is a proven senior business leader with global marketing, product development,
and supply chain management backgrounds who founded curaFUN to build children’s emotional fitness. She studied at Johns Hopkins University, worked extensively with children with ADHD and various other learning difficulties. Having spent her life moving between the US and East Asia, Caitlyn brings personal experience in gifted and talented education from the perspective of a third culture kid. She firmly believes that empowering children with the right skillset is how the world gets changed. This conviction fuels her long but rewarding work days at curaFUN. “We are changing the world, one child at a time.” says Caitlyn.
Dr. Jim Thomas
is a computer scientist in his second decade of creating computer games that provide safe, enriching environments in which children can learn and practice social skills. This work builds on the Graduate Research Fellowship received from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to complete his doctoral thesis to establish a framework to use Artificial Intelligence to tutor learners in virtual environments. Dr. Thomas helped create Zoo U and is leading the development and scientific evaluation of Zoo Academy, as the Principal Investigator of the NSF award for the Artificial Intelligence advances that power the tutoring within that game.
Dr. Melissa DeRossier
is a clinical psychologist whose work is dedicated to improving social, emotional, and behavioral health. For more than 20 years, Melissa has served as Principal Investigator for more than 30 federally funded grants from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Melissa has created more than a dozen rigorously researched social‐emotional interventions, which are used by thousands of children across the United States and abroad.
Dr. Joanne Tzu
is a licensed clinical psychologist, mother, researcher, adjunct professor whose interest in child cognitive development early in college, and received multiple grants from the Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan to further research in the field. Her research and expertise include psychological assessment, psychotherapy, brainwaves, hypnosis, and neuropsychology.
is a New Zealand trained and registered counselor experienced in working with the immigrant, expat, and international student populations. Jenny has worked extensively in New Zealand, and was the school counselor for Taipei European School for many years, advising students of various ethnicities. Hsu is dedicated to collaborative therapies and helping people view their identity as separate from their problems. Developing an understanding of trauma and the process of recovery, she believes that a healthy person, mentally and physically, can live well when they are supported.
double majored in education and psychology at the University of Taipei, and has experience in elementary school counseling and English language curriculum design for the Chinese market. curaFUN chose Amelia as its first hire from the several hundred applications we received for her strong drive to achieve and can do attitude. Ever since a college professor asked her, “Would you let your own kids be taught by your classmates?” she strived to hold herself to the highest standard in teaching, and to not only in pedagogy but also a sincere desire to educate and spread the love of learning to children.