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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 Bennett, PhD, is Executive Director of the Intercultural Communication Institute and Chair of the ICI Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations program. She created the liberal arts division at Marylhurst College, and as chair of the program, developed award-winning interdisciplinary curricula. As a trainer and consultant, she designs and conducts intercultural competence and diversity training for government agencies, healthcare providers, universities, NGO’s, social service agencies and legal professionals. She teaches courses in the training and development program at Portland State University and conducts short courses at Groningen University (Netherlands), Beijing International University (China), and Aoyama Gakuin (Japan). She spends her time teaching, training, and writing in the field of intercultural communication, with a particular interest in intercultural competence, training design, and intercultural leadership. She recently completed editing the SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence.

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.

D.J. Netz is a senior instructional designer for GP Strategies. For thirty years, D.J. has developed innovative and popular courses for leadership and sales training in classroom and online environments. He has served organizations such as Intel, General Electric, Comcast, SAP, Alsco, Abbott Labs, General Motors, Symantec, Exelon, and Pella Windows. Mr. Netz is the recipient of a gold and a silver medal from Brandon Hall for his online courses. He currently serves as the President for the ATD-Cascadia chapter. His interests include backyard chickens, organic gardening, and domestic travel.

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.