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Just a couple of explorers

Our tight-knit crew is at the core of our global community, rallying every day behind people who push the world to be better. Our nine to five is far from dull. It’s people-oriented. It’s fast-paced. It’s playful. Creativity, it brings energy, laughter, and innovation into everything that we do. It inspires us to walk away from what is known and to pursue what could be.

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Adrienne RussmanAdrienne Russman
Adrienne Russman

Director of Collective Impact

Adrienne Russman

Adrienne Russman

Director of Collective Impact

As Director of Collective Impact, Adrienne oversees Uncharted’s cross-sector collaborative work, leading, facilitating, and moving programs and organizations with diverse backgrounds toward measurable results to solve some of society’s biggest problems. Prior to Uncharted, Adrienne was a Senior Policy Advisor to Governor John Hickenlooper. She worked in the Governor’s Office from 2011 to 2018, overseeing special initiatives, and advising on policy, legislative direction, and communication strategy.

Adrienne has also has worked on political campaigns from the local to national levels and served as a consultant to nonprofits working in the social impact space. Adrienne is a Denver native and a graduate of Wesleyan University. Away from the office, Adrienne is probably on her bike, in the mountains, or trying to perfect a loaf of sourdough bread.

What Inspires You?
Good people, good food, and good conversation—preferably all at the same time.

Fun-fact:
Adrienne once wrote a Hamilton-inspired rap about Colorado for the Governor, performed during a State of the State address.

Ash DumfordAsh Dumford
Ash Dumford

Director of Marketing and Comms

Ash Dumford

Ash Dumford

Director of Marketing and Comms

As Director of Marketing at Uncharted, Ash highlights our new model of accelerating ventures towards problem-centric outcomes, and shares the impact of our entrepreneurs, ventures, and broader network. She holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Communications—and has chased a variety of careers in the years since. While her experience is broad, Ash’s true passion lies in amplifying stories that invoke wonder and inspire empathy.

What Inspires You? 
Ordinary people who throw caution to the wind and salty food at the end of a trail.

Fun-fact:
Ash once ate a dozen blazin’ chicken wings in under three minutes.

Banks Benitez
Banks Benitez

Co-Founder and CEO

Banks Benitez

Banks Benitez

Co-Founder and CEO

As CEO, Banks is responsible for the organization’s strategy and long-term direction. A Denver native who joined Uncharted in the spring of 2012 as an unpaid intern, Banks has served in a variety of roles: leading entrepreneur selection, managing the mentor network, leading the expansion of the Institute around the world, managing the organization’s day-to-day operations and team. Prior to Uncharted, Banks had a few other jobs and graduated from just enough schooling to land the unpaid internship. He holds a Bachelors degree from Vanderbilt University and a Masters degree from the University of Sydney in Australia.

Outside of work, Banks is taking piano lessons, learning how to be a good neighbor to the folks on his block, and spends most weekends in his tent in the Colorado backcountry. You can usually find him near the snacks at a party, or wherever there are snacks.

What Inspires You?
People who are intentionally telling a story with how they live their lives.

Fun-fact:
Banks cries more than anyone else on the team, and gave a talk about how to embrace awkwardness.

Marie HathawayMarie Hathaway
Marie Hathaway

Operations and Data Analyst

Marie Hathaway

Marie Hathaway

Operations and Data Analyst

Marie owns Uncharted’s impact data and also focuses on improving how our data is used in internal systems in order to make operations more efficient. Previously, Marie led the hiring efforts that brought Uncharted from four people to 10 and organized the program logistics for two Uncharted accelerators, and even though she’s no longer on the program team she absolutely loves program weeks and getting to know the incredible entrepreneurs. Marie graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a major in Applied Math and a minor in Minesweeper, and her two biggest passions in life are drinking water and the Chicago Cubs.

What Inspires You?
Fresh air, positivity, and people who cling tight to their values and work hard.

Fun-fact:
Marie wrote an original Christmas song when she was 16.

