Bedtime Math

Read on to learn about the people making Bedtime Math a movement.

Our staff:
Laura Overdeck, Founder and President
Sara Thom, COO and Director of Research
Andi Howard, Product Manager
Sandy LoPiccolo, Director of Communications
Diana Pecina, Director of Partnerships
Dug Steen, Virtual CTO
Derek Stump, Staff Writer
Joy Kalfus, Crazy 8s Crew Chief
Our advisors:
Laura Baer, Art Director
Dora Chomiak, Strategic
Dr. Robert Goodman, Educational

All of this occurs in partnership with our sibling organization, the Overdeck Family Foundation, which supports programs that foster great K-12 STEM (science, tech, engineering and math) education.

Laura OverdeckLaura, Founder of Bedtime Math, works with nonprofits focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education.  She is vice chair of the board for Liberty Science Center, and a board member and former chair for Johns Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth (CTY) as well as The Governor’s School of New Jersey, to which she was appointed by the Governor.  Laura holds a B.A. in astrophysics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business.

Sara ThomAs Director of Research, Sara leads our efforts to quantify Bedtime Math’s impact on kids so we can better fulfill our mission.  She also serves as Chief Operating Officer for Bedtime Math.  Prior to becoming a mathtivist, Sara served as a Hill staffer, a legislative aide at a think tank, and a grant writer.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brown University, and a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Andi HowardAndi manages Bedtime Math’s social media relations, handling our online presence and communications with online communities. She also brings front-line teaching experience, having taught summer school math at the acclaimed North Star Academy in Newark, where she also helped develop their pre-algebra curriculum. Andi holds bachelor’s degrees in both marketing and psychology from Lehigh University.

Sandy LoPiccoloSandy, our Director of Communications, oversees our public relations efforts with our team at CommunicationWorks.  She previously worked as a producer for CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, and was nominated for several Emmy Awards for her work.  Sandy holds a B.A. in history from Hamilton College.

Diana PecinaDiana builds strategic alliances with educational and youth-centered organizations who share the vision of Bedtime Math.  She brings 20+ years of marketing and business development experience with Johnson & Johnson, Habitat for Humanity, and Mosaica Education.  Diana holds a B.A. in communications from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Columbia University.

Dug SteenDug is our technical guru and virtual CTO. He was the primary developer of the Bedtime Math iPhone app and now manages our various technology projects, analyzes data to help improve Bedtime Math’s outreach, and generally helps out with anything that has an on/off switch. Dug brings 25 years of experience as a software developer, startup entrepreneur and number-cruncher to Bedtime Math. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Russian from Brown University, and a master’s degree in Teaching from Seattle University.

Derek StumpAs Staff Writer, Derek strives to bring you exciting Bedtime Math content and keep commas in their rightful place. Previously he helped manage a film studio in the Philadelphia area. Derek holds a B.A. in Communication- Media Production from Villanova University.

Joy KalfusJoy, our Crazy 8s Crew Chief, is excited to work with our Crazy 8s coaches around the country and to share with them a decade of experience leading volunteers. She brings to Bedtime Math more than 20 years of journalism and public relations experience, last serving as manager of corporate communications for the National Hockey League. She received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Allegheny College.

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