TEENS WILL INHERIT THE WORLD. 

HOW ARE WE PREPARING THEM?

Teens have the energy and creative vision to imagine and build a better world. As an educator, you know that the teen brain, which is undergoing the last major restructuring of human development, is poised for exponential growth and deeply impacted by the surrounding environment. 
We want to help you create educational environments that support this magnificent potential—creating a context of listening to teens' voices with respect, and engaging them how they learn the best—through play.
iThrive creates game-based learning tools and experiences to support teen thriving. We help you put teens, games, and social and emotional learning front and center.

IGNITE  POTENTIAL

All teens deserve learning environments that spark and value their potential while supporting the conditions in which they can thrive. We work with educators, researchers, and teens to design and test game-based learning tools that foster an environment where students:
  • practice and stretch their social and emotional skills;
  • have tools to explore and examine systems that create inequity in order to be effective in dismantling those systems; and
  • use tech to grow, play, and do the hard work of opening up opportunity and justice to everyone.

MISSION

iThrive Games prepares teens to thrive by meeting them where they are, and by working in partnership towards a world where all have the voice, choice, and agency to reach their full potential.    
We use games and game design to equip teens with the social and emotional skills they need to be healthy and resilient, the tools that support and protect their mental health and well-being, and the systems thinking they need to recognize inequity along with meaningful opportunities to imagine and design a better world.

VISION

We envision a world where teens are seen and valued by society, where adults have the tools they need to support teens' development, where all live healthy and purposeful lives, and where there is equal opportunity open to all, especially to those who have traditionally been marginalized.

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MEET OUR TEAM

Our team is committed to supporting teen development and thriving. Together, we use our strengths to co-design with teens, educators, researchers, game studios, and organizations to create meaningful and equitable game-based, social and emotional learning experiences.

Eghosa Asemota, MPA

Manager of Marketing

Have you ever met someone so dedicated to their genius that it comes through in everything they say and do? That’s Eghosa, our Manager of Marketing. She shines when she is storytelling and using pe…

Eghosa Asemota, MPA

Manager of Marketing

Have you ever met someone so dedicated to their genius that it comes through in everything they say and do? That's Eghosa, our Manager of Marketing. She shines when she is storytelling and using personal stories to generate awareness, ignite action, and mobilize support for social justice-oriented causes.

With a BA from Binghamton University and an MPA from Cornell University, Eghosa was drawn to iThrive because of its mission. She believes that creating a more just and more loving world cannot happen without the sustained investment in the emotional and social wellbeing of teens. In her work at iThrive, Eghosa is obsessively detail-oriented, ensuring that innovative tactics are applied, thoroughly analyzed and fine-tuned so that we are amplifying teen voices and promoting our work as effectively as possible.

When it's time to relax, you'll find Eghosa sipping chamomile tea and watching nature documentaries, or maybe writing, painting, taking museum trips with friends, or indulging in a Family Feud marathon with her family.

Dorothy Batten, MBA

Founder

Dorothy is iThrive’s founder and President of its Board of Directors. She also is the president of the D.N. Batten Foundation. She’s a mentor and source of inspiration for all of us at iThrive an…

Dorothy Batten, MBA

Founder

Dorothy is iThrive's founder and President of its Board of Directors. She also is the president of the D.N. Batten Foundation. She's a mentor and source of inspiration for all of us at iThrive and we couldn't ask for a better founder. Through the foundation, she makes grants to support innovative approaches to tackle mental health and environmental conservation issues. Spending time with her sons made her realize just how stressed teenagers are these days and that we can help them.

Dorothy's dreams are as big as her heart. She works tirelessly to support community programming in Charlottesville, VA and serves on several boards including RARE.org, the Women's Initiative, and the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation. She believes that the world could be designed better to help teens thrive, and her vision for iThrive is that designing meaningful experiences is one way to make that happen.

Tabia Batts, BA

Manager of Teen Engagement

The Renaissance may have ended in the 17th century, but its spirit of joy in creation lives on in iThrive’s Manager of Teen Engagement, Tabia Batts. She attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdal…

Tabia Batts, BA

Manager of Teen Engagement

The Renaissance may have ended in the 17th century, but its spirit of joy in creation lives on in iThrive's Manager of Teen Engagement, Tabia Batts. She attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale where she pursued her passion for fashion. She continued her education at Beulah Heights College majoring in Urban Economic Development and Leadership Administration. Whether she is singing, dancing, cooking, or creating abstract art, her goal has always been to empower and motivate individuals to see their true potential.

At iThrive, Tabia engages teens creatively and thoughtfully in an effort to produce social and emotional learning-centered games. Over more than 15 years of experience in youth development, she has acquired valuable knowledge in building meaningful relationships with teens and communities.

A native of North Carolina, she holds southern hospitality and values dear to her heart. With respect and kindness, Tabia brings a unique blend of creativity and passion for change to the iThrive team.

Michelle Bertoli, MA

Senior Director of Learning

Have you ever been totally disarmed by someone’s sheer talent for transfiguring research into digestible resources? We have. Let us expelliarmus this out for you: Michelle is our Senior Director of…

Michelle Bertoli, MA

Senior Director of Learning

Have you ever been totally disarmed by someone's sheer talent for transfiguring research into digestible resources? We have. Let us expelliarmus this out for you: Michelle is our Senior Director of Learning with an MA from Yale and she draws on a decade of experience in social and emotional learning to lead our efforts in the education space to co-design game-based learning experiences with and for teens.

Michelle believes adults often underestimate teens and advocates that they're doing exactly what they should be: preparing to venture out and become new leaders. Michelle helps them do that by integrating gameplay into their development and inviting them to cast a spell on their emotional growth.

