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.

  • Luke Bultman
    Luke Bultman Product Manager

    Luke operates as our Product Manager, guiding and coaching our product team to turn our visions into reality for CommunityShare and our customers. Luke has spent time leading teams of people and products for over 15 years in both start up and corporate cultures. His diversified experience stretches into the ed tech and entertainment industries. During his career he’s mostly worked on SaaS products that have been built to serve the needs of the customer. A passionate part of his existence is working alongside people, because after all we need people to build tools that ultimately benefit others, our communities and our world.  He greatly enjoys coaching, partnering and rolling up his sleeves to do the work, and building the things that create change in the little and big spaces. Born and raised in Arizona, Luke loves the desert, and can be found wandering its paths running long distances – sometimes with friends, solo or his dogs.  Active in his community, you may see him coaching youth on the soccer field, serving in volunteer roles or traveling with his family.

  • 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 & Software Engineer

    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.

  • Jil Mackenzie
    Jil Mackenzie Professional Learning Project Manager

    Jil designs and facilitates professional learning for educators across CommunityShare’s network. A teacher at heart, she earned a Master’s in Secondary English Education from Syracuse University and spent the next decade in middle and high schools across New York. She honed her skills as an educator, instructional coach, and program designer in partnership with EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) and Outward Bound Schools, whose holistic vision of student achievement and active, community-engaged approach to learning directly align with CommunityShare’s mission. Jil believes deeply in the power of education to help us all build a better world and is honored to work alongside educators, students and communities, as we reimagine systems and forge new bonds that enrich us all. In her free time, Jil can be found in the woods of Wilmington, DE on a mountain bike, just trying to keep up with her husband and their three year old daughter.

  • Greg Fitzpatrick
    Greg Fitzpatrick Chief Listening Officer

    Greg has a few different roles within CommunityShare – UX Researcher & Strategist, Communications Advisor and Content Strategist. He 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.

  • Michelle Magnusson
    Michelle Magnusson Director of Community Engagement & Strategy
    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. Her primary role is to coach stewards to grow their community-engaged learning capacity and grow the interconnectedness of the CommunityShare network. Using best practices and sharing tested tools, Michelle helps communities increase connections, reduce duplicative work, identify trends and gaps, and organize the human and financial capital of a community in ways that meet the needs of learners and partners.

     

  • Bryan Rafael Falcón
    Bryan Rafael Falcón Organizational Development Strategist

    Bryan guides our organizational development and growth strategy. Bryan is an award-winning theater director and edtech 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 Arima
    Caroline Arima UI Designer

    Caroline oversees the design of CommunityShare’s user interface. She earned a BS in Agricultural and Resource Economics and a BA in Japanese Language from the University of California Davis. As an English teacher in Japan. She spent several years applying design thinking towards curriculum development and translating students’ pain points into engaging, effective learning resources. This experience transformed the way she thought about designing for the user and catalyzed her transition into UI/UX design.

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.

  • Michelle Magnusson
    Michelle Magnusson Director of Community Engagement & Strategy
    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. Her primary role is to coach stewards to grow their community-engaged learning capacity and grow the interconnectedness of the CommunityShare network. Using best practices and sharing tested tools, Michelle helps communities increase connections, reduce duplicative work, identify trends and gaps, and organize the human and financial capital of a community in ways that meet the needs of learners and partners.

     

  • Bryan Rafael Falcón
    Bryan Rafael Falcón Organizational Development Strategist

    Bryan guides our organizational development and growth strategy. Bryan is an award-winning theater director and edtech 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 Arima
    Caroline Arima UI Designer

    Caroline oversees the design of CommunityShare’s user interface. She earned a BS in Agricultural and Resource Economics and a BA in Japanese Language from the University of California Davis. As an English teacher in Japan. She spent several years applying design thinking towards curriculum development and translating students’ pain points into engaging, effective learning resources. This experience transformed the way she thought about designing for the user and catalyzed her transition into UI/UX design.

  • Luke Bultman
    Luke Bultman Product Manager

    Luke operates as our Product Manager, guiding and coaching our product team to turn our visions into reality for CommunityShare and our customers. Luke has spent time leading teams of people and products for over 15 years in both start up and corporate cultures. His diversified experience stretches into the ed tech and entertainment industries. During his career he’s mostly worked on SaaS products that have been built to serve the needs of the customer. A passionate part of his existence is working alongside people, because after all we need people to build tools that ultimately benefit others, our communities and our world.  He greatly enjoys coaching, partnering and rolling up his sleeves to do the work, and building the things that create change in the little and big spaces. Born and raised in Arizona, Luke loves the desert, and can be found wandering its paths running long distances – sometimes with friends, solo or his dogs.  Active in his community, you may see him coaching youth on the soccer field, serving in volunteer roles or traveling with his family.

  • Jil Mackenzie
    Jil Mackenzie Professional Learning Project Manager

    Jil designs and facilitates professional learning for educators across CommunityShare’s network. A teacher at heart, she earned a Master’s in Secondary English Education from Syracuse University and spent the next decade in middle and high schools across New York. She honed her skills as an educator, instructional coach, and program designer in partnership with EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) and Outward Bound Schools, whose holistic vision of student achievement and active, community-engaged approach to learning directly align with CommunityShare’s mission. Jil believes deeply in the power of education to help us all build a better world and is honored to work alongside educators, students and communities, as we reimagine systems and forge new bonds that enrich us all. In her free time, Jil can be found in the woods of Wilmington, DE on a mountain bike, just trying to keep up with her husband and their three year old daughter.

  • Jason Hansen
    Jason Hansen CTO & Software Engineer

    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.

  • Greg Fitzpatrick
    Greg Fitzpatrick Chief Listening Officer

    Greg has a few different roles within CommunityShare – UX Researcher & Strategist, Communications Advisor and Content Strategist. He 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.

Our Key Advisors

  • 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.

  • Mary Bouley
    Mary Bouley

    Mary advises CommunityShare with 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.

  • Sara McClellan
    Sara McClellan

    Sara advises CommunityShare on communications, organizational development, evaluation, and program management. Sara has been a teacher, human resources manager, educational policy consultant, and nonprofit director. She loves to help people share resources—ideas, relationships, knowledge, tools, and energy—to strengthen communities and solve public problems together.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.