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Elizabeth Buttrick - Manager, Professional Development

Elizabeth Buttrick is a leadership coach for women. Through her work at Sound Somatics, she supports emerging and established leaders reach their full potential, in a manner aligned with their authentic self. Elizabeth blends her background in somatic coaching, therapeutic bodywork, and business. This offers a holistic approach to leadership that’s grounded in the mind-body connection and the realities of the modern workplace, delivering results for the women she works with and their organizations.  

Sonja Engelsen - Manager, Chapter Meeting

Sonja is the Training Manager at Peterson Sullivan LLP, a public accounting and business advisory firm. She enjoys helping new employees acclimate to the firm and providing learning opportunities to all employees to keep technical skills sharp and facilitate personal growth. Her educational background includes a BA in German Studies from Lewis & Clark College and an Master's in Library & Information Science from the University of Washington. She's a major word nerd who loves to read, travel, and sew.

Christy Houghton - Manager, Conference

At heart, Christina Houghton is a Writer, Speaker, and Teacher. She transitioned from a career in technology with a passion for effective and engaging training - to a career in training with extensive real-world experience in various technology and leadership roles.

Christina is highly organized and detail-oriented, bringing a collaborative and participative style in working with others. She finds people fascinating and enjoys writing profile articles about people who reinvent their lives to follow their dreams.

Azure Kraxberger-Unger- Manager, Interest Groups

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. 

 Manager, Sponsorship (Open)


Samantha Thomson-Daly - Ambassador Manager 

Samantha Thomson-Daly is an Organization Development and Talent Development professional with the State of Washington. She loves being a part of growing talent in any organization, including ATDps! She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Public Administration. When she is not being passionate about growing talent, you can find her rowing crew on Lake Washington.

Cynthia Wong, Psy.D., was a former California psychologist in private practice for thirteen years with varied roles such as supervisor and adjunct faculty. She was also a Director of Marketing where she provided leadership and training to Master and Doctoral level interns on how to build private practices. After moving to Seattle, she has decided to leave the psychology world to pursue her passion in marketing and market research. With a rich set of multifaceted skills, she looks forward to transitioning to the business world.

Cynthia is passionate about raising her sons with her husband. She loves cooking and making sourdough bread weekly for her family.

Lynne Putz -  Newsletter Editor

Sarah Schillen -  Evaluations Coordinator

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.

Bethany Kline - Data Analytics Coordinator

Bethany works for Rover.com as a Training Specialist. Her roles focuses on creating learning opportunities for Rover's customer experience team so that they can continue to deliver the best resolutions for customers. She began her career as an ESL teacher, teaching abroad in Russia and later here in Seattle. Her professional experience has focused on ESL, adult learning, curriculum development, training facilitation, and process improvement. Outside of work, she loves to hike with her dog and explore everything that the Pacific Northwest has to offer!

She's also a proud alumna of Penn State University - We Are!



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