Our Team

Dr. Leah Hanes is our Executive Director. Dr. Hanes brings a unique set of professional and personal experiences to her role as Executive Director at Two Bit Circus Foundation. Beginning her career in Toronto, Leah produced and hosted an award-winning television series profiling woman in non-traditional roles. This led her to Los Angeles, where she appeared on-camera conducting interviews and hosting a variety of programs covering environmental issues, business and politics.

She eventually segued into other areas of the entertainment industry, notably as the President of a boutique talent agency representing Academy Award-winning cinematographers, editors and production designers. She also spent several years owning and running an acting school for children and teens, during a period she describes as her “empty nest” adjustment.

Her early life on a farm in Canada nurtured a strong sense of environmental stewardship while her first college experience was in Early Childhood Education, illuminating a solid direction to follow in her recent academic endeavors. Dr. Hanes holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management as well as a PhD. in Leadership and Change.

All of these variables lead to a confluence of skills and knowledge that fit perfectly into the Two Bit Circus Foundation ecosystem. When she’s not spreading the STEAM word across California, she loves spending time with her grandchildren.

Our Board President, Brent Bushnell, is the CEO and Chief Roustabout  of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company. Most recently the team launched STEAM Carnival, a modern re-imagining of the midway to inspire kids about science, technology, engineering, art and math. Brent was an on-camera inventor for the ABC TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, cofounder of Anti-Aging Games, founding member of Syyn Labs, a creative collective combining art and engineering to create high engagement for large brands and bands including Google, Disney and responsible for the viral hit Rube Goldberg music video for OK Go that garnered 40 million views on YouTube. Brent also mentors teens in entrepreneurship.

2BCF Staff

Leah Hanes

Leah Hanes, Ph.D
Executive Director

Leah's Bio

Dr. Leah Hanes brings a unique set of professional and personal experiences to her role as Executive Director at T4T. Beginning her career in Toronto, Leah produced and hosted an award-winning television series profiling woman in non-traditional roles. This lead her to Los Angeles, where she appeared on-camera conducting interviews and hosting a variety of programs covering environmental issues, business and politics.

She eventually segued into other areas of the entertainment industry, notably as the President of a boutique talent agency representing Academy Award-winning cinematographers, editors and production designers. She also spent several years owning and running an acting school for children and teens, during a period she describes as her “empty nest” adjustment.

Her early life on a farm in Canada nurtured a strong sense of environmental stewardship while her first college experience was in Early Childhood Education, illuminating a solid direction to follow in her recent academic endeavors. Dr. Hanes holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management as well as a PhD. in Leadership and Change.

All of these variables lead to a confluence of skills and knowledge that fit perfectly into the T4T ecosystem. When she’s not spreading the STEAM word across California, she loves spending time with her grandchildren.

Michelle Cohen
Director of Creative Programming

Michelle's Bio

Michelle Cohen has a Masters degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, where she served as designer and producer for digital media projects at the intersection of educational and delightful. Her professional background designing exhibits at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History embraced storytelling in immersive environments. Later, she worked as a design and technology consultant, advising clients such as MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning initiative, Carnegie Science Center and the Chicago Public Library. At the University of Rochester she studied Art and Art History as well as Brain and Cognitive Sciences, viewing the subjects as two sides of the same coin—how we perceive the world and how we express it. In addition to her studies, she was the International Theatre Program’s resident prop master and artisan for four years.

Justin Finuliar
Director of Innovation

Justin's Bio

Through positions held at startups to academic institutions, including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) Center for Innovation, Make in LA, and the University of California San Francisco Center for Digital Health Innovation, he helped to create opportunities conducive for innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to this work, he is an accomplished designer, multi-media artist and researcher. He commonly incorporates the use of audience participation into his own practice, and views interactivity as means that produces an arena for discussion, active viewership, and community engagement. STEAM is integrated into his own education— Justin has a dual Bachelors in science and art, and a Masters in Science in Global Medicine with an emphasis in management from the University of Southern California. Through his varied experiences, Justin recognizes the importance of Renaissance thinking, and hopes to inspire the next generation of makers, creatives, and entrepreneurs.

Glen Inokuchi
Materials Procurement Manager

Glen's Bio

Glen Inokuchi worked in bank finance for years and, in 2014, he walked through the Gardena Warehouse doors looking for a place to volunteer. Little did he know that he’d just figured out his next career step! Glen yearned to offer more of himself to his day-to-day professional focus. Over the course of a few months, we got to know Glen and eventually suggested he consider teaching. His smart, self directed, patient and kind approach to the world around him made working with others feels like a natural fit.

We sent Glen to meet with our friends at EnCorps, a non-profit group that ushers talented people into a career in the classroom. The problem is, once we sent Glen to EnCorp we realized we had an even better place for him with us. Glen is a perfect fit – we made him our new Materials Procurement Manager. Glen has a degree in Film and Television that we will also put to work creating more how-to vidoes for our curriculum offerings on oue web site.

Mindy Sanchez
Manager of Operations

Natalie Garcia

Natalie Garcia
Office Manager

Tito Guillen

Tito Guillen
Warehouse Manager

Martha Hermosillo

Martha Hermosillo
Warehouse Assistant

Board Of Directors

Dave Zobel
Vice President

Dave's Bio

Dave Zobel, Board Vice President, is a Cal Tech Alumni and a science writerHe describes himself as: “Half-bithead, half-executive, half-writer, half-wit: Possessing that rare ability to get down in the trenches with the researchers and the coders (being one myself), defend them to upper management and clients, and explain what they do to the outside world.” Zobel was the developer of the first Science Kits that changed the focus of T4T materials from use in Art alone to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) education. He joined the Board in 2011He is coordinator of External Events for T4T.

Celeste Anlauf
Board Member

Celeste's Bio

Celeste Anlauf, Board Member, is currently the Major Gifts Officer at the Exceptional Children’s Foundation, a 25 million dollar non-profit that has been improving that lives of people with special needs since 1946. Previously, Celeste held the position of Director of Major Gifts and Communication at Para Los Niños. Prior to that she planned and launched St. Paul the Apostle’s $20 million capital campaign—the first comprehensive campaign in the School’s 75-year history. 

John Pollaro Board Treasurer

John Pollaro
Treasurer

John's Bio

John Pallaro, Board Treasurer is an accountant and has been with the T4T.org Board since its inception in 2004. He does all the T4T accounting and taxes. As incoming President of the Rotary Club of Del Amo, he helped T4T obtain funding for the Sunday Makers Workshops at T4T.

Francisco

Francisco Arechiga
Board Member

Francisco's Bio

Francisco Arechiga, Board Member, helps manage digital content strategy, implementation and development for East West Bank. Francisco has eight years’ experience related to U.S. and China cross-border business and cultural exchange and is involved in tri-sector projects in arts and culture, civic engagement, education and economic development in Los Angeles. Previously, he worked for four years in the department of public education at the Yunnan Provincial Museum in Kunming and is fluent in Mandarin.

Marcella Klein Williams
Board Member

Marcella's Bio

Dr. Marcella Klein Williams has hopscotched across the entire system of public education from preschool to university in a multitude of roles spanning teacher, director, president and chief. Her career has focused on STEAM teaching and learning. She has been called a thought leader, innovator, mentor, facilitator, and systems thinker. She always answers if called teacher.

T4T Founders

steve stanton kathy stanton