Our Founders

Gerard Senehi
Gerard SenehiFounder & President
Gerard is inspired by a sense of possibilities and the potential of bringing inner aspects of our humanity to the foreground in education
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Francesca Rusciani
Francesca Rusciani Co-Founder & Executive Director
Francesca’s passion for big life questions started when she was a girl and has since developed into a lifelong journey of exploration, inquiry and commitment to social change. [Read more..]

Our Valuable Team

Rey Lynch
Rey LynchTeacher Trainer
Ronald “Rey” Lynch, Jr. is an educator and sociologist of education concerned with social and cultural studies of education. His research and professional interests revolve around the liberation of Black and Brown students via holistic and culturally affirming educational practices and pedagogy. [Read more..]
Steve Ball
Steve BallDeputy Executive Director
Steve joined Open Future Institute after spending over 20 years working in for-profit companies. Steve brings his business and management experience to the organization to help it grow in a sustainable way. In addition… [Read more..]
Jamila Blades
Jamila BladesSocial Studies Teacher & QUESTion Class Facilitator
Jamila’s passion for inspiring young people to think more deeply and critically about themselves — and their presence in the world — is translated into her work as a QUESTion Teacher. [Read more..]
Kim Hudson
Kim HudsonHealth Teacher & QUESTion Class Facilitator
Kim teaches Health and QUESTion classes at Bronx High School for Law and Community Service, where she is a strong mentor to many students and a staple of the community. [Read more..]
Pat Klarl
Pat KlarlGuidance Counselor & QUESTion Class Facilitator
Pat has over 12 years of experience as a school counselor with New York City Public Schools. She currently works with students in grades 9-12 at Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics, a public school in the South Bronx. [Read more..]
Joshua Mesnik
Joshua MesnikAmbassador and Project Facilitator, The QUESTion Project
Joshua began his journey with The QUESTion Project while in college at Florida State University by helping to create the first experimental “QUESTion Lab.” [Read more..]
Gabriel Gonzalez
Gabriel GonzalezAmbassador, The QUESTion Project
Gabriel’s passion for education grow from endless questions about community and cultural development. As an undergraduate student at Amherst College he studied various aspects of student education from history to current policy. [Read more..]
Isobel King
Isobel KingAmbassador, The QUESTion Project
Isobel joined Open Future Institute after spending several months as a volunteer who recognized the importance of supporting young people with an outlet to explore life’s biggest questions. [Read more..]
Mohamed Ramy
Mohamed RamyAmbassador, The QUESTion Project
Mohamed interned with the Open Future Institute in 2015, and has since volunteered his time as an Ambassador of The QUESTion Project. He is curious about the evolution of culture, and holds fast to his belief that acknowledging differences can lead to understanding. He is currently a pre-med student at Amherst College.
Natalia Inoa
Natalia Inoa Ambassador, The QUESTion Project
Natalia’s journey working with The QUESTion Project started as a high school student taking the QUESTion class, being very active both in class and as a QUESTion Ambassador. After high school she was so inspired by the impact the project had in her life she decided to continue to work with Open Future Institute as a volunteer and later came on as an administrative assistant bringing a fresh perspective to the office. She is currently a computer science major at Hunter College.
Michael Abele
Michael AbeleWeb Developer
Michael is an engaged contributor and volunteer who oversees OFI’s website development.