MEET THE LUCID DREAMERS

We’ve assembled a world-class team of creative technologists and passionate problem solvers. We come from diverse professional backgrounds spanning from Fortune-500 strategy consulting to creative services, software engineering, and game design.

 

LEADERSHIP

Fascinated by the intersection of creativity and technology, Joshua’s professional background includes experience in design, manufacturing, and corporate sales training. As a passionate entrepreneur, Joshua loves building great businesses that challenge employees and customers to continuously grow. An avid outdoorsman, photographer, drone pilot, and pole vault coach, Josh spends his weekends hiking or paddling with his wife and their brindle hound dog.

Fascinated by the intersection of creativity and technology, Joshua’s professional background includes experience in design, manufacturing, and corporate sales training. As a passionate entrepreneur, Joshua loves building great businesses that challenge employees and customers to continuously grow. An avid outdoorsman, photographer, drone pilot, and pole vault coach, Josh spends his weekends hiking or paddling with his wife and their brindle hound dog.

Joshua Setzer

Co-Founder and CEO

A seasoned trainer who taught for Apple before becoming an early adopter of VR, Mike has a gift for explaining the technical aspects of bleeding edge technology with simplicity and clarity. As Chief Product Officer, Mike’s creative direction blends strategic consulting with experiential design. In his spare time, Mike produces electronic music, and nurtures a fascination with black holes and cosmology.

A seasoned trainer who taught for Apple before becoming an early adopter of VR, Mike has a gift for explaining the technical aspects of bleeding edge technology with simplicity and clarity. As Chief Product Officer, Mike’s creative direction blends strategic consulting with experiential design. In his spare time, Mike produces electronic music, and nurtures a fascination with black holes and cosmology.

Mike McArdle

Co-Founder and CPO

Born and raised in Francophone West Africa, Nadia’s past work at HSBC Bank and as a project manager for several international NGOs provides a unique blend of private and non-profit sector perspective. With an approach emphasizing people first, technology second, Nadia loves building new processes and programs to make Lucid Dream an effective and extraordinary workplace. Outside Lucid Dream, Nadia also provides private coaching and leads circles, workshops, and retreats focused on women’s empowerment and body-positivity.

Born and raised in Francophone West Africa, Nadia’s past work at HSBC Bank and as a project manager for several international NGOs provides a unique blend of private and non-profit sector perspective. With an approach emphasizing people first, technology second, Nadia loves building new processes and programs to make Lucid Dream an effective and extraordinary workplace. Outside Lucid Dream, Nadia also provides private coaching and leads circles, workshops, and retreats focused on women’s empowerment and body-positivity.

Nadia Setzer

Chief Financial Officer

 

COMMERCIAL TEAM

A proud Durham resident and Duke grad, Christophe’s career in sales and business consulting began at Apple, where he spent 5 years leading a team of account managers responsible for creating and delivering enterprise level software and hardware solutions. He has a history of transforming organizations, and is inspired by turning creative ideas into (virtual) reality. When he’s not working, you can find him exploring Downtown Durham to local shops, bars, and restaurants with his rescue pup, Marble.

A proud Durham resident and Duke grad, Christophe’s career in sales and business consulting began at Apple, where he spent 5 years leading a team of account managers responsible for creating and delivering enterprise level software and hardware solutions. He has a history of transforming organizations, and is inspired by turning creative ideas into (virtual) reality. When he’s not working, you can find him exploring Downtown Durham to local shops, bars, and restaurants with his rescue pup, Marble.

Christophe Lafargue
Business Development

A Raleigh native, Stacey earned a double major in International and Women’s Studies from the University of North Carolina. After beginning her career at Apple as a Genius Bar Manager, Stacey continued to embed herself as a leader in tech expanding her expertise managing technical teams and agile project management. She serves as Co-Director for Women Who Code RDU and a member for Wake Tech’s Simulation and Game Development Advisory Board. She loves to frequent the Flower Cottage at Dix Park with her husband and dog, Bulleit.

A Raleigh native, Stacey earned a double major in International and Women’s Studies from the University of North Carolina. After beginning her career at Apple as a Genius Bar Manager, Stacey continued to embed herself as a leader in tech expanding her expertise managing technical teams and agile project management. She serves as Co-Director for Women Who Code RDU and a member for Wake Tech’s Simulation and Game Development Advisory Board. She loves to frequent the Flower Cottage at Dix Park with her husband and dog, Bulleit.

Stacey Krug
Client Success

After graduating from Appalachian State, Nicole’s career began at Red Hat where she gained skills in project management, marketing, operations, and global organizational support. She later started her journey in the startup world, which ultimately led her to finding Lucid Dream. Responsible for all things marketing, communications, brand, and events - she wears many hats that drive our brand and story forward. She’s an avid crime-thriller binge watcher and lover of dogs - especially her own boxer mix, Luke.

