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Maria Grzanka Maria Grzanka
Instructor. Maria Grzanka is a principal consultant with Lean Portland and Quantum Leaders. She has 20 years’ experience in process improvement leadership and techniques. After earning a degree in Integrated Supply Chain Management, she worked with Tektronix in various supply chain roles, ultimately managing the production planning process in Shanghai, China. She earned her black belt in Lean Sigma in 2006 and has led dozens of kaizens since. These experiences led her to Con-way Freight where she was part of a team launching Lean in over 200 facilities of an integrated transportation network. Following the acquisition of Con-way, she created the first change management program at XPO Logistics for financial shared services applications. Her commitment as a teacher is to guide you toward a deeper understanding of your capacity for improvement, and to support you as you step into that capacity, one change at a time.
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Kjell van Zoen Kjell van Zoen
Instructor. Kjell van Zoen is a Strategic Energy Management (SEM) & Lean Operations Coach at Energy 350, helping industrial clients throughout the Pacific Northwest realize energy efficiency and reductions using continuous improvement practices. An experienced practitioner with over 20 years of entrepreneurial and consulting experience in the United States and Western Europe, Kjell has worked with businesses in the manufacturing, IT, hospitality, municipal and non-profit sectors. He has developed and delivered over 100 workshops and events focused on Lean whole systems thinking. He is the educational and events lead for Lean Portland, a professional non-profit organization focused on supporting continuous improvement and whole systems organizational thinking in the Portland area. When Kjell is not coaching and nerding out on operations he's a science-fiction fan, biker, hiker, swimmer, yoga practitioner, and drives his wife crazy by removing the doors from his kitchen cabinets for optimum efficiency.
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Matthew Horvat Matthew Horvat
Instructor. Matthew Horvat is the founder of Lean Portland, and is the Expansion/Process Improvement Program Manager at Vancouver Clinic. He is a lifelong learner of customer-focused production system design in both projects and operations. His message is about the attitude of respect and the responsibility we have for one another, as well as the discipline of applying the scientific method to everyday concerns. He was academically trained in global management and industrial engineering, and holds numerous professional licenses, degrees, and certificates from state- and trade-sponsored associations.
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David Hall David Hall
Instructor. As a university-level educator and organizational consultant, David Hall is an expert in adult learning and appreciates the opportunity to work with people towards creating better ways to live and work together. With a keen eye towards organizational culture and the factors that support and undermine collaboration, David brings expertise to the human dimensions of process improvement. He employs a whole systems approach to his teaching, facilitation, and consulting work, uniting theory and practice to engage and empower participants to affect change in their lives. David earned a PhD in Systems Science: Psychology and an MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He still has a lot to learn.
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Heather LeFevre Heather LeFevre
Having held senior strategic roles at some of the world’s most creative companies, including Crispin Porter + Bogusky, StrawberryFrog, Tribal DDB, and Hyper Island, Heather knows how to mine for insights and understands how people think, feel, and behave. She’s crafted brand worlds for Emirates, Bacardi, Philips, and Gucci. Heather founded the influential Strategist Survey and authored Brain Surfing: The Top Marketing Strategy Minds in the World, a travelogue about what she learned on a year-long journey apprenticing herself to fantastic strategists around the world. Heather is a global citizen, married to the guy who ran the bicycle shop in her Amsterdam neighborhood.
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Brion Hurley Brion Hurley
Instructor. Brion Hurley is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at Business Performance Improvement. He teaches Lean and Six Sigma classes, facilitates workshops and events, performs statistical analysis, and mentors employees through improvement efforts. Prior to BPI, he spent 18 years at Rockwell Collins as a Lean Six Sigma consultant. He also led corporate sustainability teams to reduce electricity usage and solid waste, and helped people connect process improvement concepts with sustainability. He is focused on teaching Lean and Six Sigma concepts to sustainable businesses in the Pacific Northwest to help them reduce their impact on the environment. He has degrees in Statistics, Quality Management, and Environmental Sustainability. He volunteers his time with Lean Portland as the Community Consultant Lead, managing and leading multiple nonprofit improvement projects. He is also the author of “Lean Six Sigma for Good: How Improvement Experts Can Help People in Need, and Help Improve the Environment” and is currently the President of the nonprofit Recycling Advocates.
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Alysia Harris Alysia Harris
Instructor. Alysia Harris's practice focuses on representing employers in various aspects of litigation in state and federal courts, providing counseling and advice, and conducting workplace investigations. She manages fact discovery, and both plans and executes legal strategies at all stages of litigation. Alysia's employment litigation background serves as the foundation of her practice, and she counsels employers on a variety of issues, including allegations of harassment and discrimination, retaliation, protected leave, and discipline. Alysia represents private and public clients across all industries, and also has experience in representing individuals. She advocates for clients in administrative proceedings, including responding to administrative charges and complaints, as well as requests for information. She also has experience with mediation and arbitration proceedings. Her passion for storytelling fuels her focus on the factual details that impact outcomes in all forums. Her experience as a former commercial litigator enhances her employment practice and provides a unique lens for her as an employment litigator. Before joining Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, Alysia practiced with an international labor and employment firm, as well as with the general commercial litigation group of an international firm.
