Our Team

Our staff is made up of a diverse set of programmers with a wide range of coding experience, as well as backgrounds working with students of various ages. They are all very passionate about sharing their collective knowledge with those interested in starting their own programming journey.

Eric Mendelsohn

Co-FounderDirector

With more than 25 years of experience in Education and Management, Eric has a wealth of knowledge that spans a variety of educational levels and learning practices. In addition to his valuable experience as an educator, Eric has served on a number of committees and boards, all with the focus of continued development of young minds. His service includes being a Writing Team Member for the Nevada Department of Education K-12 Computer Science Standards (2018), an Advisory Board Member at Lied STEM Academy Middle School, and a School Organizational Team Member at Glen Taylor Elementary, Wallin Elementary, & Elise Wolff Elementary.

Eric has been recognized by the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada as the Outstanding Community Partner Award in 2019, and the Vegas Top Tech Executive Community Exemplary Award in 2018. He holds an M.A. in English and has extensive program development experience, covering countless courses in many areas of study, including: computer science, cultural training, learning development, and tutoring programs.

He is committed to cultivating environments that inspire others to learn and create.

Sam Cornelius

College of Southern, Nevada

Curriculum Specialist

Sam is a graduate from Western Governors University with a Bachelors in Cyber Security and holds an Associates in Computer Programming from the College of Southern Nevada. He has been with Code Central since before they opened and has accomplished a lot such as being a writer for the CS standards for the state of Nevada as well as implemented the learning platform that Code Central continues to use to this day. When not writing curriculum or training instructors, he likes to play his ocarina, cook video game themed foods, and play video games.

Nadine Rayes

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Lead 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. Nadine is an accomplished and published poet in her downtime.

Cameron Burns

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Lead 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.

Matthew Hall

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Lead Instructor

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.

Cathy Zhu

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Coordinator

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.

Ebony Moseley

Smith College

CoordinatorInstructor

Ebony sparked her interested in computer science after attending a summer camp focused on game development. She received her BA in Computer Science from Smith College, where she was a member of an acappella group. Ebony has been coding for 6 years and teaching kids how to code since 2017. Her favorite programming language is Python. Outside of coding, she enjoys singing, traveling, and solving puzzles.

Lauren Petrosky

Kentucky Wesleyan College

Instructor

Lauren is currently in her last semester Kentucky Wesleyan College studying biology and chemistry with an emphasis in pre-medicine. 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 cheer leading captain, a student council member at her school, and a bioinformatic student researcher 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 medicine.

Seth Goolsby

University of Southern California

Instructor

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.

Xander Endre

Neumont College of Computer Science

Instructor

Xander is currently studying Software as a freshman at Neumont College of Computer Science. He has been learning Computer Science since he was in 7th grade. He began as a student for Code Central, became a student volunteer, and has been an instructor for three years. Xander has a passion for designing and developing websites, like this one!

Abbey Weeks

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Instructor

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.

Noah Leighton

University of Nevada, Reno

Instructor

Noah is currently studying Mechanical Engineering as a sophomore 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 games online with his friends.

Nick Harris

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Instructor

Nick graduated from UNLV while working at code central. He enjoys playing Rugby, tinkering with robotics, and making music. After graduation, Nick started his engineering career working in the device repair industry, fixing iPhones, Android devices, and many other types of man’s best machine.

Richard Vargason

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Instructor

Richard is currently studying Computer Science as a freshman at UNLV. During his high school career, he competed in VEX robotics at a national level throughout the country. Outside of programming and robotics, Richard enjoys playing the guitar.

KJ Lee

University of California, San Diego

Instructor

KJ is an undergraduate student studying Mathematics / CS at the University of California, San Diego. He started his coding journey as a student at Code Central and now work as an instructor. He has a strong passion for software engineering and website development.

Savanna Spitz

Coronado High School

Instructor

Savanna is currently a senior at Coronado High. She started coding at an early age and always knew she wanted to pursue a job in that field. She started as a student when the center opened and is now an instructor who enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion. Savanna hopes to blaze a trail for future generations to pursue their dreams and inspire them. When she is not working she enjoys playing video games, traveling, and rescue dogs.

Ryan Hupperts

Indiana University

Instructor

Ryan has obtained his associates in Informatics and is currently studying for his Bachelor’s. He has been programming for about 18 years and always enjoys learning new languages. Additionally, he has been involved in tutoring, mentoring, and summer camps prior to joining Code Central. When not tutoring or coding, Ryan can usually be found tinkering around with making his own games and music. He is currently learning guitar!

Aleia Gerhardt

Coronado High School

Instructor

Aleia is a high school senior getting ready to study electrical engineering as a college student. She has taken 4 years of computer science and is part of the Coronado High School robotics club.

Marco Salinas

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Instructor

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.