After graduating from Appalachian State, Nicole’s career began at Red Hat where she gained skills in project management, marketing, operations, and global organizational support. She later started her journey in the startup world, which ultimately led her to finding Lucid Dream. Responsible for all things marketing, communications, brand, and events - she wears many hats that drive our brand and story forward. She’s an avid crime-thriller binge watcher and lover of dogs - especially her own boxer mix, Luke.

Nicole Benham
Marketing & Events

Stefani’s attention to-detail and organizational skills landed her the role of Office Manager at Lucid Dream. She’s created a stable system for continuous growth around our office, and when she’s not completing projects for us - she’s doing them at home, which she loves to do. In addition, she enjoys reading, snuggles with her pup, and trying new seafood restaurants around town!

Stefani’s attention to-detail and organizational skills landed her the role of Office Manager at Lucid Dream. She’s created a stable system for continuous growth around our office, and when she’s not completing projects for us - she’s doing them at home, which she loves to do. In addition, she enjoys reading, snuggles with her pup, and trying new seafood restaurants around town!

Stefani Gibbs
Office Management

 

CREATIVE SERVICES

With an MFA in Computer Animation from Rochester Institute of Technology, Zach has over a decade of experience in 3D artistry. Before joining the team, he worked as a Forensic 3D Animator recreating recreating incidents for trials from start to finish including modeling, texturing, animation, rendering, and video editing. Local to Durham, Zach enjoys spending time with his kids and dog, Maya.

With an MFA in Computer Animation from Rochester Institute of Technology, Zach has over a decade of experience in 3D artistry. Before joining the team, he worked as a Forensic 3D Animator recreating recreating incidents for trials from start to finish including modeling, texturing, animation, rendering, and video editing. Local to Durham, Zach enjoys spending time with his kids and dog, Maya.

Zach Giles
3D Artist

Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Warren studied Interactive Design and Game Development at Savannah College of Art and Design. Taking a leap of faith, Warren moved to Durham to join the team in 2019. He’s loved designing and creating art for as long as he can remember, and when he’s not getting creative, you can find him grinding away at competitive Rocket League and other video game related shenanigans!

Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Warren studied Interactive Design and Game Development at Savannah College of Art and Design. Taking a leap of faith, Warren moved to Durham to join the team in 2019. He’s loved designing and creating art for as long as he can remember, and when he’s not getting creative, you can find him grinding away at competitive Rocket League and other video game related shenanigans!

Warren Lindsey
Creator

Experienced in visual effects and cinematic design, Jacob joined Lucid Dream after spending 2 years with Epic Games, where he worked on cinematics and special projects team for titles including Fornite and Paragon. His creative eye and mind lend well to the direction and creation of video and mixed reality deliverables. After hours, you can find Jacob writing comics or enjoying time with his wife and two cats.

Experienced in visual effects and cinematic design, Jacob joined Lucid Dream after spending 2 years with Epic Games, where he worked on cinematics and special projects team for titles including Fornite and Paragon. His creative eye and mind lend well to the direction and creation of video and mixed reality deliverables. After hours, you can find Jacob writing comics or enjoying time with his wife and two cats.

Jacob Oliver
Experience Designer

After earning a BFA in Game Art and Design from The Art Institute, Tim joined the team as a Technical Artist. With medical professionals in the family, working on life science and healthcare VR projects is exciting and familiar for Tim. He’s an avid gamer, Star Wars fan, and lover of late night comedy shows.

After earning a BFA in Game Art and Design from The Art Institute, Tim joined the team as a Technical Artist. With medical professionals in the family, working on life science and healthcare VR projects is exciting and familiar for Tim. He’s an avid gamer, Star Wars fan, and lover of late night comedy shows.

Tim Logan
Technical Artist

With over a decade in the digital media industry, Derek has grown from a graphic and web designer to video editor, director, documentary filmmaker, and now VR/AR producer. His passion and creativity for meaningful storytelling aims to inspire all, which he leverages while serving as Director of Solutions and Innovation at the local non-profit, GreentoGo.

With over a decade in the digital media industry, Derek has grown from a graphic and web designer to video editor, director, documentary filmmaker, and now VR/AR producer. His passion and creativity for meaningful storytelling aims to inspire all, which he leverages while serving as Director of Solutions and Innovation at the local non-profit, GreentoGo.

Derek Alan Rowe
Producer

With a background in game design and development, Kenneth has developed software at Lucid Dream since 2016. He brings a sense of critical thinking, deep understanding of programming, and problem solving to the team. He’s passionate about game theory and mathematical logic, and in his free time you can find him playing chess (good luck if you challenge him)!

With a background in game design and development, Kenneth has developed software at Lucid Dream since 2016. He brings a sense of critical thinking, deep understanding of programming, and problem solving to the team. He’s passionate about game theory and mathematical logic, and in his free time you can find him playing chess (good luck if you challenge him)!

Kenneth Syharath
Software Engineer