Meet the LPD Trainers

Get to know the Trainers of the Learning and Professional Development team.

The Team

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The Learning and Professional Development team is a group of Instructional Designers who have a passion for developing high-quality, pedagogically-sound learning materials for NAU’s diverse community of Faculty, Staff, and Students. They specialize in the development of eLearning Courses specifically for the training needs of the NAU community and teaching a variety of hands-on courses related to technologies supported by NAU Information Technology Services.

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Steve Montague: Team Lead

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BS BA Management
M.Ed. Educational Technology


Microsoft Certified Trainer
MCAS 2007, 2010  


  With over a decade of experience with instructional design and professional development in higher education at Northern Arizona University, Steve is keenly aware of the challenges facing higher education. More is being required of faculty, staff, and students than ever before. Technology allows us to reach more people and perform more tasks, but technology is only effective when seamlessly woven in to learning experience. Steve focuses on using the ADDIE model for development and is always willing to help others in the learning community enrich their content. In Steve's spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, and enjoy the beauties that Flagstaff and Arizona have to offer. Steve is a member of several professional organizations and groups: 
  •          Project Management Institute (PMI) 
  •          eLearning Guild 
  •          ASTD 

Audrey Nagel

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B.S. Electronic Media and Film: Entertainment Management Minor: International Communication
M.Ed. Educational Technology


Microsoft Office Specialist
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Audrey is a Senior Instructional Designer on the Learning and Professional Development team and comes with a background in broadcast media. With her experience as a newsroom weather director and on-screen talent, as well as multiple years of experience teaching in a university classroom setting, Audrey brings a unique perspective to the LPD team. She understands the importance of effectively presenting pertinent information both on and off camera to maximize the audience’s retention of learning material. She is passionate about the way video/audio is produced. Information, whether educational or for entertainment, cannot be absorbed or enjoyed if the video is not produced in an engaging manner. Framing, lighting, audio, presence of the talent, information being relayed, etc. all must be considered, and each focused on individually, to have a polished and engaging final product. Audrey believes that educational videos can and should be fun as that is the best way to captivate your audience while still delivering the intended message.

Sarah Lipsey

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Sarah is a Sr. Instructional Designer at Northern Arizona University.
After receiving a Master’s Degree from NAU in Literacy, Technology, and Professional Writing, Sarah returned to her home town of Omaha, Nebraska where she gathered almost 10 years of experience in Instructional Design. Sarah loves utilizing technology to create training, whether to teach people how to use a computer system, improve their sales numbers, or incorporate a new process into their daily routine. Her background in English and Technical Writing helps keep her focused on writing and editing to provide clear and concise content for training.

When the opportunity opened up with the Learning & Professional Development team, Sarah and her family (which consists of a bicycle-obsessed husband, two energetic daughters, and an annoying German Shepherd) jumped at the chance to move back to Flagstaff where they can ride bikes, hike, camp, ride bikes some more, and generally enjoy the outdoors without humidity or mosquitoes.

Ashlee Binderim

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B.F.A Visual Communication emphasis in Graphic Design

Minor in Photography


Safe Jacks


Ashlee is an Intermediate Instructional and Graphic Designer on the Learning and Professional Development team and has a background in Graphic Design and Photography. With over eight years of Photography and Graphic Design experience, Ashlee brings a unique talent and perspective to the team. 

She joined the Learning & Professional Development team in 2014 as a student worker and now works full time as an Instructional & Graphic Designer. She primarily works with Adobe products and is using her knowledge to help develop exciting new trainings. This opportunity allows Ashlee to reach out to the NAU community and create interactive ways students and staff can learn. 

Kierrah Byrd

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Kierrah is a student worker for the Learning and Professional Development team at Northern Arizona University. She is currently a freshman at Northern Arizona University who is working on obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Art’s Degree in Visual Communications with an emphasis in Graphic Design.

Kierrah previously wrote for a music blog and served as a teen ambassador for a teen magazine, where she primarily wrote about fashion and music. Moving forward from blogs and magazines, she hopes to gather more information on how to effectively use Creative Cloud products, and expand her knowledge on the graphic design industry.

Shira Itogawa

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Shira is a Visual Communication major at Northern Arizona University with an emphasis in Graphic Design. She’s had four years’ worth of design experience with real life clients, and is excited to join the Learning and Professional Development team as a student worker. She works with her art to remind people of the beauty and good in this world that are often hidden by our day to day stresses.

Originally from San Diego, CA, Shira came to Flagstaff for its location in the middle of a ponderosa forest similar to the one she grew up in, making it already feel like home. When not in the office or in class, you can often find Shira drawing, deep into a book, hiking one of the many trails around Flagstaff, or just sitting under a tree and enjoying the sunshine.


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