We can only do this work with kids, if we’re working on ourselves. All of us are trying to be better human beings. Sure, some days are harder than others, but the point is we’re all trying. All of our EDMO® staff, from the Home Office to the field, practice and recognize each other for the same six SEL skills we aim to build in kids: Responsibility, Empathy, Collaboration, Initiative, Problem Solving, and Emotion Management (The EDMO® RECIPE). We recruit staff as much for their character as for their experience or academic accomplishments. 

We can only do this work well, if we work well with others. Just like our staff and kids practice collaboration, so do we as an organization. We’ve built relationships with fantastic museum partners, top universities, and other like-minded educational organizations. You can see some of our partners under the Curriculum Advisory Board tab below. It takes so many people to make the magic of EDMO® happen. We’re grateful for every single last one of them.

If you’re curious about joining the EDMO® team yourself, please visit our Jobs page.

  • Medical Advisory Board
  • Home Office Staff
  • Executive Board
  • Curriculum Advisory Board
  • Ashkon Shaahinfar, MD Ashkon Shaahinfar, MD
    Ashkon Shaahinfar, MD
    Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics
  • Miranda McLemore Miranda McLemore
    Miranda McLemore
    Certified EMT
  • Tanya Petera Tanya Petera
    Tanya Petera
    School Nurse
  • Trace Cimoli Trace Cimoli
    Trace Cimoli
    Paramedic

Dr. Ashkon Shaahinfar is a pediatric emergency medicine physician and the Director of Emergency ultrasound at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.  He attended medical school at UCSF and pursued both his Master in Public Health and Pediatric residency training in Boston before returning to Oakland, where he completed his pediatric emergency medicine and point-of-care ultrasound fellowships, at Children’s Hospital Oakland and Highland Hospital, respectively.  One of his primary draws to the field of pediatric emergency medicine is the inspiration and opportunity to stand back and look upstream from public health, advocacy and programmatic perspectives to address social determinants of children’s health and the systemic issues that lead children to the emergency department.

Miranda received her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Chico in Cellular and Molecular Biology. She later became a national and California State Certified EMT. When she’s not running the Sacramento Region, she also works as a Critical Care Transport and ALS EMT in the Greater Sacramento area.

Tanya is honored to be advising on the new EDMO® Medical Advisory Board. Unable to sit still for long, she has had a wide variety of careers in the medical field. However, this has added to her experience and appreciation for medicine. She started out as an EMT for 3 years in Santa Barbara County. There she transitioned to 911 dispatcher for about a year, dispatching police, fire, and ambulance across the county. Her love for the northeast brought her back to her hometown in New Jersey where she studied to be a Registered Nurse and achieve her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She has been a nurse now for about 3 years working in several different environments. At Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia specializing in hematology, immunology, and allergy. At Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin Texas specializing in critical care for post surgical, cardiac, and general pediatric patients. And now she is a school nurse at an Elementary School. Her passion for kids and the medical field are what drive her.

Trace is excited to be joining our new EDMO® Medical Advisory Board. Always interested in medicine, Trace started out by earning his undergraduate degree from Cal Poly in Animal Science. After graduating, he moved back to San Jose, where he was born and raised, and enrolled in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) School. He worked as an EMT for 5 years before returning to school again to become a Paramedic. Trace currently works as a Paramedic for AMR in Santa Clara County. He also has the benefit of being married to our Operations Director – what a lucky guy!

  • Eduardo Caballero Eduardo Caballero
    Eduardo Caballero
    Co-Founder & Executive Director
  • Sharon Mor Sharon Mor
    Sharon Mor
    Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
  • Courtney Cimoli Courtney Cimoli
    Courtney Cimoli
    Chief Operations Officer
    Camp DirectorI'm a former camp director!
  • Naomi Weisenberg Naomi Weisenberg
    Naomi Weisenberg
    Marketing Director
  • Kendra Watkins Kendra Watkins
    Kendra Watkins
    Programs Director
    InstructorI'm a former instructor! Camp DirectorI'm a former camp director!
  • Rachel Shensa Rachel Shensa
    Rachel Shensa
    Recruiting & HR Manager
    Camp DirectorI'm a former camp director!
  • Joe Allington Joe Allington
    Joe Allington
    Systems Director
  • Heather Knape Heather Knape
    Heather Knape
    Writer & Project Manager
  • Mike Calhoun Mike Calhoun
    Mike Calhoun
    Graphic Designer & Website Manager
  • Nima Shaahinfar Nima Shaahinfar
    Nima Shaahinfar
    Data & Purchasing Director
  • Samantha Wilcox Samantha Wilcox
    Samantha Wilcox
    Programs Associate
    CounselorI'm a former counselor! InstructorI'm a former instructor! Camp DirectorI'm a former camp director!
  • Mandee Schultz Mandee Schultz
    Mandee Schultz
    Customer Relations Director
  • Miranda McLemore Miranda McLemore
    Miranda McLemore
    Programs Manager
    Camp DirectorI'm a former camp director!
  • Kenia Fuentes Kenia Fuentes
    Kenia Fuentes
    Programs Manager
    CounselorI'm a former counselor! InstructorI'm a former instructor! Camp DirectorI'm a former camp director!
  • Kaitlee Venable Kaitlee Venable
    Kaitlee Venable
    Curriculum Developer
  • Hannah Hoagland Hannah Hoagland
    Hannah Hoagland
    Curriculum Developer
  • Helena Ortiz Helena Ortiz
    Helena Ortiz
    Site Coordinator
  • James Williamson James Williamson
    James Williamson
    Warehouse Assistant & Event Coordinator
    InstructorI'm a former instructor!

