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The Albion Center for Professional Development works with many different course creators nationwide! Did you enjoy a specific professional development course that you took? Learn more about our course creators and find other courses they created in our catalog.

Alam Alvarado

Alam Alvarado

Experimental Psychology Faculty

Alam Alvarado has created the following course for the Albion Center:

Alam Alvarado specializes in teaching Psychology and Research. He received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology at California State University, his Master's degree in Experimental Psychology at Idaho State University, and he is currently completing his PhD in Experimental Psychology at ISU. Alvarado has worked as a program coordinator, specifically focused on preparing students for graduate school. This includes training in research, analysis, oral and poster presentations for research, and mentoring. In addition, Alvarado also teaches online and in-person classes at Idaho State University. His priority is the student's success, nurturing their curiosity, and encouraging the application of topics outside of the classroom. His hobbies include reading books, training his pets (e.g., his cat knows how to ring a doorbell), and enjoying time outside with his family.

Ali Mondt

Dr. Ali Mondt

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ali Mondt has created the following courses for the Albion Center:

Dr. Ali Mondt is an Assistant Professor for the Human Performance and Sport Studies Department at Idaho State University. She has a B.S. in Biology, M.S. in Biology, and Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Science. In 2023, she received the Outstanding Paper Award, North American Society for Sport Management. She feels very blessed to serve at Idaho State University! God is good.

Amanda Eller

Dr. Amanda L. Eller

Clinical Associate Professor of Teaching and Educational Studies

Dr. Amanda Eller has created the following course for the Albion Center:

Dr. Amanda Eller is full-time faculty for the College of Education, working out of the Twin Falls campus of Idaho State University. She teaches a myriad of undergraduate and graduate courses in teacher preparation and educational studies. She has taught courses in person, synchronous online, asynchronous online, and hybrid. She has also developed several professional development courses through the Albion Center, including asynchronous standalone courses and for professional education organization conferences. Prior to joining ISU in 2014, she was an elementary teacher for 16 years. She taught 2nd grade for 6 years, 3rd grade for 6 years, 1st grade for 1 year, and was a Title I K-5 Director/Teacher for 3 years. She also taught language and math GED preparation courses and COMPASS seminars for the CSI Adult Basic Education/College & Career Readiness program. In her free time, Dr. Eller enjoys traveling, camping and exploring the mountains on her ATV, reading, board games, and time with extended family.

Angie Godfrey

Angie Godfrey

Director of the Idaho Regional Math Center

Angie Godfrey has created the following course for the Albion Center:

Angie Godfrey was a classroom teacher for 12 years. In that time, she taught mostly Grade 6 elementary, but did teach first and fifth as well. She was also her district's elementary curriculum director. She has her Master's of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Walden University. Since 2014 she has been a Regional Math Specialist for Eastern Idaho. She works with teachers and schools to support implementation of best math practices and raise student achievement. In 2017, she became the Director of the Idaho Regional Math Center. In this capacity, she supports the development of other math specialists and teacher leaders. In addition to her passion for math education, she loves to read, cruise, and cross stitch!

Aubrey Eldredge

Aubrey Eldredge

5th Grade Teacher

Aubrey Eldredge has created the following courses for the Albion Center:

Aubrey Eldredge absolutely loves teaching! She has been teaching in the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District in Idaho since 2011. During her years as an elementary educator, she has spent seven years assisting with the development of instruction for her school district. Along with this, she served as a technology coach for four years, where she utilized her strong knowledge of technology and technology enhanced lessons to assist others. Her major achievements as a teacher include being a top 10 finalist for the Simplot Teacher of the Year in 2017, and recognition for 2023 Influential Teacher. When she is not in the classroom, Eldredge loves running! She has competed in numerous races, but her favorite are half marathons! She loves spending time outdoors with her husband and two kids. They enjoy spending time camping, hiking, golfing, and skiing. 

