Built on a Vision

Brilliant young minds don’t always get all the intellectual nutrition they need from their daily diet of school and extra-curriculars. Our co-founders were driven by the vision that NuMinds could provide a layer of enrichment beyond the school day, where real, inspired learning creates the conditions for lifelong curiosity and self-development:

  • Real – our programs extend beyond basic academic needs into the realm of enrichment, where a learner’s authentic engagement with ideas, processes and products is paramount.

  • Inspired –our programs derive from our own sense of inspiration and are focused on developing a learner’s own passions and interests.

  • Learning –our programs provide new knowledge, insight and wisdom that is valuable to the learner’s and the world’s development and advancement.


Ben Koch, M.Ed.
Ben Koch, M.Ed.Co-Founder & CEO
Ben is driven to unite people to a greater vision and cause in education and self-development. Through coaching, teaching, and delivering progressive workshops and talks he seeks to expand horizons …
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Justin Vawter, M.Ed.
Justin Vawter, M.Ed.Co-Founder & CCO
Justin lives on the fringe of education, a creative spark working tirelessly to redefine the educational narrative and make the learning experience more impactful and meaningful.
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Kaylee Strycker
Kaylee StryckerInspirator
Kaylee has a passion for learning that is infectious in the classroom and out…
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Tarek Hamdan
Tarek HamdanBusiness Director, Latin America
Tarek is convinced that education is the most important tool for shaping all future generations…
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Shaena Whitney
Shaena WhitneyLogistics Support Manager
Shaena ensures that every location hosting a camp, event or professional development has all the supplies they need to be successful…
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Adam Nees
Adam NeesDirector & Inspirator
Adam is both site director and teacher (Inspirator) for many NuMinds events…
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Sofia Gamba
Sofia GambaCo-Area Director - Austin
Sofia is a native Spanish speaker from Mexico City. She has had the privilege of spending time in Montessori-inspired classrooms…
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Janet Schaefer
Janet SchaeferDirector of Operations
Janet channels her diverse experience in education, project management, and customer service to delight…
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Catalina Pinon
Catalina PinonInspirator
Catalina has been a teacher for many years. She considers herself a natural life learner…
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Hiba Chehaib
Hiba ChehaibArea Director - Florida
Hiba is a certified school counselor. She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of South Florida…
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Doug Thomson
Doug ThomsonSpecial Projects Advisor
Doug has been immersed in the education of children, middle schoolers, undergraduates, teachers and adults for five decades…
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Abby Cass
Abby CassInspirator
Abby enjoys sharing her love for the arts and STEAM with those who need it most…
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Anjanette Todd
Anjanette ToddArea Director - El Paso
Anjanette Todd earned her Ph.D. from the University of South Florida. She is a certified school counselor…
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Kristen Roemer
Kristen RoemerProject Manager
Kristen Roemer, M.A.M.Ed., is an award-winning, proactive teacher and life-long learner…
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