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Education Unlimited - Matthew Fraser (CEO & Executive Director)

Matthew Fraser — CEO & Executive Director

Matthew Fraser and several college friends founded Education Unlimited in 1993 with the vision of teaching students critical thinking skills in a fun learning environment. During his tenure as Executive Director Education Unlimited has grown from a single program with 34 students in its first year to roughly 50 sessions of camp on about a dozen...


Education Unlimited - Jenny Herbert, MBA (COO & CFO)

Jenny Herbert, MBA — COO & CFO

After directing and teaching at Education Unlimited summer programs for many years, Jenny joined Education Unlimited's management team in 2003. Her primary responsibilities are to manage the business and...


Education Unlimited - Chris Waage (Director of Special Programs & Day Camps)

Chris Waage — Director of Special Programs & Day Camps

Chris joined the EU family in 2011 bringing with him the experience and fun of more than 11 years directing summer camps and after school programs. With his love for community and tireless energy, he has impacted youth and recreation professionals throughout the Bay Area.


Education Unlimited - Nermin Kamel Fraser, MA (Director of Admissions)

Nermin Kamel Fraser, MA — Director of Admissions

Nermin Fraser is Education Unlimited's Director of Admissions.  Nermin came to us after several years as a school administrator, most recently as a high school principal.   The arrival of a new baby girl prompted her to leave school administration and join the Education Unlimited team.

Nermin grew up in Southern California earning her Bachelor...


Education Unlimited - Tiffany Croom (Camp Brainy Bunch Program Director)

Tiffany Croom — Camp Brainy Bunch Program Director

Recently transplanted from Kansas City, Tiffany joined us in the Spring of 2015 as the Program Director for Camp Brainy Bunch. She has taught and coached high school speech, debate and drama for 10 years. She...


Education Unlimited - Todd Newkirk (Director of Summer Focus & Tours)

Todd Newkirk — Director of Summer Focus & Tours

Originally from San Diego, Todd recently joined the Education Unlimited staff at the home office in Berkeley, CA as Director of Summer Focus and Tours. An accomplished debater and summer camp veteran, Todd...


Education Unlimited - Suzie Wood, MSc (Finance & Operations Associate)

Suzie Wood, MSc — Finance & Operations Associate

Originally from England, Suzie is our Finance & Operations Associate for the Head Office team. She has a master’s in Human Resources Management and has previously enjoyed working for other youth focused...


Education Unlimited - Michelle Pitcher (Marketing Associate & Instructor)

Michelle Pitcher — Marketing Associate & Instructor

Michelle joined the Education Unlimited team after graduating from UC...



Camp Directors

Education Unlimited - Ernest Anemone (Camp Director and Instructor)

Ernest Anemone — Camp Director and Instructor

After spending many years as a criminal trial attorney, Ernest resumed his training...


Education Unlimited - Brianna Broady, MA (Camp Director and Instructor)

Brianna Broady, MA — Camp Director and Instructor

Born and raised behind the enticing curtain of Orange County, Brianna Broady is delighted to return for her third year with Education Unlimited.  

Brianna obtained her Master's Degree in Communication Studies at California State University Northridge. During her time there, she was a teaching associate covering the fundamentals of public...


Education Unlimited - Stephen Buettler (Camp Director and Instructor)

Stephen Buettler — Camp Director and Instructor

A graduate of Holy Ghost Preparatory in Philadelphia, Steve Buettler was the 1999 NFL runner-up in Original Oratory and a multiple national finalist. He has coached several State and National Champion speech...


Education Unlimited - Elizabeth Bull, MFA (Camp Director)

Elizabeth Bull, MFA — Camp Director

Elizabeth Bull is a writer and filmmaker. Her writing has been published in various journals, including H.O.W. Journal, Third Coast, Gulf Coast, and the LA Review of Books, and has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. She’s worked in original series development at AMC during the creation of “Mad Men and “Breaking Bad,” and has written and...


Education Unlimited - Angela Ciandro, MFA (Camp Director)

Angela Ciandro, MFA — Camp Director

Angela Ciandro is an out of school time director and teaching artist committed to building playful, creative and safe environments for the youth she serves.

Angela’s years of experience in youth work have...


Education Unlimited - Carlos Flores, MA (Camp Director and Instructor)

Carlos Flores, MA — Camp Director and Instructor

Carlos Flores received his B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies at California State University Northridge. As an undergraduate, Carlos was a member of the Matador Speech and Debate Team, competing in events such as informative speaking, impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking.  

While pursuing his masters, Carlos took on the role of a...