Cydney TrappCydney Trapp
Cydney Trapp

Executive Assistant

Cydney Trapp

Cydney Trapp

Executive Assistant

Cydney is Uncharted’s Executive Assistant (specifically to the CEO, but she likes helping everyone), and spends her days answering emails, researching whatever new thing needs investigating, and chasing the dogs around the office demanding cuddles. Before starting at Uncharted, Cydney graduated from University of Denver, worked as a TEFL teacher in the Czech Republic, was a professional chef, and spent the last 3 years as a finance professional. She then made the shift into nonprofits after spending a bit as a Lyft driver and helping run an AirBnb.

In her free time, Cydney works on building her skills as an aerialist (so many pull ups!), plays Dungeons and Dragons with her #girltribe, volunteers with a couple places around the city, and drinks any bourbon that isn’t Laws. When the weather is nice, you can probably find her in a pool, a creek, or in Cheseman Park with her dog-niece.

What inspires you?
Those people in my life who live life out loud for the betterment of others, who will not sit idly by when there is injustice being done, who love recklessly and share their resources with no concern for scarcity. The people who create spaces to be ourselves, together, to do community across traditional socioeconomic borders, who work out with their hands what they feel in their hearts—these people inspire me.

Fun fact:
I’m a circus freak! Aerial silks and tarot reading, specifically, and I love working circus gigs whenever I can get them.

Grace KindaGrace Kinda
Grace Kinda

Program Manager

Grace Kinda

Grace Kinda

Program Manager

By way of Nairobi and Philadelphia, Grace is a development professional with a long-winding road of global experience serving communities with the purpose of empowerment to meet social and economic justice goals. Grace is passionate about grassroots power and the belief that all communities have the capacity to effect sustainable positive development, designing programs and strategy to strengthen movements against mass incarceration and gender injustice, and advocating for and supporting community health initiatives. When not in the office, you will find Grace concocting organic body products / potions or curling up with a good book.

What inspires you?
A blank wall and canvas. They represent opportunity—to build upon, reflect, adapt, and transform.

Fun Fact:
In high school, I was runner up in a nationally televised Kenyan trivia game show competition “Who’s Smarter Now”.

Anthony VerducciAnthony Verducci
Anthony Verducci

Marketing Associate

Anthony Verducci

Anthony Verducci

Marketing Associate

As the Marketing Associate, Anthony works creatively to recruit entrepreneurs for accelerator programs, communicate impact to key stakeholders, and engage Uncharted’s network of funders and mentors. Prior to joining the team in April 2019, Anthony co-founded a nonprofit that provides low-cost and accessible recreation to 50+ people with disabilities in Washington state. He also worked on the marketing team at corporate T-Mobile and coordinated Unified Sports for Special Olympics.

What inspires you?

Thought-provoking questions, passionate discourse, and bold ideas.

Fun fact

The characters in the 1995 film “True Crime” are named after (not based on!) Anthony and his family.

Joe SantiniJoe Santini
Joe Santini

Program Manager

Joe Santini

Joe Santini

Program Manager

As the Program Manager, Joe lays the groundwork to ensure our accelerators do what they are suppose to – change the world! This means becoming a programming know-it-all from recruitment to execution to post-program support. Prior to Uncharted, Joe worked as a glorified beach bum helping local businesses in Sri Lanka for over a year. He is a Colorado native and holds an honors B.S. from Colorado State University in Business Management. Additionally, he holds the world record for individual Goldfish cracker consumption (we assume).

What Inspires You?
Joe imagines his threshold for inspiration as this flimsy piece of plastic wrap punctured by anyone with a dream or passion. He is inspired by the inspired.

Fun-Fact:
Joe’s Uncharted application was written directly to our office dog, Gus. Despite our better judgment, Gus insisted we give him a chance.

