The team.


Melissa Malzkuhn, Creative Director.

  Best course? Hard to say, I'm such a geek. So to be fair, here's a breakdown: Undergrad - Spanish Graduate - Philosophy of Sign and Language MFA- Black, White, and One Color Coffee? Noir. Why complicate things? Where are you from? Northern California Where do you WISH you were from? I'm perfectly happy with where I'm from What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? We're paving the road as it is. Being an imagineer requires intuition and boldness. And to quote George R.R. Martin, "Ideas are cheap. It's execution of them that really counts."

 

Best course? Hard to say, I'm such a geek. So to be fair, here's a breakdown:
Undergrad - Spanish
Graduate - Philosophy of Sign and Language
MFA- Black, White, and One Color
Coffee? Noir. Why complicate things?
Where are you from? Northern California
Where do you WISH you were from? I'm perfectly happy with where I'm from
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? We're paving the road as it is. Being an imagineer requires intuition and boldness. And to quote George R.R. Martin, "Ideas are cheap. It's execution of them that really counts."


Lorna Quandt, Science Director.

Best course? Cognitive neuroscience at Haverford College. It was the beginning of the rest of my life!
Coffee? Black usually, skim vanilla latte for special occasions. 
Where are you from? Washington DC
Where do you WISH you were from? the English countryside
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Exploring action, movement, and creativity with such talented people.


Benjamin Bahan, Senior Imagineer.

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Best course? All the sailing classes at Mission Bay Aquatic Center and  "Discourse, Narrative and Literacy"
Coffee? yes, please easy on cream no sugar
Where are you from? New Jersey
Where do you WISH you were from? Exit 18W
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? The opportunity to explore, imagine, create and apply.


Lauren Benedict, Creative Media/Lab Coordinator.


Best course? Yoga
Coffee? 1 cup of heated almond milk, a shot of espresso and a spray of white chocolate syrup (I make better coffee than Starbucks)
Where are you from? Maryland/DC/VA
Where do you WISH you were from? Anywhere in the mountains (with snow). 
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? My imagination can run wild.


Melissa Herzig, Education and Research Translation Manager.

Best course?  Equitable Education for Children
Coffee? Caramel Macchiato
Where are you from? Maryland
Where do you WISH you were from? Here, there, and everywhere!
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Integrating research with innovative tools, playing with ideas, stories, and games. The sky’s the limit! Best of all, the products created are for the benefit of the children!


Yiqiao Wang, Artist in Residence

Best course? Illustration courses at SCAD
Coffee? I mix my coffee with tea. 
Where are you from? You can call me a Beijinger in DC!
Where do you WISH you were from? My own studio.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? The exploration of visual expressions and imagination through art.


Izumi Takizawa, Artist in Residence Intern

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Best course? Visual Design and Deaf Studies
Coffee? Caramel Flan Macchiato
Where are you from? Japan
Where do you WISH you were from? Hawaii
What is the best part about being an Imagineer of ML2? Inflicting a happy feeling with deaf children in variety arts!


Bethany Weiner, Social Media Guru Alum

  Best course? Human Sexuality Coffee? As black as my soul. Where are you from? Maryland Where do you WISH you were from? Barbados aka Rihanna's birthplace.  What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Infiltrating the world with my words.

 

Best course? Human Sexuality
Coffee? As black as my soul.
Where are you from? Maryland
Where do you WISH you were from? Barbados aka Rihanna's birthplace. 
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Infiltrating the world with my words.


Zilvinas Paludnevicius, Video Producer.

Best course? Cooking class Coffee? Loads of espresso shots and dash of brown sugar.  Where are you from? Earth Where do you WISH you were from? Earth  What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Sharing ideas


Best course? Cooking class
Coffee? Loads of espresso shots and dash of brown sugar. 
Where are you from? Earth
Where do you WISH you were from? Earth 
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2?
Sharing ideas


Robert Sirvage, Imagineer.

  Best course? DeafSpace Class - 595 Special Topic - under Hansel Bauman Coffee? Black without sugar. Where are you from? Connaught, Ontario Where do you WISH you were from? Connaught, Ontario What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? How we discuss about process as if it is actually more important than products.

