PELabs

Staff

Program Director

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John Griffin

John is passionate about entrepreneurship and the Hartford youth. This combination has been the driving force behind his thirty-six years teaching career all in the Hartford School system and now with his work with Junior Achievement, Networking for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and Pathway Entrepreneurial Labs (PELabs). As Director of PELabs he believes that all interns need strong character skills that will help them gain personal wealth (discipline, integrity, a positive attitude, an ability to tackle adversity) as well as providing a workplace to inspire creativity, think entrepreneurially, and develop professionally. He hires interns from different schools and has one major goal; to be an internship with a mission grounded in the conviction that all interns can – and should – make a difference in the world.

Senior Directors

Adelle Clark

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Mike Retano

Mike Retano likes to immerse himself in technology and problems solving in his daily life. Has been teaching CAD and machining to students for over a decade. Enjoys seeing students become confident problem solvers

Matthew Stroop

Matthew Stroop is an enabler connecting students with bright technology futures, both as a technology teacher at Pathways Academy of Technology & Design and as the Web Design Director at PELabs. At the Labs, paid interns create custom web sites using WordPress for active clients. Along the way, interns develop proficiency with client relationships, project management and online content management. During the school year, students learn about Web Design, Python programming, user experience, and game development. Prior to teaching for nine years, Mr. Stroop was a usability designer and prototyped/ evaluated numerous internal web applications for IBM and their clients.

Directors

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Graham Frassinelli

Graham Frassinelli is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago, and holds a degree in Cinema Arts and Science with a focus in Location Audio Recording. Graham has had extensive experience in the field of media production, from working on the sets of television shows and movies, to running A/V systems for live events and concerts, to editing and delivering broadcast commercials. Graham has been a member of PELabs staff since the genesis of the program, and every year uses his experience to instruct participants in the proper use and maintenance of equipment, the ins and outs of the production process, and the personal and professional skills that all modern content creators need.

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Matt Shelto

Matthew Shelto is a Pathways Academy Alumni, and is currently studying Computer Information Technology at Champlain College. He has a deep-seated interest in all things technology, ranging from Web Programming to IT Network infrastructure. He also has experience in public speaking and presentations. Matthew has served as a network administrator at the Champlain LCDI (Leahy Center for Digital Investigation), and currently is a co-founder at LuxTech, and CTO of PELabs.

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Izzy Sola

Izzy Sola is a graphic designer skilled in the art of success. After graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Connecticut, Izzy started ISDESIGNS as a way to leverage her skills in a professional setting. She is passionate about using graphic design to help anyone wanting to compete with elite organizations. At PELabs, Izzy is the on-site graphic designer who has provided the visual identity for the program. Sharing her design knowledge, she works alongside student interns to teach them new software and produce graphics. It is her goal to foster an appreciation for graphic design in every intern.

Coordinators

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Kenterra Carrion

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Anthony Deliz

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Vanessa

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