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W. Lewis Johnson, Ph.D.
Co-founder, CEO & Chief Scientist

W. Lewis John, Ph.D.Dr. W. Lewis Johnson co-founded Alelo in 2005, with the goal of developing advanced technologies that help people learn to communicate better with each other. Alelo's simulation-based training solutions have helped save the lives of military personnel deployed overseas. They are used worldwide for learning foreign languages, cultural awareness, and other communication skills. Prior to founding Alelo, Dr. Johnson was director of the Center for Advanced Research in Technology for Education (CARTE) at the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California. His work at USC on Tactical Language won DARPA's Significant Technical Achievement Award.
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Izett Barnett
Chief Financial Officer

Izett Barnette, Chief Financial OfficerMr. 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
VP – Production

Cliff KamidaCliff 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.

Pete Schrider
VP – Client Services

Pete SchriderMr. Schrider joined Alelo in 2009 and currently holds the title of Vice President – Client Services 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).

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Our Team

Alelo is an interdisciplinary team of professionals who are dedicated to the company's mission: to help people worldwide communicate more effectively.

Our team includes experts in instructional design and development (pedagogy, curriculum development, educational psychology, adult learning), cultural and linguistic anthropology, intercultural communication, foreign languages, natural language processing, computational linguistics, automated speech recognition, computer science (artificial intelligence, software engineering, modeling, simulation), human-computer interaction, video games, graphic arts, animation, and media production.