Online Learning Staff

Flint Buchanan

Flint Buchanan
Flint Buchanan
Instructional Designer
Prior to joining the Office of Online Learning, Flint spent more than ten years creating instructional materials for the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. During his tenure there he worked with a variety of teams developing award-winning educational tools. He has extensive experience working with subject matter experts, instructors, and academic professionals across a variety of disciplines. Flint earned an MFA and MEd from UGA and a BFA from Georgia State University.

Nancy Byron

Nancy Byron, Marketing and Communications Manager
Nancy Byron
Marketing and Communications Manager
Nancy has over a decade of experience in marketing and communications. She holds an MBA and a Graduate Certificate in Media Analytics from the University of Georgia. She works collaboratively with leadership and colleges across UGA to conduct market research, drive brand awareness, and lead the marketing and communications strategy that drives quality enrollment for online programs.

Natiska Banks

Natiska Banks
Natiska Banks
Administrative Manager
Tiska has served in administrative roles at the University of Georgia since 2005. Prior to joining the Office of Online Learning, she held administrative roles at the Terry College of Business and the University of Georgia Foundation. As the Administrative Manager for the Office of Online Learning, she handles all of the administrative and financial duties. Tiska earned her Bachelor’s in Consumer Economics from the University of Georgia and earned her Master’s in Public Administration in 2015.​

Stephen Bridges

Stephen Bridges
Stephen Bridges
Instructional Designer/Lead Media Developer
Before joining the Office of Online Learning in 2014, Stephen served as a video producer with UGA's Center for Teaching and Learning for 10 years. During his time with CTL, Stephen worked with faculty to produce award-winning educational videos. He also helped produce live event coverage of UGA sporting events with Daktronics for over 7 years. Graduating in 2006 with an ABJ from UGA's Grady College of Journalism, Stephen received a Masters with Distinction in Learning, Design and Technology from UGA's College of Education in 2016.

James Castle

James Castle
James Castle
Lead Instructional Designer
James has worked in the field of education for twelve years, both as a classroom teacher and instructional technologist. As the lead instructional designer at the Office of Online Learning, he works to guide the instructional design team to develop high-quality online learning experiences for students. James earned his Master's degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development and his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He also earned an Educational Specialist degree in Instructional Technology from Georgia Southern University.

Karah Hagins

Karah Hagins, Instructional Designer
Karah Hagins
Instructional Designer
Karah has degrees from the University of Georgia in Philosophy, Classical Culture, and Political Science. She earned her M.Ed. in Learning, Design, and Technology from the College of Education in 2015. Karah is currently pursuing a PhD in the Learning, Design, and Technology program at UGA. Her research is focused on faculty development, online teaching and learning, digital identity, and engagement. Karah's role at the Office of Online Learning at UGA includes faculty development through workshops and various cohort-based programs. She has a passion for instructional design and online learning environments. She strives to ensure quality in the online student experience as she works with faculty to re-imagine their courses for online delivery.

Jean-Pierre Niyikora

Jean-Pierre Niyikora
Jean-Pierre Niyikora
Instructional Designer
Jean Pierre earned his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at Indiana State University, Master’s degree in Electronics and Computer Technology from Indiana State University, and Bachelor’s degree in Electronics from University of Eastern Africa-Baraton. His research analyzes how mobile devices (laptops) are used for instruction in an engineering institution of higher education. He has more than eight years of experience of teaching in higher education. He taught different courses including Web Programming with Java; Computer Mathematics with Excel and Visual Basic Application, Communication in the Digital Age, Classroom Computer Use, Solid State and Devices, Fundamentals of Electronics, Electronics Fabrication, Practicum in Electronics, Computer Tools and Electronics Drawing. Prior to joining the Office of Online Learning, Jean-Pierre served as an instructional designer at Northern State University for 4 years, as well as an adjunct professor of online courses.

Sharon Shannon

black and white image of Sharon Shannon, Online Student Services Coordinator
Sharon Shannon
Online Student Services Coordinator
Sharon has over 30 years of experience providing services to students at UGA. She came to the Office of Online Learning from UGA's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Sharon not only advocates for online student services across UGA, she also ensures that UGA is able to offer online education to students around the world by ensuring that UGA is compliant with all of the different regulations surrounding online education. If you have state authorization or student service questions, Sharon is the expert!

Courtney Alford-Pomeroy

Black and white photo of Courtney Alford-Pomeroy, OOL Digital Marketing Professional
Courtney Alford-Pomeroy
Digital Marketing Professional
Courtney’s background in journalism has laid a foundation for a career spanning newspapers, marketing and digital development. Her work has been recognized in many areas, including national awards in interactive media, issues management, integrated marketing and social media. At the University of Georgia, Courtney is focused on enhancing the digital brand for UGA Online through online advertising and search, including SEO and SEM. Certified in Google Analytics and AdWords, she is adept at conversion funnel analysis and digital strategy.

Amy Waters

Amy Waters, Instructional Designer
Amy Waters
Instructional Designer
Amy worked for Gwinnett County Public Schools for the first sixteen years of her career in education as a teacher, online course developer, online teacher, instructional coordinator, and local school technology coordinator. Amy’s degrees are in school-site health promotion and behavior (B.S., Ed and M.Ed) and educational leadership. As an instructional designer with the Office of Online Learning, Amy works with the faculty at the Grady College of Journalism and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to build and maintain engaging online courses.