Professional & Organizational Development

Meet our instructors

Kristi Aravena

Kristi Aravena is a labor negotiator with Labor Relations.

Catherine Bachy

Catherine Bachy is a leadership coach and consultant with the University of Washington Consulting Alliance. She brings extensive experience working with leaders in the public, corporate, and social sectors.

Catherine specializes in Leadership Embodiment Coaching to give leaders simple and immediately accessible tools for increasing the qualities of leadership presence necessary in today’s rapidly changing world. She helps her clients successfully sustain high performing teams, create positive work environments, and manage conflict and stress along the way.

A certified coach from Newfield Network and Leadership Embodiment International, Catherine also holds master’s degrees in organizational leadership (Seattle University) and adult international education (University of Massachusetts) and a B.S. degree from Georgetown University.

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Steven Byers

Based in the Pacific Northwest, Steve Byers is an interdependent consultant and trusted advisor who works with leaders, leadership teams, organizations and other communities seeking to establish or renew their essential conversation.  He focuses on helping human systems think, learn, and work together – better.

Steve is a graduate of the Organization Systems Renewal (OSR) program at Seattle University, where he learned to design and lead significant change through collaborative relationships. His recent work has included designing and hosting meaningful conversations in culturally diverse communities and organizations on such topics as employment and recreation for people with disabilities, access to health care in rural communities, strengthening families to prevent child abuse and neglect, social determinants of health in immigrant communities, and racism and fair policing. He helps teams in organizations improve their communication and thinking skills, and engage conflict, thus increasing productivity and raising morale. In Olympia he hosts the monthly First Wednesday Conversation about leadership, systems intelligence, and inquiry.

Steve teaches “systems intelligence” in the Masters in Leadership program at St. Mary’s College of California. He has been an instructor for Leadership Eastside, a non-profit organization training public sector leaders. He also co-teaches the Foundations of Authentic Leadership. Steve’s courses and workshops are highly interactive and designed so that participants recognize their own deep wisdom as they learn. He coaches leaders and leadership teams, sometimes via “Kayak Conversations.”

Prior to consulting, Steve worked in the private sector as a quality manager, informed by W. Edwards Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge.

Steve is a life-long learner. Recent learning experiences include “The Buddha Walks into a Bar” with Lodro Rinzler, “Courageous Conversations” with Hugh O’Doherty, “Powers of Leadership” retreat at the Whidbey Institute at Chinook, “The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter,” the Center for Ethical Leadership’s “Gracious Space” workshop, multiple Authentic Leadership in Action (ALIA) Summer Leadership Intensives, and David Whyte’s “Conversational Leadership.”

Steve has helped Microsoft, Mozilla, Washington State Family Policy Council, Washington Healthcare Access Alliance, Seattle Shambhala Center, Global 2 Local, PULSE NW, Parent to Parent, Senior Services for South Sound, Thurston County Community Network, King County Library System, Kaiser Permanente, and numerous communities in Washington.

Sarah Cohen

Sarah Cohen is an instructional designer for the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.

Ujima Sands (Donalson)

As assistant vice president of Total Talent Management for the University of Washington, Ujima teaches a number of courses in leadership development and other areas and has been the primary instructor for the Strategic Leadership Program (SLP) for the past ten years. Before joining POD, Ujima spent 15 years at Bank of America, where she served as an assistant vice president of Training & Development, as an operations manager in the Professional Development Program, and as a recruiter. Ujima has a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication and a master’s degree in Adult Education from Seattle University. Her professional expertise includes leadership development coaching and consulting, training and facilitation, curriculum development, project management, change management, organizational development, event planning, and recruiting. She is a certified professional coach and is certified to administer the Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i) and EQ-i 360. Ujima is also a certified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. In addition to teaching quarterly courses for POD, Ujima also works for the University Consulting Alliance.

Matthew Gardner

Matthew Gardner is a compliance analyst with Research Compliance and Operations.

