Our Team

CommunityShare was founded by Josh Schachter in collaboration with a passionate group of educators, entrepreneurs, artists, ecologists, nonprofit organizations, technophiles, graduate students, and community leaders. CommunityShare is a fiscally-sponsored initiative of CITY Center for Collaborative Learning.

  • Josh Schachter
    Josh Schachter Director & Founder

    Josh is an educator, visual storyteller and social ecologist. His passion for real-world learning started in high school when he had the opportunity to undertake turtle research in South Carolina and Alabama with herpetologist Jeff Lovich. This field experience led Josh to pursue a career in ecosystem management. He earned a master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he explored the role of youth-produced media in supporting personal and community transformation. Over the past 20+ years he has collaborated on community-based media projects with youth, teachers, neighborhood groups, and nonprofit organizations in places ranging from New Delhi to Nigeria. He co-founded VOICES Inc., a nonprofit organization that hired low-income youth to work as journalists to tell the stories of their lives and communities in Tucson. Josh co-founded the Finding Voice Program with ELL teacher Julie Kasper in Tucson to support the literacy, multimedia, critical thinking, collaborative, and civic leadership skills of refugee and immigrant students.

  • Jason Hansen
    Jason Hansen CTO & Product Manager

    Jason oversees CommunityShare’s online platform and other tech-related needs. Jason earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona, and worked for Raytheon as an aerospace and flight controls engineer. Gradually Jason learned how to program and shifted his focus to simulation and enterprise application development, before leaving Raytheon to work in the startup space. Since then he’s focused on expanding his skills in web-based product development, including programming, design, and user experience. Past hobbies include embedded programming, 3D modeling and game development. Current hobbies focus more on human-centric skills including facilitation, conflict resolution, and coaching.

  • Monica Brinkerhoff
    Monica Brinkerhoff Evaluation Specialist

    Monica serves as our evaluation specialist, guiding the development of our evaluation strategy and measurement instruments. As a seasoned facilitator, she also supports the design and facilitation of our professional learning communities. Monica is the Organization and Employee Development Director for Child-Parent Centers, Inc. and has expertise in program management, evaluation, and continuous quality improvement.

  • Bethan Reynolds
    Bethan Reynolds Graphic Designer

    Bethan is the creative force behind our online design work. Originally from the UK,  Bethan earned a bachelors degree in graphic design from the University of Wales, UK in 2009. Since then she has worked for a variety of companies as a graphic designer, specializing in digital and UX design.

  • Mary Bouley
    Mary Bouley Professional Learning Designer

    Mary leads the design and facilitation of our professional learning experiences with teachers and others. She was a classroom teacher for 11+ years and is a seasoned trainer, facilitator, and consultant who strives to impact systems through professional development and coaching. Mary is a Training Associate for Thinking Collaborative, providing professional development in Cognitive Coaching℠ and Adaptive Schools℠ Seminars. Mary’s work has focused in many different arenas, including arts and technology integration, place-based learning and community partnerships.

  • Michelle Magnusson
    Michelle Magnusson Community Engagement Designer

    Michelle leads CommunityShare’s community engagement strategy and work. She has been a teacher, strategy consultant and Executive Director of Partners in Education in Santa Barbara. She loves efficiency. Her perfect day is guiding leaders to use tools and strategies that keep them focused, under budget, communicating effectively, and able to put maximum energy towards their mission. Her goal is to increase connections, reduce duplicative work, and organize the human and financial capital of our community to address issues that threaten the health and happiness of each of us and our neighbors.

