Vanessa Tanicien

Vanessa Tanicien
Director of Product Strategy and Operations

Vanessa’s expertise is in codifying cultural norms, strategic planning, program management, and internal communication. At LifeLabs Learning, she’s the Director of Product Strategy & Operations, the host of The LeaderLab powered by LifeLabs Learning podcast, and facilitates training at all levels. Vanessa holds a degree from Boston University

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: Cut the Clutter: I think keeping an eye on optimization is very powerful. When we do this we inevitably are kinder to our minds. Gotta love a double whammy!

Pronunciation guide: Vanessa (VUH-neh-sah) Tanicien (TUH-knee-see-YEN)

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent), Spanish (conversational)

Fun fact: I’ve eaten pizza on a volcano that was made by the heat of the volcano. #findawaytoplay

Nickname at LifeLabs: V (super creative, I know)

Robleh Kirce

Robleh is the Head of Coaching at LifeLabs, a facilitator, and an executive coach. His research centers on transformative leadership experiences, behavioral-based 360 tools, leadership skills under pressure, and workplace habits that drive change. 

NeEddra James

As an Instructional Designer, NeEddra ensures our content is instantly useful and makes a lasting impact. She creates content and supports the ongoing optimization, research, and design of learning materials. NeEddra has a Master’s degree and background in education, with specializations in social and emotional development, learning experience design, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Julianna Jack

Julianna Jack
Client Administrator

Julianna is the primary point of contact for 50+ clients at LifeLabs Learning in setting up all logistics to launch their programs successfully. She has managed teams across a diverse range of fields, from tech startups to large-scale craft beverage production. Leveraging her background in civic leadership and organizational communication, she specializes in developing team culture and values-driven experiences.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: Being as driven as I am is a double-edged sword, and making the value of Be Kind to Your Mind my mantra has been a game-changer. I am so grateful to be part of a team that empowers us to learn new ways of striving for that brain-friendly balance.

Pronunciation guide: Julianna (anna OR ahna – either pronunciation; It’s a fun experiment to see what people choose.)

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent), Spanish (conversational)

Fun fact: I can fit a hiking pack, inflatable SUP board, and a food pack on my motorcycle to explore Montana wilderness in style.

McKendree Hickory

McKendree Hickory
Director of Facilitator Performance & Development

McKendree supports the development and direction of our facilitation team. She has a PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology, with a research focus on conviction, women’s leadership development, and developmental experiences in the workplace. She has delivered leadership training at over 300 companies and led learning and development at the fully remote company, InVision.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: Find a Way to Play! I think we as adults can fall into the trap of taking ourselves and what we do too seriously. I got into the field of IO Psychology because I believed that work shouldn’t suck, and Find a Way to Play is a daily reminder to always bring my childlike spirit into serious adult things. 🙂

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent)

Fun fact: I find it enjoyable to run ultra long distances in the mountains.

Nickname at LifeLabs: Doc

Lauren Feller

Lauren Feller
Copywriter

Lauren has been in love with words her whole life. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in English Literature, she moved to Los Angeles to escape the frozen Midwestern tundra and pursue her career in content creation. She’s written copy about everything from faucets to childhood cancer, and is thrilled to be LifeLabs Learning’s resident wordsmith.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: Choose Courage Over Comfort has been my motto for as long as I can remember. I’ve always been driven by advocacy, which isn’t always comfortable. I’m a huge believer in hard conversations and open communications, no matter how difficult it might be in the moment.

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent)

Fun fact: I got my hunter’s safety certification in the 8th grade and then promptly decided to become a vegetarian a month later. I’ve still never gone hunting, as I’m still a vegetarian 15 years later.

Massella Dukuly

Massella Dukuly
Director of Team Enablement

As Director of Team Enablement, Massella helps Labmates become world-class in their roles, catalyzes high performance, and creates a team culture that supports engagement, learning, diversity, and inclusion. She has an MBA with a focus on leadership development and organizational change. Her areas of expertise include talent development, employee engagement, optimizing CX team performance, and helping teams scale effectively.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: As a recovering perfectionist, 80% is Better Than 0% has been so important for me to embrace “failure.” You learn most when you simply try!

Pronunciation guide: Massella (like umbrella)

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent)

Fun Fact: I’m Peloton obsessed and because of this, I needed to share it here. That’s what Peloton-obsessed people do.

Alana Burman

Alana Burman
Program Consultant Lead

Alana has lived and worked across the world, helping companies with experiential learning design and employer brand activation. She has a Master’s degree in Positive Organization Development and Change, with a focus on Appreciative Inquiry, resonant inclusive leadership, and sustainable growth. At LifeLabs Learning, Alana is a Program Consultant Lead and Director & Editor of The LeaderLab powered by LifeLabs Learning podcast.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: To me, Be Kind to Your Mind the root of all other LifeLabs Learning values; it empowers each of us with the space to find our best way to work and to hold that same space for others. And above all, it celebrates kindness!

Pronunciation guide: Alana (rhymes with a llama) Burman (as in “brrr, man – it’s cold in here!“)

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent), Spanish and Mandarin Chinese (conversational)

Fun fact: My first job out of college was as a late night DJ at a community station in Salt Lake City, UT. Shout out Radio Schmadio, Saturdays from 1-3 AM on KRCL 90.9 FM!

Nickname at LifeLabs: AB, Lan