Lisa Hanna

Lisa Hanna joined the University of Washington in March 2010. Prior to joining the University, Lisa practiced employment and labor law in the private and public sectors for over fifteen years. Her practice focused primarily on providing counseling to employers on all aspects of the employment relationship, including complex employee relations issues, labor relations matters, policies, and agreements. In her law practice, Lisa worked directly with human resources professionals and executive management to ensure compliance with equal employment opportunity, wage and hour, FMLA, and other state and federal employment and labor laws. Lisa’s practice also included providing employment-related training to employees and managers on topics such as harassment prevention, performance management, and disability accommodation. Since joining the University, Lisa has served as a senior human resources consultant and is now the director of employee relations for Campus HR Operations. Lisa received a B.A. in English from the University of Utah and earned her J.D. from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Lisa earned a Certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Washington’s Professional & Continuing Education program in 2010.

Patricia Hughes

Patricia Hughes has been a successful leadership educator and facilitator for the past 25 years. She owns and operates Trillium Leadership Consulting in Seattle, WA, is a senior affiliate with the Center for Ethical Leadership, and has worked with over 100 organizations from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. In addition, she is the author of Gracious Space: A Practical Guide for Working Better Together and Courageous Collaboration in Gracious Space: From Small Openings to Profound Transformation.

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Wendy Jans

Wendy Jans is a coach consultant, trainer, and instructor at Cultivate Learning in the College of Education at the University of Washington. She is committed to providing support, consultation and professional development for early learning coaches. Having been a coach herself, Wendy knows how challenging the work can be. Wendy values the opportunity to offer early learning coaches professional development through the UW Certificate in Practice-Based Coaching. She takes a coach-approach as an instructor in the feedback she provides to students on their work.

Wendy has worked in a variety of early learning settings, primarily Early Head Start and Head Start, as a supervisor, trainer, and consultant. Her work with Early Head Start and Head Start includes coaching and consultation for home visitors, teachers, and supervisors.

Gayle Johnson

Born and raised in Seattle of a proud pioneering family whose great-grandfather arrived in 1888, Gayle graduated from Roosevelt High School, attended the legendary Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, and transferred to the University of Washington, where she received a B.A. in political science. Gayle is a transformational leadership development trainer and coach, helping leaders and create healthy environments for their staff to thrive. Her ability to observe the workplace and its leaders allows Gayle to identify the most effective training and coaching for leaders.

Gayle’s teaching style is open, highly interactive, and transformative for the participants. Her goal is to ensure participants can immediately use what they have learned when they return to their workplace. Gayle is a certified life coach and owns her own business, EVOLVE Life Coaching, where she trains both seasoned and emerging leaders and helps individuals navigate life.

Gayle has coached leadership, mid-management, and frontline staff on creating better relationships, conflict resolution, transparent communication skills, and building effective teams, all under the umbrella of Emotional Intelligence. To support her experience as a transformational thought leader, Gayle pursued a Master of Transformational Leadership at Seattle University. This knowledge has led her to develop transformational leadership trainings and coaching approaches.

Over the last 20 years, Gayle has led teams in many nonprofit mental health, education, human services, and food banking organizations. Gayle’s clients have included governmental agencies and nonprofits. Her philosophy is that organizations are only as good as their employees, and employees are only as good as their leaders.

Ellen Langan

Ellen Langan, principal of Langan + Associates, has been an organizational consultant for over 30 years. Her areas of expertise include organization, time management, communication, and team building. Ellen has 40 years of teaching and seminar experience and is an MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) Master Practitioner with clients throughout the country. She has developed and presented hundreds of seminars and workshops for clients such as Microsoft, Nordstrom, Seattle Art Museum, City of Seattle, Safeco, Providence Health Care, and Wizards of the Coast. She has been teaching and consulting for the University of Washington since 1993 and just recently received her APTi certification in Coaching using Multiple Models.

Her business has been featured on KIRO, KING, KOMO, Q13, and Northwest Cable News as well as many local and national newspapers and magazines, including Cosmopolitan and Time. Ellen was the co-founder and past president of the Seattle chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers and served as the head of the National Ethics Task Force. She is also a member of the Association for Psychological Type and is currently President of the NW Chapter of APTi.

