W. Lewis Johnson, Ph.D.
Dr. Johnson co-founded our company while he was director of the Center for Advanced Research in Technology for Education (CARTE) at the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California, where he was the principal investigator of the Tactical Language project that resulted in our products. He left USC ISI in 2007 to join us full time, but continues to be active in research focusing on the successful adoption of interactive learning environments. His work on Tactical Language won DARPA's Significant Technical Achievement Award in 2005. His article on the Politeness Effect in pedagogical agents, co-authored with Richard Mayer and Ning Wang, won the Most Cited Prize in 2011 from the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.
Mr. Barnett is a Certified Public Accountant with over 15 years experience in finance and technology. His specialty is streamlining business processes to allow organizations to function more efficiently. He has worked for industry leaders such as Deloitte Consulting as well as smaller companies such as Concur Technologies and Vignette. His industry experience includes transportation, software, telecommunications and State and Local government. During his career he has worked as a Controller, Engagement Manager and Project Manager. Izett received his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Loma Linda University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Cliff Kamida has nearly twenty years of experience in interactive media production. Prior to joining Alelo as Senior Project Manager for Alelo's Virtual Cultural Awareness Trainers (VCATs), Mr. Kamida produced computer and video games for Knowledge Adventure and the Walt Disney Company, and was Director of Partner Implementation at NearU Search, a mobile marketing company. He has also taught courses in Game Design and Game Production Management at National University. He received his B.A. in Journalism from the University of Hawaii.
Mr. Schrider joined Alelo in 2009 and currently holds the title of Manager of Customer Support where he helps oversee the customer related support and outreach activities as well as functioning as a providing key on-site support for one of Alelo's largest U.S. Government customers. Prior to joining Alelo Mr. Schrider was involved in business development for several modeling and simulation, and serious games companies. Mr. Schrider currently serves as part of the IPT (Integrated Project Team) for the I/ITSEC Serious Games Showcase and Challenge and is an elected advisory member of Old Dominion University's Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC).