Tinker & Fiddle

Tinker & Fiddle is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education company that encourages youth to learn and apply technology through creative exploration and problem solving. We host STEAM programming for youth ages 8-15 and design curriculum for grade levels K-12. 

Questions? Please contact us at tinkerandfiddle@gmail.com


Hilary Lashley Renison, CEO & Founder

A three time graduate of Cornell University, Hilary holds a BS in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Masters in Mechanical Engineering and MBA. A Senior Manager and tenured technologist at a Fortune 20 company, Hilary has leveraged her technical and commercial acumen to support the business development of cutting edge technologies at one of the largest global technology firms. As one of six children, born into a working class family, she is well aware of the power of education as a socio economic equalizer. 

Previously serving as the Engineering College Diversity Associate for an Ivy League University, Hilary is acquainted with the challenges and opportunities of underrepresented minorities and women in STEM. As the CEO & Founder of "Tinker & Fiddle," she aspires to make quality STEAM exploratory learning accessible to all.

Jo Kim

Jo Kim Budz, Director of Education & Learning

A two time graduate of Cornell University, Jo holds a Bachelors and Masters in Electrical & Computer Engineering. She is currently a Technical Leader at a Fortune 20 company, and the Founder of 'A Higher Standard,' a comprehensive college preparation service. Using her industry experience and technical acumen, she designs STEAM curriculum with the intent of providing youth with a foundation to pursue careers in the technology space.

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Serena Joyce White-Lake, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Serena White-Lake holds an Honors BA in Political Science from Queens College and a JD from Fordham University School of Law. A former Judicial Law Clerk for the New York State Court of Appeals, she works as a labor and employment attorney. Passionate about increasing opportunities for underrepresented youth, Serena develops partnerships between Tinker & Fiddle, schools and community organizations, to provide youth with quality STEAM experiences, preparing them for rewarding careers in technology. Serena is also a Board Member of the African American Cultural Center in Albany, NY and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. 


Quinton Pierson, Director of Operations

Quinton holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and was a two-time varsity and club sport athlete, playing football, baseball and rugby through out his college years. Currently serving as a Senior Project Manager at a multinational engineering and construction firm, he has over a decade of operational experience at Fortune 20 technology companies. With a strong operational rigor, he understands the importance of up front planning, organizational communication and wing-to-wing logistics to ensure the full realization of our STEAM programming.


Christina Valentin-Gathen, Senior Facilitator

A two-time graduate of The College of Saint Rose, Christina holds a Bachelor’s of Art in Communications and a Master’s of Science in Education. Her teaching experience includes interacting with children of all different backgrounds, with a focus on those in grades one through six. She leads efforts to ensure Tinker & Fiddle’s programming is aligned with English Language Arts and Mathematics standards for the appropriate grades. Christina’s small business, Christina’s Custom Creations, also designs and creates branding merchandise for Tinker and Fiddle.