Jeff Leinaweaver

Jeff holds a Ph.D. in Human Development and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University and has served as adjunct faculty at UW’s Jackson School of International Studies. His prior work experience includes stints at Amazon Japan and the UN in Geneva for the Associated Press. He joined POD in 2019.

Applying his multi-disciplinary background in organizational theory, communications, innovation, and human resources, Jeff helps clients get unstuck, shift perceptions about themselves and their organization, resolve conflict, create new pathways for creative thinking, and become more effective, clear-headed, and engaged. He is adept at coaching leaders, facilitating workshops, and leading strategic retreats and enjoys using storytelling to increase communication competency, strengthen healthy narratives, and create positive results. At POD he has developed workshops on global leadership, implicit bias, and other areas.

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Joey Pauley

Joseph (Joey) Pauley has spent nearly two decades building and leading high-performance teams, most notably a design team whose products were voted “Best of the Web” by Forbes Magazine and praised by the International Herald Tribune, Town & Country, and The Wall Street Journal. His specialties include designing and facilitating retreats, leadership development, strategic planning, and developing organizational capacity.

After graduating from West Virginia University with bachelor’s degrees in computer programming, graphic design, and business, Joey led web design and development teams. Later he received an M.A. in organizational psychology and certifications in organizational dynamics and integrated skills for sustainable change. He is a past president of the Pacific Northwest Organizational Development Network.

Joey utilizes his knowledge and experience to increase effectiveness in private, public, and nonprofit organizations. As a trusted adviser, groups find that Joey’s process positively changes their organizational dynamics as they work on specific goals. For example, Joey instituted a collaborative process when developing Nomura Trading’s multinational strategic plan. The result was engagement and understanding that spanned language and cultures. His strategic, systemic approach is enjoyable, entertaining, and challenging. Results are often better communication, leadership, and collaboration.

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Jevon K. Powell, Ph.D.

Dr. Jevon Powell is an organizational psychologist based in Seattle who has been consulting full time since 1997. He is a trusted advisor to senior management in a wide variety of industries, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations. His specialties include leadership development and executive coaching, change management, Lean and continuous process improvement, and team effectiveness.

The center point of Jevon’s coaching work is helping clients see things from new perspectives.  He asks questions that provoke new insights and new behaviors.  His goal is to help people achieve positive and lasting change so that they can be their most effective at work.

Jevon received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Chico.  He began graduate studies in organizational psychology at the University of Washington and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York City.

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Chuck Pratt

Chuck Pratt is a successful organizational leader, consultant, and instructor with more than 24 years of experience in partnering with organizations to improve work climates. His expertise is in leadership development, team building, conflict management, coaching, interpersonal skills training, group facilitation, emotional intelligence, and dialogue. Chuck has worked as a consultant for higher education, public sector, and health care clients, including UWMC, UWM, and Harborview. He earned an M.S. in instructional systems design from Utah State University. In addition to teaching quarterly courses for Professional & Organizational Development, Chuck also works with the University Consulting Alliance.

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Jonathan Saunders

Jonathan Saunders is a senior analyst within University of Washington’s Management Accounting & Analysis. Prior to joining the UW in May of 2014, Jonathan has a background working in accounting and finance and holds a B.S. from Northern Arizona University, an M.B.A from Seattle University, and has a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) professional accreditation from the Association of Government Accountants.

Andra Sawyer

Andra Sawyer is the assistant director of post-award fiscal compliance at the University of Washington. She has over 25 years of experience in grant and contract administration. Areas of expertise include financial management and planning, compliance, budgeting, operations, human resources, and systems design and implementation. Prior to joining the UW, Andra spent 20 years working in the area of compliance, financial management, and systems development for a Washington, DC-based nonprofit and three years with PATH, a Seattle-based nonprofit.

Clive Shearer

Clive Shearer left Britain over 20 years ago seeking new horizons for his skills as a facilitator, educator, coach, and consultant. He came on board with Professional & Organizational Development in 2004, and says his greatest satisfaction occurs when people gain lifetime lessons in his classes.

