Meet the South Miami Team

Neydy Gomez

Neydy Gomez

Co-Owner

Neydy Gomez is the co-owner of Zaniac South Miami. She was born and raised in Mexico, she relocated to the Miami area 15 years ago where she lives with her husband of 17 years Jorge and their two daughters, Aitana and Aranza.

After graduating with a BS in Marketing in 1993 from the Instituto Technologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico City, Neydy joined Leo Burnett Advertising in Mexico. After two years of working in the Mexico office she was transferred to the Leo Burnett office in Toronto, Canada where she worked and escalated the corporate ladder for five years.

In the year 2000, she was recruited by a challenger advertising agency in Miami, as VP/Account Supervisor for Crispin Porter + Bogusky to run the Florida Anti-Tobacco campaign know as “Truth”, the most awarded social campaign in the US and responsible for the overall decline in youth smoking in Florida.

After her first daughter was born, Neydy decided to leave the advertising scene and later opened her own consulting company, Onara Enterprises, where she provided strategic marketing and advertising consulting on projects primarily in the Luxury Retail Industry and the Car Racing Industry for companies like 100% Capri, Luxury Retail Partners and OMP. Her consulting work lead her back to Crispin Porter + Bogusky on consulting projects related to Talent Compensation and HR Analytics leading to a full time position as Director of Talent Operations.

In January 2014, Neydy return to the entrepreneurial arena and in partnership opened the ShelfGenie of Miami Franchise. ShelfGenie designs, manufactures and installs custom made pull-out shelves and organizing solutions for kitchens, bathrooms, office and closet spaces.

Neydy loves spending time with her family, exercising, enjoying the outdoors and helping at her daughters’ schools as much as possible and in her passion to find innovative, creative and challenging learning opportunities for her daughters Neydy partnered with Claudia Machado to bring Zaniac to South Florida.


Bryan Gonzalez

Bryan Gonzalez

Instructor

Hey, my name is Bryan! My passions for education and STEM led me to Zaniac, where I primarily teach math and Minecraft. I'm currently a student at FIU, where I expect to graduate in fall of 2021. My major is chemistry, and I love it! Once I graduate, I'll be going to medical school. The most important thing I've learned in my college career this far is the importance of critical thinking. My overacting goal at Zaniac is to ultimately teach all my students how to develop and strengthen their critical thinking skills!

Claudia Machado

Claudia Machado

Co-Owner

Claudia Machado was born and raised in Brazil and came to the United States in 1990 to attend college. She lived in NY for 2 years and moved to Miami where she graduated from University of Miami and earned her Bachelor's degree in Marketing/Business Administration. She currently lives in Coconut Grove with her husband Caio and their 7-year old son Felipe. Claudia has been working in the advertising industry for the past 23 years. She's a VP/Group Account Director at Crispin Porter + Bogusky where she has worked for the past 18 years. She has a track record in leading and executing award winning campaigns for iconic brands such as:, letgo (APP), Fruit of the Loom®, Embraer, Victoria’s Secret Pink, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Disney Cruise Line. She lead the truth® anti-tobacco campaign, the most awarded social campaign in history for 8 years and truth® was credited for the overall decline in youth smoking in the US between 2000-2008. Most recently she's been involved with CP+B's global expansion and was responsible for opening CP+B Brazil which is the fastest growing agency in Latin America. Claudia is the recipient of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Rising Stars Award for her outstanding contributions to our local community. She's an active volunteer in South Florida as a Therapy Dog Handler with her “famous” dog Super Lance. Lance is the star of a children’s book called "The Adventures of Super Lance" and has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX for his outstanding services for the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Lynne Delorie

Lynne Delorie

Campus Manager

Born and raised in Kenya, Lynne decided to relocate to the United States in 2005 to further her educational pursuits. She has joined the Zaniac family equipped with a background in Communications and Political Science and a passionate love for learning and teaching.

Having tutored throughout her high school and college years, she feels right at home in the high level teaching environment that is Zaniac. Being an avid reader, she has made it her mission to champion literacy in children by encouraging reading and creative writing.

When not reading or teaching she enjoys playing video games, watching classic movies, tackling LEGO projects with her daughter and traveling the world. She is delighted to be part of Zaniac - impacting young minds and preparing them for the future.


Robert Barroso

Robert Barroso

Instructor

And they said video games won't get me anywhere! I'm Robert, I fell in love with computers when I was super young, and I still love it to this day. I am studying computer engineering and would LOVVE to work for a tech company one day. Where? Well, I'd also like to go to Japan! I am also studying Japanese and planning to attend a University there for my later studies. I've been playing video pretty much my whole life, so, my love of Computers, Games AND going to a country that is super cool, I think my life is pretty set. ??????!

Nicholas Lynch

Nicholas Lynch

Instructor

I was born and raised in Miami and grew up in a large family with a sister and ten cousins in various age groups. I graduated from TERRA Environmental Research Institute and I’m now pursuing a major in Biomedical Engineering at FIU. I would like to design and build prosthetics that will help out those who are in need. I enjoy playing and watching tennis, basketball, and football. I love being a part of Zaniac because we get to make learning fun and help pave a path in technology for the future generations.

Reed Bilbray

Reed Bilbray

Chief Executive Officer

“I recently read, ‘when kids look up to great scientists the way they do to great musicians and actors, civilization will jump to the next level.’ I am passionate about connecting parents with Zaniac so they can enrich and influence their children’s lives by awakening their spark for science-based learning.”

Reed Bilbray has served as President since April 2017, having been asked by the Board of Directors to take the helm after his successful launch and growth of the Zaniac Asheville campus. Reed brings 35 years of corporate business experience, 30 years at the executive level in technology, education and publishing and 4 years leading the Zaniac Asheville campus and 2 years leading the Zaniac Parkside campus. Reed has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in finance from Louisiana State University.