Caroline Faure

Dr. Caroline Faure

Professor and Department Chair

Dr. Caroline Faure has created the following course for the Albion Center:

Dr. Caroline Faure, EdD; ATC is a Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Human Performance and Sport Studies at Idaho State University. Faure completed both her Masters degree (Athletic Administration) and Doctoral degree (Educational Leadership with cognates in Athletic Administration and Professional Technical Education) from Idaho State University. Prior to coming to Idaho State University in a faculty role in 2005, Faure worked as a high school teacher and athletic trainer. As a professor, she has focused her research efforts on sport safety, especially as it relates to concussion management practices in school-sponsored sport programs. When asked about her hobbies, Dr. Faure sums it up with four words, "Swimmer. Triathlete. Dog Mom.".

Celal Perihan

Dr. Celal Perihan

Associate Professor

Dr. Celal Perihan has created the following courses for the Albion Center:

Dr. Celal Perihan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Educational Studies at Idaho State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with special education specialization from Texas A&M University and joined the faculty at Idaho State University in 2018. His research, teaching, and service focus on students with or at risk for emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Specifically, he investigates school-based evidence-based practices for internalizing behavior problems.

Dani M Moffit

Dr. Dani M Moffit

Professor; Program Director of Master of Science in Athletic Training

Dr. Dani Moffit has created* the following courses for the Albion Center:
*Created in partnership with Dr. Elaine Foster and Dr. Karla Judge

Dr. Dani M Moffit is the Program Director of the Master of Science in Athletic Training program at Idaho State University. Before returning to Idaho, she was the Program Director of the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program at Temple University. Prior to teaching at the post-secondary level, she taught and was an athletic trainer for the Meridian School District in Meridian, Idaho for 10 years. Her current research passions range from sexual harassment perceptions in athletic training to cultural education in health professions. She volunteers her time with the profession, including working with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, the Board of Certification, and the Pocatello Free Clinic. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, trail running, crocheting, and reading.

Dawn Fitzpatrick

Dawn Fitzpatrick

Studio Music Instructor

Dawn Fitzpatrick has created* the following courses for the Albion Center:
*Created in partnership with John Fitzpatrick

As a lifelong musician with a BA in classical voice, Dawn has taught music and used music in the classroom from pre-k through higher education. With a MS in Human Resource Development, her emphasis was on adult learning, performance improvement, and change management. Sharing her knowledge and experience, and paying it forward to students either in the classroom or through private lessons, is Dawn's greatest joy and achievement. For Dawn, life is an adventure. She enjoys paddle boarding, kayaking, rollerblading, cross-country skiing, and playing with her family band.

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Ed3 DAO has created the following courses in partnership with the Albion Center:

Ed3 DAO is a global launchpad to help educators catalyze innovation in education. We are a community of educators and all of the courses authored by our organization come from a variety of educators around the world. It was founded by Vriti Saraf & Mike Peck, veteran educators and administrators. Ed3 DAO has hosted over 65 free events in 2022, a global unconference for web3 & education, and will be launching 12 courses with ISU this year! Our headquarters are in New York but we live in our own Metaverse called Ed3verse!

For more information visit: ed3dao.com
Elaine Foster

Dr. Elaine Foster

Assistant Professor

Dr. Elaine Foster has created* the following courses for the Albion Center:
*Created in partnership with Dr. Karla Judge and Dr. Dani Moffit

Dr. Elaine Foster completed her undergraduate degree at ISU in physical education (exercise science emphasis and coaching minor) in 2008, and then earned her master’s degree in physical education-athletic administration in 2010. As a child, she spent as much time as possible engaged in physical activity outside riding her bike, swimming, camping, fishing or frog hunting. Since she cherished physical activity, it was a no-brainer for her to seek a career that encouraged physical movement. Throughout her career, she has been a coach, personal trainer, activity instructor, and university teacher. She has taught courses within a variety of subjects to sport management, exercise science, outdoor education, and physical education students. In 2022, she received her doctorate degree in Philosophy in Education, emphasis in Sport Pedagogy and Character Development. The focus of her dissertation was the subjective value of physical activity in our lives. In her free time, Dr. Foster competes in many athletic events including triathlons, Spartan races, running events. She also enjoys participating in basketball, volleyball and softball leagues and tournaments.

