Dan Phillips is a speech pathologist/assistive technology specialist and 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 was awarded Outstanding Tech Director from the Edvocate Tech Awards for 2017. He is a co-founder of the Nika Project, starting this organization in 2013 in South Africa. He lectures both nationally and internationally and has been an invited speaker in Australia, South Africa, Poland, Brazil, Portugal, the UK and Dubai.
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 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.
Jeff received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in Computer Science and currently acts as The Nika Project’s technical director and treasurer, 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 unused donated equipment.
Cindy graduated from San Francisco State University with a Cultural Anthropology and Spanish major. She lived abroad and studied in Spain for two years. She received her moderate to severe special education credential at Sonoma State University. Cindy is currently teaching middle school students with orthopedic impairments, communication disorders and medically fragile. She is a certified trainer in non-violent crisis intervention and continuing her education in Augmentative Alternative and Communication and Assistive Technology. She is a very happy mother of two teenage boys.
Christie brings more than 16 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.