About us

We are a public-benefit nonprofit organization.


Founders

Tong Jin (TJ) Kim/ CEO

Tong Jin (TJ) Kim is a professor of Industrial design at Purdue University, and as a design leader, he has created many community platforms to help educate young minds with design thinking and experiential learning.


Danny Oh/ CFO

Danny Oh is an entrepreneur and business consultant. He has a passion for helping close the gap between education and industry by connecting the dots in our community.

Team Leaders

Rebecca Goodman

Director of Engagement

Rebecca Goodman received her Masters in Nonprofit Management in 2008 from the University of Arizona. She has worked or volunteered in the nonprofit sector for the last 25 years.

Sharon Park

Director of Education

Sharon Park earned her master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has been in the educational field for almost 20 years, teaching, counseling, writing, and volunteering. She is also a certified Korean Language Teacher.

Board Members

Bob Dearing

President of Dearing Group/ a full-service advertising agency located in West Lafayette, IN

Dana Weinstein

Associate Dean of Graduate Education in the College of Engineering

Timothy VanderPlaats

Vice President & Senior Commercial Lender · First Farmers Bank & Trust

Technical Advisors

Guillermo Melantoni

Senior Product Line Manager: Tinkercad & Fusion 360 · Autodesk

Guillermo has been involved in apps for Education at Autodesk for the last 10 years and has been heading Tinkercad since 2013. He has a passion for opening up a world of possibilities around design and fabrication to all curious kids, promoting a design thinking mindset.


Barbara Young

Assistant Professor of Interior Design at Purdue University.

Barbara Young is an NCIDQ certified Interior Designer, registered in the State of Indiana, and LEED Accredited Professional with practice experience in commercial and education environments. Her research areas include design process and participation in the design of public and academic spaces.

Our Instructors

Chanho Shin/3D printing & CAD

Chanho Shin is an Industrial Engineering Ph.D. candidate at Purdue University. He is also a Graduate Administrative Assistant / Professional at Bechtel Innovation Design Center. He has a great understanding of manufacturing automation and applying skills and a strong passion for process optimization.

Angle Zhao/ Dance

Angel Zhao has graduated from Purdue University with Applied Statistics degree and currently working as an Insurance agent at Tucker Insurance. she has been dancing since she was in elementary school. Dance has become her biggest passion and brought many things to her life. So let’s dance together at wonderland education and enjoy a great time!

Jong-un Choi/ Art

Jong-un Choi received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Fine Arts Korean Painting at Ewha Woman’s University and got her Master’s degree in Studio Art at Purdue University. As a creator and educator, she has made a positive and powerful impact on her career, exploring her artistic practice and continuing to build upon exhibitions and achievements.

Katya Giannios/ Coding

Katya is a strong advocate for the advantages of computer science education for developing problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, and logic skills in elementary and high school students. Katya earned her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.

Our Location

Our Current Location

We are currently partnering with Temple Israel to provide STEAM, such as 3D printing, CAD, Media-Tech, coding, and cultural education, such as dance and languages.

Our Future Location

Our goal is to build an experiential learning/community center for kids and youth, where the young generations can learn through engagement with others. So, we are looking for founding individual, industry, and organization partners to share and grow the vision.

Learn about us

WonderLand.pptx

Our vision for the future/ design by Barbara L. Young, Laura Bittner, TJ Kim