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Adam is a product designer living in Phoenix, Arizona. He specializes in user interface design, usability, marketing websites, and company branding. When he’s not working, you can usually find him at a local coffee shop, exploring the Arizona outdoors, working on photography, or creating art prints of very tiny bugs. Also, Adam…
Adam lives his life in the city, surrounded by plants, spiders, snakes, and all sorts of other nature-y things. To get a taste, connect with him personally.
Adventure seeker, linguaphile and native Scot, Ailsa joined the Journeyage tribe in September 2020, shortly after migrating across the pond to the US. Having lived in 5 different countries, she now happily calls Southern California home, where she resides with her husband and golden doodle. When she’s not building awesome user experiences at Journeyage, Ailsa can probably be found:
Ailsa comes from a background in linguistics and got into the tech world through data science, before finally finding her sweet spot at the crossroads of creativity and logic: software development. Highly curious and whole-heartedly obsessed with learning, she is always on the lookout for a new problem to be solved and a new topic to be learned. To find out more or to suggest something tasty to eat, feel free to reach out here:
Poker player, former figure skating Junior Olympian, and consummate foodie, Alene is a globally-minded leader and educator who is interested in social justice advocacy, developing culturally responsive curricula, and fostering honest cross-cultural dialogue. She also:
Alene joined the Journeyage tribe as a diversity, equity, and inclusion trainer and consultant in November 2020, through her role as Director of Operations of Culturally Intelligent Training & Consulting.
Further, Alene has been a professor of English at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California for over twenty years. She is also the faculty adviser for cul-de-sac, the campus’ award-winning literary and arts magazine. Since 2017, Alene has been serving as the English Department Chair, overseeing several faculty inquiry groups and participating in campus-wide equity-minded practitioner committees.
She’s a poet and protector of people. If you need her, you can find her here:
Wanna-be rancher, fly fisherman, yard enthusiast, and proud owner of his very own John Deere tractor. He is crazy about what he calls “the world’s greatest profession: sales”. Barry is our Chief Revenue Wayfinder. When he’s not working with our close-knit Wayfinder team to help businesses scale training with personalized learning, you can find him
After spending nearly 17 years representing the same company in the K12 industry, he joined our team in January 2020. Having played an important role in establishing an employee-first culture at his prior company, Barry was thrilled at the opportunity to build on that experience. Not a day goes by where he doesn’t say, “We’re building something special here, folks!” If you’d like to ask him why he feels this way, or to improve your comedic skills with stellar dad jokes, connect with him:
“Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns.” Danny loves story and lore. He believes every occurrence, happening, and circumstance works together to weave a single tale that will be the great mythopoeia of our time to future generations. Also, he eats way too many Tyson chicken nuggets.
Points of intrigue about Danny:
After working in an evolving advertising agency taking on multiple roles, Danny decided to spend the last few years honing his craft as a writer and storyteller. He’s worked as a freelance marketing consultant helping small businesses build their brand narrative, launch marketing campaigns, and drive business growth. If you want to discuss fantasy and sci-fi literature, marketing, the Classics, philosophy, or anything else, find him on LinkedIn!
Former baseball champion, active listener, and secret hip-hop dancer. Derek leads the learning experience management team and serves as a trusted customer guide. He also:
Before joining our tribe in January 2020, Derek served at a digital marketing agency where he cut his teeth on all things marketing technology, customer relations and growth-hacking. To learn more about how awesome Derek is, connect with him personally.
Triathlete, cancer survivor, and formidable dancer, Dominic was employee #1 at Journeyage and serves as a Wayfinder in both our culture and to our customers. Dom joined our tribe in January 2019.
Dom came to Journeyage right after graduating from Grand Canyon University and running Arizona’s largest TEDx. He has a passion for sharing stories and traveling alongside people through their toughest trials.
Caffeinated detective, braid enthusiast, and California native, Emily is passionate about collecting new knowledge and communicating interesting concepts in ways people can understand. When she’s not creating engaging learning experiences for Journeyage learners, you can find her:
Emily is a communication expert with 8 years of experience developing course materials, instructing diverse audiences, and crafting copy optimized for both specialized and lay audiences. Emily connected with Journeyage in August 2020, and she applies her experience as a researcher, writer, and teacher to create compelling, personalized learning experiences. Fun fact: Emily’s Ph.D. research focused on understanding the impacts of social media use. So, if you want to geek out with her about the pros and cons of social technologies, just reach out!
