The Tela team is a passionate group of human-centered designers, technologists, behavioral scientists, and nerds who are passionate about improving cancer care.
Christie Mangir, MS
Formerly a strategy and organization development consultant, Christie became a full-time cancer fighter in May 2016 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Through her experience with chemotherapy, immunotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy, she was inspired to create tools to make it easier for patients to proactively track their treatment experience and share this information with their medical teams to improve their treatment. Christie is also the creator of the Survivorship Starts Now blog, focused on cancer survivorship from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.
Nicholas Kingston, MBA
Nicholas has been commercializing technologies and advising organizations around data, strategy, and technology for over 12 years. Through his experience designing solutions to improve the way people work, he was motivated by the experiences of Christie and his aunt to develop a way to collect and develop insights from symptom data. He is particularly interested in the way people engage and interact with technology and is focused on designing a solution that leverages existing patient and clinical team behaviors. He is also one of the Founders of Bivee Inc, an advisory and design firm focused on improving the way people collaborate and make decisions.
Scott Schaffter, MS
Scott has a Masters in Organization Development and over 10 years of experience in the field, specializing in facilitation, e-learning and online community development, marketing, and business strategy. Over the last five years, Scott has focused on online learning and collaboration tool development in an international context - specifically with USAID, UNICEF, and the World Bank. When working on these projects, Scott emphasized the importance of engaging stakeholders in follow-up communications. He has been invited regularly to lecture at the University of Pennsylvania’s Chief Learning Officer PhD Program.
Jonathan Lebensold is an author, contributor to several open source projects and is passionate about applying technology to social good. As an entrepreneur, he co-founded a successful software consultancy and provided the technical requirements for early-stage startups. He's consulted for Fortune 500s, The World Bank and international NGOs in the implementation and development of distributed Agile software projects. In addition to serving as CTO for Tela, he is currently pursuing graduate studies at the McGill Graduate School of Computer Science with a focus on Big Data, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence.