Meet the
Keepers of the Flame

It takes a lot of dedicated folks—running on bottomless reserves of energy—to produce 42 innovation camps. Our crew is talented and diverse, encompassing educators, economists, scientists, artists, refugees from the corporate world, and at least one surf instructor.

Practicing what we preach, Galileo is a highly collaborative operation. Here you can meet some of our leaders and key players. We’ve grouped them into two categories: those who manage the teams at our headquarters—handling curriculum development, forging strategic partnerships, delivering signature customer service—and those who oversee the total camp experience, from building relationships in our communities and schools to hiring and mentoring camp directors and staff.


HQ Operations

Glen Tripp

Glen Tripp

Founder and CEO

Glen quarterbacks a dynamic team of curriculum, operations, recruiting and other specialists dedicated to inspiring kids to become fearless innovators. He’s a frequent public speaker and an impassioned champion of innovation education.

Glen got his first camp job, and discovered his love of working with kids, at Stanford Sierra Camp. After completing his degree in economics and international relations at Stanford, he spent six years operating after-school programs. Then he returned to his camp roots and founded Galileo in 2002. Glen’s dream is to create an enduring company that promotes innovative thinking and nurtures the careers of current and aspiring educators.

Chris Goetz

Chris Goetz

Chief Operating Officer

Seven years ago, Chris joined Galileo to oversee its East Bay camps. Today, as COO, he keeps things humming across all of Galileo’s camps and in the HQ, overseeing program operations, people operations, marketing and finance. Before Galileo, Chris worked for SCORE! Educational Centers in San Diego and in the Bay Area, where he was a Regional Manager.

Chris graduated from UC San Diego with a double major in human development and psychology. He lives in the East Bay with his wife and their two happy Galileo campers.

Pamela Briskman

Pamela Briskman

Director of Curriculum

Pamela leads a team of specialists who spend thousands of hours inventing and reinventing the Galileo curriculum every year. A Stanford grad with a BA in design and a BS in product design engineering, she has an insider’s knowledge of the Stanford Institute of Design and its ground-breaking innovation process.

As an educator, Pamela has spent 17 years at the intersection of curriculum, design and technology. She served as a Teach for America corps member in Oakland, taught in Madagascar and designed curriculum for NSF-funded programs, educational television and toys. She joined Galileo to help kids develop the skills and confidence to envision and build a better world.

Tajalli Horvat

Tajalli Horvat

Senior Vice President

Tajalli has a special distinction—she was Galileo’s first full-time employee in 2002. Eleven years later, as senior vice president, she oversees customer service, IT, operations, warehouse and curriculum. She also supports and leads company initiatives.

Before joining Galileo, Tajalli was national marketing manager for SCORE! Educational Centers in Chicago. She has a B.A.in Spanish from the University of Southern California and is a proud mother of two kids.

Dawn Riordan

Dawn Riordan

Marketing Director

Dawn joined Galileo in 2013, when she found herself longing to join her two energetic boys at camp. She brings extensive experience to her role leading Galileo’s marketing team, including brand management, digital marketing, e-commerce and customer experience. Before joining Galileo, she pioneered Gap, Inc.’s digital marketing strategy, including the launch of its first websites, and served as general manager of Peet’s e-commerce business.

Dawn earned a BS in political economics from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the Haas School of Business, where she currently serves on the alumni council. She also serves on the boards of two local nonprofits, Daruma no Gakko and BlueSkies.

Maggie Roach Black

Maggie Roach Black

Director of Field Operations

Maggie joined the team in 2008 to oversee Galileo’s North Bay camps, and now manages all field operations. Before coming to Galileo, she worked in school districts and education non-profits, and spent several years at SCORE! Educational Centers in roles including center director, region manager and project manager.

She received her BA and MA in education at Stanford, where she spent summers on the shores of Fallen Leaf Lake at Stanford Sierra Camp.

Rich Newbery

Rich Newbery

Director of Operations

Right after college, Rich started a summer camp company in England, which he operated for 10 years, employing over 300 staff across over 40 camps. In 2006 he relocated to California where he worked in Training and Education for Major League Soccer and Universal Sports Group. Having worked at his first summer camp at 16 years of age, Rich is passionate about inspiring young people’s development in a stimulating and creative learning environment. Rich joined Galileo in the summer of 2010.

Rich received his BSc in Sports Science and Business Management from Brunel University (London), where he combined a career in professional soccer alongside his studies.

Stephanie McKown

Stephanie McKown

Director of Finance

Stephanie began working with Galileo in 2003 as a part-time bookkeeper and now manages all of the company’s finances—developing budgets and forecasts, generating reports and solving the puzzles presented by any number of financial questions.

