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Training and Development Program - Faculty

Janet Marie Bennett

Janet Marie Bennett, PhD, founded the Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI) and now directs the University of the Pacific individualized Master of Arts in intercultural relations. She specializes in developing theory and training methods in intercultural communication. Dr. Bennett created the liberal arts program at Marylhurst University and facilitates professional development for university faculty and administrators, international student advisers, health care providers, corporate managers, caseworkers, and others in the private and public sectors. She was given the Senior Interculturalist Award from the International Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research, as well as the Golden Penguin Award from the Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development.

Karen Bjorklund, MS, is the principal of Bjorklund Business Relations and provides consulting and training on management, team building, communication, planning strategies, and marketing. For more than 12 years, she has been a speaker at national and local conferences and has led seminars and instructed classes. Her awards and honors include the Outstanding Manager Award from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the Award of Excellence from the Oregon Columbia/International Association of Business Communicators.

Tona Brewer, MS, SPHR, has been in the workplace learning field for over twelve years, working in
both health care and government. Ms. Brewer has designed, developed and facilitated a variety of courses for adult learners, including technical skills, business skills and diversity courses. She currently works at the Bonneville Power Administration as a Program Manager. Ms. Brewer received a Graduate Certificate in Training & Development from Portland State University in 2006 and a Masters Degree in Instructional and Performance Technology from Boise State University in 2008. She earned her SPHR in 2009. Ms. Brewer has been active in the ASTD-Cascadia chapter for many years, having served on the conference committee for the past four years, most recently as the conference committee chair for 2012.

Steven Browning

Steven Browning, PhD, is a Senior Curriculum Development Lead for Adobe Systems, leading worldwide learning strategy inititiaves. He previously served as Director of Learning Strategies for QuickCompliance Enhanced Learning, where he managed the design of elearning suites and blended learning solutions. He has taught courses in writing for online environments and digital pedagogy in the University of Washington’s Departments of English and Technical Writing, as well the University of  Houston’s Scholars’ Community and Department of English. Since the late 1990’s Dr. Browning has been developing and managing elearning design teams for clients including pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporations, software manufacturers, television and media companies, continuing education providers, and several governmental agencies.

Glen Fahs, PhD, is adult education director of training and organization development for the Cascade Employers Association, a human resource nonprofit agency serving more than 500 organizations. He has directed several continuing education departments and served as a management consultant in all sectors for large and small organizations, such as Nabisco, Time Warner, Entek International, Multnomah Athletic Club, cities, counties, and Hollywood Entertainment. For more than six years, Dr. Fahs was responsible for the state of Oregon's statewide management training. He has performed board and other volunteer leadership roles for United Way, the Oregon Ethics Commons, and the American Society for Training and Development.

Bob Hanks

Bob Hanks, MBA, Bob Hanks, MBA, has more than 25 years of management, consulting, education, training, and public service experience. Currently, as the Executive Director for the CLIMB Center for Advancement at Portland Community College, Mr. Hanks is responsible for the overall leadership the following programs: Professional Development and Training, Health Professions, Life by Design, and the Small Business Development Centers.  Prior to his role at the CLIMB Center he was responsible for the overall leadership of the MBA program, the Undergraduate Business Program, the Real Estate Degree Program, and the Online Business Programs at Marylhurst University. He also served as the Chair for the Undergraduate Business and Management Program at the Oregon Campus of the University of Phoenix. Mr. Hanks was employed by the Southland Corporation for 17 years where he held a variety of positions including Franchise Training Manager, Field Consultant, and Retail Information Systems Coordinator. During his tenure as Franchise Training Manager, Mr. Hanks developed training programs and provided leadership over the NW Region.

Judy Katz Unrein, MBA, M.Ed., is a senior instructional designer for NIKE, Inc. and a frequent speaker and writer for local and national organizations including ASTD, the eLearning Guild, and eLearn Magazine. She has worked in the field of learning and development since 1997 and has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas, an MBA from Baker University, and an M.Ed. in instructional design with a focus on workplace learning from the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

Rebecca Perry

Rebecca Perry, MA, is a seasoned leadership coach and consultant with over 20 years of experience in the private and public sectors. Partnering with leaders at all levels in the organization, she supports clients to identify and expand their strengths and achieve increased effectiveness. Ms. Perry's early management career included coaching and training the management team of a Fortune 500 company, where she was recognized as being among the company's top internal consultants. As an independent consultant, she's successfully coached and developed leaders at Hewlett Packard, Mentor Graphics, Microsoft, Nike, Bonneville Power Administration, the State of Oregon, universities, and a wide range of small and mid-sized organizations. Clients describe her approach as focused, insightful, engaging and results-oriented. In addition to holding dozens of certifications in tools such as the MBTI and Hogan Personality Assessment, she is a certified mediator, a member of the International Coach Federation and is affiliated with Accomplishment Coaching. Her master's degree is in applied behavioral science and organizational systems.

Tracy Ross, MEd, is an instructional designer and Technical Learning Consultant for Research and Development at McAfee. Tracy has over 18 years of experience in education and corporate workplace learning. She has over 7 years of experience designing, developing, and facilitating in the live virtual classroom. Tracy has facilitated sessions at conferences such as the CLO and Talent Management Forum, Elliot’s Masie’s Learning, and the Intel Learning Summit on the topics of Live Virtual Learning, Leveraging Social Media for Learning, Designing for a Global Audience, Working With SMEs, and Creative Facilitation Techniques. 

Katherine Stevens, EdM, is a project manager and instructional strategist at ISITE Design. Katherine has over 15 years of experience in leading elearning project and designing classroom training and elearning solutions. Katherine has over 6 years of experience using social media tools to support learning.Katherine has presented sessions on content curation and eLearning for The eLearning Guild. She is a past president of the Cascadia Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and is active in planning events on elearning, social media, and mobile learning.

 

Dan Vetter, MS, is president of Vetter Solutions, an independent consulting firm specializing in instructional design, training delivery, and process improvement. Mr. Vetter invested 12 years working in training and development and continuous improvement at a Fortune 500 company in Omaha, Nebraska, prior to moving to Portland. He has taught in the human performance improvement programs at the University of Nebraska and Drake University as well as serving as president for the Cascadia Chapter of ASTD.