Loggers Keep Learning: At Work

Meet conference facilitators and the PDEC Planning Committee!

Faithlina Abeshima '16

Faithlina is currently a technology support analyst with Tech Services. She studied psychology and music performance at Puget Sound.

Frederick Douglass Alcorn '82

Frederick Douglass Alcorn, Ed.D., is a social justice advocate, researcher, and writer, with a focus on transactional communication, power, and intercultural relations. He has taught coursework in the social sciences at various universities and colleges, such as City University of Bellevue and Seattle, East Carolina University, Seattle University, and University of Puget Sound. He has held positions and performed graduate internships in the areas of human rights, human resources, affirmative action, diversity and inclusion, school desegregation and re-segregation investigation, legislative affairs, fair housing, and anti-poverty programs. He is certified in conflict mediation and negotiation and human service management. Frederick is a Vietnam War veteran who hails from Philadelphia, Pa., and Castle Hayne, North Carolina.

Jennifer Allen-Ayres

Sue Dahlin has been a casual runner most of her life, but it wasn't until she met Jennifer Allen-Ayres that she ever entertained running something as long as the half-marathon. As colleagues in CES they ran frequently after work. With Sue's commitment to speed training and Jennifer's enthusiasm for distance, their running partnership was a good match and challenging for both. Neither is a front-of-the-pack runner; they are just two mid-to-back-of-the-packers who have found joy in regularly running 10+ miles for the fun of it.


Todd Badham '85, P'11

Todd is the director of security at Puget Sound, with 30 years of experience in campus safety and security administration.

Libby Baldwin

Libby is the associate director of Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services. She graduated as from the University of Michigan in 2002 and then went on to gain her master’s degree from University of Washington in 2005.

Jan Bartolatz

Jan is the administrative assistant for the Office of Finance.

Betsy BeMiller

Workplace Resolutions LLC

Betsy BeMiller founded her own business, Workplace Resolutions LLC, for applying leadership, communication, and conflict resolution skills to employment and in the workplace. She has synthesized her four decades of experience, knowledge, and skills into an approach that is highly facilitative, comprehensive, and holistic for assisting work groups and/or entire organizations through conflict and back into productivity. She assists organizations in training employees in communication and conflict resolution skills, facilitating work groups to resolve conflict, mediating sensitive workplace issues, designing systems to handle conflicts, and solving personnel challenges through coaching and collaboration. Betsy, an associate with VitalSmarts™, is a certified trainer in Crucial Conversations® and Crucial Accountability®.  She has been a trainer also for The Ken Blanchard Companies’ Situational Leadership© II and Gung Ho!©.
 

Arianna Benitez

Arianna loves teaching Zumba classes and became a licensed Zumba instructor in 2011. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. She is married to an amazing man, and together they have three wonderful children. Dance and fitness are her passions.

Michael Benitez, Ph.D.

Michael is Puget Sound's chief diversity officer, dean of diversity and inclusion, and Title IX officer.

Skylar Bihl '08

Skylar is the assistant director for civic engagement in the Office for Spiritual Life and Civic Engagement. Skylar received her M.S.Ed. in human development from University of Pennsylvania, and loves working with students. Her work focuses on helping students connect to Tacoma through social justice and service, as well as engaging with issues of justice at Puget Sound. She is passionate about supporting students as they do difficult identity development work and ask hard questions about themselves and society.

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.

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.

Sharon Chambers-Gordon

Sharon works at Windermere Professional Partners, where her philosophy centers around the importance of home ownership and the peace of mind it offers to an individual or a family. Sharon loves photography, travelling, gardening, reading, and exploring parks.

Sarah Comstock

Sarah Comstock, associate dean of students at Puget Sound, has 18 years of leadership experience in higher education. She is actively involved in safety planning with a focus on student union buildings and public spaces on college campuses.

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 3rd Place winner of USA's National Road Race Championships.

Sue Dahlin

Sue has been a casual runner most of her life, but it wasn't until she met Jennifer Allen-Ayres that she ever entertained running something as long as the half-marathon. As colleagues in CES they ran frequently after work. With Sue's commitment to speed training and Jennifer's enthusiasm for distance, their running partnership was a good match and challenging for both. Neither is a front-of-the-pack runner; they are just two mid-to-back-of-the-packers who have found joy in regularly running 10+ miles for the fun of it.

Jamie Daniel

Jamie is Deputy Chief Information Officer for Technology Services and has 14 years of technology experience in managing change within organizations and at the project level.

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.

