The Monarch Media team offers expertise in instructional design, graphic design, user-experience design, and leading-edge digital technologies. But we believe what makes our team truly stand out from the competition is our love of learning and commitment to creativity.
When you work with the Monarch team, you can count on clear communication and quick responses. You can also rely on our dedication to delivering quality.
As CEO, Greg guides the strategic direction of Monarch Media in the on-going quest to improve lives through learning. His career spans more than 25 years across numerous general management, product development, operations, technology, and executive leadership roles. He rose through the ranks at Elsevier, the leading information solutions provider for health professionals, to envision, build, and mentor one of the most respected e-learning teams in educational technology, creators of Evolve®.
Greg has the ability to take the complex and break it down into something understandable—a trait customers find invaluable when figuring out how to build the most impactful digital solution. As the parent of an autistic child, Greg has seen first-hand how technology and thoughtful instructional design can improve learning for everyone. Greg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Northeast Missouri State University.
Interests & Hobbies: Spending time with family, golf, exploring America and travel writing, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and watching Survivor
Skills: Strategy and planning, organizational and business development, product management, building partnerships, mentoring others, writing and listening
Claire loves to solve puzzles and is always ready for a challenge—helpful traits for any entrepreneur. She founded Monarch Media in 1997 with a vision to empower people through the possibilities of online education. Her focus on open-source technology, instructional design best practices, and superior project management has shaped the company and helped it grow into an eLearning leader.
Claire holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Interests & Hobbies: Hiking, meditation, live music, world wines, and traveling with family
Skills: Solutions architecting, instructional design, project management, and business management
“Anything is possible” is Nandu’s life motto, and he‘s proven it through the technology solutions he’s architected during his career. Nandu joined Monarch Media in 1999 and manages the operations of its programming, multimedia, and quality assurance teams.
He specializes in building, training, and leading development teams. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Pondicherry Engineering College.
Interests & Hobbies: Growing with his two kids, travel, hiking, novels, and movies
Skills: Project management, strategy, organizational development, business development, and solutions architecture
Chris has built a career out of his passion for making technology understandable and usable. He started out as a magazine production editor in the early days of the desktop publishing revolution and moved from there into the wild world of the Web.
When he’s not working, he spends his time hiking, searching for the perfect craft beer, and obsessively reading about the Green Bay Packers.
Prior to joining Monarch Media in 2009, Chris worked as an educational technology manager for the University of California, Berkeley, and led online marketing teams for Sybase and Saba. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of California, Davis.
As a lifelong learner and technology evangelist, Chris believes that online learning can be simultaneously engaging and effective. He loves helping clients understand what’s possible—how digital learning can educate and inspire their employees, customers, and other stakeholders.
Interests & Hobbies: Hiking, historical novels, movies, and travel
Skills: Project management, strategy, writing, editing, and system architecture
Nicki has been with Monarch Media for seven years, managing eLearning, multimedia and educational game projects for a variety of clients, including the University of Texas, Stanford University, the American Farm Bureau, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Before coming to Monarch Media, Nicki spent ten years practicing law with the law firm of Paul, Hastings in Los Angeles and San Francisco. In addition to having a J.D., Nicki also has a degree in digital publishing and Web media. Nicki’s experience as an attorney taught her to examine all perspectives of a project before diving in – from content development to final design and development. Nicki has spoken at eLearning conferences on localization, and continues to stay abreast of current topics in this area.
Interests & Hobbies: The great outdoors, Asian food, traveling, camping, cooking, encaustic wax painting, and hiking
Skills: Big-picture thinking, creative, and detail-oriented
A calculated risk-taker with deep industry knowledge, Vanessa applies critical thinking techniques to tackle all problems in her work and life. Born in Santa Cruz, and raised in Watsonville, Vanessa has contributed to local communities through her passion for education.
By employing her ten years of experience at Monarch, as well as big-picture thinking, Vanessa is able to leverage her own learning to help others achieve a deeper level of understanding. Vanessa started out working in QA in 2006 as she was finishing her English literature and general studies degrees at Cabrillo College.
She regularly works with the higher education division of companies like Cengage, Aplia, and Elsevier as a learning management systems tech consultant or as a project lead. Regardless of the project, Vanessa’s focus is always on building the kind of client relationships that will allow Monarch to provide the best product and the best experience. Clients and co-workers alike have cited Vanessa for her emphasis on quality assurance, and for developing and continually improving on the project process.
