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Kelliann Amico Kelliann Amico
Instructor. Kelliann Amico has been on the agency side of PR for more than 30 years. After having worked for some of the most respected public relations and public affairs firms in the Pacific Northwest, she launched Amico Public Relations in 1997. As a “generalist” she’s represented a healthy cross-section of interests, including professional sports, an airline, Superior Court judges, restaurants, and coffee. Her current clients are in the professional service, customer service, built environment, nonprofit, and health care sectors. Career highlights include being a press lead and traveling internationally for the Clinton White House from 1997-2000, and managing press for the Dalai Lama Environmental Summit of May 2013.
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Roel Uleners Roel Uleners
Instructor. Roel Uleners is a Design Partner who loves playing at the intersection of design, strategy, and people. He attended the Royal Academy of Arts, and received his MFA and Masters-after-Masters in Visual Communication at Sint-Lucas School of Arts & Design. Most recently, he was Vice President of Strategic Design at Chehadé & Company, a strategy and engagement consultancy, working toward a trusted digital economy and society.
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Todd Greco Todd Greco
Instructor. Todd is the Interaction Design Director at Ziba, a design and innovation consultancy based in Portland, Oregon. Bridging the traditional gap between developer and designer, he leads cross-disciplinary teams in the creation of software and physical interfaces for global clients including FedEx, Intel, Samsung, Adidas, and Dreamworks. With more than 24 years of experience, Todd is well-versed in design research and innovation; prior to joining Ziba, he worked with Adobe to develop Creative Suite 1-4, and helped design and implement the iShares investment service for Barclays. He has also run his own design studio, written for Wired and Fast Company, and taught digital design at Portland State University for nearly 10 years.
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Serilda Summers-McGee Serilda Summers-McGee
Instructor. Serilda Summers-McGee, MBA, MEd, is the City of Portland Chief Human Resources Officer and the owner of Workplace Change, LLC, a company that exists to help organizations assess their workplace culture, creatively resolve identified workplace challenges, recruit under-represented executives and staff, and retain high-quality employees in an inclusive, positive, and high-functioning work environment.
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Heather Laird Spain Heather Laird Spain
Instructor. Heather Laird Spain is a leadership and communications strategist and coach who has built her career developing people and programs, as well as helping organizations tell their stories. She brings over a dozen years of experience leading communications and marketing programs, both in the nonprofit sector and at Google. As a trainer and coach she has designed and delivered trainings for youth mentoring organizations across the country, served as a communication coach at Stanford University School of Business, and currently is an instructor at Portland State University’s School of Business. She has a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Education, both from Stanford University, and has completed coaching training at The Coaches Training Institute (CTI). She loves working with adult learners, fervently believes we can make work better, and is endlessly curious about all things people-related.
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Darin Matthews Darin Matthews
Instructor. Darin Matthews possesses nearly 25 years of contracting experience, including serving as the director of procurement for the University of California, Santa Cruz and the chief procurement officer for Metro. He has taught for Portland State University, Florida Atlantic University, and the Institute for Public Procurement. Darin holds a BS in Business and a Master of Acquisition Management.
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Theresa Bauccio-Teschlog Theresa Bauccio-Teschlog
Instructor. Theresa is the Purchasing Manager for the City of Everett, Washington. She has over 21 years of supply chain management experience, of which over 18 years have been spent in public procurement. She enjoys conducting Requests for Proposals for service contracts and administering construction projects from cradle to grave. Theresa has participated in the Specifications, Protests, and Construction Contracting Delivery Methods Global Best Practice Task Force teams. She is a past Washington State Chapter of NIGP Membership Secretary and is the current Education and Research Chair. Theresa is a graduate of Seattle University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a dual concentration in both Operations Management and Marketing. She also holds the designation of Certified Professional Public Buyer, as well as a Certificate in Construction Contracting from Portland State University.
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Kate Vance Kate Vance
Instructor. Kate Vance is a Project Delivery Program Manager at Multnomah County where her team manages a variety of project types in existing county buildings. Previously, Kate spent 11 years at Portland State University managing and supervising complex multi-million dollar capital projects to meet the University’s goals for future growth and collaborative partnerships. Kate’s professional commitments include collaborative leadership, client relationships, teamwork, and safety.
