Michelle and Jonah Goldshlag are parents who want their children to discover the world and learn from the richness of the globally diverse cultures. However, at a time when they couldn't afford to travel they decided to search for local classes providing a multicultural environment with hand on experiences. Unfortunately, they could not find what they were looking for. Consequently, Michelle Goldshlag started developing her own interdisciplinary and multicultural education programs for her children while her husband Jonah began his MBA program at Boston College.
Then, in 2015 Michelle and Jonah founded Cultured Kids as a non-profit organization in Medford, MA. Their desire was for all children to take advantage of their uniquely designed programs in order to develop a global perspective and cultural empathy. The Greater Boston Area provided them a rich ethnically and culturally diverse part of the world to launch their programs. Most noteworthy, has been the positive responses from participating families and partners. Through this feedback they have confirmed their initial suspicion; they are not only fulfilling a desire of theirs, but more importantly, that they are fulfilling a great societal need.
Finally, our founders recognize that the organizations grand and lasting impact will only come with a team of devoted and passionate individuals. They are so thankful for the professionals who volunteer their time to help refine and strengthen Cultured Kids. They look forward to continued growth within the organization, continued service in the Greater Boston Area, and the ability to serve local schools nationally.
Michelle is our Co-founde & CEO. She has undergraduate degrees in Studio Art and Spanish from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She spent a couple decades working with and for children, would consider herself a creative expert, and has a heart to unify the world.
Prior to Cultured Kids she had two other start-ups: developing and implementing interdisciplinary art lessons for children and providing event planning and catering services. She believes that these businesses, along with her extensive experience with children, have paved the way for Cultured Kids.
Narjis is our Communications Specialist. She has an undergraduate degree in Organizational Communication from Rutgers University and a master's in Communication & Marketing from the Institute For Leadership & Communication Studies in Morocco.
Narjis lives in the Greater Boston Area with her husband and one year old daughter.
Jonah is Co-founder and Business Specialist for Cultured Kids. He has an undergraduate degree in Sport Management from Springfield College and an MBA from Boston College. Currently, Jonah is serving as a Senior Business Consultant for Deloitte in Roslyn, VA.
Prior to Jonah's MBA program he worked as a Women's College Basketball Coach at Springfield College, Harvard University, and Tufts University. Jonah lives with his wife and two children (9 & 6 years old) in Vienna, VA.
Linda is an Education Consultant for Cultured Kids. This past summer she also served as a representative of our organization in Uganda, providing us a community assessment for one of our Kids Fund Kids Project Partners there.
Irena Stanic Rasin
Irena is Regional Director for The Greater Boston Area. She holds master’s degrees in English and Italian language and literature, and has translated and published texts from and into English, Italian, and Croatian. She was born and raised in Croatia and has been living in the U.S. for longer than she has lived anywhere else.
Irena is also Co-founder and Director of the Croatian School of Boston in the metropolitan Boston area and a member of the Croatian-American tamburitza band and chorus Pajdashi, which performs traditional Croatian folk songs.
Our Board of Directors
We are currently undergoing board development and are accepting CV's/Resumes from any candidates interested in joining our team. If interested please email: email@example.com
Michelle & Jonah Goldshlag (Board President & Vice President)
Michelle and Jonah are currently serving as Executive Board President and Vice President respectively. They have been married for 12 years and have two children, their daughter Maris is 9 years old and their son Hagen is 6 years old. They are currently living in Vienna, VA.
While their board positions were reasonable at the founding of Cultured Kids they recognize the need to release these duties and focus on the development and operations of the organization itself while remaining a part of the board. Candidates interested in board positions should send a CV/Resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Vaughn Coaxum - Board Clerk
Rachel has a B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL and is currently getting her doctorate in the Clinical Science Doctoral Program at Harvard University. For the last four years her research has focused on understanding the influence of social and cultural factors (both at the individual and community level) on three areas of study in child and adolescent mental health: the development and maintenance of psychological problems, the effectiveness of interventions in community- based mental health care settings, and the implementation of evidence-based treatment in community settings.
Justin has a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Marketing from the University of Central Missouri. He currently acts as a Principal Solutions Consultant for Oracle Corporation in the Greater Boston Area. His professional expertise, creativity, passion for increased cultural education, and heart for service are all factors that contribute to the growth and development of Cultured Kids. His strong leadership skills, energy, and problem solving tactics help to strengthen the foundation of our organization. He and his wife Rachel are currently living in the Philadelphia area.