Learnit team and instructors
We love to help individuals and organizations grow. All our instructors are subject matter experts, have real-world experience in their field and have proven success in creating outstanding learning environments.
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 Learnit) by investing his heart and soul in Learnit 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 Learnit team past and present and the San Francisco Bay Area Community as a whole, where he was born and raised. Damon attributes Learnit’s longevity and success to the ability to surround himself with “A” players and taking advantage of learning / evolving through past mistakes.Outside of Learnit Damon is an avid reader, moviegoer, live music fanatic, and most of all loves his wife, dogs, and has a special place in his heart for his daughter Lucy.
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, Learnit 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 Learnit was doing for its clients. Courtney developed long-lasting relationships with clients, eventually moving into the Executive Account Management role that she’s been in now for over a decade.
Darren is a Bay Area native and UC Berkeley alum whose first professional career was spent performing on regional stages in lead roles and in films and TV in decidedly supporting roles as a full-time, working actor. Since then, he has become a communications and leadership trainer and consultant.Prior to joining Learnit, Darren served on the executive team of a top professional skills development company where he designed and delivered programs for Fortune 100 organizations around the world, managed key customer accounts and served internally as the Head of Faculty Development.When not at work, Darren enjoys spending time with his family, getting outdoors as much as possible to bike, play tennis and backpack with his 16 lb. beast of a chihuahua terrier sidekick, Tecate, in the High Sierras.
Matt is a native Northern Californian who loves the outdoors and grew up hiking, biking, skiing, and hunting. 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 of experience in corporate sales at Learnit, Matt has successfully driven profits and created lifelong corporate partnerships. His mantra is Listen, Learn, Grow, Share, and Repeat.
When not in Learnit mode, Matt is either enjoying a well-brewed cup of coffee while burying his nose in the latest influential business book or he's exploring the great outdoors with his beautiful wife, rambunctious two boys, and dog.
In addition to helping individuals elevate their skillset through formal training, Kandis Porter loves working with organizations on planning and executing productive offsite meetings, teambuilding, solving challenging problems associated with programs or projects, and ensuring a structure is in place to support effective communication. Through Learnit, Kandis has collaborated with numerous organizations to successfully design customized solutions, to include Sony, Travis Credit Union, and Lyric. She is also one of our primary instructors for getting certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt. Kandis has a MS in Project Management (MSPM) from The George Washington University and MBA in Human Resources. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Prosci Change Manager, and Six Sigma Green Belt. She is also a practitioner of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Thomas-Kilmann Instrument (TKI) for managing conflict, and DiSC Workplace assessments. Outside of work, she enjoys running, skiing, and spending time with her family. Kandis proudly spent more than seven years on Active Duty in the United States Air Force and is passionate about giving back to veterans and their families.
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 Learnit, 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 Learnit, continuing her passion in making processes efficient. When Elizabeth is not at Learnit, you can catch her out with her pup or painting in her art studio.
Brian helps executives reimagine and achieve their goals. He aids them in addressing a variety of performance issues by altering the context and expanding their leadership and communication practices. Brian holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and studied journalism at the University of Houston (Texas). He serves as Vice-Chair of the Advocacy Committee of a non-profit group of Black Professionals, Academics & Entrepreneurs committed to ending systemic racism for Blacks and People of Color.Before forming The Leaders Circle, Brian was a Regional Vice President of Operations for Starbuck’s Coffee Company and a Director of Operations for KFC – Canada (then a division of PepsiCo). Brian has coached and led programs for CEOs, business leaders and staff from a wide range of industries across North America and Europe. Key reference accounts include Shaw Communications, the Earls and JOEY Restaurant Groups, ExxonMobil, and ING Insurance.Brian lives in Calgary, Canada with his spouse, Yvonne, their “Velcro” dog, Fletcher, in their forever home with a breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains as their backyard. Together, Yvonne and Brian are parents of an extended “modern family” that regularly gather for meals, real conversation and to remind Brian that he’s not nearly as funny as he thinks he is.
Highly innovative and goal-driven, Otis Dominique is a well-regarded leadership consultant who has been empowering others to reach their full potential since 2007. He is a passionate professional who has committed himself to overcoming systemic racism through the power of communication, diversity, and inclusion.He holds a BS in Healthcare Management and earned a Juris Doctor (law degree) in 2001. He has produced several social justice documentary films and launched a judgment-free online racial discussion town hall series, called Transform Race, in 2020.Though Otis loves what he does, when he is not working, you can find him spending time with his wife Maya, who is a respected physician.
A former New Yorker, Sheila enjoyed a first career in finance, from financial writer and editor to Wall Street analyst and portfolio manager. She did a 10-year stint as an entrepreneur and currently coaches business owners in profitability and management. The real-world business experience furnishes her with stories and examples for Professional Development workshops in Leadership, Work Relationships, and Change Management. She has a degree in economics from Bryn Mawr College and an MBA from NYU. Outside of work, Sheila’s enthusiasms include reading, ballroom dancing, hiking and bird watching with her husband and serving on the Board of an historic SF cultural Institute.
Julia Atie Briefstein is an expert facilitator at Learnit whose passion for education helps to establish Learnit as a leader in professional development. Prior to joining Learnit, Julia served as the Director of Student Success at Cram Fighter, where she applied her EdTech skills, creating products and solutions for study planning. Julia holds a Master’s degree in Education Technology & Innovation from Harvard.
