Why we exist

Our Team

The Immerse team is comprised of design specialists, virtual reality junkies, software engineers and experienced learning and development professionals. Together we make up a talented interdisciplinary team capable of bringing innovation to your organization. We are so excited to serve you.


Cindy Hugget


Cindy Huggett, CPLP, is an independent consultant, speaker, instructional designer, classroom facilitator, and author who specializes in technology, leadership, and learning. She’s written several books on virtual training, presents frequently at industry conferences, and her online webcasts have been attended by thousands of people around the globe. She helps organizations and training professionals move to the virtual classroom. Cindy is also a past member of the ATD National Board of Directors and was one of the first to earn the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) designation.

Stella Lee


Dr. Stella Lee is a consultant, writer, speaker, educator, and researcher. Above all, Stella is passionate about strategizing, building, and launching nimble, world-class learning and development for organizations. For 20 years, Stella has worked on enterprise-wide Learning Management System (LMS) evaluation and implementation projects, created a variety of learning offering incorporating adaptive and personalized learning technologies for classroom and online learning, and applying learning analytics as part of her data-driven and technology-enabled learning methodology.

Jeanette Winters


Jeanette Winters is a Fortune 100 Talent Management Executive
with proven executive leadership and global expertise. She has supported Fortune 500 leaders such as Amgen, Pitney Bowes, American Express and Intel and is currently the SVP and Chief Human Resource Officer at works  Igloo Products Corporation where she provides start-up and private equity leadership in addition to leading all aspects of human capital management. She has more than 20 years of experience designing scalable, quantifiable and sustainable organizational initiatives using proven human capital practices, procedures and programs.

Quinn Taber


Quinn started Immerse in 2017 after living in the Middle East for two years as a refugee aid worker. He traveled to nearly 50 countries by his 23rd birthday and is obsessed with foreign languages and cultures. He started his first company when he was fifteen and loved studying Economics at Pepperdine University. His favorite things outside of Immerse and the Middle East include Mexican food, his girlfriend Evelyn, and sailing on yachts with venture capitalists.

Jacob Furnari


Jacob is the builder of the bunch. He was bit by the entrepreneurial bug way back in junior high and has been crafting products ever since. A fellow Pepperdine Wave, Jacob spent a year with the XPRIZE Foundation before helping found Immerse. When he’s not building our product, he’s probably daydreaming about scaling the world’s tallest mountains, hanging out in Kenya with his awesome wife Cassie, or drawing up plans for his future treehouse home.

Christian Rowe

Head of Business Development

All Christian dreams about is getting more people stoked on Immerse. When he’s not dazzling us with his karaoke skills or acting as camp counselor for our interns, he’s shepherding his flock of 80 junior highers with his wife Mackenzie (or challenging Dylan in ping pong). He holds a B.S. in Finance and Theatre from Concordia Irvine and is privileged to be play the role of team ambassador.

Rickie Farnes

Dutchess of Training

Rickie is a lifelong learner who loves to use education as a tool to empower others. She earned a B.A. in English Literature, and is in the process of completing her M.A. in Education. When she’s not managing all things training, she can be found heating up her gluten free lunch in the staff kitchen, and postulating on how to make the world a better place.

Jonas Allejo

Lead Engineer

Jonas, our resident programming wizard, enjoys doing techy things that none of us can understand, getting the most bang for his buck at Panda Express, and taking care of his expecting wife. Before joining Immerse, Jonas earned his B.S. in Computer Science from UCI. He is the commander in chief of creating the our powerful web and mobile platform.

Dylan Walch

VR Engineer

Dylan is a virtual reality developer who loves creating things that don’t yet exist and making them as cool as they are functional. For fun, he likes riding his motorcycle, chainsaw carving, and beating everyone in office ping pong. Dylan completed his B.S. in Business Management and has done extensive studies on Virtual Reality development.

Mal Maloney

Business Development APAC Region

Mal loves languages. Having lived on four separate continents, he is confident in at least one truth: language breaks down barriers. After spending his first year out of college working in China, he has become increasingly enticed with all things Asia, whether it be the culture, the people or the history. He is so pumped to be introducing VR language learning to all corners of the globe.