Meet our instructors
Kristi Aravena is a labor negotiator with Labor Relations.
Karen Armstead excels in consulting/coaching in strategies essential for management and operational effectiveness. Her keen ability to assess workplace situations allows her to take a solutions-oriented approach to her work. Her classroom teaching style is interactive, engaging participants in discussions that offer insight for all involved. Karen has extensive experience in workshop facilitation, curriculum development, program evaluation and development, making presentations, enhancing customer relations, and developing stronger diverse workplaces. She believes that agreed-upon processes enable organizations and their employees to be effective. This includes communications resources and tools that support inclusive, shared goals and outcomes.
She holds a Ph.D. in communications with emphasis in persuasive communications, decision-making strategies, and multi-cultural competency. She taught at San Jose State University prior to starting her own consulting firm. This academic training and teaching has led to diverse consulting and training contracts across the U.S. and internationally for Fortune 500 corporations, public agencies, small business owners, professional associations, and nonprofits. In 2016, Armstead Consulting became a member of the University of Washington Consulting Alliance, working to promote racial and social justice and stronger working environments. She is committed to providing people and organizations with insights, tools, and resources so they can make a difference.
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Robert Armstead is known for his ability to bring strategic focus, develop teams, and resolve operational issues. His teaching and consulting work reflect his management and leadership experience within private industry, government agencies, and nonprofits, as well as owning and operating his own professional services firm. Bob understands the dynamics involved in developing organizational capacity, connecting organizations to the larger community, and creating a workplace where diversity matters. It is unusual for one person to have both extensive financial expertise and strong marketing and management skills. He brings this powerful combination of skills into his teaching and consulting with a wide range of clients and workshop participants. He listens to individuals’ issues and concerns, providing perspective and workable solutions.
He has served as a member of IBM’s management development training staff and was Assistant Director of Pepperdine University’s School of Management Urban Affairs Program. Because so much of his work involves community engagement, he brings the community’s perspective into consulting and training to enrich the learning process. Valuing diversity is key to engaging communities. He understands how to assist others in developing communication skills that support the diverse workplace.
Bob currently advises public and private organizations and small business owners and is Washington State President of the National Association of Minority Contractors. He holds an MBA is in management, finance, and marketing.
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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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Keya is a higher education champion and service-oriented professional. For more than a decade, she has worked within student affairs in various public and private universities, equipping individuals with resources for academic, personal and professional success.
Keya holds Masters in Public Administration and is passionate about developing individuals into leaders and transforming leaders into change agents who positively impact organizations and society. She is known for developing strong relationships and partnerships to optimize organizational performance.
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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 is an instructional designer for the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.
Lee Davis brings a wealth of knowledge in classroom facilitation, instructional design, lecturing, and curriculum development. A veteran of the Armed Forces, Davis honed his classroom skills as a damage control instructor for the United States Navy, where he served as a submariner for 15 years. He taught over 5,000 sailors ranging from seamen to admirals, and has created and facilitated workshops for youth on topics such as personal development, mental self-defense, principles of living, and soaring from within.
Davis serves as a co-facilitator of the Strategic Leadership Program and is a certified master training specialist and curriculum developer. He is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner (NLPP).
Dr. Edward Donalson III
Author, professor, entrepreneur, thought coach, and multi-media personality, Dr. Edward Donalson III is a visionary with a dynamic message of empowerment. He is the Interim Director of the Doctor of Ministry at Seattle University in the School of Theology and Ministry.
Born in Philadelphia, PA and cultivated in Seattle, WA as a bi-coastal youth, he developed a heart for diversity and an ability to navigate all socioeconomic, educational, and ethnic spheres. Traveling nationally as a guest lecturer, workshop clinician, and educator since 1996, he has a record of accomplishment in excellence with integrity.
Dr. Donalson earned a Bachelor of Theology, a Masters of Art in Global Leadership and a Doctorate of Ministry. Married eighteen years to Ujima E. Donalson, CPC, NLPP, M.Ed., and father of one daughter, Dr. Donalson speaks a life-affirming message to families across the nation.
