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Training and Development Program Faculty

ELP Faculty

Educational Leadership and Policy Department faculty provide oversight and ensure program fidelity for the Training and Development certificate of completion programs.  Adjunct faculty teaching in the certificates of completion are Subject Matter Experts (SME) who are respected leaders and active in their areas of expertise.

Subject matter experts

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.

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, 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.

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, 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.

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.