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Our Executive Team

Mark Atkinson

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Mark Atkinson is responsible for Mursion’s long-term strategic plan, capital requirements and key leadership positions. Mark has spent the last twenty years building technology ventures that support human capital development in K-12 education and corporate learning. Mark founded TeachForward, LLC a full service educational consulting firm with a proprietary web platform that delivers custom-developed, performance assessments to K-12 educators. Before working in education, Mark served as Senior Producer and Manager of New Markets for CBS News Productions, and was an Emmy award winning Producer for Peter Jennings Reporting, ABC News, where he produced a series of network specials on U.S. foreign policy. Mr. Atkinson is a graduate of Yale College.

Arjun Nagendran

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Arjun Nagendran is the founding visionary behind Mursion’s extraordinary simulation platform. He oversees all aspects of Mursion’s technology, product strategy, and it’s overall vision. Arjun completed his Ph.D. in Robotics from the University of Manchester, UK, specializing in landing mechanisms for Unmanned Air Vehicles. Prior to Mursion, he worked for several years as an academic researcher leading the ground vehicle robotic systems for Team Tumbleweed, which was one of the six-finalists at the Ministry of Defense (UK) Grand Challenge. During his academic career, he contributed to several projects and manuscripts including the development of a robot to explore the Great Egyptian Pyramid.

Dovid Gurevich

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Dovid leads Mursion’s finance and administrative operations. Before Mursion, Dovid Gurevich spent 8 years at NexGen Investments placing and monitoring operating investments. There, he was also was running $15M/yr advisory services, with a focus on educational technology and health technology. Prior to NexGen, Gurevich spent 4 years at the Knowledge Universe private equity fund, where he was responsible for $250 million in strategic investments in K-12 and post-secondary segments. Gurevich holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from DeVry University and an MBA from the Keller School of Management.

Dennis McQuillan

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Dennis leads the operational functions of Mursion, is responsible for the long-term global operating plan of the business, and ensures Mursion can consistently deliver exceptional service to clients. Prior to joining Mursion in 2020, Dennis was the operations leader of General Assembly’s Enterprise business. During his time there, he managed the business through three years of double-digit revenue and profit growth, which led to a successful acquisition by the Adecco Group. Earlier in his career, Dennis spent five years at Deloitte Consulting in their Strategy & Operations group, and worked in Finance for the Related Companies and Boston Scientific. Dennis holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and a BS from Bentley University.

Sara Bokhari

HEAD OF PEOPLE & CULTURE
As Head of People & Culture, Sara Bokhari champions Mursion’s culture and leads efforts in finding, developing, motivating, and retaining Mursion’s talented workforce. She transitioned to this role after serving as Mursion’s Director of Education Services, where she worked with her team to build out robust simulation offerings for Higher Education and K-12 Districts. Prior to joining Mursion, Sara was a Director of Academic Strategy at TNTP. In her role she worked alongside central office staff, school administrators, and teachers in developing leaders to be advocates for equitable systems and student achievement. Sara holds an MBA from The George Washington University, an MA in Education from Bank Street College of Education, and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Illinois.

Christina Yu

VP, MARKETING

Christina Yu overseas all aspects of Mursion’s brand identity and growth across verticals and is committed to unlocking human potential through emerging learning technologies. Prior to her current role, she was on the founding team of a new PaaS adaptive learning division at McGraw-Hill Education, working to open and license technology to enterprise learning partners. The role leveraged her experience managing a portfolio of adaptive products in the Higher-Ed division and guiding strategic communications. Earlier in her career, she worked at the edtech startup Knewton in a variety of product, learning, and business roles, and as a professor of English at Kean University and Southern Connecticut State University. Christina holds an AB in English and Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Brentt Brown

VP, SALES

As Mursion’s Director of Business Strategy, Brentt is responsible for expanding Mursion’s ground-breaking training platform to new verticals, securing partnerships to fund R&D efforts, and raising awareness about the power of virtual simulation for occupations that require complex interpersonal skills. Prior to joining Mursion, Brentt was the Director of Innovation at Pivot Learning Partners, a large professional learning and coaching organization in California. In this role Brentt was responsible for leading teams of experienced subject matter experts in designing, piloting and scaling new professional learning programs. Brentt has a Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) from the University of California Berkeley, and has published numerous articles and research reports.