  • Bryan Rafael Falcón
    Bryan Rafael Falcón Organizational Development & Growth Strategist

    Bryan guides our organizational development and growth strategy. Bryan is an award-winning director and tech entrepreneur with a passion for both education and scaling successful organizations. In addition to working with CommunityShare, Bryan is the Artistic and Managing Director at The Scoundrel and Scamp Theatre in Tucson, Arizona. The theater is dedicated to telling diverse stories that raise challenging questions with a focus on language, music and physical theatre for all ages.  Prior to founding and running the non-profit, Bryan was Co-founder and CEO at Haiku Learning (now PowerSchool Learning). At the time of acquisition in 2016, Haiku served over 5 million parents, teachers and students across the world with its elegant user experience. Prior to Haiku Learning, Bryan was Co-founder and President at LightSky, an outsourced web IT company. LightSky grew into the largest company of its class in its region and served a wide variety of clients including school districts, hospitals, and Fortune 500 companies. When not directing and designing for theater, Bryan loves playing board games with his family, reading and hiking.

  • Caroline Lewis
    Caroline Lewis Educator Engagement Specialist

    Caroline serves as CommunityShare’s Educator Engagement Specialist. She is a first-year graduate student at the University of Arizona’s studying Development Practice in the School of Geography. She receive a bachelor’s degree from Boston College in English and Psychology. Caroline served in the Peace Corps as a Youth Development Volunteer in the Ukraine, where she worked in a school teaching students about healthy lifestyles, civic engagement, and preparing them for the world of work. She did teacher trainings with over 50 teachers on media literacy, critical thinking, classroom management, and inclusive education as a part of the Ministry of Education’s “New Ukrainian School” program. She is passionate about working with teachers and helping them be and do their absolute best!

  • Quinton Tran
    Quinton Tran Community Engagement Specialist

    Quinton leads our community engagement work in Tucson, Arizona. He is a first-year masters student in the Higher Education program at the University of Arizona, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Literacy Learning and Leadership. Quinton chose the education field because he wants to be a resource in institutions and fight inequities some students and families face. When he is not in school or working, Quinton enjoys running, basketball, hiking and interacting with people.

Our Team

CommunityShare was founded by Josh Schachter in collaboration with a passionate group of educators, entrepreneurs, artists, ecologists, nonprofit organizations, technophiles, graduate students, and community leaders. CommunityShare is a fiscally-sponsored initiative of CITY Center for Collaborative Learning.

  • Josh Schachter
    Josh Schachter Director & Founder

    Josh is an educator, visual storyteller and social ecologist. His passion for real-world learning started in high school when he had the opportunity to undertake turtle research in South Carolina and Alabama with herpetologist Jeff Lovich. This field experience led Josh to pursue a career in ecosystem management. He earned a master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he explored the role of youth-produced media in supporting personal and community transformation. Over the past 20+ years he has collaborated on community-based media projects with youth, teachers, neighborhood groups, and nonprofit organizations in places ranging from New Delhi to Nigeria. He co-founded VOICES Inc., a nonprofit organization that hired low-income youth to work as journalists to tell the stories of their lives and communities in Tucson. Josh co-founded the Finding Voice Program with ELL teacher Julie Kasper in Tucson to support the literacy, multimedia, critical thinking, collaborative, and civic leadership skills of refugee and immigrant students.

  • Jason Hansen
    Jason Hansen CTO & Product Manager

    Jason oversees CommunityShare’s online platform and other tech-related needs. Jason earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona, and worked for Raytheon as an aerospace and flight controls engineer. Gradually Jason learned how to program and shifted his focus to simulation and enterprise application development, before leaving Raytheon to work in the startup space. Since then he’s focused on expanding his skills in web-based product development, including programming, design, and user experience. Past hobbies include embedded programming, 3D modeling and game development. Current hobbies focus more on human-centric skills including facilitation, conflict resolution, and coaching.

  • Michelle Magnusson
    Michelle Magnusson Community Engagement Designer

    Michelle leads CommunityShare’s community engagement strategy and work. She has been a teacher, strategy consultant and Executive Director of Partners in Education in Santa Barbara. She loves efficiency. Her perfect day is guiding leaders to use tools and strategies that keep them focused, under budget, communicating effectively, and able to put maximum energy towards their mission. Her goal is to increase connections, reduce duplicative work, and organize the human and financial capital of our community to address issues that threaten the health and happiness of each of us and our neighbors.