Eduardo has been a leader in the summer and out-of-school time field since the age of 12. From middle school through college, he worked his way up each summer from volunteer to Assistant Camp Director for San Francisco Recreation & Parks. After graduating Cornell University with a degree in Psychology, Eduardo became a Center Director for SCORE! Educational Centers, an afterschool tutoring subsidiary of Kaplan. Four years later he combined his passion for camp and learning and co-founded Edventure More with his dear friend and mentor, Sharon Mor. Eduardo’s passion for enrichment lives through his work and his commitment to bring equal access to high-quality enrichment to all children. In addition to serving as Executive Director of Edventure More, Eduardo has been active on the SF Department of Children & Youth’s Summer Work Group, The Big Lift collaborative’s Inspiring Summers Workgroup in the Peninsula, the Marin Promise in Marin County and the Oakland Summer Learning Network. He has also represented the Bay Area at summer funding lobbying events at the state capitol through CalSAC. Eduardo contributes to the field as a speaker at local and national summer and afterschool conferences. He has led workshops on Authentic Leadership, The Maker Mindset, and Social Emotional Learning at the National Summer Learning Association Conference, National Afterschool Association Conference, BOOST, and SXSWedu. He has completed the Leadership for Equity & Opportunity (LEO) learning-in-action program and is learning to be a better equity ally every day.

I believe…

that happy kids make happy grown ups.

Sharon is devoted to making the world a better place by helping people foster, express and be their authentic selves in both their work and personal lives. For the last 25 years of her professional life, Sharon has devoted herself to leadership development, transformational work and education. A graduate of UCLA, Sharon is also a Hoffman Institute Teacher, a certified Life Coach and a Master Business Coach, and has integrated all of her trainings to create an internal coaching program where EDMO® staff are encouraged and celebrated for doing courageous personal and professional work. To Sharon there is no better time than right now to guide both adults and children to be kind, courageous and curious.

I believe...

in miracles.

Courtney has been working to educate children in a variety of settings since she was 13 years old.  She started as the manager of a kid’s martial arts program and then found her passion for summer camp when she began directing a Humane Education camp while working towards her Animal Science degree.  After graduating from Calpoly, San Luis Obispo and spending many years in the shelter industry, including working for two years as a surgery technician for veterinary medicine, she decided to make the exciting switch to a full time emphasis on summer camp with her move to the Bay Area to join Camp EDMO®. After many years with this incredible organization, Courtney is now the Operations Director, an exciting role that includes coming up with new summer fun and supervising our awesome Region Managers.

I believe...

in the power of positive thinking.

As Marketing Director Volunteer at Camp EDMO, Naomi Weisenberg contributes to the marketing and communications and leads the PR efforts for the organization. Naomi is a passionate and innovative marketing and communications professional who has worked with a diverse group of leading brands. She is deeply passionate about art, music and education and has spent her career working for organizations that support the arts. Prior to Camp EDMO, Naomi led communications and public relations at Art.com where she successfully built their communications program from the ground up. Naomi holds a B.A. from Emerson College.

Kendra has always wanted to work with children and joined Camp EDMO® with years of experience working in various educational roles. She earned a degree in Education and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. While earning her degree, Kendra worked at the local humane society where she directed a humane education camp. Kendra spent her first four summers with Camp EDMO® working as an Instructor and Director for the Palo Alto and Fremont locations and has spent the past three years as the South Bay/Peninsula Region Manager.  She is also our Camp EDMO® School Year Programs Manager and is excited to keep learning and growing with Camp EDMO®.

I believe...

in equitable access for ALL children.

Rachel is excited for her second summer as the North Bay Region Manager and to take on her new role as Recruiting Manager! After directing camp in 2018, she fell in love with all things EDMO, especially our mission. Growing up Rachel was a serial day camper turned CIT and counselor. She’s a huge fan of what camp experiences can do to enhance a child’s growth and capacity to learn. Before going back to school for her masters in advertising, she taught enrichment classes, worked at an after-school program, and taught first grade and Kindergarten. Prior to joining the EDMO team, Rachel spent her days teaching and training adults on how to improve their work performance and helping brands build connections with their customers. This experience helped her figure out her love for Human Resources with a strong focus on the human part! She’s delighted to take on the Recruiting Manger role and to have the opportunity to live in the world of child enrichment and camp shenanigans year-round! Outside of work, Rachel likes to read, write, explore Marin, cuddle with her cats, and see live music.

My favorite EDMO® memory is...

How excited the campers get during rally, especially during our weekly improv rally!

When I'm not working at Camp EDMO®....

I enjoy writing short stories and blog posts, watching movies, playing with cats, and seeing live local music.

Joe is a programmer, designer, teacher, and gamer.  He graduated from UC Santa Cruz majoring in Computer Game Design, and spent three years working at an education technology startup in Santa Cruz.  There, he designed and taught a range of high-tech kids camps, and developed software and curriculum to help elementary and middle school teachers use the game Minecraft as a teaching tool.  Joe believes in the power of games in education, and is excited to be working with EDMO to bring game-based learning to more students.  In his spare time, Joe enjoys cooking, hiking, racquetball, watching movies, and (of course) playing video games.

I believe...

in games for good.

Heather has written for Camp EDMO since 2016. Previously, she wrote and edited for the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley, Education Outside and a variety of small businesses, in addition to volunteering in the Outdoor Classroom at the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley and parent teaching at a cooperative nursery school in San Francisco. Heather moved to California after graduating from Kenyon College, where she began her career as a support rep for an Internet Service Provider and worked her way up to become a UNIX systems administrator, programmer and eventually manager of a gaggle of youthful tech-gurus at a San Francisco start-up. That experience inspired her to focus on promoting progressive education, in hopes that all children can grow up to earn a living by following their passions.

I believe...

that kids succeed when given what they need.

A native of Oakland, California, Mike comes to EDMO with more than 25 years of experience engaging and empowering youth. His career began at the early age of 14 at the Boys & Girls Club where he served as a member of the club’s junior staff and later as the Social Recreation Director. After spending some time at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, Mike returned home where he continued in his pursuit to help engage, inspire, and motivate young people. This pursuit led him to partner with West Oakland Middle School, where he served as the Site Director for the after school program, and the YMCA where he served as both a program director and camp director for several years. An avid fan of WWE (Triple H is king), the Dallas Cowboys, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the New York Yankee, when not “on-duty”, Mike can be found spending time with daughter Brooklyn, fully immersed in a graphic design project, or watching some really horrible, yet rather entertaining, reality TV.
I believe...

that while we are better than what we were yesterday, we aren't nearly as great as we are going to be tomorrow.

Nima believes in every child’s potential for greatness.  He loves the EDMO Vibe and EDMO’s mission of inspiring curiosity, courage and kindness. Nima has been passionate about science and math as long as he can remember, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Physics from UCLA. After several years practicing law, Nima found he had a passion for education and promoting the growth mindset in youth, and excitedly joined EDMO. Outside of EDMO, Nima promotes the growth mindset volunteering as an assistant men’s basketball coach for City College of San Francisco’s championship program, where he focuses on player development and advanced statistics, starting every morning working players out and pushing them towards their potential. 

I believe...

in every child's potential for greatness.

This is Sam’s sixth year with EDMO, and her first year full-time as San Francisco Region Manager! She has worked with EDMO as a counselor, instructor and director at the SF-Marina site every summer since high school, and is fluent in the vibe. She recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Journalism and Communication Arts and has a passion for giving campers amazing summer memories. Summer camp is an experience she loved as a camper and giving everyone that same opportunity and memory is a goal she strives for every day. When not at camp, you can find her hiking, eating Mexican food, or enjoying the California weather.

Mandee joined the EDMO team in Spring 2019 as an Administrative Assistant, where she is excited for the opportunity to work behind the scenes assisting families to have the best summer camp experience. Mandee has always had a passion for working with children; she started her career as a preschool teacher then progressed to a behavioral therapist working with special needs children. In her free time she likes to travel, spend time with her husband, and camping.

I Believe...

In the power of a good song.

After spending two summers as the Rocklin Camp Director and three summers as the Sacramento Region Manager, Miranda is thrilled for her 6th year with EDMO as a General Programs Manager. She graduated from California State University, Chico with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and has a passion for teaching science! Miranda worked as an Camp EDMO® instructor, an instructor at Chico State’s Hands-On Science Lab, worked as a summer camp leader for the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe, and was previously the Camp EDMO® School Year Programs Coordinator for the Sacramento area. She’s also a nationally certified EMT to help keep the kiddos safe! Miranda can’t wait to continue bringing her summer camp spirit and experience with EDMO® to the home office team. She loves science and camp!

I believe....

in the good in every human.

After her tenure at California State University Chico, Kenia joined the EDMO® Sacramento team when the region debuted in 2015. With her early childhood care experience and good-heartedness, Kenia has risen through the ranks from School Year Presenter, to Summer Instructor, to Camp Director, to the year-round EDMO Junior Pre-K Curriculum Manager and Sacramento Area Outreach Manager to Programs Manager for EDMO Live!. You can find her starring in several EDMO® YouTube curriculum videos or stepping in as the fearless Camp Director of our Rocklin camp. Kenia loves to work with children of all ages and loves how the organization values completely align with her values. Kenia’s passion is to create fun and educational projects that make kids fall in love with science.
I believe...

in the power of self expression.

Kaitlee is returning for Summer 2020 as Camp Director at Folsom Lake College. Summer 2019 was way too amazing to not return for even more Camp EDMO® fun! Prior to joining EDMO, Kaitlee worked for eight years in various educational settings and has a deep passion for working with kids. She grew up in Fair Oaks, earned her BA in psychology in 2009 from the University of Washington in Seattle, spent some time in Denver, Colorado, and has been back in Sacramento for about eight years. Recently she received the honor of becoming a part-time tech curriculum writer for Camp EDMO® as well, and she is stoked! She is an artist, an avid reader, a dog lover, and can’t wait to get to know your kids and ensure that they have the most awesome camp experience possible!

Hannah has been working in the education field since high school, working with students ages 0-18. She received her BA in Early Childhood Studies in 2018 from Sonoma State University and is currently attending San Jose State working on her credentials to teach as well as her Master’s degree in Education. While away at SSU for college undergrad, Hannah worked as a preschool teacher at the SSU Children’s School which is where her passion for education really grew and she realized what her purpose in life was: to inspire inquisitiveness and creativity through learning. While this will be her first Summer with Camp EDMO, she is no stranger to summer camp! Previously, Hannah worked at the Youth Science Institute as an Adjunct Instructor for their year round school programs but also as a camp Lead Instructor for many years and one year as Volunteer Coordinator. Hannah values being a lifelong learner as well as being a huge advocate for creativity, as she enjoys painting in her free time. Hannah is excited to return to Camp EDMO this summer for another year as the San Jose site Director!

My name is Helena Ortiz and I have been working with the youth for over 11 years. I am a mother to a 7-year-old girl who I love to spend time with. Besides spending time with my daughter I love to shop, eat and enjoy the outdoors. This will be my second school year with Camp EDMO and I am very excited to have fun with the students and be able to provide a safe, engaging and eventful program. I look forward to having your child attend our program and continue to expand their learning!

I Believe...

in the power of love!

James is very excited to be working for Camp EDMO as Warehouse Assistant and Event Coordinator. Before this position James worked for 4 summers as a Pro Tech Instructor in Alameda. James grew up in Alameda California where he attended Alameda Community Learning Center. While at ACLC James led a tech team where he enjoyed teaching young people how to fix computers and maintain electronic systems. James is kind and hardworking leader, who has a passion for developing a deep understanding of complex electrical systems as well as computer programing. He graduated From San Jose State University with a degree in Industrial Technology with a concentration in computers, electronics, networking, and telecommunications. In his free time, James develops video games in Unity after he got inspired when he first started working for Camp EDMO. James Also enjoys photography and biking.

  • Bud Werner Bud Werner
    Bud Werner
    Broker, Golden Gate Business Advisors
  • Andrea Gains-Germain Andrea Gains-Germain
    Andrea Gains-Germain
    Engineering Program Manager, Apple
  • Sharon Mor Sharon Mor
    Sharon Mor
    Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
    Edventure More
  • Eduardo Caballero Eduardo Caballero
    Eduardo Caballero
    Co-Founder & Executive Director
    Edventure More
  • Conor Madigan Conor Madigan
    Conor Madigan
    President, Kateeva
  • Gillian Cervero Gillian Cervero
    Gillian Cervero
    Senior Grants Manager, California HealthCare Foundation
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader
    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader
  • Innovative Social-Justice Minded Education Leader Innovative Social-Justice Minded Education Leader
    Innovative Social-Justice Minded Education Leader
  • Parent Equity Activist & Community Organizer Parent Equity Activist & Community Organizer
    Parent Equity Activist & Community Organizer
  • Non-Profit Attorney Non-Profit Attorney
    Non-Profit Attorney
  • Social Entrepreneur Experienced in National/International Systems of Scale Social Entrepreneur Experienced in National/International Systems of Scale
    Social Entrepreneur Experienced in National/International Systems of Scale
  • Marketing & Communications Expert Marketing & Communications Expert
    Marketing & Communications Expert