Dr. Donalson has authored seven books: Moments of Worship; More Moments of Worship; THINK! Retooling Your Mind for Kingdom Success; THINK Again! The Roadmap to Kingdom Greatness; Unlocking the Genius Within: Essays on Greatness; Get Your Life: Affirmations, Inspirations, and Intentions, and In My Own Words; the Contemplative Life of a 21st Century Bishop, and is also the compiler of two anthologies: On Becoming and Yes I’m a Christian; a Practical Theology for an Emerging Generation.
Dr. Edward Donalson III currently serves as Senior Pastor of Kingdom Family Worship Center Int’l and is the Presiding Prelate of Freedom Assemblies Worldwide. President and Founder of Logos Life Network and Leadership Institute, and Co-founder of Koah International Enterprise. He is the current President of the United Ecumenical College of Bishops. Dr. Donalson is also the Bishop of Operations for the P.U.R.E. Ministries International Fellowship Churches and serves both on the King County Juvenile Justice Steering Committee and The City of Kent Community Police Race Relations Taskforce.
As assistant vice president of Total Talent Management for the University of Washington, Ujima Donalson 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.
Rachel Drapeau is a business intelligence manager in Procurement Services with extensive background knowledge in Ariba and UW financial systems. She is focused on department outreach and business intelligence through reporting data, internal processes, and working relationships both within UW and among UW’s peers.
Art Frohwerk is recognized as a master facilitator, innovator, and implementer. With over 30 years of orchestrating “never-done-before” solutions, he is known for leading efforts to discover the “impossible” answers, always with a strong sense of reality, business savvy, and human factors. One of Art’s lifelong interests has been in visualization—seeing patterns and understanding complex issues in a simple way. From this he has developed a family of best practice tools to engage people, clarify opportunities, achieve results, and leave behind new levels of capability.
Art is a strong practitioner of total quality leadership, systems thinking, and sustainability design. His experience spans key roles in reinventing organizations, their strategies, products, service, and processes. Engaged by over 100 organizations across North America, in almost every industry, Art has spoken to, taught, and led multidisciplinary teams and programs. He has given special attention to healthcare, higher education, and nonprofits.
Art is an alumnus of Walt Disney Imagineering, Procter & Gamble Engineering and Product Development, and Belcan Engineering Group. Art is leader of Clearpath, LLC, focusing on strategic transformation of complex organizations. He holds an Engineering degree from Harvey Mudd College—with continued study in human factors, experience design, visualization, leadership, team performance, and applied innovation.
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Matthew Gardner is a compliance analyst with Research Compliance and Operations.
Josina’s passion is to support leaders in reaching their fullest potential and in cultivating exceptional teams. She does this by creating meaning learning experiences that invite people to think in creative ways that challenge teams, and inspire individual and collective growth.
As a Training and OD Consultant within the University of Washington’s Professional and Organizational Development (POD) team she designs and delivers workshops for new managers, to cultivate leadership skills and support intact teams to become high-performing. In additional she provides one-on-one coaching to managers and leaders based on assessment results and personal developmental goals.
Josina has been working in the field of team and leadership development for nearly 20 years in roles ranging from a manager of customer-designed executive education programs at the University of New Hampshire’s Paul College of Business to principal of a Constellation Consulting, a boutique firm focused on interpersonal skill development of leaders and teams. Her areas of interest and expertise include: Emotional Intelligence, teaming, launching teams, and various areas of positive psychology as related to performance in the workplace.
Josina holds a BA in Experiential Learning (focusing on outdoor, adventure education) and an MA in Leadership Development, both from the University of New Hampshire. As part of her graduate studies she analyzed scholarly research on Emotional Intelligence in the workplace and since then has integrated the concepts in her work with faculty designing executive education institutes, leadership development programs and workshops for students and professionals. She is certified in the Bar-On EQi self-assessment, a tool for individuals to assess and develop their Emotional Intelligence; Behavior Styles Instrument; and the Belbin Team Roles Assessment.