Ashlee Day

Ashlee is program coordinator for the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement. She graduated from Wesleyan College (an all women’s liberal arts college) in Macon, Georgia with a major in Philosophy and minors in History and Political Science.

Laura Edgar

As Assistant Archivist, Laura Edgar is responsible for processing archival collections and overseeing the digitization of material from the Archives & Special Collections. In addition, she works 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 related to this collection.

Nate Fearer

Nate has worked at Puget Sound since August 2016, and taught a course on basic Excel use at last year's Professional Development and Enrichment Conference. Nate uses Excel on a daily basis and is always looking for better practices. He has also been rock climbing for 6 years, and worked previously at a rock gym for two years, where he taught new climbers, managed facility safety equipment, and set routes. Nate goes climbing whenever his schedule agrees with the weatherman.

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

Linda Green

Linda is the procurement manager of the warehouse.

Kristin Haltinner, Ph.D.

University of Idaho

Kristin is an assistant professor of sociology, the director of the Certificate in Diversity and Stratification, and the director of the African Studies minor at the University of Idaho.

Tasha Helton

Tasha is a systems analyst with 10 years of experience with technology implementations and change journeys within Business Services. She has been with the university for over 11 years. She has lead several other training classes for PDEC, including "How to be Your Best Self at Puget Sound."

Liz Houck

Expand Yoga

Liz is co-owner of Expand Yoga and has been teaching yoga for over 10 years. She is E-YRT 500 certified with Yoga Alliance, has taught thousands of hours of classes, and absolutely loves teaching yoga!

Renee Houston, Ph.D.

Renee is associate dean of Experiential Learning and Civic Scholarship and professor of Communication Studies. She leads a team of staff and faculty to institutionalize meaningful, focused experiential learning in both curricular and co-curricular activities.

Jeffrey 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 of professional computer experience in areas such as home computing, the finance industry, and the medical industry, and is currently gaining experience in higher education.

Claudine Kubesh, M.D.

Claudine resides in Seattle and currently has a private practice in internal medicine/functional medicine in Bellevue. She finished her residency and was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award at University of Washington. Claudine has been in the medical field for more than 10 years. Outside work she enjoys climbing, skiing, road biking, and fly fishing.

Michelle Kucera-Jewell

Samdhanakarana Yoga

After years of exploration, Michelle Kucera-Jewell feels strength in growing her roots in Tacoma, where she passionately engages the community by serving as co-director of SKY Community and volunteering with other non-profit organizations. Having a master's degree in cultural studies has supported her work with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, with Keeping The Faith—The Pat Graney Company Prison Project, though the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and during her tenure in Leadership and Business Development at Apple. As a certified Laughter Yoga Leader, registered as RYT 200 and an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, she works to ensure that all people know that they are worthy and deserving of love, peace, belonging, and healing.

Mark Massey

Mark has been coaching and teaching for 35 years and studied sports psychology through the doctoral level.

Sarah Maynard-Murray

Uncharted Soul

Sarah Maynard-Murray, M.Ed., with a B.S. in Corporate Fitness, is a registered yoga teacher (RYT 200) and a certified iRest® Yoga Nidra Teacher Instructor.

Tina McLeod

Tina is the program specialist for the Race and Pedagogy Institute.

Dale Mickel

Dale is currently a senior technology analyst with Technology Services and has been with the university for seven years. He has been supporting technology in one form or another for over 20 years. He grew up in the Tacoma area, has an associate degree in Network Administration from SPSCC, and graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2008 with emphasis in Computer Science, Math, and History. He has four children and four grandchildren. He also enjoys playing miniature wargames.

Vivie Nguyen

Vivie currently serves as the Director for Intercultural Engagement at the University of Puget Sound.

Brad Payne

Brad has been interested in Titanic for 30 years and has been researching it for 20 years. He has published three articles to date on the subject. He has built a name for himself within the Titanic community and is in constant contact with many experts.

Donelle Pearson P'18

Donelle is a Human Resources Representative and has been at the university for six years. She has worked in the field of human resources for 17 years. Outside work she enjoys taking long walks and hikes with her husband, Rob, and their golden retriever, Red.

Jada Pelger '96

Jada is a member of the library staff and the Makerspace manager. She is a lifelong crafter who enjoys learning new skills and techniques.

Rebecca Pettitt

Rebecca is the career advisor and internship coordinator at Career and Employment Services, where she helps students reflect on and articulate their experiences.

