Our Team: Founders + Directors

 
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Co-Founders: Dr. Mandi Fraley Sonnenberg + David Reid

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.

Education Liaison: Laine Eichenlaub

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

Director of Advancement: John Teasdale

John Teasdale joins our team as Director of Advancement on a part-time basis. John brings extensive fundraising experience which will allow STEAM Studio to raise more private funds to expand programming and impact. John is passionate about education and employment and is excited to be part of such a great organization and cause.

To contact John directly, email johnteasdale@steam-studio.org

Our Team: Current Lead Coaches

 

Dana Randolph is a current senior at Rockhurst University studying elementary education. She is from Saint Louis, Missouri. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, playing with dogs, and traveling. This is her third year working at STEAM Studio and her second year as Lead Coach for the Gould Evans space. Her favorite part of STEAM Studio is the student led process in the challenges given to them. Their countless innovative ideas and products amaze her. Her goal is to become a classroom teacher and pursue her masters in STEM. She is always excited to meet new students and watch them become STEAM experts!

Lucy Edele is a senior at Rockhurst University studying elementary education, secondary education, and French. She’s from Saint Louis and is the youngest of four kids in her family. She loves coffee, dogs, and hanging out with friends! This is her third year working with STEAM Studio and her second year as Lead Coach at the Rockhurst University location. Her favorite part about STEAM Studio is seeing all of the amazing ideas that students have! She cannot wait to continue integrating all that she has learned during STEAM Studio in her future classroom and continue her education with a masters in STEM. She can't wait to share her love of STEAM with everyone who visits!

Our Team: Coaches + Bus Drivers

Robby Redmond

Robby Redmond

Robby Redmond is a senior at Rockhurst University majoring in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Business.  During his experience, he coached an 8th grade entrepreneurship elective and has driven the bus for after school programs. His involvement with STEAM has made him even more excited to pursue a career in education.  His goal after graduation is to become a Business teacher at the high school level, with a focus in marketing.