Read on to learn about the people making Bedtime Math a movement.
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
Laura Baer, our artistic guiding star
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 serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for Liberty Science Center, and is also an advisory board member and former Chair for Johns Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth (CTY) and The Governor’s School of New Jersey. Laura holds a B.A. in astrophysics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business.
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 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
As Product Manager, Andi brings the passion and organization of a perfectionist to all of Bedtime Math’s products and programs (seriously, all of them). Previously she taught summer school at the acclaimed North Star Academy in Newark, where she also helped develop their pre-algebra curriculum. Andi holds a B.A. in marketing and psychology from Lehigh University.
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 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 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.