Emily Smith

Emily Smith

Developmental Kindergarten Teacher

Emily Smith has created the following course for the Albion Center:

Emily Smith is currently a developmental kindergarten teacher who loves kids, teaching them, and learning herself. She has previously taught first grade for 16 years and knows the importance of a strong phonics foundation. Emily enjoys teaching literacy, reading aloud to her class and building relationships. Teaching for 16 years and still loving it is her major achievement! She continues to find joy, positivity, and challenges exciting, and she loves coming to work.  Emily and her husband have 2 young boys who keep them busy. They love sports, being outside, and traveling. When not at school, she enjoys reading, shopping and enjoying friends and family.

Emma Wood

Dr. Emma Wood

Assistant Dean, College of Education

Dr. Emma Wood has created the following course for the Albion Center:

Dr. Emma Wood has been Danielson trained since 2013 and has spent considerable time discussing evaluation practices with College of Education colleagues. She has a BA in Deaf Studies, a MA in Special Education, and a PhD in Instructional Design. As an instructional designer, she has combined her understanding of the Danielson Framework for Teaching Framework with her skills in online course development to create a robust recertification course for Idaho administrators.

Georgia Boatman

Georgia Boatman

Retired Regional Science Coordinator

Georgia Boatman has created the following course for the Albion Center:

Georgia Boatman taught in Mountain Home, Idaho for 17 years, in Kennewick, Washington for 15 years, and served as the Regional Science Coordinator for Southeastern WA for 11 years at Educational Service District 123. She has taught every grade in K-6 except kindergarten and fourth grade. As an elementary teacher, she was one of 5 elementary teachers in SE WA to participate in the Department of Energy Academy for Creating Teachers of Science, working with scientists and other teachers to develop curriculum for elementary students in geology and plant growth and development. Boatman also served as a professional development facilitator for the Smithsonian's Science and Technology for Children curriculum and on the development team for the Washington State Science Assessment. She has been married for 47 years to Dennis, who has also been an educator for 43 years. Georgia has three sons: two of them teachers, and one in the Bureau of Land Management. She enjoys spending time with her family, including her seven grandchildren.

John Fitzpatrick

Dr. John Fitzpatrick

Retired Associate Professor and Department Chair

John Fitzpatrick has created* the following course for the Albion Center:
*Created in partnership with Dawn Fitzpatrick

With a Ph.D. sport psychology and an emphasis on motor learning and development, John has taught in higher education for over thirty years. Using his experience as an elementary classroom and physical education teacher, he has seen the power of using movement inside and outside of the classroom. As a college professor, it has been his pleasure to work with students and athletes. Seeing what they have accomplished in the classroom, on the playing field, and in their careers, gives John joy. His major achievement is through those students. John loves being outdoors, especially the water. Swimming, paddle boarding, and kayaking keeps him close to the water. He also enjoys hiking in the warm weather, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Playing ukulele in his family band keeps him on his toes (and fingers).

Jacob Hubers


Jacob Hubers has created the following courses for the Albion Center:

Jacob Hubers is a graduate student at ISU finishing his doctoral degree in Experimental Psychology. He currently teaches in the Organizational Learning and Performance department as an Instructor/Adjunct. Jacob has several certifications in behavioral research and research ethics, and he also has experience teaching statistics or research-based courses. He is currently a reviewer for the Graduate Student Journal of Psychology, in addition to serving on several committees at ISU. 

Justine Cook

Justine Cook

5th Grade Teacher

Justine Cook has created the following course for the Albion Center:

Justine Cook is an Idaho State University Alumni. She has a master's degree in English with an endorsement in Gothic Studies. 2023 marks her 13th year of teaching! During this time she has taught in Idaho, California, and Oregon. Throughout her career she has taught both elementary and high school students. While she is not teaching she is keeping busy with her two little girls. Together they love traveling, and exploring new places.

Karla Judge

Dr. Karla Judge

Coordinator of Clinical Education; Masters of Athletic Training

Dr. Karla Judge has created* the following courses for the Albion Center:
*Created in partnership with Dr. Elaine Foster and Dr. Dani Moffit.

