Bio

 Photo by @karyaschanilec.photography

Photo by @karyaschanilec.photography

 
 

It all started when...

I was born in a small town in Washington but always knew I would travel the world and make a positive impact. I went to Moscow Medical Academy at the age of 18, but later dropped out and returned home.

Since then I have studied Russian literature and language, psychology, and human-centered design. I've had careers as a psychotherapist, a user experience researcher, and a roboticist. I built a social robot companion for children with anxiety called Emobie which won 2nd place at the International Conference of Social Robotics in Paris, France. I've also written two books which you can find on Amazon.

I currently run Velvet Report, an online vegan beauty destination and product line that I created. Through all my interests and careers, I've always hoped to do one thing - connect with others and create something good in the world.