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

Vyshnika is RAIN's Data Analyst by way of Houston Texas. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Biomedical Informatics. Vyshnika has a wide range of interests but has really been into drawing lately.

Chloe Martinez

Chloe Martinez

Research Technician II

Chloe Mae Martinez received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Washington, Tacoma. She is fascinated by molecular and microbiology. Outside of the lab, she enjoys going out to eat, snowboarding (new to it),  and watching new shows.

Shaira Shohradova

Shaira Shohradova

Research Technician II
Matthew Kane

Matthew Kane

Research Tech II

Matthew is a Research Technician II at RAIN. He is a pacific northwest native and has a B.S. in biology. His work at RAIN primarily revolves around antibody research and testing for COVID-vaccinated and/or recovered individuals. Outside of work really enjoys golfing and skiing.

Nicole Manteufel

Nicole Manteufel

Asst. Lab Manager

Nicole is an Army Veteran of 10 years. She loves cetacean conservation and marine biology. She has a Masters of Environmental Studies with a concentration in marine biology from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.

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.

ANDREW STRUTHERS

ANDREW STRUTHERS

LOGISTICS COORDINATOR

Mr. Struthers, has over 20 years experience in logistics, professional shipping, and customer service. He is primarily responsible for logistics for foreign pharmaceutical distribution in the United States and also provides shipping and Covid-19 testing kits for wastewater collection.

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

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