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 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 our Lead Programmer. He claims that he came back for the coffee, but we think he secretly missed us.

Wasula landed in Houston after a long journey from his birthplace in Sri Lanka. That journey got sidetracked by 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 he's not at the office preaching the benefits of a standing desk, Wasula enjoys playing volleyball and conquering the most challenging hiking trails, preferably in Colorado. With his new found interest in workplace dynamics and psychology, he is excited to take on new projects with the team!

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 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 the resident 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 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!).

Alexis Xuconoxtli identifies as the quintessential “nerdy animator.” He likes to go by Xuco to save time teaching us how to pronounce his last name, and instead uses that time to hone his love of art. Inspired by the many animated shows and video games he loved as a kid, he finally decided to get serious about this passion when he attended the Savannah College of Art & Design and majored in Animation.

Xuco has worked on a variety of animated projects, ranging from K-12 educational videos to short-form ads for social media. Though 3D animation is a personal favorite, he has experience with 2D, and even stop-motion animation.

When he's not spending time behind a sketchpad, Xuco enjoys watching films and reading comic books. His love for playing video games has also endured and matured; he appreciates a wide variety of genres but is especially fond of games with a unique and polished art style, such as Odin Sphere or Guilty Gear. Ultimately, art permeates his life, and he continues to study techniques to better his craft and tell better stories.

Michael Rogers is a lifelong tinkerer and loves finding out how things work. He is an enthusiast of both coffee and puns; which explains why he loves JavaScript so much. In his free time, he enjoys developing games and projects using the latest technologies.

Michael graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Information Systems, but his journey to becoming a web programmer started with honing his skills on developing web based games and maps for computer games. He kicked his passion into high gear by taking on UT Austin's Houston Coding Bootcamp.

Since joining Bouncing Pixel, Michael continues to find new ways to merge coffee and programming; more than a few ideas of IoT brewing methods percolate in his mind. He hopes to one day master the Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol and understand that strange 418 error he keeps getting.

Born in Alaska and raised in South Korea, Angel 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 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.

Siwei Zhang, known around the office as Daniel, grew up in Taiyuan, China where he considered himself a regular otaku (Google it!). Daniel's obsession with computers and the need to create "something interesting" lead him to the States in 2014, where he pursued a degree in Computer Science at the University of San Francisco.

He must have thought the guys at Bouncing Pixel were also making some interesting things since he left the Pacific breeze of the West Coast to join the team as a programmer in the middle of June. We appreciate his bravery since we know there's nothing cool about summer in Houston.

Though he's not a fan of Houston's humidity, Daniel does like our food scene. He's exploring the city via new restaurants, mainly hot pot and Texas BBQ. When he's not arguing the merits of pineapple on pizza, Daniel enjoys reading, basketball, and playing video games.