Stephanie earned a BA in psychology from Brown University and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School. Her prior work life included sales and marketing positions with LEXIS/NEXIS, the American Diabetes Association and Charles Schwab & Co. She lives in Berkeley with her husband and two sons, the younger of whom is a recently converted Galileo Summer Quest fan. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys hiking, biking and of course, solving puzzles.

Mimi Gordon

Mimi Gordon

Director of People Operations

Mimi first attended day camp at age four. At the age of eight, when she heard she would be going to an overnight summer camp, she immediately packed (though it was March). Mimi has worked on the summer staff of camps for eleven summers. Before joining Galileo, she was on the professional staff of Camp Tawonga, a summer camp outside of Yosemite National Park, for four years as Assistant Director, then five as Director.

Mimi believes deeply in the power of camp staff and loves finding the leaders who bring Galileo’s mission to life.

Jessica Eiselman

Jessica Eiselman

Director of Customer Service

Jessica leads Galileo’s team of dedicated and tireless customer service specialists. She came to Galileo in 2009 with 12 years of customer support experience, including roles at the University of California Office of the President and SCORE! Educational Centers. She has a B.A. in liberal studies from UC Riverside.

Jessica believes that camp has the power to transform a child—something she first experienced as a camper and staff member at Camp Arazim, and now observes as a mother of Galileo campers.


Camp Operations

Emily Kuhlmann

Emily Kuhlmann

Peninsula & Chabot Area Director

Emily started with Galileo in 2010 as a Camp Director, spending four years swinging a chicken as a Camp Director at Camp Galileo in Hillsborough and at Chabot Space & Science Camp. Emily received her bachelor's degree in sociology from UC Santa Barbara, then moved to Thailand, where she taught English, trained teachers and traveled to her heart's content. Upon her arrival back in the United States, Emily began teaching science at Girls Inc., where she discovered her passion for helping youth find creative solutions to their questions about the world around them.

Shauna Clements

Shauna Clements

San Francisco / Hillsborough Area Director

Shauna brings over 10 years of summer camp experience to her role on the Area Director team. She joined Galileo in 2010 to manage people operations and outreach, and has spent three years as the Camp Director of Camp Galileo San Francisco North. She now oversees all of Galileo’s San Francisco and Hillsborough locations. Shauna has a BA in political science and a minor in applied developmental psychology from UCLA, where she spent her summers working at Bruin Woods, UCLA’s family alumni camp. She lives in San Francisco with her husband.

Patrick Costelo

Patrick Costelo

East Bay Area Director

Patrick came to his role as East Bay Area Director after working at Camp Galileo Lafayette for six summers—four as Camp Director—and a stint on Galileo’s marketing team. Patrick received his BS in environmental science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and his MEd in curriculum studies from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Canada. He previously worked as a naturalist at East Bay Outdoor School, the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History and Save the Bay. He lives in San Leandro with his wife and son.

Sunnie Kaufmann-Paulman

Sunnie Kaufmann-Paulman

Marin/East Bay Area Director

Sunnie brings a powerful blend of business and camp experience to the Area Director team. Before Galileo, she spent two years at Pacific Foundation Services, where she managed the philanthropic and endowment activities of six private family foundations, and eight years working for the Girl Scouts as a camp director and program specialist, outdoor program manager and community development director. Sunnie has been a faculty member of Esalen Institute since 2008 and recently concluded her term as board president for Habitot Children's Museum. She lives in Oakland with her partner, daughter and dog.

Marcus King

Marcus King

South Bay Area Director

Marcus oversees Galileo’s South Bay camps, including The Tech Summer Camps in San Jose. He began his camp career as a camper, staff member and eventually director of YMCA Camp Eberhart in Michigan. Before joining the Galileo team, Marcus worked for the Silicon Valley and San Francisco YMCAs as a camp director, retreat center coordinator, ropes course director and team dynamics consultant. He has a BS in outdoor recreation from Indiana University. Marcus enjoys spending time with his family at the beach, swimming or reading a book.

Vince Yorton

Vince Yorton

South Peninsula Area Director

After his first visit to a Galileo camp, Vince was hooked on innovation education. He started with Galileo as an art instructor in San Francisco in 2005, then spent four years as a Camp Director in Belmont and Burlingame. After a year of international traveling, he joined the Area Director team in 2010. He has a BA in liberal studies elementary education and an elementary education credential from Humboldt State University. Before coming to work at Galileo HQ, he worked as an elementary school teacher, maritime history teacher and surf instructor.