Carla Engelbrecht Fisher, Ed.D., President and Founder
Chances are high that most American children have played some of the more than 350 games Carla has worked on in the past 15 years. Prior to starting No Crusts Interactive, she worked for Sesame Workshop, PBS KIDS, and Highlights for Children. She speaks internationally at both industry and academic events about best practices for children's games, commercial and educational, and holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Additionally, Carla holds a master's degree in media studies from the New School University and has, on occasion, been known to twist balloon animals and hats as well as play bassoon.
Carla recently delivered a short talk called A Gamer's Guide to Parenting.
Anne Martin Richards, Creative Director
Anne is a writer, producer, and game designer with over a decade of experience developing and producing children's properties in all media. She specializes in educational children's content, combining rigorous integrated curricula with great entertainment value. Prior to joining No Crusts, she was the Director of Development for Wainscott Studios (headed by multiple Emmy award-winner Mitchell Kriegman), where she developed many high-profile preschool series, including Bear in the Big Blue House and The Book of Pooh for Disney Channel and It's a Big Big World for PBS KIDS. She has also worked extensively as a creative and production consultant for companies including Discovery Kids, MGM, the BBC, The Kids Block, Classic Media and many others.
Anne now brings her work in film and television to bear on interactive projects, ensuring that story and character are married to usability to create the most accessible and entertaining games possible.
Natalie Golub, Usability Manager
Natalie represents the voice of the user throughout the design process. Key among her tasks is formative testing to ensure that developmental appropriateness always meets fun and educational. She spent three years researching digital media products at Sesame Workshop before moving to Barnes and Noble to conduct usability research for the NOOK. Prior to joining No Crusts Interactive, she conducted formative research Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer, developing and recommending story ideas during the creative development process. She has a bachelor's in Human Development from Cornell University and a master's in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.