Loggers Keep Learning: At Work

Meet the keynote speakers, workshop facilitators, and PDEC Planning Committee!

Keynote Speakers

Carol Bowser

In 2002 Carol founded Conflict Management Strategies, a company emphasizing training, mediation, and consulting on conflict resolution in schools and workplace. She works as a workplace conflict expert, professional trainer, mediator, coach, and attorney.

Dr. Rob Lane

Rob has been a medical oncologist for over 30 years. Now retired, he spends time with cancer patients, helping them understand what their doctors have said, what their doctors left out, and what it all means. Then he helps them make decisions that respect their bodies, their families and the life they want to lead. He meets regularly with patients to help them avoid the pitfalls of cancer decision making, endure the hardships of treatment, and live meaningfully thereafter without PTCD (Post Traumatic Cancer Distress). Rob lives on an island in Puget Sound where he loves taking care of the land and the beach when not sailing, climbing, or playing with his kids.

Lora Poepping

Lora is the founder of Plum HR Coaching & Consulting, based out of Seattle, WA and and with clients around the world. Plum's focus is on providing exceptional career and job search coaching services to those who struggle with their career/job transition. Plum also offers resume writing and LinkedIn consulting to individuals and companies. Lora has grown Plum's business from being an individual coaching practice to a staff of nine coaches and consultants with an emphasis on compassionate, realistic, thoughtful guidance. She has a master's degree in Education from Indiana University Bloomington and is the mother of two 20-something daughters. She lives with her husband in Seattle, WA.

Howard Teibel

Howard is the founder and president of Teibel Education Consulting. Over the past three decades, Howard and his team have worked with campus and business leaders to orient their teams around a network of commitments and develop new habits to coordinate action.  As a public speaker and writer for numerous higher education associations, Howard contributes to the national discourse on emerging trends facing this industry. Additionally, his 10-year-old podcast “Navigating Change” brings together leaders to discuss innovations and new practices that can transform how teams in academia and business work together. 

 



Workshop Facilitators

Uchenna Baker

Uchenna has over 15 years of administrative and teaching experience in Higher Education. She earned an M.Ed. in counseling psychology and a B.A. in English and sociology, both from Rutgers University. She completed her Ph.D. in educational policy through a joint program of Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her dissertation titled “An Ontological and Phenomenological Model of Leadership: Igniting Individual and Collective Transformation and Catalyzing Educational Reform” earned her the 2016 Illinois Qualitative Dissertation Award presented by the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Libby Baldwin

Libby is the associate director and medical coordinator and physician assistant for Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services (CHWS). She graduated as from the University of Michigan in 2002 and then went on to gain her Master’s degree from the University of Washington in 2005. Over the past five+ years, she has found the joy of working with college students, encouraging personal growth and self-care during these formative years. Libby has developed a special interest in a body positive approach to life as well as finding ways healthy ways to cope with stress.

Marta Cady

Marta is the associate dean of students at Puget Sound. Her primary areas of responsibility include sexual violence prevention education and directing new student orientation. She also chairs the Sexual and Gender Violence Committee.

Justin Canny '90

Justin is the assistant director of student activities for Outdoor Programs. These days Justin enjoys outdoor activities that he can do with seven-year-old Iyla and his thirteen-year-old Kai. New family-friendly activities include mushroom gathering, biking, walks in the park, and cross country skiing. And of course watching kids climb. Having kids has helped him understand that all of us are climbers, even though we may forget this.

Jane Carlin

Jane is the director of Collins Memorial Library. She joined Puget Sound in 2008, coming from University of Cincinnati, where she served as senior librarian for the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning Library. Her professional interests include the art of the book, fine presses and printing, information literacy, digital image development, and the art of William Morris.

Jason Casey

Jason is a financial consultant within the Institutional Business division at TIAA, a Fortune 100 financial services organization and leading provider of asset management and retirement services for the academic, research, medical, and cultural fields. Jason is part of the Field Consulting Group, which is composed of more than 300 highly trained, licensed financial consultants focused on improving individuals’ financial well-being and retirement readiness. Jason began his financial services career in 2009 and he has been with TIAA since 2017. He serves institutions within the Seattle–Tacoma area, and provides financial advice to individuals on income and retirement planning, and improves their financial literacy through one-on-one sessions and specialized educational workshops serving every life stage. Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University. As a FINRA–registered representative, he holds Series 7 and 66 licenses while maintaining Life, Health and Variable Annuity licenses from the States of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana.


Dorothy Chin

Dorothy is a relationship manager within the Institutional Retirement division at TIAA, a Fortune 100 financial services organization and leading provider of asset management and retirement services for the academic, research, medical, and cultural fields. She began her financial services career in 1993 and has been with TIAA since 2015. She serves TIAA's institutional clients in the states of Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington from the local Portland, Oregon TIAA office. She holds a Master of Science degree in finance from Saint Xavier University. She holds FINRA Series 6 and 63 registrations while maintaining Life, Health, and Variable Annuity licenses from the State of Oregon. Additionally, Dorothy has obtained the CRPS and CEBS designations.


Jeremy Cucco

In addition to being the university's CIO and all-around computer geek, Jeremy is also a competitive cyclist, a USA Cycling certified cycling coach, and father to the Third Place winner of USA's National Road Race Championships.


Sue Dahlin

Sue is the employer relations manager for CES and uses LinkedIn on daily basis to connect with employers, communicate with alumni, and educate students. She has been a LinkedIn user since 2006.


Jamie Daniel

Jamie is deputy chief information officer for Network, Systems & Enterprise Technologies within Technology Services. Over her 15-year career she's had numerous opportunities to experience change within the workplace and learn ways to more easily navigate change. Through both positive and negative experiences with organizational change, she has learned that the success of any workplace change is rooted in helping individuals understand, accept, and embrace change. When she is not wrangling resources in support of her team, Jamie can be found either taking walks with her husband and four dogs or curled up somewhere reading a book.


Tiffany Davis

Tiffany is the Deputy Title IX Officer and associate director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She is a civil rights attorney who has worked in both private practice and government and investigated civil rights violations, and she brings a wealth of experience in training on civil rights laws and procedures. Her primary areas of responsibility include coordinating our Title IX efforts and investigating alleged civil rights violations.

Kerstyn Dolack

Kerstyn is the manager of Building Services for Facilities Services.


Laura Edgar

In her role as assistant archivist, Laura is responsible for processing archival collections and overseeing the digitization of material from the Archives & Special Collections. In addition, she collaborates with the archivist and special collections librarian to promote and provide curriculum integration support, research assistance, and information literacy instruction for students and courses utilizing primary sources. Laura also acts as the archivist for the Abby Williams Hill collection and is responsible for all activities and inquiries related to this collection.


Helen Fickes

Helen is the CICE Office Manager, Chair of the Professional Development Committee for Student Affairs, and founder of Brightside Business & Career Coaching. She enjoys daily adventures with her husband and daughter.

Adriana Flores '13

Adriana is the archivist and special collections librarian at University of Puget Sound. In her role she manages the Archives & Special Collections (A&SC) programs, promotes and provides curriculum integration support, research assistance, information literacy instruction using primary sources, and coordinates outreach efforts such as exhibits, presentations, and tours.


Khalila Fordham

Khalila is a former doctoral intern of CHWS and has returned to assume the role of multicultural support specialist after serving as a staff psychologist and the coordinator of consultation and outreach at Clemson University in Clemson, SC. She earned both her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Atlanta, GA. Outside of the clinical setting, you may find Khalila reading, dancing, singing karaoke, attending sci-fi conventions, or engaging in intense discussions.


Tanya Goodall

Tanya is the director of Scheduling and Event Services. Prior to Puget Sound, Tanya lived overseas where she worked for a tech company managing their entire international portfolio of events. Tanya is originally from the Tacoma area and moved back in 2017. She currently lives in Gig Harbor with her husband, daughter, and dog. 

Tasha Helton

Tasha Helton is the systems analyst for Business Services and has been with Puget Sound for about 13 years. She has led several training courses on campus, including Change Journey, How To Be Your Best Self, and Servant Leadership. When it comes to adjusting to change, Tasha's best advice is to never believe that what you are today is who you need to be tomorrow. 


Christine Hutchison

Christine is a doctoral intern in Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services. She manages stress by playing with her chatty parakeet, cooking and eating the best possible foods, and doing her very best to not to over-commit (and forgiving herself when she does). 


Jeff Johnson

Jeffrey B. Johnson, CEBS, owner of JBJ Insurance Group in Auburn, Wash., has been a health insurance broker for 35 years. Prior to starting JBJ Insurance Group in 2010 he was an employee benefit consultant with Brown & Brown Tacoma for 15 years. He has been helping Puget Sound employees and family members with Obamacare and retirees with Medicare insurance solutions for several years.  Jeffrey holds a B.A. from the University of Washington in Science Education, and he has achieved the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation.


Michael Judd

Michael has over 20 years working professionally in computer sciences and 10 years in IT security. He has an M.B.A. with a concentration in Technology Service Management.  

Tina McLeod

Tina is the program specialist for the Race & Pedagogy Institute (RPI) since October 2017. Prior to becoming a RPI staff person, she was a member of RPI’s Community Partners Forum for over ten years. Her continuing education work includes nonprofit management, completion of National Fair Housing Academy’s five week investigator training, the Leadership Challenge®, and facilitator trainings, specifically in the area of race equity.


Dale Mickel

Dale is the senior desktop support analyst at University of Puget Sound. Since starting here in 2010, he can be found all over campus setting up and fixing computers and printers. 


Jake Nelko

Jake is assistant director for career advising in Career and Employment Services. He has been a LinkedIn user since 2009 and has coached students and other professionals to use the tool since 2011.


Vivie Nguyen

Vivie Nguyen serves as the director for intercultural engagement at University of Puget Sound. She received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she studied implicit bias through her focus in multicultural counseling.

Gaylen Nuckols

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Larissa Ogawa

Larissa started her Puget Sound journey as a student in 2010 and provided support for the Educational Technology Team. After graduating in 2014, she enhanced her culinary skills at the Puget Sound diner before rejoining Technology Services in 2016 as a technology support analyst.


Kaity Peake

Kaity has worked in Educational Technology since 2016. A former English and Technology teacher, Kaitybegan transitioning to digital education when she was placed into a classroom with broken computers that required creativity and problem-solving to turn into viable tools for classroom use. That experience led her into the world of educational technology and the challenges and rewards faculty face in using technology well. She has since earned her Master in Digital Educational Leadership at Seattle Pacific University where she is explored innovative and best practices in using digital tools and resources to enhance instruction. When not running around campus with a laptop and a crazed look in her eye, Kaity enjoys DIY projects, roller derby, and walking her dogs.


Donelle Pearson P'18

Donelle is a Dining and Conference Services HR Generalist and has been at the university for seven years. She has worked in the field of human resources for 18 years. Outside of work she enjoys taking long walks and hikes with her husband, Rob, and their golden retriever, Red.

Jada Pelger '96

Jada is the information resources coordinator for Collins Memorial Library and the Makerspace manager. She is a lifelong crafter who enjoys learning new skills and techniques.

Rebecca Pettitt

Rebecca Pettitt is a career advisor in Career and Employment Services. She works with students to assess strengths, interests, values, and skill sets in order to explore possibilities and take action. Rebecca helps students find the meaning within their experiences and apply their knowledge to new opportunities.

Lori Ricigliano

Lori is the associate director of user services at Collins Memorial Library. She co-facilitates the monthly Lunch and Learn series, a staff forum for discussions about race, with Tina McLeod, and is the managing editor of the Race & Pedagogy Journal. Her instruction and outreach efforts center on critical social justice issues through thoughtful and reflective collaboration with faculty, students, and staff.

Hilary Robbeloth

Hilary is the systems and discovery librarian at Collins Memorial Library and has a background in foreign language cataloging and metadata. She has a B.A. in anthropology and international studies from the University of Idaho and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington. She grew up in northern Idaho and learned crochet and knitting as part of the 4H program, but really got into it through the social media site Ravelry. 

Erin Ruff

Erin is the Human Resources Generalist and has been at the university for five years and in the field for eight years. Erin received her master's degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations from Penn State.  Outside of work, Erin enjoys spending time with her husband, two-year-old daughter, and Westie dog.

Mihaela Schneider

Mihaela is a doctoral intern in Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services.

