MEET OUR PEOPLE
Back to Basics
In 2009, Bouncing Pixel was created to change the way Jerald and Jackson worked. At their previous companies, they were slowly caught up in managing projects and the daily grind of running their businesses. Work stopped being fun. It was time for a new beginning, one where they would not only land the projects, but also...
produce the work.
Jerald Reichstein
Jerald Reichstein
a.k.a. Jack of All Trades
President
Jackson Lau
Jackson Lau
a.k.a. The Workaholic
VP / Animation Director
The team. The talent. The lineup.
Wasula Kankanamge

Wasula Kankanamge is a Bouncing Pixel alumnus who found his way home. He joined the studio as a developer shortly after his arrival in Houston, but left in 2013 to spread his wings and start a family before returning to the nest as a Lead Programmer. He claims that he came back for the coffee, but we think he secretly missed us.

Wasula's journey to America started in his birthplace, Sri Lanka. His first stop was a college stint in the heart of Kentucky Wildcat country, where he received a degree in Computer Science. There's nothing like a jug of moonshine and a winning college basketball program to make someone want to stay in the good ol' U. S. of A.

When not at work preaching the benefits of a standing desk, Wasula enjoys playing volleyball and conquering the most challenging hiking trails, preferably in Colorado.

Tag Guillory

When we met Tag Guillory, we started to think there might be more than 24 hours in a day—or at least in Tag’s day—because he’s done it all. This “NASA brat” worked in the medical, aerospace, and Oil & Gas industries before joining Bouncing Pixel’s team of programmers. With a BS in Medical Biology and MS in Computer Science, he started out as a research assistant in a medical lab before switching to programming full time.

The only thing more fascinating than Tag’s professional career is his list of personal hobbies and achievements. He claims he was a geek before The Big Bang Theory made it cool, and we can’t argue, since he grew up playing Dungeons & Dragons, hanging out at the comic book store, and working at the Renaissance Fair.

Tag has run 3 marathons, extracted chromosomes from his blood, and debated writer Orson Scott Card (of Ender's Game) on the internet. We are excited (and scared) to see what he does next.

Bill Burch

Bill Burch is a mindful enthusiast of coffee, cycling, and meditation. He tends to get slightly emotional every time he sees Apollo mission footage (and Tom Hanks in a space capsule). Bill would gladly eat Vietnamese food six days a week. He generally chooses sushi on his day of rest.

Bill joined Bouncing Pixel after a mid-career change of professions, moving from the video production world to that of computer programming. He got to keep the headphones, though his continued need for them is questionable.

Though Bill claims that Steve Wozniak is one of his big heroes, his desktop background reminds everyone that Steve Jobs is the biggest. This is not entirely understood by his PC-loving co-workers. Above all, Bill embraces the words "think different."

Charlene Irani

Charlene Irani is a self-proclaimed expert at nothing, who firmly believes that you can put guacamole on anything. Anything. No arguments. A determined foodie, she is making her way through every burger joint in Houston, but is completely content in knowing there will always be a new place she hasn't yet tried.

Having never received her letter from Hogwarts, Charlene tried to find the best line of study throughout muggle school. Following a brief stint with Chemistry and a regrettable affair with Accounting, she turned her love of reading, writing, and correcting everyone's grammar into a Public Relations degree and an English minor from the University of Houston.

After cyberstalking Bouncing Pixel on Facebook, and copyediting the studio's website prior to her interview, it only made sense for Jerald and Jackson to take her on as their copywriter and social media manager. Since then she's been trying to keep up with all the talk of programming languages while championing the use of the Oxford comma.

Allison Kim

Allison Kim grew up in Busan, South Korea where she fell in love with beaches and art at an early age. She pursued her love for the latter all the way to a fine arts degree specializing in Korean Painting.

The love didn't stop there. By the time Allison came to Bouncing Pixel, she had an extensive background in drawing, painting, and sculpting, along with theoretical and practical works in color, materials and media. Before moving to Texas, she was the lead environmental concept artist for a game development studio in Seoul, on their biggest project to date, Ragnarok Online 2: Legend of The Second. After taking one look at her portfolio, Jerald and Jackson had to make her part of the team.

