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Staff Details
Adam Hewett
Co-Founder / Lead Developer
Adam is a co-founder of Transparent and the creator of all Transparent software products, including Neuro-Programmer, Mind WorkStation and Mind Stereo. He has been in the brainwave entrainment industry for over 13 years, continually striving to push the field forward. He has collaborated with major neurotechnology companies, creating software/hardware combinations that aided in the rise of EEG-driven entrainment, and made this technology more accessible and versatile.

Adam has also worked closely with leading audio-visual stimulation researchers. His efforts have increased the focus on science and evidence-based approaches in the field at large. His software has been instrumental in several peer-reviewed clinical studies, such as an independent study on Heart Rate Variability (HRV), one study on Focus and one on Sleep for (pending publication), and in 2008 he made possible the largest research overview in the field to date: A Comprehensive Review of The Psychological Effects of Brainwave Entrainment.

He holds a patent on a method of his own invention for embedding brainwave stimulation into audio, and another on memory.

Before entering this industry, Adam studied music composition and philosophy at West Virginia University before moving to Columbus, OH to help start several companies. He was a programmer in the telecommunications and health insurance industries until an early experience with brainwave technology ultimately led him to found Transparent in 2003. He currently lives in Chicago where he co-founded and occasionally speaks on topics related to music research or auditory stimulation.

As a child he was a concert guitarist but still finds spare time to play. He escapes the city to hike in nature as often as possible.
Junaid Kalmadi
Chairman / Co-Founder of
Junaid has lead and worked at multiple startups and financial firms. He co-founded Charlie, a fast growing B2B app company with users from 100+ companies and also recently raised $1.75 million (from investors including the founders of Groupon and Hoovers).

Junaid also headed business development for a SaaS (Software as a Service) company, FormAssembly, where he worked on their marketing and customer development with customers including Yahoo! and Amazon.

Before tech startups, Junaid worked at a private equity firm in San Francisco and gained experience with valuation and secondary direct investing in pre-IPO companies.

Junaid is a graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and is also 2011 Business Scholar at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Junaid is passionate about biohacking i.e. actionable ways to accelerate the mind, soul and body (he also organizes a meetup on it!).

In his spare time, Junaid enjoys meditation, delicious meals, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Cynthia Cheung
Co-Founder / Director of Operations and Finance
Cynthia is the co-founder of Transparent Corp and currently serves as the company's Director of Operations and Finance. Prior to Transparent, Cynthia worked as an Economist for the State of Ohio. However, it was her work with several IT start ups while in college that inspired her to found Transparent with Adam Hewett.

Cynthia is a graduate of The Ohio State University. She holds degrees in Economics (BS) and Management Information Science (MA). Currently she is a member of the Chicago Board of Trade.

Outside of work Cynthia subsists on a steady diet of non-fiction books, podcasts and English soccer.
Aaron Smyk
Director of Web Marketing
Aaron uses his passion for language and data to help people discover Transparent technology. He has broad experience developing and executing every aspect of a web-based marketing strategy, previously working on website campaigns for lawyers, woodworkers, an independent book publisher, a university, and one of the largest public art centers in the United States. Aaron holds a B.A. in English from Kutztown University. He's a native Pennsylvanian, bikes whenever he can, and enjoys going to art museums and baseball games.

Advisory Board
Harold Russell, PhD
Dr. Russell received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston. He maintains a private practice in Galveston, Texas, and has worked as an adjunct research professor in the Department of Gerontology and Health Promotion at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Russell has published some of the most influential research on the use of EEG-driven auditory and visual stimulation to improve brain functioning. Input from Dr. Russell has helped to ensure that Transparent software meets the needs of researchers, and he is currently engaged in further studies on learning disabilities and ADD, making use of Transparent technology in this work.

Carter, J. L., & Russell, H. L. (1993). A pilot investigation of auditory and visual entrainment of brain wave activity in learning disabled boys. Texas Researcher, 4(1), 65-75.

