Bio

I grew up primarily in New England--between Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts--and spent some of my youth in Southern California and Europe. I completed high school in Chicago, and received highest honors degrees in History and Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduation, I lived in Costa Rica, Honduras, and Brazil, a journey that resulted in the novels, Fury & Redemption and Bad Blood Born. In the fall of 2006, I entered the Telecommunications Program at Indiana University at Bloomington. My thesis project was the four-time Webby Award winning original series, GameZombie TV. 

In the Fall of 2009, I expanded GZ to the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and co-founded the Media Arts & Game Development Program. Simultaneously, I completed a PhD in Digital Media from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, defending my dissertation on October 24, 2012. I moved to Silicon Valley in 2013 and became Founding Creative Lead & Producer for an exciting new digital media & learning startup in Mountain View, CA called Galxyz. I'm now hard at work building a revolutionary next gen learning product/service--backed by Relay Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and the Emerson Collective--poised to take the edtech world by storm. 

Work

Founding Creative Lead & Producer
Galxyz

Founder & Executive Producer
GameZombie TV



Co-Founder & Faculty
Media Arts & Game Development
University of Wisconsin at Whitewater

Education

PhD, Digital Media, 2012
University of Wisconsin at Madison


M.S., Telecommunications, 2008
Indiana University at Bloomington

B.S., Radio-TV-Film, 2001
B.A., History, 2001

University of Texas at Austin
Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa



Selected Web Awards & Distinctions  

2010 Webby Award
2010 People’s Voice Webby Award
4th Annual Digital Media & Learning Competition - Finalist
2010 Mashable Award, Finalist - Best Web Video
2010 Davey Silver Award
2009 Webby Honoree Award
2008 Webby Honoree Award