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René Léger René Léger
Instructor. René Léger has held diverse senior leadership positions with companies such as Nabisco Brands, the Oregon Business Council, Portland Public Schools, and Camp Fire Columbia. He earned a BA in Political Science from State University of New York and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. René is certified as an Integral Coach through New Ventures West.
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Elena Einstein Elena Einstein
Instructor. Elena Einstein is president of the Einstein Group and contracts site leader for Harris Corporation. She previously served as senior contracts manager and chief of staff for The Boeing Company. Elena has experience in leadership, strategy, diversity and inclusion, and employee development. Elena holds an MS from the University of La Verne and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University.
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Samuel Ashby Samuel Ashby
Instructor. Samuel Ashby is the director of performance excellence for Legacy Health Systems. Previously, he worked as managing principal of Speed of Thought Consulting and in process improvement leadership roles for Nike, Converse, GE Capital, Medtronic, and Toyota. Samuel holds a BA from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a Change Acceleration Process Coach and a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
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Bill Kent Bill Kent
Instructor. Bill Kent has worked as a market executive for Mortenson Construction for 32 years, focusing on design-build and integrated delivery. Bill teaches for the DBIA and serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Washington Department of Construction Management. Bill earned a BS in Construction Management from the University of Washington.
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Margy Evans Margy Evans
Instructor. Margy Evans brings over 25 years of executive, operational, and human resource management experience to her work as a coach, consultant, and training professional. She serves as the workforce development manager for Portland Parks and Recreation and previously worked for the City of Portland.
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Maria Grzanka Maria Grzanka
Instructor. Maria Grzanka is a principal consultant with Lean Portland and Quantum Leaders. She has 20 years’ experience in process improvement and operations leadership, including working for XPO Logistics, Vestas, Con-way Freight, and Tektronix. She earned a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Integrated Supply Chain Management. Maria earned her Black Belt in Lean Sigma and has led dozens of kaizens since.
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Kjell van Zoen Kjell van Zoen
Instructor. Kjell van Zoen is a strategic energy management and Lean operations coach for Energy 350, Inc., where he helps clients realize energy efficiency using continuous improvement practices. Kjell has worked for Plywerk, PhotosbyKim, and the Parati Company. He has delivered over 100 workshops focused on Lean whole systems thinking. Kjell studied business, philosophy and economics at University College London and Leiden University.
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Matthew Horvat Matthew Horvat
Instructor. Matthew Horvat is the founder of Lean Portland, and is the Expansion/Process Improvement Program Manager at Vancouver Clinic. He is a lifelong learner of customer-focused production system design in both projects and operations. His message is about the attitude of respect and the responsibility we have for one another, as well as the discipline of applying the scientific method to everyday concerns. He was academically trained in global management and industrial engineering, and holds numerous professional licenses, degrees, and certificates from state- and trade-sponsored associations.
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David Hall David Hall
Instructor. David Hall is an educator and organizational consultant who appreciates the opportunity to help others create better ways to live and work together. In addition to serving as an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University, David has worked as a consultant and sustainability advisor. He earned an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Systems Science: Psychology from Portland State University.
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Heather LeFevre Heather LeFevre
Instructor. Heather LeFevre has held senior strategic roles at some of the world’s most creative companies, including Crispin Porter + Bogusky, StrawberryFrog, Tribal DDB, and Hyper Island. She has crafted brand worlds for Emirates, Bacardi, Philips, and Gucci. Heather holds a BA in English and an MS in Communications and Media Studies from the University of Texas.
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Brion Hurley Brion Hurley
Instructor. Brion Hurley is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at Business Performance Improvement. Prior to BPI, he spent 18 years at Rockwell Collins as a Lean Six Sigma consultant. Brion has a BS in Statistics, a certificate in Sustainability, and an MS in Quality Management from the University of Iowa. He volunteers with Lean Portland as the community consultant lead, managing and leading nonprofit improvement projects.
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Mitchell Sayre Mitchell Sayre
Instructor. Mitchell Sayre serves as business development and implementation manager at OIA Global, where he creates material sourcing and supply chain solutions for major footwear brands. His previous roles included working in business development and marketing roles for PACCESS, Pony Leather, and CEVA Logistics. Mitchell earned a BS in Business from the University of Oregon.
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Carolyn Niehaus Carolyn Niehaus
Instructor. Carolyn Niehaus works as a senior leadership and organizational development consultant with MetaSkills Consulting Group Inc. Previously, she worked with Leverage Networks on the publication of the electronic periodical The New Systems Thinker. Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Rochester and an MBA from Portland State University.
