WGU Labs (Labs) mission is to accelerate the pace of innovation in education to serve a changing global economy and population. Labs invents, builds, and enables innovative education products and offerings that multiply the effects of WGU’s mission to have a transformative impact on higher education: to expand access, improve quality, and optimize student outcomes. Leveraging advances in cognitive and behavioral sciences and emerging technology, Labs fosters innovation from ideas through incubation, continuously improving student learning at WGU and beyond.


Meet the Team

WGU Labs cross-functional teams are made up of creative, talented, and solution-oriented professionals dedicated to improving lives through transformative educational products and services.

Staff members were asked why they work in education. Take a look at their answers below. 

 

 

Leadership

Jason Levin
Executive Director

The potential of the combination of learning science and technology to improve the quality and impact of learning experiences is tremendous.

Jess Stokes
Director

I work in the EdTech business because the successful development of these tools will impact every aspect of our future.

Omid Fotuhi
Director of Learning Innovation

Learning is an individual experience that happens at scale. My role is to help uncover the tools, insights, and practices that promote greater student success.

Betheny Gross
Director of Research
Natalie Berkey
Director of Communications

Economic innovation can only be achieved through equal access to education.

Accelerator

Mason Seehusen
Investment Associate, WGU Labs Fund
Kelvin Bentley
Kelvin Bentley
Senior Consultant

I work in edtech to help colleges and universities expand their ability to help students achieve their long-life learning goals.

Research and Data Science

Audrieanna Burgin
Senior Research Scientist
Susie Chen
Research Scientist

I work in EdTech because all learners deserve access to well-crafted tools that enhance their education and give them the opportunity to succeed.

Emily Streeper
Research Scientist

Technology is one of the most powerful tools we have for improving equity and accessibility in education. As a research scientist investigating EdTech efficacy, I have the opportunity to help improve educational experiences for all students and faculty.

Anudhi Munasinghe
Research Scientist

Product Design and Development

Chad Adams
Principal Software Engineer

Working with state of the art technologies that helps bring good things to people has been a very rewarding experience.

Amy Jo Yates
Product Manager

Working at WGU Labs and supporting EdTech means that I can make a difference in an individuals life by making the future of education better.

Jessica Cornell
Senior Solutions Consultant
Christine McDonough
Senior Manager, Content

Education equalizes opportunity; technology enables different types of learning and distribution. I want to help build a world where education and access are the norm.

Angela Lankford
Senior Content Writer

I work in Education because I want to help restructure the system so that students from the most underserved backgrounds can succeed.

CallyAnn Hamilton
Multimedia Content Developer

I want to change the story of higher education to be more equitable for everyone.

Anne Mangahas
Senior Manager, Design

I work in education in order to assist in the expansion of pathways for learners to meet and achieve their career and life aspirations.

Lauren Zito
Manager, Design
Agueda Mija Chavez
Senior Learning Experience Designer

I work in Education because of the great potential to impact someone’s life and to evolve our future as a society.

Katrina Wehr Gould
Senior Learning Experience Designer
Lesley Reilly
Senior Learning Experience Designer
Tadd Farmer
Learning Experience Designer
Michelle Jimenez
Learning Experience Designer

Marketing and Operations

Nicole Barbaro
Senior Communications Content Manager

I work in education because I believe in the positive impact of educators and the transformative role of education in one’s life.

Erika Wandsneider
Erika Wandsneider
Business Operations & Product Manager

I believe in the power of EdTech to positively transform the higher ed landscape and help build towards a more accessible, equitable and impactful institution.

Mikell Mednick
Executive Assistant
Milo Berry
Project Coordinator
Stacee Pratt
Project Coordinator