Read on to learn about the people making Bedtime Math a movement.
Laura Overdeck, Founder and President
Sara Thom, COO and Director of Research
Sandy LoPiccolo, Director of Communications
Diana Pecina, Director of Partnerships
Dug Steen, Chief Technology Officer
Derek Stump, Content Manager
Joy Kalfus, Crazy 8s Crew Chief
Liz Ross, Director of Outreach
Natalie Nardini, Product Manager
Maura Bigelow, School Community Specialist
As Founder of Bedtime Math, Laura has a keen interest in advancing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. When not writing the daily math problem or field-testing the latest Crazy 8s projectiles, she is a trustee of Princeton University, Liberty Science Center, and The Pingry School, and serves on the advisory boards of Khan Academy, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) and Governor’s School of New Jersey. Laura holds a B.A. in astrophysics from Princeton, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business, and an honorary D.Eng. from Stevens Institute of Technology.
As Director of Research, Sara is all about the numbers – specifically, she directs efforts to quantify the impact of Bedtime Math’s offerings. She also serves as Chief Operating Officer, contributing to everything from strategic planning to making sure the lights stay on in the office. Outside of work, Sara is a member of the Board of Trustees of Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ). Previously she worked as a Capitol Hill staffer, a legislative aide at a think tank, and a grant writer. Sara holds a B.A. in political science from Brown University, and an M.S. in public health from UNC-Chapel Hill.
As Director of Communications, Sandy can relate – and she does, by leading Bedtime Math’s public relations efforts. She fields the wild array of inquiries we get, and also creates many of our marketing materials. Previously she worked as a producer for CBS News’ Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, collecting several Emmy Award nominations along the way. Sandy holds a B.A. in history from Hamilton College.
As Director of Partnerships, Diana is our networker extraordinaire, building relationships with educational and youth-centered organizations to help further Bedtime Math’s mission. Previously she was a vital contributor to the marketing and business development efforts of multiple organizations, including Johnson & Johnson, Habitat for Humanity, and Mosaica Education. Diana holds a B.A. in communications from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
As Chief Technology Officer, Dug is the reason you’re seeing this page instead of a 404 error. He manages Bedtime Math’s various tech projects and can fix pretty much anything with an on/off switch. Previously Dug was a software developer, startup entrepreneur, and number-cruncher – and he still is today. Dug holds a B.A. in computer science and Russian from Brown University and an M.S. in teaching from Seattle University.
As Content Manager, Derek strives to share the web’s most exciting math on our social media channels. Previously he helped manage a film studio in Philadelphia. He’s found many similarities between working for movie stars and working for kids, but he much prefers the latter. Derek holds a B.A. in communication and media production from Villanova University.
As Crazy 8s Crew Chief, Joy holds hands, offers words of advice, and sings the praises of thousands of Crazy 8s coaches across the country. She’s well-suited for the role, having over a decade of volunteer leadership experience. Previously she was a media and public relations maven, last serving as manager of corporate communications for the National Hockey League – but please don’t ask her for Stanley Cup tickets. Joy holds a B.A. in communications from Allegheny College.
As Director of Outreach, Liz is on a mission to bring fun math to the many people that Bedtime Math has yet to reach (a figure somewhere between one and seven billion). Previously she served as Director of Development at Mass Mentoring Partnership, where she extended the organization’s impact throughout the state. Liz holds a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University.
As Product Manager, Natalie counts on her business analysis and project management background to ensure Bedtime Math products are optimized for fun. Previously she worked as a Vice President in Client Technology Solutions for Pershing LLC. Natalie holds a B.E. in Engineering Management and a graduate certificate in Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, as well as a professional certificate in Business Analysis from George Washington University.
As School Community Specialist, Maura helps schools and families discover the joy of recreational math by guiding our parent-teacher program implementation. Previously, she designed and led professional development programs for IO Education, and built lasting relationships with educators and school districts for continued improvement. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in Instructional Technology and Media from Columbia University Teachers College.