We are parents who want our children to discover the world and learn from the richness of the globally diverse cultures. At a time when we couldn't afford to travel to and explore every unique place in this world as a family, we searched for special classes for our children to learn with hand on experiences and unique curricula. With no such classes in our community, in 2014 Michelle Goldshlag started developing interdisciplinary and multicultural education programs for her children while her husband Jonah began his MBA program at Boston College.
In 2015, Cultured Kids was founded by Michelle and Jonah 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. The positive responses from participating families and partners has helped them to see that they are not only fulfilling a desire of theirs, but more importantly, that they are fulfilling a great societal need.
We are thankful for the many professionals who volunteer their time to help refine and strengthen our organization. We look forward to continued service in the Greater Boston Area and continued growth and development through multicultural learning in our schools nationally.
Michelle is Co-founder/CEO of Cultured Kids. 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 started two other businesses, one that focused on developing and implementing interdisciplinary art lessons for children and one that provided 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. Jonah has an undergraduate degree in Sport Management from Springfield College and an MBA from Boston College. He is currently 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
Michelle & Jonah Goldshlag (Board President & Vice President)
Michelle and Jonah are currently serving as Executive Board President and Vice President. 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 these positions were reasonable at the founding of Cultured Kids they recognize the need to release these duties and focus fully on the development and operations of the organization itself.
Irena Stanic Rasin
Irena is the only other Cultured Kids employee who is also serving as a board member. Her previous experience co-founding and serving as Director for The Croatian School of Boston has been invaluable to our organization.
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.
Kena Mena - Board Treasurer
Kena has a B.A. in Psychology from Cedarville University and a M.A. in Child Development form Tufts University. She currently works as a Developmental Specialist and Spanish Intake Coordinator for Dimock Early Intervention. Aside from her professional experience, Kena’s personal life experiences provide insight into challenges that Third Culture Kids encounter on a daily basis. Kena serves on the board of Cultured Kids and is also available to our organization as a Child Development Consultant.
Jane Auger & Nate Goldshlag - Trustees
Jane is a partner radiologist at Radiology Associates of Norwood Inc, serving Norwood Hospital for more than 13 years. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Dr. Auger serves on counter boards and is active in her community. She is a member of Masterworks Chorale, and has served on their board. She is a member of the Open Spaces Committee of the Town of Arlington, Massachusetts, dedicated to preserving the green spaces around her home. She serves as the Medical Director of the Radiologic Technology Program at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA, an Associated Degree program she developed and administered until beginning medical school. Together, with her husband, Nate Goldshlag, she enjoys music and culture, and is proud to be on the board of Cultured Kids.
After retiring as an electronics engineer in 2005, Nate joined the Board of Directors of Veterans For Peace (VFP) in the summer of 2009 and was on the Board until January 2013. He served as national Treasurer of VFP from 2010 – 2013. He currently serves on two national committees of VFP. He also volunteers with X-Cel Education in Roxbury, MA tutoring young adults in math in preparation for the high school equivalency exams and is on the X-Cel Fundraising Committee. Nate and his wife Jane are avid travelers and explorers. They have an enormous amount of experience in a variety of cultures and use this knowledge to support Cultured Kids.