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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, 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.
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, 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.
  Corbett Gordon joined the Labor & Employment group at Tonkon Torp in 2013 after 11 years as a founder and senior counsel in the Portland office of Fisher & Phillips. Prior to that, she was a senior partner in her own firm for seven years. Corbett has over three decades of experience representing public and private sector employers in a range of matters including their interactions with labor unions in Oregon and Washington. Corbett defends employers in court on employment matters; in 1999 she successfully argued an ADA case before the Supreme Court. An experienced labor negotiator, Corbett represents clients in collective bargaining, contract enforcement and labor arbitrations.
  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.
  Tom Hirons, MA, is an industrial sociologist in private practice since 1988. His research/interest areas are organizational electronicness, electronic human resources management (e-HR), and the impact of information technology change on business and society. His client list includes Sprint, DANA, United Nations, Victoria’s Secret at the Limited, and state and federal governments. He attends the annual information systems research forum presented by the Center for Information Systems Research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to stay current on information technology trends and innovations. His teaching and public speaking style is often described by students as analytic, passionate, entertaining, and innovative. 
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.
  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.
Jean "Rand" Schenk, MS, specializes in organization development services that include organization assessments, change management, strategic planning, group facilitation, team and leadership development, and executive coaching. Over the past 20 years, he has worked in a variety of settings, including public education, outdoor recreation and education, and inpatient psychiatry. For nine years he served as a senior organizational-development consultant and coach at Intel. Prior to joining Intel, Mr. Schenk consulted at Duke University, where he led a large-scale change initiative, and Burroughs Wellcome. He holds two graduate degrees in the behavioral sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Chris Sheesley, MA, is the president and lead consultant for In-Accord, a company that specializes in managing internal organizational conflict. He has an MA in organizational communication from Marylhurst University. Since 1991, Mr. Sheesley’s career has been in the mediation and dispute resolution field. He has conducted more than 1,500 mediation and facilitation cases across a spectrum of community and organizational settings. He has served on over 18 conflict management rosters and regularly performs interventions for organizations throughout Oregon. He has amassed over 5,000 hours as an instructor in these specialty skills.
Paul Spindel is principal at Paul Spindel LLC, focusing on management and supervisory development. He holds an MA in organizational communications and 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."


Sarah Stebbins, PhD, has more than 20 years of experience developing and delivering training programs, having designed over 100 workshops and seminars, and facilitating teams. She is experienced in coaching executives and leaders with managing organizational change. She has held adjunct faculty positions with The University of Portland and Washington State University. Her current work includes strategic planning for a large county health department, leadership curriculum design and delivery for 150 community college managers, and developing and implementing change-management strategies for a large municipal commission. Dr. Stebbins is a senior-certified career coach for Lee Hecht Harrison, an international leadership-development firm.

Lillian A. Tsai has been working with a plethora of organizations from government, non-profit to global corporations on cross-cultural competency and communications, and diversity & inclusion (D&I) since 2005. This includes: 
  • Assessments and gap analysis of organizational effectiveness as it relates to cultural competence and/or diversity/inclusion. 
  • Making recommendations for and the implementation of strategic Diversity & Inclusion initiatives and/or diversity & inclusion councils.
  • Design and facilitation of cross-cultural communications, cultural competence or diversity and inclusion training programs across departments and within teams (team interventions).
  • Keynote speaker on topics related to diverse workforce, global communications and/or cultural competence. 
  • Coaching of executives and managers who lead diverse work teams. 
  • 1:1 coaching of foreign- and U.S.-born persons of color. 
  • Culture and business workshops for Working with Asians, China, Malaysia or Singapore.
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.
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.
Eric R. Wilson, MBA, SPHR has over 20 years of senior human resource management experience and is currently president of HR Integrated Solutions. Along with experience in all facets of human resource management, his areas of practice include process analysis, change and transition management, and strategy development. Mr. Wilson is dedicated to enthusiastic and dynamic leadership and teaching as a means of creating and nurturing an understanding and appreciation of human resource and systems resource applications. He has been cited in several professional periodicals, including Personnel Journal, HR Magazine, the Oregonian, the American Management Association's HR Focus, and the International Association for Human Resource Information Management's The Review.