Our team

We share a passion for great science education

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Three Stile staff posing with our teacher materials, with plants in the background
Three Stile staff doing a pottery workshop together
The decoration in Stile's Portland office, including plants and our periodic table poster
Six Stile staff members in front of their conference booth
Five Stile staff seated in a circle smiling at the camera
Three Stile staff posing with our teacher materials, with plants in the background
Three Stile staff doing a pottery workshop together
The decoration in Stile's Portland office, including plants and our periodic table poster
Six Stile staff members in front of their conference booth

Stile was founded by Alan Finkel, Byron Scaf, and Danny Pikler, who together own and operate the company.

Every aspect of Stile is crafted in-house by our passionate team of teachers, scientists, artists and engineers — a multidisciplinary group of the best and brightest. You’ll find Stilists scattered all around Australia, New Zealand and the United States with our global Headquarters based in Melbourne, Australia and US Headquarters in Portland, Oregon.

Meet the Stile team

We asked the team how they would describe a Stile person. Here is what they had to say.

Team Oregon

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Hailey Vogel Carvajal

Head of Teaching & Learning

Hailey is a former special education science teacher who began her career in Brooklyn, NY, before transitioning to a research coordinator role with NYC's Education Department. At Stile, she provides teachers with training and on-the ground support.

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Julianna Jimenez

Director of School and District Partnerships

Julianna failed her HS science classes which led her to believe she was terrible at science. That changed during her 3rd year of community college where a science teacher inspired her new path of becoming a HS science teacher. She is passionate about making health and science education fun, relevant, and accessible to all.

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Kat Gentry

Head of Stile USA

Kat was a science teacher before researching pest management in aquaculture across Norway, Australia, and New Zealand. Striving to cultivate student curiosity, enhance teacher job satisfaction, and bring more science classrooms to life, Kat leads Stile’s US team.

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Lilka Jones

Administrative Assistant

Lily is a former elementary and preschool teacher. Her most valued memories with children have all taken place in nature or in the art studio. Lily is a creative problem solver and loves employing this skill in Team USA.

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Mel Horton

Oregon Science Education Leader

Mel, an experienced teacher with over 11 years in the classroom, is driven by the goal of eliminating the question "Why do we have to learn this?" from her students. As an Oregon native, she empathizes with the challenges faced by teachers in engaging students. Her passion lies in providing every student with a top-notch science education, enabling them to comprehend the world and their role in it. Mel is thrilled to take on her new position as the Oregon Science Education lead with Stile, where she will support teachers in revitalizing the joy of teaching.

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Shawna Jensen

Community and Instructional Support Lead

Shawna, a former secondary teacher and instructional coach with a focus on equity & literacy, has vast teaching experience and a doctorate in educational technology. Passionate about evidence-based practices, she believes in technology’s power to boost engagement. With over ten years in the K12 field, she champions equitable learning for all.

Global Leadership

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Alan Finkel

Chair & Co-founder

Alan Finkel is a neuroscientist, engineer and entrepreneur. He was Australia’s chief scientist from 2016 to 2020, during which time he led the National Electricity Market Review, the development of the National Hydrogen Strategy, and the panel that advised the Australian Government on the 2020 Low Emissions Technology Roadmap. Amongst Alan’s other roles within the government, Alan has returned as our Chair.

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Daniel Pikler

CEO & Co-founder

After working as a musician, then as a geneticist at the CSIRO in Canberra, Danny studied secondary teaching in Melbourne and saw first-hand the need for better science teaching resources. Danny joined Byron and Alan to found Stile in 2012.

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Byron Scaf

CEO & Co-founder

Byron got a few months into a PhD in Neuroscience at Melbourne University before building Australia’s first electric vehicle charging network with Better Place. Finally understanding what STEM meant in the real world, he co-founded Stile in 2012 and set about working with schools.

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Clare Feeney

Head of Product

Clare started as a medical scientist before she was introduced to the joy of teaching when tutoring refugee families. As a science and maths teacher, she became aware of the positive impact of technology. In 2015, she joined Education Perfect and built their Science, Mathematics, Geography, History and Numeracy resources. In 2019, she joined Stile and is responsible for developing all teaching and learning resources.

