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.


Michael Long


Dr. Long is currently a Professor of Second Language Acquisition at the University of Maryland, College Park. He he holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from UCLA and is a widely published author in the world of Second Language Acquisition. He introduced the concept of focus on form, which entails bringing linguistic elements (e.g., vocabulary, grammatical structures, collocations) to students’ attention within the larger context of a meaning-based lesson in order to anticipate or correct problems in comprehension or production of the target language.

Luisa Panichi


Luisa Panichi is a Foreign Language Lecturer at Pisa University, Italy.  She has published in the field of Learner Autonomy, Language Awareness and Computer Mediated Communication and CALL (ComputerAssisted Language Learning). She was the project leader for the EU funded project AVALON for language learning in virtual worlds from 2009 to 2010 and holds a full-time PhD by research position as a student in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Hull, UK. Her area of investigation is Learner Participation in language learning in virtual worlds.

Sangmin Lee


Dr. Lee is Professor of English Education in the School of Global Communication at Kyung Hee University, S. Korea. She earned her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include technology-supported foreign language learning, second language writing, and digital creativity. She is currently working on papers about context-aware technology, machine translation, and teaching motivational strategies. She is a visiting scholar at the Center for Language & Technology, Spring 2019.

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

Director 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 Software 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

Lead 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.