New Members of the Illumina Team

In April we welcomed two new members to the Illumina team – Tara Lumb and Kathleen Schenck.

Tara LumbTara Lumb joins Illumina as a senior instructional designer, having been on the Illumina client side in the past. She has nearly 20 years of experience creating training content for a wide variety of learners, including financial services professionals, software engineers, and non-profit leaders. Her skills include instructional design, eLearning development, classroom facilitation, and technical writing. She enjoys collaborating with subject matter experts to design training that is concise and engaging for learners and enables clients to meet their business goals. In previous roles at a leading financial services company, she designed and delivered hands-on classroom training to global accounting teams and created dozens of eLearning courses on topics such as ethics and banking regulations. In her most recent role at a cloud computing technology company, she designed eLearning and technical documentation for engineering audiences on safety and reliability-related standards and procedures.

Kathleen SchenckKathleen Schenck joins the team as an eLearning production coordinator, where she is already actively involved in helping Illumina’s project managers track project deliverables, milestones and resources, and ensure that projects run smoothly. Arriving on Illumina’s sunny shores from CoSA VFX, Kathleen brings extensive experience handling scheduling and project management on large-scale jobs. With a BFA from the Savannah College of Art & design, she has a strong understanding of the space where creative and production meet, ensuring the smooth communication needed that keeps projects on track. She was first introduced to eLearning working on educational projects for grades K-3 and apps for PBS Kids and Sesame Workshop, touching all parts of the pipeline from building interactive templates to final QA and shipping. Kathleen is excited to be back in the eLearning space, and eager to support Illumina’s multitude of projects. And when she’s not making spreadsheets or working on making processes more efficient, she likes to rock climb and sew.

Project Updates

University of Washington School of Medicine – HIV PrEP Tools for Clinicians

The Illumina team is busy on a wide range of eLearning courseware, LMS implementation, and (V)ILT material projects, but one recent effort we’re happy to highlight was a mobile Progressive Web App (PWA) for the University of Washington School of Medicine STD Prevention Training Center.

Screenshot of HIV PrEP AppThe HIV PrEP Tools for Clinicians app is based on the Center for Disease Control’s HIV PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis) guidelines, and addresses assessment for HIV PrEP, appropriate medications to prescribe, and laboratory evaluation and monitoring. The tool can be accessed at and on the Apple AppStore and Google Play.

“Working with Jason, Michael, and the entire Illumina team was an outstanding experience for our program at the University of Washington. We approached them with a concept and framework for the development of a progressive web application. Our goal for the application was to assist prescribers and other medical professionals in the initiation and monitoring of HIV Pre Exposure Prophylaxis. Illumina’s team provided outstanding service from project initiation through to completion. The project was completed within budget and even came in ahead of schedule, while not sacrificing quality in the process, and the quality was outstanding from end to end. The Illumina team worked diligently to ensure our team was apprised of project progress and they did a fantastic job incorporating our change requests and feedback. Our entire team is thrilled with the final product and we are so excited to share this progressive web application with our end users and other stakeholders. Beyond the scope of the project, Michael, Jason, and the rest of the Illumina team are a pleasure to work with. They are friendly, communicative, and were laser-focused on making sure that we were pleased with both the project and the process. Our team at the University of Washington is excited to work on additional projects with Illumina in the future.”

      • Peter Harrison, MPH, Program Manager, Infectious Diseases Education and Assessment (IDEA), University of Washington STD Prevention Training Center (UW STD PTC)
      • David Spach, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of Washington Division of Infectious Diseases, Editor-in-Chief, National HIV Curriculum