Bud leverages over 30 years of business experience in various senior management and consultant positions at established companies and start ups including Bank of America, Mervyn’s (Dayton Hudson/Target), Gymboree, CapCom, Sega of America, Ziff Davis, Markettools and LeapFrog.  Bud founded a B2B company that within three years grew to multi million dollar revenues and profitability.  He applies time-tested business principles with the flexibility to help companies change directions quickly to meet fluctuating client demands and business environments.  Utilizing excellent listening and analyzing skills, Bud is able to assimilate large amounts of input and quickly make decisions.  Bud is currently a business broker with multiple successful engagements, interim CFO/consultant and Board Member of a San Francisco based electrical contractor.

Andrea currently leads an engineering program management team at Apple. Her project is top secret but she loves the complex technical and organizational challenges of bringing new technology to life. Her previous positions include Director of New Product Development at Energy Recovery, Director of Product Management at Cogenra Solar and Physics Teacher at BASIS Schools, an award winning math and science focused charter school. At BASIS Schools, she taught 6th and 7th graders that Physics can be fun! She fully believes in the power of a strong STEAM curriculum in K-8 education. Andrea holds a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Sharon is devoted to making the world a better place by helping people foster, express and be their authentic selves in both their work and personal lives. For the last 25 years of her professional life, Sharon has devoted herself to leadership development, transformational work and education. A graduate of UCLA, Sharon is also a Hoffman Institute Teacher, a certified Life Coach and a Master Business Coach, and has integrated all of her trainings to create an internal coaching program where EDMO® staff are encouraged and celebrated for doing courageous personal and professional work. To Sharon there is no better time than right now to guide both adults and children to be kind, courageous and curious.

Eduardo has been a leader in the summer and out-of-school time field since the age of 12. From middle school through college, he worked his way up each summer from volunteer to Assistant Camp Director for San Francisco Recreation & Parks. After graduating Cornell University with a degree in Psychology, Eduardo became a Center Director for SCORE! Educational Centers, an afterschool tutoring subsidiary of Kaplan. Four years later he combined his passion for camp and learning and co-founded Edventure More with his dear friend and mentor, Sharon Mor. Eduardo’s passion for enrichment lives through his work and his commitment to bring equal access to high-quality enrichment to all children. In addition to serving as Executive Director of Edventure More, Eduardo has been active on the SF Department of Children & Youth’s Summer Work Group, The Big Lift collaborative’s Inspiring Summers Workgroup in the Peninsula, the Marin Promise in Marin County and the Oakland Summer Learning Network. He has also represented the Bay Area at summer funding lobbying events at the state capitol through CalSAC. Eduardo contributes to the field as a speaker at local and national summer and afterschool conferences. He has led workshops on Authentic Leadership, The Maker Mindset, and Social Emotional Learning at the National Summer Learning Association Conference, National Afterschool Association Conference, BOOST, and SXSWedu. He has completed the Leadership for Equity & Opportunity (LEO) learning-in-action program and is learning to be a better equity ally every day.

Conor is the President and co-founder of Kateeva, a leading developer of inkjet-based manufacturing equipment for the flat panel display industry.  Before Kateeva, Conor was a postdoctoral research scientist at MIT, where he studied organic electronic device technology. Conor has authored numerous technical publications and holds more than 50 issued patents. In 2016, Conor was named “Inventor of the Year” by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association. In 2015, Conor was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Northern California. Shortly after founding Kateeva, he appeared on the 2010 TR35 list; published annually by MIT Technology Review Magazine, this prestigious list names top technology innovators under the age of 35. Conor earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton, and a M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT, all in electrical engineering.  Conor also serves on the Board of Governors of StartOut, a non-profit supporting the LGBT entrepreneur community, and is the Co-Chair of the Princeton University Department of Electrical Engineering Alumni Advisory Council.

Gillian is the Senior Grants Manager at the California HealthCare Foundation, where she has worked since 2007. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, where she began her commitment to working in the non-profit sector. Gillian is a Bay Area native and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Gillian is community service oriented and passionate about children, women, and health issues. She has served on the Board of Directors for Peak Grantmaking (formerly known as the Grants Managers Network) and is a member of the Young Filipino Professional Association and Asian Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. Gillian enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and rooting on her Bay Area sports teams.