  • Bryan Rafael Falcón
    Bryan Rafael Falcón Organizational Development & Growth Strategist

    Bryan guides our organizational development and growth strategy. Bryan is an award-winning director and tech entrepreneur with a passion for both education and scaling successful organizations. In addition to working with CommunityShare, Bryan is the Artistic and Managing Director at The Scoundrel and Scamp Theatre in Tucson, Arizona. The theater is dedicated to telling diverse stories that raise challenging questions with a focus on language, music and physical theatre for all ages.  Prior to founding and running the non-profit, Bryan was Co-founder and CEO at Haiku Learning (now PowerSchool Learning). At the time of acquisition in 2016, Haiku served over 5 million parents, teachers and students across the world with its elegant user experience. Prior to Haiku Learning, Bryan was Co-founder and President at LightSky, an outsourced web IT company. LightSky grew into the largest company of its class in its region and served a wide variety of clients including school districts, hospitals, and Fortune 500 companies. When not directing and designing for theater, Bryan loves playing board games with his family, reading and hiking.

  • Mary Bouley
    Mary Bouley Professional Learning Designer

    Mary leads the design and facilitation of our professional learning experiences with teachers and others. She was a classroom teacher for 11+ years and is a seasoned trainer, facilitator, and consultant who strives to impact systems through professional development and coaching. Mary is a Training Associate for Thinking Collaborative, providing professional development in Cognitive Coaching℠ and Adaptive Schools℠ Seminars. Mary’s work has focused in many different arenas, including arts and technology integration, place-based learning and community partnerships.

  • Quinton Tran
    Quinton Tran Community Engagement Specialist

    Quinton leads our community engagement work in Tucson, Arizona. He is a first-year masters student in the Higher Education program at the University of Arizona, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Literacy Learning and Leadership. Quinton chose the education field because he wants to be a resource in institutions and fight inequities some students and families face. When he is not in school or working, Quinton enjoys running, basketball, hiking and interacting with people.

  • Monica Brinkerhoff
    Monica Brinkerhoff Evaluation Specialist

    Monica serves as our evaluation specialist, guiding the development of our evaluation strategy and measurement instruments. As a seasoned facilitator, she also supports the design and facilitation of our professional learning communities. Monica is the Organization and Employee Development Director for Child-Parent Centers, Inc. and has expertise in program management, evaluation, and continuous quality improvement.

  • Bethan Reynolds
    Bethan Reynolds Graphic Designer

    Bethan is the creative force behind our online design work. Originally from the UK,  Bethan earned a bachelors degree in graphic design from the University of Wales, UK in 2009. Since then she has worked for a variety of companies as a graphic designer, specializing in digital and UX design.

  • Caroline Lewis
    Caroline Lewis Educator Engagement Specialist

    Caroline serves as CommunityShare’s Educator Engagement Specialist. She is a first-year graduate student at the University of Arizona’s studying Development Practice in the School of Geography. She receive a bachelor’s degree from Boston College in English and Psychology. Caroline served in the Peace Corps as a Youth Development Volunteer in the Ukraine, where she worked in a school teaching students about healthy lifestyles, civic engagement, and preparing them for the world of work. She did teacher trainings with over 50 teachers on media literacy, critical thinking, classroom management, and inclusive education as a part of the Ministry of Education’s “New Ukrainian School” program. She is passionate about working with teachers and helping them be and do their absolute best!

Our Key Advisors

  • Rebecca Blakiston
    Rebecca Blakiston

    Rebecca advises CommunityShare on user experience (UX) and helps advocate for user-centered design and content decisions to ensure the CommunityShare platform works for teachers and community partners alike. She is UX strategist and librarian at the University of Arizona Libraries.

  • Stephen Gardner
    Stephen Gardner

    Stephen is Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for NoRedInk. He has worked in the edtech space for over 25 years and advises CommunityShare on sales and marketing.

