Meet Our Growing Team


Brayden Olson

CEO & Co-Inventor

With eight years as a designer and four as a studio head, Brayden Olson has been recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of five “Startup Idols,” was the youngest entrepreneur ever inducted into the Seattle Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and was selected by the City of Bellevue as the Young Professional of the Year. Huffington Post also ranked his work between the iPad and Gmail as one of the most important Innovations of the Year for 2011, the year after Olson graduated from university.

Bruce Avolio

Director & Co-Inventor

Executive Director of Center for Leadership & Strategic Thinking, Foster School of Business, University of Washington

Author of more than 150 published articles and 11 books, Dr. Bruce Avolio is recognized by mainstream media and academia alike as one of the nation’s top scholars on transformational and authentic leadership. His academic honors include being named a Fellow of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology, among others.

Chelley Patterson

Academic Consultant

Center for Leadership & Strategic Thinking, Foster School of Business, University of Washington

Dr. Chelley Patterson has 30 years’ experience working with domestic and global, private and not-for-profit organizations focusing on innovative team performance, leadership development, change management, and strategic planning. She is Director of Research and Development at the Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking at the University of Washington.

Robert Savette

Chief Operating Officer

Rob brings 20 years of experience in managing and growing companies. With a great passion for bringing innovative solutions to market Rob has a strong track record of building winning operations in hardware, software and services companies and then successfully taking them through their subsequent levels of growth.

Mark Southern

Chief Financial Officer

Mark is an experienced Chief Financial Officer, Program Manager and Analyst. Mark has extensive experience as a hands-on executive with diversified finance, information system, operations, and analytic experience in high growth products and services with Microsoft, ATT and T-Mobile.

Wing Cho

 Design Director

Wing is a former lead game designer for Nintendo and Rockstar Games. With over 17 years of AAA video game development experience, he has shipped 17+ titles which have sold over 12 million copies in total. Wing is interested in using his unique talents to bring gaming into the classroom.

Greg Heaston

Key Accounts Manager

Greg is our Key Accounts Manager and has more than 20 years of experience in sales, account management, and customer support. Coming most recently from, he brings the same level of outstanding service they are known for delivering to our clients. Prior to Amazon, he worked for more than eight years in education and has received multiple awards for sales, customer retention, and leadership.

Cory Miksch

Customer Experience Manager

Cory is our Customer Experience Manager with 20 years of account management, customer support, project management, and technology sales.   Having most recently served as a Project Manager with VMC Consulting; Cory managed employee relations and project implementations for Microsoft involving MS Surface, Surface Hub, and Xbox.  He also has many years of strategic account management working with K-12 and Higher Education accounts during his time at Pearson, the world’s largest education company.


Alex Berezow

Editor & PR Specialist

Dr. Alex Berezow is a professional writer and editor. He has co-authored a popular science book that sold more than 5,000 copies, and his work regularly appears in USA Today, BBC News, The Economist, and RealClearScience. At Recurrence, he is responsible for editing business documents, writing press releases, and handling public relations.

Michael Afrides

Senior Software Engineer

Michael is a creative innovator and an empathetic user advocate working currently as our Senior Software Engineer. He is driven by solving complex problems in elegant ways and brings both passion and deep development experience to deliver innovative software solutions.

Kunitake Aoki

Art Director

Aoki is an experienced Art Director/Content Creator with over 28 years working for SEGA and Nintendo.  He is a key contributor to their multi-million sales figure titles, including Mario vs. DonkeyKong series and Sonic the Hedgehog series.  His passion gears towards making fun and educational software for all ages.  He always stays positive, looks for new challenges, and enjoys solving problems to obtain the best result using new technologies.