UmbraEDU Team

Shawna M. Lesseur, PhD

Shawna is a learning and development expert and interdisciplinary scholar who brings more than a decade of talent development, college teaching, educator/trainer coaching, and leadership development experience. She is a QM-Certified and ATD Master Instructional Designer with expertise in educational technology, international-inclusive DE&I curriculum, universal design, active learning, and professional writing. She is also passionate about leadership development coaching, including Strengths-based team building. Her diverse work experience includes roles in numerous academic fields and administrative areas of higher education, educational NGOs, community education through the arts (especially human rights film), museum educational exhibits, and employee training. In all areas, she is recognized for innovation, learner-centered, and outcomes-based programs.

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Alex Kreidenweis, MPA-MPS

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Alex Kreidenweis, MPA-MPS

Alex is a scholar and instructor of international politics who believes passionately in the transformative potential of research and education. With more than a decade of experience in higher education he has pursued innovative course designs that adapts experiential, project-based, and active learning principles to a variety of disciplinary settings. Beyond higher education, his work experience includes policy analysis, legislative advocacy, and non-profit management.


Winry, Toka, and Izumi

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Bork Interns

These girls contribute a combined eleven years of experience in bringing joy into the world, photo bombing, and human supervision.