Foundry10 is led by an experienced educator named Lisa Castaneda. Lisa has a Master’s Degree in Education, a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, and over 10 years of experience teaching in K-8 schools, as well as experience working in several other fields. Lisa created foundry10 as a place for individuals to discover and develop their unique passions, interests, and skills.
Jenna received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Washington. She has worked in marketing and healthcare for over 5 years and brings a diverse skillset to foundry10 including event planning, project management, internal marketing and community outreach. Jenna has also been dancing for over 20 years and has a fierce passion for dance and the arts. Through her experiences coaching and mentoring young people she understands the importance of providing them with opportunities in which to grow and discover their talents. Jenna is thrilled to be a part of the team at foundry10 and is continually motivated to develop unique programs for students.
Marc comes from a background of volunteering and community involvement. For over a decade he has been a part of numerous after school and summer programs for student development in the arts. He previously worked in the Software industry for over 5 years and brings a unique perspective of converging ideas of art and technology.
Marc also has a strong background in dance where he has taught and coached at numerous studios in the greater Seattle area. What first started off as a passion for dance eventually grew into a love of sharing and mentoring those around him. Using dance as a form of expression, he helps those around him cultivate a strong voice of their own.
His love for the learning process keeps him driven to find innovative ways to help students learn and grow. Marc is excited to work with foundry10 in helping find creative and artistic ways for students to find their confidence and voice.
Tom received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Washington. He has worked on everything from small local clients to large-scale and multinational businesses. In his spare time, Tom works with independent and small game developers around Seattle to help them hone their business development and marketing practices. His involvement with foundry10 began in the very early stages of the company’s growth. While initially brought in to help with marketing, Tom quickly expanded into program design and development. His own love for learning and experiences in education drive him to seek innovation and growth for foundry10 and its students.
Chelsea is an actor, singer, director, teaching artist, and creative arts program developer for foundry10. Her career in theater started on the playground at recess, writing plays and organizing a small troupe that performed for the elementary school. With silliness, sincerity, and a great deal of ‘YES, AND’ she seeks to create classroom cultures that champion student voice and promote creative risk. She’s been teaching and directing students ages 3-20 since 2011. Chelsea is a former TAD and trainer with Missoula Children’s Theater and proud graduate of the Seattle Children’s Theater Drama School apprentice program from 2013-2014. Since moving to Seattle in 2013, Chelsea has been fortunate to perform and/or teach with a majority of the professional theaters in town including Seattle Rep, 5 th Avenue theater, Seattle Children’s Theater, among others. Training: BFA in Music Theater with a concentration in leadership and directing from Elon University (2011); La Academia dell’arte in Arezzo, Italy; Howard Fine Studios in LA; LAB Company with Hangar Theater in Ithaca, NY.
Colin is an outdoor educator, environmental scientist, and tinkerer.
As a recent graduate from the University of Washington with a BS in Oceanography and minor in Marine Biology, Colin is interested in the advancement of environmental science and marine technology. His passion for technology was inspired by science fiction and the immersion of society in modern technology. To foster this passion, he helped design and build competitive underwater remotely operated vehicles with a team that he co-founded at the UW. Colin’s passion for the environment extends into his recreational life, as an alpine skiing and rock climbing instructor in the Pacific Northwest for over eight years. These experience have shaped him into a dynamic leader that can react to variable teaching and learning styles. As he is always learning, Colin is humbled and excited to be part of this talented team.
Sarah was born and raised in Ripon, California, a four square-mile suburban town. To keep herself occupied, she fell into various passion areas including martial arts, percussion, choir, athletics, and dance. She found that these interests in her life outside the traditional classroom setting were driving and influencing her development more than anything. At 18 years old, she ventured off to Seattle to pursue her heavy passion for dance and the arts. While performing at foundry10’s annual dance show Beyond Boundaries, Sarah was introduced to foundry10’s mission and was instantly compelled to assist a non-traditional based learning environment for students. Today at foundry10, Sarah helps facilitate the student-led internships, and is involved with hip hop dance, automotive technology, and girls’ programs.
Zachary Ong is a Seattle native, born and raised. Ever since his early days, Zach has always been fascinated by the arts surrounding film. Having gradually built up his foundations through observation and experience, he made it his life’s goal to pursue a career in film. Before working at foundry10, the young filmmaker started his own freelance company, allowing him to work in multiple facets of the industry. In addition to film, Zach is also a working hip-hop choreographer in the Seattle area. On a day-to-day basis, he is bringing his skills in both art forms to the team and students at foundry10 and learning as much as he can along the way.
Tim is a film director, screenwriter, and cinematographer. He fell in love with filmmaking at the age of five and began making short films when he was 12. Tim was one of the last few to have graduated with a degree in CineMedia, U. of Washington’s exclusive pilot program focused on film, drama, and creative writing. When not working on passion projects, Tim offers his skills as a freelancer, producing short documentaries and other various video projects for clients.
Tim’s mission as a filmmaker is to change the way people view life with the stories that he chooses to tell; common themes in his films include questions on morality, religion, socio-economic inequality, existentialism, and human relationships. Tim wishes to collaborate more with other Asian American artists as a way to promote proper portrayal and representation of Asians in media and film.
Working with foundry10, Tim hopes to share his experience and knowledge as a working filmmaker and storyteller with students as well as being inspired by them in return.
Mike is a social scientist with a broad background in people-centered research and strong interest in ethnography, cognitive psychology, group dynamics, and measurement strategy. He’s currently earning his Ph.D. in sociolinguistics from the University of Washington, focusing on language variation within an ethnically diverse public housing community in Seattle. At foundry10, Mike is excited to ask questions at the intersection of social and cognitive development, describe how people construct their own understanding of the world and their place in it, encourage creativity in the arts, and incorporate the student voice into educational research.
Manrita obtained her BA/MD from Lehigh University and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She did her radiology residency and fellowships in MRI research and interventional radiology at Stanford, and fellowship in pediatric radiology at Children’s Hospital Seattle. She spent many years in academic pediatric medicine before transitioning to working in the private world. She has been in a variety of volunteer and leadership positions advocating for improved pediatric health care and medical safety and quality. Experiences include co-founding the Society for Pediatric Interventional Radiology and being lead author of the public service campaign “Image Gently, Step Lightly.” Manrita finds that kids are sincere, insightful, curious, idealistic, and fascinating to talk with. She is thrilled to work with foundry10 in trying to find ways to keep that wonderful optimism and confidence alive in kids as they navigate through the educational system toward adulthood.
Justin is a research psychologist who has investigated cognitive underpinnings of STEM skills in children and adults using behavioral measures and electroencephalography (EEG). He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from Emory University and B.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park. Previously, Justin has worked as a community college professor and a scientist for the Navy. Justin is interested in examining the impact of non-traditional learning programs on students’ attitudes, beliefs, cognitive and socioemotional thinking.