When it's time to relax, Michelle loves to kick back in the Ravenclaw common room and earn some house points in Lego Harry Potter.

Monica Gallagher, MA

Senior Director of Development

If you need someone to help cut through the clutter and get to the heart of an issue, talk to Monica Gallagher, our Senior Director of Development. Whether she’s helping a friend make a tough decis…

Monica Gallagher, MA

Senior Director of Development

If you need someone to help cut through the clutter and get to the heart of an issue, talk to Monica Gallagher, our Senior Director of Development. Whether she's helping a friend make a tough decision or working through a thorny problem with her colleagues, Monica focuses on what's most important and helps people see things in new ways.

Monica comes to iThrive with a BA in English and Religious Studies from the University of Missouri, an MA in History of Christianity from the University of Chicago, and 20 years' experience as a fundraiser and consultant. She is using her knowledge and skills to build relationships and lead a fundraising strategy that will allow our donors to help teens thrive for decades to come.

Monica loves games (maybe too much) and spending time hiking or road-tripping with her husband and three dogs.

Susan X Jane

Senior Director of Organizational Strategy

Life is a game, right? Susan X Jane, iThrive’s Senior Director of Organizational Strategy, likes to think so. She’s known for turning everyday activities into game show contests, and has inspired…

Susan X Jane

Senior Director of Organizational Strategy

Life is a game, right? Susan X Jane, iThrive's Senior Director of Organizational Strategy, likes to think so. She's known for turning everyday activities into game show contests, and has inspired and mentored young people in Boston and beyond. In addition to being a huge fan of group games, she's a social justice advocate and a diversity and inclusion specialist with years of experience working in youth organizations, non-profits, and education.

Susan has many years of experience designing programming that encourages young people to think about the way identity shapes experiences, ideas, and beliefs about the world. Susan brings this expertise to iThrive where she partners with teens to create games and other experiences to amplify their voice and activate social change.

Susan loves to write and blog, and is occasionally a pundit on pop culture, race, and the apocalypse.

Jane Lee, BA, PMP

Senior Director of Operations & Mental Health

We’re really, really PMP’d about Jane, our Senior Director of Operations & Mental Health with a B.A. in psychology from Syracuse University. If you’re ever trapped in a post-apocalyptic was…

Jane Lee, BA, PMP

Senior Director of Operations & Mental Health

We're really, really PMP'd about Jane, our Senior Director of Operations & Mental Health with a B.A. in psychology from Syracuse University. If you're ever trapped in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, Jane is the person you want with you: trust us. Jane keeps our team surviving and thriving by designing systems, informing strategy, solving problems, and directing the team to produce excellent programs.

Existing systems tend to only encourage a small percentage of teens to thrive: Jane's mission is to disrupt those systems with new technology and design environments where all teens can thrive. Part of Jane's role at iThrive is to direct the production of game and program assets, and she's an asset in so many more ways.

An active gamer, Jane is thrilled that iThrive allows her to combine two passions: games and psychology. She believes games can strengthen skills like pattern literacy, logic, teamwork and creative problem solving.

Sierra Martinez, BA

Communications and Operations Coordinator

If there’s one thing right off the bat that you should know about Sierra, it’s that she radiates kindness and curiosity. She’s a proud military wife, mother, dog owner, and runner and holds a B…

Sierra Martinez, BA

Communications and Operations Coordinator

If there's one thing right off the bat that you should know about Sierra, it's that she radiates kindness and curiosity. She's a proud military wife, mother, dog owner, and runner and holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina. She is also, apparently, a superhero because she has three young kids and still has time to be our communications and operations coordinator.

Sierra comes to iThrive with a passion for writing, learning new things, and making the world a better place - which is good, because we're passionate about those things, too. She was especially drawn to the part of our mission that involves meeting teens through the medium of games and empowering them to become who they want to be; she hopes to someday use her insight from iThrive to guide her children on their own journey!

Susan Rivers, PhD

Executive Director and Chief Scientist

You know how every team has that person who just makes things work? That’s Susan. She leads the charge on iThrive’s strategy, navigating around and through all obstacles that come in the way of t…

Susan Rivers, PhD

Executive Director and Chief Scientist

You know how every team has that person who just makes things work? That's Susan. She leads the charge on iThrive's strategy, navigating around and through all obstacles that come in the way of the team achieving our mission.

Susan has a Ph.D. from Yale, is a social psychologist, and comes to iThrive with a fascination for how environments can be designed to propel learning, foster social connections, and support identity formation. She passionately believes that game design and play are powerful tools for learning about the self, forging meaningful connections with others, helping emotional development grow in an authentic way, and making the world a better place for all humans.

Susan loves a competitive game of Sushi Go or UNO with her three kids and husband.

Nicole Taylor, MA

Senior Director of Communications

Do you see every day, every moment, as ripe with the possibility of a grand adventure? We know someone who does. Nicole Taylor, our Senior Director of Communications, brings that lens of creativity a…

Nicole Taylor, MA

Senior Director of Communications

Do you see every day, every moment, as ripe with the possibility of a grand adventure? We know someone who does. Nicole Taylor, our Senior Director of Communications, brings that lens of creativity and wonder to her approach at iThrive. Whether it's online or in-person, Nicole lives to create spaces that support her fellow humans in claiming their joy, healing and innate ability to thrive.

With a BA in Journalism from Rider University and an MA in Creative Writing from Arcadia University, she leads communications for iThrive by synthesizing big ideas into strategic communications. She makes sure every work aligns with our mission of supporting teens in building the voice, choice, and agency they need to create the world they want to live in.

Nicole loves to spend time in nature with her husband, Ambrose. She writes, teaches yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, and is an avid reader.