Luz Borero is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Development for DeKalb County, Georgia. She previously served as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the City of Atlanta under Mayor Shirley Franklin.
Luz has been a Community Guilds board member and its treasurer since joining us in 2015. She is excited about the innovations that Community Guilds brings to public education, especially how it fosters coordination between the mind and body to create physical objects.
If Luz was a maker, she would make musical instruments like the marimba, something that excels in both rhythm and melody.
William Reed Dyer is a Senior Associate with Great Schools Partnership of Portland, ME, a nonprofit working to redesign public education and improve learning for all students. A board member since 2013, Reed likes that Community Guilds’ approach and methods are unlike anything students usually encounter in traditional settings, and that the impact often lasts far beyond the time kids spend with Community Guilds.
Reed would like to build that ever popular Star Trek device: a transporter. To travel anywhere instantaneously "would give me the pleasure of seeing so many more people and experiencing so many new things," says Reed.
Jonathan Grunberg, a board member since January 2014, is a trial attorney with L. Lin Wood, P.C. in Atlanta. His practice focuses on complex civil litigation in federal court.
What excites him most about Community Guilds is that it provides opportunities for children who might otherwise feel marginalized in traditional classroom settings. He would love to build a gargantuan workshop in which he and his friends can build anything that they dream up!
Brian Williams is the Director of the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence at Georgia State University, and has been a Community Guilds board member since December 2014.
Brian is most excited about the access to making and the maker movement that Community Guilds is creating for disadvantaged children. He feels that the contribution he is assisting with is "invaluable to our world."
Like fellow board member Reed Dyer, Brian is a bit of a Trekkie. "There is something very exciting about seeing new worlds and interacting with beings who experience life in very different ways," says Brian. "So I want to build a starship, one that can carry me to the farthest reaches of space."
Sam Hoffner has been a board member since December 2013. He is Chief Operating Officer of Wholesale Carrier Services, Inc. of Coral Springs, FL, a company he has been with since January 2014. Prior to that, Sam has held positions in operations, marketing, and IT for companies that include Coca-Cola, McCann-Erickson, and the Washington Post.
Sam is excited about Community Guilds’ innovative approach to public education, a sector that he feels is ready for beneficial disruptive action. "We answer the call for education reform by engaging young people and equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to tackle seemingly insurmountable challenges," says Sam.
And what if he could make anything? "I would make a fleet of STE(A)M Trucks so we could reach more students throughout the U.S.," says Sam.
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