Our team

Led by our founder and president, Michael Getz, Illumina's seasoned leadership team of e-learning experts have spent the past two decades developing technology-based interactive learning solutions for leading companies and government agencies in life sciences and healthcare, high technology, and environmental industries.

Michael Getz

President and Founder

Michael is an accomplished business executive and award-winning developer of e-learning solutions. As a creative and technical project director and producer, Michael has spent more than 20 years in design, programming, production and management of Internet- and multimedia-based applications for corporate, industrial and educational markets. Michael brings exceptional knowledge and expertise in the use of web and multimedia technologies to address corporate training requirements. At Illumina Michael has managed development on e-learning and web-based training projects for companies in a... Read more

Hal Stokes

VP of Elearning Development

Hal Stokes is an award-winning producer with more than 20 years’ experience creating programs intended to truly engage learners, using a variety of media, from film and video through interactive, web- and LMS- delivered e-learning. His work spans a range from K-12 educational software to specialized training for noted pharmaceutical and financial services clients. On his Facebook page, Hal calls himself a “filmmaker-turned-e-learning producer,” and he has never strayed far from his roots in creative media-based story-telling.

Hal has also been lead multimedia producer at Viacom’s... Read more

Jim Adelson

Director of Alliances

Jim Adelson works with Illumina Interactive’s partners. Jim has spent the last decade working on numerous e-learning partnerships in the corporate, government, academic, and consumer arena, collaborating with a large range of consulting firms, systems integrators, content companies, and software developers. Most recently, Jim spearheaded a particular group of partnerships at SkillSoft; before that, Jim led alliance programs at assessment software leader Questionmark, and learning management provider THINQ Learning Solutions. Jim’s background also includes seven years of alliance experience... Read more

Jean Marrapodi

Senior Learning Architect

Jean Marrapodi, PhD, CPLP, brings 20 plus years of soup-to-nuts learning design and development to the Illumina team. She is a pioneering problem solver, leveraging technology to create sticky learning. She became the first Certified Professional in Learning and Performance in New England (CPLP) the Association for Talent Development’s highest credential, and has a PhD in Adult Education, along with a Masters Degree in Online Instructional Design. With 16 years in corporate training in banking, retail, printing, non-profits, and healthcare, and 5 in higher education she understands trends... Read more

Maggie Grow

Senior Project Manager

Maggie Grow has been managing projects in the multimedia world for over twenty years.  A significant aspect of Maggie’s project management success is her expertise in developing strong client relationships and effective team building.  Solid organizational skills coupled with her attention to project details help ensure that client expectations are set and met.  Maggie earned her Bachelor’s degree in English and her Master’s degree in Education and maintains a firm commitment to training and education at all levels.  Maggie’s experience is broad and varied and encompasses the... Read more

Jason Kramer

Senior Elearning Designer/Developer

A recent addition to the Illumina creative team, Jason’s specialty is eLearning where he is continuously pushing the design possibilities of the medium. In past years, he gained critical experience in the corporate training world as a Senior Instructional Designer with Citizens Bank, and was part of the award-winning instructional design team at NECB where he flourished under Dr. Jean Marrapodi’s tutelage. With an MA in philosophy, Jason executed the online build-out of the undergraduate philosophy curriculum at the University of Memphis, where he also served as an adjunct-faculty member.... Read more

Mary Ellen Whitaker

Senior Instructional Designer

Mary Ellen Whitaker has been designing instructional programs for learners of all ages for almost twenty years. She bases every course she designs on one key question: Who is our learner? Always with the learner’s needs at the forefront, she has designed everything from employee training courses for the financial services, health insurance, pharmaceutical, and healthcare industries, to interactive technology components for K-12 ESL students in Mexico.  At Illumina Interactive, Mary Ellen’s most recent projects were a six-module introduction to home buying for the Mass Housing Finance... Read more

Susan Robles

Instructional Designer / Medical Writer

Susan has more than 25 years of experience in the design and development of pharmaceutical and healthcare-related training programs, continuing medical and nursing education (CME/CNE) programs, and other instructional medical materials. Susan specializes in designing and writing eLearning and print programs, but also frequently works with other formats such as workshops, slide kits, and competitive tools. Susan’s areas of clinical expertise include diabetes, oncology, hematology, infectious disease, cardiology, pulmonology, neurology, immunology, and gastroenterology.

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John Scarano

Senior Graphic Designer

John Scarano brings 15 years of graphic design, website design and illustration talent and experience to his projects. Among his work for Illumina, John has handled graphic design for a learning portal and games to accomplish a new drug launch at a major pharmaceutical firm, learning modules for dealing with delirium for elderly patients in hospital settings, and complex branching scenarios in a module for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to working with Illumina, John has been responsible for both in-house and contract design projects for USBank, Merck, Independence Blue Cross,... Read more

Carrie Theodossiou

E-learning Courseware Developer

Carrie is a recent addition to the Illumina development team. An experienced Articulate Storyline developer, she has worked on Illumina projects for Boston Scientific, 3DS Dassault Systemes/SolidWorks, Novo Nordisk and Partners Healthcare. In prior roles, Carrie has developed successful e-learning applications for a wide range of technical, academic, sales/marketing and HR audiences for organizations like MCK Healthcare, Oracle, Fujitsu, National Grid, Babson College, Stride Rite, and Sun Microsystems. Carrie is adept with a variety of tools including Adobe Creative Suite, Articulate... Read more

Karen Bullock

Graphic Design & Courseware Developer

Karen Bullock joined Illumina Interactive immediately after graduating in 2007 from the New England Institute of Art with a BS in Interactive Media Design. Karen has been responsible for production on numerous e-learning projects at Illumina, including courseware development for the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Boston Emergency Medical Services, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Environmental Protection Agency, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Campbell Soup, Boston Scientific, Raytheon, Covidien, and Millennium. Karen is skilled... Read more

Ashley Shaffer

Quality Assurance Specialist

Ashley spearheads efforts to ensure the quality of Illumina’s work on client deliverables, reviewing storyboards and testing courses before they go to clients.  Ashley brings experience from years of work with the Anime Boston convention, where she was responsible for scriptwriting and proofreading large programs.  Prior to Illumina, her past efforts also include tutoring writing in an academic setting, and tracking and organizing collections of electronic material.  Ashley’s eye for detail and accuracy brings welcome contributions to many a project. At Illumina, Ashley has polished and... Read more

Lonise Touhey

Financial Account Manager

Lonise helps Illumina with accounting, invoicing, receivables and payment administration, tax filing, and other financial aspects of the business.  She comes to Illumina with more than 20 years of experience in financial functions for a number of different organizations, including ones providing contracting services and manufacturing services.  Outside of work, Lonise has been a long-time distance runner with marathons and half-marathons under her belt, and also has participated for many years in volunteering and organizing a charity run to support the Jimmy Fund at the Dana Farber Cancer... Read more

Lauren Brenner

Human Resource Manager

Lauren oversees Illumina’s Human Resource needs.  She brings over 25 years of experience, having led HR efforts for organizations in a number of industries, including IT, communications, retail and printing.  At Illumina, Lauren has been involved with initiatives in talent sourcing, hiring practices, and benefits administration, among other things.  She always sees to the fit between HR practices and the strategic needs of the business.  Lauren has been a presenter on HR-related topics for the New England Human Resource Association and its chapters.

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