  • Charlotte Jones Charlotte Jones
    Charlotte Jones
    Education and Programs Manager
    Museum of Craft and Design
  • Katie Levedahl Katie Levedahl
    Katie Levedahl
    Director of Education & Informal Learning & National Partnerships
    California Academy of Sciences
  • Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.
    Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.
    Education Director, UC Berkeley
    Greater Good Science Center
  • Charles Higgins, MSW Charles Higgins, MSW
    Charles Higgins, MSW
    Mindfulness Expert
    Richmond District Neighborhood Center
  • Megan Schufreider Megan Schufreider
    Megan Schufreider
    Director of Education, K-12 Partnerships and Online Learning
    California Academy of Sciences
  • Stephanie Chang Stephanie Chang
    Stephanie Chang
    Interim Executive Director, Director of Programs
    Maker Ed

Charlotte Jones is the Education and Programs Manager at the Museum of Craft and Design, where she oversees the planning and implementation of kids’ programming, as well as plans and executes all adult learning opportunities and events. The Museum of Craft and Design features school and community group field trips, gallery tours, customized hands-on learning workshops, MakeArt family programs, and free community events including monthly workshops at local library branches. Charlotte holds a B.F.A. in Sculpture and worked on community outreach for MCD while completing her M.B.A. and M.A. in Museum Studies from JFK University. In her spare time you can find her dancing, snowboarding, reading, or (you guessed it) crafting.

Katie creates and leads a culture of innovation and action that empowers communities to engage meaningfully with complex social problems and solutions. As the Director of Informal Learning with the California Academy of Sciences she drives the strategic design, implementation, and wide-scale expansion of science education resources that transform science learning. Her work includes leading a team of innovators in creating programs that use museum resources to engage public audiences at scale. Through both traditional models such as direct service museum programs or leveraging the latest online learning platforms Katie’s approach combines both creativity and community needs to create high impact programming. She personally oversees the implementation and training of the museum’s Science Action Club curriculum in EDMO’s Nature Programs.

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D., is the Education Director of the Greater Good Science Center. Her articles (GGSC MagazineHuffington Post, Edutopia, and ASCD’s Educational Leadership), talks, workshops, and GGSC Summer Institute for Educators around the world provide science-based ideas for promoting the social and emotional well-being of students, teachers, and administrators, as well as methods for creating positive school cultures. Examples of her recent consulting work beyond EDMO for incorporating the life-enhancing science of compassion, empathy, gratitude, awe, and other social-emotional skills include: the Mind and Life Institute (of which she is a fellow), the Jim Henson Company on a new television show for preschoolers, the International School of Brussels on the Common Ground Collaborative character curriculum, the International School of Bangkok and Palo Alto Unified School District on integrating social-emotional learning into their work, and Pixar/Disney on The Emotions Survival Guide—a follow-up book for children based on the movie Inside Out.

A former teacher and school administrator, Vicki earned her Ph.D. in Education and Positive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. In her doctoral research, Vicki spent two months in India at a school awarded the Peace Education Prize by UNESCO and the Hope of Humanity Award by the Dalai Lama, researching their methods for developing teachers’ ability to create caring relationships with students.

Charles Higgins is the Executive Director of the Richmond District Neighborhood Center in San Francisco. He was in the same role at Slide Ranch, Enterprise for High School Students, Youth Tennis Advantage, and the Bicycle Community Project before joining RDNC.  A native of San Francisco, Charles graduated from Galileo High School, U.C. Davis and the School of Social Welfare at U.C. Berkeley. Charles has been practicing Hatha yoga refining his approach to Mindfulness since 2002. In the last few years, he started a daily meditation practice using a mantra given by a teacher in the tradition of the ancient Vedas. Charles leads workshops and retreats for teachers, counselors and others working with children.  Charles believes that the application of Mindfulness practice for children helps them to be good listeners and observers, feel good about themselves and to be patient and supportive.

Megan Schufreider is Director of Education and K-12 Partnerships at the California Academy of Sciences, where she supervises a team focusing on the development, delivery and evaluation of Pre-K-12 educational programs. Her department team has consulted on EDMO’s Nature Program curriculum since Summer 2005. Now her portfolio includes a professional development institute, workshops and resources for teachers, onsite classroom programs for schools, field trips for school and youth groups, homeschool events, family nights, virtual programs, online learning resources, and community outreach.  Since joining the Academy in 2007, Megan has overseen web development, asset management and e-marketing. She holds a B.S. in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution & Japanese from UCLA and an M.A. in Museum Studies from SFSU.  She has previous experience as a middle and high school classroom teacher, as well as an educator in various informal science settings.

Stephanie Chang works as Maker Ed’s, Director of Programs, is responsible for the design and implementation of program models. Previously, Stephanie was the Program Developer and School Liaison at Maker Media, where she worked with 15 Bay Area teachers to define and develop maker spaces and making programs in schools. Prior to this, she worked in educational research and evaluation, designed curriculum, led the science and technology summer program at The Tech Museum in San Jose, and taught environmental and marine science. Stephanie is interested in technology’s affordances for learning, how to best bridge formal and informal education and ways to better connect tangible and digital technology. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s in Biology from MIT and a Master’s degree in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education.