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Mitchell Sayre Mitchell Sayre
Instructor. Mitchell Sayre is a Business Development & Implementation Manager at OIA Global, where he creates material sourcing and supply chain solutions for major footwear brands. His previous roles working for footwear brand, factory, and raw material suppliers allow a 360° view of the supply chain. Mitchell has spent 10+ years living in Asia.
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Carolyn Niehaus Carolyn Niehaus
Instructor. Carolyn Niehaus is a consultant with MetaSkills Consulting Group, a Portland-based organization that supports leaders making transformational changes. Carolyn has an MBA and certificate in Computer Modeling in System Dynamics from Portland State University. Previously, Carolyn worked with Leverage Networks on the publication of the electronic periodical The New Systems Thinker and has incorporated systems thinking into the development of leadership and experiential education trainings.
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Sara Mesing Sara Mesing
Instructor. Sara Mesing is a design strategist and workshop facilitator. She believes no problem is too big or too small for shoulder-to-shoulder collaboration. Currently the Senior Experience Designer at Cambia Health Solutions, she is engaged in cross-functional initiatives that break down silos and put the customer at the center. Over the last ten years, Sara has delivered over 30+ human-centered design projects across social impact, healthcare, higher education, corporate, and government sectors. Prior to Cambia, Sara was the Systems Lead at XPLANE, a design consultancy in Portland. Prior to XPLANE, she worked in service design, user acquisition marketing, and event management. Sara holds an MBA with a focus on design strategy from Case Western Reserve University.
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Balbinder Banga Balbinder Banga
Instructor. Balbinder has 20 years of experience in Training, Project, and Transition Management. She has led projects at start-ups and large companies, including the technology departments at Nike and Intel. Balbinder taught the PMP Exam Prep Boot Camp at PSU for 8 years and is excited to be partnering with the CEPE program again. Balbinder earned a master’s degree in engineering management and has PMP (Project Management Professional), MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional), and CSM (Certified Scrum Master) certifications.
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Jenna Cooper Jenna Cooper
Instructor. Jenna Cooper, APR, is a seasoned public relations professional in Portland, Oregon. Jenna’s background includes more than a decade in television broadcast news in markets across the country. She has successfully woven that experience together with high-profile public relations and communications positions, serving as a strategist and frontline spokesperson. She also had the honor of serving as President of PRSA Portland in 2012. Jenna has served as Director of Communications for both Portland State University’s School of Business and DoveLewis. She has also served as the main Public Information Officer (PIO) at NW Natural, handing most media calls and emergency situations. Before NW Natural, Jenna worked on that account and others for CMD Agency in the award-winning earned media department. Cooper’s communications campaigns have won several PRSA Portland Spotlight awards. Both the Associated Press and the prestigious Texas Headliners Foundation have awarded her for excellence in journalism. Career highlights include reporting on the numerous court challenges and recounts stemming from the 2000 Presidential campaign, the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in North Texas, and the 2004 volcanic activity on Mt. St. Helens.
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Adam Gittler Adam Gittler
Instructor. Prior to his role as Principal, Supply Chain & Operations at North Highland, Adam Gittler’s career included Director-level management roles in four countries, managing up to 120 employees. As a long-time certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, he’s completed or overseen numerous projects over the last 20 years in highly regulated industries in high-growth environments. Adam has a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering, a Master's degree in Operations Management from the University of Buffalo, and an MBA from UC-Berkeley in International Business.
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Corissa Saint Laurent Corissa Saint Laurent
Instructor. Corissa Saint Laurent has been immersed in small business marketing and development for the last 17 years. She has owned and operated two small businesses, including a marketing agency, led regional development in three areas of the United States for a small business marketing software company, Constant Contact, and now speaks nationally for Google’s Get Your Business Online program. Corissa knows how to take the glimmer of an idea, turn it into a reality, and shout it from the rooftops. Her passion is in helping people and companies grow, transform, and be the best version of themselves. She currently lives in Portland, OR with her husband and son and spends her free time with them, as well as writing, traveling, and continuously learning.
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David Tucker David Tucker
Instructor. David Tucker MS, MBA is the automotive lead for the 3d Printing Business Group at HP, working with customers to adopt new design and manufacturing technologies to transform their product performance and business outcomes. He has 15 years’ experience designing and developing products in the automotive and consumer products industries. David is currently the Chair of the Product Design and Development Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers, and a member of the Technology Assessment Panel for 3D Printing at ASME.
