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Our Team
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Meet the team behind Learn iT!

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After dedicating the initial 22 years of his life to the pursuit of becoming a Major League Baseball player, Damon pivoted in 1995 to helping his Father (Walt Lembi Founder of Learn iT!) by investing his heart and soul in Learn iT! to help individuals gain the knowledge and confidence they need in attaining their professional goals through the value of education.

Damon has a deep commitment to The Learn iT! Team past and present and the San Francisco Bay Area Community as a whole, where he was born and raised. Damon attributes Learn iT!’s longevity and success to the ability to surround himself with “A” players and taking advantage of learning / evolving through past mistakes.

Outside of Learn iT! Damon is an avid reader, loves movies, live music fanatic and most of all loves his wife, dogs and special place in his heart for daughter - Lucy

Learning now:

Fatherhood, History of World War Strategies and Current Successful Business Strategies in the Workplace

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Matt is a native Northern Californian who loves the outdoors and grew up hiking, biking, skiing and (eek!) hunting. His laid back style reflects his down to earth nature but don't be deceived, Matt is a no excuses, get it done kind of guy. He believes in survival of the fittest, mind and body—through hard work, discipline and focus.

With 15+ years experience in corporate sales at Learn it, Matt has successfully driven profits, created lifelong corporate partnerships, blah blah (you fill this sentence in). His mantra is Listen, Learn, Grow, Share and Repeat.

When not in Learn iT mode, Matt is either enjoying a well-brewed cup of coffee and burying his nose in the latest influential business book or he's exploring the great outdoors with his beautiful wife and rambunctious two boys. Rest assured, while his love for outdoor adventure continues, the hunting rifle has long since been retired.

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Evans has supported and helped develop our Learn iT! client base since 2005. As a Senior Account Manager, she helps Learning and Development, Technical and Individual teams build and implement tailor made learning programs to support their business goals. Her event planning background prior to Learn iT! brings the tools to treat each class and program as its own unique event, requiring ultimate customer service and attention to detail. In addition to working at Learn iT!, you can find her doing yoga, hiking in Marin or spending time with her family.

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Post Graduation from San Francisco State University in 2003, Courtney was looking for a job to get her started in the corporate world.. As luck would have it, Learn iT! was looking for someone to help out with client relations in an administrative role.

After only a few months Courtney quickly took a liking to the work Learn iT! was doing for their clients. Courtney developed relationships with clients that were long lasting, eventually moving into an Executive Account Management role that she’s been in for a decade.

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Julia Atie Briefstein is our VP of Product Development and Marketing. Julia’s passion for education, and her creative mindset drive enhancements to the platform and content that have established Learn iT as a leader in professional development.

Prior to joining Learn iT!, Julia served as the Director of Student Success at Cram Fighter, where she plied her EdTech skills creating products and solutions for study planning.

Julia holds a Master’s degree in Education Technology & Innovation from Harvard.

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Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Jose appreciates meeting people with different backgrounds and cultures. Jose is passionate about learning, technology, and personal development. He has been working at Learn iT! since 2001 and has performed various job roles during his tenure. Jose holds a BS in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix and is a Salesforce Certified Administrator. Jose loves sports, traveling, food, and outdoor activities. He is fluent in Spanish.

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Heather Arora is our Strategic People Partner running Learn iT! Forward. She is responsible for working with companies as an outsourced Organization Development Partner, serving as a consultant to better understand the unique people challenges that arise for companies at various stages of growth. She then oversees the development and execution of tools, resources and ongoing support to help companies solve these challenges. In addition, she also facilitates Professional Development courses.

Before joining Learn iT!, Heather ran her own company, Emerged Leaders, serving companies, and the people within them, as an Organizational Talent Development Partner. She is a seasoned leader with experience scaling businesses, building and managing teams, and operating in various organization development capacities. On the side, she's actively pursuing a PsyD in Organization Development.

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Born and raised in Long Island and now residing in Brooklyn. With years of creative experience ranging from branding identity to web design, Anthony strives to exceed expectations of both aesthetics and professionalism. Anthony's strengths include brand identity, marketing collateral design, web design, photo retouching, illustration, and more.

