About Us

Brooke Danielsson, Ph.D.

Founder and Director

Brooke received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2022. She is currently a Postdoctoral Scientist at Yale University School of Medicine in the department of Cell Biology. Brooke, a dyslexic herself, started EPIC in 2018 with the goal to bring more dyslexic students into STEM. For fun, she enjoys trying new restaurants with her husband and playing with her new baby boy and two puppies!

Jessanne Lichtenberg, M.S.

RVA Director

EPIC STEM Instructor and a Ph.D. Candidate in Biomedical Engineering at VCU. Jessanne's research is focused on investigating tumor metastasis using a microphysiological system to mimic the tumor microenvironment. In her free time, Jessanne enjoys cooking, baking, drawing, and playing board/card games!

Corinne Leonard, B.S.

Social Media Manager

EPIC STEM Instructor and Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Engineering at VCU. Corinne's research focuses on mimicking the tumor microenvironment with microphysiological platforms and investigating the biomechanical cues associated with cancer metastasis. In her free time, Corinne enjoys baking, playing with the Peppas at VCU Basketball games, and crafting.

Krista Gauthier, BA , MA

Mentor

Krista has been a Mentor of EPIC since 2020. She is the Executive Director of the Sliding Doors STEM & Dyslexia Learning Center (SDSquared), a non-profit organization based in the DC area that provides 1-on-1 reading intervention and STEM enrichment to elementary aged students with dyslexia. Sliding Doors' mission is to change the conversation about dyslexia education and create future STEM and business leaders, by building confidence in children with dyslexia and equipping educators with tools to help these children reach their full potential. Krista first conceived of SDSquared when, as a parent of a dyslexic child, she noticed that the access she was able to provide her daughter, in both remediation and STEM enrichment, was denied to so many. Krista has a B.A. (Boston College) and M.A. (Northeastern University) in English Literature. In her free time, Krista enjoys running, reading, hiking, kayaking, and raising her two girls.

Lori Floyd-Miller, M.Ed.

VCU's Graduate Programs Coordinator

Lori is the Graduate Programs Coordinator for VCU’s College of Engineering and a major supporter of all things EPIC! Lori helped turn the idea of EPIC into a reality, and has been continuously encouraging EPIC’s mission of using multi-sensory learning and creativity to teach STEM!

Jenilee Stanley-Shanks, M.S, M.A.

VCU's Director of Government and Community Outreach

Jenilee is the Director of Government and Community Outreach at VCU. She has been a supporter of EPIC from the beginning and helped bring it to life! Thanks to Jenilee for promoting EPIC, recruiting volunteers, and for encouraging the diversity of learning!

Current Volunteers at VCU

  • Amanda Pearson, Undergraduate Student in BME

  • Jessica Cornthwaite, Ph.D. Student in BME

  • Kristin Kim, Ph.D. Student in BME

  • Leia Troop, Ph.D. Student in BME

  • Santiago Lopez, Undergraduate Student in BME

  • Sydnie Tran, Ph.D. Student in BME

Past Volunteers

  • Aamna Siddiqui, Undergraduate Student at VCU

  • Al-noor Ikram, Undergraduate Student at VCU

  • Austin Gouldin, Graduate Student at VCU

  • Daniel Sop, Graduate Student at VCU

  • Ethan Brown, Graduate Student at VCU

  • James Danielsson, Graduate Student at VCU

  • James Redden, Graduate Student at VCU

  • Jolene Cabe, Lab Manager at VCU

  • Katie Tieu, Graduate Student at VCU, Former Co-Director at VCU

  • Logan Petry, Graduate Student at VCU

  • Tracy Tarlton, Former Social Media Chair