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Lori Emerick Lori Emerick
Instructor. Lori Emerick, MBA, is Principal at the Aspen Group and brings more than 20 years of organizational and leadership development experience across multiple industries and non-profit organizations. She has held leadership roles across HR, leadership development, diversity & inclusion, leadership team facilitation, and process excellence.
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Lisa Schauer Lisa Schauer
Instructor. Lisa Schauer thrives on connection, loves a challenge, and believes the key to any successful team or organization is communication. She has worked in government, private industry, and not-for-profit organizations. Lisa holds a BA in Political Science, a BA in Public Relations from Gonzaga University, and an MA in Organizational Leadership from George Washington University. Lisa is a certified Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) facilitator and is also a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) by the Society of Marketing Professional Services. She is the President of PointNorth, a consulting firm committed to strengthening leaders and empowering teams to do the right thing by listening, learning, and leading. Most recently, Lisa was the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for a regional engineering and construction firm. Lisa has served on various Boards and Committees and is a champion for community involvement and philanthropy.
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Shannon Kaylee Wolcott Mosley Shannon Kaylee Wolcott Mosley
Instructor. I have been in Oregon since the early 90’s, I am originally from Upstate New York where I am a 14th generation Wolcott (Somerset, England). Growing up my family had cider get-together where they would make cider together. Living in the Willamette Valley I have had great access to amazing wine, and got to see the craft beer industry blossom. In 2014, I decided to start home-brewing cider to see if I could make something interesting. The fist cider I made was a Blueberry cider at 10% abv, it was super dry and delicious. I decided to start ^5 cider while I was attending school full time at PSU. My husband and I came up with the name ^5 cider (hi five cider) after shooting down other names. I looked our Australian Shepard and asked her to do a high five and it’s like a light bulb turned on, we knew we had our name. That was the start of our yearlong journey of starting up our cidery. I went through PSU's Business of Craft Brewing classes to get an understanding of how to go about starting and running an alcohol business. Now that we are up and running I make cider and my husband sells it. Keeping ingredients pure is important to me, I don’t want to use artificial chemical things. My juice is real juice, not from concentrate. I use a juice that is mainly made from desert apples because my main product is a fruit cider. My favorite thing to do is to play with flavors by adding other fruits into primary fermentation and see what interesting combinations I can come up with. Our cider is sold and distributed by us in Oregon and Washington, then we use a distributer for our Japan sales. I have made cider down at Wandering Aengus / Anthem in Salem as a Part Time on call cider maker. This experience enabled me to work on large equipment and large batches. Currently I am a distiller at McMenamins Edgefield. I am leaning whiskey, rum, brandy, and gin production.
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Katie Tucker Katie Tucker
Instructor. Katherine (Katie) Tucker is a classically trained Designer, by way of Architecture, with a focused lens on business and entrepreneurship. Katie is the owner of Werk_strategy, a consultancy that works with organizations to design their next transformation; through experience design, product and service design, and internal/external community building.
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David Richards David Richards
Instructor. David Richards is a Leadership & Executive Development Professional at Intel and for the past 12 years has created and directed a successful portfolio of executive and leadership development programs & solutions, accelerating a high performing pipeline of leaders. He is a certified leadership coach through New Ventures West Program and has coached senior leaders across multiple divisions at Intel.
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Rachel Shafran Rachel Shafran
Instructor. Dr. Rachel Shafran is a business transformation consultant, leadership coach and facilitator with over 20 years of experience in leadership development, change strategy and organization effectiveness. She is currently a Global Leadership and Learning Manager at Intel Corporation. Prior to joining Intel, Rachel spent 6 years working at the Nike Headquarters leading business transformations in Sales, IT, Technology and Finance. She spent 11 years working in International Human Resources at AT&T, Lucent and Johnson & Johnson. She founded her own company Global Leadership Coaches to help emerging leaders develop experiential and individualized developmental plans to enhance their global competencies and is a founding member of the Einstein Group – a women-owned, minority consulting company with expertise in Leadership Development and Business strategy. Rachel completed her doctorate degree at Pepperdine University through the School of Education and Psychology. She holds a M.A. from the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University and a B.A. from Brandeis University. She received a Master's Level Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.
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Janene Grace Janene Grace
Instructor. Janene Grace has worked in alcohol regulatory compliance for more than 13 years, including over 6 years at a large craft brewery and cidery,and over 4 years as a Field Investigator for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). In 2015 she established Grace Regulatory Consultants so she could bring her regulatory expertise to a broader market. She assists many breweries, wineries, cideries and other alcohol producers, with services from license applications for start-ups to state and federal liquor law compliance for established companies. She lives in Washington State.