Dr. Karla Judge has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 1985 and has worked in high school, clinic, small college and Division I college settings. In her career, she has taught many courses from introductory first aid to advance injury assessment and rehabilitation. Not only has Judge practiced in the United States, she has an extensive international resume. She spent a year on a professional exchange, working with professional athletes in China (Men's Table Tennis). Along with this, she practiced internationally in Mexico, Ireland, France, Belgium, Switzerland, China, and Canada. Currently, she primarily teaches and supervises a small free clinic on the Idaho State University campus for students in the Athletic Training program to work with the ISU active population. Judge is a sports fanatic, a proud dog mom, and enjoys hiking & biking. She has a goal to visit all 50 states and has already been to 43 states so far!

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Dr. Kelli Rich

5th Grade Classroom Teacher

Dr. Kelli Rich has created the following course for the Albion Center:

Dr. Kelli Rich has dedicated over twenty years of her professional life to the commitment of excellence to educating 21st century teachers and their students. She is the current President of Idaho Council for Teachers of Mathematics (2024). She has presented mathematics education topics to a dozen or more groups, including, Idaho Association of Bilingual Educators Conference, Idaho teachers attending the annual STEM Super Conference, and the Idaho Literacy Summit. She takes pride in empowering people to uncover their potential through recognition of strengths and opportunities for growth. Dr. Kelli Rich and her husband, Cody, joyfully claim Nampa, Idaho as their home. They proudly cheer on their hometown Nampa High Bulldogs. The Rich’s have three children—a vibrant daughter who loves to cheer and play volleyball, a son enjoying his college baseball career, and their oldest son proudly serves our country in the U.S. Navy.

Krystal Tanzer

Krystal Tanzer

Course Developer

Krystal Tanzer has created the following courses for the Albion Center:

Krystal Tanzer is an alumna of the University of Phoenix, where she successfully achieved a Master of Science in Psychology. Prior to this, she received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration with a concentration in Human Services. She thoroughly enjoys learning and is always eager to gain new experiences and skills. Juvenile psychology is one area that Tanzer is very passionate about; she enjoys using her knowledge of psychology to guide educators in assisting students with their mental health. She is a proud mom and wife who loves adventuring throughout all seasons with her family.

Mandi Tompkins


Mandi Tompkins has created the following course for the Albion Center:

Mandi Tompkins' educational journey began as an elementary school teacher where she valued meeting each of her student where they were at. This is when she began exploring differentiated learning environments. After this, she transitioned her role as a classroom teacher to a district instructional specialist where she supported fellow educators with math instruction in the classroom. Tompkins is currently serving as an elementary vice-principal and continues her work with educators and students to meet them where they are at in their learning journey. 

Megan Snader

Megan Snader

Middle School Teacher

Megan Snader has created the following course for the Albion Center:

Megan Snader has been teaching for 15 years (wow how time flies!). She started as elementary teacher at an international school in Lima, Peru and especially loved having such a diverse group of students from around the world pass through her class. She currently teaches middle-schoolers at a local private Christian school which fully embraces training and implementing Project Based Learning (PBL). Her current school trained and supported implementing PBL into her classroom, and for the last 5 years she has been honing in her skill set as PBL teacher, and supporting her co-workers in their PBL endeavors. When Snader is not in the classroom she enjoys D1 soccer, running half-marathons, conquering mountains (Mt. Pearkes in BC was her highlight!) She loves her family and is a proud wife, auntie x4, sister, and daughter! 

Dr. Michael Konrad

Dr. Michael Konrad

Instructor of Psychology at the College of Southern Idaho

Dr. Michael Konrad has created the following course for the Albion Center:

Dr. Michael Konrad spent 12 years as a high school social studies teacher and has been teaching in higher education since 2021. As a high school teacher, Michael taught US History, World History, and his favorite, Psychology. He also has coached golf, basketball, and football. Conversely, he earned his doctorate degree in performance psychology (a broader field of sport psychology). He is fascinated with psychological skills and how the way in which we think affects the way in which we behave. Further, the athletes who use psychological skills to go from good to great, and then great to elite, drive his interests as an educator and researcher. On a personal note, Dr. Konrad loves the great outdoors, Southern Idaho, and fixing up old muscle cars! So, any chance he gets to explore the great Idaho outdoors via hunting, fishing, golfing, or camping, he usually takes it. He and his wife have been married for 13 years and share two children that can usually be found tagging along with whatever their dad is doing!

