Joshua Archer is a co-founder and the President of the Board of The Game Academy, and is following his dream of expanding the horizons of interactive storytelling experiences which engage, educate and motivate.
Joshua has been an avid tabletop role-playing gamer since 1979, and attributes his enthusiasm for games, his interest in many academic subjects, and a core portion of his social skills to participation in tabletop gaming. Joshua has been a member of the RPGA for years, and was an officer in Paizo's organized play for pathfinder (The Pathfinder Society) for 4 years.
Joshua received his BA in Philosophy from UC Berkeley in 1994, and worked as a software engineer from 1995 through 2008. For three years, Joshua co-ran Archer Web Solutions with his wife, Julia Dvorin, a web design solutions company. In 2011, Joshua founded Iocari Games, a private company which designs Educational Role Playing Games, and at the beginning of 2016, Joshua and Bert founded The Game Academy.
Joshua has been involved with various educational enrichment programs over the past dozen years using integrative learning opportunities that engage both sides of the brain.
Joshua is currently pursuing his Master of Arts degree in Education at Sonoma State University, with an expected completion date of December, 2017.
Michael Azzolino is a San Francisco Bay Area native with 40 years’ experience playing, mastering and developing role playing and storytelling style games. Michael has coordinated organizing play programs on the local and national level, for many of the industry’s leading game companies. For his achievements as Host and Producer of Chronicles Pathfinder Podcast, Michael was awarded a Silver Ennie for Best Gaming Podcast of the year.
Mike loves soccer almost as much as gaming! (It’s a close second)
Coffee over tea. Cats over dogs. Summer over winter. Music over silence.
Julian Boralli is an entrepreneur with a passion to improve education. He has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, and a B.S. in Electronics Engineering from Escola de Engenharia Mauá (Brazil). His diverse background spans from entrepreneurial ventures to working as an executive for large companies. He is currently an entrepreneur, at the early stages of starting a financial technology company. From 2012 - 2015, Julian was CFO of Método Engenharia, a 4,000 employee engineering and construction company in Brazil. Between 2009 and 2012, he worked for Anheuser-Busch Inbev in sales and marketing management roles. Before joining AB Inbev, Julian spent several years at Telefónica, as project manager of technology and process improvement initiatives in Latin America.
Julian believes in constructivist educational philosophies, where a student-centered perspective is enriched by active and collaborative learning. An engineer at heart, Julian is also interested in developing technology that supports and democratizes learning. In his spare time, he enjoys kitesurfing and studying philosophy. Julian recently moved from Brazil to the United States and resides in San Rafael, CA with his wife and three children.
Bert Holcomb is a co-founder and the Secretary of the Board of Directors for The Game Academy.
Bert Holcomb is a gifted educator with a passion for the power of narrative. For more than ten years, Bert has worked with Bay Area K-12 students as a classroom teacher, athletics coach, tutor and summer-camp director. In addition to earning a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature (2002) and graduating from Sonoma State University’s rigorous California Teacher Credential program (2010), he has been a Tennis Instructor, a Volleyball Coach, an Event Manager for high-end catering and a Team-Building Educator for both children and adults.
Bert designs and implements interactive storytelling games (RPGs) for The Game Academy, as a diverse and powerful educational tool to engage and inspire players of all ages, backgrounds and interests. In his spare time, he is an active athlete with local sports leagues, an amateur musician, and a not-so-secret comic book geek. Bert finds no greater joy than in sitting down with people to tell a good story.
Aaron Vanek is the Vice-President of the Board of Directors for The Game Academy. He has participated in role-playing games and live action role playing (larp) for over 30 years. He is the former editor of Larp World Magazine, a co-creator of the Larp Census, and has designed interactive and game experiences for the Girl Scouts of America, the West Hollywood Book Fair, Sanrio, Inc., the UCLA Game Lab, the Paul Biane LIbrary in Rancho Cucamonga, and the San Diego Public Library, most recently an ARG for their First Folio Exhibition. He created 17 edu-larps for schools and consulted for Texas State University for their nursing simulation program through Seekers Unlimited, a 501c3 non-profit he founded and ran (2011-2015). He currently teaches analog game design to middle school students at the private Kabbalah Children's Academy in Beverly Hills. He is a regular speaker at game and fan conventions such as San Diego Comic Con, Games for Change Festival, and many more. He has published RPG scenarios through Chaosium, Inc., Pelgrane Press, and forthcoming from SixtyStone Press.