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Carmen Hill Carmen Hill
Instructor. In a career spanning two decades, Carmen has worked as TV journalist, content strategist, copywriter and marketing director on both the agency and client side. As Content Director at Babcock & Jenkins, Carmen built an industry-leading content marketing practice, working with global clients including Adobe, Google and Xerox. Her work has contributed to multiple Content Marketing Awards, and she has been recognized as an industry leader.
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Sule Balkan Sule Balkan
Instructor. Sule Balkan got her PhD in Economics from the University of Arizona Eller college of Management. She brings more than 20 years of industry and academic experience. Currently she teaches Business Analytics for Managers, Competitive Strategies for Technology Management and Data Mining at Portland State University. Her research interests include Big Data, Cognitive Computing and Advanced Analytics topics. Prior to moving to Portland, she was the Director of Big Data Certificate Program and Associate Professor at the Institute of Business and Management at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. Sule served as Director of Information Management in finance and insurance industries leading a team of data scientists and programmers, creating measurable value by identifying opportunities and creating data driven solutions to business problems. Her experience includes predictive analytics driven campaign management, end to end data and information management systems, creating prospect data bases for marketing optimization, reporting and analytics.
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Heather Dodge Heather Dodge
Instructor. Heather Dodge is an HR leader with over 17 years of deep and progressive expertise working within the employee benefits field mostly in Portland, OR and for a brief time in So. California. She has diverse industry experience ranging from transportation, healthcare, retail, metal & mining, hi tech, energy and education – with mostly mid-size to large employers in both the private and public sector. Heather is passionate about developing personalized, engaging and well-communicated benefit plans & programs that balance the employee experience with leadership vision and fiscal responsibility. She’s served as a board member on the Columbia Willamette Compensation Group and is undergoing her certification for the Certified 401(k) Fiduciary Program designation (C(k)PF). To help stay connected to her employer’s mission, she volunteers for SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) where she is privileged to read one on one with children weekly at a local school. Heather’s free time is typically spent unintentionally honing her negotiation and conflict resolution skills, as warranted by her sweet but persistent 3-year old son.
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Jessica Ferrell Jessica Ferrell
Instructor. Jessica Ferrell grew up in a restaurant family. She starting busing tables and working the counter at her uncle’s burger shop when she was a kid. She has managed everything from private events, small restaurant operations, and kitchen pop ups. She cut her teeth as a bartender in Chicago, before moving to Maine to manage the beverage program at Salt Water Farm, where she sourced local beers, wines, spirits and coffee directly from makers. She planned weekly pairing menus, conducted staff tasting trainings, and managed inventory. If she loves anything more than an efficient creative bar program, it’s creating a superior customer experience in the bar, restaurant or pub. She received her MBA from Portland State University, where she specialized in Marketing Strategy. She spends her weekends camping, cooking over fires, and posting a lot of pictures of her hand holding beer cans.
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Shawn Duffy Shawn Duffy
Instructor. Shawn Duffy, CIO & Business Intelligence Practice Lead, has worked in the Business Intelligence industry for over 18 years, working for many years as a Consultant with Fortune 100/500 companies throughout the US & Canada. He currently manages the Business Intelligence Practice at Axian, Inc. in Beaverton, OR and enjoys no longer sitting on airplanes ~220,000 miles each year. His specialties include Business Intelligence (BI) Strategy & Architecture, BI Roadmaps, Business Efficiencies w/ Data, Data Movement, Dashboards, Mobility for BI, and has deep Product Expertise in SAP BusinessObjects, SAP HANA, Microsoft SSIS, Microsoft SSRS, Microsoft Power BI, Tableau, SAP Data Services, and the entire MicroStrategy platform (versions 9.3 – 10.8). Shawn earned his MBA from Portland State University. When not working, you’re likely to find Shawn on a local golf course, playing ice hockey, brewing beer/cider, or enjoying time with his wife and 2 children.
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Elizabeth Kunesh Elizabeth Kunesh
Instructor. Elizabeth Kunesh, CCP, GRP, SPHR is a local, independent Compensation Consultant with over 20 years of experience in the field of Compensation. She has worked for large and small companies in both the public and private sector, including Gillette, The Standard, the Port of Portland and OHSU. She has served on the board for Columbia Willamette Compensation Group and WorldatWork's Local Network Advisory Board. She graduated from UCLA with degrees in Political Science and Sociology.
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Mandy Olund Mandy Olund
Instructor. Dr. Margaret (Mandy) Olund is an HR professional with over 22 years of experience in public service in the Federal sector in the areas of human resources, diversity, and civil rights. She also served as a consultant for five years in the private sector in the aerospace, waste management, government, marketing, finance, and sales industries. Dr. Olund’s career successes include developing and implementing diversity/equity/inclusion programs, resolving organizational issues through intervention, designing innovative solutions to HR issues, aligning HR strategies to serve business needs, and building mutually beneficial relationships with customers and stakeholders. Dr. Olund holds a PhD in Business Administration with an emphasis in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Northcentral University; her dissertation topic was “How HR Policies Affect the Diversity of Applicant Pools – A Qualitative Study.” She also holds an MBA with a focus on Human Resources from American Intercontinental University, and is SPHR certified.
