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Board of Directors


* denotes a member of the Executive Committee



Brian Washburn, President*






Sarah Schillen, President Elect* 

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.


Azure Kraxberger-Unger- Finance Director*

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.



Kevin Russell - Director of Programs

Kevin Russell is currently a Learning Experience Designer at CDK Global and the ATD Puget Sound Director of Programs. Having worked in corporate learning for the past 7 years, he has also compiled career highlights that include commercial video editing and live event production, technical support, high school teaching, and even stage theater. He always looks to unconventional sources for inspiration, and never shies away from something he thinks could improve his craft.




Sam Thomson-Daly,  Director of Membership 

Samantha Thomson-Daly, MPA, is the Director of Membership for ATD Puget Sound. Samantha works as the Staff Development Manager focusing on leadership development and coaching leaders for Community Transit. Samantha has a BS in Criminal Justice, and an MA in Public Administration, as well as over a dozen trainer certifications, including Executive Level Leadership.


Samantha’s passion for developing others is seen throughout her experiences with LMS management, facilitating over 1000 courses both in person and online, employee engagement and organizational development. 

Samantha’s main focus and greatest passion is for her wife and son. They love to spend time together and travel to anywhere there is a beach to play in the sand.

 

Sonja Torseth, Director of Marketing & Communications








Sarah Schillen, Director of Research

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.



 

Ann Baus, Senior Office Administrator

Ann Baus provides a variety of office administration and member service functions to our Association and its leadership team.  She is also a friend to Board members and the goes-the-extra-mile person who makes many ATD events the successes they are. 

She is the Chapter bookkeeper and the front line contact for members, potential members and the public seeking information about our Chapter events and services.  She contractually provides these services through her own firm, KDBusinessServices.


Ann’s passion is Association Management – “I love working with small to medium sized membership-based associations. Over 17 years in this field have provided me with a unique perspective in helping associations and their boards.”  She has been a key player of ATD Puget Sound since 2002.


Interested in sharpening your skills and building your expertise in the training & development field?

Consider submitting your nomination for an ATD Puget Sound Chapter Board position. Current and past ATD Board members have said that participating as a Board member has helped them advance their career, develop significant professional relationships and build lasting friendships-all while serving their fellow chapter members in developing the profession of training and development.

Contact our president for more information: president@atdpugetsound.org

 

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ATD Puget Sound Chapter
P.O. Box 46368
Seattle, WA 98146

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