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Department of Recreation is made up of three passionate and playful professionals who met at Cranium nearly 10 years ago and have continued to work and play together, designing experiences that encourage and facilitate connection, engagement, and fun. With a combined 30 years in the play industry, the trio has worked across a variety of platforms, from PC and web to board games and mobile devices, and for a number of well-known brands, including Hasbro, Disney, Highlights for Children, AT&T, and Nickelodeon.

Marisa Colt Shanon

Marisa Peña

Colt Tipton-Johnson

Shanon Lyon

Colt kicked off his career post-graduation from Stanford as a ‘Groover’ at a startup called where he rated songs based on musical attributes. The startup was acquired by Microsoft, and with some of his best friends, he moved to Seattle to work for Microsoft in 2000. Over the past 13 years, he’s held creative roles at Microsoft, Stanford Travel/Study, Cranium, AT&T Mobility, and Discovery Bay Games. Colt has crafted play within various categories (entertainment, marketing, mobility, and product development) and created numerous successful programs and products.

Colt holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University. He’s a two-time national fiddling champion, a competitive tennis player, a charades aficionado, and an avid traveler. No matter what the activity, he’s always finding some way to play.