Team

One of our teammates explored the Canadian wilderness for 45 days. Another was at a party for three hours before realizing it was a funeral. Learn more about us, what we value, and which one of us was at the funeral.

Teju RavilochanTeju Ravilochan
Teju Ravilochan

Co-Founder and CEO

Teju Ravilochan

Teju Ravilochan

Co-Founder and CEO

Teju is co-founder and CEO 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. So we like to joke that he’s a Cleveland Indian.

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.

Banks BenitezBanks Benitez
Banks Benitez

Co-Founder and President

Banks Benitez

Banks Benitez

Co-Founder and President

As President, Banks leads the organization’s strategy and manages the team. A Denver native who joined Uncharted in the spring of 2012 as an unpaid intern, Banks has served in a variety of roles for the organization: from leading entrepreneur selection, to managing the mentor network, to leading the expansion of the Institute around the world. 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, a Masters degree from the University of Sydney in Australia, and five fantasy football titles.

Outside of work, Banks is taking piano lessons, learning how to be a good neighbor to the folks on his block, and is involved with the faith community in Denver. 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.

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. She also leads Uncharted’s Capital Partner network with 500+, investors, foundations, funds and family offices, manages our loan program, and helps ventures get ready to take on investments. 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.

Emily ScottEmily Scott
Emily Scott

Global Labs Director

Emily Scott

Emily Scott

Global Labs Director

Emily joined the team in July of 2015 and works as our Global Labs Director. She is responsible for managing our global expansion efforts, meaning that she oversees all things related to recruiting, selecting, and supporting Lab Teams around the world to run successful programs with Uncharted. Since joining the team, Emily has supported 40 Lab Teams in implementing 5-day Labs and is continuing to work with teams on problem-focused Uncharted programs. She holds a B.S. from the University of Colorado in Aerospace Engineering, is a part-time astronaut, and is credited with giving Elon Musk the idea for interplanetary colonization.

What Inspires You?
I am inspired by the believers- the people who really think that a difference can be made if enough people get involved. The conviction and motivation of believers MAKES me a believer.

Fun-fact:
As an 18-year-old with 7 other women, Emily spent 45 days canoeing nearly 700 miles in Nunavut, Canada. They lost their maps… talk about Uncharted territory!

Quinn MiddletonQuinn Middleton
Quinn Middleton

Network Manager

Quinn Middleton

Quinn Middleton

Network Manager

Quinn is in charge of building and managing the global Uncharted network of mentors and entrepreneurs. She also heads up impact assessment, and previously developed new curriculum for our programs. Prior to Uncharted, Quinn co-founded a nonprofit that equipped college students to tackle social and environmental issues. Outside of work, you’ll likely find Quinn swing dancing and blues dancing, spending time with refugee families in town, hanging out with her faith community, or convincing her office to run a triathlon with her.

What inspires you? 
You’d be hard-pressed to find something that doesn’t inspire me. Grace. Grit. People resiliently bringing change. Sacrifice for the important things. Future dog ownership.

Fun fact:
Quinn was in a comedy ukulele band in college.

Julia FallmanJulia Fallman
Julia Fallman

Global Labs and Marketing Coordinator

Julia Fallman

Julia Fallman

Global Labs and Marketing Coordinator

Julia made the trek out to Colorado from New England six years ago in search of bigger mountains and higher altitude (and higher education). She joined the team one year ago and works as the Global Labs & Marketing Coordinator. When wearing her Global Labs hat, she coordinates the recruiting, selecting, and supporting of new Lab teams. This year, Julia is supporting 10 programs in nine countries in implementing 5-day Uncharted Labs. On the marketing side of things, she is focused on telling the stories of teams like these as well as ventures and entrepreneurs that have gone through Uncharted programs throughout the last nine years. In the outside world, Julia can be found covered in clay from head to toe making mediocre vessels at her pottery studio. She prefers a tent to a roof any day and has yet to meet a mountain that she didn’t want to climb.

What inspires you?
Seeing one small group of people move mountains and change the world when they use all their strength.

Fun-fact:
Julia was slimed on Slime Time Live at the age of 7.

Laura SchwecherlLaura Schwecherl
Laura Schwecherl

Director of Marketing and Communications

Laura Schwecherl

Laura Schwecherl

Director of Marketing and Communications

As Director of Marketing & Communications, Laura’s role is to bridge Uncharted’s internal work with the outside world—creating a powerful gravitational pull of people, resources, and partnerships to help further Uncharted’s impact. Prior to joining the team, Laura led marketing at the global health organization Possible, managing a team in New York City and South Asia to help improve access to healthcare in remote areas of Nepal. She believes in the power of data-driven messaging to spur smart engagement and growth, and is passionate about connecting communities to impact-forward organizations. Outside of work (aka her laptop) you can find her trail running, reading Murakami novels, or writing amateur poetry.

What Inspires You?
Authenticity, ultra runners, and taco Tuesday.

Fun-fact:
She loves alpacas more than humans.

Marie HathawayMarie Hathaway
Marie Hathaway

Logistics and Operations Manager

Marie Hathaway

Marie Hathaway

Logistics and Operations Manager

Marie is the newest member of the Uncharted team but is excited to make a big impact. She is in charge of leading and managing all program logistics and operations from start to finish. From recruiting entrepreneurs to managing day-of details, Marie’s the one to go to if you have questions about the small stuff. Marie graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a major in Applied Math and a minor in Minesweeper, but loves drinking water above all else. Her most valued nickname is C.H.O. (Chief Hydration Officer).

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.

Board

Our Board connects us to our north star as we chart into new waters, helping us stay on the right path, and advising us throughout the entire journey.

Gayle Karen Young
Gayle Karen Young

Former Chief Talent & Culture Officer, Wikimedia Foundation

Gayle Karen Young

Gayle Karen Young

Former Chief Talent & Culture Officer, Wikimedia Foundation

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.
Will Seamans
Will Seamans

Former Chief of Staff of Teach For America

Will Seamans

Will Seamans

Former Chief of Staff of Teach For America

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 5 years, growing the company from 3 to 15 employees, and revenues 2.4x 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 nationwide to over 500,000 students nationwide during his tenure. While at Teach For America Will solidified his belief that solving socio-economic disparity is the root solution to a majority of the problems in our society. He also discovered a unique strength in helping others reach their full potential, and has been coaching and mentoring management teams and CEOs to create the conditions for success in their organizations ever since.

Nick Fellers
Nick Fellers

Raised $125 million for causes in 30 countries

Nick Fellers

Nick Fellers

Raised $125 million for causes in 30 countries

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.

Teju RavilochanTeju Ravilochan
Teju Ravilochan

Co-Founder and CEO

Teju Ravilochan

Teju Ravilochan

Co-Founder and CEO

Teju is co-founder and CEO 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. So we like to joke that he’s a Cleveland Indian.

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.

Banks BenitezBanks Benitez
Banks Benitez

Co-Founder and President

Banks Benitez

Banks Benitez

Co-Founder and President

As President, Banks leads the organization’s strategy and manages the team. A Denver native who joined Uncharted in the spring of 2012 as an unpaid intern, Banks has served in a variety of roles for the organization: from leading entrepreneur selection, to managing the mentor network, to leading the expansion of the Institute around the world. 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, a Masters degree from the University of Sydney in Australia, and five fantasy football titles.

Outside of work, Banks is taking piano lessons, learning how to be a good neighbor to the folks on his block, and is involved with the faith community in Denver. 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.

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