David Barthwell is founding principal and creative director of Verge Studios. Born in Chicago, he studied art at Yale University, graduating in 2004 with honors and distinction in the major. His work is strongly influenced by his classical fine arts training in drawing, painting, photography, color, and composition. David’s balance of formal and autodidactic education has provided him with the ability to adapt to a wide range of mediums, visual styles, and communication techniques.
In addition, David is a programmer, allowing him to apply his artistic eye to web and technology design. He has worked on many types of projects - both as a team member and as a lead - ranging from magazines to branding to user interface design.
Max Neuvians joined Verge Studios in 2005. Max’s expertise is in technology and programming, with an emphasis in knowledge and information management as well as mobile technology. Since 2008, Max has been Verge Studios' full time technical director, largely responsible for technical solutions to problems ranging from systems administration to programming and information management.
Max holds a B.A. in history from Yale, a M.A. in history from McGill University, and a Master of Information Studies degree from Ottawa University.
Iro Summers is a medical scientist and a creative PR and small business development strategist. A published scientist, she has conducted human subject HIV research at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, enhanced state-wide influenza surveillance databases within the Washington County Health System and served as a clinical microbiologist and laboratory instructor at Howard University Hospital. Iro now provides PR, marketing, funding and business planning expertise to public health and tech nonprofits and socially responsible small businesses. In 2016, she was invited to be a TechWomen Selection Committee Member by TechWomen.org, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by Institute of International Education.