Meet the Team
Meet our Elite Team of Agile Coaches and Instructors, every team member has over 10 years experience coaching Agile Transformations
——– Operations ——–
Debra Hildebrand is the Founder and CEO of LurnAgile, a military spouse, and has over 20 years’ experience in project management; including consulting and training in the public sector and teaching in higher education. She is one of the architects for the Project Management Certification program at the University of Washington, where she received the Team-Teaching Excellence Award and currently instructs in the online portion of the program. Additionally, she developed and currently teaches traditional and agile project management courses at Stanford University.
Her passion projects include Celebrating Women in Agile through her Business RadioX Show, The Lurnist Show, and helping veterans transition into meaningful careers in project management after service disconnection through her work on the board of Veteran Project Manager Mentor Alliance (VPMMA).
She is a certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC 5.0), Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and has an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York, NY.
Debra currently lives in Phoenix, AZ
Lauryn is a senior student at University of Washington Bothell (UWB), majoring in Management Information Systems with a minor in Computer Science IT.
Lauryn currently works as the Digital Marketing Manager at Veteran Project Manager Mentor Alliance (VPMMA), a non-profit that assists veterans and military spouses in gaining careers in project management
Additionally, she is the Vice President of Fundraising for Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity at the University.
Lauryn’s aspires to work for an organization as a project manager and eventually create her own brand and startup company.
Lauryn currently lives in Seattle, WA
——– Enterprise Agile Coaches ——–
Matt Wyman is a software engineering professional with over 25 years’ experience in the IT, Retail, Financial Services, Healthcare, and Airlines industries. Matt’s career spans leadership and consulting roles in Software Engineering at companies including NCR, IBM, Delta Airlines, Kaplan, McKesson, and Merrill Lynch.
He has led both small team-level agile adoption efforts as well as large scaled agile transformations at the enterprise level.
Matt is an enthusiast and student of best practices, and enjoys leveraging his experiences as a development practitioner, consultant, and coach to help bridge the gap between Lean-Agile theory and the messy complex dynamics of applying it in the real world.
Matt is a Certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), ScrumMaster (CSM), and Scrum Product Owner (CSPO).
Matt currently resides in Atlanta, GA
Michael is an Agile Leader and Program / Project Manager with a highly successful 20+ year career guiding organizations in defining and implementing new processes, models, and standards that have reduced costs, reduced timelines, improved quality, and alignment of investments with business goals.
He has demonstrated expertise in delivering training on Agile adoptions, evaluating performance, designing action plans, and rendering improvement recommendations. Michael is an expert in completing assigned functions or projects within timely and budgetary constraints and excels at executing Agile/SAFe methodologies and deploying advanced systems or tools to improve productivity.
He has high-level leadership, problem resolution and mentoring ability with excellent interpersonal and communication skills – his students are often found smiling and laughing during his courses.
He is an SPC, Certified Project Manager in Scrum (Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), and Project Management Professional (PMP)
Michael currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA
Tori Palmer is a lean agile coach, collaboration facilitator, experience crafter, trainer, agile gamifier, and speaker.
He has over 13 years of Information Systems and Product Development experience the vast majority of which includes project management, lean and agile transformations, organizational change management, systems analysis and design, DevOps, and management consulting and agile training.
He has also taught at an array of post secondary academic institutions and continuing education providers on subjects ranging from project management, to health information technology, computer science, technical writing, web design, and the likes. Additionally the industries he’s worked in includes financial services, telecommunications, hospitality, healthcare, insurance, education, government, and real estate.
Throughout the last couple of years he has also provided his services and capacity as a volunteer as a reviewer for the annual Agile Alliance agile conference within their customers & products program track.
When not coaching organizations or training/teaching he is a frequent participant in product development and agile meetups globally, attends conferences domestically and internationally, works on social change within his community, and contributes/bolsters his thought leaderships as an avid learner by way of reading, contributing and organizing open spaces, contributing to blogs, and mentoring others.
In his work he also enjoys tapping into principles and concepts of human dynamics of facilitating organizational change, human centered design, value proposition design, and social & open innovation.
Tori currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and two children.