cities (he is a co-founder of the CO Smart Cities Alliance), and solutions for the blind and visually impaired. He is the founder and a co-organizer of XRoads, an investor in Vibrant Veggies that makes flavored Sauerkraut products, and an advisor and investor via 3 Lines Venture Fund. He also helps growth-stage and large companies with innovation, strategy, business models, lean execution etc., as a Founding Director of The CORE. His mentorship and advisory affiliations include: Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, Rockies Venture Club, Open Labs, 10.10.10 etc. In his free time, he enjoys dreaming, snowboarding, having cool conversations, hiking with dogs, and playing tennis. Sumanth’s favorite discoveries are the Theory of Relativity by Einstein and algorithms by Ada Lovelace, both of which showcased our limitations and our potential at the same time!

Kelly Cavill

Kelly is currently VP of Sales and Marketing at Astronaut Foods, which is part of American Outdoor Products, a Boulder based family business since 1951. Astronaut Ice Cream is sold in over 300 science and space museums worldwide. Recently, Kelly has applied her management and leadership skills at a software marketing company and a sales lead startup. Previously, she worked in the film industry as a development executive at Lions Gate Films and New Line Cinema in Los Angeles. As a parent of two young children, and married to a climate scientist, Kelly is passionate about science education and provides project management leadership, enthusiasm and dedication to The Hopper team. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her kids, hiking, yoga, creative projects, road trips of exploration and dinner with friends. Her favorite scientific discovery is the discovery of DNA by Friedrich Miescher in 1869.

MIND TRUST

The Hopper Mind Trust is a collective of local leaders in science, education, tech, community development and the arts. Together, the 2019 Mind Trust, will combine their multidisciplinary superpowers to help develop our future site, programming and community growth. Being a Trustee is an annual commitment that can be renewed at the end of each year. We expect participation in 2-3 ideation sessions per year. Interested in getting involved? Email Vanessa. Explore our 2019 Mind Trust cohort below.

Chris Anthony

Professional Skier, Entrepreneur & Executive Director/Founder of The Youth Project

For more than 27 years, Chris has traveled as a member of the Warren Miller film team as both an athlete and host of the nationally acclaimed film tour. During his career Chris has free-lanced for several publications, co-authored a guidebook, wrote and com- missioned a screenplay, and hosted and produced several television and film projects.

Nicole Banowetz

Sculptor and Designer

Nicole Banowetz works professionally as an artist in sculpture, design, installation, and education. She recently completed large inflatable light installations for both the 2016 and 2017 editions of the Amsterdam Light festival.

Dr. Ben Brown

Assistant Professor CU Boulder Astrophysics, Co-Founder & President Skip Tek

Ben is a theoretical astrophysicist who studies fluid dynam- ics in stars and planetary atmospheres. He is a developer of open source tools for computational physics. Ben is co-founder and president of Skip Technology, a company pursuing novel energy storage technologies. Ben believes that developing effective energy storage is critical to enabling the renewable energy revolution.

Jennifer Burak

Director of Marketing, Demand Generation at Techstars

Jen is a marketing expert with 15+ years in marketing. She has a proven track record in leading global and start up marketing strategy, building demand generation infra- structure that delivers measurable, scalable programs that align with core business objectives and that drive revenue. Jen previously worked at Rapt Media in Boulder, and Getty Images in New York.

Larkin Carey

Optical Engineer, James Webb Space Telescope Ball Aerospace

Larkin has been an integral member of the Webb Telescope team since 2004, where he has worked as an optical engineer for Ball Aerospace. Over the past 14 years, he has helped devel- op groundbreaking technology and techniques. Larkin also works as volunteer technical rescuer in Colorado, teaching swiftwater rescue, and founded an aerial cinematography com- pany working with clients such as National Geographic and films such as Chasing Coral and the Revenant.

Carl Choi

Founder and CEO, The Great Company

Carl is an American entrepreneur & producer. He currently stewards and operates The Great Company, a creative collective of entertain- ment managers, directors and producers. GreatCo is an experiential studio that creates interactive installations and immer- sive experiences for IP, global brands, and cultural institutions.

Aidan Chopra

Co-Founder and Creative Director at Bitsbox

At Bitsbox, Aidan is responsible for product management, content creation, branding, and public speaking. He previously worked at Trimble Navigation and Google where he was a product evangelist. He earned his Masters in Architecture from Rice University and has several publications. Aidan also has skills regarding donuts and bacon.

David Crotser

Principal Test Engineer at Blue Canyon Technologies

Dave is an experienced calibration and test engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the aerospace industry. Dave previously worked at CU Boulder as a Calibration Engineer and is highly skilled in optical design & test, vacuum technology, space flight hardware, and more.

Ryan van Duzer

Outdoor Adventure TV host, YouTuber, Filmmaker and Motivational Speaker

Ryan is a US television presenter, cyclist and travel video journalist and filmmaker. He is an original Boulderite and loves inspiring people to get off their couches and explore this beautiful planet. Ryan’s content has appeared on the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Men’s Journal, National Geographic and many other national outlets. Ryan loves bikes, sleeping under the stars, and bean burritos.

Melissa Felderman

Creative Technologist at Sparkfun

Melissa was introduced to the world of programmable electronics while working in advertising in New York. She got her Interactive Telecommunications Program MA from NYU, focusing on programmable electronics, wearable electronics, digital fabrication, and design. As a maker, Melissa has created digital graffiti walls, and “Lady in LED.”

Jenny Filipetti

Electronic Media Artist, CU Denver Inworks Faculty

Jenny Filipetti is a New York-born, Denver-based electronic media artist. Her work explores how through technology we might extend human perceptual abilities and render the imperceptible material. Drawing from a background that also includes computational biology and design, her interactive work has been exhibited and awarded internationally.

