Meet the Code Central Team! Our staff is made up of a diverse team of coders with a wide range of experience in programming, and working with kids. They are passionate about sharing their knowledge with others!

Eric Mendelsohn
Eric MendelsohnCo-Founder/Director
With more than 25 years of experience in teaching and education management, Eric has worked with a wide range of students from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds. With an M.A. in English and extensive program development and teaching experience, he has developed countless courses in many areas of study, including cultural training, learning development, and tutoring programs. Eric is committed environments that inspire others to learn, and is the father of a fourth grade “creator.”


Sam Cornelius
Sam CorneliusCurriculum Specialist
Sam is a homeschool graduate and holds an Associates in Computer Programming from the College of Southern Nevada. His passion for educating others in computer programming begin with his work as a tutor and lab monitor at CSN, and has developed during his time with Code Central. He is an avid gamer, a passionate music maker, and is the eldest of three siblings.


Nadine Rayes
Nadine RayesLead Instructor
A fourth year undergrad Computer Science student at UNLV, Nadine has been learning computer science since her freshman year of high school. Her passion for coding arose from an interest in video game design at a young age. She was a computer science tutor at Virginia State University, and has an extensive background working with kids of all ages.


Cameron Burns
Cameron BurnsLead Instructor
Cameron is a 3rd year undergrad Computer Science student at UNLV. His passion for coding originated from his interest in ethical hacking and keeping the transfer of digital information secure. Cameron wants to spread the wonder of coding and believes every child deserves to have a fundamental understanding of how computers work. When Cameron is not studying or working, he is enjoying his love for video games and reading.
Rebekah Chang
Rebekah ChangCoordinator
Rebekah is currently a senior at Southern Oregon University as a Psychology major and Communications minor. She has worked for Code Central in various capacities since the company started. Additionally, Becca has a background in Graphic Design with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. She also enjoys creating art and studying human interactions based on communication and social media.
Cathy Zhu
Cathy ZhuCoordinator
Currently an undergraduate student at UNLV, Cathy has experience with graphic design, web design, and web development. She is an Adobe Certified Associate in Adobe Illustrator and graduated from Southwest Career & Technical Academy with Nevada’s Certificate of Skill Attainment in both Graphic Design and Web Design & Development. Her hobbies include drawing and photography.
Fiorina Chau
Fiorina ChauCoordinator
Fiorina is currently studying Computer Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. She graduated from Southwest Career & Technical Academy as a Web Design and Development major. She loves to express herself through the arts: painting, graphic design, or drawing. She also teaches figure skating to kids in her free time.
Noah Leighton
Noah LeightonInstructor
Noah is currently studying Mechanical Engineering as a freshman at the University of Nevada, Reno. During his high school career at Coronado High school he competed at the global level for VEX robotics. His robotics team has played in tournaments all across the country from the US Nationals to the Vex World Championships. Noah also enjoys fidgeting with his Rubik’s cube and playing Xbox with his friends.
Xander Endre
Xander EndreInstructor
Xander is currently dual-enrolled at Coronado High School and Nevada State College. Xander has been learning Computer Science since he was in 7th grade. He began as a student for Code Central, became a student volunteer, and is currently an instructor. Xander has a passion for designing and developing websites. Xander enjoys baking in his free time.
Grace Gabrielson
Grace GabrielsonInstructor
Grace is a 2020 graduate of Coronado High School. She was an officer on the Vex Robotics Team, and last season her team qualified for the Vex World Championship. A 2nd degree black belt, she has also won the Las Vegas affiliate award for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing. She has been passionate about Computer Science since she was ten years old and is grateful for the opportunity to inspire others to learn how to code. In her free time, Grace enjoys long walks with her dog and movie nights with her brothers.
Lauren Petrosky
Lauren PetroskyInstructor
Lauren is currently a junior at Kentucky Wesleyan College studying biology and chemistry. She started coding her freshman year of high school by going to SWCTA in hopes of influencing the technology field, especially for girls. Lauren is a nationally ranked Irish Dancer, and has traveled around the world for competitions. She is also the cheerleading captain and a student council member at her school, which helps fulfill her need to help others in the community. Once she graduates, Lauren plans to go into the biotechnology field and put together her love for coding with her love for science.
Abbey Weeks
Abbey WeeksInstructor
Abbey is a Computer Science student at UNLV, who found a love of coding through video games. She is a Unity-certified developer and is familiar with graphic design, animation, and robotics. She loves to teach students all types of programming and hopes more and more students continue to enjoy learning to code.
Cameron Kirk
Cameron KirkInstructor
Cameron is a Computer Engineering student at UNLV. He enjoys working with embedded systems and field-programmable gate arrays. In 2018, he founded the Chess Club UNLV student organization and occasionally plays online chess in his free time. Cameron enjoys talking about how computers and electronics work when they execute code.
Matthew Hall
Matthew HallInstructor
Matthew is a developer in his third year of UNLV’s Computer Science program. With a passion for video games from an early age, Matt picked up many skills while tinkering around with games he played as a kid. He then took his knowledge to a more professional level through higher education. He loves creating and innovating, and aims to continue to share his knowledge with others.
Seth Goolsby
Seth GoolsbyInstructor
Seth is a Computer Engineering and Computer Science major at USC. He loves robotics, and his goal is to have a career working in the field of autonomous systems. His favorite video game is Hollow Knight, and he also loves to rock climb. He often goes hiking and camping with his family also. He has been tutoring students since his school, previously at Mathnasium, and at Code Central since our first center opened.
Marco Salinas
Marco SalinasInstructor
Marco is currently studying graphic design at UNLV. His hobbies include video gaming and watching movies. He is experienced in C++ and web development,and graduated from Coronado High School in 2018.
Nick Harris
Nick HarrisInstructor
Nick is in his senior year at UNLV, completing his degree in Computer Engineering. He is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the National Society of Black Engineers, and is VP of the UNLV Rugby club. He majored in networking technology at A-TECH, where he was also captain of the Wrestling Team and Weightlifting Club President. His specialty is in circuit analysis and electronic design. He also enjoys playing Xbox and producing music!
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-Phil Jackson