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Sara Mesing Sara Mesing
Instructor. Sara Mesing is the Senior Experience Designer for Cambia Health Solutions. She has delivered over 30+ human-centered design projects across social impact, healthcare, higher education, corporate, and government sectors. Prior to Cambia, Sara worked as the Systems Lead at XPLANE. Sara holds a BA in English Literature and French Studies and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
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Corissa Saint Laurent Corissa Saint Laurent
Instructor. Corissa Saint Laurent has owned and operated two small businesses and led regional development for Constant Contact. She speaks nationally for Google’s Get Your Business Online program. Corissa’s passion is helping people and companies grow, transform, and be the best versions of themselves. She earned a BA in Environmental Analysis and Design from the University of California, Irvine.
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Lori Emerick Lori Emerick
Instructor. Lori Emerick, principal of the Aspen Group, brings more than 20 years of organizational and leadership development expertise to her teaching work, including experience at Intel, Nike, and Kaiser Permanente. Lori’s roles have spanned human resources, leadership, diversity and inclusion, team facilitation, and process excellence. Lori earned an MBA in Human Resource Management from Seattle Pacific University.
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Lisa Schauer Lisa Schauer
Instructor. Lisa Schauer, president of PointNorth, has worked in government, private industry, and not-for-profit organizations. She was the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for Mackay Sposito. Lisa holds a BA in Political Science, a BA in Public Relations from Gonzaga University, and an MA in Organizational Leadership from George Washington University. Lisa holds HBDI and CPSM certifications.
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The Human behind PSU’s Award Winning Social Media Platforms The Human behind PSU’s Award Winning Social Media Platforms
Portland State University knows talent when we see it, that's why we hired Christian Aniciete! Read about the Human behind PSU’s Award Winning Social Media Platforms here in his Alumni Profile, and check out his awesome #fearlessPSU Selfie!
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Q+A with screenwriter Douglas Soesbe (B.S '71, M.A '76) Q+A with screenwriter Douglas Soesbe (B.S '71, M.A '76)
Portland State Alumnus Douglas Soesbe is a story analyst and editor working for NBCUniversal. He recently wrote a feature film entitled “Boulevard.” It is being shot in May of this year with Robin Williams starring. It will be directed by Dito Montiel, whose film, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, is a previous Sundance winner.
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Turning pro Turning pro
Shannon Burley '00
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Dishing up tradition Dishing up tradition
Rosanna Bowles ’77
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Legacy of learning Legacy of learning
Behzad Hosseini ’96, MBA ’97
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The fruits of his labor The fruits of his labor
Chad Honl MED '07
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Home show makeover pro Home show makeover pro
Kristin Wells '97
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Charter school champion Charter school champion
Adam Reid '03 helps keep a local public charter school running
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Helping companies turn it around Helping companies turn it around
Businesses looking to stay afloat seek out Renee Fellman, MBA '85
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Dentist with a heart Dentist with a heart
Michaelangelo Aust pursues dental realties over Ferrari dreams.
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Bringing solutions off the hill Bringing solutions off the hill
Kristin Rencher transforms scientific discoveries into beneficial products.
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Master of the search engine Master of the search engine
Marshall Simmonds '95 orchestrates search engine strategy to yield maximum traffic for the New York Times and its online properties.
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Intel's 'Green Goddess' Intel's 'Green Goddess'
Lorie Wigle MBA '89 oversees strategies for green product design and manufacturing as well as Intel's energy efficiency
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Green energy entrepreneur Green energy entrepreneur
Stephen Johnson hopes to produce fuel that is carbon neutral.
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In the company of sisters In the company of sisters
Products made by women around the world are sold through KJ Lewis' company.
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Green on top Green on top
Who would have thought to grow edible plants on rooftops? Erin Altz did.
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A lawyer in the making A lawyer in the making
By age 19, Pakistani native Saba Ahmed had earned a double major at Portland State.
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Beyond the watercooler Beyond the watercooler
Nova Newcomer has developed an efficient software program for employee communication.
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Making history Making history
Bob Sutton MA '73 is now chief historian of the National Park Service.
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Making food her business Making food her business
Tyson Foods convinced Oregon native Michelle Bond to move to its Arkansas offices.
