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our team

We are a team of educators and creative thinkers who love our gadgets, screen devices and other technology. We’re also passionate about social justice, love the outdoors, and connecting with our friends and family. We are on a mission to reclaim what is amazing about human connection, core values and family dynamics, while we forge ahead to a more technology dependent future.

 
 
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zach laurie, co-founder

Zach is the founder and community programs director of Roots to Branches, an organization dedicated to empowering youth with Social and Emotional Learning lessons, Project Based learning and At-Risk prevention education. He has over 12 years experience working with youth doing Rites of Passage, Mentoring and Coaching. His background stems from landscape architecture design, corporate facilitation, teacher trainings, and working on international and national sustainability strategies. He enjoys hiking with his wife and son in Northern California.

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Aaron Schiller, co-founder

Aaron is family coach with over 15 years working with schools and families around social and emotional wellbeing. He is an Advisor and Lead Field Researcher/Trainer for Yale University’s Social Emotional Program RULER for Families.  He is the co-host of the Podcast Muse + The Catalyst. He and his wife live with their two children in Marin, CA.

 

 

 

 

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Caitlin healy, director of programs and curriculum

Caitlin is an educator with 15 years of experience teaching youth ages two through eighteen. For the past seven years she has been a social studies teacher in public schools, where she helped coach teachers on project based and blended learning, while increasing digital technology in the classroom. As a program coordinator for Peer Resources, she supported high school students in facilitating peer education workshops to over 1,000 middle and high school students. She loves rock climbing, connecting with friends and family, and is proud to be born and raised in Oakland, CA.