Interests & Hobbies: Momma-ing, trail running, community volunteering, and reading
Skills: Problem solving, troubleshooting, quality assurance, developing and maintaining professional relationships, master documenter, and big-picture thinking
Danielle has been a project and account manager for seven years, managing eLearning, training, and higher-learning projects for a variety of clients. Danielle holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and has more than 10 years of experience in the eLearning and education markets. She has in-depth expertise in educational technologies, such as learning management systems, and has led projects developing multi-module, interactive training programs for clients such as Autodesk, Wolter Kluwer Health, and Pepnet. She has extensive experience leading project teams, managing deliverables, and overseeing client communications.
Danielle’s personal and professional background coupled with her deep intuition gives her the unique ability to help uncover customer needs and continue to deliver excellence.
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Skills: Microsoft Office, business development, presenting, learning management systems (Blackboard, Moodle, and Desire2Learn), relationship management, networking, and the ability to uncover customer needs
Phil enjoys continually learning about the principles and best practices of visual and motion design, animation, and branding. His artistic vision guides him through design projects, allowing him to bring concepts to life through creative storytelling.
Phil grew up in Quito, Ecuador, and is fluent in Spanish. He has a unique background, having also lived in Canada, Florida, and Georgia. Before moving to Santa Cruz in 2008, he spent two years teaching English in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Phil holds a bachelor’s degree from Toccoa Falls College in cross-cultural studies. During his college years, Phil began his career in visual design by working in digital pre-press and graphic design for a local print shop. During the following years, Phil’s passion for visual design led him to pick up a wide range of skills, including multimedia and interactive design, video production, 3D modeling, and animation.
Phil is passionate about continuing education and has taken courses in computer programming, Cisco CCNA, and culinary arts. He stays on the forefront of digital design by attending hands-on workshops, and utilizing online learning resources.
With his diverse experience, and passion for learning new practices, Phil is a jack-of-all-trades on the Monarch team and continually applies design skills in innovative ways that elevate brand and design excellence.
Interests & Hobbies: Nature photography (especially insect macros), sci-fi and dystopian novels, cooking, baking, kayaking, and drawing
Skills: Graphic design (print and Web), storyboarding, motion design and animation, 3D modeling, interactive design, photography, videography, course content development, basic programming, and brand identity
Christine enjoys maintaining balance, whether it’s a company balance sheet or on two wheels on her mountain bike. As the operations manager, she wears multiple hats, whether it be motivating and cheering on the team through company events and programs or tracking detailed budgets and expenses. Her goal is to support the team in whichever areas are necessary for success.
Christine holds a B.A. in business management economics from UC Santa Cruz and has experience bookkeeping for small businesses in the Santa Cruz area. Christine understands customer needs, and always makes sure to exceed client expectations.
Interests & Hobbies: Mountain biking, hiking, teaching, cooking, and volunteering
Skills: QuickBooks, Quicken, AccountEdge, records management, financial management, budgeting, and customer service. Fluent in Serbian, conversational in Spanish.
Scott was born in Kapoho, Hawaii. His family remained in the rural district of lower Puna until his dad landed a job on Kona, working on the major motion picture, Waterworld. Being close to all of the action happening on set stimulated Scott’s curiosity about digital media.
Since then, Scott has lived all over the world, pursuing his passion for technology, tinkering behind the scenes of various movies and TV shows. Scott eventually settled down in California, attending high school and college in the Bay Area.
A graduate from San Jose State University, Scott holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts Degree in Digital Media Art. As a focused maker, designer, and developer, Scott loves creating and sharing all aspects of digital media, as well as educating his peers on new innovative technologies from graphic design, to laser 3-D printing.
On the Monarch team, Scott delivers excellence because of his commitment to the principles of usability, functionality, and intuitiveness.
Interests & Hobbies: Birding, gaming, sustainable farming, technology in agriculture, DIY projects, and rockhounding
Skills: Graphic design, 3-D printing, laser cutting, educational outreach, motion design, animation, data visualization, and filming/ photography
As a child, Geoff was the kid who was always tinkering with technology, taking things apart to see if he could put them back together. That curiosity has transformed into Geoff’s passion for IT, and today he continues to experiment with new products and services to find innovative solutions for the team.
As an active member of the Santa Cruz community, Geoff has spent several years as a tutor and teaching assistant at Cabrillo College. He has worked alongside students, professors, and faculty to improve overall experiences for members of the learning community.
Geoff’s work at Monarch combined with his love for learning and teaching has lead to education being a major focus in his life. He contributes to the Monarch team with his dedication to sustaining excellence.
Interests & Hobbies: Programming, hiking, and traveling