Board of Directors
Chair of the Board
With a passion and love for making learning relevant, inspiring, and transformational! Ethan created TEPHE to revolutionize the way teachers teach, communities connect, lessons come alive, and students grow. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board in this early process of development.
Founder/CEO, RX Marketing
Operating Partner and Co-Founder of Rx Marketing Group, an eight-figure company with of over 35 people and offices across the country. I have been a Digital Marketing Professional for the last 10 years, with an emphasis in Email Marketing. I believe in TEPHE because it fills a need that has not previously been met with such efficiency. I firmly believe that lasting business do so by filling the needs of others that otherwise have not been met. There is a strong disconnect in our education system today with what’s being taught in classrooms to what is happening in the real world. TEPHE will give students that glimmer of hope; maybe a career to strive for, or a mentor to look up therefore a better person to become.
Vice President of Finance and Facilities with Bright Star Schools
With over 11 years experience in the education sector serving primarily disadvantaged and marginalized communities, Elijah sees there is a glaring disconnect between the classroom and current and future professions and trades that our students will one day join. He is dedicated to TEPHE’s mission because TEPHE is the 21st century tool that will bridge this gap – equipping students and instructors with the platform to collaborate with community professionals, linking projects and lessons to experiences that will allow for real-world applications in the classroom. Elijah holds a B.A. in Economics with from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is continuing his education and development under the Executive Education program at USC’s Marshall School of Business. He has previously served as Board Treasurer for the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra.
Founder/CEO, Rocket Strategy
Kristen Proctor is the Founder and CEO of Rocket Strategy, a growth strategy consulting agency that helps tech startups and Fortune 500 companies grow. A former co-founder and executive for a bootstrapped startup that she helped grow into a multimillion-dollar business, Kristen has 9 years of growth and operations scaling leadership experience. Every year, countless numbers of high-achieving students slip through the cracks in our educational systems. Kristen believes that engaging students as early as possible by exposing them to transformational educational experiences that connect concepts from the classroom to the real world will spark their interests, ignite their passions, and give them the best shot at success.
Founder/CEO, Dylan Kendall Home
Dylan Kendall is the Founder and CEO of Dylan Kendall Home, a company designing innovative, useful, and sustainably sourced and manufactured home décor for international markets. Prior to founding Dylan Kendall Home, Kendall led several initiatives that branded her a force in using the arts to create change in the lives of others. Her nonprofit organization, Hollywood Arts, grew in only 4 years to be one of the most innovative arts-based educational initiatives in the country and Kendall was nominated to receive the internationally-recognized Ashoka Fellowship for leaders in the non-governmental sector. Kendall was recently included on the People to Watch list for Action Now Network, she was the former Board Chairman of both Pathways Community School in South Central Los Angeles and Children Mending Hearts.
Co-Director Teacher Residency and Director of Field Studies, NYU
Nada Ahmed is the Co- Director of NYU- Steinhardt National Teacher Residency and Director of Field Studies. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the department of Teaching and Learning at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. She has eighteen years of experience working with high-need urban public schools and districts around the United States. Her research, teaching, leadership and practice interests are centered on fostering equity in urban schools, communities and building leadership capacity. She believes that TEPHE’s mission to expose students to real world experiences can prove transformational for communities as it sparks interest and fosters creativity with real world applicability.
Co-Founder & CMO, College Thread LLC
Luke McGurrin is the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of startups in various industries including custom apparel, on demand services, and social media. His strengths is the ability to develop early stage companies and scale their products and services across the country, specifically amongst colleges and universities. He is accustomed to working with limited budgets and resources to achieve goals both operationally and financially. His experiences with for profit startups is directly transferable to TEPHE given that it is an early stage organization that needs to scale lean, fast, and strategically to make the impact in student’s lives that it is capable of. Luke has a strong understanding the amount of effort and dedication that is required to get a new venture off the ground. He shares a strong passion to push through future challenges to ensure the full potential of TEPHE is realized.
Jesse Noonan, Ed.D.
CAO, Youth Policy Institute
Jesse began her career as a high school English teacher and Teach for America corps member at Locke High School and subsequently moved into alternative education for homeless and marginally-housed youth as well as others placed at-risk for school failure. During her nine-year tenure at Opportunities for Learning and Options for Youth, Jesse was the school’s first Director of Educational Programs and led a team instrumental in raising the academic achievement and post-secondary expectations of students in the program. Jesse currently is the Chief Academic Officer at Youth Policy Institute, providing a broad range of support to schools to dramatically accelerate student outcomes at schools throughout the Pico Union, East Hollywood, and Northeast San Fernando Valley areas of Los Angeles.
Shannon N. Tabaldo
Founding Director, iDEAL Institute
Shannon N. Tabaldo is the Founding Director of the iDEAL Institute and Director of Digital Curriculum Integration and Development for the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University. Before coming to LMU, Shannon was the Director of Educational Technology at Marymount California University in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. She has been a classroom teacher, teaching technology to K-8 as well as Junior High Math. With over 20 years of technology experience and a passion for teaching, she began to see the need for educational technology resources and the need for teacher training. Shannon is currently researching blended learning in K-12 schools to personalize learning for all students as well as achieve digital literacy and close the achievement gap.
Managing Partner, WellnessTech
Raydel is a highly accomplished Senior Executive, C-Suite Officer, Entrepreneur, Consultant, Public Speaker, and Board Member with 17 years of success in a variety of diverse sectors of business. To name a few, he has knowledge and experience in healthcare, technology, finance, government, venture capital (VC), private equity (PE), and nonprofit. In his executive career, Raydel has held leadership positions at various companies as listed on his resume. Currently Raydel is Founder/Managing Partner of a successful established healthcare consultancy offering innovative advisory in strategic planning, operational efficiency, organizational structure, costs savings, business financing, and capital raising. For a range of healthcare providers, health plans, and strategic partners, he successfully created $25M cost savings through contract reviews, and developed and secured $400M capital for healthcare systems expansion.