People

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Jon Dembling

Jon Dembling

Jon Dembling is one of the Executive Directors of the Linus Foundation.  Since its inception, Jon has been instrumental in developing and executing the Foundation’s mission.  More recently, Jon has spent an extensive amount of time developing the Linus college program in St. Louis.

Jon graduated from Washington University in 2005.  He is currently entering his third year at Washington University School of Law.  In his free time, Jon enjoys playing softball and listening to country music.

Jeff Buening

Buening Jeff

Jeff Buening joined The Linus Foundation as the fourth and final board member in 2005. Since helping Linus get off the ground in New York, Jeff has focused much of his attention nationally on managing the operations/vision of the organization as well as expanding the Linus footprint into new branches across the country, specifically London, Chicago, & Atlanta.

After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with degrees in Finance & International Business, Jeff began his career as a member of GE's Financial Management Program at NBC Universal. Jeff currently works as Manager of Business Development for NBC Universal's Digital Distribution team, where he focuses on strategic relationships with cable, wireless, and digital/tech companies.

Josh Mandel-Brehm

Mandel Brehm Josh

Josh Mandel-Brehm is one of the Executive Directors of the Linus Foundation.  Originally Josh focused his efforts on corporate development and dexevent planning.  More recently Josh has spent his time overseeing the operational aspects of the organization.

Josh graduated from Washington University in 2005 with a degree in Biology.  He recently completed his MBA degree at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.  He is currently working for a Biotechnology company in Cambridge, MA as part of their business development program.  Josh enjoys traveling and outdoor activities in his spare time.

Eric Kuhn

Kuhn Eric

Eric Kuhn is one of the Executive Directors of the Linus Foundation.  In 2005, Eric played a main role in developing the Linus vision and taking on a leadership position that helped grow Linus to where it is today.

Eric received his AB in Economics from Washington University in 2005 and his MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley in 2010. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Social Venture Competition (www.gsvc.org), and has recently joined a social innovation startup based in Boulder, CO.

Christa Coffaro


Christa Coffaro is the Atlanta Branch President. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, she graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005, and Chicago Portfolio School in 2007. She is currently the Director of Marketing & PR at Lynx Real Estate, Inc & Healthcare Real Estate Advisors in Buckhead.

Vice President of Tax and Legal Compliance

Jarad Stiles

Jarad Stiles, affectionately known as Mitch, is the Executive VP of Tax and Legal Compliance.  A native of Wildwood, NJ, he graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in finance and a JD from Washington University School of Law in 2010. He has drafted the Conflict of Interest Policy and amended the Articles of Incorporation and bylaws. Jarad focused on tax practice in law school and enjoys playing ice hockey.