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.

About SilkWeb:
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.

SilkWeb's Executive Leadership Team

Laurel Silk, MAEd

Chief Executive Officer
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 education technology industry for over 20 years. Laurel is a former faculty member and the co-author of seven textbooks. 

Michael Shaw, PhD

Chief Operations Officer
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 leader able to effectively communicate and foster growth amongst all employees

Nicole Bremer Nash, CPACC

Vice President & Compliance Officer
Nicole has over 15 years of experience in the education sector. She is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies and an active member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals.

Annelise Skovmand, MA

Senior Manager of Instructional Design (Spanish/English)

Caitlyn "Kit" John, MEd

Director of Learning Innovation

Kate Small

Director of Research
& Development

Michaela Werlinger

Marketing Director

Christian Stienstra

Programs Director - IEF

Alexis Shaw

Program Manager - IEF

Charisse Hake, MS

Senior Instructional Designer 

Ana Sofia Velásquez

e-Learning Developer (Spanish/English)

Claudia Magalí Ceballos

e-Learning Developer (Spanish/English)

Maria Elida Morales Miy

e-Learning Developer (Spanish/English)

Jill Reid, MA

Instructional Designer (Certified K-12)

3 Office Locations, Over 50 Employees in 2 Countries

Our Workforce

SilkWeb was founded in 2006 by Laurel Silk and Michael Shaw.  Since then we have grown to over 50 employees and expanded to three offices in the Americas. While the business has evolved significantly over time, its success has always been built on  innovative ideas and accessible resources that help students learn and grow. 

What Makes Us Different?

Quality Matters™


We conduct thorough quality reviews using  the Quality Matters™ Rubric. 

Project Management


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

Firm 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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