Navneet “Nav” Goel

CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER
Nav leads Mursion Product Development, including Product Management and Engineering. With more than 25 years of experience in product management, engineering management, and entrepreneurship, he has launched products in many domains–enterprise, consumer, social, e-commerce, CRM, cloud, and SaaS. Nav was part of the initial G-Suite team at Google and, as an engineering leader, he helped to scale products for SAP, Asera, and Metro. Most recently, he helped to shape the product and engineering strategy for Software Growth Partners (SGP) Private Equity’s portfolio companies. Nav holds a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) India and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Sheryl Linsky Adam

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CUSTOMER SUCCESS
Sheryl Linsky Adam is passionate about empowering professionals to build skills and become leaders. After a career leading complex teams and projects in K12 education, she now focuses on delivering measurable outcomes to learners and organizations. Every day she aims to delight clients with authentic simulations that blend the best in live human interaction with artificial intelligence. Sheryl is a Bay Area native, a graduate of Yale School of Management, and currently lives in Oakland with her family of mischief-makers.

Alex Zelenin

ART DIRECTOR

Alex Zelenin is responsible for all 2D and 3D art development at Mursion. Driving the content development branch of the business, Alex oversees production of Mursion’s virtual emotive avatars, animation systems and VR environments. Leveraging game development experience, he has built scalable production pipelines, streamlined project execution and contributed key features to Mursion’s proprietary technology platform. Working with clients in the corporate, education, healthcare and defense industries, Alex is passionate about building real-time simulation technology that empowers people unlock their empathic potential. He holds an MS in Interactive Systems and Computer Animation from the University of Central Florida.

Robin Van Horn

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CLIENT SERVICES

Robin Van Horn is passionate about enriching the client experience at Mursion. Her work experience includes over 20 years of roles in the Professional and Client Services for software companies in the Education sector. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas Austin in French and a licensure in Elementary Education with a Reading Specialist endorsement also from UT.

Carrie Straub

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Dr. Carrie Straub, Executive Director of Education Programs and Research: Dr. Straub is responsible for leading the design and implementation of virtual reality immersive learning among Mursion’s 100+ partners. Dr. Straub provides guidance and consultation to leaders, researchers, and educators about how to best leverage virtual reality simulation to elevate communication skills for high-stakes professions. Previously, she was the Research Director for TeachLivE, the project at UCF that originally developed and tested the core technology utilized by Mursion. In that capacity, she planned, directed, and coordinated activities for a $1.5M national research project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Our Talented Team, Interactors & More

Board of Directors

Mark Atkinson

Mark Atkinson is responsible for Mursion’s long-term strategic plan, capital requirements and key leadership positions. Mark has spent the last twenty years building technology ventures that support human capital development in K-12 education and corporate learning. Mark founded TeachForward, LLC a full service educational consulting firm with a proprietary web platform that delivers custom-developed, performance assessments to K-12 educators. Before working in education, Mark served as Senior Producer and Manager of New Markets for CBS News Productions, and was an Emmy award winning Producer for Peter Jennings Reporting, ABC News, where he produced a series of network specials on U.S. foreign policy. Mr. Atkinson is a graduate of Yale College.

Arjun Nagendran

Arjun Nagendran is the founding visionary behind Mursion’s extraordinary simulation platform. He overseas all aspects of Mursion’s technology, product strategy, and it’s overall vision. Arjun completed his Ph.D. in Robotics from the University of Manchester, UK, specializing in landing mechanisms for Unmanned Air Vehicles. Prior to Mursion, he worked for several years as an academic researcher leading the ground vehicle robotic systems for Team Tumbleweed, which was one of the six-finalists at the Ministry of Defense (UK) Grand Challenge. During his academic career, he contributed to several projects and manuscripts including the development of a robot to explore the Great Egyptian Pyramid.

Susan Cates

Ms. Cates has led growth and innovation in education through her work as an advisor, investor and business leader, with extensive experience within and in partnership with universities around the world. Cates has served as an advisor to public and private universities, education service companies and investors, and was previously the Chief Operating Officer of 2U, Inc., where she led a number of core functions critical to the growth of 2U’s university partner programs, including content production, technology, data analytics, marketing and student and faculty support. Prior to her tenure at 2U, Cates served as President of Executive development at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and as founding Executive Director of MBA@UNC, the school’s ground-breaking online MBA program.

