Meet Our Team
Nazmina Kheraj, President — Nazmina Kheraj has an extensive background in the area of education. In 1998, Nazmina graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies. Since then, in her role as the Chairperson for the Aga Khan Education Board, she has interacted and supported many Middle School & High School students as they prepare their academic profiles in preparation for the college admissions process. From this experience, she realized that there is a great lack of writing fundamentals in students coming out of secondary institutions today. Nazmina entered the early childhood arena in an effort to provide timely and educational information to parents so that they can set the stage for their children’s success. As the President of Wondertree Kids, she has the forum to provide enrichment programs for age baby to children, so that they can get an early introduction to the love of reading, learning and self-confidence.
Devin was born and raised in Southern California. She went to El Camino College and Texas Wesleyan to study psychology. One of her favorite past times was when she coached little league softball because she enjoyed being able to teach others her skill and watch them grow. She have two amazing children and a wonderful husband. Her son is 10 and her daughter is 5. She enjoys spending time with her family. She loves taking her kids to new places so they can experience all that life has to offer. She is very excited to join the Wondertree family!
Sarah spent over ten years traveling around the country as a teaching artist and actor before finally landing in Los Angeles in 2009. After a lifetime steeped in the creative field, Sarah has developed a passion for exploring the role that integrative and arts education plays in the development of young children. Sarah is thrilled to be part of the Wondertree team, and is grateful for the opportunity to share the gift of music and imagination with the El Segundo community.
Venessa Hall has always had a special place in heart for children. Coming from a large family she had the pleasure of witnessing the growth of her many cousins. When she was 15 years old her parents were surprised to find they were pregnant again. This gave her the rare opportunity to experience the wonders of parenthood, without the true responsibility, and often calls her brother her baby. In her free time she volunteers as a docent at a local aquarium, which enables her to combine her two passions; the ocean and children. Venessa is currently studying nursing in hopes of becoming a Midwife.
Brienne Moore received her Bachelor’s of Arts in music performance from the University of Southern California. She has been invited to perform at numerous popular Los Angeles venues: The Grammy Museum, Troubadour, and The House Blues. She has studied with and shared the stage with Award winning Multi-Instrumentalist/Singer/Songwriter/Composer Patrice Rushen, Glenn Frey (The Eagles), and Grammy Award winning Motown songwriter, Lamont Dozier (Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Michael Jackson). Before getting her degree, she toured around the U.S. performing at many universities and colleges performing original music from her self-titled independent EP release. In addition to her performing career, Brienne enjoys teaching and working with kids through music and she is excited be a part of Wondertree Kids.
Kayla is one of our Messy art instructors and loves inspiring kids to use their imagination. She has worked with children as young as Kindergarten all the way up to teenagers. When asked why she loves working with kids, Kayla responded, ” I have been very great at picking up on children’s individual personalities and making them feel comfortable in a new setting, each child is beautifully unique and I love bringing every child’s personality out when we are together.” Kayla has realized how much she loves working with children and how excited she is to be a mother one day! She is currently majoring in communications and has taken child development courses to better her knowledge and interaction with young kids. Kayla grew up in the south bay and is always found at the movies and out exploring the outdoors of beautiful California in her free time. Kayla is very enthusiastic and ecstatic to be part of the Wondertree Kids family.
Marissa is a local native from Los Angeles CA. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Performance from Cal State University of Long Beach. As a growing artist, she continues to stay active in her community, performing, exploring, remaining curious and having a strong desire to learn new tasks. Her previous experiences working with children for 11years for the City of Santa Monica in Aquatics has led her to be apart of Wondertree where she can share her creative gifts and imagination with the youth. She also enjoys yoga, swimming, paddle boarding, eating cheese, Indonesian dance and any movement related activity.
Janett grew up as the oldest daughter and grandchild in her family. Being the oldest meant that she was always the one to babysit her brother and cousins. Watching them grow up helped her realize how big of a responsibility children are. She has always loved kids and working with them has shown to be a wonderful experience for her. During high school Janett volunteered at preschools and day cares because she always knew she wanted to pursue a career involving children. She is currently attending El Camino College working towards her Psychology degree. Janett feels extremely privileged to watch the children at Wondertree Kids grow and is committed to making your time at here a great experience.
Being a son of two musicians, Brafo Agindotan has had a strong connection with music from a very young age. His father Najite Agindotan, a master drummer from Nigeria, taught him the traditional rhythms of West Africa since he was a child. His mother Mary MacQueen, a multi-instrumental musician and music teacher for LAUSD, instilled in him the basics of melody/harmony and western music theory. Brafo continued his studies of music through middle and high school, playing percussion in concert band, wind ensemble, and chamber orchestra. At age 14 he joined his fathers 16+ piece afrobeat ensemble Najite & Olokun Prophecy, playing percussion at ﬁrst but eventually moved to electric bass and took the role of Musical Director of the band. He continued his studies as a music major in college and at that time began working with children and families as a music teacher. For the past decade, Brafo has worked steadily teaching group classes, multi-instrumental private lessons as well as entertaining large groups of people of all ages at parties, and other events, ﬁnding great joy in the intrinsic value of his work as a teacher. Having a passion for music of all different cultures, he is currently pursuing a degree in ethnomusicology. Brafo’s goal as a teacher and an artist is to encourage self expression and to help create a more global consciousness and cultural awareness through music. Recently he was able to further these goals abroad when he traveled to his father’s homeland of Lagos, Nigeria to participate in a cultural exchange, leading several music theory workshops, and studying the traditional art and music of the region.
Brisette was born and raised in Southern California. She attended California State University of Long Beach where she obtained her Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. She hopes to pursue her Masters degree in the future and would like to become juvenile probation officer. She is the eldest of 4 children, which means she spent the majority of her life babysitting. Taking care of her siblings helped her develop patience and understanding with children. These skills were strengthened during her time mentoring and tutoring throughout her high school and college years. She really enjoys being a positive influence for children and young adults, which is why she is a great asset at Wondertree Kids.
Donna Brocco grew up in Upstate New York and recently moved to the South Bay. She has a strong family network in California filled with aunts, uncles, and cousins, which is why she decided to move to this beautiful area after college. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from SUNY New Paltz. She is a NYS Certified Teacher with two certifications: birth through second grade and first through sixth grade. She always knew she wanted to be a teacher and work with children! Her mother owned a daycare facility when she was growing up, so she has been surrounded by children for as long as she can remember. She is compassionate, energetic, creative, and knowledgeable concerning children which is why she is so excited to join the Wondertree Kids team!