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 Engineer

Scott served six years in the United States Air Force, primarily doing software development. He now works at Facebook as a software engineer while he finishes out his graduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Scott is passionate about open-source software projects that help to make a difference in people’s lives.

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.

Blaze Bissar

Infrastructure Engineer

Blaze Bissar served five years as a U.S. Army Cyber Operations Officer stationed in Fort Gordon, GA and Fort Knox, KY. He has a B.S. from the United States Military Academy and an M.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, both in Computer Science. He now works as a site reliability engineer at Two Sigma Investments.

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.

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.


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.

Tanya Kumar

Content Creator

Tanya is an aspiring environmental scientist who completed her undergraduate education at the University of Maryland and is preparing for graduate school. She currently teaches in Maryland and spends her spare time writing, drawing, and playing with her pet rats.

Berkan Yilmaz

Software Engineer

Berkan holds a Master’s in mathematics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. With Project Reclass, he is working on backend development tasks. He is passionate about quantitative finance and likes to solve problems of any kind. During his free time, he likes to sing when no one is around.


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.

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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