Allison finds time for interests outside of art, including badminton, yoga, and floral design. She enjoys exploring the city of Houston in her car, which she affectionately named Boung Boung, after her favorite childhood cartoon (whose source of power comes from the smell of flowers!).

Angel Lee

Born in Alaska and raised in South Korea, Angel Lee studied Art and Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She worked in marketing for a company in Chicago before finally making her way to Houston with her fiancé. Once here, she immediately fell in love with and adopted Jackson—her puppy, not her boss.

She fed her love for art by sketching at local coffee shops and creating character designs of other patrons—in a completely non-creepy way—but Angel always intended to make a career out of her passion. Her interest in design and animation, along with her boundless energy and enthusiasm, led her to Bouncing Pixel where she serves as artist and the studio's self-appointed, one-woman Party Planning Committee.

Angel likes to spend her weekends with her fiancé, whether it’s scavenging for books and knickknacks at a Half Price Books store, or supervising while he plays video games, yelling at him to "recharge health!" She keeps the rest of us entertained with references and memes from her favorite TV Shows, and stories about Jackson—her puppy, not her boss.

 Mei Lin

Mei Lin was made in China. More specifically, she was born and raised in Changsha, a city famous for its spicy food and eating contests (Which Mei was all too happy to compete in). Along with her trusty bottle of Sriracha sauce, she brought a love of art with her to Texas when she was seventeen.

Loving the freedom of expression that art provided her, Mei pursued a B.F.A. in Studio Art at the University of Texas, Austin, where she found her place in the mix of creative and weird people. Eventually, she made the move to Houston where she took on the role of full-time illustrator at Bouncing Pixel, but retained the soul of a part-time starving artist (We pay her, we swear!).

Outside of work, Mei finds time to practice her specialties of oil painting and sculpture. She keeps herself busy with yoga, cycling, Zumba, swimming, and playing with her Netherland Dwarf Rabbit, Wabbit.

Vibhu Sharma

Vibhu Sharma came to us from the countryside of Amritsar, India, where he was born into a family of software developers and business people. Having a penchant for computers from a young age, he chose to follow in the footsteps of the former.

During college in Delhi he majored in Computer Science. He then worked for two years as a software engineer with Accenture Consulting in Mumbai before swapping India's heat for Houston's humidity in 2016. That's when he came to pursue a master’s degree at University of Houston, after which he joined the Bouncing Pixel's squad as a full stack developer.

In addition to watching movies and feeding his love of theater, Vibhu stays busy trying new Indian and Pakistani recipes, and reading about different cultures, ancient history, and Quantum Physics. He is a Renaissance Man who keeps us entertained by quoting the Godfather (his favorite movie), and trying to explain the rules of cricket to an office full of baseball fans.

Erin Brown

Like most of our creative team, Erin Brown was heavily influenced by Disney. She was fascinated with the way you could bring together compelling characters, a thrilling story, and retell it with the magic of animation.

Her fascination and love for a good story lead her to The Art Institute of Houston where she studied Media Arts and Animation. Degree in hand, she went to work as a 2D artist at a small animation company, then as a graphic designer at an advertising firm, before arriving at Bouncing Pixel as our 2D Animator.

Born in New Orleans and raised in Cypress, Texas, you can find Erin attending Comicpalooza, going to see the Houston Symphony, learning new languages (currently Japanese), and trying everything she can find with matcha green tea in it.

Jesse Nieto

Jesse Nieto was one of those rare kids who stayed after the credits rolled in Disney movies to catch some behind-the-scenes action of story boards, character designs, illustrations, and animation. His love of film and animation lead to him starting his own YouTube channel, where he posts self-made, animated movie reviews. It was fortuitous that one of his fans commented about a job opening at Bouncing Pixel, because that’s how Jesse landed in our laps and signed on as one of our animators.

Jesse has done it all. He’s worked as a custodian, construction worker, musician, security guard, photographer, and a caricature artist. But he knew he wanted to pursue a career in the art and production industry, so he made time to teach himself the skills he needed to become an animator.

Jesse is a born and raised Houstonian. When he’s not at his desk you can probably find him working on videos for his YouTube channel, playing Final Fantasy 14 online, or jamming with good friends at a bar somewhere.