Hello! I’m glad you’re interested in learning more about me and the rest of the team at BrightBrain! I truly believe in living at the intersection of Education, Mental Wellness, and Technology. This belief is our guiding light at BrightBrain, and this is why we’re so passionate about helping people learn better. By helping students figure out how they learn best, we create Lifelong Learners.
John Bosco S. Bunyi | Program Director I've worked with kids in education and mental health for over 7 years. I got my Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with the hope of helping people see how big a part Mental Health plays in day-to-day life. I'm currently working on getting my license for Marriage and Family Therapy. I'm proud of the program we've built at BrightBrain. I'm inspired by seeing people who are genuinely excited about learning about the world around them. With the experiences I have gone through, and the tools I've acquired along the way, I look forward to helping those around me develop the skills to learn better. Stay curious!
Rajiv Joshi | Counseling Director I’m very excited to be a part of the BrightBrain team, where everyone shares a passion to provide the best educational service possible! I have been working with children in the education setting for the past 9 years. I received my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and am currently pursuing licensure. My professional background has been working with children with neurodevelopmental disorders through the UCI Department of Pediatrics. I served as a social skills instructor, providing daily psychoeducation to students. Through my experience I have had the privilege of working alongside very talented psychologists and therapists who developed exciting and engaging methods of delivering information to students. I can’t wait to share all that I have learned! When I’m not working I enjoy spending time being active and participating in different activities. I am a huge sports fan with basketball being my favorite sport. Through my affinity for sports I’ve always been drawn to one quote, "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." - Wayne Gretzky. I look forward to helping every student seize their moment and take their shot.
Jamal Fedalizo | Communications & Outreach Director I believe in being ready for an ever changing world. Being a pioneer of one of UC Merced's first graduating classes, new worlds aren't foreign to me at all; they're my comfort zone. My major studies in the school of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts led to a BA in Psychology. Additionally, my minor studies in Art were disciplined through my greatest pastimes: City Planning, Museum Curation, Photography and Sculpture. The backbone of my education kept me afloat in post grad experiences. I have elevated myself to management roles in all of my professions on the spectrum for the past 15 years; I'm your Renaissance Man! You're never going to learn until you try. Try. Fail. Try Again. Succeed. Teach. Learning is one of the fairest things in society.
Chris Padeo | Business Development Director While at UC Irvine, I developed a passion for teaching while working with special needs children, and hope to bring that experience and perspective to my work with BrightBrain. I maintain several hobbies and interests, ranging from participating in e-sports to playing for my church's worship team.
Leslia Salazar | Team Development Director I discovered my love for teaching when I started volunteering at different after school programs during my undergraduate studies at UC Irvine. When I realized how much of an impact I could have on young lives through academics, I decided to pursue education. I’m currently obtaining my Multiple Subject Credential at Biola University and have learned that teaching isn’t the easiest profession, but it is one of the most rewarding! It is my job to help my students reach academic excellence and teach them in ways they will understand. Ignacio Estrada said it best by saying, “If a child can’t learn the way we teach maybe we should teach the way they learn.” Most importantly, I want to show my students what they are capable of accomplishing because it will motivate them to persevere and reach their goals.
Tiffany Banh | Learning Support Specialist Hi, I'm Tiffany! I'm currently a fourth year at UCI, majoring in Biology/Education. My ultimate goal is to become a high school Biology teacher. I also love Harry Potter!
Bryan Pham | Learning Support Specialist I’m outgoing and I’ve been told that I have a very loud personality. I am your typical nerd that likes Star Wars, Sci-Fi, and fantasy. My teaching style focuses on building a strong foundation allowing for growth into more abstract, higher level understanding. I like to simplify elaborate concepts and theorems into colloquial anagrams and phrases--making learning easier to grasp. I understand that high school can be stressful and I highly emphasis the necessity of being rigorous with time management and sleep. My teachings will help students excel in not only their academic career but also in their personal lives as well and I hope to witness their development through our time together.
Erik Orellana | Learning Support Specialist Hello! My name is Erik and I am currently a physics major at the University of California, Irvine. Teaching runs in my family and while at UCI I grew a love for teaching. I believe that with the right mindset learning about Math and Physics can be a fun experience for anyone!
Marcus Wu | Learning Support Specialist Hello! I'm excited to be a part of BrightBrain's mission to promote learning and education for the youth. Being a student at UCI, I developed an interest in physical therapy that grew from my involvements with the community and an interest in the sciences. A learning skill I've attained from my time there is to explain content to others to teach yourself. Sometimes I may find a concept hard to understand because of the way it was presented, but conveying it differently may allow me to understand it better. I think talking about something creates a different type of comprehension because you're thinking of what to say about a certain topic. I hope you can use it too!
Elena Chavez | Learning Support Specialist Hello! My name is Elena and my passion as an aspiring educator is to make a difference in a student's ability to understand the importance of learning. My hobbies include reading, baking and playing soccer. I hope to bring my experiences I have had at UC Irvine to BrightBrain and make a difference in your student's learning.
Learning Support Specialist - Part Time