Kids Discovery Station is a nonprofit organization creating opportunities for children of Merced to learn through the power of play. The generous support of our donors and volunteers allows us to enrich the lives of children and families in our community.
Our Board of Directors
Mayya Tokman, President
Tokman came to Merced in 2005 as a founding faculty of the University of California, Merced. After arriving to the US as a refugee from the former Soviet Union, she graduated from UCLA, got her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from CalTeach, and held a postdoctoral appointment at UC Berkeley. In addition to conducting research in scientific computing, Tokman has always been passionate about education and since then has joined UC Merced as a faculty director of the CalTeach program, which prepares science and math teachers for K-12 schools. Tokman and her husband, Angelo, raise their son in Merced and are dedicated to contributing to the Merced community and ensuring that Merced children have opportunities to play, learn and discover.
Matthew Migliazzo, Director
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Rick Marchini, Director
Marchini is a Merced native, having grown up on a family farm and attending Merced City schools. Marchini received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Davis, and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. He later went on to obtain his LL.M in tax law, also from the Golden Gate University School of Law, graduating with honors and receiving the Outstanding Student Award. He is a partner with the law firm of Robbins, Browning, Godwin & Marchini and has been with the firm since 2009. Marchini provides practical counseling and litigation services for clients in estate planning, trust and probate, taxation, real estate, and business law matters. Marchini has served his community and his profession in various capacities. He is a member of the Merced Booster Club and Italo American Lodge. He is also a member and past president of the Merced County Bar Association, Merced County Law Library, and Merced Rotary Club. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, golfing, playing guitar, and cooking.
Sarah Frey, Director
Dr. Frey is the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education at the University of California, Merced, where she oversees units devoted to student success, including undergraduate research, academic tutoring, first-year advising, summer session, and general education. She is also a Teaching Professor in Applied Mathematics.
Dr. Frey earned her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Arizona, studying problems related to planetary science, particularly tides on Jupiter’s moon, Europa.
Amanda Ingram, Director
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