Hi! I'm Mary Nicole. Yes, I actually use both of my names. You might think it's crazy, but I like helping people succeed. I know, weird, right? I started studying instructional design to help others learn, grow, and develop the skills they needed to thrive professionally.


I have a curious soul. My career reflects the amazing opportunities taken in pursuit of my curiosity. My career path is not linear. It's squiggly and looks more like the switchbacks on a western mountain trail. With each twist and turn, I gained experience, knowledge, and new skills. I worked in multiple industries and alongside every type of employee, from entry-level to the C-suite. I also sat on two boards of directors.

What sets me apart from other instructional designers is my ability to blend my professional experiences with my creative talents. I have the project management skills and professional expertise to complete an instructional design project from start to finish. If you are interested in my career history, please visit my LinkedIn profile

​I believe in maintaining a positive mindset, creating partnerships with a purpose, and always striving for significant outcomes. When you work with me, you should expect a collaboration with transparency and consistency. Want to learn more? Contact me today for an initial consultation.

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As a professional, I believe in the ethical standards outlined by the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). I'm certified by the Citi Program in human research My personal values best align with utilitarian and virtue ethical frameworks outlined by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.


On projects, I will: ​

  • Work in a transparent manner. I will promptly inform my colleagues, clients, subject matter experts of delays or setbacks. 

  • Design human-centered solutions that focus on results and outcomes.

  • Will take a systemic view and systematically analyze the situation.  

  • Add value by using proven models and methodologies, while also staying at the forefront of emerging innovations and technologies. 

  • Partner with clients and stakeholders to create solutions that benefit their organization, employees, stakeholders, and customers. 

  • Determine the need, opportunity, or cause before starting projects. 

  • Ensure projects conform to industry standards, regulations, and  

  • Evaluate the results, impact, and project feasibility. 


I grew up in the Rocky Mountains, in a small town, next door to my grandma's farm. For years, I hid the fact that I was a farm kid, especially while working in Manhattan. In reality, the lessons I learned working on the family farm made me who I am. Farm kids are scrappy.  We were given adult-size jobs and the freedom to engineer workable solutions. Here's some wisdom I learned on my grandma's farm: 

  • Don't burn daylight. Time is precious. 

  • Great teams are built on kindness, trust, gratitude, and laughter. 

  • Not all jobs are exciting. Most jobs are messy, hard, or uncomfortable.  

  • If it's harvest time and a storm's rolling in, gather everyone, and work double time. Once everything's stored, look around, and help your neighbors bring in their crops. 

  • Chickens are mean. Cows ignore almost everything. You should never mix chickens, cows, or dry hay with firecrackers. 

  • If you slip in the muck, get back up, hose yourself off, and get back to work.

For me, grit, resilience, integrity, and ethics are not fashionable buzz words. They were the traits I admired in all the adults in my life. In my tight-knit community, my family was known for their honesty, integrity, hard work, love, kindness, charitable works, and faith. I proudly carry on those traditions. 

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

― Maya Angelou