About Us

SilkWeb provides custom e-Learning, LMS solutions, and professional development services. SilkWeb also provides educational support services to tribal schools and colleges through the Bureau of Indian Education and State college systems. SilkWeb provides cybersecurity workforce development curriculum and custom training solutions for Tribal, State, and Federal clients.

We have been Native owned and operated and a leading provider of custom e-learning and professional development training services since 2006. For over 15 years we have created innovative custom e-learning solutions using research-informed design and development techniques. Every custom e-learning solution we design is developed in-house by our instructional design experts and technical consultants.

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Our mission is to improve learning outcomes through technology and make education accessible for all communities.

Our vision is accessible education for all learners, no matter where they live, their personal background, or their capability.

Our values of respect, equity, and improving lives lead us to build long-term relationships with our team members, our partners, our clients, and the faculty members we get to work with on projects. Our values have led SilkWeb to become a leader in working to improve accessibility in education through use of technology.

Laurel Silk, MAEd

CEO & Co-Founder
Laurel is Húŋkpapȟa Lakota and an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master's degree in Instructional Technology. She has been in the technology industry for over 20 years. Laurel is a former faculty member and the co-author of seven textbooks. She and Dr. Shaw co-founded SilkWeb in 2006 after working for one of the nation's leading online academic institutions. 

SilkWeb's Executive Leadership Team

Michael Shaw, PhD

COO & Co-Founder
Dr. Shaw is the Chief Operations Officer at SilkWeb Consulting & Development. He has over 20 years of leadership experience and is an engaging and experienced project manager.

Michaela Werlinger

Marketing Manager

Nicole Bremer Nash

Vice President
& IAAP Compliance Officer

Kate Small

Director of Research
& Development

Caitlyn "Kit" John, MEd

Director of Learning Innovation

Our Team

Kelsey Sylvara, MS

Instructional Designer

Mohja Jerbi, MEd

Instructional Designer (Quality Matters Peer Reviewer, PMP)

Jill Reid, MA

Instructional Designer (AZ Ed license)

Annelise Skovmand, MA

Instructional Designer (Spanish/English)

Jeff Rabey, PhD

Instructional Designer

Charles Davenport

Instructional Designer

Charisse Hake

Instructional Designer

Martina Malvasi-Haines, PhD

Instructional Designer (Quality Matters cert)

Tabitha Cartwright

Instructional Designer

Bill Pomeroy

Video Producer/Editor

Hannah Digges- Elliott

Instructional Designer

Lexie Shaw

e-Learning Developer

Aleigh Pratt

Instructional Designer

Stephen Victor

e-Learning Developer

Steve Rowe

Instructional Designer

Vicki Small

e-Learning Developer

Chris Nash

IT/ LMS

Joe Lissenden

Subject Matter Expert/PMP Cert.

What Makes Us Different?

Project Management


We take deadlines seriously. In over 15 years we have never missed a deadline due to delays in our work.

Quality Assurance


We conduct thorough quality assurance and follow the QM™ Rubric. If you find an error in our work we will correct it up to 90 days after your project is delivered. 

Fixed Pricing


We provide a firm-fixed price for every project, so you never have to worry about going over budget.

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