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Daniel Rodgers-Pryor

Chief Technology & Security Officer

Daniel’s academic background in Condensed Matter Physics and Computer Science gave him a passion for promoting scientific literacy and the skills to manage complex computing systems. Daniel joined Stile in 2014 and stepped into the role of CTO in 2017.

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Jaclyn Rooney

Head of Teacher Engagement & Professional Learning

Jaclyn is a dedicated educator, bringing a wealth of experience in teaching, curriculum design, and teacher professional learning in both science and physical education. She joined Stile in 2016 and is responsible for Professional Learning. She is passionate about supporting, celebrating and enhancing the amazing work that science teachers do to help make science learning not only impactful, but relevant and engaging for students.

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Jayde Taylor

Chief Financial Officer

Jayde was traveling in South America when she started to think differently about purpose. She had been working in New York and London for award-winning creative agencies, integrating new digital ventures for a rapidly changing market. In Stile she saw a unique opportunity to unlock the potential of young people with innovative content and technology.

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Joshua Ravek

Head of Sales

Josh was one of the earliest adopters of Stile in the classroom. Convinced of its potential, he joined the team to help other teachers benefit from Stile the way he and his students had. Today, Josh heads up our AU sales team.

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Sarah Lindop

Chief Customer Officer

After working as an eLearning developer, predominantly in the health industry, Sarah made the move to a sector she was more passionate about: education.

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Simone Gregurke

Director of People and Culture

Following General Management roles in fast growth companies, Simone was drawn to Stile's vision, social purpose and goal to help students globally. With a Masters of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and a passion for developing future leaders, she now supports Stile's people capability and the company's growth.

The dream team

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Alex Finkel

Head of Platform Engineering

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Alexandra Russell

Head of Curriculum and Pedagogy

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Ally Macdonald

Software Engineer

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Andrew Nicholls

Head of Schools, VIC

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Andy Smith

Science Team Leader

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Bassant Ibrahim

Stile School Manager

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Ben Taylor

Staff Software Engineer

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Caitlyn Jones

Executive Assistant

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Campbell Edgar

Science Curriculum Editor

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Chamathi Gamage

Business Systems Engineer

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Charlotte Newall

Executive Assistant

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Chelsea Page-Saxton

Product Administrative Assistant

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Chris Hoang

Business Analyst

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Daniel Pekevski

Senior Software Engineer

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Daniela Haddad

Employee Experience Coordinator

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Dave Canavan

Head of Schools, QLD

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Devon McKenzie

Junior Software Engineer (Product)

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Elise Kovacs

Head of Schools, NSW

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Emily Cheng

Finance Manager

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Emma Ngo

Designer

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Gisela Beer

Illustrator

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Hamish McCoy

Science Curriculum Editor

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Honman Yau

Software Engineer

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Huw Llewellyn

Engineering Team Lead

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Ikram Saedi

Junior Software Engineer

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Jeff Parsons

Senior Tooling Engineer

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Jemima Capper

Content Coordinator

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Jenna Minchuk

Head of Marketing

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Jules Ius

Senior Teacher Happiness

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Karleen Han

Junior Software Engineer

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Katrina Don Paul

Stile School Manager

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Kelly Fernandez

ICT Business Analyst

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Kirsten Hood

Marketing Manager

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Lara Rijksman

Stile School Manager

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Lavinia Monteiro

Junior Software Engineer

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Leah Jabornik

Teacher Happiness Team Lead

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Liz Coleman

Stile School Manager

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Marcus Finlay

Science Curriculum Writer

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Matthew Needham

Head of Business Systems

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Meghan Fennessy

Stile School Manager

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Mia Holton

Videographer

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Nick Spain

Senior Platform Engineer

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Paul Giardina

Teacher Happiness

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Peter Gates

Engineering Team Lead

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Pooja Prabhakaran

Designer

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Quynh-Chi Nguyen

Staff Software Engineer

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Rebecca Wilde

Stile School Manager

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Rhys Walsh-Tindall

Support Engineer

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Rochelle Scholtes

Concierge Coordinator

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Sean Hurley

Head of Design

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Shannon Cole

Senior Software Engineer

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Steve Dornan

Head of Schools, WA

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Tim Brade

Studio Manager

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Toni Cox

Science Team Leader

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