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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

Marisa has been designing interactive entertainment and games for more than 15 years. She started her journey as the editor and producer of the CD-ROM title, Explore the Grand Canyon and co-authored The Web Design and Development Book, published by Coriolis Books in 1997. After relocating to the Bay Area to complete her English Literature degree at Stanford University, she worked at, where she led technical and creative teams in the development of kid-friendly online games and community applications. In 2002, Marisa switched gears from designing digital experiences to designing tactile traditional board games for Cranium. At Cranium, as the Senior Director of Ideation for games, Marisa led the invention of more than three dozen award-winning titles, including Zooreka, recipient of TOTY’s 2007 Game of the Year award. Marisa was recently part of the Discovery Bay Games team that introduced the first iPad game accessories and associated apps into the marketplace.

Marisa now lives in Redmond, Washington with her husband and two young children, where they play, learn, and explore the beautiful forests and mountains of the Pacific Northwest.