Dan Phillips is a speech pathologist/assistive technology specialist that currently is the founder and director of the Tech Resource Center Marin, a technology center that serves the assistive technology needs of over 4,000 students from the ages of newborn to 22 in Marin County, California. Having previously won state-level highest honors for his work in the field of Speech Pathology, he was runner-up for Teacher of the Year for the state of California in 2016 and currently was awarded Outstanding Tech Director from the Edvocate Tech Awards for 2017. He is the founder of the Nika Project, starting this organization in 2012 in South Africa. He lectures both nationally and Internationally and has been an invited speaker in Australia, South Africa, Poland, Brazil, Portugal, and Dubai.

Christie brings more than 15 years’ experience in meetings and event planning to the Nika Project. Christie currently holds the title of Associate Director of Events at the Glaucoma Research Foundation in San Francisco where she implements creative event design and production, oversees logistical and budget management, and leads fundraising initiatives for the annual auction and independent parties around the globe. Christie has served as a volunteer for multiple non-profit organizations over the years and has also led teams of volunteers in various capacities.

Jeff received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in Computer Science and currently acts as our technical director, providing years of experience both on the software side and the infrastructure side of technology.  He currently lives and works in the Bay Area.  During our South Africa trip, he successfully constructed a computer lab with printing capabilities using only donated equipment.

Kati Skulski, M.S. received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, East Bay. Kati provides AAC and AT assessments and intervention to children in the home, clinic, and school settings. Kati also works in the ACTS practice, is affiliated with the Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area, consults with Star Academy, volunteers internationally with The Nika Project, and has presented at State, National, and International conferences on Resources for AAC Strategies and Tools.

Graduated from San Francisco State University with a cultural anthropology and Spanish major. Lived abroad and studied in Spain for two years. Received moderate to severe special education teaching credential at Sonoma State University. Currently teaching middle school students with orthopedic impairments, communication disorders and medically fragile. Continuing education in Augmentative Alternative and Communication and Assistive Technology. Very happy mother of two teenage boys.