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Daniel Wong Daniel Wong
Instructor. Daniel has over 20 years of progressive leadership expertise in transportation, supply chain management, business system and strategy consulting. His background also includes studying the impacts of globalization, information technology development and business management frameworks. Most recently he was with Vestas, where he was the Global Category Sourcing Manager. Prior to that, Daniel was the Vice President of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at North Pacific, a Portland-based wholesale distributor of building materials, industrial wood products and other specialty products. Daniel served as the Director of Supply Chain process improvement at Longview Fibre Company in Longview, Washington. At Sapient, he led their Asian expansions and launched Sapient’s consulting subsidiary in Tokyo, Japan. He received a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University and a Master degree in the Management of Science and Technology from the school of OGI/Oregon Health and Science University. He was a past Treasurer for the North American Rail Shippers Association. Daniel is also a past President and current board member for the Pacific Northwest Association of Rail Shippers.
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M. Stephen Mahaffey M. Stephen Mahaffey
Instructor. M. Stephen Mahaffey recently joined the PSU faculty in the School of Business, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the Supply and Logistics Management and MS Global Supply Chain Management programs. Stephen has over 30 years of executive management experience and was part of the management team that grew a less than $200 million national organization to a $1.87 billion industry leader. His career has spanned across leading supply chain, operations and sales management. His executive sales management experience uniquely compliments his supply chain leadership, enabling him to appreciate the customers’ experience as he has delivered supply chain best practices. Over much of his career he has helped independent businesses ranging from a few million to over $100 million in revenues to address their respective business evolution challenges in the area of Sales, Operations, and Supply Chain management. Stephen’s teaching style: “I approach the classroom as I do with business; in a collaborative style that engages and energizes internal talent with external body of knowledge to deliver best practice advancements.”
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Alicia Garrison Alicia Garrison
Instructor. Alicia is an astute and resourceful technical leader who can quickly assess a situation and effectively communicate a plan of action, which help organizations plan and implement practical and sustainable solutions. With a degree in Botany and more than 15+ years of experience in supply chain, Alicia offers clients a diverse set of skills to improve operational efficiency – including quality assurance management, engineering and operations management. Alicia is a straightforward, concise leader driven by a passion to engage all levels of an organization in achieving client goals. She specializes in the following areas: leadership coaching, re-designing processes to improve efficiency utilizing lean principles, manufacturing program development and shop floor deployment, creating a safety culture and plant start-ups.
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Jay Fortenberry Jay Fortenberry
Instructor. Jay Fortenberry is a cash to cash cycle expert, teacher, mentor and author. An internationally recognized supply chain leader, Jay has had a storied, decades-long career with companies such as Honeywell, Toyota and John Deere. He designed and operated global networks serving 164 countries and 86 distribution facilities, reduced inventory by hundreds of millions of dollars using cash conversion metrics and identified millions more in logistics cost savings. Jay’s portfolio encompasses global recruiting, human resource management, SIOP, logistics operations and sourcing, trade compliance, and acquisition integration.
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Scott DuHadway Scott DuHadway
Instructor. Scott DuHadway is an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at Portland State University. Dr. DuHadway received a Ph.D. in Operations and Sourcing from Michigan State University, and a B.S. degree in both Operations Management and Business Administration from Utah State University. His research explores the dark-side of supplier relationship such as opportunistic behavior, conflict, interorganizational fraud, and disruptions due to intentional supplier behavior. Most of his research explores interface between organizational behavior theories in the supply chain context with an emphasis in supplier relationship management and risk.
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Teri Danielson Teri Danielson
Instructor. An insightful and determined leader, Teri works closely with food and beverage industry clients to design, develop and implement measurable improvements to plant operations and food safety programs. In addition, she works with companies to launch products, develop sensory programs and design custom solutions for a range of manufacturing environments. With a broad range of experience in her 20+ years in food and beverage manufacturing and quality assurance, clients benefit from Teri’s varied background where she has worked for both local start-ups and international companies. Teri specializes in the following areas: working with clients to deploy company strategy, re-designing processes to maximize efficiency, assessing and improving quality systems and managing projects and new product implementations.