Kenni Simons

Kenni Simons, SHRM-CP, came to the university after working for 27 years at Alaska's largest electric utility. After she spent 19 years collectively in Environmental Engineering and Safety and obtained an AAS in Occupational Safety & Health, a reorganization led her position to become a safety and HR hybrid, which she developed into a lead HR position over the next 8 years. When Kenni and her family relocated to Washington in 2015, she found a new home as Benefits Manager at Puget Sound.

Landon Wade

Landon Wade is in his eighth year as director of academic advising at Puget Sound. In his role, Landon works with faculty to support students’ development and also works directly with students to explore options during and after their time at Puget Sound.

Elizabeth Wormsbecker '05

Elizabeth is the student employment advisor at Career and Employment Services and advocates for student employment opportunities and experiences across campus where student staff members have the chance to develop their strengths and reflect on the meaning and value of those experiences. Elizabeth is passionate about providing individualized support to each student in their educational journey and post-graduation pursuits.

Rev. Dave Wright '96

Dave is University Chaplain, is past-president of the Association of College and University Religious Affairs (ACURA), and received NASPA's 2018 Outstanding Professional in Religious/Spiritual Affairs. As co-director of the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement, he works with the CICE team to support and engage with the campus community around issues related to social identities, inclusion, and equity on campus and in society.  Dave also serves on the board of Tacoma Community House, a nonprofit serving immigrants and refugees.  When not working and/or causing trouble, Dave loves to cook and entertain his cats, The Beasties.



PDEC Planning Committee

Contact: pdec@pugetsound.edu


Michaela Alden '13
Michaela is the production specialist in the Office of Communications. After studying biology at Puget Sound, she worked in marketing for Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium for four years, managing websites and building experience in digital marketing. She returned to campus in 2017 to help share the Puget Sound story.

Joann Bearer
Office Coordinator | Human Resources

David Childers
Digital Media Service Manager | Media Services

Dennis Chin
Client Support Services Manager | Technology Services

Sarah Comstock
Sarah has worked in higher education for more than 20 years. She spent 11 years working at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has been at Puget Sound for the last 10 years. Sarah is actively involved in the Association of College Unions International which provides her with opportunities to connect with professionals at student unions both in the U.S. and abroad. When Sarah isn’t working, she spends a lot of time at her son’s activities, or reading.

Tiffany Davis
Tiffany is the Deputy Title IX Officer and associate director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She is a civil rights attorney who has worked in both private practice and government and investigated civil rights violations, and she brings a wealth of experience in training on civil rights laws and procedures. Her primary areas of responsibility include coordinating our Title IX efforts and investigating alleged civil rights violations.

Tanya Goodall
Director of Scheduling and Event Services | Facilities Services

Charis Hensley
Graphic Designer/Production Artist | Office of Communications

Lauren Nicandri
Lauren has been a member of the Puget Sound community since 2009, working in Educational Technology.  She is passionate about creating faculty development opportunities that utilize an effective blend of sound pedagogical methods that employ technology.  When she’s not in the office, Lauren is devoting her remaining free time to pursuing a Master of Arts in Educational Technology Leadership from the George Washington University.

Donelle Pearson P'18
Donelle is a Dining and Conference Services HR Generalist and has been at the university for seven years. She has worked in the field of human resources for 18 years. Outside of work she enjoys taking long walks and hikes with her husband, Rob, and their golden retriever, Red.

Erin Ruff
Erin is the Human Resources Generalist and has been at the university for five years and in the field for eight years. Erin received her master's degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations from Penn State.  Outside of work, Erin enjoys spending time with her husband, two-year-old daughter, and Westie dog.

Sabrina Shepherd
Sabrina joined Puget Sound in 2010 as the Help Desk Coordinator for Facilities Services and in 2015 she started her current role, managing event setups for the campus. She has a great team that takes pride in making events and events spaces the best they can be for customers. She loves the variety that this job brings each day and that she is constantly meeting new people. Not to mention all of the wonderful colleagues here at Puget Sound!

Phillip Wells P'20
Phillip is assistant director for Catering and Cafés and has over 29 years of food and beverage experience as a banquet director, convention manager, and restaurant manager for Hilton, Hyatt, and Doubletree Hotel Corporation.

Keith Woody
Director of Talent Management | Human Resources