Straight from the Lab

Meet the professionals behind the success of iDea lab.

The success of an enterprise depends largely upon its leadership team. In this respect, iDea lab has been victorious from day one. The team behind the scenes of this innovative environment brings forward-thinking experience to the room. But there’s also another element that makes iDea lab world class: the team leading the charge.

The iDea lab team brings business acumen, expertise, technological know-how, and compassion to the community, helping drive the success of iDea lab—and the professionals it serves.

Whether you visit iDea lab at CitySquare or the Abilene Christian University (ACU) Dallas campus, the team is passionate about helping others accelerate their careers.

Lori Anne Shaw, Executive Director

Lori Anne Shaw is a mediator, trainer, consultant, course facilitator, and a true leader. Throughout her career, Lori Anne has conducted training and leadership development for organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small nonprofits.

In her role as executive director, Lori Anne oversees daily operations at the iDea lab, providing strategy and management for the continuing education, professional development, and corporate learning programs. She is also the executive director of Duncum Center Solutions, where she has been a part of the team for more than 10 years.

Lori Anne is a board member of the Texas Association of Mediators and is a Certified Facilitator in Conflict Dynamics Profile®.

Cris Manning, Sales Executive

Cris Manning has worked in the proprietary education space for nearly two decades, assisting Fortune 1000 companies and other entities by supporting their training and development endeavors.

Whether he’s leading efforts in sales, business development, or account management, Cris brings a dedicated focus and enthusiasm to his role as sales executive for iDea lab.

In addition to his work at iDea lab, Cris serves as the community partnership executive for ACU Online. In his role, he helps develop and manage corporate and community relationships for the university.

Noelle Euan, Instructional Design Specialist

Noelle Euan has spent the majority of her career in learning and development, fulfilling roles as a Texas certified teacher, enrollment counselor, and instructional design specialist. In her role at iDea lab, she leverages her expertise to deliver instructional design and eLearning development curriculum.

Noelle is versed in myriad design, education, and business software programs, including Articulate Storyline, Educreations, and AutoCAD, and is continually developing her skills with additional technologies. She is also currently the instructional design specialist at ACU Online for professional development.

Brandi Watson, Instructional Design Specialist

Brandi Watson has worked in higher education for much of her career. She has leveraged her skills in program coordination, course design, course development, mentoring, and career coaching to assist hundreds of students and staff.

In her role as instructional design specialist at iDea lab, Brandi helps to develop academic and eLearning curriculum. She is also currently the instructional designer for TCS Education System.

Brandi has also co-founded a global empowerment organization for women called bBold in the City. The organization’s mission is to educate, empower, and inspire women to fulfill their business and personal dreams.

April Henry, Site Coordinator

April Henry has several years of experience in her role as site coordinator, both at iDea Lab and at ACU Online. Her job ensures that the eLearning courses and professional development curriculum are accessible to all students and staff with minimal downtime or interruptions. She is also responsible for facilitating any space reservations.