Founder & Board President
Ari Ioannides has more than 35 years of experience solving computer problems. He started programming in high school as part of a public school pilot program in which students taught each other programming. An alumnus of Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology, Ari supplemented his formal education with technical certifications from Apple, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Novell, Microsoft, HP, Cisco, and 3Com. He took his first information technology position at Sears in 1979 as the company’s youngest mainframe computer operator. In 1988 Ari founded what is now Emerald Data Solutions where he has helped organizations like BellSouth, Ernst & Young and Turner Broadcasting deploy and operate fast and reliable computer systems. Ari pioneered hardware and software designs for the first “on demand” digital music-playing system used in professional sports. His team also designed and implemented Georgia’s first online student performance reporting system. In 2000, Ari developed board management technology for Marietta City Schools in Georgia and formally launched BoardDocs® nationally in 2002. As the Chief Software Architect, he has enhanced the governance process of more than 2,000 local governing bodies.
Ari serves as Vice Chair for Recycle Utah and previously served on the board of the Park City Education Foundation. Ari has been a guest speaker at the International City/County Management Association, the National School Boards Association and the American Association of School Administrators. He has authored numerous articles and white papers and has been published in leading industry journals, including Network Computing.
Ari founded BootUp to ensure all elementary students have an opportunity to benefit from the problem-solving skills and creativity coding teaches. He believes coding needs to be a core subject, beginning in elementary school, for all students to be exposed.
Chief Strategy Officer
Abby has worked in the nonprofit industry for eight years, most recently supporting public schools in Park City, UT. At the Park City Education Foundation Abby created and led fundraising campaigns, implemented a new CRM database, and analyzed data trends and key indicators to evaluate performance and impact. In 2013, Abby led Park City School District’s rebranding project as their Communication Director and created processes for a newly formed communications department. Abby has presented at state and local conferences on data analytics and fundraising.
While attending Willamette University in Oregon, Abby interned for the Willamette Foundation and Corporate Relations Office, and the McCormick Foundation in Chicago. She played on the tennis team and served as Team Captain her senior year. She has earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah and wrote her thesis on nonprofit capacity building.
Abby is passionate about equity in public education and believes access to computer science and proficiency in coding and computational thinking can be a true equalizer. Abby leads strategic initiatives and enjoys collaborating and creating partnerships for BootUp.
K-6 Professional Development Facilitator
Kathy White has over 20 years of teaching experience and was most recently the Computer Science Specialist at Marysville School District in Washington where she taught K-5 CS curriculum, creative computing, and physical computing. She has served as a Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals Facilitator, introducing teachers to coding and developing plans for district implementation. She has led over 40 workshops and reached over 600 teachers! Kathy is a lifelong learner and has presented on integrating technology in the classroom, robots, and coding at NCCE, ISTE, and Google Summit.
Kathy believes it is critical for students to be exposed to coding in a fun, connected, and meaningful way to engage and encourage students to pursue this lifetime skill that will help them navigate the new digital world. At BootUp, Kathy partners with teachers and districts to integrate CS and computational thinking into districts in a thoughtful and meaningful way.
Lead Curriculum Developer and Consultant
Jared has over a decade of teaching experience and is committed to supporting teachers and districts by sharing open source resources. He has shared hundreds of resources with other educators and has given over 40 presentations worldwide. Most recently, Jared facilitated district-wide K-8 coding courses, including media arts, technology, and making music with computers and a middle school makerspace elective.
Jared is currently completing a Ph.D. in music education at Arizona State University. His research interests include the nexus of music engagement, learning, and computer science; music engagement and learning through video games and interactive learning; affinity, hybrid, and participatory music making and learning; skill acquisition and expertise; and critical discourse studies and discourse analysis. He has designed and facilitated undergraduate and graduate education courses at Arizona State University.
Jared in one of ten worldwide recipients of the Awards for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science from the Infosys Foundation USA, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and was also awarded an Apple Distinguished Educator award in 2017.
At BootUp, Jared designs projects and resources for elementary coding teachers and coders and consults with districts on implementing these resources and professional development.