MVYLI’s Team 2016-2017
Kristina is a recent graduate from Lasell College, in Newton, Massachusetts with the Master’s of Science in Integrated Marketing Communication. She came to the United States after graduating from
Kristina comes from a very small post Soviet country in Eastern Europe — Lithuania and belongs to the generation that saw the transformation of the free country and free mind of people. It hasn’t been until she first learned about non traditional education approaches that she saw a traditional education system to be old-fashioned and not allowing to develop free, dreaming, and open mind of students.
Ever since, Kristina supported non traditional education approaches that led her to work with high school students in running and developing a student operated radio station. She also became a part of a School of Success, which inspired her to look for a better tomorrow and interested her enough to come back as a university student and organize a few events with the organization for local high school students. Volunteer and participatory experience in Global Leadership Summit and Editor-in-Chief position at university’s student newspaper gave Kristina a better understanding of what leadership is and how it can be used as a tool to achieve one’s goals.
Kristina joined the team of MVYLI as a project coordinator and Graphic Designer in 2016 with the desire to share her experiences in the educational journey. She is happy to share her enthusiasm and unstoppable curiosity for the unknown, knowledge of the ‘human mind machine’, determination in chasing the dream, motivation to get out of one’s comfort zone, and experience of the voyage through the land of multiculturalism. Kristina plans to further study graphic design and turn her personal passion for home decoration into sustainable business.
John has spent his life pursuing his childhood dreams from when he was twelve. He wanted to be an inventor, an electrical engineer and live the life of a mad scientist. He wanted to build a proper autonomous robot. He dreamed of starting his own company after college. He wanted to design and make video games and toys and had an obsession with remote controls and hifi gear. He also wanted to bike around the US, getting to know the country and its history.
In high school John started his first company making floor plans and fulfilled his first childhood dream by building a proper robot with two friends designed to clean their rooms. After graduating from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute where he majored in Electrical Engineering John started a company with his college roommate called ReQuest Inc, a company that is now 20 years old. In a time where phones had cords and computers talked over phone lines John designed and built their first product, AudioReQuest, in his bedroom (often at 2:00am) which became one of the first MP3 players ever sold.
After 13 years at ReQuest expanding into high end Audio and Video storage and commercial digital signage John left to work for the Activision studio Vicarious Visions working on the next generation guitar for Guitar Hero and the magnetic toys for Skylanders: Swap Force. Most recently John fulfilled his final childhood dream and spent 1.5 years biking around the US living in a tent while working on another startup called HearGlass, an improved type of hearing aid built into a pair of glasses.
Throughout John’s entire career and schooling he has been helped along the way by mentors and he has always loved helping friends and family who are starting a business or navigating technical challenges. In joining MVYLI John is looking forward to helping today’s youth realize their childhood dreams.
Lisa has 20 plus years of diverse human resource experience. She has had the opportunity to work in different corporate environments and has developed and managed company internship programs, designed and facilitated training programs, developed work force resource guides, managed recruiting and created and hosted company programs; such as the annual job shadowing day. One of the things she likes most about the human resource field is the opportunity to work with people and to help coach, mentor and guide them.
Lisa is a mom of two young adult daughters. While her daughters were in college, Lisa always encouraged them to work in internship positions. Their internship positions, exposure to both the corporate environment and the management team proved valuable and lead them to jobs of their career choice when they graduated college.
Lisa, her husband John and their 14-year old yellow lab, moved to the Vineyard in April 2016. They are enjoying the island and all it has to offer. She was born and raised in Needham, Massachusetts and spent most of her adult life in Northern Virginia. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Skidmore College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from American University.
With MVYI,I Lisa looks forward to giving back to the community and helping the youth with mentoring and job shadowing. She hopes to use her corporate human resource experience and skills to help others prepare for the future and guide them to make sound choices about their careers and future.
Marianne is the Executive Director of the Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative and the Stone Soup Leadership Institute. She is the author of educational series, Stone Soup for the World: Life-Changing Stories of Everyday Heroes. Alumni of Boston University’s MBA Organizational Development, she consulted to companies, Chambers of Commerce, education, government, civic and community leaders to develop public-private education and economic development partnerships.
Robin is the Webmaster of mvyli.org since 2011. A University of Maryland, College Park graduate she’s lived on the Vineyard since 1997. She began her career working for an Internet bookstore in Vineyard Haven, then SEO/web marketing firm in 2007. She lives in Edgartown with her husband and two daughters.