Brian Broderick

Mr. Brian Broderick

Animator & Graphic Artist Brian Broderick has over 20 years experience working as a digital artist, designer, and programmer on software, web, and print projects. After graduating from the University of Illinois' graphic design program, he worked as an illustrator and designer for the academic textbook market before switching focus to entertainment and flight instruction software projects.

The later projects brought him to Oregon in 1996 with increased responsibilities. As Art Director for software development he managed and assisted in all aspects of 2D and 3D art production for six software development cycles.

Mr. Broderick became Tech-Aid's primary 3D animator in Spring 2010.


Karen Sarno

Ms. Karen Sarno

Program Director Karen Sarno has more than two decades of experience in research environments. With a B.S. in Biology, she has held a variety of positions in not-for-profit as well as for-profit organizations spanning life sciences, biomedical, and educational/museum fields.

Ms. Sarno has a proven track record of progressive advancements in sales, product and marketing development, quality assurance, and project management providing a breadth of experience and knowledge that supports her understanding of the many aspects of a business.

With more than a decade of experience in project and program management, Ms. Sarno has collaborated with Executive Staff at Tech-Aid to develop and communicate the vision, mission, and goals of the organization through its projects. She has had fiscal, and direct and indirect personnel management responsibilities. Ms Sarno has also managed a diverse group of people including scientists, writers, engineers, graphic designers and artists. She has provided leadership and direction, while helping team members develop new skills and achieve goals.

Most recently serving as a Senior Project Manager of the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco, CA., Ms Sarno was responsible for co-leading multiple, multi-million dollar National Science Foundation grants that culminated in the creation of new exhibit collections on the museum floor, traveling exhibitions, and a website.

Ms. Sarno understands that surpassing expectations, exceptional organizational, and clear communication skills, along with building solid relationships based on trust and respect are keys to success.


Mary Tharp

Ms. Mary Tharp

Research Assistant Mary Tharp has ten years of business management experience with four years specialized in the research field. Previously she has worked for the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI) as well as the Center For Applied Research in Education (CARE) as an Executive Research Assistant. Her most recent position was working on a large research grant from the U.S. Department of Education where she was the task director and project coordinator.

Mary has a B.S. in Political Science and Business. She has coordinated large projects with Schools throughout the United States, has been a mentor to staff, and a team leader. She has experience in Computer Programming, Marketing, and Data Management. She believes a cohesive team atmosphere is what makes a successful business. Mary joined the Tech-Aid team in December of 2011.