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Steve Brook Steve Brook
Instructor. Steve Brook is an accomplished leader with 30 years of diverse consulting and executive experience. Steve is the founder of Atainium, Inc., established to help make organizations more effective so they focus on doing the right things in the best possible way. Steve is a natural enabler always working to improve the capabilities of the organizations and skilled at integrating people, processes, and technology to deliver tangible results. Steve has worked with business leaders and executives of organizations such as Nike, Linear, PGE, Mercy Corps, Kroger, Albertsons, Nautilus, US Bank, Salem Health, and Fiserv. Steve is a certified PMP and an adjunct professor teaching project management at Portland State University.
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Ed Warnock Ed Warnock
Instructor. Ed Warnock, MA, is a senior manager at the consulting firm Genesis Group. He has more than 20 years of experience in consulting and business management. His expertise includes operations strategy, large-scale re-engineering, IT compliance and adoption planning, performance management, leadership training, and all aspects of transition management. He is a past president of the ASTD-Cascadia Chapter and teaches in the Oregon Executive MBA program. Mr. Warnock holds a BS in aerospace engineering and received his master’s degree in whole systems design/organizational systems renewal from Antioch University in Seattle, Washington.
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Tom Parker Tom Parker
Instructor. Tom Parker has over twenty years' experience in consulting and project management, implementing enterprise applications and technology solutions for some of the largest companies in America. He holds a B.S. in finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and is a certified Project Management Professional.
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Elaine Lees Elaine Lees
Instructor. 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.
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Ryan Gibson Ryan Gibson
Instructor. Ryan is an Oregon employment lawyer with 10 years of experience. He focuses his practice exclusively on advising and training employers on compliance with all manner of employment laws, including in the areas of discrimination and harassment, family leave, wage and hour, disability accommodation, and employment contracts, among others. He also has extensive experience representing employers in litigation in state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). Ryan also worked in the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office prosecuting misdemeanor cases. He has been listed as an Oregon Super Lawyer since 2014, an award reserved for the top 5-10% of lawyers in a practice area.
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Kyle Abraham Kyle Abraham
Instructor. 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.
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Mike Arnesen Mike Arnesen
Instructor. Mike Arnesen is the founder and CEO of UpBuild, a Portland-based technical marketing firm specializing in search engine optimization (SEO), analytics, and CRO. Mike has spent over a decade in SEO and web analytics, with experiences ranging from working in-house for Fortune 500 companies to getting his hands dirty doing web dev in someone’s basement. After seeing Portland’s own SwellPath through a successful acquisition as the Director of Analytics and Optimization, Mike founded UpBuild to channel his love of all things digital optimization into a new type of highly idealistic and innovative marketing agency. Mike is also a nationally recognized conference speaker, blogger, startup culture advocate, and has served as a board member at SEMpdx.
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Darin Matthews Darin Matthews
Instructor. Darin Matthews has nearly 25 years of contracting experience in both the public and private sectors. He is currently the director of procurement for the University of California, Santa Cruz. Darin has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Masters in Acquisition Management. He speaks on contracting and procurement issues around the world and has published several articles and books on supply chain management. He has served as business faculty for PSU and Florida Atlantic University, and has taught construction contracting for the Institute for Public Procurement for over 10 years.
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Marty Ochs Marty Ochs
Instructor. Marty Ochs has come to Portland State University via a meandering path through multiple marketing management roles with large field agencies and small breweries that became some of the fastest growing breweries in the US. He is focused on details in the quality of work that a good sales department structure and function will provide when planned out appropriately. It is also with a holistic view that Marty approaches the creation of a growth strategy within the business ecosystem we are a part of.
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Michael Dimond Michael Dimond
Instructor. Michael Dimond now teaches finance at Portland State University after spending more than twenty-five years managing results for companies ranging from Fortune 500s to entrepreneurial startups. He has significant experience connecting practical decisions in areas of strategy, operations, and marketing to create financial results and has worked in diverse industries, including manufacturing and banking. He leverages his real-world experience to teach a variety of topics including international finance, asset valuation, and case studies in finance to graduates, undergraduates, and working professionals.
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Anne Ely Kenlon Anne Ely Kenlon
Instructor. Anne Ely Kenlon is a senior-level writer and communications manager with 35 years of experience across a broad variety of business disciplines. As a seasoned strategist and counsel to senior leaders at three Fortune 500 companies, she has written executive speeches, video scripts, opinion columns, and media pitches. Her main focus has been on employee communications and translating complex technical and financial information into understandable terms. She recently relocated to Portland from Corning, N.Y., where she managed the employee global news program for Corning Incorporated and maintained a reader satisfaction rate of more than 95%. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and journalism from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa and a master's degree in Management and Administrative Science from the University of Texas - Dallas.
