MindDance Team

Leadership Team

Chris Myers, CEO and Founder, is an elementary school teacher and social entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in designing creative learning environments for the digital age. Chris has a BA in History from Harvard University and an MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver. From 2000 to 2008, he served as the CEO and Founder of OWL (OpenWorld Learning), a nonprofit after-school program that teaches coding and leadership skills to elementary school students. Chris has four children of his own between the ages of 15 and 23. He enjoys his two home cities (Denver and Vienna), exercise of all kinds, movies, and current events. You can reach Chris at

Barbara Farley, Operations Director, joined MindDance in May of 2014. She brings 14 years of experience in experiential education, program management, program coordination, and customer service. Barbara has a BS in Biology from Colorado State University, with a concentration in zoology and a minor in German. Her experience includes developing, coordinating and marketing education programs for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Wildlife Center of Virginia. In her free time she enjoys gardening, hiking, biking and skiing with her two active sons, ages 12 & 14. You can reach Barbara at

Nick Wolf, Program Director, graduated in 2014 from Regis University with a degree in Computer Science. A seven-time state champion in Taekwondo, he teaches martial arts to children of all ages. He is still active in his training, and hopes to test for his fifth degree black belt in June of 2018. Nick has worked with MindDance since 2014 as a Teacher, Site Leader and Site Leader Coach. As our Program Manager, Nick leads sites, supervises Site Leaders and takes a leadership role in program design and development. You can reach Nick at

Benedikt Hochwartner, Curriculum Director, joined MindDance in November of 2016. He has been working as surveying assistant for the Federal Bureau of Surveying and Measurements in Austria since 2009. Benedikt has a BA in Ancient History from the University of Vienna and a BA in classical double bass from the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. He is currently working towards his Masters in musicology and double bass and is member and leader of the bass group of the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra where he enjoys coaching younger musicians. Benedikt takes a leadership role in developing the curriculum and content for our classes. You can reach him at

Constanze Hochwartner, Operations Manager Vienna, is studying for her master’s degree at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in organ studies and instrumental and vocal pedagogy on piano and organ. Constanze has been working as a supervisor and team leader for the Opera Camps of the Vienna Philharmonics at the Salzburg Festival since 2015. Her main interests are arts and cultural mediation management. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and listening to music. You can reach Constanze at

Site Leaders

Alex Solorio is a sophomore at the University of Denver enrolled in the University Honors program and majoring in Computer Science. He was introduced to the Scratch program in the 5th grade and became hooked! Alex has worked with children for many summers as a martial arts camp staff member where he learned how to engage with kids through play and cooperative games. In his spare time, Alex enjoys volunteering with environmental sustainability and community service projects. Alex joined the MindDance team in May of 2016. He can be reached at

Evan Hicks is a junior at the University of Denver majoring in Animation and Video Game Design and minoring in Emergent Digital Practices and Spanish. Since 2014 he has worked as the Staff Cartoonist for DU’s student newspaper The Clarion. Evan is an enthusiastic storyteller and enjoys using emergent media and digital technology to tell stories in new and exciting ways. When he’s not creating with his computer, he enjoys hiking, playing soccer, and ultimate frisbee. Evan began teaching with MindDance in 2015. He can be reached at

Madison “Madi” Eaton is a senior at the University of Denver, majoring in International Relations and Computer Science. In the fall of 2016, she spent a semester abroad in Budapest Hungary where she tutored students in English at the Eötvös Collegium. Madi has also served as a dude ranch camp counselor, and has many years of experience tutoring and babysitting elementary-aged children, and in refereeing youth lacrosse.

Marisa Kirby is a senior at Regis University who majors in Computer Science and minors in Psychology. She will be graduating with honors this December. Marisa is hardworking, competitive and always determined to learn and master new things. She played many sports her whole life including club soccer and volleyball and currently loves to climb mountains, snowboard and surf. She enjoys drawing and photography. Marisa loves working with children. She has volunteered at childrens summer art camps and tutored elementary school students.

