the genesis team
Schlesinger was a Regent scholar at UCLA, who went on to have a thirty-year career in her own interior design and architecture firm, Schlesinger and Associates. Sheri currently serves as a Trustee of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC. Previously, she served as the Lay Chair for One Family Fund, an organization helping victims of terror, and as Board Chair of Aleinu, helping with the creation of a national child safety program.
The Educational Director develops and implements all Genesis STEAM education programming, supervises program staff and volunteers, recruits and manages mentors, delivers training and community programs, and provides reporting as required. The position also develops and manages partnerships with host sits and other community schools and programs. The position is filled by Lauren Rodrigues, a Los Angeles native with nearly a decade of experience in STEAM education. After graduating with a degree in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbra and earning her Masters in Teaching, Lauren moved to Germany where she brought STEAM educatoin to refugee children throughout Berlin. There, she also started a coding studio, where she taught K-12 students topics such as game design, robotics and digital music production. Back in Los Angeles, Lauren continues her efforts to bring critical STEAM skills to underserved populations, withe the goal of closing racial gender and socioeconomic gaps in the STEAM pipeline. Lauren is a regular attendee at the Learning and the Brain, and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conferences, and an active member of the Los Angeles STEAM education and Makerspace communities.
Simon has been with the Genesis team since its inception in 2013. Currently she oversees program implementation and is the mobile innovation lab administrator. She is driven by a passion to see that all students have access to STEAM education and sees Genesis as a way to reach young minds and help shape their future. Daniella received her BA from Maalot Los Angeles. She is committed to enhancing the value and access of education to all students.
Hartsoe is a researcher, designer, and educator. As a Fulbright Scholar he studied the educational and creative practices of hip hop artist organizing against gang violence in Honduras. Hartsoe is a creative technologist who explores methods and tools that spark imagination for social good using everyday materials and emerging technology. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of the South.
Stein is an Entrepreneur scientist with a passion for science education. He has had previous appointments at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where he conducted review and policy work for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Office of the Commissioner, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, and Center for Biologics Evaluation Research. His research focused on co-development of diagnostic and therapeutics for personalized medicine, regulatory affairs of nanomedicine, and regulatory trials and planning in the Office of Cellular and tissue and Gene Therapy. His expertise includes biotechnology, nanotechnology, business, and regulatory affairs. He is a founder of Advantageous Systems (ADS) a private holding company with a portfolio of companies focused on medical, high tech, and clean tech applications. He is a co-inventor of the ADS minimally invasive analyte detection platform that uses conjugated nanoparticles to remove analytes selectively from the body without breaching skin. He is also the inventor of the ADS water remediation technology using functionalized nanoparticles and has extensive expertise in marketing novel technologies. He is an early stage investor in high-tech and biotech companies and regularly consults for companies and institutional groups regarding novel technologies and investment opportunities.
Dr. Katz is a clinical and pediatric psychologist in private practice specializing in anxiety and stress disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. He is an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Psychology in the Keck School of Medicine & the Dornsife College at the University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Dr. Katz is the former Director of Behavioral Sciences and founding co-director of the HOPE Program in the Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Diseases at CHLA. Dr. Katz has extensive experience working with children, families, and schools on management of anxiety, depression, coping with medical trauma, and family transitions. Dr. Katz is a native of Los Angeles and received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California. He is an active behavioral science researcher and has lectured internationally and published widely on various psychological topics, including the use of internet technology in the psychosocial care of medical patients and families. Dr. Katz currently serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Israel.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Schlesinger was a Regent scholar at UCLA, who went on to have a thirty year career in her own interior design and architecture firm Schlesinger and Associates. She served as the National Lay Chair for One Family Fund, an organization helping victims of terror. She subsequently served as Board Chair of Aleinu, where she oversaw the creation and implementation of a national child safety program. Currently Sheri is currently serving as a trustee of The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Mund is a Breast Imaging Specialist with Tower Saint Johns Imaging Medical Group in Santa Monica and Adjunct Faculty Member of the John Wayne Cancer Institute, where she specializes in Breast MRI and interventional procedures and trains surgeons for Saint Johns Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship program. Dr. Mund received her M.D. degree with honors from UCSF and Internal Medicine Internship, Radiology Residency and Breast Imaging Fellowship certification from UCLA. Over the past 20 years, she has authored numerous research papers in the field of Breast Imaging and has done extensive teaching and outreach on topics of Women’s Breast Health. Since 2011, she has also taught at YULA’s Genesis Academy in the Department of Biological Science and currently serves as YULA‘s Genesis Academy Executive Committee Chair.
Fax is a director of research and development at Northrop Grumman, a major defense company. He is the author of multiple technical papers and two patents. He holds a PhD from Caltech in Control and Dynamical Systems and a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University. Alex started YULA’s robotics team and continues to mentor YULA students in robotics and STEM. He and his wife Julie have three children, including one alumnus of YULA Boys High School.
