Our Story

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. 

Our Board of Directors

We are a diverse community of parents, educators, and professionals all working towards a common goal: to create lasting change in our classrooms.

Michelle Goldshlag 

Michelle is co-founder and Executive Director for Cultured Kids. She has undergraduate degrees in Art and Spanish from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her entrepreneurial spirit inspired two previous business ventures - developing interdisciplinary art lessons and event planning and catering - have contributed to the creativity and success of Cultured Kids. Her role as a mother and two decades of work with children have supported the growth and development of Cultured Kids as well. 

Jonah Goldshlag

Jonah is co-founder of Cultured Kids and is serving as Vice President of the Board. Jonah has an undergraduate degree in Sports Management from Springfield College and an MBA from Boston College. While his current profession as a consultant for Deloitte in Rosslyn, VA takes up the majority of his time, he is determined to use his strong knowledge of business to serve Cultured Kids. 

Rachel Vaughn Coaxum - Board Clerk

Rachel holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University with a focus on child and adolescent mental health. Her interests include the implementation and evaluation of interventions for youth psychological disorders, and examining how social and cultural context influences the effectiveness of these psychological interventions. Her training background in testing the effectiveness of clinical interventions in community-based service settings supports our Research & Development Committee. She is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in clinical research, and she brings to our organization her passion for evaluating and refining multi-disciplinary programming to enhance youth outcomes.

Justin Coaxum 

Justin has a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Marketing from the University of Central Missouri. He Technology Solutions Professional for Microsoft in the Pittsburg, PA 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. 

Christine Blinn 

Christine is an accomplished marketing professional with over ten years experience. She is currently working as the digital marketing manager for ZOLL Medical Corporation. While her professional knowledge and expertise will contribute to the growth and development of our website and social media platforms, her life experiences as a wife and mother are what drive her passion for change.

Judit Slezak

Judit is an accomplished senior business and marketing executive with more than 15 years of experience. She is currently working as the Managing Director of Marketing and Integrated Services for ASCD. Judit has an undergraduate degree in German and Russian studies from Juhasz Gyula College in Hungary and an MBA from Virginia Tech. Judit's incredible ability to build and sustain strong relationships has contributed to her role as head of our Board Development Committee and she also supports the Communication and Marketing team.

Sandra Lima Argo

Sandra Lima Argo is an educator-entrepreneur who has developed a passion for international studies throughout her career. In Brazil, her birth-country, she worked in K-12 schools in distinct roles, and as a consultant for educational institutions. Her passion took her to other countries to study and improve her understanding about Education. In Brazil, she is licensed as a language and literature teacher and has an MBA in Project Management. In England, she is licensed to teach English as a foreign language (EFL). In the US, she has a degree in Management and Leadership and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.  "To live, to study and to work abroad were perfect opportunities to learn to have empathy for those who get out of their comfort zone to embrace the unknown. We are in a period when empathy is a key for connections and respectful relationships."

Amy Bu

Amy holds a B.Sc from Tufts University in Experimental Psychology and Child Studies & Human Development. Having grown up across Singapore, China, and the Netherlands as a "third culture kid", she firmly believes in the importance of cross-cultural communication skills and a global-minded, culturally sensitive education. She currently works in the public health and clinical trials industry, and hopes to pursue graduate study in the field of Cultural Psychology and International Education. Her research interests include cross-cultural models of friendship and communication, identity development in internationally highly mobile childhoods, and the impact of childhood events on adult attachment. Amy is proud to serve on the Research and Development Committee since 2018.