Teachers

Gerardo “Gg” Galvez is a retired software engineer, originally from the Philippines, where he managed a popular radio station. Gg has a strong interest in music, coding, and game design. He has five children. Of his three oldest, two daughters are recent graduates of DU and one is a current DU student. He has been teaching with MindDance since 2013 as a Teacher and Site Leader. You can reach Gg at

Lisa Baumgartner is a freshman at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and gained experience working in the tech industry as an intern at FESTO corporate Austria. She is also a medal-winning fencer for the Vienna Sports Club fencing team and active in her training for upcoming tournaments all over Europe. In her spare time Lisa enjoys playing the piano, singing, reading, photography and watching movie classics. She joined MindDance in September of 2016. You can reach Lisa at

Nick Sundermeyer is a freshman at the University of Denver majoring in Computer Science and Game Development with a double minor in Mathematics and Emergent Digital Practices. Nick comes to Myers Learning with hands-on experience working in animation and game development as well as tech tutoring experience. He completed an internship with Tricky Software, Inc. testing and fixing mobile games, and has volunteered as a tech tutor for senior citizens in the use of devices such as iPads and smartphones. Nick also has babysitting experience and enjoys time away from the screen playing both soccer and the drums. Nick joined the MindDance team in March of 2016.

Zsófia Szalavári is a freshman at the University of Vienna majoring in Astronomy. She has a strong interest in Astrophysics and Cosmology but is also excited about new discoveries in any scientific field. Zsófia gathered experience in working with children through tutoring younger students in mathematics before she graduated from highschool. In her free time she enjoys travelling and hiking, photography and playing the flute. Zsófia joined the MindDance team in September of 2016. She can be reached at

Intern Teachers

Grant Kochmann is a sophomore at the University of Denver with a major in Computer Science and minors in Mathematics and Entrepreneurship. Grant also has experience as a youth lacrosse official and enjoys working with kids.

Maxine Sachar is a University of Denver student who double majors in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in English. Maxine has research experience in psychology labs at DU and lots of experience working with children. She has worked as an assistant teacher for a non-profit organization, Village Learning Place, which provides after school education for public school children in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, she volunteered to teach children English while she studied abroad in Spain. She has volunteered to teach low income students to read with Reading Partners. Maxine has also held caretaking positions for children through her volunteer work for DU’s Ritchie Center where she works as a service associate.

Tim Bouraoui is a fun-loving sophomore at the University of Denver, majoring in Engineering. After participating as a key member of his high school robotics team, Tim has continued to give back by volunteering for multiple organizations such as VEX and FIRST robotics where he assists high schoolers and middle schoolers in robot development. In addition, he has also planned and led workshops such as the Miss Maker Fair, that specifically targets increasing young girls’ interest and involvement with STEM topics.

Troy Williams is a sophomore at the University of Denver with a double major in Computer Science and Biochemistry and a minor in Mathematics. Troy has participated in many different sports, and in various part-time jobs and internships, such as designing software for Rocky Mountain LLC, and working on IT projects for City of Thornton Information Technology Department. He also has leadership and volunteer experience working as a mentor for WyldLife, helping troubled children overcome obstacles they face. Troy is a Daniel’s Scholar Ambassador which entails a scholarship awarded to those who have exceptional character, leadership skills, and community involvement.

Will Strong is a graduate of the Scratch Lab @ Polaris who is now a 10th grader at East High School with a passion for ice hockey, coding, and teamwork. Will started with MindDance as a student and Peer Mentor and now enjoys teaching students in the school where he first joined a MindDance Scratch Lab!

Others

In addition, MindDance is greatly strengthened by the dedication of the following companies and individuals.

Atom Creek PC and Network Support
Balanced Solutions Payroll and Bookkeeping
CW&H Graphics Graphic Design
Leni Deinhardstein Photography
Zinnq Graphic Layout