Eric MilburnEric Milburn
Eric Milburn

Program Associate

Eric Milburn

Eric Milburn

Program Associate

As Program Associate of Uncharted, Eric believes in the advancement of ideas and the application of solutions to tackle our world’s pressing problems. Before Uncharted, he worked as the Special Projects Coordinator of TEDxMileHigh and the Programs Specialist of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation. He’s an avid traveler having hitchhiked through 20 countries, traversed the glaciers of Iceland, and worked on a horse ranch in Uruguay. At home, he can be found in a tent in the summer and a snowboard in the winter.

What inspires you?

Eric is inspired by communities of people and the never-ending pursuit of truth in our complex world. But also meat-y foods and the Black Keys.

Fun fact

Eric was once chased by the Argentine government because they thought he was missing. Turns out, it was just a bad case of miscommunication.

Savannah JohnsonSavannah Johnson
Savannah Johnson

Program Associate

Savannah Johnson

Savannah Johnson

Program Associate

Savannah joined the Uncharted team in June 2019 and is excited to bring her experience as a K-12 educator, study abroad program director, and entrepreneurial leadership consultant to the Futurebound Acceleration Lab. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Colorado College, an M.S. in Education Entrepreneurship from The University of Pennsylvania, and will soon begin a Social Impact Investing certificate program at Middlebury’s Institute of International Studies. Savannah is particularly passionate about entrepreneurial education and leveraging investment to promote positive and ethical social transformation. Outside of the office, you can find her watercolor-painting, running a Type 1 diabetes travel Instagram account, learning more languages, scheming adventures, and basking in the Colorado sunshine.

What inspires you?

People who live, dream, do, transform, and love without caution of being careful, being realistic, or remembering the limitations of being human.

Fun fact

Savannah is a die-hard camp person and has lived in/worked in/traveled to over 40 countries. While working at an English language summer camp in Santiago, Chile, she led a rousing rendition of “Bog Down In The Valley-O” with hundreds of students and then-president Michele Bachelet on national TV. She lost her voice for days. President Bachelet later called her out for soothing her vocal cords (stuffing her face) with sopaipilla during her subsequent live speech.

Caitlin FergusonCaitlin Ferguson
Caitlin Ferguson

Playbook Manager

Caitlin Ferguson

Caitlin Ferguson

Playbook Manager

As Playbook Manager, Caitlin is the point person for all things Uncharted Playbook. This includes driving business development, leading the product roadmap, and supporting teams using the Playbook. Caitlin’s professional background is in technology solutions and project management for social impact organizations. She has a BA in Public Advocacy and Rhetoric from Northeastern University. Born and raised in Colorado, Caitlin has a deep love for the mountains. She currently splits her time between India, the US, and many destinations in between.

What Inspires You?

The outside world — mountains, deserts, oceans, and all the creatures they hold.

Fun-fact:

Caitlin helped launch the Playbook with Uncharted back in 2014!

Cristina Lara-AgudeloCristina Lara-Agudelo
Cristina Lara-Agudelo

Collective Impact Program Associate

Cristina Lara-Agudelo

Cristina Lara-Agudelo

Collective Impact Program Associate

Cristina was born in Bogota, Colombia but has lived in Canada, the United States, and France. She considers herself a nomad which is perfect for her recent move to Colorado. Cristina graduated from The Wharton School of Business in 2018 where she concentrated in Business Economics and Public Policy and Operations. Cristina is passionate about financial literacy in developing nations and hopes to use her language skills to help develop global entrepreneurs. Prior to Uncharted, Cristina completed a Year of Service with AmeriCorps, teaching 7th grade math on the East Coast. Cristina is usually hiding in the kitchen cooking international foods or decorating cakes. She loves water-coloring, biking, and camping.

What inspires you?

Cristina’s inspiration comes from people who come alive in anything that they do.

Fun fact

Cristina writes with her paper sideways.

Gayle Karen Young
Gayle Karen Young

Board Member

Gayle Karen Young

Gayle Karen Young

Board Member

Gayle Karen Young is a culture-builder and a catalyst for human and organizational development. She comes from a rich organizational consulting background with both corporate and nonprofit clients. She was in the process of becoming a monk when she became an executive instead, taking on the role of Chief Culture and Talent Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation (Wikipedia and its sister free-knowledge projects) until early 2015, when she decided to return to private practice as a rogue provocateur. Born in the Philippines to Chinese parents and raised in the United States, she has a multicultural perspective, an adventurous spirit, and a deep commitment to expanding human freedom.
Gayle works to create dynamic organizational cultures in which people can thrive and thus make greater contributions. She acts as the interface between individuals and the systems within which they work, and fosters the development of both. From high-level strategic thinking to practical implementation, her skills include leadership development, change management, instructional design, training, strategic communications, team building, and personal and organizational transformation. Gayle has a rare capacity to hold multiple perspectives at once, remaining sensitive to the needs of diverse stakeholders and working for higher synthesis. Combining wisdom and warmth with expertise and effectiveness, she elicits trust and inspires transformation. Her clients have ranged from McDonald’s Corporation to Kaiser Permanente to Yale University to Ernst & Young.
Gayle is passionate about global women’s issues and supporting women in leadership. She has worked as a facilitator for the Stanford Graduate School of Business Interpersonal Dynamics course and their Women in Management program, and mentors for programs such as Uncharted and Singularity University. She is keenly interested in the intersection of technology and human rights and supports futurist humanitarian causes.
Molly GanleyMolly Ganley
Molly Ganley

Recruitment Specialist

Molly Ganley

Molly Ganley

Recruitment Specialist

As Recruitment Specialist, Molly helps to identify and reach out to people who could benefit from Uncharted programs. Molly also works with early-stage, impact-driven entrepreneurs on strategy and operations, and is particularly interested in organizations that strengthen ecosystems for impact. She serves as a Board Member and Adjunct Partner for Social Venture Partners Boulder County, is a Boulder Global Shaper and a StartingBloc Fellow, holds a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of Minnesota, and is always looking to learn more about organizations that bring good business practices to good causes.

What Inspires You?
I’m inspired by other people’s inspiration. I love seeing people light up, whether their passion is for something as big as regenerative agriculture or as small as stretchy shoelaces.

Fun Fact:
Molly can wiggle her ears.

Nick Fellers
Nick Fellers

Board Member

Nick Fellers

Nick Fellers

Board Member

Nick is the co-founder of For Impact and president of The Suddes Group. In the last 10 years, he’s raised over $125 Million for causes in 30 countries and trained leaders from over 1000 organizations in how to use a sales process to maximize funding opportunities.

An entrepreneur, Nick started his first business while a student at the University of Notre Dame. Studying biology and philosophy, Nick would leave the labs early to make sales calls for his business – the first-of-its-kind student social network (and a precursor to Facebook). Upon graduation, Nick and his business partners sold their business to focus on ‘scaled impact in the social sector.’

Nick is passionate about family, social entrepreneurship, running, and all things web. An avid runner, Nick is currently working on running marathons in all 50 states. He and his wife, Anna, live in Columbus, Ohio, with their children, Will, Molly, and Rosie.

Nicole DillNicole Dill
Nicole Dill

Director of Operations

Nicole Dill

Nicole Dill

Director of Operations

Before joining Uncharted, Nicole helped build TEDxMileHigh as their COO, worked for the White House during the Obama administration, and consulted for businesses, non-profits and faith communities in the Denver area. She is married to her favorite person on the planet and they can be found embracing every moment for laughter, travel, and delicious brunch with their two daughters, Vera and Rosalie.

What inspires you?
People with big ideas, who can inspire others to get behind their vision to make dreams come to reality! (And good smoky scotch!)

Fun Fact: 
I couldn’t blow my nose until I was in my late 20s.

Noha KikhiaNoha Kikhia
Noha Kikhia

Recruitment and Selection Specialist

Noha Kikhia

Noha Kikhia

Recruitment and Selection Specialist

As Recruitment and Selection Specialist, Noha supports Uncharted in finding people to join the team and participate in our programs. She currently lives in Mexico City starting the nonprofit arm of an innovation consultancy focused on equipping small businesses and the workforce with technology to create inclusive economic growth.

Prior, she worked in research at a startup R&D lab in New York and with Good to Great author Jim Collins. Noha graduated from the University of Colorado with degrees in Business Administration and Spanish.

What Inspires You?

Those who raise their voices and persist in the face of adversity.

Fun fact:

Noha has visited all of the petrified waterfalls in the world.

Sara RodriguezSara Rodriguez
Sara Rodriguez

COO

Sara Rodriguez

Sara Rodriguez

COO

Sara is originally from Spain and joined the Uncharted team in November 2014. As the COO, Sara ensures the day-to-day operations of Uncharted align with the organization’s strategic goals. Additionally, she makes sure the team has all the financial metrics, projections, and scenarios needed to make solid management decisions.

Prior to Uncharted, Sara was the Associate Director at Rockies Venture Club.

What Inspires You?
The brave people who takes chances and do not live in the “what if” world.

Fun-fact:
Sara was at a party for three hours before realizing it was a funeral.

Teju RavilochanTeju Ravilochan
Teju Ravilochan

Co-Founder, Board Member

Teju Ravilochan

Teju Ravilochan

Co-Founder, Board Member

Teju is co-founder of Uncharted (formerly Unreasonable Institute), which he started immediately after college with Tyler Hartung and Daniel Epstein. Before Uncharted, he spent nearly a year as executive assistant to Paul Polak, founder of iDE, which has impacted over 20 million people. He conducted university-funded research (via the University of Colorado) to learn about the effectiveness of NGOs in tackling rural poverty, which deeply inspired his passion for Unreasonable’s mission. He is a Forbes 30 Under 30 entrepreneur, an Inc. 30 under 30 entrepreneur, and a TEDx speaker. His family hails from India. And he was born in Cleveland.

What Inspires You?
People’s courage to move forward when the chances of success seem so low inspires me.

Fun-fact:
I try to keep a running list of 15-20 bad dad jokes memorized, for deployment at any moment.

Will Seamans
Will Seamans

Founder & CEO, Endeleo Facilitators

Will Seamans

Will Seamans

Founder & CEO, Endeleo Facilitators

Will grew up in a low-income family in rural Colorado, and became the first in his family to attend college. While in college, Will was fortunate enough to discover his two life passions: entrepreneurship and education. During his senior year he founded a start-up aimed at making college more affordable for students like himself, and led that organization as CEO for the next 7 years, growing the company from 3 to 15 employees, and revenues 2.5x each year on average. He then joined the staff of Teach For America, where he held a number of leadership roles as the organization grew from impacting 80,000 students to over 500,000 students and from 250 to over 3000 staff members. He recently founded Endeleo Facilitators, an organization that provides hands-on development, systems and services to rapidly growing companies.

Zach StromZach Strom
Zach Strom

Venture Funding Director

Zach Strom

Zach Strom

Venture Funding Director

As the Venture Funding Director, Zach leads Uncharted’s Capital Partner network with 500+ investors, foundations, funds and family offices, in addition to helping ventures get ready to take on investments. Prior to Uncharted, Zach worked with a variety of early and growth stage startups in partner-focused roles. Zach also launched a food truck, which he learned was much harder than expected. He holds a BSBA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a lifelong Tar Heel fan.

What Inspires You: People that live with a sense of wonder and curiosity.

Fun Fact: I injured myself on my first Colorado ski trip after falling in the parking lot.

GusGus
Gus

VP of People Operations

Gus

Gus

VP of People Operations

SnoopSnoop
Snoop

Assistant to the VP of People Ops

Snoop

Snoop

Assistant to the VP of People Ops