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Janet Johnson Janet Johnson
Instructor. Janet Johnson is President of O’Johnson Partners, providing interim marketing leadership and digital marketing services for B2B and B2C businesses. A marketer for technologists and a technologist for marketers, Janet has run global marketing organizations for Enron (there are stories and lessons!) and Merant (now Serena Software), and led business development efforts for Apple, IBM, and Compaq (now HP). She was a pioneer in business blogging, having started an ethical debate online in 2005 that resulted in more than 200 pieces of press in Forbes, Business Week, MIT’s Technology Review, and a case study in the Annenburg School of Journalism for her CRM startup, Marqui. Janet co-authored a blog that was recognized by Business Week twice as one of the Top 10 Business Blogs in the country. She wrote early curriculum that was adopted by the Arizona State School of Journalism and regularly teaches classes on LinkedIn, Business Communications, and PR for PSU’s Center for Executive & Professional Education.
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Tammi Wheeler Tammi Wheeler
Instructor. 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.
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Chris Dennis Chris Dennis
Instructor. Christopher Dennis has been developing, delivering and evaluating solutions since 1988. He has an unusual breadth and depth of experience, working at the intersection of people, process, and technology. As a teacher, Chris brings insight without loss of detail or subtlety. He loves to cook, has visited more than thirty-five countries, and likes jazzy music better than country.
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Jordan Delapoer Jordan Delapoer
Instructor. Jordan has over a decade of experience in managing client relationships and leading strategy for regional, national and global brands across multiple industries. Formerly with Wieden+Kennedy, he has crafted strategy for Target, EA Sports, Brooks Sports, Columbia Sportswear, CLIF Bar, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Peet's Coffee, among many others. He currently oversees all of North’s strategic output as it relates to business goals and strategies, audience analysis, brand positioning, and channel strategies.
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Mitch Menendez Mitch Menendez
Instructor. Mitch Menendez is the Senior Director, Global Apparel Leader for Men’s Athletic Training at Nike. His team works to strategize, line plan, design, and commercialize/bring to market a global apparel line that connects to their consumer/athlete. His role is to lead his team and functional partners across the product creation process that delivers consumer right product that is both profitable and productive. Mitch’s experience at Nike has spanned Sales, Retail Merchandising, Operations, and Product Creation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business/Marketing from the University of Florida.
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Jennifer Nolfi Jennifer Nolfi
Instructor. Jennifer Nolfi is an experienced business professional who brings a unique blend of work in both the public and private sectors. She has extensive ties to the region and Oregon's business community. One of Jennifer’s greatest strengths is her ability to weave together ideas, people, and resources to form partnerships and bring programs to life. Jennifer recently joined PSU as the Director of the Athletic & Outdoor (A&O) Industry Program. Prior to joining PSU, she served as the Director for Partnership Development at Looptworks, a design firm that uses excess premium materials to craft limited edition clothing and accessories. There Jennifer gained experience in taking a product from ideation to market and working with partner brands to reduce their waste stream. Before that, Jennifer spent 12 years working for the Portland Development Commission. She counts among her key accomplishments: spearheading a public-private research partnership that culminated in the very first comprehensive market sizing study of the A&O Industry; an action plan to position Oregon as a leader in this space; and providing a platform for PSU to launch a program focused on the A&O industry. Jennifer served on the PSU Athletic & Outdoor Advisory Board and continues to be active with SYNQ Consulting.
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Will Sandman Will Sandman
Instructor. Will Sandman is the Account Manager for Avery Dennison; Avery Dennison sells hangtags, labels, patches, woven jacquard, information systems, variable data solutions and much more for the biggest brands in the world. Previous to this role, he spent time with a footwear agent, Chinook Trading, where he spent almost a year in China inside footwear and apparel factories. In addition, he was a materials rep for Huachang Synthetic Leather. Also, he worked for several years as one of the Nike account reps with Paccess and managed the product development management system data and a host of other supplier related initiatives in the Mia Hamm materials library. Will graduated from PSU with a Master's in International Management focusing on Chinese as his language of specialty. Previously, Will also owned Sandman Pottery in Louisville, importing containers of ceramic pots, indoor and outdoor furniture, and other garden products for sale at the wholesale and retail level.
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Nate Young Nate Young
Instructor. How do you capture the attention of an ever-changing audience? Nate Young has spent the better part of his life trying to answer that question in roles as diverse as Marketing Coordinator for Brightworks, a small environmental consulting agency and as Sustainability Manager for Hopworks, a regional brewpub in Portland, Oregon. In addition to teaching at PSU, Nate currently works as an elementary teacher and a consultant for a variety of craft breweries in the Portland area. He holds an MBA from Portland State University and a BS in Education from Northern Arizona University.
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Mellie Pullman Mellie Pullman
Instructor. Madeleine (Mellie) Pullman is an associate professor of operations management in the PSU School of Business. She earned her PhD at the University of Utah in 1997. She has previously taught in the Graduate and Executive programs at Cornell University, London Business School, Southern Methodist University, CSU, CU, and University of Utah. Prior to academia, Mellie worked at Pyramid Brewing Co. (Kalama, WA), was the brewmaster at Hops Brewpub (Phoenix, AZ) and brewmaster/co-owner of Wasatch Brewery (Park City, UT).
