All learning should be accessible, engaging and enduring

When you work with Trifoia, our team becomes your team.

Trifoia is a team of content developers, instructional designers, technology experts, media producers, and researchers who create and evaluate custom training and digital learning solutions that are accessible, engaging, and enduring. 

Adam Wendt


Adam Wendt has worked on over 70 educational technology and media projects funded through the National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Education and collaborative agreements with colleges, universities and research institutes around the country. Adam volunteers his time to support local and national innovation ecosystems, and he works for social and racial justice as a volunteer, and past secretary, of the Eugene-Springfield NAACP.

Teressa Trusty, PhD

Director of Research & Design

Teressa Trusty, PhD, is an experienced design researcher and product manager who manages all research activities at Trifoia and leads design activities for web and mobile solutions. She enjoys hiking and skiing.

Tom Jacobs

Director of Development

Tom Jacobs oversees Trifoia’s customer acquisition process for digital learning and media production services, and assists with scriptwriting, animation, and producing. Tom is an all-weather bike commuter and is fighting a losing battle of keeping up with his son on the ski slopes. Tom volunteers as videographer, website manager, and board member for the Cascade Medical Team.

Sarah Macrorie

Director of Operations and Production

Sarah Macrorie manages the day to day operations at Trifoia, oversees the production department, and acts as project manager. She was a professional ballerina in her former life, still tries to get to class as often as possible, and is an avid supporter of the arts.

Tony Jimenez

Lead Instructional Designer, QA and Customer Support Manager

Tony Jimenez oversees the creation of digital learning solutions as lead instructional designer and supervises the web apps, ID, QA and customer support teams. Tony enjoys playing guitar, traveling and tinkering with new technology.

Marla Wirrick

Instructional Designer

Marla Wirrick creates digital learning courses and motion graphics with an eye to engagement and accessibility. When not working on innovative ways to engage learners, Marla will likely be found designing and making chainmaille jewelry.

Kathleen Weisensel

Front End Developer

Kathleen Weisensel creates engaging and accessible websites and mobile applications. She enjoys biking around Eugene, supporting local breweries, traveling to Oregon’s beautiful coast, and she would very much like to see a picture of your dog.

Joshua Evans

Software Developer

Joshua Evans is responsible for engineering and maintaining the systems that helps Trifoia compete in the digital age. He’s still figuring out what this “being human” thing is all about, but then again, aren’t we all?

Jordan Pennefather, PhD


Jordan Pennefather is a research scientist and methodologist who oversees the design, implementation, and analysis of Trifoia’s research studies.  Jordan enjoys exploring new cuisines but is always willing to fall back on his favorite dish, pho.

Widya Mak

Project Manager

Widya is a project manager with the research team. When she is not busy managing research studies and home life, she dreams of traveling around the globe while helping the world to be a better place. Favorite quote: If there’s a will, there’s a way!

Juan Alvarez

Brand Manager

As Trifoia’s brand manager and graphic designer, Juan Alvarez provides brand direction and design support for internal and external clients. He enjoys landscape photography, foraging for mushrooms, and growing hot peppers which he turns into delicious hot sauces.

Laura Strobel

Production Manager/Video Editor

Laura is a video producer, editor and content creator. Laura enjoys canoe camping, collecting vinyl, and learning about history and subcultures.

Vangie LaRoque

Video Director and Content Creator

Vangie LaRoque is a video director and content creator at Trifoia. She develops content and makes live action and animated videos for use in educational programs. Vangie has a BA in film and over 10 years experience in video production. In her free time, Vangie enjoys making small model cities out of cardboard for stop motion animation.

Ken Harlan

Project Manager

Ken Harlan is a skilled project manager with nearly 20 years of development experience at leading technology and E-learning firms. Ken has played key roles in managing vendor relationships, implementing project mgmt. methodologies, and overseeing maintenance and escalation. Ken holds a B.A. and M.A. in U.S. history and continues to have an avid interest in exploring and interpreting our past journeys. Ken spends his free time pursuing live music, sports, and watching lots of documentaries.

Keasey Freed

Production Coordinator

Keasey Freed organizes and schedules the many different facets of Trifoia’s video production, including actors and locations. Keasey is an independent filmmaker and avid video game enthusiast.

Elise Crum

Product Manager

Elise Crum is the product manager at Trifoia. Elise is an avid tennis player and enjoys the Oregon outdoors with friends and family.

Ivy Gibson

Customer Support Specialist and Quality Assurance Technician

Ivy Gibson is the customer support specialist and quality assurance technician at Trifoia. Ivy spends her free time studying psychology at NAU, having fun with her children, and traveling when possible.

Joanne Dwinnel

Contracts and Compliance Manager, Human Resource Manager

Joanne Dwinell coordinates and reviews Trifoia contracting, compliance and human resources activities, and provides support for accounting and grants management. Joanne enjoys the antics and growing pains of her 3-year old granddaughter and is constantly on the lookout for other U of O, Blazer and Timbers sports fans to celebrate their wins and bemoan their losses.

Tina Johnson

IT and Facilities Manager

Tina Johnson is Trifoia’s IT and facilities manager who also leads the DevOps group. When she’s not at work poking, prodding, fixing, and upgrading, Tina enjoys the quietness of the forest and the chaos of family.

Ambra Perry

Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Ambra Perry is receptionist and administrative assistant at Trifoia. In her free time she likes to hang out with her husband discussing scientific discoveries, camping, gardening, and enjoying nature. Ambra also loves to spend time with her children and animals of all kinds, especially horses.

Lando Calrissian

Trusty Sidekick

Enjoys snacks and walks with papa.