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A wonderful and curious mix of Neuros (passionate PhDs) and Normies (those without the fancy Dr. creds, but just as much passion), we're all lifelong learners and proud nerds. We understand that data should be seen as a tool, not a goal and we strive everyday to help our users leverage the power of neuroscience to unlock insights and knowledge that build connections on a deeper level. 

 

LEADERSHIP

Paul J. Zak, PhD
CHIEF IMMERSION OFFICER / FOUNDER

Paul’s two decades of research have taken him from the Pentagon to Fortune 50 boardrooms to the rain forest of Papua New Guinea. All this in a quest to understand the neuroscience of human connection, human happiness, and effective teamwork.

Paul J. Zak, PhD
PROUD NERD FACT:

Paul has been obsessed with human connection for as long as he can remember. His focus on understanding connection led to his ground-breaking research on oxytocin. And all of this work led to the best title ever: nope, it is not PhD or keynote speaker, it is Dr. Love. This wonderful title is often what he is called by the media (and we're hoping at least a few people at family BBQs.) 

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Scott Brown
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Scott has spent the past 25 years building startups as a founder & investor from idea to multiple exits. He creates passionate teams to change the world of messaging, compliance, corporate venture/startup engagement and enterprise SaaS. 

Scott Brown
Good to know: 

Scott plays the uke and invented the bacon wrapped tot. (He rarely cooks and plays the uke at the same time, but it has happened.) 

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Jorge Barraza, PhD
CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER / FOUNDER

Jorge specializes in applying psychology and neuroscience to understanding and predicting consumer behavior, and has published numerous articles on emotional engagement, prosocial motivation, and the use of stories to influence costly decisions.

Jorge Barraza, PhD
Fun Fact:

Jorge's first venture into scientific research was when he was a participant in a psychology study as a toddler. He does not  remember consenting to it.

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TEAM

Laura Beavin, PhD
SVP of Customer Success
PROUD NERD FACT:

Laura has always been into numbers, and many customers comment on her "honest and over the top love for data" and enthusiasm for the Immersion science. This is not a new thing. Laura won the #1 spot in Math in elementary school. She asked her mom for a tattoo to mark the occasion but was turned down at the time (being 10 years old). The team thinks she should get one now to mark the achievement belatedly. 

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Elizabeth T. Terris, PhD
Senior Director of Research & Development
PROUD NERD FACT: 

Beth really knows how to have a good time. While many spend summers at the beach or in the mountains, Beth goes to Spit Camp. Yep, you read that right. She attended a camp at John Hopkins to learn how to extract hormones from spit. This took many days of focused work and training. And yes, they did have a cabin song. 

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Rocky Wolf
SVP of Customer Development 
PROUD NERD FACT:

Rocky spent a year of his childhood studying visual anthropology in Oaxaca, Chiapas, & Puebla while living with his eccentric uncle. To this day, he gets nostalgic for football in the zocalo and if you give him enough cafe con leches, he will drink them until he has just enough shakes to throw off his golf swing. 

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Nathan Smalley
VP of Engineering
PROUD NERD FACT:

Nathan is good at calculations, and mathematics, and code, and numbers. And it turns out, when you meet Nathan, he is running some quick math in his head - he is analyzing the human ratios to calculate the possibility that you are from another planet. So far, no one has really sent off too many red flags, but it is good to know that he is keeping an eye out for us. 

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Arlynn Memsic
VP of Marketing
PROUD NERD FACT: 

Arlynn is pretty obsessed with constellations. She digs into the history, the stories, and at one point could name all 58 navigable stars in the northern hemisphere. She used this skill when she sailed across the Atlantic using only wind power and celestial navigation. It took way longer than a flight, and she knows there's an app for navigation... but doing it the old way was worth a bit of scurvy.  

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Daniel Kraft
Ambassador of Emotional Awesomeness
PROUD NERD FACT:

Daniel has an impressive ability to bring out positivity and energy in the people around him. But this is not all Daniel's doing. He has a mental fitness trainer who keeps his optimism in tip top shape with brutal drills. Daniel's son trains him by bringing up big debates, like how black holes work & why time travel is possible, every morning before Daniel has had coffee. Before. Coffee. That is some black belt training in our book. 

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Arial Fernandez-Monteith, MS
Customer Success Manager
PROUD NERD FACT:

Ariel is a bit of an etymology nerd. She researches the etymology and cultural linguistics of random words and phrases all day long. For example, "clue" comes from the word "clew" which is a ball of string that was used in a story to help someone out of a labyrinth. And her personal favorite is that "how come" evolved from "how did it come to be this way." Nerdy? Yes. Fascinating? Always. 

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Aimee Louise-Carton
Ambassador of Emotional Awesomeness
PROUD NERD FACT:

Aimee is an avid reader-dreamer. Yep, she reads about six books a month but what makes this bibliophile even more interesting is that while reading a great book, she will have wild and vivid dreams about the characters and plot lines most nights. Not sure if her book reports would be terribly accurate, but her dream take on Anna Karenina could really add some interest. 

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Avi Millman
VP of Product
PROUD NERD FACT: 

Avi is a competitive Scrabble player. Yep, his skill at spelling and finding that one "I'll need a dictionary to ensure this is a word" word is pretty impressive. He takes this so wonderfully seriously that at one point his user name for a dating site was Words_with_Foes. (Fortunately, his lovely wife saw past that ridiculous moniker.) So when you see some impressive language & erudite words in our product, know that Avi has left his mark. 

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Alison Romer
Marketing & Communications 
PROUD NERD FACT:

Alison is that unique combination of someone with big vision who also appreciates the details. This is likely due to a myriad of experiences and education. But we like to think it's because she pays attention to when she wakes up every morning. She sets her alarm so that she wakes only when the minutes are evenly divisible by the hour. Currently 5:55 and 6:54 are her favorite times to greet the day. 

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Liam Hessel
Immersion Generalist
PROUD NERD FACT:

Liam is into Marvel Universe. And not just in a "I'll go see the movie when it comes out" way, but the kind that can name 100 Marvel heroes from memory type of into it. And yes, he can actually do it - we obviously needed him to perform this feat on the spot as soon as we heard about it. So now, when you see a super fan of a Marvel trailer in a demo of Immersion, you have a pretty good guess as to who it is. 

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