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Albrecht Enders Albrecht Enders
Instructor. Albrecht Enders is a principal of endersgroup and is an adjunct professor at Portland State University. He has 23 years' experience in innovation leadership including work at Siemens and A-dec which resulted in the creation of market-defining product families. At Siemens Medical Solutions, Albrecht led innovation resulting in platform reinvention that allowed the medical division to regain its #1 market position in less than two years. At A-dec, Inc. as Vice President of Product Development, Albrecht implemented a development infrastructure that bridged the culture of a founder/entrepreneur to the future. His work at A-dec resulted in a new product line that has become the premier product line in the dental industry. Today Albrecht teaches and consults with a number of organizations who seek the tools and momentum to innovate and grow their market share. He has a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Fachhochschule Darmstadt, Germany.
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Dave Garten Dave Garten
Instructor. Dave Garten is currently Professor of Business in the Portland State University and Oregon Executive MBA programs. He teaches graduate courses in Business Strategy, Strategic Alliances and Acquisitions, and Negotiation. He also is Director of PSU’s MBA Capstone Consulting program. Dave has extensive experience in strategy development, management, marketing, product development, strategic alliances and acquisitions, negotiation, raising capital and finance. Dave is a Director and Finance Committee lead at The Organically Grown Company, Chairman and Director at SeQuential-Pacific Biodiesel and is a member of the Portland metropolitan region’s Community Investment Initiative Leadership Council. He has an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, and an M.Eng. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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Gudrun Granholm Gudrun Granholm
Instructor. Gudrun Granholm is the founder of Box One, Inc. an organization devoted to financial communication for non-financial managers. She received her MBA from Stanford Business School and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). Gudrun has worked with a variety of universities to design, develop and deliver financial curriculum for many nationally-recognized universities including Portland State University, University of Oregon, OHSU, University of California-San Diego, UC Santa Cruz, Southern Methodist University, and San Diego State University.
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Rick Howell Rick Howell
Instructor. Rick is the Principal of Howell Management Consulting and has spent almost thirty years as an HR professional performing most HR specialties including business strategy, organizational development and executive coaching.
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Allison Brown Allison Brown
Instructor. Allison Brown is a senior level HR, OD and learning & development professional. She specializes in change management, leadership and employee development, strategic human resources and coaching. Allison is a certified coach and has current certifications through Prosci, HRCI, SHRM and ATD.
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Austin Davidsen Austin Davidsen
Instructor. Austin Davidsen is the Global Account Executive for two Taiwan-based footwear material suppliers, Pony Leather, and Tai Ruey Fong. He works with an international team to design, market, and present world-class materials to decision makers across the footwear industry. His role is to manage the suppliers' relationships with the brand to make sure they deliver materials that are aesthetically pleasing and cost-competitive. Austin stumbled into the footwear industry after launching his career as a teacher in elementary classrooms in the US and in South Korea. He holds a master's degree in International Management from PSU..
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Sarah Stebbins Sarah Stebbins
Instructor. With over 20 years of experience developing/delivering curriculum for workshops, seminars and university classes, Dr. Stebbins has developed an enthusiastic following for her training programs and organizational consulting work. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, the Federal Government, colleges/universities and large diverse non-profit organizations. Looking for a way to help her organizational clients improve their abilities in implementing change, Dr. Stebbins is a licensee of Prosci Change Management Methodology and is a Certified Fierce Conversation Facilitator. She is a member of the Springboard NW Fierce Learning Community. She is successfully using this communication strategy inside organizations to help them make the case for and implement change. A sought after speaker, she brings to her clients humor, vision, warmth, passion and a strong belief that what she has to offer can positively change organizations and……the world!
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Kent Lewis Kent Lewis
Instructor. With a background in integrated marketing, Lewis left a public relations agency in 1996 to start his career in search engine marketing. Since then, he’s helped grow businesses by connecting his clients with their constituents via the Internet. In 2000, Lewis founded Anvil Media, Inc., a digital marketing agency specializing in search engine and social media marketing for Fortune 2000 companies. Under his leadership, Anvil has received recognition from Portland Business Journal and Inc. Magazine as a Fastest Growing and Most Philanthropic Company
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Paul Spindel Paul Spindel
Instructor. 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.
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Judy Clark Judy Clark
Instructor. 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.
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Ron Sarazin Ron Sarazin
Instructor. Ron Sarazin specializes in training and consulting project management, business analysis, visual management, customer service, and strategic planning. He has more than 15 years of experience as a manager/officer in a wide variety of businesses and a few more years than that as the owner of his own business consulting and training. Ron became a PSU instructor in the mid-90s.
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