Jamming the Curve


Mentors are here to help you during the Game Jam! They will be holding “office hours” in the IndieCade Discord Channel, simply post your question in the #jtc-ask-a-mentor subchannel or feel free to message someone directly. Our Mentors are experts across a range of topics including game design, public health issues, COVID-19, science communication, and more. To see when a Mentor will be available to answer your questions check out the schedule.

Sam Bond

Sam Bond is a Certified Medical Illustrator, award-winning game developer, and faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she teaches game development to budding medical illustrators in the Biomedical Visualization masters program. Sam’s experiences allow her to integrate the richness of fun gameplay experiences with precise medical accuracy.

Taylor Burkholder

Taylor Burkholder, MD, MPH is an emergency physician and global health researcher at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. His research interests include emerging infectious diseases, developing emergency care systems in low-resource countries, and human rights & health. Taylor has published and lectured on infectious disease screening during Ebola outbreaks, the COVID-19 pandemic, and population health factors influencing global epidemics.

Jennifer Carinci

Dr. Carinci is Program Director for STEM Education Research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) where she serves as Principal Investigator of AAAS’ NSF Noyce and IUSE grants and launched the Advancing Research & Innovation in the STEM Education of Preservice Teachers in High-Need School Districts (ARISE) network and website. She most recently served as the inaugural Director of Research, Innovation, and Data Strategy at the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Pre-Doctoral Training Fellow at Johns Hopkins University with a background as a middle and high school art teacher in Baltimore City.

Robyn Cree

Dr. Robyn A. Cree, PhD is an Epidemiologist on the Disability Science and Program Team in the Division of Human Development and Disability at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She has served as a mental health subject matter expert on CDC’s responses to the 2017 Hurricanes and COVID-19, helping to ensure the mental health needs of groups who are disproportionately affected are identified and prioritized. Dr. Cree received her PhD in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale School of Public Health.

Kathleen Deck

Hello, my name is Kathleen! I am an educator, artist, and designer. I graduated in 2019 with my Master of Fine Art Degree in Digital Art and New Media from the UCSC. In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors and helping out as a board member with Non-Profit HubX.

Jeanette L. DePatie

I’m Jeanette DePatie and I’m a professional techsplainer (who explains technology to people who don’t understand it and helps people who know a lot about tech talk to those who don’t). I’m also the CEO of a software company and have delivered games and interactive experiences for most of the major Hollywood Studios. I’m super excited to be working with you!

Lynsay MacLaren Ehui

I work at Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, DC. I am a physician assistant but mostly work in the field of HIV clinical research. We are now starting to do some COVID trials as well.

Matt Frieman

I am a Professor at The University of Maryland School of Medicine where I study Corona viruses. I even studied them before SARS2 emerged, where we worked on SARS1 and MERS. I specialize in figuring out how viruses work and then how to kill them with drugs and other therapeutics.

SGT Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova

My name is Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova (SGT). I am a Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Kentucky and Assistant Dean for Research. My work focuses on discovery and development of novel compounds to combat infectious diseases.

Joyonna Gamble-George

Joyonna Gamble-George, MHA, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist and the co-founder and the Chief Operations, Scientific, and Medical Officer of SciX, a biotech Internet of Things software applications and device development company searching for data science-based methods to combat brain disorders and other health issues. She is also an expert science advisor at the National Institutes of Health for doctors, psychologists, nurses, and other scientists  that conduct implementation science research on chronic heart and lung diseases and mental health in vulnerable populations, such as people living with HIV. Dr. Gamble-George has previously served as a health system specialist and evaluated the day-to-day functions of a Veterans Affairs medical center and performed strategic planning and implementation to improve customer service, veterans benefits, and patient hospital admissions.

Danielle Golovin

Hi, I’m Danielle! I recently finished my Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University. During my time in graduate school, I discovered my love of teaching and mentoring. My hobbies include playing Eurogrames and Magic the Gathering because I enjoy the strategy and player interaction. I’m currently a Staff Writer at BioCentury Inc., which covers clinical and translational research for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, investors, academia and government.

Lisa Hightow-Weidman

Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH is a Professor of Medicine and Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She has been providing care to youth living with HIV or those at risk for HIV at UNC-Chapel Hill since 2001. Dr. Hightow-Weidman is the director of the Behavior and Technology Lab (BATLab) at UNC and an expert on the development and evaluation of technology-based interventions to address the HIV Care Continuum for youth and young adults, particularly sexual and gender minority populations.

Timothy Johnson

Veteran game developer and engineer. As technical director for WB Games I shipped DC Legends, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Mortal Kombat 11, and West World. Previous titles include multiple Adventure Time games.

Gabriel Koenig

I’ve been a self-employed game developer since 2017, making the unique games Jettomero and Test Tube Titans during this time. I’m also passionate about making music, creating slacker art, and comedy. Always happy to chat and share my experience.

Rebecca Leeb

Rebecca Leeb, PhD is a developmental psychologist by training and has worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for almost 20 years. Her work focuses on children’s mental health and emotional well-being in the context of disasters (like COVID-19) and everyday life. She spent 150 days on CDC’s COVID-19 Emergency Response. Rebecca lives with her husband, 11-yr old daughter, 3 cats, and a dog. When she is not working you can find her out riding her mountain bike.

Hussam Mahmoud

Our research has focused on performance of the built environment to extreme events with recent focus on functionality and operation of hospitals following extreme events including natural disasters and also pandemics, individually and combined. We have also performed studies on disturbances to communities and how they can recovery from social, economic, or infrastructure disturbances.

Farhan Malik

On a mission is to invent and realize breakthrough technologies that advance humanity.

Allison Mathews

Dr. Allison Mathews is the Associate Director of Integrating Special Populations in the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest Baptist Health. She specializes in integrating technology, social marketing, community engagement and social science to innovate clinical research engagement and access to health care for underserved populations.

Sarah Matthews

I am an applied epidemiologist in Florida and have worked with public and private organizations nationally and internationally. I have managed hundreds (no exaggeration here!) of outbreaks and currently working COVID-19 as a consultant. I am finishing my PhD in M&S at UCF this fall with my research focus on intelligent agents and building capacity and capabilities for surge capacity events (i.e. pandemics). This will be my second Game Jam.

Sang Nam

Prof. Sang Nam teaches technology-intensive game design/development courses at George Mason University, where he serves as Director of the Computer Game Design Program. As a game developer, he has produced serious games for various external clients including, but not limited to, USAID, US Army, DOD, and OSHA.

Laura Thomas-Walters

I am a conservation social scientist at the University of Stirling. My background lies in changing human behaviours to help protect the environment. Currently I work on the use of experimental games to resolve conflicts between stakeholders.

Joseph D. Tucker

Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases, University of North Carolina and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Have organized several designathon and other participatory activities focused on technology.