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Team Funetix

User Experience


Emily Jones

UX Team Member

I am a UX/UI designer with an educational background in public relations and psychology. I enjoy helping brands attain their highest potential through human-centered design. UX design combines my passion for learning about people while also utilizing my research and design skills. I am fascinated by human behavior and am thrilled to be a part of the FUNetix team.


Christine Vu

UX Team Member

I'm a UX designer with an eagerness for creative problem-solving via digital experiences, all while empathizing with users & advocating for their needs. I studied Psychology and Political Economics (and a bit of Data Science) at Cal. I’ve discovered that the intersection of these subjects and UX design has allowed me to bridge digital user experiences with empathy to create socially conscious and equitable work.

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Valerie Esparza

UX Team Member / ESL Specialist

I have prior experience in Marketing and recently shifted to Product Design at an edTech company. My passion is to help improve access to education and make a difference in how students learn.


Liz Castillo

UX Team Member

 I'll be part of the UX-ESL team and wanted to provide you with my bio intro as well as my picture. Thanks in advance and let me know if you need anything else.I am a former bilingual educator and strong advocate of being bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural. I am a passionate listener and user advocate, always striving to understand and meet the needs of the users I design for, whether it be in the form of a lesson plan or app. I'm excited that at FUNetix I get to merge my two passions of literacy and UX. I am looking forward to continuing my journey in the field of UX and making a positive impact on the world, by creating user-centered designs and providing the best user experience possible


Xiaofeng Jia

UX Team Member

I see myself as a human-centered researcher with comprehensive qualitative and quantitative research abilities. I am passionate about understanding human beings’ motivations, personalities, emotions, and behavior patterns as a UX researcher. My previous works focused on exploring the requirements and evaluation of target users for customer service chatbots, Livestream shopping, e-commercial businesses, and healthcare. I am so glad to join the FUNetix family.


Elyssa Tong

UX Team Member

I am a UX Designer and Researcher with a foundation in science, experience in healthcare, and further studies in user experience. As an analytical and creative thinker, I hope to help bridge the gap between science and technology, and the people they are meant to serve.


Nataliia Myrgorodska

UX Team Member

 I am a UX Designer with a background in customer service, management and merchandising. My passion is to solve problems using design thinking methods and interpret them into meaningful solutions for users and businesses. As a UX Designer, I combine my knowledge of communicating with people and utilize my design and creativity skills.
I am pleased to be a part of the FUNetix team.


Cynthia Fishbeck

UX Team Member

I am a UX Designer who is passionate about helping people and products create meaningful connections. I have a background as an educator in elementary education. I truly believe that creating an impactful educational experience takes a village and I am happy to be a part of it in digital form where we create a positive change in children, families, and educators. I love looking at the problem space and collaborating with my team on how we learn, support, and deliver to ensure our users have the best user experience.

Eshal Ahmad, video

I am a current junior at Mt Hebron High School who enjoys incorporating concepts of daily life into video to creatively solve problems. I hope to dive into the business world after high school and the marketing environment. I am very excited to be a part of the Funetix team volunteering to help fulfill its amazing vision.

The American Youth Literacy Foundation, 501(c)(3), dba FUNetix, is a nationwide, charitable non-profit dedicated to bringing literacy to every child before they reach the end of 3rd grade. Contact: EIN 26-3211521. 10 N. Main Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460, (484)744-9742