Meet the Team

An organization started by three unlikely friends in hopes of creating a space we all wish we had.

A place to dream and explore unapologetically .

Jourdana Phillips

 

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Jourdana was raised in Houston, Texas and has lived in New York City for the past 11 years.

She is a fashion model who has walked some of the most major runways around the world, most notably, she has graced the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway for the last three years. Before becoming a model, Jourdana graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a degree in Childhood Education. Her passion for working with our youth was sparked at an early age. She has had 3 years of experience working in varying classroom environments and with nonprofit organizations dedicated to uplifting our children such as Jumpstart and Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC. Her passion is to inspire our youth to believe in themselves and that dreams can come true with hard work and dedication!

Mark Luxama

 

Co-Founder and Programs Director

Mark grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He did his Undergrad at Georgetown, University and majored in English with a focus on Shakespearean Literature. After University, he worked at

the Ivy Key, tutoring the SAT’s and SHSATS. He then took an associate teaching position at Success Academy and was quickly promoted to a lead teacher, after 6 months. During his time at Success Academy he earned his dual masters in Early Education and Special Education from Touro College. After 2 years at Success, he was hired to teach 1st grade at the prestigious Saint Ann’s School in Downtown Brooklyn. There, he created and taught his own curriculum that focused on God’s and Goddesses of the African Diaspora. He is also the founding course leader for the Sotheby’s and Prep for Prep Summer Arts Program. He helped design and execute the curriculum over the past 2 years.

Mark is very excited for the opportunity to use his passion as well as educational expertise at OneWonder to support students on their journey following middle school.

Carlina Conrad

 

Co-Founder and Research & Development Director

Carlina grew up in Duesseldorf, Germany and moved to New York City 4 years ago.

She has a B.Sc and Masters specializing in Social Neuroscience. Since completing her Masters, she worked at Chanel in the Strategy and Analytics department to study consumer behavior and at SuperPhone to raise awareness round the importance of connectedness. Now she is the Director of Neuroanalytics at SPARK Neuro where she implements neuroanalytic research to help companies better understand the human subconscious. She is also on the board of mentors at Consilium, where she counsels students in Pakistan to actualize their dreams in education. Carlina is thrilled to have the opportunity at OneWonder to combine her passion for mentorship, academic expertise and research skills!

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All donations are tax-deductible through FJC, a 501(c )3  nonprofit. 

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