The KCI has brought together some of the most talented and experienced professionals with extensive backgrounds in the educational and corporate spheres with the goal of improving education in our communities.
Gay Krause, Executive Director
Executive director, Gay Krause, founded the KCI in July 1998. Gay was responsible for developing and implementing the initial vision to serve K-14 educators in professional development activities. She also led the effort to restore the former Space Science Museum into a fully equipped technology facility to serve K-14 educators, Foothill students, and the community. The KCI is available for professional development activities 24/7 both in-house and on-line throughout the state of California.
Prior to July 1998, Gay was a principal of both elementary and middle schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District. Gay served as teacher, middle school counselor, assistant principal and principal for 10 years. Gay received her B.S. degree from The Pennsylvania State University in education and special education, her M.S. degree from the University of Virginia in counseling psychology, and a credential in administrative leadership from San Jose State University and San Francisco University.
Elizabeth Brumbaugh, Instructor
Elizabeth Brumbaugh was the Manager of Instructional Technology & Online Learning with the Santa Clara County Office of Education and was previously a middle school and high school site administrator, a new-teacher coach and an English Teacher and curriculum leader and developer. She is an author, multiple award-winner for her educational expertise, Google for Education Certified Innovator, and Common Sense Media Trainer. Elizabeth has a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership, Bachelor's of Arts in English Literature, Associate's of Arts degree in Liberal Arts, and Clear Teaching and Administrative Credentials.
Liz Diachun, Strategy and Marketing Director
Liz Diachun holds twenty years of experience in public relations, marketing, branding, and non-profit communications. Her specialties include digital strategies, integrated marketing communications and community relations. Previous to KCI, she served as Executive Director of Marketing and Public Information for Antelope Valley College. Liz started her career in Chicago as a consultant with Accenture, focused on e-commerce marketing strategy and implementation. She found her niche in higher education communications at Stanford University where she worked for the Stanford School of Medicine Libraries and Informatics department.
Liz holds a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Communications Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Industrial Management and a master’s in public relations from Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In addition to her professional pursuits, Liz works with a number of charitable boards and organizations. Liz has served on the board of a Chamber of Commerce, the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Council, as an alumni advisor for Kappa Alpha Theta women’s fraternity, the Community College Public Relations Organization and National Council for Marketing & Public Relations.
Kas Periera, Teacher in Residence
Kas is the current Teacher in Residence at the KCI. She is in charge of curriculum development, course management, and instruction. She is also the Director of the KCI’s Makerspace and Makerspace programs. Kas has long been a KCI affiliate, being a 2012 MERIT Fellow, the miniMERIT Program Director for several years, and a guest instructor in many programs. Most recently, she has been an adjunct faculty member for Foothill and a Lead Maker in the KCI’s Makerspace before stepping into her current role.
Kas comes to the KCI from a background of sixteen years teaching high school, the last twelve in the East Side Union High School District in San Jose. As a teacher of Film, Media, and English, she has run the Yearbook along with a daily broadcast television show for several years. Kas has also served as the WASC Coordinator, the Professional Development Coordinator, and a Department Chair at her school site. Most recently, she was one of the co-founders and the Director of the Quicksilver Innovation Program (QuIP), a small learning community for freshmen and sophomores that focuses on cross-curricular and project-based learning. Kas has a B.A. in Literature from UC Santa Cruz, an M.A. in Educational Best Practices and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from San Jose State University, as well as an administrative credential, and a single subject teaching credential in English with a supplementary authorization in Graphic Arts.
Justin Sewell, Director of Partnerships & Programs
Justin Sewell has joined KCI as the Director of Partnerships & Programs. He graduated from Salisbury University with a B.S. degree in Molecular Biology and he received an M.S. degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. After working in a DNA diagnostics laboratory, Justin transitioned to education. He student taught in Vermont and then spent the majority of his teaching career in Baltimore County where he taught Chemistry and Biology and held a department chair position at two high schools. He brought his passion for technology, science, and education to the Silicon Valley Education Foundation where he was responsible for a variety of projects including the development of a middle school computer science course, observing and writing an ethnographic study on 7th grade math edtech products, and working with other nonprofits, companies, districts, and government offices to improve STEM education in the Bay Area.