Meet Our Team

We’re teachers, students, parents, artists, programmers, game designers, activists, engineers, and tinkerers. We believe the future of learning is in hands-on creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving. We ask our young engineers to imagine, prototype, build, and improve their designs every day. And that’s our team approach too. Have an idea or a question about hands-on STEAM learning or MakerState? Connect with us below! 

Stephen Gilman

Founder & Executive Director

Marie Valencia

Operations Coordinator

Denise Hermano

Partner Coordinator

Axel Perez

Curriculum Coordinator & Maker Fellow Coach

Aqsa Syeda

Curriculum Coordinator & Maker Fellow Coach

Adam Ali

Partner Coordinator

Maker Fellow STEM Instructors


Interested in applying for the Maker Fellowship?