Clive teaches eight quarterly classes for POD: (1) Respectful Partnerships; (2) Conflict Resolution Skills for Health Care Professionals; (3) Difficult People and Difficult Behavior; (4) Training, Coaching, and Mentoring for Success; (5) Rapid Process Improvement; (6) Turning Negative Emotions Into Positive Outcomes; (7) Conflict Management; and (8) Stress Management. These classes, and his customized workshops, have been attended by over 9,750 UW and UW Medicine participants—many coming to two or more sessions. As an educator, retreat facilitator, and coach, Clive has served 70 University of Washington, Health Sciences, and UW Medicine departments.

He enjoys travel; learning languages; exercise; reading mysteries, histories, and science; and is a pen and ink and watercolor artist.

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Jayant Swamy

Management Consultant. Trainer-Facilitator. Business-school faculty. Global Program Manager. Finance Manager. Jayant has donned different professional hats over the years, successfully delivering organizational solutions integrating business and technology. Developing human potential is the integral theme of his diverse work experience covering Microsoft, T-Mobile, Nordstrom, IBM and the City of Tacoma. He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore and is a Certified Associate Trainer in Emergenetics.

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Greg Taylor

With over 25 years of training and facilitation experience, Greg Taylor has directed dialogue with groups in the business, educational, government, healthcare, nonprofit, and criminal justice sectors. He navigates easily and comfortably within controversial frameworks with people who have strong beliefs and who—quite often—operate from positions of power and influence.

Greg’s innovative, energetic, and dynamic facilitation and training style creates and sustains authentic engagement from participants. His approach is a transformative synthesis of intentional training design and effective facilitation focused on outcome-based interactions. He seeks to create movement—in participants’ understanding, positions, and values—to establish receptivity to new ways of achieving desired results. He collaborates with clients to cultivate a safe environment that fosters open dialogue in processing new perspectives and deliberating on innovative solutions.

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Total Talent Management Recruitment Team

Kate Johnson, Alberto Lacao, Sabina McCoy, and Maria Rodriguez bring a comprehensive knowledge of the hiring process for regular and temporary staff.

Jamie Wilson

Jamie Wilson has worn many hats since joining Professional & Organizational Development (POD) in 1999, including her current role as senior communications strategist. Her varied duties at POD include writing marketing blurbs, web text, and newsletter articles; editing the Leading Edge newsletter and various internal and external communications; crafting marketing strategy for POD’s programs and services; and assisting with course planning. She holds a B.A. in literature and society from University of Tulsa and completed a continuing education certificate in literary fiction through the University of Washington Extension. Troubled by wrongly placed apostrophes and the lack of “comma sense” in today’s world, Jamie enjoys helping people improve their written communication skills. One of her favorite books is a hefty nine-pound unabridged dictionary, and she is delighted every time her toddler correctly conjugates verbs.

Jackie Wolfe

Jackie Wolfe is an organizational development consultant and human resources leader with over 15 years of experience in all phases of the people side of business. She has worked as both an internal and external consultant in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and has spent over 10 years working within the University of Washington community. Her professional expertise includes leadership development coaching and consulting, team building, strategic advising, project management, change management, organizational development, employee relations, recruiting, staffing, training and facilitation, program development, new hire orientation, and outplacement services. She is certified as a Dependable Strengths Instructor, sourcing recruitment specialist, and professional coach and is qualified to administer and interpret many psychological assessments. Jackie is also trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction and wellness programs. Her approach focuses on getting to know people’s strengths in order for them to achieve greater personal fulfillment and have more satisfaction in the workplace.

She earned a B.A. in communications and business from the University of Arizona, and currently is finishing her master’s in organizational development with major emphasis in psychology and leadership. She is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), Puget Sound Coaches Association (PSCA), National Organizational Development Network, American Psychological Association (APA), and participates in monthly panel discussions with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the American Society of Training & Development (ASTD).

Past clients include: Microsoft, Regence Blue Shield, Swedish Medical Center, Boeing, Accenture, Washington Mutual, Amazon, Cascadia Consulting Group, Alaska Airlines, Planned Parenthood, Group Health, Providence Health System, Safeco, Home Depot, Real Networks, Seattle Pacific University and Starbucks. When she is not at work, she enjoys yoga, meditation, biking, being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.