James Jeffley is an award-winning international speaker and trainer, a professional coach, published author, accomplished musician, ordained minister and a two-time finalist in the Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking. He blends humor and a varied skillset and knowledge base, with proven, real-world strategies and tools, and practical wisdom to create an environment where students are not only engaged, having fun and learning, but also motivated to take action after class to apply what they learned to create meaningful change in their lives.
Joe recently moved to the Bay Area from New Jersey. As an avid world traveler, Joe has lived in Ukraine, Russia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, London, and a quick stay in China. When he isn’t traveling, he loves singing, acting, volunteering, and hanging out with his wife and son. Joe is very enthusiastic about being a part of the Learnit team as an End User Instructor. He truly believes in what Learnit has to offer to its customers.
Nadia is a San Francisco native who is currently far from the Best Coast - after moving away to attend Princeton University, she has since settled in Brooklyn, NY. Nadia considers herself a lifelong learner, and has been so happy to find a group of like-minded colleagues at Learnit! She is new to Learnit, but not new to the educational field, having worked in a variety of organizations in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. She aims to cultivate a fun, comfortable space to explore different ideas in all of her Learnit workshops, in which participants can share their expertise and develop best practices for themselves moving forward. In addition to working at Learnit, you can find her providing academic coaching for K-12 students, hunting for delicious pastries at local bakeries, and acting in live theater performances.
Edward is a California native that has brought his operational experience to many different industries; gaming, veterinary, and of course training. He has 13 years of experience working in the training industry covering various operational, managerial, and sales roles. Edward transferred to Learnit in March of 2020 and since then has joined the operations team while also assisting in many other projects. You might hear from him in email, through chat, or on the phone as he excels at customer engagement and responsiveness. In his spare time, you will find him with his children, playing games and exploring nature. He is an avid traveler and lover of learning and music.
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.
After studying business administration and marketing management at the university level, Kareen went on to work as a marketing assistant in Thailand, Vietnam, and in the Philippines before becoming a part of the Learnit team. Outside of work, Kareen enjoys hiking, reading books and travelling locally and internationally.
Dalit joined the Learnit team more than ten 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.
Evans has supported and helped develop Learnit's 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 Learnit 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 Learnit, you can find her doing yoga, hiking in Marin, or spending time with her family.
Nick is a Bay Area native and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He spent his early years and time in college as a competitive swimmer, where he eventually became a US Open champion in 2017. After his athletic career, he moved to Miami, Florida to pursue his professional career. In August of 2020, Nick joined the Learnit team. He enjoys building lasting relationships with his clients while providing top-notch customer service and delivering a product that truly helps his customers. In his free time, you can find him at the beach, dining out at his favorite local restaurants, or spending time with his dog, Mac.
Tayler is a Southern California native and a graduate of Azusa Pacific University. With a background in nonprofits and event management, the love of hospitality and taking care of customers is ingrained in her sales approach. When she is not helping clients develop amazing programs, you can find her volunteering with Make- A-Wish, playing beach volleyball, and frequenting Taco Tuesdays around San Diego.
As an avid runner, moderator for Lean In, and volunteer Confidence Coach for young girls, Carly enjoys bringing her passion for women’s health and education to help teams reach collaborative goals. She graduated from University of San Diego with a BA in International Relations in May 2018 and has experience working on the marketing and sales teams of nonprofit organizations and startup companies. Carly channels her passions for physical movement and exploration by running marathons and trail races nationwide, surfing with friends, and teaching Vinyasa yoga here in the Bay Area. She is extremely excited to ‘bring the sunshine’ and her love of learning and professional development to the Learnit team and clients as an Account Manager.
Marisa is from Jacksonville, Florida. She played D1 tennis at Florida Atlantic University, where she majored in marketing with a minor in hospitality. Marisa loves working with people, forming relationships, and connections. She is a very creative mind. She loves coming up with new ideas and finding fun ways to market products and events. When she is not working, she loves working out, Wine Wednesdays, Taco Tuesdays, and filming Youtube videos.
Doug is a software engineer and 5X published author. He loves technology and enjoys demystifying complicated jargon so that non-programmers can grasp the concepts. His favorite programming language is python due to its elegance and conciseness. Outside of tech his hobbies include architecture, culture, music, and nature.
Faz Karim possesses a strong background in computer science. He provides a tailored and hands-on approach to teaching software with comprehensive explanations of not only how to use software, but how the various components work behind the scenes. Faz’s tailored teaching methods support the student(s)/client(s) in developing and nurturing an overall deeper understanding of the concepts and ideas presented, with best practices applied.
Eric hails from Washington state and is a Stanford University graduate. His passion for education led him to a career in the world of learning, where he emphasizes a consultative and student-focused sales approach. In his time outside of work, he loves staying active – playing sports (tennis, pickleball, and basketball) or catching a wave or two at his favorite surf spot.
Mo is a resident of Atlanta, GA. Originally from New York, he graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Computer Information Systems.
He has a passion for technology and has served at Adelphi University and Georgia Tech as a computer engineer.
Three years ago, Mo answered the call to serve as a computer instructor at a new, small school in the Republic of Panama. In that role, he discovered his passion for teaching and completed his Master of Education. Mo believes teaching and technology are a great fit and is committed to lifelong learning.
During leisure time, you can find Mo enjoying the great outdoors with his family of four.