Meet our Chair
Committed to the Cause
Founder and President
A senior at Mendham High School, an avid programmer, an aspiring jazz musician, and the son of a single immigrant mother, Nicholas founded Steam Forward with the hope of being able to give back to the world what his hard-working mother gave to him.
Awards/Impact: PPM Prize for Social Change, Tomoro Tech Scholar, Best IoT Hack at hackMSCT III, 4-time public speaker about tech
Publications: If Coding, Then Happy on Amazon (distributed at STEAM Forward workshops)
Director of Media, Event Photographer
Austin joined Steam Forward Inc. with the vision and drive to improve the quality of our charity events, including our Charity Barn concert. As a senior at Mendham High School, he contributes to his community through his successes in competitive swimming and viola performance. He is very familiar with service, since he devotes a large amount of his time to firefighting for his community and is certified in everything from advanced firefighting to inspection.
Director of Communications
With us since 2018, Robert is one of our veteran team members. With 20 years of experience in public service and tech, he brings vast amounts of wisdom and skills in communication and operations to the table. In the past, he's worked with Google and Code.org, just to name a few. In addition to coding and community service, he enjoys cooking and mountain biking.
Karen joined Steam Forward with the vision and drive to improve our impact. As a recent graduate from Drew University, she has worked to successfully expand our operations to a larger scale. She manages and organizes the infrastructure of many coding workshops and charity concerts. She is extremely passionate about service outside of STEAM Forward, from volunteering at Market Street Mission to organizing community fundraising events in Morris and Essex Counties.
Tyler's positive attitude and experience with technology make him a valuable team member. As a 7th grader at Mountain View Middle School, he used his technological skills to design the STEAM Forward logo that's used throughout our media. Currently an 8th grader, he contributes to his community by providing a helping hand at coding workshops and the annual STEAM Forward Charity Barn concert.
Huge thanks to our student volunteers who help make this all possible! From Anusha E. in Red Bank High School to Matt W. in Williams College, our student volunteers span a vast network of people passionate about tech, music, and community service. In addition to their own community leadership and tech/music projects, they've devoted their time to developing communities near them with coding and music workshops.
Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. Steam Forward Inc. emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words. Established in 2017 by Nicholas Vitebsky, we’re an organization driven by cutting-edge ideas, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support. Contact us to learn more and get involved.