Education Unlimited - Chris Harris (Summer Focus Camp Director)

Chris Harris — Summer Focus Camp Director

Chris Harris brings over 20 years of experience working in the Financial Markets. He has managed individual and institutional accounts and specializes in Growth Equities and Exchange Traded Funds. Chris has...


Education Unlimited - Sakina Ibrahim, MFA (Camp Director)

Sakina Ibrahim, MFA — Camp Director

Sakina Ibrahim, is a NAACP Image Award Nominee, educator, social entrepreneur and performer. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and a Masters of Fine...


Education Unlimited - Robert  Loy, MA (Camp Director & Instructor)

Robert Loy, MA — Camp Director & Instructor

Robert received his Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies in 2012 and recently completed his course work for his Master's Degree in Communication Studies. While at CSUN, he was also a teaching associate covering the fundamentals of public speaking and argumentation courses. Robert was also the assistant debate coach for the Matador Speech...


Education Unlimited - Rhonda McCoy, PhD (Camp Director)

Rhonda McCoy, PhD — Camp Director

Dr. Rhonda McCoy obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC.  After graduating from college she accepted a teaching position in Charlotte, NC.  She dedicated herself to teaching chemistry and physics, and strongly believes that “Our Kids are Worth Whatever It Takes”

After...


Education Unlimited - Macara Nicoll (Camp Director)

Macara Nicoll — Camp Director

Macara, an avid lover of acapella music and education, is thrilled to find herself for another summer with Education Unlimited. She, a UC Berkeley graduate and a CSU Sacramento graduate student, has an incredible passion for education and learning. Her work in graduate school will culminate in the awarding of her Masters in School Counseling,...


Education Unlimited - Aaron Walker, PhD (Camp Director)

Aaron Walker, PhD — Camp Director

Dr. Aaron Walker currently serves as CTO of Relobase, LLC. where he manages data and technical operations for a company, facilitates relocation for the United States Armed Forces and provides portable careers to military spouses.  

Previously, he served as Assistant Director and Program Specialist with the USC McNair Scholars Program, Office...


Education Unlimited - Steven Wolkoff (Camp Director and Instructor)

Steven Wolkoff — Camp Director and Instructor

Steven graduated from Dartmouth College with an honors English major.  He has worked as a College Counselor/SAT tutor for over twelve years, including providing private SAT instruction for students from...


Education Unlimited - Janet Willford (College Tour Leader)

Janet Willford — College Tour Leader

Janet Willford teaches leadership and speech & debate at San Ramon Valley High School. She grew up in the East Bay and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from UCSB in 1993. She has been teaching and...



At Camp Staff

Education Unlimited - Anthony Abboreno, MA (Instructor)

Anthony Abboreno, MA — Instructor

Anthony M. Abboreno is a teacher and graduate student, currently pursuing a PhD in fiction writing and literary criticism at the University of Southern California.  Previously, he earned an MA in the same subjects from the University of Southern Mississippi.


Education Unlimited - Jacqueline  Acres, MS (Instructor)

Jacqueline Acres, MS — Instructor

Jackie Acres will be returning to lead our Robotics program at Stanford University this year.  She received very positive feedback from both students and parents last year.  They felt her subject matter knowledge was outstanding and that she was both a great support and role model for the girls. 


Education Unlimited - Nana Adjei-Brenyah, MFA (Instructor)

Nana Adjei-Brenyah, MFA — Instructor

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah has pursued writing as a lifestyle since working and writing at the State University at Albany where he graduated in 2013. He then went on to get his MFA at Syracuse University. He is currently the Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in Fiction at Colgate University.

 

While at Colgate, aside from teaching fiction workshops, he...


Education Unlimited - Angela Allen, PhD (Instructor)

Angela Allen, PhD — Instructor

Dr. Angela Allen currently holds the title of Chemistry Instructor and Chair of the Natural Science Programs at Lenoir Community College in North Carolina. Dr. Allen’s focus is to collaborate with nearby four...


Education Unlimited - Diana Arterian, MFA (Lead Instructor)

Diana Arterian, MFA — Lead Instructor

Diana Arterian was born and raised in Arizona. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she is pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She holds an MFA in poetry from CalArts, where she was a Beutner Fellow.


Education Unlimited - Byron Arthur (Instructor)

Byron Arthur — Instructor

Byron Arthur is a practicing attorney from New Orleans, Louisiana, and is particularly well equipped to lead our American Legal Experience program which brings an equal focus to mock trial and to public speaking and critical thinking skills. He is a lead instructor in Public Forum debate at the Harvard Debate Council high school debate...


