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Instructional Design

Keith Harten

Director

Keith Harten is the Instructional Designer at Extra Space Storage where he specializes in custom training solutions for the company’s national workforce. Prior to his career with Extra Space, Keith was an instructional design consultant with Allen Communication in Salt Lake City. There, he created instructor-led and web-based courses for clients including AIG, Deutsche Bank, EBay, Dominos and the American Heart Association. Keith’s background includes two years of university-level teaching as well as writing for the Sundance Film Festival.

Keith is attracted to the discipline of instructional design because it marries the science of human psychology with the art of human development. Keith received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English from Brigham Young University.

Ben Miller

Benjamin Miller is an award-winning educational content creator and learning experience designer with expertise in corporate training and customer-facing education. He has designed innovative learning solutions in a variety of formats for clients across numerous industries. In his current role as Curriculum Development Manager at Investools from TD Ameritrade, Benjamin manages a team that creates educational content to help everyday people learn to invest. Benjamin is passionate about integrating instructional design and other design disciplines to create exceptional learning experiences.

Megan Gutierrez

Megan Gutierrez specializes in implementing innovative and award-winning solutions that systematically enable learners and organizations to accomplish their goals. Megan’s vast experience encompasses working with small non-profits to Fortune 500 companies, targeting a wide variety of topics including sales, customer service, on-boarding, manufacturing, compliance, management, software, and soft skills.

Currently, Megan is the Sr. Instructional Designer at a notational mortgage company. She holds a Master of Education degree in Instructional Design and serves on the local Association for Talent Development (ATD) board. In addition to being passionate about learning and education, Megan is writer and an avid theater patron. As a former theater columnist, she saw easily over 100 shows a year.

Eric Stokes

Eric has lead teams of instructional designers, programmers, graphic and motion artists, and writers to create effective and engaging training for Fortune 500 clients. Not only focused on effective designs but also performing project management duties to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget. Eric often consults with clients and project teams to solve business challenges through creative design solutions. Eric has worked at Southwest Research Institute, Allen Communications, and the LDS Church. 

 

Josiah Brower

Josiah Brower has worked as a professional Software Engineer for the last six years. His first five years were spent working as a Sr. Developer and Technical Lead at Allen Communications, where he helped develop technical strategies and create development tools to build revolutionary corporate training. More recently he has been working at Progressive Leasing, helping build software that has, and will continue to change the financial industry. He has also done consulting work for companies such as Domo and Nickel & Suede to help streamline their processes, and develop applications to better their business. When he isn't developing software he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, serving as a scout leader and trying to become a better person.

 

Data Analysis

Matt Hillburn

Matt Hillburn 

Director

Matt is the Vice President of Research and Marketing for EDCUtah, a non-profit that assists corporations in relocating to Utah. Matt has experience performing economic and market research for government and private businesses and has provided guidance to C-Suite individuals with their toughest problems. His work has primarily involved finding business solutions utilizing advanced statistical analysis. Recent positions he has held have been as a Statistician, Market Researcher, Marketing Analyst, and Project Supervisor.

Matt has a Masters of Statistics Degree in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with a minor in Business, both from the University of Utah. A native of Salt Lake City, Matt loves the outdoors, music, movies, travelling to new places, and spending time with his wife.

Eric Martinson

Eric has been an economic and statistical consultant in various roles since 2010. In these roles, he has provided principal decision-makers in both private and public sectors strategic, actionable intelligence motivated by insights gained from advanced data analysis. Eric has consulted within the fields of market research, labor market economics, human resources management, and, currently, within the regulatory field of distributed energy (public utilities).

Eric graduated summa cum laude in 2010 from Westminster College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and an English Literature Minor, and is currently finishing his Master’s in Statistics (Econometrics) at the University of Utah. When not professing the virtues of data-driven research and consultation, Eric can be found indulging in the Arts, tennis, and in the curious and revelatory goings-on of his two young kiddos.

 Robbie Stone

Robbie Stone

Robbie has over 10 years experience in the credit card industry and 6 years in Risk Management and Data Science.  His currently areas of expertise are building strategies and statistical models for account acquisitions and collections.  Robbie currently works as the Director of Credit and Analytics at FuturePay (a small consumer finance company), previously he held roles at Discover Financial Services, Zions Bancorporation and Comenitiy Capital Bank (Alliance Data Systems).  He currently has a Bachelors degree in Economics and a Masters degree in Statistics from the University of Utah and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 Digital Communication Tools

 Ellen Donovan

Ellen Donovan

Director

Ellen is a Senior Web Developer at the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics and has also been an Associate Instructor with Continuing Education for the past six years. She is a recognized leader in the fields of technical education and web, digital, and vector application training as well as a courseware developer for educational programs and corporate training. Ellen has also owned and operated her own company, Getting Smart, Inc. for 15 years. She specializes in graphic design, web interface development, usability design, digital publishing and social media using the latest in software from Adobe and Microsoft.

