Gail Breslow

Director

Gail has overseen the dissemination of The Clubhouse program to community-based organizations both nationally and internationally since 1995. In addition, she has spearheaded the development of programs such as Hear Our Voices (a Clubhouse program for girls and young women); Clubhouse-to-College/ Clubhouse-to-Career; and Beyond Four Walls: The Computer Clubhouse as Invention Studio. Gail served for many years on the Technology and Youth Advisory Committee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and has led workshops about The Clubhouse’s unique learning approach at youth, community and technology conferences around the country.

Gail joined The Clubhouse after twelve years with Gemini Consulting, an international management consulting firm, where her work focused primarily on strategy implementation and organization management for Fortune 500 companies. Gail’s professional career had its “roots” in the non-profit sector; in the late 1970’s she served as Program Director at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.

Gail holds an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College in Ohio.


Brendan Casey

Assistant Director

Brendan joins The Clubhouse Network after 10 years with the South Shore YMCA near Boston, MA. Most recently he served as Director of Day Camps and was responsible for all operations, planning, budgeting, staffing, as well as roughly 1,000 children. Brendan also spent two years with City Year in Washington DC as a Special Projects Manager and Team Leader.

He holds a BS in Computer Science from Bucknell University.


Brenda Abanavas

Program Manager

As a geographic liaison for the Network, Brenda provides administrative and technical support to Clubhouses located in Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Southeastern United States (including Atlanta, Miami, and Virginia). Brenda also coordinates the Network’s partnership with SRI, Inc. to plan and implement methodology for the assessment and evaluation that measures the impact of The Clubhouse on youth and communities.

Brenda has extensive experience in school-age programming, family services case management, juvenile justice, adolescent mental health, and social services for youth in Boston’s urban neighborhoods. Prior to joining The Clubhouse Network, Brenda served as a professional development consultant to several Boston and national non-profit organizations, and created arts-based programs for youth in afterschool, teen, and girls programs throughout greater Boston and Cambridge, MA.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Brenda holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice Administration from Park University.


Tyler Armstrong

Marketing & Communications Manager

Tyler leads our organizational outreach and communication efforts, including marketing, branding, and public relations. He also manages our website, social media, and graphic design needs.

Prior to joining The Clubhouse Network, he was the Marketing Designer at Washingtonian Magazine in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for designing, creating, and implementing the organization’s marketing plans and materials. Tyler has a strong graphic design background, as well as a passion for helping youth through communication and technology. He has worked extensively with special education and low-income students as a substitute teacher, volunteer, and mentor.

Tyler holds a B.S. in Communication from Cornell University in his hometown of Ithaca, NY.


Jeff Arthur

Community Liaison

Jeff supports community-based Clubhouses and helps to ensure that they have the resources to fulfill the Clubhouse mission. Based in Oakland, California, Jeff travels widely in the course of his work, supporting Clubhouses in the West and Midwestern United States, as well as South Africa.

A former elementary school teacher in Atlanta, Jeffrey joined the Clubhouse team with extensive youth experience, including from his work with under-served high school students at Artists for Humanity in Boston, a nonprofit organization that seeks to marry young people’s artistic passions with entrepreneurial opportunities.

Jeffrey holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Early Childhood Development from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.


Aviva Baff

Mentor Program Manager

Aviva manages Project IMPACTS (Increasing Mentor Participation and Commitment to Success), as well as serving as the geographic liaison for the Latin American region. Aviva comes to us most recently from the Center for Educator Effectiveness at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Before that she worked for the NY State Education Department, managing a $72 million grant program in support of teacher and leader effectiveness.

Aviva began her career as an educator at ACORN Community High School in Brooklyn, NY, where she taught English, mentored in an after-school program, and was an AmeriCorps Award recipient. She also taught for four years in Lima, Peru, and is fluent in Spanish. Aviva has a BA in Literature and Rhetoric from Binghamton University and a MS for Teachers in Adolescent Education from Pace University.


Peter Kirschmann

Clubhouse Catalyst Program Manager

Peter joined The Clubhouse Network team after spending 8 years working at the Science Museum of Minnesota, and Field Museum in Chicago. In both locations, Peter’s work focused on creating and facilitating technology education experiences for youth and teens.

Coincidentally, Peter’s work brought him in close proximity to The Clubhouse on numerous occasions over the years: leading technology workshops for staff and teens at the Hennepin County library, working with Natalie Rusk and the MIT Media Lab's Scratch team on outreach materials, and providing direct support to Clubhouses for the Adobe Youth Voices program.

Peter holds a B.A. in Media & Cultural Studies from Macalester College and a MEd in Technology, Innovation and Education from Harvard University.


Lynn Murray

Program Manager

Lynn is responsible for overseeing Network-wide professional development initiatives such as the Annual Conference and Training Week, and providing support on a variety of projects and events. She also manages the International Clubhouse Alumni Network.

Lynn brings to the Clubhouse community over four years experience at the Cambridge Women's Center, a multi-resource community center serving, supporting, educating, and empowering women.

Lynn holds a B.A. in Women's Studies from the University of North Texas.


Nina Nolan

C2C Program Manager

Nina has over 19 years experience in informal science education at museums and after-school programs. Her proudest achievement so far was creating a teen volunteer/work program at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. At the Museum of Science, Boston, Nina led a team to develop programs to complement the “Race: Are We So Different?” exhibit. For several years she headed the Northeast YouthALIVE! Network, providing professional development opportunities and support to youth program workers at various institutions. She has also served as a diversity consultant, focusing on working with youth and youth workers.

Nina holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Barnard College.


Marco Viera

Technology Manager

As Technology Manager for the Network, Marco is responsible for the technology infrastructure of The Clubhouse Network as well as the operational technology for the Clubhouse program.

Marco has a diverse set of skills and interests. He attended Georgia Southern University where he became a Ronald McNair Scholar. He put his bachelor’s degree in chemistry to use as a researcher at Brandeis University where he discovered his passion for computer technology and programming and decided to pursue a certification in PC Network Design with Security. From 2010-14 he worked at The Chestnut Hill School in Boston, forming an IT Team that evaluated and implemented large-scale integrated solutions and provided a solid infrastructure for a growing instructional technology curriculum. While at the school, Marco recognized his strong interest in enabling passionate learning, leading him to The Clubhouse, where he is actively pursuing a growing interest on the impact of education, collaboration, creativity, and technology on innovating learning.

He enjoys mentoring and volunteers with various LGBTQ and diversity organizations and initiatives.