MEET THE TEAM
Daniel (Dan) is a Junior in the Science and Humanities Scholar Program at Carnegie Mellon University. He is double majoring in Technology and Public Policy, and Policy and Management. From New York State, Dan is the Development Intern at the Center for a New Am Proficient in Chinese, Dan hopes to work in politics and management consulting.
CTO, Front-End Developer
Matthew is a rising Junior majoring in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University with a passion for design and user interaction. He enjoys the intersection of engineering and design, and often explores this through web development. With a great deal of experience in website design & coding, Matthew is a team player who is enjoying working with the Convertsation team.
COO, Data Science
Jeremy is a data specialist passionate about education. He graduated from Macaulay Honors College in 2017 with self-designed double majors Cognitive Science and Computers, as well as Interactive Storytelling. Jeremy's passion for education stems from his work with Dinosaurs Rock, an educational events company. Jeremy currently works for Comcast as a Software Engineer.
Director of Digital Marketing
Sasha graduated in 2019 from Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, GA, where she studied Journalism and Emerging Media. She wrote for the school's newspaper, and was the President and Marketing Chair of a student organization. Fluent in Russian and Spanish, Sasha is passionate about creating digital content.
Director of European Expansion
Oscar is a Czech-Italian student of international relations in the Anglo-American University in Prague. His passion for academic debates, focused on international affairs, stimulated him to participate in numerous international conferences and later become president of his university's diplomatic club. Oscar speaks Italian, Czech and English and is actively learning Spanish and Arabic since learning languages is his passion.
Aidan is a Senior at Binghamton University studying psychology in conjunction with an MBA. He is currently the head recruiter for Birthright Israel at his University and is the vice president of Alpha Epsilon Pi. He has a passion for public speaking and hopes to use this passion to spread positive messages throughout the world.
Director of Public Relations
Sarah is a Junior at Carnegie Mellon University majoring in Economics and Politics with a concentration in Policy and Social Impact. She has worked as a Non-Profit Management intern for the Institute for the Study of War and as a Business Operations intern for the Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, 412 Food Rescue. Sarah is interested in bridging the gap between those of varying socioeconomic statuses and enhancing equitable access to education.
THE ADVISORY BOARD
Jessica is an educator in Rockland County, NY with over 15 years of classroom experience. She believes that teaching students how to effectively communicate with others, especially those who hold contrasting opinions, is a necessary and invaluable skill. Being part of the Convertsation development process has allowed her to draw upon her professional and personal passions: meaningful classroom discussion, educational technology, and social psychology. The opportunity to work with a few of her former students is an added bonus.
As a lifelong educator, Steve operates a consulting practice devoted to transforming and enhancing learning experiences for students and teachers. Since leaving the classroom, he has consulted with NGOs, schools, districts, and state education agencies in an effort to create more meaningful learning experiences for next generation students. He has experience in designing and delivering professional development, strategic planning, and organizational coaching. He has applied his expertise in literacy, reading development, and assessment to build and enhance educational technology products and projects.
Richard Skeen has led top media brands, a number of technology start-ups and consulted with a number of the largest non-profits in the country. Skeen currently leads strategy and revenue growth for Hytch Rewards, a private equity funded smart mobility platform reducing carbon emissions in a public/private partnership. Skeen is also the co-founder of Beehive Media Strategies, a boutique consultancy that has worked with some of the best-known nonprofits including UJA-Federation of NY, the US Golf Association and Birthright Israel.
William Alba is a professor and administrator at Carnegie Mellon University. For more than a quarter century, he has developed and directed distinctive academic programs at colleges and high schools, both public and private, across the United States. He has a particular interest in cross-disciplinary thinking, including the art of asking questions about difficult topics. He sees great value in the ability of Convertsation to enhance critical thinking, deep communication, and cultural understanding.
Terry Smith is the founder of M-PowerHouse of Greater Pittsburgh. M-PowerHouse is a STEAM and drone technology nonprofit for grades K-12. Terry is an officially trained and certified Warm Data Labs Host by the International Bateson Institute, a social benefit think group based in Sweden, which enables him to run Warm Data Labs anywhere in the world. Terry is also the founder of Wisdom Work & Wealth LLC, which offers support for ground-level business development and Warm Data Labs.
Terry is also on various advisory boards and committees, in UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion Junior Healthcare Explorers Advisory Board, Community College of Allegheny County School of Social Work Advisory Board, Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus K-12 Advisory Board, UPMC Community Health Partnership Council Member, Remake Learning Pittsburgh STEM Ecosystem Outreach Committee, and former board member of M&F Bank in North Carolina.
Joshua is a junior at Saint Louis University. He is majoring in Sports Business in the Chaifetz School of Business. From New York State, Joshua plans to graduate and attend Law School where he hopes to pursue a career in Intellectual Property Law.
Harrison is a junior in the Foote Fellows Honors Program at the University of Miami. He is majoring in Microbiology and Immunology with minors in Chemistry and Health Management Policy. From New York State, Harrison plans to graduate and work in the healthcare industry for a few years, after which he plans to attend medical school.
Ariella is a junior at University of Missouri studying Human Development and Family Science with an emphasis in Child Life. She is from Houston, Texas and is passionate about working with children and providing them with the language to engage in respectful conversations with peers. Ariella is looking forward to working as a Child Life Specialist in a pediatric hospital in the future.
Skye is a senior at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York majoring in Cellular Neuroscience. From New York, she is passionate about mental health awareness and treatment and is an incoming clinical research intern at The Depression and Anxiety Center at Mount Sinai in NYC. She enjoys pottery, working with children, and hopes to pursue a career in healthcare.