Our Team

Our talented team members, and a lot of teamwork, make it all happen at Influents Innovations. Our Research Scientists have decades of experience and translate their deep knowledge into ideas for life-changing products. Our Product Engineers, Instructional Specialists, Media Team and Design Team take those ideas and make them reality. Our Business Development Team gets the products to our customers. And our Administrative Staff keeps the ship afloat!

Project & Product Staff

Katherine Bravo Aguayo

Research Assistant

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Katherine Bravo Aguayo

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Expertise & Professional Interests

  • Early literacy
  • Bilingual education

Keir Armstrong

Software Engineer

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Keir Armstrong

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Expertise & Professional Interests

  • Software development
  • Web/mobile development
  • Cloud computing

Naomi (Noni) Canavan

Data Manager

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Naomi (Noni) Canavan

DATA MANAGER

Expertise & Professional Interests

  • Databased design
  • Data management
  • Survey development

Katie Clawson

Grants Administration

Natasha Compton

Research Assistant

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Natasha Compton

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Expertise & Professional Interests

  • Culturally resonant evidence based programs
  • Culturally responsive research practices
  • Language & literacy acquisition
  • Evidence based curriculum development aimed at ease of implementation
  • Spanish-English translation

Sierra Freihoefer

Software Engineer

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Sierra Freihoefer

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Expertise and Professional Interests

  • Website development
  • Software engineering
  • Graphic design
  • UX/UI design
  • 3D modeling

Jeff Gau

Data Analyst & Methodologist

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Jeff Gau

DATA ANALYST & METHODOLOGIST

Expertise and Professional Interests

  • Longitudinal modeling
  • Randomized & cluster randomized trials
  • R programming

Erika James

Research Assistant & Project Manager

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Erika James

RESEARCH ASSISTANT & PROJECT MANAGER

Expertise and Professional Interests

Elizabeth Latimer

Research Assistant

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Elizabeth Latimer

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Expertise and Professional Interests

  • Project coordination
  • Grant management
  • Media production

Alex Leong

 Software Engineer & Web Coder

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Alex Leong

SOFTWARE ENGINEER & WEB CODER

Expertise and Professional Interests

  • Software engineering
  • Mobile & web development
  • UX/UI design
  • Data analysis

Annette Leong

Project & Account Manager

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Annette Leong

PROJECT & ACCOUNT MANAGER

Expertise & Professional Interests

  • Oral health education and dental health
  • Parenting education
  • Media development

Ms. Leong is a senior consultant for The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) and Research Assistant for Influents Innovations and The Oregon Research Institute. For the past six years she has been lead consultant for the Children’s Dental Health Initiative at OCF and has served as an Oral Health Educator for the parenting education program delivered by the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative (OPEC). Ms. Leong serves as media developer and oral health coach and educator for the NIH Phase 1 grant, BeReady2Smile.

Niraja Cheryl Lorenz, PH.D.

Project Administration

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Niraja Cheryl Lorenz, PH.D.

PROJECT ADMINISTRATION

Expertise and Professional Interests

  • Research design
  • Project administration
  • Art

Alex Marquez

Media Producer

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Alex Marquez

MEDIA PRODUCER

Expertise & Professional Interests

  • Video and multimedia production
  • Cinematography
  • Content development and script writing

Alex has been working in video, film and multimedia production since 2004. He has extensive experience in the entire production process, from content development and writing, to on-set directing and cinematography, to editing and post-production.

Jessie Marquez

Senior Program Designer & Developer

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Jessie Marquez

SENIOR PROGRAM DESIGNER & DEVELOPER

Expertise and Professional Interests

  • Community engagement
  • Developing multimedia & technology to deliver evidence-based interventions
  • Writing, producing & directing for English and Spanish language audiences

Jessie uses her background in language and the arts to help translate evidence-based interventions into meaningful learning experiences. Her goal is to increase access to behavioral interventions that improve health outcomes.

Cathy Milchak

Research Assistant & Project Manager

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Cathy Milchak

RESEARCH ASSISTANT & PROJECT MANAGER

Expertise and Professional Interests

    • Developing & applying coding systems for qualitative observational data
    • Certified ©Play and Learning Strategies coach – Children’s Learning Institute, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
    • Data collection supervisor in preschools through high schools

    Mia Lineweaver

    Research Assistant

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    Mia Lineweaver

    RESEARCH ASSISTANT

    Expertise and Professional Interests

      Paul Naylor

      Web App Developer

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      Paul Naylor

      WEB APP DEVELOPER

      Expertise & Professional Interests

      • Web applications
      • Python
      • Java
      • Elm
      • JavaScript

      Web technologies and educational technology.

      Jessica Olson

      Research Assistant

      Missy Peterson

      Data Analyst

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      Missy Peterson

      DATA ANALYST

      Expertise & Professional Interests

        Douglas Rice

        UX/UI Designer and Video Editor

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        Douglas Rice

        UX/UI DESIGNER & VIDEO EDITOR

        Expertise & Professional Interests

        • Digital design
        • Video Production
        • Music Production
        • Copyediting

        Aimee Shelton

        Visual Designer

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        Aimee Shelton

        VISUAL DESIGNER

        Expertise & Professional Interests

        • Illustration
        • Photography
        • Graphic design
        • Web design
        • Clothing design & construction

        Wendy de la Caridad Torres Romero

        Software Engineer

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        Wendy de la Caridad Torres Romero

        SOFTWARE ENGINEER

        Expertise and Professional Interests

        • Web Developer 
        • Javascript
        • NodeJS
        • Vue 3
        • Quasar
        • Ionic
        • GIS

        Milagra Storm Tyler

        Project & Account Manager

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        Milagra Storm Tyler

        PROJECT & ACCOUNT MANAGER

        Expertise and Professional Interests

        • Masters of arts in teaching
        • Behavioral change interventions
        • Information architecture

        Mary Susan Weldon, PH.D.

        Brand Management & Design

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        Mary Susan Weldon, PH.D.

        BRAND MANAGEMENT & DESIGN

        Expertise and Professional Interests

        • Information Graphics, Charts & Graphs
        • Marketing and Promotional Collateral
        • Cognitive Psychology

        I combine my training in visual design and cognitive psychology to create communications that integrate conceptual depth and visual appeal. My experience as a research scientist ensures that scientific integrity is retained in visual representations that support effective and accessible communication across diverse communities.