Meet The Team

Our philosophy

Curiosity is on a mission to make learning easier and more fun than it has ever been. Our goal is to ignite curiosity and inspire people to learn. Each day, we create and curate engaging topics for millions of lifelong learners worldwide.

Experience Curiosity on our website, through our apps and across social media.

We designed Curiosity with your busy life in mind. Our editors find interesting and important topics that you’ll want to know more about, and introduce you to the best ways to keep learning.

We hope you make Curiosity part of your daily digital diet.

Never stop learning!

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney

Meet the team

  • Gabe Vehovsky
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    As a self-proclaimed lifelong learner, the concept of curiosity has driven Gabe for as long as he can remember; he’s always loved that feeling of satisfaction you get when you learn something new.  Now a father of young children, Gabe is reminded every day how powerful the concept of curiosity can be in helping one grow. It’s for this reason that is such an exciting adventure for him. Gabe is driven by the idea of creating a platform that is effective in igniting a sense of true curiosity, inspiring people to want to learn new things. You don’t have to come here with a plan—just come with an open mind, a desire to learn, some free time and Curiosity will do the rest. When not working on Curiosity, Gabe enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, being active outdoors and all forms of fishing. And for those last few remaining moments of his free time, Gabe also enjoys teaching entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management where he teaches a course on new venture development.

  • Andy O'Dower
    Head of Product
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    Andy is a startup guy with a background in tech and mobile, and is committed to improving the way people get inspired to learn using new technology. Product management, development and UX geek, he is an outdoorsman living an urban life and a mediocre guitar player. Andy thrives in startup-stage, creative and highly technical teams...and loves building those teams. His favorite things to learn include music, history, psychology and anything John Green creates. Andy moved to Chicago in 2011 when his company was accepted into Excelerate Labs (now Techstars Chicago) and fell in love with the city.

  • Michael Russell
    Head of Technology
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    Mike is a world citizen who has settled back in Chicago to raise a family and live the next great adventure helping to transform the world of education. Mike is passionate about learning and is proud to be a part of the Curiosity team. Mike’s favorite daily learning topics include physics, evolutionary biology, ancient history and archeology. His dream is to one day be able to travel through Africa, the Middle East, parts of Europe and Asia to study early pre-human societies and track the development of the modern day human species. In addition to learning, Mike loves a good movie and is currently introducing all the great movie classics to his son. To help maintain a healthy mind, Mike keeps his body fit by exercising nearly every day. He also enjoys great food and drink with friends to keep his spirit healthy, too!

  • Andy O'Dekirk
    Head of Finance
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    Andy is a Chicago native with a finance and accounting background from the University of Michigan. He spent his early career in investment banking and private equity before joining Curiosity. His greatest curiosities are classical & Renaissance history, food & drink, and unique philosophies.

  • Michael Burke
    Head of Partnerships
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    Creating value from Curiosity's audience of life-long learners as well as monetizing the capabilities of the platform is at the core of Burke's responsibilities. A seasoned executive with experience at Yahoo!, as well as the founder of Mobile Advertising business which he ran for the last 7 years, Burke brings a solid background of growing businesses and establishing partnerships.

  • Rachel Bertsche
    Managing Editor
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    Rachel Bertsche is an award-winning journalist and the NY Times bestselling author of MWF Seeking BFF and Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me. In addition to her books, Rachel has written for the New York Times Magazine, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Fitness, Outside and more. She was an editor at O, The Oprah Magazine, and Yahoo Parenting before landing at Curiosity, a job that feeds her passion for learning new facts — and dropping them into party conversation. When she’s not reading or writing, Rachel can be found playing with her two kids or relaxing in front of anything created by Shonda Rhimes.

  • Brandon Adams
    Back-end Engineer
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    Brandon is a technologist who lives in a cornfield. He enjoys fooing bars and quuxing quxes. When he isn't writing his bio in the third person, he enjoys building Lego castles with his daughter.

  • Nick Aiello
    Front-end Engineer
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    A former computer science major at UW-Milwaukee, Nick dropped out in order to remain in Chicago and work with startups. He enjoys travelling the world, but is happy to call Chicago his home. Nick enjoys naps, playing with his puggle, video games, drums, micro brews, and fitness.

  • Joanie Faletto
    Content and Social Media Manager
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    Born and raised in Chicagoland, Joanie studied journalism and art at DePaul University. She makes colorful paintings, sees live music and eats a lot of candy in her free time. Joanie loves learning about otters, Nikola Tesla, brains, feminism and any Vsauce thing.