Ezra Field

Ezra S. Field is a Senior Advisor of Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm with over $10 billion in capital under management. He currently serves as a Director of Roark portfolio companies CKE Restaurants and Pet Retail Brands, and is a former Director of Roark portfolio companies Atkins Nutritionals, CyberCore Technologies, Driven Brands, International Car Wash Group, Jim ‘n Nick’s Bar-B-Q, Massage Envy, Miller’s Ale House, Naf Naf Grill and Peachtree Business Products. He is also a Director of Business Executives for National Security, and is a former Trustee of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation, Global Kids, and the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. From 2007 – 2020, Mr. Field served in various roles at Roark Capital, including as a Managing Director, Senior Managing Director, Co-CIO and CIO. Prior to joining Roark, Mr. Field was a Managing Director at New York-based ACI Capital, where he played a lead role in all aspects of the firm’s investing activities. Mr. Field received a B.A. (Honors) from Wesleyan University, an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Joseph High

Mr. High is an accomplished C-suite executive with strategic and operational experience in several global Fortune 500 companies across diverse industries. Joseph excels at building and sustaining strong cultures and selecting and developing leaders and teams that meet expectations of demanding customers with excellence to drive company success and shareholder value. He received recognition for his role in leading CEO succession and strategies to reposition assets and cost structure to better serve customers and increase growth at Grainger, led the multi-billion dollar people integration of Conoco and Philips Petroleum, was instrumental in Owens Corning exiting an asbestos-related bankruptcy with an investment grade credit rating and implemented high-performing manufacturing environments at Cummins Engine and Rockwell Automation.

Our Advisory Board

Jeremy Bailenson

Bailenson is the founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Thomas More Storke Professor in the Department of Communication, Professor (by courtesy) of Education, Professor (by courtesy) Program in Symbolic Systems, a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, and a Faculty Leader at Stanford’s Center for Longevity. Bailenson studies the psychology of Virtual Reality (VR), in particular how virtual experiences lead to changes in perceptions of self and others. He has published more than 100 academic papers, in interdisciplinary journals such as Science and PLoS One, as well domain-specific journals in many fields.

Dr. William Follette

Dr. William C. Follette received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Washington with additional specialty training in research design and quantitative psychology. Dr. Follette is a full professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has served as a member of multiple grant review panels for the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Follette has more than 200 academic papers, book chapters and presentations at professional conferences. Of special interest to Dr. Follette is the study of how individuals learn complex social skills.

Walter Greenleaf

Dr. Walter Greenleaf is a research scientist trained in neuro and behavioral science and a medical product developer, with a specific focus on virtual reality and digital health technology. He is currently the Director of Technology and Strategy at the University of Colorado National Mental Health Innovation Center, and a member of the Board of Directors for Brainstorm: The Stanford Laboratory for Brain Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He has consistently maintained a dual-role in academics and business–lecturing, conducting research and publishing, while concurrently developing and bringing medical products to market.

Scott Compton

Compton, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center and an associate professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience. Dr. Compton’s interest in advising Mursion is fueled by his interest in how to leverage technology to evaluate and improve complex interpersonal behaviors informed by basic principles of human behavior. Dr. Compton’s other research interests have focused broadly on child and adolescent psychotherapy treatment development and evaluation, with particular interest in pediatric anxiety and depressive disorders; multi-site comparative treatment trials; and translating efficacious treatments into community settings. Dr. Compton’s more general research interests include behavioral theory, philosophy of science, analysis of outcome studies and longitudinal data; clinical trial outcome research and design, and mental health policy issues relevant to clinical practice.

Alex “Sandy” Pentland

Pentland directs the MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs and previously helped create and direct the MIT Media Lab and the Media Lab Asia in India. Some of his focuses include Machine Learning, Human Computer Interactions, Data, and Pattern Recognition. He is one of the most-cited scientists in the world, and Forbes recently declared him one of the “7 most powerful data scientists in the world” along with Google founders and the Chief Technical Officer of the United States. He has received numerous awards and prizes such as the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review, the 40th Anniversary of the Internet from DARPA, and the Brandeis Award for work in privacy. Pentland advises Mursion in areas related to constructs and automated analytical measures that are potential indicators of human performance in simulations.

Chris Dede

Dede (Harvard University Graduate School of Education) is a professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. His fundamental interest is in developing new types of educational systems to meet the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century. His research focuses on emerging technologies for learning and assessment, leadership in educational technology implementation, and effective policy for educational technology utilization. His focus in emerging technologies includes multi-user virtual environments, augmented realities, transformed social interaction, and online professional development. Dede advises Mursion in the area of instructional design, assisting with the fundamentals of creating simulations within which human performance can be measured and altered.