Curriculum Vitae                                                           Darlesa Cahoon




MA, Information & Learning Technologies, emphasis Adult Learning - (completion Fall 2018)

University of Colorado – Denver, CO

GPA: 4.0


Graduate Certificate, E-Learning Design & Development

University of Washington        


BA, Liberal Studies – Arts & Literature

Antioch University - Seattle, WA         


Learning Program & Project Management
Internal Marketing and Communication Strategic Planning
Systematic Needs Assessment
Leadership Development 
Learning Design and Delivery using ADDIE, SAM and other methods
Story-Based Learning, Simulations and Interactions
Development of Performance Support Systems 
Articulate Storyline, Camtasia, Rise, Captivate, PowerPoint, Audacity ...
Screencasting/Digital Storytelling
Job Aids
SharePoint Content Design & Management 
Synchronous Web Meeting/Virtual Training Design, Production and Facilitation



Training & Development Manager

Columbia Distributing

August 2016 – Present

Lead a team of local and remote learning professionals providing performance and talent development products and services for largest beverage distributing company in Northwest.  Conduct learning and performance needs assessments, identify knowledge and skill gaps and best ways to address them, provide consultation and coaching to managers and staff, instructional design, development, and delivery of instructor-led, online and a variety of blended training in new employee onboarding, safety, sales development, training the trainers, presentation skills,  leadership, and performance management to assist employees at all levels to meet competencies for their positions,  transfer knowledge from outside the organization and within the organization between people and departments, improve performance, and reduce wasted training efforts.


Sr. Instructional Designer/Facilitator

Columbia Distributing

Feb 2016 – August 2016

Consulted with leaders and managers to analyze and design learning programs to support business goals.  Developed reinforcement programs for learning. Redesigned and facilitated 5 course leadership training program. Managed, designed, and developed online, blended, instructor-led learning projects.  Designed and produced learning artifacts such as: videos, self-paced e-learning courses, job aids, on-boarding checklists, screencasts, and performance support items.


AV/E-Learning Specialist

Port of Seattle           

July 2010 – Feb 2016 

Online learning program enablement for the Port of Seattle involving: consulting and training Port learning leaders regarding best practices and innovations using new and emerging training technology to improve access to compliance and performance improvement learning programs for all levels of employees, using both ADDIE and various Agile methods to manage and develop e-learning, blended, and instructor-led projects, performing needs assessments to meet business goals and regulatory requirements, interviewing and collaborating with SMEs and learners, designing and developing multi-media, multi-platform online courses, and screencasts for corporate LMS and web, producing live virtual events, managing, designing, and facilitating SharePoint content for internal social learning groups, evaluating and improving ongoing training programs


Training Specialist

Port of Seattle    

2007 – 2010 

Managed computer based security and driver training lab, worked with external vendors to create content, created & curated items for video learning library, maintained training compliance records and reports, designed and developed e-learning and multi-media projects



Independent Business Owner

DC and Associates

2001 – 2007 

Marketing consultation, graphic design & legal transcription services

Marketing & Training Specialist 

FMC, Inc.

1998 – 2000

Designed and developed marketing plans, graphic design of marketing proposals, menus and signage, and developed and delivered software/hardware training for managers and employees in field cafeteria locations 




Accomplished Woman at the Port

Port of Seattle – April 2010


Distinguished Service Award

Port of Seattle - January 2009



VNext Amazon Learning Technology Meetup

E-Learning Guild

ASTD National Chapter

ASTD Puget Sound Chapter



Game Development and Gamification for Non-Programmers

Andrew Hughes, Designing Digitally – February 2018


The Allen Experience

Michael Allen, Allen Interactions – September 2017


Up the Quality, but Not the Cost, of Video-based Training

Aaron Quigley & Matt Fishbach, - November 2016


Project Management for Learning Projects

Lou Russell, Russell Martin – October 2015


Readying Your Organization for Performance Support

Bob Mosher & Conrad Gottfredsen – June 2015


The Gamification of Learning

Karl Kapp & Sharon Boller – January 2015


Designing for the VILT Environment

The Training Doctor - January, 2014


Immersive Learning Solutions

Koreen Olbrish Pagano - October, 2013


User Experience Design for ELearning

Julie Dirksen - October, 2013


Camtasia Bootcamp

Dappertext - June 2013


Articulate Storyline: Beginning & Advanced Training

Yukon Learning - July 2012


Mastering ELearning Project Management

ReadyGo, Inc.- October, 2012


Articulate Studio: Beginning & Advanced Training

Yukon Learning - April 2010



Public Speaking - University of Washington (Coursera)

(March 2014 – May 2014)


Gamification - University of Pennsylvania (Coursera)

(January 2014 – March 2014)


E-Learning & Digital Cultures - University of Edinburgh (Coursera)

(Nov 2013 – Jan 2014)





Combining the Best of Institutional and Corporate Learning Theory, How Brain Science Can Inform Better Instruction, Agile Learning Development, Improving Performance Support Infrastructure, The Future of Experience API, Serious Learning Games, Practical Uses for AR & VR in Learning