About Us

BootUp is dedicated to empowering elementary teachers and students through computer science and creating equitable computer science programs in underrepresented and underserved communities. Since 2015, BootUp has worked with over 300 elementary schools impacting over 150,000 students, providing in-person professional development, coaching, and resources that prepare teachers to facilitate coding projects in Scratch and ScratchJr. Students are inspired through creative and interactive lessons that allow them to explore their personal interests with code.

Our Mission

To level the equity playing field by empowering K-5 teachers in underserved and under-represented communities with life-changing coding and computer science curricula and skills.

Our Team

Our team is committed to expanding equitable access to computer science and coding. We are former public educators, creatives, lifelong learners that are deeply engaged and passionate about what we do.

Clark Merkley

Executive Director

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Abby Funabiki, MPA

Associate Executive Director

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Jared O'Leary, PhD

Director of Education & Research

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Karen Melara

Marketing Manager

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McKay Perkins, MS

PD Facilitator

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Brenda Bass

PD Facilitator

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Laurie Green

PD Facilitator

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Heather Cunningham

PD Facilitator

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Carlos Leon

PD Facilitator

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Kelly Powers

PD Facilitator

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Michael Hanahan

Marketing Consultant

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Stacie Mason, PhD

Research and Evaluation

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Our Board of Directors

“What about students who never would be exposed to coding? It has to be a core subject and it has to be done in elementary school.” Ari Ioannides, Founder and Board Treasurer

Ari Ioannides

Board Treasurer and Executive Director, Park City Institute

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Todd Ullah, Ed.D

Board Chair and Vice President, National Education Foundation

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Lien Diaz

Board Vice Chair and Director of Educational Innovation and Leadership, Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech

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David Evans

Board Secretary and Chief Relationship & Development Officer, Q Financial Design Workshops, LLC

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Allison Miller

Senior Improvement Coach, Ed Direction

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