  • Jenny Volpe
    Jenny Volpe

    Jenny is CEO of Make Way for Books and advises us on organizational development.

  • Chelsea Waite
    Chelsea Waite

    Chelsea is a K-12 Research Fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute and advises CommunityShare on strategy and business model development.

  • Antonio Parés
    Antonio Parés

    Antonio is the founder and principal of Walnut Hill Workshop. He advises firms and leaders on organizational and programmatic design and strategy and leads and consults on new business development in the education and nonprofit sectors.  Antonio has advised the Mayor of Denver on education policy, consulted with national nonprofits focused on educational equity, managed philanthropic portfolios, worked on political campaigns in Texas and Colorado, and supported two school turnaround efforts within Denver Public Schools. He started his career as a secondary social studies teacher with Teach For America along the US-Mexico border in Texas. Antonio advises CommunityShare on its fundraising and scaling strategies.

  • DaNel Hogan
    DaNel Hogan

    DaNel is Director of The STEMAZing Project at the Office of the Pima County School Superintendent. She advises CommunityShare on teacher professional development and “all things STEM.” She is passionate about positively impacting STEM education by providing world-class professional development to PreK-12th grade educators. Her work focuses on girls and underrepresented groups in STEM, early childhood STEM education, and energy literacy.

  • Greg Fitzpatrick
    Greg Fitzpatrick

    Greg  is a UX researcher/writer and content strategist with more than 15 years of experience creating print and digital content for nonprofits, government agencies and global corporations. Greg has worn many hats, including television and radio producer, social media strategist, brand manager, writer, and editor. Greg advises CommunityShare on all things related to user experience.

  • Jeanette Maré
    Jeanette Maré

    Jeannette is a communication scholar, currently pursuing her PhD, who has been teaching kindness for over 20 years. Her world changed drastically after the sudden death of her son in 2002. In the incredible grief of losing Ben, the life-saving, world-changing power of kindness became her sole focus. With her heart broken open, she founded Ben’s Bells, a nonprofit that inspires and teaches the intentional practice of kindness. Using humor and storytelling, Jeannette helps people learn the skills they need to put their kind intention into action to strengthen relationships and communities. Jeannette advises CommunityShare with staff and organizational development.

Our Teacher Fellows

  • Svea Anderson
    Svea Anderson

    Svea Anderson is a 7th grade science teacher at Flowing Wells Junior High School. She believes that education should be experience-driven versus test-driven, and loves getting students interested in the world around them!

  • Aimee Katz
    Aimee Katz

    Aimee Katz is a fifth grade teacher at DeGrazia Elementary School in Tucson. Outside of school, she is the student council advisor, has traveled to Israel to teach English, and is a STEMAzing Teacher Leader through the Superintendent’s Office in Pima County. Aimee wants to help students learn the skills to be lifelong learners, and was nominated for the LifeChanger of the Year award in 2018, one of only two teachers in Southern Arizona!

  • Jasmine Goldstein
    Jasmine Goldstein

    Jasmine Goldstein is currently in her fourth year of teaching Computer Programming and Career Explorations at La Cima Middle School in Tucson. Before teaching, Jasmine worked in the tech world, and carries this knowledge over to her students, using technology to engage students with different learning styles. Jasmine lives in Tucson with her husband and two children.

  • Kaitlin McGill
    Kaitlin McGill

    Kaitlin McGill is a middle school science and agriculture teacher at Crane Middle School in Yuma, Arizona. Kaitlin is an active member of her local ABEC program, collaborating with community partners to build a hydroponic garden in her classroom and now introducing robotics into her agricultural class. She feels that student engagement and kinesthetic experience are important for learning. Kaitlin enjoys working with community partners and having students build relationships with each other and the community.

