Our Team

The Elite Performance Solutions team is composed of the nation’s leading scientists on neurocognition and neuroplasticity, or, the brain’s ability to receive and react to new information and learning. The advisory committee includes innovators who are the leading edge in neurotechnology advancements and human performance. We are always looking to partner with others - please get in touch if interested.

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Steve Miller, PhD, CEO & President

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Steve works as an applied neuroscientist and technology executive with more than 25 years of industry experience. Dr. Miller authored or co-authored more than 100 publications including numerous multi-site research studies, commercial software programs and U.S. Patents. A majority of his patents have been licensed, brought to commercial practice and in 2000 he was a co-recipient of the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award in Medicine for this work. As a business executive, he is a passionate collaborator with broad business experience in technology transfer, translational research, business incorporation, venture funding for the start-up phases of several companies including a successful IPO with Scientific Learning Corporation.

Tom F. Nugent III, Co-Founder & Managing Partner

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Tom has over 20 years of experience in neuroscience research and program management working with elite organizations ranging from professional sports teams, special operator communities in the U.S. military and abroad, as well as e-sports athletes and teams. Tom’s career experience spans from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to private sector companies supporting the Department of Defense and applied neuroscience applications. Tom has been involved in well over $250 million worth of research and development efforts in applied neuroscience and learning domains and has served as a strategic advisor to several startups. Tom received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and his graduate degree from Duke University School of Medicine.

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Michael Merzenich

Michael Merzenich, PhD, Chief Science Advisor

Michael is a serial entrepreneur, author and world-class neuroscientist. For nearly five decades, he has been a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research. Dr. Merzenich has published more than 150 articles in leading peer-reviewed journals (such as Science and Nature), and received numerous awards and prizes (including the Russ Prize, Ipsen Prize, Zülch Prize, Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award and Purkinje Medal). He has been granted nearly 100 patents, and he and his work have been highlighted in hundreds of books about the brain, learning, rehabilitation, and plasticity. In 2016, Dr. Merzenich was awarded one of the world’s top neuroscience prizes, the Kavli Prize, for his achievements in the field of brain plasticity.

David Rabiner

David Rabiner, PhD, Science Advisor

David received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke University in 1987 and is a Research Professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University. Currently, he is a Senior Associate Dean and Director of Academic Advising for Trinity College at Duke University. Dr. Rabiner has published over 50 peer reviewed articles on ADHD, attention problems, and children's social development; his research in these areas has been supported by nearly $10M in federal grants. He has served as a grant reviewer for the Institute of Education Sciences and on the editorial board for the Journal of Attention Disorders. In addition to his work at Duke, Dr. Rabiner publishes an online newsletter called Attention Research Update that helps over 30,000 subscribers stay informed about important new research on ADHD. Free subscriptions are available at www.helpforadd.com.

Ed Hamlin

Ed Hamlin, PhD, Science Advisor

Ed is the founder and clinical director of the Center for the Advancement of Human Potential. He obtained his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina and taught at UNC and Duke University before moving to Asheville. He is certified in EEG biofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance and a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. He is the lead instructor for EEG Education and Research and is on the faculty at the University of North Carolina Medical School and the Department of Psychology at Western Carolina University. He conducts research on neurofeedback outcomes and serves as a mentor and supervisor for a number of neurofeedback providers around the world.

Tim Mullen

Tim Mullen, PhD, Science Advisor

Tim holds degrees in computer science and computational and cognitive neuroscience from UC Berkeley (B.A.s) and the UC San Diego Dept. of Cognitive Science (M.S. and Ph.D) and Institute for Neural Computation. At Xerox PARC he developed patented applications of wearable brain-computer interface (BCI) technology. He has over a decade of experience in the neurotechnology field, including advancing widely used software for neural signal analysis and state decoding, and leading high-profile mobile brain imaging projects such as the “Glass Brain”. Tim is the founder, CEO & Research Director at San Diego neurotechnology company Intheon, pioneering the first cloud-scalable platform for advanced biosignal processing, neural state decoding, and brain-computer interfacing -- anytime, anywhere. Learn more at www.intheon.io.

Rich Wenner

Rich Wenner, Technical Advisor

Rich is a 1986 ASU alumnus receiving his BS degree in Physical Education and his MS degree in Exercise and Wellness from ASU in 2009. Rich has been a sports performance coach for more than three decades at Division I school. Wenner is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, a level 1 certified coach through USA Weightlifting and is level 1 Precision Nutrition certified. Rich is a 15-time national power lifting champion having competed in 35 national and international competitions. He has set many American and national power lifting records including the Collegiate National Power Lifting total record as a member of the 1986 ASU Collegiate National Champion Powerlifting Team, a record which stood for 18 years.

Jimmy Escalante

Jimmy Escalante, Technical Advisor

Jimmy is a former pitching coach with the Oakland A's and former player with the Baltimore Orioles and Anaheim Angeles. He has over 14 years of experience in professional baseball as a switch hitting catcher, first and third baseman, pitcher and pitching coach. Jimmy has his own baseball training program called 24ktarm.com. As a two-way player, he has the ability to teach the mental approach needed on the field. Getting to know individual players, Jimmy makes adjustments in his approach based on how they are motivated by their learning styles (visual, auditory or kinesthetic). Jimmy advises collegiate coaches on potential recruits and was selected as a consultant to Boston BioMotion (Proteus) introducing new technology and metrics to baseball. Many of Jimmy’s students today have been recruited by some of the top collegiate baseball programs or signed into professional baseball.

Note: The scientific and technical advisors are assisting Elite Performance Solutions in its science and business activities. Their support does not imply a financial relationship or an endorsement of the Elite Performance Solutions products or services.


Jessica Schindhelm

Jessica Schindhelm, Marketing Advisor

Jessica is an award-winning graphic designer with over 20 years of experience serving non-profit organizations, technology sector, the healthcare industry, and educational organizations. She has garnered accolades from regional and national professional organizations including the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the AdClub and ITSMA, a B2B marketing community. Her latest passion marries her design experience with content curation, marketing strategy, and storytelling.

Kim Vernon

Kim Vernon, Business Development Advisor

Kim has over 20 years of experience with education technology companies. As a former elementary school teacher with a Masters in Special Education, she has tested and grown new channels including; K-12 Sales, International Business Partners, Clinical Professionals, and Consumers. Kim has trained education and business professionals around the world, and has presented at a variety of learning and technology conferences.