  • Museum & Industry Partners
  • Community Partners
  • The California Academy of Sciences
  • Museum of Craft & Design
  • Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D., Education Director, UC Berkeley, Greater Good Science Center
  • Kimochis
  • Let’s Go Chipper!™
  • The Children’s Creativity Museum

The California Academy of Sciences mission is to explore, explain and protect the natural world. This mission extends to all corners of the institution; from a research expedition in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, to a teacher training program in a California classroom, to an interactive game on the museum exhibit floor. The California Academy of Sciences designs the hands-on activities for the natural science week at Camp EDMO® and trains all Camp EDMO® Science Instructors on how to lead the activities.

Become a member of the Academy here.

The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) asks visitors to question the conventional notion of art by valuing designers, makers and artists who are risk takers. Visual culture thrives at the Museum of Craft and Design through the exhibition of the work of hand, mind and heart– building a path to the future of innovative creative expression.

The Museum of Craft and Design is a curriculum advisor and content provider for our Camp EDMO® curriculum.

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Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D., is the Education Director of the Greater Good Science Center. Vicki consults in the design, training and implementation of The EDMO Method®, the framework that guides our child development of key mindsets, SEL skills and character traits. Her articles (GGSC Magazine, Huffington Post, Edutopia, and ASCD’s Educational Leadership), talks, workshops, and GGSC Summer Institute for Educators around the world, provide science-based ideas for promoting the social and emotional well-being of students, teachers and administrators, as well as methods for creating positive school cultures. Examples of her recent consulting work for incorporating the life-enhancing science of compassion, empathy, gratitude, awe, and other social-emotional skills include: the Mind and Life Institute (of which she is a fellow), the Jim Henson Company on a new television show for preschoolers, the International School of Brussels on the Common Ground Collaborative character curriculum, the International School of Bangkok and Palo Alto Unified School District on integrating social-emotional learning into their work, and Pixar/Disney on The Emotions Survival Guide—a follow-up book for children based on the movie Inside Out.

A former teacher and school administrator, Vicki earned her Ph.D. in Education and Positive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. In her doctoral research, Vicki spent two months in India at a school awarded the Peace Education Prize by UNESCO and the Hope of Humanity Award by the Dalai Lama; researching their methods for developing teachers’ ability to create caring relationships with students.

Learn More about The Greater Good Science Center here.

Kimochi (KEY.MO.CHEE) means “feeling” in Japanese. When kids can communicate their feelings effectively, they develop positive social and emotional skills that lead to lasting friendships and success in academics and all aspects of life. Kimochis…Toys With Feelings Inside® are playful tools that can help children identify and express feelings; solve behavioral problems; communicate openly; resolve conflicts; and create closer connections. Kimochis trains our staff to play games that use Kimochis to build up children’s emotional intelligence.

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Let’s Go Chipper!™ Into the Great Outdoors. Let’s Go Chipper is an eco-educational app, DVD and book series that playfully teaches good character and a love for the environment. Based on 21st century learning principles, the Let’s Go Chipper series has an emphasis on science and the environment, arts & literature and building social and emotional skills. In the series, children follow Chipper, an overly curious city squirrel and his sidekick, Paisley, on adventures into the great outdoors. Let’s Go Chipper nature activities are incorporated into our Camp EDMO® Park Program curriculum.

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The Children’s Creativity Museum’s mission is to nurture the 3C’s of 21st-century skills – Creativity, Collaboration and Communication – in all youth and families. The museum transforms the way kids learn, moving from the conventional approach of play to one of invention. This encourages kids to imagine, create and share. The Children’s Creativity Museum also offers programs for educators and parents who play a critical role in lifelong learning and creativity. The Children’s Creativity Museum aids in the design and Instructor training of our weekly Animation camp sessions.

Become a member of the Children’s Creativity Museum here.
  • Rogers Family Foundation
  • The Children’s Fund of San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth & Their Families
  • Fullerton Family Foundation (in partnership with Marin Community Foundation)
  • Oakland Unified School District
  • Oakland Fund for Children and Youth
  • Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation
  • Thales e-Security
  • The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs
  • Wells Fargo & Company

Thank you to the Rogers Family Foundation for supporting our work to create a sustainable educational equity model for online learning that supports Oakland students and families.

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Supports: Summer Scholarship Program (2013-Present)

The mission of the Department of Children, Youth & Their Families (DCYF) is to ensure that families with children are a prominent and valued segment of San Francisco’s social fabric by supporting programs and activities in every San Francisco neighborhood. DCYF allocates over $60 million to a wide range of grants and initiatives that serve children, youth, and their families. The primary areas of DCYF funding are Early Care and Education; Out of School Time; Youth Leadership, Empowerment, and Development; Family Support; Violence Prevention and Intervention.

