I don’t take myself too seriously but I’m serious about my love of learning design. I’m fortunate that I found this career early on and that I’ve been able to be a part of learning and development for more than 10 years.
I grew up in rural eastern Kentucky and my family and heart are still there. I earned a BA in broadcast journalism from the University of Kentucky. After graduation I moved home and found a job at a call center. After working there for a few months I was promoted into a role where I got my first taste of training. That’s when I fell in love with learning and development. My next role took me to Amazon where I eventually became an instructional designer. I also worked for an adult education center teaching resume building and basic computer skills. Then I fell in love and moved to Columbus, Ohio where I’ve been ever since.
I am now a Training Operations Manager at Silfex where I manage a team of learning and development professionals. My favorite thing to do is to mentor those new to the profession and encourage them to build their technical acumen and build their personal brands by speaking and writing.
I am the proud pet parent to my precious Palpatine Azreal. When I’m not working or volunteering, I enjoy playing video games with my husband Mathew.
I was interviewed for Episode 25 of Dear Instructional Designer, a podcast hosted by Kristin Anthony.
I was part of episode 9 of 5 Trainers in a Car podcast. I also served as driver of the vehicle (yes Mom, people ride with me)!
I am the co-host and co-founder of the Instructional ReDesign Podcast, stories and conversations about the modern learning experience.
I was interviewed on my friend Jac Hutchinson’s The Lounge podcast where I talked about personal learning networks.