Eric Mendelsohn - Co-Founder/Director
With more than 25 years of experience in education and management, Eric has worked with a wide range of students from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds. Holding a M.A. in English and armed with extensive program development experience and 20 years of teaching, he has developed countless courses in many areas of study. He has created several cultural training, tutoring, mentoring, and learning programs. Eric greatly enjoys creating spaces that inspire others to learn, and is the father of a second grade “creator.”
Cindi Chang - Curriculum Specialist
Cindi is the Nevada Department of Education Standards and Instructional Support Specialist for Computer Science and STEM Programs. Previously, she was a Computer Science Instructor at Southwest Career and Technical Academy, and an adjunct professor at Touro University Nevada. She is also a Trainer/Facilitator for Code.org, where she works with K-12 CCSD educators, and assists, state, national and government agencies to promote computer science education for all ages. She received the 2012 Nevada State Career & Technical Education Teacher of the Year award. Holding a Master’s in Education as well as a Bachelor’s in Computer Information Science and another in Business Management, Cindi shows just exactly what it means to be “girlie geek.” She also enjoys reading and traveling while still finding time to raise 6 beautiful children and be a tech role model for women everywhere.
Claire Shorall - Instructional Specialist
Claire is a manager in Computer Science in the Oakland Unified School District, where she provides input with computer curriculums. With two Bachelor’s from Rice University, and as a Teacher and Instructional Coach at Castlemont High School in the Bay area, Claire is fully submersed in education and computer science. As the creator of Teachers Teach Computer Science, a website that assists with tools and assets for teachers to bring computer science in their classroom, Claire loves and cares for her students and the security of their future.
Christopher Arce - Instructor
Chris is a VMWare (Virtual Machines) Student, Ruby on Rails Developer, and Consultant Working on IOT (Internet of Things) applications developed on Rails, and Intel's XDK. His passion for programming comes from the endless opportunities that knowledge of programming affords. He believes it is truly possible to invent and create as far as the imagination will go! He is passionate about teaching programming, knowing that kids who learn coding from a young age will be ahead of the curve! "Who knows what awesome creations may come from inspired young minds, and who will be the next Zuckerberg or Spiegel!" His hobbies include, Martial Arts, Hiking and reading great novels.
David Rodriguez - Instructor
David is a third-year undergraduate student at UNLV, studying Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. He actively tutors at UNLV for the Computer Science department and takes time out of his busy schedule to tutor his younger cousins in math. David’s passion for programming came about from playing video games and realizing how much fun it can be to create his own. In addition to playing games online, he enjoys learning new songs on the guitar and piano, annoying his feisty cat, and exploring computer programming.
Jose Quijas - Instructor
CEO and Founder of his own IT consulting company since 2011, and mentor for five separate FIRST Robotics Competition teams, Jose is the go-to guy for all things computers and robotics. He travels all over the country for competitions and has been a mentor to countless kids for many years. He continuously shows his dedication to their future and personal growth in technology. Jose has introduced his 7 year old daughter to the world of computers, and hopes to be part of the change that brings computers to the forefront of education.
Nadine Rayes - Instructor
A fourth year undergrad Computer Science student at UNLV. Nadine has been learning computer science since her freshman year of high school. Her passion for coding arose from an interest in video game design at a young age. She was a computer science tutor and Project Knowledge mentor at Virginia State University. When she is not at school or working, she works on expanding her skills as a writer with creating storylines for current video game projects as well as short stories and poetry.
Sam Cornelius - Instructor
Sam is a homeschool graduate and currently holds an Associates in Computer Programming from the College of Southern Nevada. His passion for educating others in computers and computer programming shows in his work as a tutor, lab monitor, and peer leader at CSN. He is the eldest of three siblings whom he tutored in math and computers. Sam is a lover of all things video games, from programming gameplay, designing characters, to even composing his own soundtracks. He has created several games and hopes to one day open his own video arcade.
Cali Javellana - Coordinator
A current student at Southwest Career and Technical Academy, majoring in Web Design and Development, Cali strives to be an influence in the advancement of technology. A member of SkillsUSA, shows her dedication for improving herself personally, professionally, and educationally. She also loves Marvel Comic and Pixar Movies, which explains her eye for design. Always prepared with cartoon bandages, Cali is ready to save the day at any moment!
Rebekah Chang - Coordinator
Rebekah is a senior at Southwest Career and Technical Academy, graduating from the Web Design Program. She is the youngest of six family members and a soon-to-be college student studying Psychology. She is an experienced graphic artist and a skilled painter who is certified in both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Rebekah is a kind, out-going friend to those she meets of all ages and hopes to play a part in the influence of teaching kids how to code, to give back to the community, and support the future expansions of Code Central.
Seth Goolsby - Assistant Coordinator
Seth is a senior at Coronado High School with a passion for robotics. He started when he was in the 5th grade when his friend asked him to join a local FLL league, using Lego Mindstorms. His love for robotics led him to join his high school robotics team as a freshman, and is currently the Vice President of his school's robotics club. He is a Math Tutor at the Green Valley Mathnasium, and enjoys playing with his dog, Sasha, and his three brothers.
Casey - Youth Advisor
As the first member of our youth advisory board, Casey has played a tremendous role in the creation of Code Central. Giving us valuable insight into many aspects of the creation of our center, Casey has a true talent for identifying what is both cool and functional. As a middle school student, Casey brings an enthusiasm for Code Central that is second to none. He loves water polo, snow-boarding and making people laugh!
Mira - Youth Advisor
Mira loves to participate in many activities including swim team, National Junior Honor Society, church youth group, surfing, and soccer. She loves to watch soccer, and her favorite teams are Manchester United, Real Madrid and Real Salt Lake. Mira also loves to travel and is a self proclaimed Disney Nerd! When she is home, she is usually playing with her dog Cinna or coding on her computer.
Portia - Youth Advisor
As the youngest member of our team, Portia is a first grader who loves singing, dancing, and creating art. Her never-ending curiosity and creativity has been an inspiration to the vision of Code Central. She likes making up new songs, and can be heard singing along to the sounds of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry while doing her homework.
Sofie - Youth Advisor
Sofie has been a very active member of the youth advisory board, providing us with valuable feedback throughout the Code Central journey. She is a 6th grader who loves acting, playing basketball and soccer, and hosting sleepovers with her friends.