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JASON DEMEO

Co-Founder/Chief Innovation Officer

Jason co-founded We Are Curio with a passion for helping people and organizations flourish through creativity, innovation, and design. His northeastern grit and contrarian mindset provides vision, experimentation, and identity to both the company and the clients it serves.

Throughout his career he has worked and consulted with corporate, entrepreneurial, higher education, nonprofit, and faith-based environments. With a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in ministerial leadership, he is certified in design thinking from Harvard University and also serves as a Subject Matter Expert in design thinking and Adjunct Professor at Southeastern University.

When not pioneering new paths for innovation, you can find him dominating the tennis court, curating his expansive library, repurposing midcentury furniture, or rapping along to one of his favorite hip hop artists.


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HILLARY DEMEO

Co-Founder/Chief Strategy Officer

With over a decade of experience in organizational leadership, Hillary co-founded We Are Curio to unlock the full potential of innovation among individuals, teams and organizations. Her energy and mind-mapping vision lends to her gift of strategically fostering business development, the mobilization of people and teams, and collaboration marked by ingenuity.

She has previously served in various roles in higher education including Dean of Student Engagement, Professor of Organizational Leadership, and Director of Leadership Development. She has a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and a master’s degree in organizational leadership.

You would never know it, but Hillary was raised on a farm and even earned the unique title of “Beef Queen” while showing cows in her Ohio hometown! She is passionate about team building and dedicated to empowering women in leadership.


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DEREK FOREHAND

Creative Director

As a multi-disciplinary designer, Derek serves as the creative director for We Are Curio overseeing visual storytelling, asset development, and marketing strategy. He thrives at the intersection of dreaming and making to bring ideas to execution.

His diverse career includes serving as senior designer for an award-winning in-house marketing team, freelance design consultant for a wide range of clients and organizations, lead storyteller for his university’s experiences department, and multimedia director for his local church. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing/communication and a master’s degree in business administration.

Between balancing projects and building brands, you’ll most likely find Derek on a plane heading somewhere new to explore, discovering the newest spot to grab a meal, and endlessly discussing theology or politics.


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ALYSSA CHAMBERLIN

Experience Director

Having a passion for fun and meaningful moments, Alyssa serves as the experience director for We Are Curio with oversight of the project management and event-planning aspects of our innovation experiences. She loves both envisioning the big picture and seeing the intentional details it takes to create seamless events that bring people together and encourage new ideas.

She has been designing and producing events over the last decade including launching her own event-planning company, facilitating large-scale corporate events, and project-managing various programming in the areas of higher education, team management, and special events. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in business administration, offering an educational background in the two most important aspects of events: people and process.

If she’s not planning an event or hosting a party, Alyssa is probably at the beach, traveling the world, teaching fitness classes, or drinking matcha.


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LAUREN FERNANDEZ

Client Relations Manager

Having a desire to help others, Lauren serves We Are Curio by moving projects forward through communications, logistics, and client care. She brings together both her love of people and attention to detail in this role, keeping the company and its clients best aligned.

Having lived in opposite corners of the country—from Washington to Florida—and having served in various organizational capacities, she brings a unique perspective to the team.

Lauren spends her days with her son and husband, enjoying the outdoors and Florida sunshine!


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JENSON METCALF

Creative Apprentice

With experience in design and marketing, Jenson joins the We Are Curio team as a creative apprentice. In this role, Jenson assists in the design and production of a wide range of creative assets.

He has served in a diverse array of roles including church creative director, photographer for digital/print publication, graphic designer for his university’s student leadership department, and also marketing assistant for his university’s enrollment marketing team.

When he’s not working with the We Are Curio team or focusing on academics, you can find Jenson reading, enjoying a cup of coffee, or spending time with those closest to him.


THE COLLECTIVE

We work with a multi-disciplinary group of creatives and collaborators that broaden our ideas and expertise. We believe that the more diverse your collaborative group is, the deeper and more effective the solutions will be. Our team meets to discuss solutions for our clients and provides creative infrastructure for various projects that we work on together.

From interior designers to web engineers, this eclectic mix of creators, collaborators, and contrarians provide the depth needed to tackle challenging design projects and produce innovative results.