When Reed discovered Zaniac Learning, he immediately knew he wanted to open a Zaniac Learning Center for the greater Asheville community, where he has been a Co-Owner of the campus since December 2015. Reed and his wife Sandra were actively looking for a business to start and grow in Asheville, and Zaniac Learning met their desires to enrich children’s lives, offer valuable employment opportunities, and serve as a positive model for their young girls as they grow up. In 2019, the opportunity developed that Reed and Sandra acquired the Zaniac Parkside campus in Cary, NC. Reed is committed to the Zaniac being a fun, safe and inspiring learning environment for children.

Reed owns Accelerate Media Partners, LLC, an intellectual property business specializing in book product development, licensing, marketing, and distribution services to executives, authors and publishers. Previously, Reed was Executive Vice President and Publisher of SUCCESS Media, (owner of the national newsstand magazine, SUCCESS) where he led the strategic marketing of the company’s intellectual property and product portfolio. Reed has led and directed the publishing, marketing and sale of more than 500 books, audios, videos and educational CD-ROMs. Along with Zaniac Founder Paul Zane Pilzer, Reed was co-founder and CEO of publicly traded Zane Publishing, an electronic K-12 educational publishing company..

Actively involved in the community, Reed serves as Vice President of Marketing for the Boy Scouts of America Daniel Boone Council to enrich the lives of children. He recently completed a term as as Vice President of the Carolinas Real Estate Investment Association.

Reed is married, has five children and lives in Asheville, NC. Alyssa, Ally and Haley are thriving young adults living in Texas. Sydney and Riley are busy being 7-year old twins. Reed loves the mountains, outdoor adventures and foodie culture of Asheville with his family.


Sandra Bilbray

Sandra Bilbray

Marketing Director

“Zaniac takes the natural curiosity of children and turns it into a world of discovery, play, and confidence-building. I love that Zaniac will shape the future of our youth. It’s exciting to know our own girls will grow-up with Zaniac and STEAM education as an integral part of their lives.”

Sandra Bilbray has served as Marketing Director since January 2017, having been asked by the Company to bring the successful marketing strategies and execution plans from her Zaniac Asheville and Zaniac Parkside campuses. Sandra is a Co-Owner of the Zaniac Asheville and Zaniac Parkside campuses.

Sandra is a nationally-published writer and a social media content expert. She worked as the columns editor for SUCCESS magazine, and some of her high-profile interviews include Good Morning America anchor, Robin Roberts, renowned personal development expert, the late Wayne Dyer, actor Gary Sinise and CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Sandra is currently a contributing writer to the national magazine, Live Happy where she has interviewed happiness expert and best-selling author Gretchen Rubin and Parenthood actress and celebrity Monica Potter. Sandra Bilbray has a BA in English Writing Arts from SUNY Oswego

Sandra owns The Media Concierge, a company dedicated to creating professional content for thought leaders, authors, and business executives.

Sandra is married to CEO Reed Bilbray, and together they have twin daughters, Sydney and Riley, and two dog named Biscuit and Oreo. Sandra loves running, planning fun things to do with her family, and traveling.


Noah Hall

Noah Hall

Chief Technology Officer

“Success in technology depends on the belief in your own ability. Zaniac provides children with the opportunity to integrate STEM learning into their childhood so technology becomes a natural part of their growing up experience.”

Noah Hall has served as Chief Technology Officer since May 2018. He leadership has been instrumental enhancing the Company’s Learning Management System and Operating System used by Franchisees.

Noah has deep experience in web design, coding and working in Python and Dijango, our two primary platform systems. He has worked with a number of startups, with a focus on the consumer experience side.

Noah lives in Asheville, NC with his wife and two young boys.


Paul Zane Pilzer

Paul Zane Pilzer

Founder

“Zaniac is the answer to the questions kids are always asking, “How does this work?” Life is a frustrating black box for many children today. They know how to use things—like making a letter appear on a monitor when they press a keyboard—but they have no idea why or how things work. This leads to frustration when things break and limits a child’s ability to feel in control of their life. Zaniac opens the black box on how things work for K-8 students, helping children bring knowledge, order and control to their lives—which kids crave.”

In 1975, at the University of Pennsylvania, 20-year-old graduate student Paul Zane Pilzer built one of the first interactive teaching machines on a mainframe computer. Paul had a vision that technology would one day make great education affordable for everyone, the same way movies made the work of great singers and actors affordable for everyone.

Paul Zane Pilzer founded the Zaniac in 2010 when he and his wife had their own children and they realized what was missing from K-8 education: A way to assess what math concepts a child knows, so an individual child can be taught based on what they don’t know—and not blindly by grade level. Paul developed a solution—Zane Math, Zaniac’s signature program. Zaniac then expanded into a full offering of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) programs for kids in grades K-8.

Paul Zane Pilzer is an American economist, New York Times best-selling author, and social entrepreneur. He has written 11 books and is the founder of six companies, and has been profiled in more than 100 publications including on the front page of The Wall Street Journal.

Paul graduated Lehigh University in three years and received his MBA from Wharton Business School in 15 months at age 22. He became Citibank’s youngest officer at age 22 and its youngest vice president at age 25. He was appointed a professor at New York University at age 24 where he taught for 21 years and was five times voted “best teacher.”

He served as an appointed economic advisor in two White House administrations and has been featured on the cover of more than 100 publications, including the front page of The Wall Street Journal. He has a particular fascination with educating students on both sides of the bell curve.

For more on Professor Pilzer, visit Wikipedia or paulzanepilzer.com.