Brief Personal Background

 

My husband and I are the founders of Renkara Media Group. We build AccelaStudy, an accelerated learning platform with millions of users.

My twin sister and I moved to the United States as Rotary Exchange Students in 1992. After graduating from Danville High School in Illinois, I attended Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.  I graduated from college with a double major in Computer Science and Business Administration.

I moved to Chicago in 1997 and started my first consulting job at McDonald's Corporation in Oakbrook, Illinois.  While continuing to work full-time, I attended Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois and earned my Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems.

I have always been fascinated with Artificial Intelligence.  I decided to pursue my Ph.D. in Computer Science at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.

Charles proposed to me on top of the Eiffel Tower in January 2001. We got married on top of the Sears Tower in Chicago on March 23rd, 2002 and went on an epic honeymoon.

Our son Karl was born in November, 2008. Our son Connor was born in April, 2010.

Charles and I and the boys used to live in Inverness, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. We moved to Texas in August 2014 and now live in a small town called Westlake. We moved to Westlake so our sons could attend Westlake Academy, an International Baccalaureate charter school that frequently ranks in the top 50 schools in the United States.

I have been practicing Yoga for eight years now.  Besides the benefits of a good workout, I love Yoga as a way to maintain a healthy balance for my mind and body.

I love traveling and hope to do more of it when the boys are a little bit older.  I do keep a running list of places I have seen.  I also keep a list of unique experiences in my life.

 

 

Renkara Media Group - PROducts Created

ACCELASTUDY

We designed and built AccelaStudy to help people learn foreign language vocabulary faster.  AccelaStudy was an immediate success and has grown to millions of users worldwide.

ACCELASTUDY VOCABULARY BUILDER

Building on the success of AccelaStudy, which was originally designed for foreign language vocabulary, a new product was released which focused on English vocabulary for the GRE, GMAT, ACT, SAT, and TOEFL exams.

IPHRASEBOOK

iPhraseBook was the world's first expandable phrasebook. Renkara approached HarperCollins and negotiated a license for their excellent phrasebook content, including audio pronunciations. A user can buy iPhraseBook, which comes with English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian, and using the In-App Purchase capability of iOS, can purchase additional languages for the product.

CONTIG

Contig is a mathematics game where three numbers are combined with basic math operations to arrive at a number on a gameboard. It is a competitive tournament game in many school districts around the United States. Contig was Renkara's first iPad application and one of the applications built without a physical device to test with. At the time development started, the iPad was not yet released and it was a race to have the product in the App Store on the day the iPad shipped.

FLASHCARD CHAMPION

Flashcard Champion is an educational app for iPhone released in three versions. Basic Math was designed for children to help them memorize the basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of numbers 1 - 12. States was designed to help children recognize each of the fifty US states and memorize their capitals. Presidents was built to help children recognize all of the American presidents.

TRANSLATE NOW!

Translate Now! is a universal translator app built on top of the Google Translate service. It was featured by Apple around the world and downloaded over 1,000,000 times.

KANJIPICTOGRAPHIX

A collaboration with award-winning author Michael Rowley, KanjiPictoGraphix delivers Rowley's kanji mnemonics in a beautiful and responsive iPhone and iPad experience. KanjiPictoGraphix took over 2 years to design and build.