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Chelsi works with the Marketing Team to keep clients up to date on the emerging landscape of learning and development. Before joining Learn iT, Chelsi taught tennis globally having been a competitive tennis player in her home state of Florida. She holds a BA in Public Relations and Spanish and spent many summers traveling abroad. An avid learner of new cultures, philosophies and ideas, she is a big proponent of open brainstorm sessions and continued learning.

Learning now:

How to drive on the steep hills of SF, Paths to consciousness, Website Design and Development.

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A bay area native, Elizabeth earned her BA in Sociology and Criminology from San Francisco State University and has continued her education through MIT Sloan . Prior to joining Learn IT, Elizabeth ran operations as the Assistant Director of an International School, overseeing multiple branches of the company. She then took her talents to Yahoo, learning the day to day procedures of a large corporation. Elizabeth is now taking her experience and automating the operations here at Learn iT! continuing her passion in making processes efficient. When she’s not at Learn iT you can catch her out with her pup or painting in her art studio.

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Educator, leader, instructional program designer, project manager, and communication expert with 18+ years’ experience in curriculum development, facilitation, and employee management.

David facilitates workshops and strategically consults for Fortune 500 and emerging companies.

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With 25+ years of teaching experience,Tom has the knowledge and ability to break down the complexities of technology, making it simple to understand and learn. Tom's professional yet casual teaching style make for a successful and enjoyable learning experience.

Tom has specialized in SharePoint instruction since it's debut in 2001 and also Microsoft Office from introduction to advanced topics including VBA (Visual Basic for Applications.

As one of the Bay Area’s leading SharePoint instructors, Tom specializes in “first-contact” classes for end-users as well as IT staff, with the goal of introduction and successful use of new technology and software. He delivers classes daily for a wide range of audiences, in-person classroom training, large conferences as well as webinar and remote training.

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Dalit joined the Learn iT team more than 10 years ago, as an Account Manager / Customer Success Manager. Focusing on Healthcare, Pharmaceutical and Higher Education industries, she learned industry best practices and trends, as they relate to technology implementation and professional development.

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Passionate about the overall Learn iT! experience for everyone we influence. Cara is eager to find a creative, effective and steadfast partnership to help elevate client’s businesses and employees to the next level. Cara Mia began her career in the furniture industry and went on to receive her California real state salesperson licence.

Learning now:

Motherhood, Real Estate Optimization and Psychology of Design within the workplace.

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Nicole hails from the unbearably hot climates of the Hi Desert of California and Las Vegas and found her relief when she moved to the Bay Area in 2002. Since then, she has enjoyed life a bit more and one of her favorite hobbies is Geocaching. Ask her about it sometime and she’ll regale you with tales of discovering hidden gems wherever she goes. She joined Learn iT! in 2005 and has worked for almost all departments, from Sales, to Operations and now Accounting. Needless to say, Nicole likes to move around!

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Benjamin is the Enrollment Manager at Learn iT! He makes sure everyone is in their class. In his spare time he plays video games, hits the gym, and roots for the 49ers. Travel is his passion and he is always looking for his next travel adventure. Go 49ers!

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Greeting you with a smile and fresh coffee, Ryan is here to help make your Learn iT! experience a memorable one. Ryan is a Bay Area native with years of customer service experience under his belt. Anything you need, please don’t hesitate to ask or just stop by for a chat.

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As a leadership development and Microsoft Office desktop instructor since 2012, Mary brings to the classroom a diverse background in teaching, coaching, project management, conflict resolution, and international human rights work. In the classroom, Mary enjoys building inclusive learning experiences focused on real-world situations and solutions. Mary has an MA from the Middlebury Institute of International Policy and a BA from Bard College.

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Michael has been working in E-Learning since 2012. Starting out in the K-12 world, he’s now squarely focused on creating and managing content for adult learners. A majority of his free time is spent finding and listening to new music, eating an absurd amount of salad, avoiding the beach, and planning his next trip to NYC.

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Born and raised in San Francisco, I am here to help out at Learn iT! I just graduated from UC San Diego. During my free time, I like to walk my dog while playing Pokemon Go, finding a good milk tea place, and eating fried chicken.