Meet The Team

Dr. Rose Lorenzo

Dr. Rose Lorenzo brings more than 30 years of entrepreneurial experience to Hackathon Jr., owning and operating several companies. Dr. Rose is the owner and accountant of Lorenzo Financial, handling small business accounting, taxes, and corporate formations. Dr. Rose has an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice Administration-Management from the University of Phoenix, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix, and a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership degree from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Rose is the author of Get it Done The Journey to Entrepreneurship from Idea to Open and is a business consultant assisting small business owners with business startups and business sustainability.

Neal Morados
Director of Community Relations

Neal Morados (eBay entrepreneur, Social Media Consultant, Motivator): Brings ten plus years of sales and marketing experience to Hackathon Jr. As an entrepreneur, he opened his own eBay business in 2012, where he has maintained steady growth for the past 5 years. He started sharing his journey on Facebook through weekly videos, giving his viewers insight into his successes and challenges. Currently, he is developing his insights gained from his videos into consulting for businesses on how to optimize their social media presence. He obtained his Bachelor's in Philosophy at Creighton University in 2005 and his MBA in Business Economics from Ashford University in 2016. Neal is currently pursuing a Doctoral of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.

Deby Ranft
Director of Curriculum / Play

Deby Ranft brings ten years of educational experience to Hackathon Jr., she has been teaching since 2008. Deby has taught a wide array of classes, from Kindergarten through Fifth grade.   One thing Deby really strives to teach her students is to truly love learning! Deby loves to learn and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and has taken numerous Special Education graduate classes. Currently, Deby is working on a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership Specializing in Educational Technology.  At her school, Deby collaborates with other teachers to find authentic ways to integrate technology into teaching and help kids learn coding, robotics, videography and other 21st century learner skills. 

Katie Perata
Director of Curriculum / Play

Katie Perata has always been passionate about educating the youth and started her journey at Arizona State University where she completed her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Katie began teaching middle school students, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English Language Arts in Northern California. While teaching, Katie completed her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and earned my Administrative credential both from Saint Mary's College, California. After teaching middle school for six years, Katie accepted a principal position for a preschool-8th grade elementary school. Currently in the third year as a principal and continue to learn each and every day personally and professionally. Katie incredibly hard working and continue to inspire, motivate, and support students and teachers, thus, enrolled in a Doctorate Program in Educational Leadership. Katie’s’ ultimate goal is to positively impact education by advocating for students and teachers. 

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