The Course Kitchen team includes freelance learning and development professionals with exceptionally diverse professional and academic backgrounds. This richness allows us to serve clients from varying sectors and with varying needs.

New and aspiring learning designers: Our team is always growing, and we love to coach and mentor less-experienced learning designers. At Course Kitchen, we develop learning experiences and learning designers. Send us your resume if you’d like to shadow an upcoming project.

Dr. Bonnie Budd

Founder and Principal

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Dr. Budd created Course Kitchen in 2016 to provide organizations with access to the best learning and development professionals in the field. She serves as the primary point of contact for clients as a consultant, designer, developer, and project manager, and she has never been happier! Over the last ten years (give or take), she helped to launch and improve learning design initiatives in academic, financial, healthcare, and research organizations. She is committed to the continuous improvement of learning experiences whenever and wherever they occur.

Professional Background

Dr. Budd teaches graduate students in the Advanced Learning Experience Design and Assessment course at Brandeis University.  She is the Director of Online Learning at Bryant University, leading a team of Learning Experience Developers to create and support the school’s first online degree program the Professional Master of Business Administration. Prior to this role, she served as the Manager of Learning Design and Analytics in the Teaching and Learning Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and the Assistant Director for Teaching and Learning at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. This followed her time at Babson College where she was the Blended Learning Manager for Babson Executive Education, the University of Missouri-St Louis where she was the Lead Instructional Designer, and the Online Training Coordinator at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.


Dr. Budd earned a BS in Mathematics from Salve Regina University in 1999 and a Masters in Adult Education from the University of Rhode Island in 2008. She earned her her EdD from Northeastern University with her dissertation, “Motivation by Design: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of the Adult Student Experience in an Online Course“.



Along with her husband, stepson, and puppies Piper and Timber, Dr. Budd spends a lot of time in her quiet backyard overlooking beautiful conservation land in the Blackstone Valley of Massachusetts. She loves to cook, especially with friends willing to tackle really complicated dishes, a joy she discovered upon starting Neighbor Dinners in St Louis. She owns a banjo with dreams of knowing how to play it someday, but so far it just looks pretty in the living room.

You can connect with Dr. Budd via LinkedIn, on Twitter @drbonniebudd, or via email at

Leslie Marquez, MEd

Senior Designer and Learning Consultant

With a Master’s Degree in eLearning Technology and Design and more than a decade of experience in corporate training and eLearning, Leslie is uniquely qualified to analyze your training needs and design a plan that works for you. Her passion for eLearning technology and ‘can-do’ attitude helps make any project run smoothly. She has designed engaging and effective training in many different industries including healthcare informatics, IT, sales and services enablement, government contracting, and higher education. Leslie is able to seamlessly transform content from in-person modules to interactive and challenging online formats that make learning fun. Connect with Leslie at

Susan Nabonne-Beck

Senior Programmer and Accessibility Specialist

Susan is an experienced learning and development professional with a broad range of expertise. Her expertise is in developing AAA-compliant, fully accessible online experiences for all learners. She has deep skills programming in the latest versions of Articulate and Adobe learning suites, as well as Vyond and a variety of other tools. Connect with Susan at