Our Team

We are a fully volunteer force that believes in grassroots change. We are technologists, designers, researchers, and educators working together to build and deploy our learning platform.

Kunal Jha

CEO, Founder

Kunal is a United States Military Academy graduate working within the Cyber Center of Excellence as an Active Duty Army Officer in Augusta, Georgia. He is committed to helping incarcerated find pathways to success. On his days off, Kunal loves to cook and visit local historical sites.

Tay Nishimura

CTO, Founder

Tay is a Site Reliability Engineer at Datadog where she develops a chaos engineering platform for simulating unexpected network traffic or network degradation in cloud infrastructure and web services. A believer in grassroots change, Tay also serves as an Auxiliary Police Officer at the NYPD.

Scott Richardson

Software Team Lead

Scott is a Graduate Student in Georgia Tech’s Online Computer Science program. Aside from his day job in the U.S. Air Force, Scott enjoys teaching others code as well as contributing to open-source software projects that help to make a difference in people’s lives.

Theodore Lindsey III

Cloud Infrastructure Team Lead

Theo is a fun-loving cloud professional in the U.S. Air Force. He stays active, spends quality time with family and dogs, and fights for education in low-income areas. He wants to provide free education to underrepresented youth.

Sungyong Chung

Full-stack Software Engineer

Sungyong, also known as John, is a computational data scientist with a background in civil engineering. He is currently immersing himself in software programming in order to create better data products, especially through visualizations.

Arthur Lacey

Software Engineer

Arthur is an active-duty Army Cyber Officer stationed in Augusta with a B.S. in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy. He believes education provides the keys to a better society. In his personal time Arthur tinkers with electronics and occasionally crochets blankets.

Sarah Flatt

Content Editor

Sarah Flatt is a Ph.D. student in the University of Georgia’s English Program and teaches First-Year Composition. She specializes in 18th Century and Romantic literature. Sarah strongly believes that individual attention from educators changes lives.

Melissa Richardson

Content Writer

Melissa is a lifelong writer whose goal is to shed light on human rights issues and promote sustainable solutions. In her free time, she enjoys writing fiction, reading, watching films, and spending time with her husband Scott and their rescue mutt, Nubbs.

José Gomez

Outreach Intern

José is an undergraduate at UChicago with an interest in economics and political science. He is passionate about increasing awareness of migrants down at the border. José enjoys volunteering, running alongside Lake Michigan, and reading history books.

Sabine Salnave

Cloud Infrastructure Intern

Sabine is an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago looking to major in Computer Science. She thinks of coding as a creative and fulfilling way to contribute great things to society. In her spare time, Sabine enjoys reading, making crafts, and watching YouTube.

Josiah Aviles

Software Intern

Josiah is an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago, studying computer science and philosophy.
Goring up in central Africa, he is passionate about using technology to help the underprivileged.


Shaili Smith

Software Engineer

She is an undergraduate at the University of Chicago majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Romance Languages (Spanish and Italian). She loves playing guitar, singing, and Netflix, and hopes to build a career dedicated to bettering access to technology.

Yujing Gao

Software Engineer

Yujing is a Data Analyst in the DMV area looking to transition into software engineering.  She has experience in data management & analytics, process automation, and data modeling. In her spare time, Yujing enjoys producing music, learning about new cultures and history, and training her bird.  

Dymon Lindsey

Executive Assistant

Dymon is a U.S. Air Force veteran currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Aside from family, she is passionate about making positive contributions towards improving people’s lives.

Mayuko Daniels

Administrative Assistant

Mayuko is originally from Japan. She is looking to re-enter the workforce after child birth, and she is looking to transfer her skills from 10 years providing direct care for people with disabilities and 9 years working as director of the care agency.

Tara Nolan

Content Strategist

After running her first marathon in the city in 2019, Tara moved to New York to pursue a creative career in photography. Tara has experience within marketing, design, and event management, and currently hosts a Podcast, Adopted Babies from China.

Dolma Sherpa

Graphic Designer

Dolma is a Nepali at Drexel University pursuing an undergraduate degree in User Experience & Interaction Design with a minor in Graphic Design. Before university, she spent 8 years building up her Fine Arts skills that have been transferable skills for her career goal of being a User Experience Designer.

Jessica Jha

Hackday Outreach

Jessica is pursuing her Bachelors in Computer Science at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She volunteers for education programs to  encourage minority involvement in technology and research. . Having an Ecuadorian mother and an Indian father, Jessica enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures.


Alberto Rodriguez

Technology Mentor

Alberto Rodriguez is a Director of Cyber Solutions at SIXGEN. Previously a Cyber Operations Officer in the U.S. Army, he is passionate about both leadership and assisting military veterans transitioning into private or public sector jobs.

Tariq Porter

Technology Mentor

Tariq has over 10 years of experience in full-stack software development. He loves creating snappy, beautiful user interfaces. Tariq often visits England where he grew up and enjoys spending time with his fiancé, rabbit, and dog.

Matthew Selsky

Technology Advisor

Matt is a Site Reliability Engineer in the finance industry with over a decade of work experience in computer networking as well as system administration at Columbia University. He serves as a Captain in the New York Police Department Auxiliary Unit.

Hiro Nishimura

Technology Education Advisor

Hiro is a freelance Technical Writer and Content Strategist, specializing in small to medium-sized tech startups. She is the Founder of AWS Newbies and a Technical Instructor at LinkedIn Learning. She has formalized training in Special Education.

Brianne Caplan

Strategic Advisor

Brianne is the Founder & Executive Director of Code Your Dreams, Chicago-based nonprofit that empowers disadvantaged youth to solve their community’s problems through code. She has been a mentor and inspiration for Project Reclass since its founding.

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