Education Unlimited - Daniel Balogun (Instructor)

Daniel Balogun — Instructor

Daniel was born in Nigeria where he spent the majority of his teenage...


Education Unlimited - Yakub Bey (Assistant Director)

Yakub Bey — Assistant Director

Yakub Bey is a twenty-one year old Oakland native currently working in the after school program at Head-Royce School. He has one more semester at Merritt College before transferring to Howard University....


Education Unlimited - Becky Bosshart, MFA (Instructor)

Becky Bosshart, MFA — Instructor

Becky is a 2015/2016 Fulbright grantee to Romania, where she will teach at a university in the fall. She is a graduate of the Master’s International Creative Writing Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas after serving with the Peace Corps in Ukraine from 2012 to 2014, where she taught writing and American literature at Chernivtsi...


Education Unlimited - Jennifer Brakeman, PhD. (Instructor)

Jennifer Brakeman, PhD. — Instructor

Dr. Brakeman holds a Ph.D., in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University. She has been one of the most beloved teachers at the prestigious Head Royce school since 1997.  While at Head-Royce, Dr. Brakeman has...


Education Unlimited - Leslie Butler, PhD (Instructor)

Leslie Butler, PhD — Instructor

In 2014 I completed my doctorate in Education in the department of Language, Literacy, Social and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.   The focus of my dissertation study was to identify emerging twenty-first century skills and practices in digital multi-networked after school programs in the San Francisco bay area.  The...


Education Unlimited - Shelby  Dale DeWeese (Instructor)

Shelby Dale DeWeese — Instructor

Shelby Dale DeWeese grew up on a farm in western Kentucky, but always knew she was a city dweller at heart. At the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, she was a Trustee and Dornsife Scholar and...


Education Unlimited - Pamela Davis, MFA (Lead Instructor)

Pamela Davis, MFA — Lead Instructor

Pamela is tickled to be back for another summer with EU and the California Actors Workshop, and to be heading the CAW team this year. Although she currently lives and works in Chicago, Pamela is from California originally, and holds a BA in political science from UC Berkeley, as well as an MFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University. 

As...


Education Unlimited - Shannon Davis, MFA (Instructor)

Shannon Davis, MFA — Instructor

Shannon is a professional Theatre Director and Educator located in the Bay Area. She is originally from Wisconsin where she received her MFA in Directing/Acting at UW-Madison, and a BA in Directing & Vocal Performance at UW-Whitewater. She has also studied with the Moscow Art Theatre USA-Harvard. Shannon specializes in Directing & Teaching...


Education Unlimited - Amanda DeDiego, MS (Instructor )

Amanda DeDiego, MS — Instructor

Amanda is a doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee. She is currently completing a dissertation on experiential learning. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and has a M.S. in community...


Education Unlimited - Ted Eaton (Instructor)

Ted Eaton — Instructor

Ted Eaton is the award-winning author of the Rosi's Doors young-adult series ("Rosi's Castle", "Rosi's Time", "Rosi's Company"); the plays "Elizabeth Bathory", "Orpheus and Eurydice", "Hector and Achilles";...


Education Unlimited - Hannah Fisher (Assistant Director)

Hannah Fisher — Assistant Director

Hannah Fisher is a sociology major at Colorado State...


Education Unlimited - Jesse Garrett (Public Speaking Instructor)

Jesse Garrett — Public Speaking Instructor

Jesse Garrett is the Assistant Coordinator of Speech and Debate at James Logan High School, one of the largest and most acclaimed Forensics programs in the country. He was a competitor for Logan in high...


Education Unlimited - Armand Gerstenberger, EdM (Assistant Director)

Armand Gerstenberger, EdM — Assistant Director

Armand holds an Ed.M. in Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics, and an M.S. in Applied Statistics from Columbia University. He completed his undergrad studying developmental and health psychology, statistics, and music in Castleton, Vermont and now resides in a building in NYC containing more people than his whole undergrad college....


Education Unlimited - Eva Gordon, MFA (Instructor)

Eva Gordon, MFA — Instructor

Eva Gordon holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University, and will be graduating in August with her M.A. in English Literature from Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus. She has taught ESL at the...


Education Unlimited - Samuel Haley-Hill, MFA ( Instructor)

Samuel Haley-Hill, MFA — Instructor

Sam Haley-Hill is a lecturer at U.C. Berkeley who teaches Public Speaking and Acting in the department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. Sam also coaches Policy and Public Forum debate for the...


