Our team has many years of experience in their expertise areas including mathematical epidemiology, wargaming/serious gaming, company building, sales and operations. Our scientists have been widely published, won several awards and are acknowledged leaders in their fields.


Lauren Ancel Meyers

Lauren is a professor of biology and statistics at the University of Texas at Austin and the founding director of the UT COVID-19 Modeling Consortium. Trained in mathematics, philosophy and biology at Harvard and Stanford, she is internationally recognized for her two decades of pioneering works in network epidemiology and the application of machine learning to improve the detection, surveillance, forecasting and control of emerging viral threats including COVID-19, pandemic influenza, Dengue, Zika, HIV and Ebola.

She has built pandemic decision-support tools for the CDC, BARDA, DTRA and state and local agencies, and has provided global leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Meyers was named as one of the top 100 global innovators under age 35 by the MIT Technology Review in 2004 and received the Joseph Lieberman Award for Significant Contributions to Science in 2017.

Phil Siegel

Phil is a Founder and Managing Partner of Tritium Partners, an almost $1.5B private equity firm. Phil has been an entrepreneur and investor in Texas for over 20 years. He is a founder or first investor of several Texas success stories including Newgistics, HomeAway, RetailMeNot, Vida Capital, RVShare, Giact Systems and Century Payments.

Previously, Phil was a partner in the Dallas office of BCG. He is currently a BCG Senior Advisor aiding their Central COVID response team. In that function he has co-authored several articles on COVID response and strategies.

Phil is a Professor at the Acton School of Business and a former Professor of Entrepreneurship at UT

Phil is the co-founder of MathHappens Foundation which provides mathematics education outside the classroom in partnership with museums, libraries, cultural centers and other informal education groups in Austin and the US. MathHappens Foundation partners with the UTeach internship program.

Phil holds a BA in Chemistry and Mathematics and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Molly Pieroni

Molly is a founder of MC2 Institute, an executive advisory firm based in Dallas serving technology, investment management and business services companies.

Prior to MC2, Molly was a Co-Founder and Managing Director of JatoTech Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm investing in Texas and California. JatoTech’s portfolio companies were acquired by Broadcom, Silicon Labs, Intel and Qualcom. She also served on the management team of Highside Capital, a $5B global equity long short hedge fund based in Dallas and New York.

Molly was a Principal at BCG as part of the initial team in the Dallas office. Molly began her career as an investment banking analyst in New York.

Molly holds a BBA from William and Mary and an MBA from Harvard.


Francesca DeRosa – Chief Scientist for Gaming

Before joining CAPTRS, Francesca de Rosa has been with the NATO STO – Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation for 12 years. At the center she served as scientist in the Maritime Security and Data Knowledge and Operational Effectiveness programs. Her main research areas include simulation games, wargames, cognitive systems, knowledge engineering and human-system interaction, with a special focus on surveillance and situational awareness. She is part of the board of the Serious Game Society and in 2021 she chaired the international Game & Learning Alliance conference. She has been involved in several NATO wargames related activities, including design and deployment of wargames and digital game platforms. She is assisting in the creation of national wargaming capabilities as part of the NATO Wargaming Initiative and supports the advancements of the discipline.

Francesca is an adjunct professor in Computer Games and Simulations at the University of Genoa, Italy and holds a BA in Civil and Environmental Engineering, a Master Degree in Water and Soil Management Engineering and a Ph.D. in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering, with a curriculum in Interactive Cognitive Environments.

Georgia Thomsen – Chief of Staff

Prior to CAPTRS, Georgia helped launch The Acton School of Business, with Phil Siegel, in 2004 and grew the MBA for entrepreneurs from business plan to nationally ranked program in less than five years.  In addition, Georgia served as the Chief Operations Officer at Capital Factory, one of the largest startup incubators in Texas and was the Chief Programs Officer at Notley, an investment engine for nonprofits. A passionate fundraiser with over a decade of experience helping philanthropic organizations, Georgia has helped some of the largest nonprofits in the world develop key relationships and grow their donor bases, including The March of Dimes, Philanthropitch, DivInc and Habitat for Humanity.

Georgia holds a BA in Eastern European History from Texas Tech University and a MA in Russian History from Texas State University. 

Amy Ballew – Director of Project Management

Prior to CAPTRS, Amy was a Relative Value Equity Analyst at Surveyor Capital, a division of Citadel, one of the largest hedge funds in the world. While at Surveyor, Amy covered healthcare services companies. Amy was a Portfolio Manager at Carlson Capital in Dallas, Texas. Amy covered healthcare for 10years at Carlson, managing a relative value healthcare products portfolio. Amy was also a Product Manager at enterprise software company 10fold and an Associate at The Boston Consulting Group.

Amy holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Sarah Jane Gillett – Project Manager

An attorney and nonprofit consultant, Sarah Jane was formerly a shareholder at the Hall Estill firm where she worked with a team in the defense of class action lawsuits in the energy, antitrust and consumer protection fields. Sarah Jane also developed and led Hall Estill’s electronic discovery and information governance practice group. Prior to Hall Estill, Sarah Jane was an associate attorney with Hunton Andrews Kurth in New York and served as law clerk to the Hon. Sven Erik Holmes in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Sarah Jane subsequently founded Gillett Consulting and now spends her time engaging nonprofit organization leaders in capacity-building work, such as resource development, strengthening board governance and engaging stakeholders.

Sarah Jane received a BA from Wellesley College and a JD from Boston College
Law School.

Kelli Miller – Director of Operations

Kelli is a business professional assisting in building company infrastructure using her accounting, finance, and human resource competencies. She has over 13 years of experience in financial planning and analysis experience in the start-up community. She has made generous contributions leading non-profit community organizations such as HP Arts, Highland Park Booster Club and the West Dallas Collective Impact Education Initiative.

She served as director and assistant treasurer for a public software company in Dallas. Kelli holds a BBA in financial planning from Baylor University.

Matthew McKenzie – Modeling and Development

A native of Maryland, Matthew was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy in 2003 after earning his Bachelor of Science in the field of mathematics from the University of South Carolina. Following commissioning, he reported as the Combat Information Center Officer onboard the USS Pearl Harbor and attended the Navy’s Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport.

Matthew has a passion for advanced simulation and modeling, with his master’s thesis focusing on the use of ensemble numerical weather prediction for modeling intense and destructive northern Pacific storms. Most recently, Matthew was assigned to a post with NATO as the Chief METOC Officer at the Allied Maritime Command Headquarters.

Matthew holds a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, as well as a senior Joint Professional Military Education qualification.

Mathieu Muratet – Gaming Expert

Mathieu is assistant professor of computer science at INS HEA (a french institute that trains all parties involved in assistance and professional, social, and educational accessibility). He is member of the Mocah research team from the LIP6 lab that depends on Sorbonne University and the French National Center for Scientific Research. His research topics focus on Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) associed to Serious Games. He trains Serious Game design at Sorbonne University and use a lot of Serious Game in his teaching methods.

He designed and programmed the game Covid-25.