VPACC's team of volunteers
British ex-paratrooper turned adventurer and author. Two things keep him awake at night: strange noises in the forest and his concerns over scientific literacy. Not much to be done about the first, but scientific literacy has become his mission.
Mary has been a science geek for most of her life, and is currently a STEM Educator at a children’s science center as well as a science enrichment specialist at a preschool. She also has ten years' experience in sales and customer service in the chemical industry. Mary holds a Bachelor of Science degree and enjoys inspiring others to learn more about the world and the universe.
Brooke Buckley is a 4th grade teacher leader from Fayetteville, Arkansas who is passionate about maximizing student engagement by bringing learning to life. She is constantly on the hunt for innovative ways to get students on the path to lifelong learning. With a background in business and and a zeal for education, she brings a unique perspective to the VPAC team.
Kisha Ferguson is an award-winning journalist, who has more than twenty years of experience producing news and current affairs programs for both television and radio. In addition to being an adjunct journalism professor, she has also written and edited several books of non-fiction, launched a multi award-winning adventure travel magazine, and been hired as a consultant and advisor on various new media projects.
Yi is currently a master student in Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Sciences. She actively participates in social innovation as a NGO youth representative to UN commission in 2012 and founded her social enterprise in 2013. Prior to CMU, she graduated with a BA degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. and started as a Corporate Management Trainee and in Finance in a Fortune 50 food company and then as a National Strategic Finance and Pricing Associate in Uber China. Knowing that she has always had an interest in technology and coding, she decided to do a master in CS. In her spare time, she loves reading and cooking/baking.
Anthony is an accounting associate for a local DC CPA firm and has recently started his own bookkeeping and business management company. In the past four years he has worked with multiple small business and non-profits providing bookkeeping, accounting, and management services as they grow and develop. Anthony has a history of science promotion. In college he began and developed a science club which was able to bring Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss to the University of Maryland as well as promote an accurate understanding of essential topics in science to the UMD community. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies and listening to film industry podcasts.
Engineering, Design And Innovation
Markus heads an award winning design and engineering team and has more than 23 years of experience for national and international projects, both in the entertainment and the aerospace simulation industry.
VPACC representative in Mongolia
Enkhgerel is the CEO of Unimat Education, a STEM focused company working with over 300 Schools in Mongolia, equipping and running machinery workshops similar to maker space workshops in the US. These workshops allow students to build and be creative learning design and engineering principles.
VPACC will run its first experimental workshop at the Unimat office in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia before being deployed to a local school.
VPACC representative in Japan
Rika is developing and directing opportunities to establish VPACC in Japan. Rika has ten years of experience in leading critical projects of global strategic sourcing and procurement for both high-tech electronic- and mechanical parts as a project manager for a major global corporation. Rika is currently promoting reforms for English teaching methods for primary and secondary schools in Japan with the education board of prefectures.
She has been engaged in business development and marketing building a new ecosystem for electronic money systems in a number of European countries. She is very fond of traveling and an avid motorcycle rider.
Tony Tran (USA) Software Developer
Victoria Hill (USA) Creative writer
3D Art and Design Team
Scott Herring (USA) 3D Artist
Jose Duque (Colombia) Software Specialist
Jay Gaskell (USA) 3D Artist
Michael Banks (USA) 3D Artist
ENGINEERING AND DESIGN
Spruce Cox (USA) Aerospace Engineer
Samer Najia (USA) Engineer / Pilot
Anthony Ehiri (USA) Engineer