Nathan Lammers

STEM Teacher

Nathan Lammers has created the following courses for the Albion Center:

Nathan has been the STEM teacher at state STEM-certified JR Simplot Elementary in American Falls, Idaho for 5 years. He has also taught STEM and Makerspace classes at William Thomas Middle School for 2 years. At both schools, engineering is the focus of instruction. He has attended iSTEM summer institutes and collaborated on the team to develop the 3-5 grade iSTEM Computer Science learning strand. Nathan has received the award of Educator of the Year 2023 for Idaho Education Technology Association, as well as the ISU College of Education Young Alumni Impact Award 2023. In his free time, Nathan likes learning and doing anything creative. He also enjoys woodworking, electronics, and 3D printing!

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Nichole Neill-Garza

Elementary School Principal

Nichole Neill-Garza has created the following courses for the Albion Center:

Nichole Neill-Garza is completing her 16th year in Education. Her first 8 years in education were spent in a fourth grade class room and teaching intervention. The past eight years she has been a principal in an elementary school in Pocatello, Idaho. All of her educational experience has been in schools with low socioeconomic status. In addition to a plethora of first hand behavior experiences, she has also had the opportunity to sit for numerous years as a member of our District Intervention Team. This team's purpose is to provide instructional and behavioral strategies to teachers and/or administrators who are dealing with unmanageable behaviors in their classroom/schools. In addition to her passion for education, Neill-Garza loves spending time with her family and traveling to watch her children in sports.

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Dr. Randy Simonson

Distinguished Professor of Psychology

Dr. Randy Simonson has created the following course for the Albion Center:

Dr. Randy Simonson has taught postsecondary psychology for over 25 years, his students have ranged from 16- to 80-year-olds in PSYC 101 to upper division psychology and criminal justice, and even graduate level measurement courses. His schooling is in Psychology, but he says that he is certainly an educator first. Dr. Simonson has 3 degrees in Psychology: a BS from BYU, an MS from WWU, and a PhD from NNU. His degrees are his personal achievements, but a more appreciable opus are his students who complete their advanced degrees and reach back to let him know. One day, he will finish writing a few books, but for now, his academic posterity will be his major professional achievement. Dr. Simsonson was born and raised in Seattle and found Twin Falls, Idaho, his true home. He is quite happily married for 36+ years, the father of 4 and grandfather of 9 going on 11! He is a die hard Utah Jazz and Disneyland fan, and an avid Tolkien enthusiast!

Raphael Chijioke Njoku

Dr. Raphael Chijioke Njoku

African History and Global Studies Professor

Dr. Raphael Chijioke Njoku has created the following course for the Albion Center:

Dr. Raphael Chijioke Njoku, African history and Global Studies Professor at Idaho State University, received a doctorate in African History from Dalhousie University, Canada, in 2003 and a doctorate in Political Science from Vrije University, Belgium, in 2001. Prior to this he received his Bachelor's degree, a double major in History and Education, and a Master's degree in European Politics, Cultures, and Societies. He teaches a variety of multidisciplinary courses, including cultural diversity courses. His research specialty is African history, especially decolonization, African diaspora studies, African politics, and globalization studies. He is the author of West African Masking Traditions and African Diaspora Masquerade Carnivals: History, Memory, and Transnationalism (Rochester University Press, 2020) and United States and Africa Relations: 1400s to Present (Yale University Press, 2020). Njoku has published 12 books and 45 articles in academic journals and edited volumes. In his free time, Njoku enjoys playing both soccer and basketball.

Shannon Ament

Community School Facilitator, Adjunct Faculty Notre Dame of Maryland University

Shannon Ament has created the following courses for the Albion Center:

Shannon Ament was an elementary educator teaching both second and third grades for 19 years at a Title One school in Baltimore County. She has been a Community School Facilitator at the same Title One Baltimore County Community school for two years. In those two years, she has found her passion for the Community Schools strategy to help schools achieve equity in underserved, high poverty areas where race has often played a major role in the disparities of the community. With her Community Schools work, Shannon has established a monthly food bank, thrift store, and resource fair that has grown from serving 12 families to over 300 families a month. In her free time, Shannon is heavily involved with Church of the Harbor Essex and Scouts of America. For hobbies, she rescues chihuahuas and has three, is a Disney adult, and enters/wins sweepstakes often.

