Hannah Rosenberg

Managing Director

Hannah Rosenberg is a developer, economist and entrepreneur with a degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the founder of Velas Commerce, a Blockchain training and consultancy business, and is the organizer of Chicago’s largest blockchain community group, the Bitcoin and Open Blockchain Meetup.

Andrew Gordon


Andrew Gordon is an attorney and CPA at the Gordon Law Group. Andrew has been active in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space since 2013, both as an investor and a service provider.

Jordan Xavier

Secretary, Treasurer,  Operations Manager

Jordan has been involved with cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology since 2015. He is a certified bitcoin professional and is an advocate for the advancement of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

Contact Jordan at info@theblockchaininstitute.org for information about services in the Chicago area.

Jeremy Cogen

Jeremy Cogan holds a degree in Public Policy from Indiana University – Bloomington. He has worked across several industries and is passionate about teaching the potential impacts of blockchain technology.

Corey DiNardo

Content & Communications Coordinator
Corey DiNardo has a degree in business administration with a specialty in marketing from Ohio University and is an avid photographer. Corey became interested in decentralized systems after he learned about ethereum and got involved in mining.

Taylor Gerring

Executive Director

After graduating with a BSBA in MIS from the University of Central Florida, Taylor deployed and managed a variety of systems for large enterprise environments before ultimately joining the blockchain industry in 2012. After working with Bitcoin and the Hive cryptocurrency wallet, Taylor helped establish the Ethereum Foundation and is currently an international speaker, educator, and blockchain consultant.

Jason Kin Hoi Fang


Jason is the Managing Partner at Sora Ventures, Asia’s first crypto- backed venture capital firm dedicated to blockchain and digital asset investments. He is also the founder of Sora Foundation, an initiative that consists of blockchain development, community development, and conferences. Jason has a background is UI/UX design, iOS frontend development, and a bachelor of science from Bentley University in Massachusetts where he majored in Finance and minored in Law.

Alex Morris

Technology Lead
Alex holds a degree in mechatronics engineering and has managed software development across several industries. He now leads technical development at the Institute, and is passionate about building sustainable data systems for global collaboration.

Jason Swearingen

Brand Design
Jason Swearingen is an illustrator and designer with a background ranging from custom software creation to roles in the music industry. They manage the brand identity of The Blockchain Institute, as well as the creation of an assortment of imagery and merchandising.

Joseph Onystok II

Digital Media Specialist
Joseph Onystok is our resident Digital Media Specialist who handles all photo and video content for the Blockchain Institute. Upon receiving his BFA from Columbia College Chicago. He was intrigued at the potential utility that blockchain can offer all photographers, artists, and content creators of all sorts pertaining to content usage and copyrights.