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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Rohit Chaki
Rohit ChakiInstructor
Rohit is studying Physics and Chemistry at Harvard University. After spending his sophomore year as a teaching assistant for a graduate laboratory electronics class, Rohit traveled to India for a summer to teach robotics and programming. He strives to use computers, especially artificial intelligence and neural networks, to tackle scientific problems. Captain of his cross country team, Rohit also enjoys chess and yoga. He is an avid League of Legends player!
Brendan Graves
Brendan GravesInstructor
Brendan is currently studying Aerospace Engineering at Arizona State University. During his high school career at Coronado High School, he was an officer of the Vex Robotics team and competed globally. In 2020, his robotics team won the Virtual Vex Worlds Championship against teams from over 50 countries. He enjoys talking about physics and how rockets and spacecraft work. In his free time, he enjoys backpacking trips with his friends and running.
“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”
-Phil Jackson