Meet the Team

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SteveStephen Montague

Steve leads the Learning & Professional Development team, with over a decade of Instructional Design and professional development experience in higher education at Northern Arizona University.

Steve is keenly aware of the modern challenges facing higher education in the 21st century. The advent of diverse classroom technologies, eLearning environments, and social media, is evolving the traditional roles of instructors, staff, and students. While technology allows us to more effectively reach people and perform tasks, technology alone is not the only aspect of successful learning environments. Technology is only effective when seamlessly woven into the learning experience; it either enriches or inhibits the learning process. Steve works with subject matter experts to determine which technology solution will best achieve the prescribed learning outcomes based on a variety of contextual factors. Steve is always willing to help others in the learning community enrich their content through the appropriate implementation of interactive technologies.

In Steve’s spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, and enjoys the beauties that Flagstaff and Arizona have to offer.

SarahSarah Lipsey


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.

AudreyAudrey Nagel

Audrey is a Senior Instructional Designer with the Learning & Professional Development team at Northern Arizona University. She has a B.S. in Electronic Media and Film with an emphasis in Entertainment Management and an M.Ed. in Educational Technology from NAU.

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.

When she isn’t working with the LPD team, Audrey works with the local news station as a Community Anchor and Community Forecaster. She is passionate about fitness and creating memories with those closest to her.

AshleeAshlee Binderim

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.


ShiraShira Itogawa

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.


KierrahKierrah Byrd

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.

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