Ellen received her B.A. in business from Pepperdine University. She is an Adobe Certified Expert/Instructor and holds various technical certifications.

 

Jessie Holmes

Jessie has specialized in marketing for more than five years. Her main areas of focus include pay-per-click, display advertising, as well as email and social media marketing. Shortly after receiving her MBA from Western Governors University, Jessie started Write Reach, a company offering Facebook advertising to self-published authors. In addition to owning and operating her own company, she acts as an online marketing consultant to small businesses. Her favorite part of marketing is finding the best way to reach a defined audience. She’s constantly staying on top of industry trends and loves taking advantage of new product capabilities.

Drew Corkhill

Drew Corkill is a highly creative and multitalented UI/UX Designer and is currently employed at University of Utah Health. He has over eight years experience in print design and four years in web design. Drew holds a master’s degree in Graphic Information Technology from Arizona State University and stays current with web technology and trends by attending industry conferences such as Smashing and An Event Apart. Drew is passionate about all things design, including illustration, web interfaces, and typography. In his free time, he screen prints and does freelance work for his own company, Corkscrew Design Studio.

 

 Operations Analyst

Palmer Hawkins

Director

Palmer is with the director of supply chain at Weir Minerals in Salt Lake City. He has used the principles emphasized in the Operations Analyst Certificate program to save his former employers over $5 million in 2016. Palmer also spent three years as CEO/Consultant for a technology start-up, PicoCluster. His analytical problem solving skills brought new investors to fund additional product development for the venture. He has also held positions as financial analyst and vice president of marketing.

Palmer loves learning, experimenting, honing his abilities, and sharing knowledge with other entrepreneurs. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University with an emphasis in aerospace and mathematics. Palmer received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering where he studied robotics and controls and he earned an MBA focusing on entrepreneurship and finance, both from the University of Utah.

Jon Soldan

Jon has spent the majority of his career in the technology sector focusing on Operations, Project Management, and Process Improvement.  He is currently Executive Vice President of Operations for HealthEquity. Prior to that he was chief operating officer (COO) at Property Solutions International, the leading provider of property management software. Prior to Property Solutions, Jon also spent some time in full-time academic work as the director of the Information Systems programs and assistant professor (lecturer) at the University of Utah.

 Jon holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Utah, Master's degree in Information Systems from the University of Utah, and an MBA from Utah State University. He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Scrum Professional, Certified Scrum Master, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, and ITIL v3 certified.

 

 Matt Hillburn

Matt Hillburn 

Matt is the Vice President of Research and Marketing for EDCUtah, a non-profit that assists corporations in relocating to Utah. Matt has experience performing economic and market research for government and private businesses and has provided guidance to C-Suite individuals with their toughest problems. His work has primarily involved finding business solutions utilizing advanced statistical analysis. Recent positions he has held have been as a Statistician, Market Researcher, Marketing Analyst, and Project Supervisor.

Matt has a Masters of Statistics Degree in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with a minor in Business, both from the University of Utah. A native of Salt Lake City, Matt loves the outdoors, music, movies, travelling to new places, and spending time with his wife.

Content Marketing

Jenn Blum

Director

Jenn is the managing director of Minduct, a strategy, media and marketing company. Her professional experience includes twenty years of marketing strategy and implementation, business development, branding, website design and development, print and digital media, content and social media marketing, events and research. She is currently working on the development of open-source tools to help organizations manage their marketing activities and workflow.

She is also a co-producer of the Salt Lake City Mini Maker Faire, a community festival that is part of an international network of Maker Faires showcasing technology, science, art, invention, craft and other maker activities. In her leisure time, she likes to snowboard and travel, having visited 49 of 50 states (North Dakota, she’s coming for you!). Jenn received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with majors in both art and French.

 Ellen Donovan

Ellen Donovan

Ellen is a Senior Web Developer at the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics and has also been an Associate Instructor with Continuing Education for the past six years. She is a recognized leader in the fields of technical education and web, digital, and vector application training as well as a courseware developer for educational programs and corporate training. Ellen has also owned and operated her own company, Getting Smart, Inc. for 15 years. She specializes in graphic design, web interface development, usability design, digital publishing and social media using the latest in software from Adobe and Microsoft.

Ellen received her B.A. in business from Pepperdine University. She is an Adobe Certified Expert/Instructor and holds various technical certifications.

 

Last Updated: 11/10/17