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Meet the Team

Hello! We’re Edutopia, a team of reporters, editors, producers, designers, and more shining a spotlight on what works in education. Together, we’re dedicated to transforming learning at the Pre-K- through 12th-grade level so all students can thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. Get to know each of us better below.

Team Edutopia at Skywalker Ranch in Nicasio, California (June 2022). Pictured are full-time staff and a few of our independent consulting contributors.


Cindy Johanson, Executive Director
Stephen Merrill, Chief Content & Product Officer


Tom Berger, Managing Editor, Contributors
Sarah Gonser, Managing Editor, Features
Andrew Boryga, Editor
Youki Terada, Editor
Paige Tutt, Associate Editor

Art, graphic design, and product

Jane McVey, Art Director
Cindy Basulto, Product Manager


Amy Erin Borovoy, Director of Video
Melissa Thompson, Senior Video Editor/Producer
Doug Keely, Motion Graphics Artist
Nana Gilbertson, Content Operations Lead
Roxanna Stephens Ibarra, Video Production Fellow

Marketing & analytics

Karissa Sparks, Head of Marketing & Analytics
Sukee Bennett, Audience Development Manager
Samer Rabadi, Online Community Engagement Manager
Hannah Bogenreuther, Social Media Associate

Finance, it & administration

Lilly Fu, Senior Director of Finance & Administration
Silvia Tisell, Senior Accountant & Contracts Administrator
Julie Brown, Senior Accountant
Billy Hawes, Desktop Support Specialist
Brenda Dahl, Office Coordinator


We also want to acknowledge the independent consultants and freelancers who assist us with editing, video production, design, and community support on social media.

Katie Shellenberg Bell, Community Facilitator
Laura Bradley, Community Facilitator
Christina Torres Cawdery, Community Facilitator
Kelly Clancy, Contributing Editor
Brittany Collins, Contributing Editor
Kathryn Fallon, Contributing Editor
Marva Hinton, Contributing Editor
Danielle Hylton-Kopshinsky, Contributing Editor
Jennifer Miller, Photo Editor
Stephen Noonoo, Contributing Editor
Elissa Rabellino, Copy Editor
Heather Riley, Contributing Video Producer
Sarah Taranto, Designer
John Thomas, Community Facilitator
Laura Thomas, Community Facilitator and Contributing Editor
Alex Shevrin Venet, Community Facilitator

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George Lucas Educational Foundation

Edutopia is a free source of information, inspiration, and practical strategies for learning and teaching in preK-12 education. We are published by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.
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