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Kyle Abraham, PHR, SHRM-CP represents employers in both traditional labor and employment law matters. He works with businesses of all sizes, government entities, and not-for-profit organizations. In his employment law practice, Kyle works closely with employers to develop effective workplace policies, and he provides proactive advice and counsel. Additionally, Kyle is a trained, certified and experienced workplace investigator, and he regularly conducts investigations into allegations of employee misconduct, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or other sensitive issues. Kyle is an experienced litigator who has successfully represented clients before U.S. circuit and district courts, Oregon and Washington state courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries, and other state and federal agencies. Kyle leverages his experience to help employers anticipate and resolve problems at the earliest possible stage and in a cost-effective manner, with the confidence and capability to defend employers if the matter escalates to litigation.
Tami Boedigheimber Human Resource Management Certificate Portland State University Center for Executive and Professional Education CEPE School of Business Administration
Tami Boedigheimer, MBA, has an undergraduate degree in economics and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Portland. She recently held the position of president for Columbia Willamette Compensation Group, an affiliated group of World at Work, and is currently a group partnership liaison and board member for World at Work. Before establishing a career and consulting practice in employee compensation, Ms. Boedigheimer spent over ten years in corporate accounting and finance in the high-tech industry. Since starting her own practice she has worked for companies as small as 40 employees and as large as 10,000. Her work spans a variety of industries, including health care, high tech, banking, public utilities, and manufacturing.
 Jennifer Bouman-Steagall Human Resource Management Certificate Portland State University Center for Executive and Professional Education CEPE School of Business Administration Jennifer Bouman-Steagall, founder of Employment Law Outsourcing, LLC  is an employment law attorney with over 13 years of experience representing both public and private sector employers in state and federal court. Jennifer counsels employers and conducts management and employee training in a variety of areas including workplace harassment and discrimination, civil rights laws, OFLA, FMLA, effective supervisory practices and performance management. Using her hallmark managerial training workshops focused on supervisor skill development and workforce management, Jennifer works closely with HR and top-level management to align business strategies with HR best practices, improve productivity and increase the client's bottom line.
Allison Brown, GPHR, SPHR-CA, is a senior level HR leader and a learning and development professional at Columbia Sportswear. She helps people succeed at work through coaching employees, developing and executing global programs, and helping leaders build influence and manage change. Allison is a certified professional coach and has current certifications through HRCI and SHRM.
 Alan Cabelly Human Resource Management Certificate Portland State University Center for Executive and Professional Education CEPE School of Business Administration
Alan Cabelly, PhD, SPHR, is professor of human resource management in Portland State University's School of Business Administration. He has taught and developed programs at the undergraduate, executive, and professional-development levels at Portland State University as well as international programs in Russia, China, and Serbia. Dr. Cabelly has been instrumental in structuring the Professional Development Center's Human Resource Management certificate of completion program. He has been president of the Northwest Human Resource Management Association and serves on various Society for Human Resource Management committees. Dr. Cabelly was the 2001 SHRM Advisor of the Year.
 Judy Clark Human Resource Management Certificate Portland State University Center for Executive and Professional Education CEPE School of Business Administration
Judy Clark, SPHR, CPC, is the president and founder of HR Answers, Inc., the largest independent human resources consulting firm in the Pacific Northwest. She has more than 30 years of human resource experience. Ms. Clark has instructed in CEPE's HR Certificate Program since its inception and is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Washington. She is certified as a senior professional in human resources (SPHR) and as a professional consultant. Nationally recognized, Ms. Clark's experience with organizations of all sizes and industries gives her the broad perspective she brings to the classroom.

Kerry Gilbreth, SPHR, is the Director for Human Resources at Portland State University, responsible for Benefits, Leaves, and HR Front Desk Operations. She oversees the staff who manage benefits, FMLA/OFLA, ADA, and worker’s compensation for over 4,000 faculty and staff. Kerry is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and the Portland Human Resource Management Association. She worked for Metro Regional Government as the Total Compensation and Benefits Manager before joining Portland State University in 2011 and earned a B.S. degree in Management from the University of Oregon. Kerry has more than 16 years of experience managing benefits and leaves programs.

 Dan Grinfas Human Resource Management Certificate Portland State University Center for Executive and Professional Education CEPE School of Business Administration Dan Grinfas counsels employers and conducts management and employee training in various employment-related areas, including workplace harassment, civil rights laws, wage and hour laws, OFLA and FMLA, disability laws and reasonable accommodation, injured-worker laws, legal hiring practices, and policy writing and employer record-keeping requirements. He represents employers before administrative agencies, including the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Mr. Grinfas is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute. He has also been included in the employment law category of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Rick Howell, MBA, has spent almost thirty years as an HR professional performing most HR specialties in a variety of industries and is now the Principal of Howell Management Consulting, specializing and strategic planning and human resources. He holds his SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CCP credentials, and was among the first in the nation to earn the GPHR certification in 2004. Rick has also been an adjunct professor at Washington State University, Portland State University, and/or City University for the past twenty-five years.  Rick started the WSU Vancouver Student HR Chapter. A two-time recipient of NHRMA’s Distinguished Member award, he has served in various volunteer roles at the local, state, regional and national levels of SHRM.  Rick resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, Lesa, and two children, Bryce and Nicole.  He enjoys competitive swimming, scuba diving, flying, landscaping, and poker. 
 Jennifer Johnson Human Resource Management Certificate Portland State University Center for Executive and Professional Education CEPE School of Business Administration
Jennifer Johnson, MBA, SPHR, GPHR is the HR Director at Lightspeed Technologies. She has 20 years of human resources experience in a variety of organizations in the Portland area. She has a BA in government from California State University, Sacramento and an MBA from Portland State University. She is the founder and moderator of the HR Network, an online community for local HR professionals.
Catherine “Cathy” LaTourette, MPA, serves as faculty in the PSU Executive Masters Public Administration program. She brings over 28 years of Human Resource management experience. For 11 years she served as the Associate VP for Human Resources at PSU with approximately 30,000 students and over 5000 employees leading the full scope of HR and payroll functions.

