Yuri has a M.S. in Game Design & Production from Full Sail University and a B.F.A. in Media Arts & Animation from Ai–TN. Prior to joining UTC in April of 2019, they worked as a producer, UI artist, and QA analyst for game studios in Orlando, Florida that were partnered with the Veterans Health Administration.

They also attended conventions across the Southeast to sell custom made products and manage crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter. Fun interests include amateur voice acting for PC games and audio dramas, getting immersed in MMOs, and being knighted by the Principality of Sealand.