Film nerd, iced americano addict, and cranial nudist, Jonathan considers it one of his greatest honors to help serve the Journeyage tribe. His primary responsibilities are simple—reinforcing culture, developing people, and cleaning the bathrooms. Jonathan also:
Before co-founding Journeyage in April 2018, Jonathan helped start multiple other startups after growing in his leadership and product management chops with influential digital brands like iCrossing and GoDaddy. He won some and he lost some in the startup game, but he ultimately considers success to be loving others well. To learn more about Jonathan’s passion for culture and entrepreneurship—or just talk movies—connect with him personally.
Kevin and his wife, Margie, have been married for 34 years and have 3 grown children. Kevin served in the Marine Corps in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm where he earned 8 medals. Kevin has started and operated several businesses, the most recent being Odysseyware, Inc, an educational software company focused on reaching at-risk students. Kevin also:
For the last four years, Kevin has been investing in the Phoenix startup community by way of coaching. He has served on the Arizona State University Center for Entrepreneurship, coaching MBA candidates as they pitch their ideas to investors. Since August 2019, he’s been helping Grand Canyon University launch their Canyon Ventures program – an innovation center for startups in the valley – where he serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence. Kevin also serves as Chairman of the Board for Local First Arizona
50’s housewife by interest and intersectional feminist at heart, Lisa is just as likely to be whipping up strawberry jalapeno preserves as crafting a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging action plan for Journeyage. Her professional passions include building systems, creating strong cultures that value humans over profits, and making Slack a fun place to be. When she’s not working on operations at Journeyage, she can just as likely be found:
Lisa came to Journeyage after a journey through the nonprofit, operations, and education sectors, finding her true home at Journeyage (where she gets to do all those things!). She volunteers regularly with ConstellateAZ, a local nonprofit dedicated to getting high risk youth involved in entrepreneurship. If you’d like to share a recipe or an idea for generosity initiatives, Lisa can be found at:
Melanie has been building websites and applications since the tender age of 13, and–outside of a two-week, ill-advised stint as a telephone psychic–has spent a lifetime singularly focused on developing efficient, beautiful human-computer interfaces. When not poring obsessively over pixels and parentheses, she might be found:
Melanie has supported Journeyage since shortly after its inception, and continues to assist in the development of new web projects. In addition to her work with Journeyage, she is the founder of an interactive design firm and the co-creator of a top-ranked cocktail recipe app.
A life-long professional geek and a DIY hacker. If you want to distract Raz, put broken electric equipment on his desk, and you will get hours of quiet. He is a real-life puzzle solver. The less he knows how to solve a problem, the more excited he gets.
Before joining Journeyage, some highlights from Raz’s career includes being the founder and CEO of ZCast, a podcasting platform (where he met Jonathan while recording him for a podcast), co-founder and CTO at Syncrement, and CTO at 41st Parameter, which was acquired by Experian for over $320M in late 2013.
Regan is a small-town Southern girl turned desert dweller. An introverted extrovert and Ravenclaw, Regan enjoys spending time with her family and friends but is quite content planting herself right on the beach with a good book. When she’s not running her freelance writing business, you can find Regan watching college football (Go Gators!), singing karaoke with her two daughters and Netflix, and chilling with her husband.
Some fun facts about Regan:
Regan has nearly 20 years experience as a writer and storyteller for higher education, nonprofits, and healthcare organizations. In 2020, Regan was excited to join the Journeyage tribe as a Learning Experience Designer, AKA, writer. She looks forward to developing compelling and personalized content and learning development courses for clients.
An innovative educational leader and researcher committed to developing Cultural Intelligence and fostering culturally responsive environments, Renee has been educating students and training leaders from over 100 nations for twenty years. She also:
Renee joined the Journeyage tribe as a diversity, equity, and inclusion trainer and consultant in November 2020, through her role as Founder and CEO of Culturally Intelligent Training & Consulting. Prior to this work, she was an English lecturer in composition, creative writing, and literature, teaching in New York, Colorado, and Arizona. She’s the woman you want in your corner and you can connect with her here:
Passion planner, big-city dreamer, and daughter of refugees, Ruth Le Bui joined Journeyage in August 2020 to write engaging lessons with the LXD team. She also:
For the last 7 years, Ruth taught students with disabilities in Los Angeles, and is now working at a middle school as a Student Services Coordinator where she trains and coaches teachers on how to implement learning for all students including those with disabilities and/or who are language learners. Her passion for differentiation brought her to Journeyage. To chat more, connect with Ruth on LinkedIn.
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