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Elise Glassman is a project manager in University of Washington’s Strategic Consulting, and also for UW Sustainability. She received her B.A. in Germanic Linguistics from the UW and has since completed certificates in novel writing and in technical communications, as well as achieved her green belt in Lean Six Sigma. She has supervised and mentored a variety of interns over the course of her nine-year career at the UW and has managed several iterations of internship programs.
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 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 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.
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.
Kate Johnson is part of the Total Talent Management – Recruitment and Staffing team. Since joining the UW in 2015, Kate has enjoyed working in a variety of roles for the centralized Human Resources Department. As an Employment Specialist, Kate guides departments through the hiring process while providing recruiting support for a diverse clientele. Kate received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Boston University, taught art for several years, transitioned to program management in the tech field, and then found her place at UW. She brings those years of creative, educational and analytical experience to her role and to the POD classroom.
Samir Khoury is a senior auditor with UW Internal Audit. He graduated from the University of Washington – Bothell campus with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting. Prior to joining UW Internal Audit, Samir spent three years at the Washington State Auditor’s Office performing financial, federal, and accountability audits of local governments within Snohomish County while also serving as a fraud specialist. Samir is a certified fraud examiner (CFE).
Bezza Kifle is a senior auditor within UW Internal Audit. Prior to working for UW Internal Audit, Bezza worked as an auditor at Ernst and Young performing financial audits of both private and public companies. Bezza also worked for RSM McGladrey, servicing both tribal and commercial casinos and strengthening their Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) compliance programs.
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 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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Témo joined POD in 2019 as the lead facilitator for Welcome Day, which is presented to new employees twice a month. Témo oversees all aspects of this onboarding program as well as SLP Supervisor Orientation. As a trainer, he specializes in presenting dynamic classes on interpersonal and communication skills, customer service, and de-escalation techniques.
Témo formerly served as an advisor at UW Bothell and more recently worked at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences and Virginia Mason Memorial in Yakima. Throughout his rich and varied experience in higher ed, medicine, the private sector, and volunteer work, he has focused on supporting and developing others, whether students or staff.
Bri Nguyen helps organizations evolve by leading change initiatives and multi-stakeholder projects, designing and facilitating planning processes, and developing high-impact programs. She’s led projects for companies and clients ranging from Amazon.com to the federal government. As a facilitator and instructor, she creates courses that give students practical tools and strategies to use as well as opportunities to apply what they learn through case studies and real-life examples. Her courses draw on her 10+ years of experience working with teams in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
Sarah Osteen is President of Spark Strategy LLC, a leadership consulting practice focused on organizational effectiveness consulting, leadership program design and delivery, and executive coaching.
Sarah’s clients span a range of sectors: financial, energy, public sector, pharmaceutical, health care, technology, retail, and nonprofit. Sarah works with clients to deliver high-impact leadership development solutions for both individuals and teams. She focuses on topics at the heart of communication–emotional intelligence, persuasion, difficult conversations, and negotiations.
Sarah spent nine years as a senior solutions manager in corporate learning at Harvard Business Publishing. In her role she worked closely with the Harvard Business Publishing sales team to design powerful leadership development solutions and to help drive the $6 million in annual revenue for the northeast. Sarah continues to maintain a close partnership with Harvard Business Publishing in the role of moderator and senior instructional designer.
Sarah received her B.A. in English from Georgetown University and her M.B.A. from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. In 2012 Sarah attended the Executive Coaching Intensive program at Columbia University and has effectively leveraged her coaching skills as part of robust leadership development programs.
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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Jordan Peabody has helped dozens of organizations improve their workplace documents with his practical, hands-on writing workshops. Since 2001, he has led writing workshops for a variety of clients, including City of Seattle, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Community Transit, Western Washington University, Hillsboro Police Department, Washington State Department of Enterprise Services, U.S. Bank, NoteWorld, and others. Jordan has written and edited for both private companies and public agencies, including CCI Solutions, Tacoma Police Department, Washington State Department of Health, and Delaware Department of Health and Social Services.
