Praba Soundararajan, Ph.D. - Founder
Praba is a neuroscientist with dyslexia who gets to develop his ideas and inventions every day. Growing up in India, his learning disability resulted in his loss of confidence and self-esteem. To understand his learning disability, he pursued an education in neuroscience. To inspire children with learning disabilities to overcome their challenges, he started writing stories tied to hands-on projects, with a mission to nurture their creativity and realize their dyslexic strengths. Praba believes, if it helps a challenged child, it will benefit ALL children!
Marvin Scaff - Technology Advisor
Marvin is a software entrepreneur and technologist. He has served as a Founder, CEO, CTO, and mentor in NSF’s I-Corps program leading teams to the finals.
Amy Trujillo - STEM Expert & Educator
Ms. Amy Trujillo is the Gifted and STEM Coordinator at Osceola Science Charter School with over twenty years of experience in advocating for the needs of diverse learners. Amy is the current president of FLAG, past president of FAST, and the new NSTA Area Five Director.
Ramani Soundararajan, Ph.D. - Chief Communications Officer
Dr. Ramani Soundararajan helps support Boon-dah's mission, vision, and values, and delivers them to internal and external audiences with differing needs, motivators, and perspectives.
Chris Kluis - Advisor
Entrepreneurial software nerd with more than 15 years of experience in designing, building, & marketing software.
Heather Forde - Creative Director
I am a children’s book illustrator and designer who has worked on everything from children’s stories to user interface designs for patient monitors. More importantly, I am the mom to 2 little boys. I have spent years teaching my children to take their problems apart and rebuild them until they find a solution, to go outside and get dirty, and to use their brains and their bodies to make the world a better place for everybody. I want kids to see that there is more to their world; and that they can build great things and be great things when imagination meets know-how. I live in southern New Hampshire with my husband, 2 sons, 2 dogs, and a small army of chickens. We all enjoy being outside, taking things apart, and making a proper mess. Generally, in that order.
Jack loves drawing funny pictures that tell a good story. He has illustrated for children’s books, magazines, newspapers, and just for fun. When he’s not hard at work in the studio or watching Bill Murray movies, you can find him in the backyard with a very energetic and needy dog named Gus.
Daniel Salinero - Spanish Translator
Daniel Salinero has been a credentialed educator since 1981 in addition to a professional translator since 2011. Most of his teaching career has been as a California elementary school teacher. He currently teaches at Earhart Elementary School in Indio, California, an International Baccalaureate school. Daniel taught in international schools in Spain for 3 years and Thailand for 6 years. He is interested in STEM education in particular and teaches his school’s robotics program to 4th and 5th graders.
Daniel uses Praba’s Pumpus series story platform and activities to help teach STEM concepts to his school’s students. He translated the Spanish versions of ¡Pumpus tiene una brillante idea!, ¡Pumpus tiene una idea fluida! and ¡Pumpus tiene una idea creciente! You can reach Daniel at www.TheWriteTranslator.com.
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