Currently, Shian Chuan is a Leadership Development Coach and Workshop Trainer. Shian is a member of the International Coaching Federation and a certified NLP Master Practitioner. She is also a member of ATD USA, Asia Professional Speaker’s Association and The Global Speaker’s Federation. As a thought leader on peak performance she contributes to articles relating to self-management, leadership development and personal wellness. She uses Neuro Linguistic Programming, Positive Psychology and Mindset Coaching to help clients perform better and to reach their full potential, taking their ambitions to the next level professionally and personally.
The role of the volunteer Director of CPLP (Certified Professional in Learning and Performance) for the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATDps) is to support and enhance the advancement of CPLP certification in our region. Rita leads our Chapter CPLP Interest Group and she is passionate about helping people get results. She remains dedicated to the adventure of making a positive impact through learning and development within organizations and as an independent WLP consultant. Rita says “I truly believe that learning can solve anything. The key is to find out who needs to learn what to get the results you want!”
She earned the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) in November 2010. Once she recognized the significance of the credential for the profession, Rita has been committed to helping others learn more about it, understand what it means to have it, and work toward achieving it!
Azure Kraxberger Unger, PsyD., originally from Alaska, currently works as a Clinical Research Education Specialist at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Her educational background includes a BS in Psychology, MA in Organizational Psychology and Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) in Organizational Consulting.
Her professional experience includes adult distance learning, ELearning development, recruitment, training coordination, Learning Management System (LMS) management, and program management. Other professional areas of interest include learning and development, onboarding, employee engagement, organizational development, corporate volunteering. She enjoys traveling, cooking, SCUBA diving and volunteering for various causes in the Seattle community.
Joanne Lee has over 10 years of experience handling the customer and client facing activities required for business development, lead generation, and recruiting. She has experience in developing, supporting, maintaining, and expanding professional technical education partnerships. Joanne has worked with diverse adult learners, providing training and support through one-on-one direction and workshops for workforce student populations. She is able to identify strategies and design projects that provide innovative professional development for adult learners in effective, evidence-based instructional approaches.
Joanne received her Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management at University of Phoenix and her Master of Arts degree in Instructional Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from California State University, San Bernardino. In addition to her passion for building and maintaining relationships with community-based organizations, business and industry, and promoting workforce education/continuing education partnerships, she also enjoys teaching part-time.
Janet is an instructional designer and facilitator with Boeing’s China Strategy and Integration group and a coach. Her career is taking her deeper into leadership development, helping professionals along their path toward good decision making, self-knowledge and successful business. A polyglot with 25 years of experience working internationally, Janet also has expertise in organizational development of nonprofits and startups. Her work has been in social marketing and communications, business development and strategic planning in global health, education and culture. She has launched health products for low income populations in Africa and developed sustainability plans for organizations in Bolivia, Kenya, Slovakia and Zambia. Janet holds a BA from McGill University and a masters from Georgetown.
Kyle McCurdy originally hails from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Canada) and is now proud to call Renton, WA home. He is the Director of Client Development at Fierce, Inc., a global leadership development and training organization, and has worn many professional hats over the years (from cheese making to banking to career advising). Since entering the training and development space he has undoubtedly found his passion.
As the Director of Membership Kyle will be focused on building community within ATD Puget Sound and actively working with chapter volunteers to engage membership and communicate the amazing benefits of our chapter to the region.
Kyle lives with his wife, his daughter, three cats, a dog and two chickens in Renton and is an avid musician, traveler and lover of all things growth.
Steven Mow, originally from New York, is an experienced, masters-level (Industrial-Organizational Psychology), professional with a background in developing and implementing organizational change management/training and development initiatives aimed at increasing employee and organizational worth and efficiency. He found interest in social media when he recognized it's power to connect people and promote great events and opportunities.
Valerie has been working in the Learning and Development field for about 18 years, and has loved every minute of it! She has done a little bit of everything including: Instructor led and virtual facilitation, instructional design, talent management, and coaching. What she has found she enjoys the most is the challenge of working with organizations that are overhauling their learning programs or starting from scratch. She loves strategizing and building programs, curriculums, and communities to create and cultivate a learning culture.
Valerie has a BA in Writing from the University of Minnesota and an MA in Training and Development from Roosevelt University in Chicago. In her time away from work she enjoys metal smithing, music, and learning as much as she can about graphic design, plants, and nature.
Sarah Schillen works for McLendon Hardware as a Senior Talent and Organization Development Specialist. Her specialty is in finding creative solutions to both organizational challenges and performance/knowledge gaps and in developing learning experiences that are both fun and engaging. Her educational background includes a MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Seattle Pacific University and a BA in Sociology from the University of Washington. This background lends to an ability to identify the combination of group levers and individual motivations involved in the dynamics operating within an organization.
Her passion for helping others grow and flourish began at a young age while being heavily involved in performing arts music education programs. Through music she learned the value of investing energy into the success of others. Today this belief rings true in her professional career.
Christina Skoglund has worked in higher education for the past ten years, most recently as an Academic Dean. She began her career in counseling psychology before transitioning into teaching and higher education administration, which has given her significant experience in training, coaching, leadership and learning & development. She holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and an MA in Counseling Psychology from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.