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 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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Briana Randall is the Executive Director of the University of Washington Career & Internship Center. Prior to beginning her current role, she held a variety of positions in the Career & Internship Center, including career counselor, coordinator of graduate student services, manager of front desk operations, manager of student employees, and director of the internship project. Before joining UW in 2003, Briana earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from Indiana University.
Darryl Wm. Russell
As a highly skilled and charismatic instructor and master facilitator, Darryl Russell is known for his ability to connect with others and for his warm, humorous, yet focused style of leadership. His successful sales and service management reputation and leadership expertise were factors that helped launch his career as a regional training manager and field supervisor for the McDonald’s mid-west Great Lakes Division—winning every award in leadership and operational excellence available to managers at his level from 2004-2014.
In addition to his management and training responsibilities, Darryl started his own music production company and wrote musical themes for training and corporate presentations. Soon, he began working with senior executives as a presentation coach for out-of-the-box skill development that utilized music for branding and team engagement.
Now an independent consultant, Darryl delivers highly effective interactive learning experiences in team dynamics, influencing, coaching, behavior and communication styles, conflict resolution, and presentation skills, with practical, achievement-focused application.
Darryl served as guest speaker for University of Washington’s Adult Learning and Development Certificate program in the early 2000’s and currently teaches for Seraphim Consulting and Training as well as UW Professional and Organizational Development (POD).
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 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.
Julian Schrenzel, founder and Chief Spontaneity Officer of Improv-Alive and the Seattle Improvisation Community, has over 25 years’ experience as a professional actor, singer, corporate trainer, and teacher/practitioner of improvisation. Julian leads workshops in which people with little or no performance experience engage each other with a new and different set of tools that dramatically increase their creative/collaborative abilities. His workshops focus on whole-body listening, multi-sensual expression, teambuilding, leadership, support, change management, public speaking/presentation, and more.
Deborah Seaman has over 20 years of experience in organization and management development, specializing in organizational change, Total Quality Management, and strategic planning within higher education and health care settings. She holds a B.A. in sociology and a master’s in public health from the University of California at Berkeley. Selected projects include strategic planning in a division crossing two university campuses, involving designing systems and structures to foster and sustain integration; designing and facilitating transition sessions with staff of two merging organizations; facilitating feedback sessions and coaching members of an executive team interested in fostering greater truth-telling among themselves; and facilitating the management of a large division’s transition from providing manual transactions to using technology with clients. Past clients include medical centers and various departments at the University of Washington and Stanford University, Yale-New Haven Medical Center, the Council of Washington State University Presidents, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In addition to teaching quarterly courses for Professional & Organizational Development, Deborah also works with the University Consulting Alliance.
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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 seven quarterly classes for POD: Conflict Resolution Skills for Health Care Professionals; Difficult People and Difficult Behavior; Training, Coaching, and Mentoring for Success; Rapid Process Improvement; Turning Negative Emotions Into Positive Outcomes; Conflict Management; and Stress Management. These classes, and his customized workshops, have been attended by over 8,500 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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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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Cass Tang, PMP, is a sought-after instructor and facilitator for project management, technology operations (ITIL), estimating, budgeting, risk management, meeting management, communications, facilitation, and scheduling. She graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Washington and worked for the shipbuilding, aerospace, and pulp and paper industries before transitioning to technology project management. In 2007, she started her own consulting company, All Project Solutions, Inc., serving clients globally across all disciplines. She has helped to stabilize and grow organizations and boards with key processes and intuitive heuristics.
Cass has taught for UW Seattle and Tacoma campuses, community colleges, and county and federal agencies. Using project management lean six sigma concepts, she combines lecture, group exercises, case studies, and assessments and her classes are highly interactive. Customized training allows for application of concepts in real-time with actual, live projects.
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, Terra Kerr, Alberto Lacao, and Sabina McCoy bring a comprehensive knowledge of the hiring process for regular and temporary staff.
John is an internal software trainer at UW Procurement Services and has an extensive knowledge of many different Ariba applications that have been implemented at the UW. He also has over 13 years of experience working as a buyer and managing contracts at the UW.
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 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.