Our Team

DAVID HIRSCHBERG, PHD

DAVID HIRSCHBERG, PHD

FOUNDER & CATALYST

Years ago, I returned to Tacoma with a dream of starting a life science incubator that would educate students, grow jobs, and turn out start-up companies for our region. RAIN is the recognition of that dream. My strength is in creating innovative spaces where people can collaborate develop skills and invent useful tools. RAIN is about rapid prototyping of ideas, demonstration of technology to investors and solutions to local problems. RAIN is about fundamental work from the bottom up. We want to be Tacoma’s hometown innovation center, a proving ground for technical expertise. We are developing human capital for the community.

JENNA MCKEE-JOHNSON, PHD

JENNA MCKEE-JOHNSON, PHD

HEAD OF SCIENTIFIC OPERATIONS
Teryn Reche

Teryn Reche

Director of Operations

Director of Operations, Ms. Reche is an accomplished operations specialist who is focused on developing RAIN as it grows from a small non-profit to a Research and Development hub for Tacoma. She is a dedicated manager with excellent organizational and financial skills who is focused on diversity and inclusion in building equity in scientific opportunities for local youth.

Olivia Samuel

Olivia Samuel

Executive Administrator
VYSHNIKA SRISKANTHARAJAH

VYSHNIKA SRISKANTHARAJAH

DATA ANALYST
Chloe Martinez

Chloe Martinez

Research Technician II
Shaira Shohradova

Shaira Shohradova

Research Technician II
Matthew Kane

Matthew Kane

Research Tech II
Nicole M.

Nicole M.

Asst. Lab Manager
Kelvin Penn

Kelvin Penn

Media/Community Outreach Specialist

Community Outreach Specialist, Mr. Penn is an accomplished advocate for the Tacoma community and brings to RAIN a strong background in communications, information technology, and audio-visual production and development. He is a musician, singer songwriter and producer and has taught classes on these topics.

Nathan Veal

Nathan Veal

Junior Technician
ANDREW STRUTHERS

ANDREW STRUTHERS

LOGISTICS COORDINATOR
Daivon Veal

Daivon Veal

Data Assistant
Mukam Shohradov

Mukam Shohradov

Junior Technician
Anthony Martinez

Anthony Martinez

Financial Assistant
Annika Cederstrand

Annika Cederstrand

Research Assistant I
JUDY NGUYEN, PHD

JUDY NGUYEN, PHD

SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR
RUSTOSAURUS REX

RUSTOSAURUS REX

MASCOT

Alumni

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