About Hex & Company
Hex & Company is a board game cafe with several locations in Manhattan. Our cafe offers friends and families a place to unplug and connect over board games and delicious food and drink. We offer many programs for kids, including after school enrichment programs, school break and summer camps.
When kids play together face-to-face, they develop critical thinking, interpersonal and strategy skills. That is the main goal of our play-based enrichment curriculum, which is built upon neurodevelopmental theory. We create a enriched learning environment that teaches valuable problem solving skills and encourages social engagement. Kids have a blast and are blissfully unaware of how much they’re learning!
Meet Our Team
Dr. Jon Freeman - Founder & Curriculum Developer
Dr. Jon Freeman is a Clinical Psychologist, Neuroscience Researcher and board-and-card game enthusiast. Prior to his work with Hex & Company, Dr. Freeman developed and ran a neuroscience research facility in a Manhattan-based clinical re-search organization. He also held a private psycho-therapy practice, where he worked with children, adolescents, and families. There he gained an understanding of the importance of social spaces within a community. It's this social space Dr. Jon endeavors to create, blending his experience with his lifelong passion for board games and a love of teaching to develop our enrichment program.
Sean Ireland - Afterschool Coordinator
Sean Ireland draws on his experience working directly with children in after-school and extracurricular programs in the United States and Italy teaching subjects ranging from English and Film to Computer Science and Game Design. As co-founder and COO of GoCode, a private tutoring service in New York City, Sean helped to ensure every student had access to the support they needed to succeed. A roleplayer since age thirteen, Sean runs and plays various tabletop RPG as well as organizing New York City's competitive League for the game Twilight Imperium.
Vic Priano - Afterschool Coordinator
After teaching sequential art and traditional screen-printing at the college level, Vic decided to challenge themselves by taking the Board of Education to the task of alternate opportunities for arts enrichment by developing a comics and narrative design program - which utilized components of creative writing, world-building and visual story-telling. Vic joined Hex & Co because they resonated with our enrichment and top-down learning goals. Vic brings quite a bit to the table-top, including their expansive background in independent RPGs and their attachment to games like Power Grid, Star Trek Ascendency, Arkham Horror and Mansions of Madness.
Ryun Valdez - Afterschool Counselor
A Colorado Native and Tabletop enthusiast. Ryun Valdez is an after school and summer camp counselor for Hex and Co's Upper West Side location. If you have visited Hex and Co on Saturdays you may have noticed Ryun Dungeon Mastering for Hex's weekend kids and family D&D. Or perhaps you have seen him during after school hours, teaching his favorite games like Magic: the Gathering, Ascension, or Terraforming Mars. Either way, Ryun is passionate about promoting a fun environment for kids to learn new games, practice good sportsmanship, and develop winning strategies.
Brandon Moore - Afterschool Counselor
Brandon Moore has been working with kids and teenagers since high school in many different capacities: in private schools, in educational camps, in youth ministries, in children s and special needs programs, and as a paraprofessional. Brandon loves teaching kids at Hex & Company the mechanics of his favorite games, including skills like deck building drafting, worker placement, and many others.