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Raising the profile of Iraqi refugees Raising the profile of Iraqi refugees
Based in Cairo, Abeer Etefa is a spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
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A hospitalist with Kaiser A hospitalist with Kaiser
As a Portland State student, Sahra Vanderkin Rahimtoola, co-founded the Student Ambassador program.
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A Vanguard education A Vanguard education
When John Wykoff, Jr., was editor of the Vanguard student newspaper, it was in boxes downtown.
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Capital relations Capital relations
Erin Hulme '06 loves living and working in Washington, DC.
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A rose by her name A rose by her name
Leslie Goodlow-Baldwin is the youngest-ever president of the Portland Rose Festival.
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Being all that he can be Being all that he can be
David Cowsert heads a new publishing group in Portland.
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Serving the U.S. Senate for over a decade Serving the U.S. Senate for over a decade
Mark Prater is the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance's chief tax counsel.
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Belief in children rewarded Belief in children rewarded
Oregon Teacher of the Year (2006-07) Jackie Cooke describes herself as an optimist.
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The cheering goes on The cheering goes on
MaryLou Wendel Webb passes on the Homecoming Queen crown after 35 years.
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Bamboo clothing with a message Bamboo clothing with a message
Alum Ryan Christensen uses "eco-friendly" clothing as his "weapon of choice" to convey a social message.
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Making a difference in Africa Making a difference in Africa
Elizabeth Bara runs a nonprofit that helps people in Africa become self-reliant.
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Sailing around the world Sailing around the world
Tammy Kimball and her family lived onboard their boat, the Anjuli, for two years.
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Passing judgment in Oregon's top court Passing judgment in Oregon's top court
Paul De Muniz, who graduated from PSU with a degree in sociology, is chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court.
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Making it in New York City Making it in New York City
Deirdre Lorenz lives a high-velocity lifestyle.
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This alumnus wants in your back pocket This alumnus wants in your back pocket
Garett Croft Stenson '04 sits in his north Portland bungalow among boxes stacked full of wallets, tape, stickers, and promotional posters, all ready to be mailed to retailers.
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Montana ranchers own a world record setting filly Montana ranchers own a world record setting filly
Last September, a quarter horse owned by Dr. Ray '69 and Wendy Norgaard '67, MST '72 set the world's record for the fastest 300 yards in a derby trial at Yellowstone Downs in Billings, Montana. Although the couple didn't make any money, they had something better.
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Keeping the coffee and tea world abuzz Keeping the coffee and tea world abuzz
Julie Beals '96 keeps the coffee and tea world abuzz
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Successful entrepreneur starts young Successful entrepreneur starts young
Paresh Patel '96 gets an early start as a successful entrepreneur
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Revealing his life as a corporate spy Revealing his life as a corporate spy
Revealing his life as a corporate spy
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Taking UPS global Taking UPS global
Chief Financial Officer Scott Davis '74 likes to keep his learning curve growing at a steady pace, and helping to chart the future of UPSa $36 billion corporationgives him that opportunity.
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Success in the world of contemporary art Success in the world of contemporary art
Carolyn Cole '76 has accomplished what most aspiring artists dream of her work is shown in six galleries nationwide and her boldly colored contemporary paintings are held in over 500 private and corporate collections.
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Helping tsunami victims in India Helping tsunami victims in India
John Stephens MIM '03 Helps Tsunami Victims in India
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Creating living history for a new museum Creating living history for a new museum
Teresa Neva Tate '94, MA '97 Creates Living History for a New Museum
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Studying brain function at Columbia University Studying brain function at Columbia University
Joy Hirsch MS '71 Studying Brain Function at Columbia University
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Delivering the mail at a profit in Qatar Delivering the mail at a profit in Qatar
Ali M. Al Ali '83 Delivering Mail at a Profit in Qatar
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A passion to tell the story of Oregon Judaism A passion to tell the story of Oregon Judaism
Gloria Lohman Feves '72 explores the history of Oregon's Jewswhy they came, what they found, and how they changed through the years.
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Coming one day to a theater near you? Coming one day to a theater near you?
Dan Vance '97 has made an independent film in Arizona with a camera of his own design.
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Offering cost-conscious counseling Offering cost-conscious counseling
Vince Dimone's, MS '03, cost-conscious counseling benefits his clients and himself.
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