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Our Team

Dr. Ellen Cavanaugh
Founder and Galactic Problem Solver

Jacob Gorczyca
CEO and Intergalactic Mission Control

Abby Mapel
Project Manager

Chief of Security and Defender of the Realm


Joseph Chaney
Programmer and Atlas’s Interloper

Joel Cilli
3-D Printing and Arduino Mentor and Wizard of Electronic Enchantments

Mayada Christensen
Project Manager and Biovisionary Pixie of Micro Landscapes

Spencer D’Hondt
Programmer and Underground Ambassador of the Cave of Coding

Eli Lishack
Sir Still the Thinking and Ukrainian Ambassador of Великі ноги (Velyki nohy)

Mikey Selavko
Graphic Designer and the Most Charming of Princes


Each semester we have numerous STEM Leaders and Interns that we hire to run some of our program offerings.  Their resumes and clearances are on file in our office.  We would not be successful without them!


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Ellen Cavanaugh, Founder and Galactic Problem Solver

Ellen inspired kids with meaningful projects; 3rd through 6th-grade Research Fellows at the Baden Academy Charter School Media Lab, 3-12th Odyssey Fellows at PA Distance Learning Charter School, middle and high school students at the STEM Leadership Center evenings at Baden Academy Charter School in Baden, and Distinguished Educators from several area schools.  She was …

Jacob Gorczyca, CEO and Inter-Dimensional Mission Control

Jacob Gorczyca took over as CEO in 2021. He can be seen helping research fellows at Baden Academy and our STEM Leadership Center. He is the point of contact for all of our STEM Lords and Ladies, those incredible human resources who enable the students and faculty we work with bringing meaningful projects to fruition! …

Leah Kennelly – Project Manager

Leah Kennelly joins Grow a Generation with a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue and nearly ten years of experience as a senior engineer with Proctor and Gamble. Most recently, Leah has been involved in schools, scouts, and faith communities taking up the topics of education reform and academic improvement. She brings with …

STEM Lords and Ladies (Camp Leaders)

Joel Cilli, the STEM director at PA Cyber will be leading two camps for middle school, Arduino Circuits and Code and Redstone Circuits in Real Life. These camps come with kits for the kids to take home and continue exploring thei brave new world of circuits and robotics. William Cody started Mad Science of Pittsburgh …

Student Bloggers

Grow a Generation Research Fellows and Scholars are encouraged to contribute to the world today, writing, filming, photographing their experiences in a way that others will learn and be inspired. Enjoy their guest blogs and help make meaningful projects possible! ALEX HOEHN JENNA HALENDA HANNAH PEACOCK IAN CAVANAUGH  LENA CLERICI


    • Mark Breza on January 31, 2021 at 1:36 pm
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    Want to express my sympathy for the death and loss of Dr Ellen who now is still a Galactic Problem Solver.

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    • jimmy on April 17, 2024 at 3:31 pm
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