Prior to PSU, Cathy initiated and developed the HR function for Sysco Food Services of Portland, the Oregon division of this Fortune 100 food service distribution company, where she held the VP Human Resources position for 10 years. Earlier in her career Cathy worked for the Muscular Dystrophy Association coordinating patient services for individuals with neuro-muscular diseases and managed $2 million in grants distributed through NYC hospitals. 
 Elaine Lees Human Resource Management Certificate Portland State University Center for Executive and Professional Education CEPE School of Business Administration Elaine Lees, MBA, SPHR, is a talent-management strategist who helps companies select, develop and retain key employees with custom fit solutions. She is the Principal for Elaine Lees Consulting. In her career as VP, HR, and company officer, Ms. Lees has been exposed to and managed through leading-edge issues in talent management such as retention, scaling for growth, outsourcing, mergers and acquisitions, rewards, and management development. Her organizations have won Best Company in Oregon and have been featured in magazines such as FAST Company and INC. Certified by Lominger, Hogan Assessments, Human Capital Institute among others, she also has a lifetime Senior Professional in Human Resources designation.
 Paul Spindel Human Resource Management Certificate Portland State University Center for Executive and Professional Education CEPE School of Business Administration
Paul Spindel, MA, is principal at Paul Spindel LLC, focusing on management and supervisory development. He is a certified facilitator of the Myers Briggs assessment and the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Instrument. Mr. Spindel has over 18 years of human resources experience with Marriott and Nike. With Tonia Twigger, he teaches "Creating the Life You Want" workshops helping folks figure out what to do with their lives. He conducts workshops aimed at creating an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling human presence on this planet. His mission is to "touch hearts, challenge minds, and incite laughter."

Tanya Thompson, MA, with more than fifteen years' of experience in both the US and Europe, has backgrounds in team and leadership development along with incredible energy and enthusiasm making her a powerful force for organizational change and success. She has provided consultation services for a variety of corporate clients including Apple, Nike, Microsoft, MasterCard, Nestle’, Siemens, Shell Oil, the US Marine Corps, and T-Mobile. She has worked as a Trainer/Lecturer at the University of Vienna. She has started and run a private coaching company in Vienna, Austria, catering to the international and diplomatic community and private sector industries. Tanya brings together a wide range of skills and experience to help organizations activate effectiveness, advance collaboration and promote stability leading to a high performance work environment.
Dan Vetter Human Resource Management Certificate Portland State University Center for Executive and Professional Education CEPE School of Business Administration Dan Vetter, MS, is an independent consultant specializing in instructional design, training delivery, and human performance improvement. He is actively involved in the local training community and served as president for the Cascadia Chapter of ASTD. He has been the instructional designer of over 70 training programs during the last decade. Prior to moving to Portland, Mr. Vetter invested 12 years working in training and development, and continuous improvement at a Fortune 500 company in Omaha, Nebraska. He has taught college courses for the University of Nebraska, Drake University, and Portland State University.
Enrique Washington is an executive search and talent management consultant and co-founder of the Generator Group. Enrique’s most meaningful work over the past 20 years has involved helping individuals and organizations achieve their full potential through the creation and implementation of executive talent acquisition and leadership development strategies. He is the co-author of the upcoming book, Using Competencies To Establish A Common Language Across A Talent Management System. Enrique is the host of The Talent Lab, a podcast show dedicated to informing its listeners about talent management trends and practices. Enrique is an accomplished athlete; he was named a Track and Field All American and remains an avid runner and athlete. He has a passion for photography and music. Enrique holds a BS in marketing and an MS in corporate and public communication from Seton Hall University. He also holds an MS in industrial organizational psychology from Kansas State University.
Tammi Wheeler Human Resource Management Certificate Portland State University Center for Executive and Professional Education CEPE School of Business Administration Tammi Wheeler, MS, SPHR, Principal of PeopleSense, LLC, specializing in customized leadership and talent development services including: organizational assessments, individual coaching, team and leadership development, management training and group facilitation.  With over 20 years’ experience, Tammi excels in building strategic partnerships and deploying people strategies that are aligned to achieve business results. While at Intel she spent nearly ten years in a number of strategic leadership positions and led a large global team of human resource professionals. She is confident that every organization can realize continuous improvement through effectively leading and aligning their talent. Tammi holds a Master’s Degree in Whole Systems Design/Organizational Development from Antioch University and is certified in Myers-Briggs, Hogan Assessments, Facet Five,  DDI and Achieve Global.