Shawna M. Lesseur, PhD

Partner: Curriculum Director and Consultant

Shawna is an interdisciplinary scholar who brings more than a decade of college teaching, faculty/instructor advising, and student development experience. She is a QM-Certified Instructional Designer with expertise in student transition and retention, inclusive pedagogies, international student support, and writing instruction. Her uniquely diverse work experience includes Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Research Affairs, Public Safety, and teaching in several different fields.

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Alex F. Kreidenweis

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Partner: Lead Editor, Photographer/Videographer, and Business Manager

Alex is a scholar of politics with more than a decade of professional experience in the academy and beyond. His innovative course design that brings learning from the classroom into the world has received news coverage and earned accolades at multiple institutions.

Email: umbraacademy@gmail.com

Winry, Toka, and Izumi

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Bork Interns

These three girls contribute a combined eight years of experience in bringing joy into the world, photo bombing, and barking at inopportune times.