Lori Ricigliano

Lori Ricigliano is the associate director for User Services in Collins Memorial Library. She serves as a member of the library's management team, providing leadership and participating in policy formulation and decision making processes. She is responsible for program development, operations, and personnel of public services, including Access Services, Reference and Information Services, Information Literacy, and Academic Liaison Services.

Kawila Ridep

Kawika Ridep, the Lillis Cafe coordinator, has over 15 years of experience in the restaurant industry and as a clinical nutritionist.

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 Ruff is the Human Resources Generalist. She has been at the university for four years and in the field for seven 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, one-year-old daughter, and Westie dog.

Lori Seager

Lori is the associate vice president for finance.

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.

Anne Smith '06

Dog Gone Good Training LLC

Anne Smith, CPDT-KA, has been training dogs professionally for nearly a decade. She owns a local dog training company, Dog Gone Good Training, which offers both in-person and online training help for dog owners nationwide! Anne is also associate director of Information Services in the Office of University Relations. She operates computer programs with exact deftness and merciless incision. She works extensively with Excel and other logic-based programs.

Tammy Smith

Tammy is the senior facilities planner and designer in the Capital Development Department.

Phillip Wells P'20

Phillip Wells, assistant director for Catering and Cafes, 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.

Elizabeth Wormsbecker '05

Elizabeth is the Student Employment Advisor at Career and Employment Services. Elizabeth is passionate about helping students and supervisors across campus connect and recognize the value of their on-campus work experiences.

Dave Wright '96

Dave is the University Chaplain/Director for Spiritual Life and Civic Engagement. He is also president of The Association of College and University Religious Affairs, which promotes best practices relating religious life and higher education. He has been coordinating the Undocumented Students Working Group since fall 2016 and has also been on the board of Tacoma Community House, which serves immigrants and refugees in Tacoma, since 2009.



PDEC Planning Committee

Contact: hr@pugetsound.edu


Michaela Alden '13
Michaela studied biology at Puget Sound and is now the production specialist in the Office of Communications. She has four years of experience in marketing, communications, and content management. Outside of work, she enjoys singing and songwriting.

Michael Benitez, Ph.D.
Michael Benitez is a nationally-acclaimed activist-scholar, practitioner, and educator, with extensive experience in higher education. He is known for his down-to-earth, insightful commentary and critical perspectives on social and cultural issues including social justice education, diversity leadership, and higher education, among others. A highly sought-out speaker and workshop leader at colleges and conferences nationwide, he has also authored book chapters and articles on student identity, hip hop culture, cultural centers, cultural and ethnic studies, institutional research and campus climates, and supporting faculty of color. Benitez has served higher education in different capacities over the last two decades, in areas such as academic and student affairs, equity and inclusion, Title IX, and teaching. Currently, he serves as the Dean of Diversity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Officer at the University of Puget Sound, providing leadership over the coordination, implementation, and assessment of operational and strategic goals related to diversity strategic planning and institutional efforts to foster and sustain an equitable and inclusive campus climate.

David Childers
Digital Media Service Manager | Media Services

Julie Coleman
Classroom and Events Media Specialist | Media 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.

Janice Jackson-Haley
As the director of Human Resources at Puget Sound, Janice is dedicated to promoting an inclusive work environment and community that approaches challenges with resilience and dedication, while equitably meeting the evolving needs, the mission, and the business strategy of the university.

Lindsay Morris
Director, Project Management Office | Technology Services

Alanna Muir
Institutional Research Analyst | Office of Institutional Research

Alyssa Newell
Alyssa is the Human Resources Office Assistant and has been with the university since 2016.  She enjoys Netflixin' and chillin' with her 3-year-old son. On the weekend you can find her watching Monsters Inc. at least 10 times, a favorite movie of her son’s. During her spare time she loves to create flat lays of food, household items, and clothes in tasteful and well-designed compositions and upload them to her Instagram account.

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.

Tyler Pau
Tyler is an assistant director of Residence Life at University of Puget Sound. His engagement in the work of inclusion has been fostered by his employment in housing and residence life capacities at various institutions over the last 13 years. Tyler’s other professional interests include social justice, student leadership development, living-learning environment design, student conduct, and service learning.

Donelle Pearson P'18
Donelle is a Human Resources Representative and has been at the university for six years. She has worked in the field of human resources for 17 years. Outside work she enjoys taking long walks and hikes with her husband, Rob, and their golden retriever, Red.

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!

Anne Smith '06
Anne has worked in University Relations for over 10 years. She graduated from Puget Sound with a degree in Business Administration. Logger for life!

Phillip Wells P'20
Phillip Wells, assistant director for Catering and Cafes, 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.