Education Unlimited - Taylor Halsey (Assistant Director & Instructor)

Taylor Halsey — Assistant Director & Instructor

Taylor Halsey is a 2015 graduate at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) in Pomona, CA.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology.  She will be returning to...


Education Unlimited - Avren Keating (Instructor)

Avren Keating — Instructor

Avren Keating graduated from San Francisco State's Creative Writing program with a BA in 2013. Once...


Education Unlimited - John Kephart, PhD (Instructor )

John Kephart, PhD — Instructor

Born in sunny Southern California, and raised in the beautiful San Fernando Valley, John Kephart III is a Los Angeles native who has never (yet) broken a bone, loves the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the sound of his own voice.

He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for...


Education Unlimited - Kacie Krause, MA (Instructor)

Kacie Krause, MA — Instructor

Kacie Krause is excited to be back with EU for the second time this summer working with the CAPC program. During the school year, she works as a school counselor at an independent school in Summit, New...


Education Unlimited - Michael Kroesche, MFA (Instructor)

Michael Kroesche, MFA — Instructor

Michael Kroesche was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but has lived and taught all over the world. He received his BA in creative writing from the Univ. of Southern California where he was awarded the Virginia...


Education Unlimited - Jessica Kwack (Instructor)

Jessica Kwack — Instructor

Jessica is currently a Teaching Associate and graduate student in the Communication Studies Department at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). As a teaching associate at CSUN, she teaches courses in Fundamentals of Public Speaking. In addition to teaching, Jessica also serves as an assistant coach for CSUN’s Matador Speech and Debate...


Education Unlimited - Tracie Laymon (Instructor)

Tracie Laymon — Instructor

Recently named to the Independent Film Channel's list of emerging "Icons", Tracie is an independent screenwriter and director hailing from Austin, Texas. She studied Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Her own projects have won numerous jury awards at South by Southwest, Memphis International Film Festival, Las Vegas...


Education Unlimited - Robert Lebeda, MA (Instructor)

Robert Lebeda, MA — Instructor

Bobby Lebeda just completed his master's degree in communication studies. In terms of public speaking and argumentation he competed in speech and debate in high school for four years. Since then Bobby's been coaching high school speech and debate for 6 years at Chaminade College Preparatory. He coached the past year two years at California...


Education Unlimited - Iris Malone (Instructor)

Iris Malone — Instructor

Iris is a Ph.D. student in the Political Science Department at Stanford University where she studies international security and political methodology. Prior to Stanford, she had a Fulbright Scholarship in...


Education Unlimited - Sarah Martin (Instructor)

Sarah Martin — Instructor

Sarah grew up in Sacramento and earned a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry from UCLA. While an undergraduate at UCLA, she wrote regularly for the Daily Bruin, the daily student run newspaper, on topics including education, new developments in science, and breaking news. Currently Sarah is a 6th grade math and 10th grade chemistry teacher at the...


Education Unlimited - Anthony Matricciani (Instructor)

Anthony Matricciani — Instructor

A successful practicing attorney, Anthony Matricciani brings almost two decades of courtroom experience to our Mock Trial program. He’s acted as Lead Counsel in many notable cases and his career highlights include employing a successful mental health defense in a complex murder trial (People v Corral), and representing a major third party vice...


Education Unlimited - Alison Mcdonald (Instructor)

Alison Mcdonald — Instructor

Alison is a Graphic Design Instructor and Computer Science Assistant for Education Unlimited's Computer Camps.  She is currently working on her undergraduate degree in Environmental Economics at UC Berkeley. 

Before college, Alison trained as a California State Lifeguard, and worked on the beaches in San Diego. Now, when she's not working with...


Education Unlimited - Jamie McPartland (Instructor)

Jamie McPartland — Instructor

Jamie McPartland is a writer and literary editor. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, and has participated in panels and workshops at the Brooklyn Book Festival, Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, The Writhing Society and Slice Literary Writers’ Conference. During the academic year, she teaches at the Cambridge Center for...


Education Unlimited - Diana Khoi Nguyen, MFA (Instructor)

Diana Khoi Nguyen, MFA — Instructor

Diana Khoi Nguyen has poems appearing or forthcoming in Poetry, American Poetry Review, PEN America, The Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, and Gulf Coast, among others. She received an MFA in creative writing...


Education Unlimited - Victoria Obenchain, MS (Instructor)

Victoria Obenchain, MS — Instructor

Vickie Obenchain has been teaching for Education Unlimited for the past 7 summers, teaching at both the Science Camp for Girls program and also the A+ Middle School program. She has two degrees in...


