ALEXANDER R. KHACHATRYAN Co-Founder and CEO
If Reasoning Mind is a team of scholars, Alex is our dean. He co-founded Reasoning Mind with his family in 2000 and continues to lead the charge toward making our mission a reality. After immigrating to the U.S. from the former Soviet Union as a refugee, Alex led Texas A&M’s artificial intelligence lab before going on to run a successful consulting firm with his wife, Julia. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mathematics from the Moscow Oil and Gas Institute and a doctorate in physics from Moscow State University. After mathematics, Alex’s favorite creative pastime is dramatic theatre.
JULIA KHACHATRYAN Co-Founder and Senior VP
Our organization’s creative maestro, Julia has played a central role in Reasoning Mind’s success from the beginning. Wearing many hats, Julia oversees program usability and quality control, and also leads our art and design functions—filling our programs (and our office) with the creative spirit. Her team of talented artists, designers, and voice actors ensures our students are captivated by math. Julia has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from the Moscow Oil and Gas Institute, and began her career as a research scientist, authoring numerous technical papers. In her spare time, Julia enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and teaching her brilliant poodle—Toozik—new tricks.
TIM TARRILLION Chief Operating Officer and VP of Finance
Tim is Reasoning Mind’s numbers and operations guru, bringing more than 35 years of management experience and expertise to the team. After a successful career growing various other companies and organizations as their founder, CEO, COO, or other senior management member, Tim decided to apply his skills in an area he’s passionate about: STEM education. When he’s not working, Tim enjoys spending time with his family, improving his golf game, and designing residential homes as an amateur architect. He holds a chemical engineering degree from Rice University and an M.B.A. from Harvard.
YURI BELIKOV Chief System Architect and VP of Software Development
Yuri is Reasoning Mind’s IT-maven, overseeing all aspects of our software development and technology infrastructure. Yuri started as a software engineer in 1996, and has worked as a project manager, software development manager, and software architect. Yuri likes to solve complex math problems and riddles, especially in geometry, and enjoys helping his children learn math. When he’s not working, Yuri spends his time away from the computer reading classic literature, doing handiwork on his family country-house, and playing sports with his three children.
LISA SMITH VP of School Partnerships
Reasoning Mind’s office “rockstar,” Lisa is in charge of bringing our programs to more students by creating partnerships with schools and districts across the country. She began her career as a math teacher before going on to work for a variety of educational publishers, most recently as national VP for K-12 math at Pearson (where she won VP of the year in 2014). Lisa earned a double-major in math and math education from the University of Minnesota and a master’s in professional development from the University of Wisconsin. When she’s not traveling the country to bring Reasoning Mind to more students, Lisa can be found rocking out at concerts with her husband, Troy.
RENÉE WHITE VP of Development
Reasoning Mind’s fundraising phenom, Renée oversees the donor partnerships that help make our programs possible. Prior to joining the team, she held leadership positions at several education organizations, including Partners in School Innovation, MIND Research Institute, and the “I Have a Dream” Foundation, among others. She holds an M.P.A. from Penn State and a bachelor’s degree in Politics, Values, and Social Change from the University of Washington. In her spare time, Renée enjoys traveling with her family and acting as a Girl Scout Co-Troop Leader for her daughter’s Junior Troop.
STEVEN GAUDINO VP of Program and Product Management
Tireless education advocate by day, salsa-dancing extraordinaire by night, Steven is in charge of Reasoning Mind’s Program and Product Management divisions, overseeing our program’s full lifecycles from inception through implementation and improvement. Prior to his current role, Steven was essential in developing Reasoning Mind’s Implementation Department, which partners with campuses to provide both virtual and in-person support throughout the year. Steven holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and was drawn to Reasoning Mind because of his desire to help more children learn to think critically and logically.
ANDREY ROMASHOV VP of Curriculum Development
Turning out pedagogically top-notch math programs is no easy task, but Andrey tackles this challenge with gusto. As VP of Curriculum Development, Andrey assembles and oversees a team of mathematicians, master teachers, and pedagogy experts in their collaborative effort to produce the best possible math content for students. With two degrees in applied math and physics, Andrey is passionate both about the subject matter and the necessity of bringing quality instruction to more students. He’s also Reasoning Mind’s reigning table tennis champion.
KONSTANTIN GUARIAN Head of Moscow Branch
Konstantin heads Reasoning Mind’s Moscow branch, where much of the organization’s software development is conducted. He handles the office’s business, personnel, and accounting activities. In addition to his management specialties, Konstantin holds a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degree in computer science, and has published nearly 40 professional articles on computer networks, database management systems, and artificial intelligence. A renaissance man, Konstantin enjoys world travel (Italy is his favorite destination), the theater, and photography.