Meet the Team

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Iris Hammel

Cofounder & Executive Director

Iris Hammel is a creative problem solver and lifelong learner with a passion for helping others to unleash their potential through connecting people, resources and ideas.
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Emily Sims


Emily joined the RISE team after 12 years in the non-profit sector. She is excited to impact students around the region and improve our community from behind the scenes.
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Nick Paliga

Director of Entrepreneurship Education

Nick is a passionate educator who has excelled in designing and delivering effective instruction across multiple grade levels to bring success to each and every student.
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Omodara Ogijo

Software Engineer

Omodara is a tech enthusiast and futurist. His daily activities revolve around implementing automation tools to optimize workflows and processes.
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Logan Herzog

Growth Advisor

Logan has over 7 years of experience running growth efforts for Silicon-Valley-backed startups. He’s helped over 250 startups re-imagine how they grow their business.
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Grace Baker

Lead Facilitator

Grace started as the Lead Facilitator for the Startup Moxie program. She believes students are an underutilized resource in our communities, filled with incredible talent.