Dr. Mandi Fraley Sonnenberg, Co-Founder and Executive Director

Dr. Mandi Fraley Sonnenberg, Co-Founder and Executive Director

David Reid, Co-Founder

David Reid, Co-Founder

Laine Eichenlaub, Education Liaison

Laine Eichenlaub, Education Liaison

Our Team

Founded in 2014 by Dr. Mandi Fraley Sonnenberg, Professor at Rockhurst University, and David Reid, Education Design Lead and Principal at Gould Evans, STEAM Studio began as a space that students of all ages could design, dream, and experience the elevated environment of a professional workplace. STEAM’s first and primary space is located within the architectural firm, Gould Evans, where students are encouraged to dream big while surrounded by professional designers, city planners, and architects. In the five years of its presence in the Kansas City area, STEAM went from offering after school programming to expanding to field trips, electives, professional development, and a second space located on campus at Rockhurst University.

In 2019, Laine Eichenalub was brought in to manage and grow STEAM Studio. She was one of the original coaches and rose to Coach Director in 2016. With an extensive background in alternative educational spaces, she sees a bright and expanding future for the Studio and looks forward to growth and outreach to come.

Want to contact Laine directly with available opportunities to partner with your workplace or school or ask any questions? Email her directly at:

laine.eichenlaub@gouldevans.com or hello@steam-studio.org