 

Best course? DeafSpace Class - 595 Special Topic - under Hansel Bauman
Coffee? Black without sugar.
Where are you from? Connaught, Ontario
Where do you WISH you were from? Connaught, Ontario
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? How we discuss about process as if it is actually more important than products.


Amanda Everitt, Imagineer.

  Best course? Frontrunners, an international deaf youth leadership course (12 of us from 10 different countries were let loose on a farm in Denmark and we were allowed to create whatever we wanted to). Coffee? You cannot beat a flat white without UHT milk, without burnt beans and without moody un-baristas. Velvety smooth. Where are you from? New Zealand Where do you WISH you were from? New Zealand What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Filling out questionnaires like this one. I was dreading doing so and this has just stopped all past questionnaires dead in the water. Secondly, we have the added gift of being able to take a piece of technology and add moving language to it. Here, we are allowed to imagine a world where gesture, expression and sign language phonology are King.

 

Best course? Frontrunners, an international deaf youth leadership course (12 of us from 10 different countries were let loose on a farm in Denmark and we were allowed to create whatever we wanted to).
Coffee? You cannot beat a flat white without UHT milk, without burnt beans and without moody un-baristas. Velvety smooth.
Where are you from? New Zealand
Where do you WISH you were from? New Zealand
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Filling out questionnaires like this one. I was dreading doing so and this has just stopped all past questionnaires dead in the water. Secondly, we have the added gift of being able to take a piece of technology and add moving language to it. Here, we are allowed to imagine a world where gesture, expression and sign language phonology are King.


Tyrone Giordano, Affiliated Imagineer.

Best course?  TED Talks. Learnt so much and  I'm still learning. Coffee? Mocha, hot or iced. Or black, with two sugars. Where are you from? My parents' parents' parents' parents' ... parents. Where do you WISH you were from? Discworld, maybe. What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Being around people who thrive on innovation


Best course?  TED Talks. Learnt so much and  I'm still learning.
Coffee? Mocha, hot or iced. Or black, with two sugars.
Where are you from? My parents' parents' parents' parents' ... parents.
Where do you WISH you were from? Discworld, maybe.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Being around people who thrive on innovation


Erica Wilkins, Research Assistant.

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Best course?  I would have to say the Group Therapy course I'm in now.
Coffee? Black!
Where are you from? good question....USA would have to be my answer!
Where do you WISH you were from? somewhere tropical
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? The best part about being an imagineer of ML2 is the opportunities that I have. I have the opportunity to be involved with a lot of different tasks and projects. I'm learning so much about different ways to apply the research that is being done at VL2. Also, I love the creative energy and how I feel like I could try new things and it will be encouraged.


Michelle McAuliffe, Affiliated Imagineer.


Jason Lamberton, Motion Capture Technician.

Best course? Computer Graphics under Bill Millios and Wheel Ceramics under Linda K. Jordan
Coffee? Ideally the Heisenberg method (Walter White's coffee)
Where are you from? Fremont, CA
Where do you WISH you were from? Gliese 581b (Google it!)
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? The fact that as a team we are all better equipped to help the world change for the better!


Claire Tucker, Intern.

Best course? Does traveling count?
Coffee? Espresso. Double shot.
Where are you from? Born & raised in Maryland.
Where do you WISH you were from? All over the world.


Sara Selzer, Intern.

Best course? Travel and Photography Coffee? Yes, and soy milk please :) Where are you from? Brooklyn, New York City Where do you WISH you were from? There is no other place I would rather to be. Once a New Yorker, always a New Yorker. What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Having this chance to work with terrific minds, the ability to design and build boundless ideas.  

Best course? Travel and Photography
Coffee? Yes, and soy milk please :)
Where are you from? Brooklyn, New York City
Where do you WISH you were from? There is no other place I would rather to be. Once a New Yorker, always a New Yorker.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Having this chance to work with terrific minds, the ability to design and build boundless ideas.

 

Pershea Jefferson, Intern.

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Best course? Human Sexuality under Caroline Pezzarossi
Coffee? Yes, please. Milk, chocolate creamer and chocolate syrup!
Where are you from? Virginia Beach
Where do you WISH you were from? Havana, Cuba
 


Conrad Baer, Intern.

Best course? Visual Language Resource Development
Coffee? A medium cup of vanilla latte would be nice!
Where are you from? Northern California
Where do you WISH you were from? Eyeth