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About Us / Our Team

Our Team

Our people, values, beliefs, and vision comprise our inner makeup. They drive who we are and how we serve. When you partner with us, you’ll find strong threads of our purpose woven into every interaction and solution.

Meet Our Team

Our people are our strength. Our team members are experienced, innovative, intelligent, committed, and hard-working individuals who share in your purpose and mission. We are committed to maintaining a core team that can provide the very highest level of service and solutions.
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Abby Isackson
Art Director
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Abby Tolley
Learning Analyst
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Adrienne Hughbanks
Account Manager
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Alix Ambriz
Learning Developer
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Amanda Fuller
Learning Designer
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Andrea Tenney
Learning Designer
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Angela Gulotta
Learning Analyst
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Anne Woods
Learning Designer
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Ashley Giesken
Project Owner
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Audrey Cant
Learning Analyst
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Bailey Raml
Account Manager
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Blaze Currie
Account Manager
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Brian Beierle
Account Manager
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Brittany Urias-Kopfle
Project Owner
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Cara White
Project Owner
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Carrie Derner
Chief Executive Officer
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Craig Rebich
Project Owner
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Dan Dye
Learning Analyst
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Doug Kueker
Director of Innovation
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Emily Kueker
Chief Financial Officer
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Erin Nessmith
Project Owner
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Gabby Granillo
Project Owner
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Geremy Gortemaker
Learning Developer
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Hannah Wedger
Project Owner
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Heidi Stallman
Learning Designer
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Jenna Large
Learning Designer
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Jessica Travis
Project Owner
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Kevin Kent
Creative Director
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Lauren Millang
Learning Designer
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Lindsay Douglas
Account Manager
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Lora Matzner
Account Manager
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Lorena Hernandez
Resourcing Specialist
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Marie Steskal
Learning Designer
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Megan Schmidt
Project Owner
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Molly Loughridge
Project Owner
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Nandu Madimchetty
Chief Technical Officer
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Nessie Early
Learning Analyst
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Rebekah McCarty
Learning Designer
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Reva Hartenstein
Learning Analyst
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Rick Henningfeld
Account Manager
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Sandy Klein
Project Owner
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Samantha Blackwell
Learning Analyst
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Seth Derner
Director of Sales & Marketing
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Seth Heinert
Learning Analyst
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Shawna Christianson
Project Owner
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Whitney Green-Domino
Learning Analyst
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Sierra Comstock
Learning Designer
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Taylor Harp
Learning Developer
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Tobin Redwine
Learning Analyst
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Stacia VanDyne
Learning Analyst
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Wil Hodnett
Project Owner

Our Values

After years of running Vivayic, and our lives, by our values, we have claimed them—out loud—to follow them more firmly. These values encompass how we live and work. They’re our secret sauce. In the same way that sauces improve with care and time, our commitment to our values and the use of them in our everyday work has grown.
Curiosity
We “lean in” to deeply understand your needs, your people, and what it takes for you to be successful.
Excellence and Practicality
We find the right balance of innovation and “get-it-done” for your organization.
Cultivation
We share our perspective and insights to help grow your capabilities.
Initiative
We notice potential risks and opportunities and take action on your behalf.
Authenticity
We do what we say we’ll do. We are who we say we are. We sell what we know how to do.
Empathy
We care about you and the results you aspire to attain.
Durability
We will help you identify solutions that have lasting value.
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"Global Good" statue

Vision and Purpose

Creating a Better Future
We seek to build the capacity of others to do good in the world by working with organizations and groups that:
  • Build human capital to ensure a safe, sustainable food supply
  • Aim to make education more relevant and effective
  • Strive to impact underserved and marginalized individuals and communities
  • Genuinely care about employee engagement and development

Our Culture

Our team is completely virtual because we believe in hiring and retaining the absolute best people no matter their location. We are unified by an intense desire to continuously learn about learning and the technology that enhances our work and our lives and a deep passion for sharing what we learn with others. That’s what brought us together and what brings joy to our work every day.

We created a set of three guiding principles by which all the employees operate. They are why we believe we are a Best Place to Work.

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Living Our Core
Values Daily
We apply our core values with each other and with our clients.
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Building a Rockstar
Environment
We all show up and take responsibility for our work.
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An Iron Sharpens
Iron Mentality
We all contribute to each other, grow, and make each other better.
Field of Hope
Field of Hope

Field of Hope

By equipping teachers, you can change the story.

Mike Hafner, co-founder of Field of Hope, saw a need.

As a volunteer agriculture teacher in a school in Uganda, he saw class after class of capable and bright learners. The trouble was, they weren’t getting the knowledge and skills they needed to make the content stick. Uganda is one of the most youthful countries in the world, with approximately 70% of the population employed in agriculture. That meant this information was not just important — it was necessary for these students’ livelihoods. Yet, there was no clear, consistent, and application-based curriculum in Uganda.

So, he reached out to Vivayic. Together, Vivayic and Field of Hope embarked on a journey to design an agriculture curriculum that met both the Ugandan Ministry of Education standards and the students’ practical needs. By prioritizing cultural relevancy and active learning strategies, Vivayic created hundreds of practical and engaging lessons from animal rearing to crop management.

Combining wisdom from experience in formal education with empathy visits to Ugandan classrooms, the curriculum books, or Teacher Guides, became a well-renowned and highly sought resource for ag teachers in Uganda. To date, over 1,000 Teacher Guides have been gifted to high-school educators, and tens of thousands of students have benefited from improved learning strategies. Their enhanced learning experience has made their homes more food secure and their communities better suited to excel. And it all started when a teacher saw a need.

After 10 years, Vivayic is proud to continue its partnership with Field of Hope. We’ve updated and revised our curriculum, trained teachers, supported learners, and traveled to Uganda to witness firsthand the impact of this initiative. We are committed to supporting Field of Hope as they build teachers’ capacity to do good in their communities, and in their world.

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