Product & Marketing Lead • Schoolhouse.world
Akshay Ravikumar serves as the Product Lead and Marketing Lead at Schoolhouse, and helped get the partnership between Schoolhouse and Wacom off the ground. Akshay has experience as a software engineer and received both his Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Claudia Bueno is an internationally recognized Venezuela-born artist renowned for creating immersive technological wonders using light, sculpture, painting, and sound. Claudia creates large-scale, multi-sensory experiences that communicate a profound sense of wonderment and awe. Lights, motors, wind, and video power her creations with pulsations and movements. Detailed drawings, meticulous cutouts and elaborate structures leave evidence of the intimate dedication the artist has with her work. Claudia fills her art with a quality of mystical curiosity that mirrors her personal fascination with Energy, Consciousness, and Nature - ultimately transforming her art into a celebration of Life and Creation. Claudia’s work has been exhibited in Venezuela, Switzerland, Argentina, Malaysia, Singapore, and the USA, and her latest work is permanently exhibited in Meow Wolf, Las Vegas.
Student • Sisler CREATE Program
Ivan is a student in Sisler’s CREATE post-high school program and has worked on various projects with companies like Wacom and Nickelodeon. He has participated in the 24-hour Animation Challenge – where his team got 18th place amongst 200 participating teams and 3rd place for all high school teams.
Animation Teacher, CREATE Department Head • Sisler High School
Jamie Leduc currently teaches animation at Sisler High School and is the Department Head of the CREATE program. Jamie has over 20 years of experience in developing curriculum and teaching animation, film and game design in public education systems. He has enhanced student education by coordinating industry mentorships, internships, and scholarships. As a result, Leduc has inspired hundreds of students in pursuing their dream careers in the game, film and animation industries.
Kevin P. Kulbacki, D-ABFDE
CEO, Forensic Document Examiner • KDX Forensic Consulting
Kevin P. Kulbacki is the CEO of KDX Forensic Consulting, one of the premier Forensic Document Examination firms within the United States. Mr. Kulbacki has over a decade of experience as an Expert in the examination of documents for evidence of alteration, counterfeiting, and forgery, including working for both the IRS Criminal Investigation’s National Forensic Laboratory and the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division. Mr. Kulbacki is certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners and is the current Chairman of the AAFS Academy Standards Board’s Forensic Document Examination Consensus Body, which is charged with the creation of consensus-based standards for the field of Forensic Document Examination.
Mary Ellen Andersen
Studio manager, co-founder • North Pole Studio
Mary Ellen Andersen is an art educator who has been working with adults and students with disabilities for over 10 years. She currently is the studio manager of North Pole Studio, an accessible studio space for neurodiverse artists in the professional arts community.
Creative Director • Limbitless Solutions
Matt Dombrowski is an Associate Professor at UCF and Creative Director of Limbitless Solutions. He leads an interdisciplinary team developing and producing 3D-printed, visually expressive bionic arms, interactive alternative game controllers and training video games for children with limb differences to learn how to use their prosthetics properly. Matt works with multidisciplinary partners to create experiences that better serve humanitarian needs and deliver both arts and cultural impact.
Program & Partnership Manager • Schoolhouse.world
Matt Wu serves as the Program & Partnership Manager at Schoolhouse.world. Matt works with partner organizations, from EdTech organizations to school districts, to expand the reach and impact of Schoolhouse tutoring. Matt has previous experience as a management consultant in the social impact space and received both his Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cinematic Arts Instructor, Curriculum Developer, Grants Writer • Los Angeles Unified School District
A producer, screenwriter & teacher with 20 years experience, Matthew Waynee works in LAUSD at a Title-1 school, where he built its Film and Animation pathways from the ground up. He has written $2M in grants and set up partnerships with DreamWorks and Nickelodeon. He has presented at dozens of conferences and authored the first ever DOL-approved Animation, Game Design & VFX Apprenticeship Program that will launch in 2023. In 2016, he was selected as the National Magnet Teacher of the Year.
Co-Founder/Executive Director • BRIC
Nicole Hendrix is a four-time Emmy winning Producer and has won five PromaxBDA GOLD awards as a Producer and Creative Director. With a multi-disciplinary background, Nicole has used storytelling as the main ingredient in her successful campaigns that span across television, games, live events, and film. She is also the Co-Founder of the Concept Art Association, and works as a Producer and Marketing + PR Consultant with clients like Niantic, Baobab Studios, and 9B Collective.
Rafik Hassan El Hariri
Illustrator, animator, and mental health advocate • Tripoli, Lebanon
Rafik El Hariri is an illustrator, animator, and mental health advocate. He first ventured off into Graphic Design before adding and pursuing his love for illustrations and image creation. He now creates visual imagery for a variety of commercial and commissioned projects.
Peer Tutor • Schoolhouse.world
Rianna is a high school junior in the fall of 2022 currently researching different types of cancer classification and biomarkers identification using microarray gene data. She also teaches math and computer programming at local non-profits and schoolhouse.world as a way to give back to the community. In the future, Rianna plans to major in computer science and computational biology specializing in artificial intelligence and deep learning so that neural networks can solve biological problems.
Illustrator & Designer • University of Central Florida
Victor Davila is an illustrator and designer in Orlando, FL, as well as an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida teaching illustration and design. He is also the founder of the central Florida illustrator collective Giant Illustrators, an Affiliated Faculty for Limbitless Solutions, President Emeritus of AIGA Orlando, on the National Board of AIGA, on the AIGA Design Educators Community steering committee, and an Adobe Education Leader.
Student • Sisler CREATE Program
As an 18 year-old animator and digital artist in Sisler’s CREATE program, Xierra worked with mentors from Nickelodeon Studios on the Orange Tree Project – where she worked to create an animated short film. Xierra is also working on a series from concept to show bible and received a full-ride scholarship to Vancouver Film School.
Comic Book Creator • The Bionic Kid
Zachary is a 13-year old writer who created the comic The Bionic Kid with his brother Christo. The brothers asked a simple question “how can we raise money to help kids around the world that need prosthetic arms?” And thus, The Bionic Kid was born. The comic’s storyline mirrors the real world as Zachary depicts its titular superhero with a missing limb. All proceeds from sales of The Bionic Kid support the non-profit Limbitless Solutions.