Russell, H. L. (1997). Intellectual, auditory, and photic stimulation and changes in functioning in children and adults. Biofeedback, 25(1), 16-17.
Ruth Olmstead, PhD
Dr. Olmstead holds a PhD from Walden University, and is certified in the application of EEG biofeedback. She has over 25 years of professional and research experience utilizing audio-visual stimulation. She maintains a psychological practice, working directly with children and adults diagnosed with learning disabilities, ADD, anxiety and depression. She also trains licensed therapists in the clinical application of brainwave stimulation.

Dr. Olmstead initially became interested in brainwave entrainment as a possible tool to address her own diagnosed ADD. She has discussed her early use of the technology in interviews, saying “some of the most immediate changes I noticed after using AVS was that I had become much more focused and able to multi-task more easily without being distracted.” She pursued her advanced degree in psychology to specifically address the symptoms of attention and learning disorders, and ultimately published one of the most widely-cited studies on the successful use of brainwave entrainment to improve cognitive abilities in learning-disabled children. Dr. Olmstead is actively engaged in further research on learning disabilities and PTSD, and is utilizing Transparent software in her studies.

Olmstead, R. (2005). Use of auditory and visual stimulation to improve cognitive abilities in learning-disabled children. Journal of Neurotherapy, 9(2), 49-61.
Ed Mackey, PhD, MSN, CRNA, FAPA
Dr. Mackey holds a PhD in Psychology from Northcentral University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association, an assistant professor of Nursing at West Chester University, and maintains a private practice in biofeedback, neurofeedback and hypnosis. Dr. Mackey is also the active director of the Mind/Body Institute of Applied Psychophysiology, which he founded in 2011 to enable students to become involved in research activities from the ground up.

In addition to his advising role, Dr. Mackey draws from his extensive experience as an educator to lead in teaching a series of web-based workshops hosted by Transparent.

Mackey, E. F. (2009). Effects of hypnosis as an adjunct to intravenous sedation for third molar extraction: A randomized, blind, controlled study. Intl. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 58(1), 21-38.
Nina Sonovia, MS
Nina Sonovia holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling, is a Registered Psychotherapist, and the founding director and CEO of Solonco Neurobiofeedback and Psychotherapy Institute. She possesses over twenty years of experience in education, biofeedback, neurofeedback and cognitive behavior theory. As a full-time psychotherapist, she is able to advise on how Transparent software and technology may best adapt to the needs and goals of professional therapists working with clients.
Elio Conte, Professor of Psychophysiology
Elio Conte is a professor of Psychophysiology at the graduate school of Psychology, Department of Neurological and Psychiatric Sciences, University of Bari, Italy. He has published over 150 research papers in his lengthily academic career. One of his current research interests is the interaction between brainwave entrainment and heart rate variability. The first results from this research were published in 2013, after experiments using Neuro-Programmer 3 found that alpha stimulation was consistently able to enhance HRV. The clinical application of Neuro-Programmer 3 is a topic in his current courses, and his research utilizing Transparent software is ongoing.

Conte, E., Francesco, C., Vincenza, L., Sergio, C., Maria, P., Antonio, F., Orlando, T. (2013). Alpha-rhythm stimulation using brain entrainment enhances heart rate variability in subjects with reduced HRV. World Journal of Neuroscience, 2013.
Richard Aiken MD, PhD
Dr. Aiken received his PhD from Princeton University, and his MD from University of Utah. His long, multi-discipline career in the sciences includes computer simulations conducted with NASA for a space shuttle satellite system, and work in the bioengineering department that built the first artificial heart.

More recently, his professional interest has shifted to psychology. Dr Aiken is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. During his time at the University of Utah, he began studying with an expert in hypnosis, neurofeedback and quantitative EEG brain mapping. This has led him to an interest in using brainwave entrainment to address emotional issues and for personal optimization. On the use of brainwave entrainment, he says “I am particularly interested in training individuals to self-adjust their brainwaves on an everyday basis, depending on the task at hand. I have a strong interest in mindfulness - being fully focused on the present moment.”