Simulation Buzz is a network of learning innovations harnessing the power of computer simulation.  Our network of services is organized with the mission of strengthening individuals to be independent, productive members of the community. We seek innovative ways to meet our mission and work across industries such as human services, education, and business development. Our services are delivered through a hybrid of expert coaching, computer simulation, and customized curricula.  Simulation enables you to learn by doing in a safe environment where you can rehearse your skills. Based on principles of instructional design, we create engaging, experiential learning activities that accelerate your uptake of new skills and knowledge.  We customize simulation scenarios to meet your unique needs, whether professional, personal, academic, or skills based. Explore our website to learn more about how simulation can accelerate your learning.

Members of executive leadership are:

Mark Jacob, Chief Executive Officer

Throughout his 35-year career assisting young people to achieve their goals, Mark Jacob has worked with a diversified group of young people in a multitude of environments. His work has taken him all around the country. Although he has worked with adults and the elderly, he specializes in adolescents.  He has worked with young people in urban areas like the inner cities of New York, Miami, and Houston, and in the suburbs of Vermont, Southern California, and Central & Northern Florida. He has worked with young people in schools, residential settings, in runaway shelters, and at their homes. Mark is a father of four and is a board member of the Council of Educators and Performing Arts Educators.  Learn more about Mark Jacob’s work at


Members of the board are:

Carrie Straub, Ph.D., Board Member

As research director for the TeachLivE National Research Project at the University of Central Florida funded at $1.5M by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Carrie Straub is at the cutting edge of computer simulation technology in education.  Working with a talented team of educators, computer scientists, and researchers, she explores the unique advantages that computer simulation can bring to skill development.  Her research interests include the use of avatars to improve our ability to develop and sustain positive human relations.  Dr. Straub also co-founded the Jacob School, a private school for twice exceptional students in Seminole County, Florida and was school director of Stonesoup School, the oldest alternative boarding school in Florida. Her educational experience informs her simulation research in the educational technology space.  Learn more about Dr. Straub’s work at

Barbara VanHorn, Ph.D., Board Member

Barbara VanHorn is a clinical psychologist with research focus on the efficacy of technological resources in student learning. She graduated with a B.A., summa cum laude, from Rollins College, and earned her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of North Texas, completing her clinical internship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. VanHorn is a professor of psychology at Indian River College and served as Chair of the Social Science Department for 5 years.  Dr. VanHorn is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.


SimSocial and PowerPlay are trademarks of the Simulation Buzz network. Simulation Buzz learning experiences merge over 20 years of socio-communicative training with the cutting edge computer simulation technology.  For more information, check out our research.