Educational Administration, Latin American Studies, and Dance
Desireé has had the pleasure of participating in both the education and dance community in Seattle, WA. A graduate from the University of Washington, with a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies, Desireé is the Assistant to the Executive and Manager of Special Projects at the UW College of Education: Center for Educational Leadership, an organization whose mission is to eliminate the achievement gap through the extensive research and practices of the UW College of Education. Having trained in many styles of dance, she spends most of her time teaching hip-hop classes at Westlake Dance Studio, in Northgate, WA and acts as Artistic Director for the Hip Hop Dance Crew: Seattle BREED. With her background, she is able to fulfill her passion of education and artistic creativity.
Social and Cultural Education and Education
Brandon holds an M.Ed. in Social and Cultural Foundations of Education from the University of Washington, and B.A.’s in Religious Studies and History from Arizona State. He’s captivated by cognitive psychology, particularly expertise studies (how do we gain skills?) and positive psychology (what leads to human flourishing?). He leads small high school seminars around humanities topics, such as Happiness, Evil, Political Psychology, and Philosophical Worldviews. Brandon’s also the co-founder of an academic coaching business, brainthesat.com. He’s currently leading a team to launch an innovative K-12 school.
Experimental Psychologist and Computer Science
Mike is an experimental psychologist at Valve Corporation where he works on the application of knowledge and methodologies from psychology to game design. He has a B.A. in Computer Science and Psychology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Illinois. His specific work at Valve deals with understanding the inputs and influences that impact player behavior as well as developing models of player learning and skill acquisition in complex environments.
University Instructor, Game Design, Media, Video Games and Health
Wanda is a full-time lecturer at the University of Washington Bothell campus focusing on game design, transmedia storytelling, interactive media and entrepreneurship. She was the Founding Director of the Center for Serious Play (renamed Digital Future Lab) at UWB.
Prior to teaching, Wanda worked extensively in the media industry beginning in print working at the Seattle Times where she launched a publication for high school students before moving into the game industry. In this capacity she worked as Associate Producer for the Imagination Network a subsidiary of Sierra Online; Senior Director and Executive Producer of Online Media for Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro; Group Product Manager on the Xbox Live team; Executive Producer for Interactive Entertainment at Hidden City Games; and Vice President and Executive Producer for Flowplay overseeing the development of an MMO for tweens and teens.
Wanda is a three-time graduate of the UW, where she received a B.A. in English Literature, M.B.A. from the Foster School of Business and M.A. in Communications with a focus on digital media and games. During this period she also worked as a research assistant at the Human Interface Technology Lab (HitLab) on the Seattle campus. Currently Wanda is finishing up her dissertation on connected health through the University College of Dublin.
Wanda has served on a number of boards in the Seattle area. She is currently on the board of trustees and executive committee for Reel Grrls and the advisory board for the Honors Department at the University of Washington Seattle campus. In the past she has served on the board of Cornish School of the Arts, Powerful Voices and On the Boards.
Besides a passion for games, she is interested in hacktivism, connected health and Doctor Who.