  • Chase McClure
    Front-end Developer and User Experience
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    Chase grew up in Charlotte playing with pianos, Legos and Nintendos. He moved to Savannah to study graphic design at SCAD before moving to Chicago in 2005. He is a self-taught developer who now spends his free time playing with pianos, Legos and Nintendos.

  • Ben Siver
    Back-end Engineer
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    Ben grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and has been living in the city ever since attending college at the Illinois Institute of Technology. When not writing or reading code, he loves to discover new music, read about philosophy, and hone his culinary skills. He is also active in Chicago's cycling community, and spends a large amount of time training for bike races.

  • Rose Marnell
    Lead Designer
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    Rose has been a bit of a nomad living in eight different states before moving to Chicago in 2013. With degrees in design and animation she also dabbles in painting, sculpture and ceramics. When not doing art her free time is taken up with board games, books, and watching horror movies on netflix.

  • Julie Jun
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    Julie is a designer and an artist who graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. When she isn’t staring into her computer screen, she finds comfort in dogs and sweets.

  • Roy Kolak
    Front-End Engineer
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    Roy loves solving problems and answering questions with code, data, and graphs, though not necessarily in that order. He's a full stack developer with a strong focus on the frontend and user experience. When not in Chicago, you can usually find him deep in the woods on vision quests trying to find balance between solitude and noise.

  • Eric Totten
    Devops Engineer
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    Eric is a software engineer that has played various roles for a few different Chicago-area start ups over the years. When he’s not spending time with his wife and daughters, he enjoys rocking out on guitar or bass with his band, sneaking in a little time playing board/card games, and reading good books.

  • Megan Chen
    Front-End Engineer
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    Megan grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago throughout her childhood, and attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she studied math and computer science. She is a life-long learner who loves exploring a broad scope of new technologies through hands-on coding projects and hackathons. When she's not coding, she loves exploring touristy attractions in big cities, taking pictures, listening to music, and playing with mental logic games/puzzles like chess, Sudoku, and Rubik's Cubes.

  • Logan Nolin
    Digital Marketing Strategist
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    Originally from the Quad Cities, Logan studied marketing communications at the University of Westminster in London. He enjoys communicating on all mediums — blending creativity with strategic thought. In his spare time, Logan creates music, explores new countries, and devours copious amounts of sour candy.

  • Chris Fletcher
    Partner Manager
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    Chris is from the great state of Maryland and studied History at Dartmouth College. His background includes two years as a brand strategy consultant at Ogilvy and three years working with branded content at BuzzFeed in the U.S. and in Europe. At Curiosity, Chris is helping brands tell unique stories across a platform that inspires learning every day. In his free time, Chris can be found at one of the many improv theaters in Chicago laughing and, hopefully, being laughed at.

  • Ashley Hamer
    Content Editor
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    Ashley is a Northern California native who studied music in Texas before heading to Chicago to play jazz and write words. When she's not blowing her own mind with cool facts about the world, she runs marathons, plays saxophone in funk and jazz groups, and records a podcast about art and science. She loves learning about evolution, neuroscience, and outer space.

  • Anna Todd
    Content Marketing Manager
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    Anna grew up on the Gulf Coast of Alabama and will keep pretending that Lake Michigan is a real beach. Her love of marketing and startups moved her from New Orleans to Chicago in June 2015. When she's not waiting for the next season of Fargo, Anna is busy learning about psychology, posting pictures of food to Instagram, and planning her next trip.

  • Lauren Hernandez
    Product Marketing Manager
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    Lauren is a New Jersey native with a Media Studies and Speech Communication background from the University of Illinois. She spent her early career in Washington, DC with an event marketing focus in the not-for-profit industry. Since switching over to the start-up world, enhancing customer growth and engagement in the digital space has been her passion. When she's not getting to know the customer, you can find her making candles for boutiques, discovering new music, riding her bike, being a crazy cat lady, gardening, or learning to play the ukulele.

  • Justin Zupnick
    UI/UX Designer
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    Justin hails from the Big Apple. He studied human-computer interaction and computing in the arts at Cornell University and is continuing his education at Northwestern University's Product Design & Development Management master's program. His research efforts have been published in Psychological Science, ACM SIGCHI, and the Journal of Information Technology & Politics. He can be found playing slide guitar and singing the technology blues at open mics around Chicago, or pretending to meditate and do yoga at the same time.