  • Lisa DaDeppo
    Lisa DaDeppo

    Lisa DaDeppo is a middle school literacy intervention and career exploration teacher at Cross Middle School in Tucson. Lisa has worked at levels from preschool to university. She loves helping students connect their learning to the larger world, and especially loves working with middle school students!

  • Lily Cummins
    Lily Cummins

    Lily is a first grade teacher at Lineweaver Elementary in Tucson. A Southern Arizona native, Lily considers literacy to be the most important part of her job, and engages her students through guest speakers, field trips, and hands-on activities.

  • Jackie Nichols
    Jackie Nichols

    Jackie Nichols has been teaching middle school for 13 years at Lauffer Middle School in Tucson. Jackie holds an MA in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, and a BA Business Administration/Regional Development from the University of Arizona. She primarily teaches engineering and sustainable urban design, helping students to design their own sustainable cities and presenting them at competitions in Arizona and nationally. Jackie aims to ignite a spark in every student, encouraging them to learn about their community and world.

  • Rebecca Oravec
    Rebecca Oravec

    Rebecca Oravec is the middle school art teacher at Wrightston K-8 School in Sahuarita. Before moving to Tucson, Rebecca lived in Washington working as a preschool paraeducator, head secretary, and elementary art teacher. Rebecca believes in the holistic, hands-on approach to education, and designs her curriculum to explore the specific interests of her students. She also works to create multidisciplinary projects, and enjoys creating opportunities for students and families to create art together.

  • Kristin Meza
    Kristin Meza

    Kristin Meza is a teacher mentor, supporting K-5 teachers at Borton Magnet Elementary School in Tucson. Borton is a Project-Based Learning and Systems thinking magnet school in the Tucson Unified School District. Kristin believes in the power of student-centered instruction and how community partners can empower students.

  • Anna Kolb
    Anna Kolb

    Anna Kolb has worked in early childhood education for over 15 years, and in her current preschool classroom at St. Mark’s Preschool & Kindergarten for 10 years. Anna teaches multiple subjects throughout the day, but her classroom has a nature focus. She recently collaborated with the STEMAzing project and believes that when children are engaged and actively learning they can retain more than by passive education. Anna loves bringing new ideas into the classroom and developing a child’s love for learning.

  • Brittany Barfield
    Brittany Barfield

    Brittany Barfield is the sixth grade science teacher at Wrightston K-8 School in Sahuarita. Brittany has a Bachelors in Education with an Emphasis in Science and previously taught science at BASIS Charter School school in Phoenix, Arizona. There, she was awarded the Teacher and Astronomer Pair of the year award in 2019 from Project Astro through the University of Arizona. She not only has a passion for learning and teaching science, but also wants to support students in learning projects with community partners.

  • Sara Mora
    Sara Mora

    Sara Mora is a Career and Technical Education teacher for middle schoolers at Wrightston K-8 School in Sahuarita, which is a pilot program started last year. She holds an MA in Educational Technology, and teaches computer basics like binary and coding, video production, biotechnology, and various design processes. She was named a Teacher of the Year state finalist in the Arizona Educational Foundation’s 2021 competition.

  • Nicole Lucas
    Nicole Lucas

    Nicole Lucas is a music teacher at Wrightson Ridge K-8 in Sahuarita, teaching general music, choir, and orchestra for grades K-5. She grew up in Sahuarita, and actually went to school in Sahuarita School District herself! She enjoys working with young students every day who are so excited to learn and have fun.

  • Steven Brown
    Steven Brown

    Steven Brown is a Technology and Robotics teacher at Apollo Middle School in Tucson. He is someone who likes to be hands-on, taking things apart and putting them back together with his students in order to teach them the stages of the design process.

  • David Cullison
    David Cullison

    David Cullison is a Woodworking/Industrial Arts teacher at Fourth Avenue Junior High School in Tucson. He has been a fine arts instructor for 8 years and an industrial arts instructor for 4 years. He wants to offer his students a worldview of career opportunities in the trade industry, exposing them to different types of jobs.