Education Unlimited - Paola Odriozola (Instructor)

Paola Odriozola — Instructor

Paola grew up in Mexico and moved to the Bay area for college. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Psychology in 2013, after which she worked as a research assistant in a neuroscience lab at...


Education Unlimited - Ploy Pirapokin, MFA (Instructor)

Ploy Pirapokin, MFA — Instructor

Ploy Pirapokin was born in Thailand and raised in Hong Kong. She graduated with a BA in Communication Studies and English from the University of San Diego and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. 

Her work is featured and forthcoming in Tor.com, Apogee Journal, Fiction International, the Bellingham Review, the East...


Education Unlimited - John Propster Jr, MA (Instructor)

John Propster Jr, MA — Instructor

John Propster has been involved with video production since high school...many years ago.  He graduated from San Francisco State University with a major in Drama.  Has an MA from UCLA in Secondary Education. ...


Education Unlimited - Quanina Quan, MA (Instructor)

Quanina Quan, MA — Instructor

Quanina Quan received her bachelor of science in molecular biology from...


Education Unlimited - Kelly Rafferty, PhD (Instructor)

Kelly Rafferty, PhD — Instructor

Kelly Rafferty, PhD is a theater/performance artist and educator based in Oakland, California.  

As a writer, director, and performer, Kelly uses her dark sense of humor and finely tuned analytical skills to make the familiar strange, inviting audiences to engage with the world differently.  Her plays, solo shows, and performance installations...


Education Unlimited - Heather Rushton, MS (Camp Counselor)

Heather Rushton, MS — Camp Counselor

Heather Rushton received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Minor in Forensic Science from California State University, Los Angeles in 2013. She recently earned her Master’s in Criminalistics from...


Education Unlimited - Abby Scurfield (Counselor)

Abby Scurfield — Counselor

Hello! My name is Abby and I am really excited to be...


Education Unlimited - Navid Shaghaghi, MS (Lead Instructor)

Navid Shaghaghi, MS — Lead Instructor

Navid is the Lead Computer Camp Instructor at Education Unlimited.

He received his Masters Degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering from Santa Clara University and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and a bachelor of...


Education Unlimited - Brett Shanley, MFA (Instructor)

Brett Shanley, MFA — Instructor

Brett has been fortunate enough to experience a wide array of what life has to offer. Originally from Sacramento, Calif., he moved to Oregon for college, has lived in Europe for two years. Having moved to NYC...


Education Unlimited - Valerie Tran (Instructor)

Valerie Tran — Instructor

Valerie Thacher Tran is currently in Graduate School at UC Berkeley pursuing her Doctorate in Optometry. Her passion in caring for patients and dedication to giving excellent clinical care emanate from her life mission of empowering individuals to strive for the best and get the most out of their lives. She graduated from UCSD with a Bachelor’s...


Education Unlimited - Grant Walker (Instructor)

Grant Walker — Instructor

I attended the University of Pennsylvania for my undergraduate studies, receiving my BA in 2006, with a double major in Cognitive Science and Communication. After college, I worked as a Research Assistant at...


Education Unlimited - Ian Walters (Instructor)

Ian Walters — Instructor

Ian Walters is a 6th grade History and Science teacher at The Head Royce School in Oakland. He received his B.A. in English from U.C. Davis in 2011 with an emphasis in Critical Theory. During that time, he...


Education Unlimited - Matthew Ward (Instructor)

Matthew Ward — Instructor

Matthew Ward recently graduated with distinction from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where he received his Master of Arts in Communication Studies. During his tenure in the Department of Communication Studies at CSUN, Matthew served as a teaching associate instructing both honors and regular public speaking and argumentation...


Education Unlimited - Jake Wasserman (Instructor )

Jake Wasserman — Instructor

Jake Wasserman has worked at Education Unlimited programs for more than 17 summers. Since 1997, Jake has participated in the launching of 6 EU programs, including the first Public Speaking and Computer camps,...


Education Unlimited - Miriam Wilson (Camp Counselor)

Miriam Wilson — Camp Counselor

Miriam Wilson is an honors student at Iowa State University perusing her bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering with a minor in technical communications. This past semester she studied abroad at Cardiff University in Wales. She is actively involved on campus where she is a student leader in the Society of Women Engineers, member of Sigma...


Education Unlimited - Mitch Ziegler (Instructor)

Mitch Ziegler — Instructor

Mitch Ziegler, CJE, advises the print newspaper, online newspaper, and yearbook at Redondo Union High School. He was named 2015 Distinguished Newspaper Adviser by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, and 2011...