Mackler is a scientist turn businessman who focuses his attention on the development and application of food and agriculturally based sciences to drive health, fight disease, and construct novel consumer products. Ari completed his PhD in Reproductive Physiology & Immunology in the Center for Perinatal Biology at Loma Linda University’s School of Medicine and his Postdoctoral Fellowship in Developmental & Molecular Biology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He then obtained his MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Upon the conclusion of his academic training, Ari joined the Pharmaceutical Industry, focusing his attention on Reproductive Medicine (IVF and contraception) and Cancer. After 10 years in the pharmaceutical industry and two mega-acquisitions (Organon Bioscience was purchased by Schering Plough which was then purchased by Merck & Co.), Ari shifted his attention towards new opportunities. In 2011, Ari joined Roll Global as their Vice President of Clinical Development. Roll Global has diverse holdings, including agriculture, consumer packaged goods, floral services, and other business activities. Business units include POM Wonderful, Wonderful Pistachios and Almonds, Fiji Water, Wonderful Sweet Scarlets, and Halos. The agricultural businesses together are the largest farming operation in North America. Roll Global is headquartered in Los Angeles and has over 5,500 employees worldwide.
President of Edmunds.com, the premier car shopping destination.
Since joining the company in 2000, Seth has been responsible for innovating new products and developing new lines of business for Edmunds. He is a huge proponent of creative business processes such as Design Thinking, Lean Startup and hackathons. Positions Seth previously held at Edmunds include Chief Product Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Business Operations, Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel. Before joining Edmunds, Seth was a Mergers and Acquisitions Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. Seth received a JD degree from the Columbia University School of Law. He earned his master’s (History) and bachelor’s degree (English) from Yeshiva University. Additionally, he spent time studying abroad at the Har Etzion Educational Center in Gush Etzion, Israel. Seth’s community involvement includes serving as the President of Maimonides Academy in West Hollywood. He is a past President of the Young Israel of Century City and continues to serve on its board. Seth and his wife Ruth live in West Los Angeles with their six children. Ruth is the President of Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles.
Baum is a practicing attorney and a partner of Resch Polster & Berger LLP in Los Angeles. He is a 1972 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with an B.A. in economics and a concentration in mathematics and also received his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 1975 And has been a member of the California State Bar since that date. He has been a member of numerous non-profit boards since 1990.
serves on the Hirshhorn’s board of trustees and is a member of the contemporary art council at the Asia Society. She was previously on the Executive committee of the Aleinu Family Resource Center, designed to reduce children’s vulnerability to abduction, abuse and molestation in Orthodox schools. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and four children.
Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient and Founder, The Girls’ Lounge
Shelley has gone against the grain most of her career, starting in 2000 when she
left the corporate world to pioneer online research. Shelley created OTX (Online
Testing Exchange), which is just nine years became one of the largest and fastest
growing research companies in the world. She sold OTX to Ipsos in 2010, where
she led global innovation in over 80 countries.
As the first female chief executive ranked in the research industry’s top 25, she
changed the game, brought emotion and passion to the boardroom and has
devoted herself to becoming a mentor and friend to women and leaders in her
industry. Her most recent endeavor includes launching The Female Quotient and
Girls’ Lounge which supports and mentors women to find their voice, embrace
their feminine leadership powers and work together to transform corporate
culture. Shelley is also the host of a new Bloomberg series titled “Walk The Talk”
focused on gender equality and the critical importance of women in executive
Shelley is destined to innovate and create meaningful change. She is the Co-
Founder of the ANA’s AFE #SeeHer initiative and a board member of She Runs It
(Formerly AWNY), I Am That Girl, Dress for Success, The Women Economic Forum,
ColorComm, The Foundation for Excellence in Women’s Health and the
Women’s Military Symposium. Shelley has been awarded the Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur of the Year award, Global Marketing Leadership Award, ARF Great
Minds in Innovation Award and AWNY’s Game Changer Award. Shelley has also
been inducted into the IRTS Hall of Mentorship and has been honored by girls inc.
for her achievements as a business leader. A pioneer, a wife and a mother of
three, she successfully juggles between CEO and Mom.
Daryl Niemerow, has over 15 years of international and U.S. based non-profit management and leadership experience. She has extensive experience in building sustainable partnerships and in developing effective programs. She leverages her considerable skills and passion by fostering national and international exposure and financial support for communities in need. Daryl has managed projects from their initial vision to full-scale implementation and is well versed in navigating and innovating within complex bureaucracies.
Prior to joining HTA, she served as Vice President of Development for LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program, based in the Mayor’s office in Los Angeles. LA’s BEST has an operating budget of $30 million and provides after school and summer enrichment programs to 25,000 elementary school students in the most economically distressed neighborhoods throughout the City of Los Angeles. Daryl has also worked for the Carey Institute for Global Good, based in Upstate New York; the Daniel Pearl International Journalism Institute, based in Israel; and the British Council, based at the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York City. Daryl has a BA in Theater Arts from San Francisco State University and an MA in Organizational Management from Antioch University.