Marina La Grave

STEM Consultant, Interpreter/ Translator, Intercultural advisor

With over 25 years of experience as UN Language/STEM Interpreter and Translator, as well as Intercultural Consultant, Marina has been advocating for timely programming to help bring unique information and educational experiences to Latino audiences. Her work has impacted renowned research organizations like NCAR-UCAR, NOAA, the NSF, NASA, and the White House office of Climate Change – among others. In Colorado, Marina has been PI and Project Manager for Research Associate for NSF Latina SciGirls national program, Multicultural Consultant for the City of Boulder and and Coordinator of the Spanish as a World Language program for Boulder Valley School District (BVSD). Marina lives in Boulder very close to her two married children and their families – who have proudly made her the “Mimi” of her 5 amazing grandchildren and grand-dog Roman. 

Qing Hua

Founder & Chief Endurance Officer Kids2Glow, STEAM-learning Expert

Qing founded Kids2GLOW to connect like-minded kids, parents, and educators locally and globally. She is passionate about fusing education, tech- nology, industry, diversity, and human empathy to make this world a better place through education. Qing also currently serves on the Colorado Department of Education Gifted Education State Advisory Committee.

Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza

Executive Director of Ocean First Institute

Mikki is passionate about shar- ing her love of the ocean. She is one of the top shark experts in the world. Mikki speaks, teaches and conducts research internationally including desti- nations in South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Her outreach efforts have been covered by the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Chan- nel’s Shark Week, and CBC National Radio Canada.

Martha Lanaghen

Maker Bolder Founder, Hopper Board Member & Consultant

Martha is working around the world to launch innovative education programs focused on increasing student access to university degrees and improving college completion rates. She is the founder of the international education consulting firm, The Sparrow Group, and is a sought-after speaker and educator.

Dr. Allen Lim

Skratch Labs Founder

Dr. Lim is a sports physiologist, cycling coach, and a founder of Skratch Labs – a manufacturer of performance hydration mixes. Allen was director of sport science for Garmin and RadioShack cycling teams and is the only American scientist to have worked and cooked for teams at the Tour de France. At Skratch Labs, Allen started developing a “secret drink mix” in his kitchen using a healthy, low sodium recipe.

Hugo Matheson

Chef/Co-Founder of The Kitchen Family of Restaurants

Over the last decade, Hugo has culled a network of profes- sionals who have been instrumental in making The Kitchen a world-class restaurant group. When not cooking, Hugo spends his days working with local farmers, purveyors, activists and colleagues, who share his philosophy for creating simple and local food.

John McCluskey

Principal Centennial Middle School, Education Innovator

John will change the way you think about education. He brings insights that span over 26 years in education working as a teacher and administrator. John’s passion and dedication always begin with the youth and his ideas dare to challenge long-held truths. His education leader- ship has been transforming individuals and teams across the country.

Leah Podzimek

Community Outreach Associate for Meow Wolf Denver, Executive Director of Boulder Symphony

Leah is a talented and passion- ate Denver-based creative. She currently serves as the Execu- tive Director of the Boulder Symphony. Leah also works as the Community Outreach Asso- ciate for Meow Wolf Denver and is the Community Relations Director for the Denver Immer- sive Opera, and serves as the Development Coordinator for Colorado Bach Ensemble. She also sings as much opera as she can.

Heather Porter

Program Manager, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)

Heather is a scientist, artist, and explorer with a lifelong commitment to being of service. Her scientific work has won international environ- mental awards and been featured in environmental documentaries. As an actress, she has worked with studios such as Netflix, SONY, and BET. Heather now serves the Colorado community as a Program Manager for scientif- ic and arts funding with the SCFD.

Dusty Reid

Marketing and Event Manager at Google

Dusty has been at Google for 12.5 years as the Marketing Event Manager. He was the founding co-lead for Google I/O, Google’s annual developer conference, where he designed and implemented all interactive experiences. Dusty has man- aged other high-profile product launch events, including the launch of Google Maps transit directions. He is currently working on the Google Earth outreach team to support outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

Brad Schell

Co-Founder & Director of SketchUp

Brad has 15+ years of experience with 3D software. It was his desire to make 3D easy and accessible to everyone that brought him and Sketch Up Co-Founder Joe Esch together in late 1999 to form @Last Software (Sketch Up’s predecessor). @Last was acquired by Google in 2006. Today, SketchUp is one of the most popular 3D design programs in the world.

Mathew Sisson

Owner and Head of Design at Stellar Factory, Enigma Escape Rooms

Matt co-founded Enigma Escape Rooms for a challenge to tie game design and interior design into one project. He made the trek to Boulder, CO, after being a Boulder Startup Week Fly-in (Yay! Free ticket!). At that time, he focused on software design and helped many companies going through the Techstars Boulder program. Now, he has broadened his skill set to product design such as board games and also experiential design.

Katie Stjernholm

Director and Co-Founder, Balcony Nine Media

A native Coloradan currently based in Boulder and Crest- ed Butte, Katie has done her share of seeing the world. Katie had a brief stint in the feature film world, working in marketing and distribution for Randall Wallace, a screen- writer and director in Los Angeles. Katie is currently a director at Balcony Nine Media, a production company she co-founded. Edges (Mountainfilm 2016) is her first film and follows a resilient 90-year-old figure skater.

David Thomas

Director of Academic Technology at CU Online

David is an organizational leader who sees technology as a long lever for meeting the evolving needs in higher edu- cation and the long term success of the educational mission. David has 25 years of experience advancing quality online courses, programs and degrees in line with organiza- tional values and vision. Addi- tional specialties: Architectural theory, fun places, fun houses, fun objects, wicked problems and wacky workplaces.

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