Our Team

Full-Time Employees

Kostas Yfantis

Kostas has been the Assistant Director for ATLAS-Teaching & Learning with Technology since January 2016.  He also works part-time as a swim instructor at the Urbana Park District. Before ATLAS, he worked for a software start-up company in Silicon Valley and served in the armed forces. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration. In his free time, Kostas enjoys swimming and cooking for family and friends. His overall dream is to meet as many different cultures and people as possible, and his dream destination is Folegandros, Greece.

Anya Kanevskaya

Anya is a Visiting Educational Technology Specialist at ATLAS-TLT. She has been a full-time employee since November 2018. Before that, she interned for two years as a student.  Outside of work, Anya enjoys having brunch and petting dogs. Her favorite show is American Horror Story.

Graduate Students

Ahmet Ilci

Ahmet is an Education Technology Specialist at ATLAS-TLT. He is a fifth year PhD student with a focus on Education Policy studies. He has been working at ATLAS-TLT since August 2016. In his free time, he enjoys movies and walking in Urbana. His favorite holiday is Labor Day.

Peter Tijerina

Peter has been an Education Technology Specialist at ATLAS-TLT for two years. He is working on a Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance. Outside of work, Peter enjoys spending time with his daughter and watching Netflix dramas. His nonet regularly plays swingin’ jazz tunes at the Iron Post.

Natalie Lloyd

Natalie has been an Education Technology Specialist at ATLAS-TLT for two years. She is working on a PhD in Chinese Religion in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, focusing on Buddhist meditation and emotion. Natalie generally enjoys time with her family, going on walks, and studying languages.


Brendon Kaunas

Brendon has been a Quality Assurance Tester at ATLAS-TLT since Spring 2019. He is a sophomore undergraduate studying chemical engineering. Outside of work, Brendon enjoys participating in the Illini Solar Car RSO as well as naps. His favorite genre of movie is science fiction.