b*free

contributors

Michael Weyandt - Co-Founder / Classical Musician

CONTRIBUTION
*aligning curriculum to support artists


Michael is the cofounder of Team Theory, an innovative hiring consultancy that helps startups use a holistic, human-focused approach to improve their hiring processes and find exceptional people. Throughout his multifaceted work in business, education, and the arts, he has continually explored how diverse teams can work together to produce the best outcomes for everyone. Outside of Team Theory, he maintains a solo performance career as an opera singer and also works with the multidisciplinary performance troupe The Atelier.

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Nita Baum
Kim Smith - Artist

CONTRIBUTION
*artwork for b*free logo + visual identity


Kim Smith is an artist and designer based in Boston, MA. She is the co-founder and CEO of Learning Beautiful, a company creating timeless computational toys for young children. Additionally, she is the Art Director for Wildflower Schools, a foundation supporting a network of innovative shopfront Montessori schools.

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Nita Baum
Sarah Carter - Program Coordinator / Consultant

CONTRIBUTION
*operations + research

Sarah Carter has 7 years of experience working in the non-profit sector. She is thrilled to bring her experience as a freelancer to b*free, as she believes that working for oneself has the potential for healing and self-determination. Sarah credits b*free with helping her to discover her passion for education and helping students achieve their goals. 

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Nita Baum
Jennifer Lishansky - Meditation Teacher

CONTRIBUTION
*meditation, wellness + curriculum content

Jenn Lishansky has been teaching meditation for 15+ years. She got her start as an early adolescent, leading monthly meditation programs for families, and has been teaching ever since. Throughout her career, Jenn has traveled the world studying various forms of meditation and learning from experts.

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Nita Baum
Mubuso Zamchiya - Social Impact Entrepreneur

CONTRIBUTION
*strategic advisory + curriculum content

Mubuso is focused on ensuring that children and adults everywhere have opportunity to get a great education and experience intellectual freedom. He has supported the development of education and youth development initiatives in Africa and North America. Mubuso has worked in a variety of sectors, including international development, the power industry, and retail and commercial banking. He is the founder of the BOOST Fellowship, an initiative in Zimbabwe that helps young people make a successful transition from the classroom to the workplace.

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Nita Baum
Carolyn Carpenter - Transformation Consultant

CONTRIBUTION
*strategic planning + launch operations


Carolyn is Founder and CEO of Pearl Strategy Partners, an advisory services and management consultancy committed to helping clients transform their organizations in order to increase impact and to achieve dramatic results.  She has extensive strategy and operations experience across nonprofit, social enterprise, government and corporate roles.   

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Nita Baum
Tabitha St. Bernard Jacobs - Fashion Designer / Co-Founder / Activist

CONTRIBUTION
*operations+ marketing +communications/PR


Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs is the co-founder and designer of Tabii Just (tabiijust.com), a line of Zero Waste womenswear clothing and accessories that is made ethically in Brooklyn from deadstock fabric. She is an advocate for fair working conditions for garment workers as well as ethical fashion. Tabitha is also the Youth and Family Coordinator for the Women's March, helping organize the biggest demonstration in response to an election in U.S. history.  

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Nita Baum
Lydia F. Hall, M.A. - Consultant / Legislative Aide

CONTRIBUTION
*market research


Two key ideas have driven Lydia throughout her career: People have the power to make the government work for them, and their voices and perspectives matter to policymakers. Given her background in advocacy, graduate studies in education policy, and time spent working on education issues (early childhood through postsecondary) on the Hill, Lydia brings a unique mix of policy and advocacy expertise to her work.  

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Nita Baum