Shannon Marx

Grant Administrator

Shannon Marx has created the following course for the Albion Center:

Shannon Marx has always had a love for design and creating graphics, which led her to opening her own graphic design company in 2017. While pursuing and finishing her master's degree, Marx accepted a job as the Executive Director for a small nonprofit focused on education in Southeast Idaho; it was here that she learned grant writing. She has used this important skill to work with city government's, first responder's, health care administrations, and private businesses to pursue funding for various ventures. Marx has a Bachelors degree in Virtual Technology & Design and Masters degree in Instructional Design & Technology. Shannon's greatest achievement was receiving her master's degree in Instructional Design & Technology with a perfect 4.0 GPA. 

Sierra Baca-Zeff


Sierra Baca-Zeff has created the following courses for the Albion Center:

Sierra Baca-Zeff currently teaches in the College of Arts and Letters at Idaho State as an Instructor/Adjunct and is a doctoral student in the Experimental Psychology program at Idaho State University. Her research interests lie in behavioral economics, with a focus on food and drug decision-making. Throughout her academic career, Baca-Zeff has been passionate about outreach and sharing her love of psychology through teaching STEM-based after school programs and working with annual science fairs to get children excited about research! When she is not teaching, she enjoys rock climbing, paddle boarding, and skiing, with her son.


Dr. Shu-Yuan Lin

Clinical Professor / Instructional Materials Center Coordinator

Dr. Shu-Yuan Lin has created the following course for the Albion Center:

Dr.Shu-Yuan Lin received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership (with a focus on instructional technology) from Idaho State University. She also earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Second Language Education from the University of Houston. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Foreign Languages and Literature from National Chunghsing University, Taiwan. Dr. Lin is currently a Clinical Professor in the College of Education at Idaho State University. She has several years of teaching experience as an English teacher in Taiwan. Since 2007, She has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, such as ESL Foundations and Methods, Education Equity and Ethics, Elementary and Secondary Methods, etc. Her research interests and special projects focus on concept mapping, English as a second/foreign language instruction, family engagement, technology integration in K-16 instruction, standards-based teacher assessments, accessibility in instructional materials and learning activities for multilingual learners, and equity and ethics in K-12 education.

Spencer Christensen

Spencer Christensen

CTE Administrator/Application Specialist

Spencer Christensen has created the following course for the Albion Center:

Spencer Christensen was a high school teacher for 7 years, where he taught both Digital Communications and business technology programs such as Microsoft and Adobe. His work in the Create Idaho program led him to become an Adobe Education Leader, which is a group of 400 educators worldwide who use Adobe tools to promote excellence, critical problem solving, and creativity in the classroom. Along with this, Christiansen has spent two years working full-time as a lecturer for Idaho State University preparing future career technical education teachers. His main goal as an educator is to help others get the right experience they need for their own personal and professional growth. He enjoys outdoor activities and traveling with his wife of ten years and his two children.

William Lane

Dr. William Lane

Assistant Professor and Program Lead

Dr. William Lane has created the following courses for the Albion Center:

Dr. William Lane is an Assistant Professor and Program Lead of the Counseling Program at Western New Mexico University. He holds professional counseling licenses in both Idaho and New Mexico as well as professional school counseling credentials in Idaho. Dr. Lane loves helping counselors-in-training expand their personal paradigms to be more inclusive of diverse populations and helping them learn and practice basic counseling skills in order to build therapeutic alliances with clients. Dr. Lane has recently self-published a children's book titled "Mindfulness with Molly," which introduces and educates parents and children about the practices of mindfulness. He is also the developer of the Shame Resilience Discrimination Model of supervision which combines Brené Brown's shame resilience theory with the Discrimination Model of supervision. Dr. Lane loves spending time outdoors, going on walks, playing sports, and working out. He also very much enjoys spending time with his family.