DCYF awarded Camp EDMO® with our first multi-year government grant in 2013 allowing us to run a completely subsidized Camp EDMO® for 6 weeks each summer for approximately 50 – 100 pre-k-4th grade students in San Francisco. We were honored to be reviewed by a DCYF grant reader as, “the most innovative, well-thought, planned, and evaluated programming.”

Learn more about the Department of Children, Youth & Their Families.

Supports: Camp EDMO® Marin Scholarships (2010 – Present)

Fullerton Family Foundation, a supporting organization of the Marin Community Foundation, supports new or entrepreneurial approaches and private school scholarships in locations where there are insufficient public school opportunities for low-income students with high achiever skills, special talents or potential. It also supports vocational education and Bilingualism, teaching English-speaking children a second language so they can communicate with other children in their community.

The Fullerton Family Foundation  has provided comprehensive support for 20-40 disadvantaged children from the Canal District of San Rafael to experience hands-on arts, science, maker, tech, and recreation enrichment at Camp EDMO® for the past five years.

Learn more about the Fullerton Family Foundation.

Supports: Camp EDMO® Half Day Summer Camp (2014 – Present)

The Oakland Unified School District aims to serve children and families by creating a community focused on academic excellence, one where students can build well-rounded life and academic skills and enjoy their learning experience.  Additionally they are committed to ensuring each student is prepared for college, career, and community success.

The Oakland Unified School District’s 21st Century Community Learning Center grant provides funding for our 4-week half-day summer program in Oakland. Under-performing elementary school students attend summer school for the first 3 hours of their day, then attend Camp EDMO® for the afternoon hours, getting hands-on enrichment programming in a fun camp setting. We’re excited that summer 2016 will mark our third year running this collaborative program.

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The Oakland Fund for Children and Youth was established in 1996, when Oakland voters passed the Kids First! Initiative (Measure K), an amendment to the City Charter, to support direct services to youth under 21 years of age. In a special election in 2009, it was reauthorized under Measure D to set aside 3% of the City’s unrestricted General Fund for an additional twelve years (2010-2022) to further its mission.

The Oakland Fund for Children & Youth provides strategic funding to support Oakland’s children and youth from birth to 20 years of age to become healthy, happy, educated, engaged, powerful and loved community members.  Leveraging our efforts with partners for greater collective impact towards social and economic equity, we build the capacity of community agencies to work together to fully develop each child’s potential, achieve positive outcomes, and promote the positive contributions of children and youth to Oakland’s greatness.

OFCY supports the funding of a full-day Camp EDMO® camp at three OUSD schools in East Oakland. Thanks to this funding, nearly 300 low-income students from underserved communities in East Oakland experience the magic of our STEAM & SEL programs at no-cost to the families.

Learn more about the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth here.

The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation was created and funded in 1993 by Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song, in order to fulfill her desires to use the fruits of her success to help people of all races, cultures and beliefs. Ella hoped to make their lives more rewarding, and she wanted to foster a love of reading, as well as a love of music. In addition, she hoped to provide assistance to the at-risk and disadvantaged members of our communities – assistance that would enable them to achieve a better quality of life.

Thanks to the foundation.

Learn more about The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation here.

Thales is a key player in keeping the public safe and secure, guarding vital infrastructure and protecting the national security interests of countries around the globe. Combining a unique diversity of expertise, talents and cultures, Thales’ architects design and deliver extraordinary high technology solutions that make life better and keep people safer. From the bottom of the oceans to the depths of space and cyberspace, Thales helps customers think smarter and act faster in challenging environments. Thales serves five keys sectors; Aerospace, Space, Ground Transportation, Defense, and Security. Thales has 64,000 employees and operates in 56 countries worldwide.

Learn more about Thales here.

The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs is an independent professional baseball league that is based in Northern California.  Play began in 2013 and the league recently completed its fourth season in 2017.  The league is currently comprised of four teams: San Rafael Pacifics, Sonoma Stompers, Vallejo Admirals and Pittsburg Diamonds. The Pacifics will be both leading clinics at our Neil Cummins camp this summer and hosting us during one of their home games at Albert Park for a Camp EDMO® night out.

We thank them for their support!

Learn more about Pacifics here.

Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified, community-based financial services company.  Wells Fargo’s is committed to delivering value to its shareholders and becoming a leader in corporate citizenship by advancing diversity and social inclusion, creating economic opportunity, and promoting environmental responsibility.

Learn more about Wells Fargo here.
“Camp EDMO staff are amazing! The enthusiasm, kindness, helpfulness, and positivity of all camp counselors we have met here are truly above and beyond! We brag to everyone about how Camp EDMO is the best. No summer camps have compared!”
– Christopher K., 2nd Grade Elk Grove Parent