The candidates listed in the ballot are running as individuals. Once elected, the board will decide who holds which positions.
Vote for the entire slate of candidates. The link to the electronic ballot will be sent to all ODN Oregon chapter members of record as of May 27. Voting is open through June 6.
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Having previously spent 25 years litigating employment relationships that had turned toxic, Jathan now works with employers as an organization development consultant, executive coach and trainer to improve leadership, trust, accountability, retention and employee engagement.
Jathan is an internationally published author, including Managing To Stay Out Of Court: How To Avoid The 8 Deadly Sins Of Mismanagement, which Dr. Stephen R. Covey described as “Marvelous! Every manager will benefit immensely.” He is also the author of The Star Profile: A Management Tool To Unleash Employee Potential, Gold Medal winner, Business & Career, at Book Expo America 2009. His latest book is Hard-Won Wisdom: True Stories From The Management Trenches. Bestselling author and world-renowned executive coach Marshall Goldsmith states, “Read this insightful book. It contains compelling stories with specific, actionable advice that will help anyone’s career.”
Jathan writes the Putting Humanity Into HR Compliance column for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is a longtime contributor to HR Magazine and other publications, and is active on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Additional information about Jathan:
- Served as President/Board Chair of two non-profit organizations, and as Chief Administrative Officer of one
- Named in Inc. Magazine as one of “The Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2018”
- Founded and managed a law firm, and served as an Office Managing Shareholder and Director of Employee Engagement Solutions of a large international law firm
- 25 years experience representing employers with employee relations challenges
- Certified executive coach: Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Coaching
- Citizen Lawyer of the Year 2006, J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Salt Lake Chapter
- Utah State Bar Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year, 2005
I have been a member of Oregon ODN, including having served on its board and I’m a CCP lead consultant. I would like to apply my experience with these programs, as well as my general background in leadership and organizations, to help ODN move to its next stage of development.
I’m also very interested in helping aspiring OD consultants find work.
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Dave Hanna is the Executive Director for Adaptive Sports Northwest with 19+ years of experience in for-profit and non-profit settings in such roles as director, facilitator, moderator, development manager, trainer, university instructor, board member, volunteer and mediator. His most recent role was as Membership Development Manager with the Multnomah Athletic Club for 11 years. His undergraduate and graduate work took place at Oregon State University where he studied health sciences, conflict resolution, group process, and communication.
Dave oversees daily operations, growth initiatives, and programming opportunities for the diverse constituency served by Adaptive Sports Northwest. He looks to increase the outreach and exposure of the opportunities ASNW offers, comprised of fitness, recreation and competitive sport for youth and adults with physical disabilities. Dave leads a talented team focusing on efforts to strengthen and expand sponsorship relations, program offerings, member and participant satisfaction, and overall resource efficiencies.
Dave is a principal of Viewpoint Strategic Facilitation – a business that focuses on building and creating sustainable practices for strategic initiatives for nonprofit organizations. He also volunteers as the Chair of the Committee for Community Engagement for the City of Tigard. This committee is charged with assisting government entities and City Council with direction and feedback on communication strategies for issues that impact citizens.
I think that I could bring a very collaborative and eclectic perspective to the board of directors. I am well versed in the processes and structure of a board setting and am energized to work alongside industry leaders and minds. I believe that I can help to streamline the initiatives and membership related demands of the ODN, and help to create a organization that is efficient at reaching a diverse constituency.
I bring a steady presence that is reliable and consistent. I’d be prepared for our discussions and have a perspective that is geared toward moving forward the strategic initiatives of the organization, and for creating a governance that is sustainable and for future board volunteers. I would champion the mission of the board and industry.
This would be the third year that I have served on the Board of Directors for OODN. During that time I have contributed as a Director, Membership Committee liaison and Treasurer. I feel that I have a good sense as to the purpose, benefits and challenges of the organization.
From a person al perspective, the ODN has a great deal of integrity and outreach. I’d be excited to meet and learn from the many other industry professionals. As well, I’d be honored to be able to place this appointment to my volunteer portfolio.
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Helen Spector received her BA in Sociology from Brown University and her MM from the Northwestern Graduate School of Management. She has also received certificates and training with the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Working with Groups Intensive and various large-system methodologies, including Future Search, Open Space, Appreciative Inquiry, Self Organizing/Complex Adaptive Systems, and Polarity Management.
She has worked for CNA Insurance, Touche Ross Consulting and currently is principal with the Spector & Associates Organizational Consulting firm. Her consulting services profile include large public clients, small communities, educational institutions, health care organizations, religious institutions and judicatories as well as executive / team coaching; team building; strategic planning and values clarification; organization design and change implementation; process coaching for groups and shadow consulting for consultants.
Helen has been involved with OD and OD organizations such as Chicago OD Network—leadership team / program planning; Future Search Network—Northern California Coordinator; Oregon ODN as a current member, CCP project team lead and Shadow Senior, Participant OD Focus training. She has also sat on various boards.
I have spent a career creating and leading volunteer organizations and consulting with values-based organizations, institutions and groups. My “leadership” has come from “behind the curtain,” not necessarily being in the spotlight, but taking on tasks that support a large-systems perspective, strengthen infrastructure, and hold up the integrity of processes by which decisions get made and change moves forward.
After 40+ years in consulting, I seek an opportunity to work within a structure I don’t have to create, with people who also seek to support positive change in the world. I hope to contribute from my experiences fueled by my passion. I wish to continue to serve as Liaison to the Program Committee for the 2020-21 program year, serve as OD Fundamentals series faculty and designer and work with the new Board to flesh out the OODN Strategic Sketch and implement new ways of serving the region’s OD practitioners.
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Sabine Amend is the CEO of ti communication, USA, Inc., an international consulting company. Further ti communication offices are located in Germany and Austria, and in Shanghai, China. Prior to her role at ti communication, Sabine was the founder and senior consultant of a boutique consulting company for 20 years.
She serves clients in the automotive, manufacturing, IT/tech and health industries as a coach, consultant, cross-cultural and inter-departmental facilitator, and as a keen observer of the spaces between the dots, crafting solutions to people challenges, such as leadership development, talent management, and organizational capacity development, with a particular focus on cultural fit and change.
Prior to moving to Portland in 2017, she lived in Colorado, the UK, Germany, and the PR China. At Northeastern University CPS, she is faculty member for the MS Corporate and Organization Communication program. Her doctoral work explores somatic facets of change and leadership.
Her volunteer experiences include Restorative Justice facilitation (8 years in Colorado), capacity development for professional associations (SIETAR Europa, and others), and two ODN CCP projects to date. She enjoys the outdoors, Gyrotonic/Gyrokinesis practice, thoughtful conversations, as well as the performing and visual arts.
One year serving on the ODN Board, with a focus on the strategic planning process, as well as the on-going decision-processes in the network. Keen to provide continuity between strategic planning process and taking strategic action. Brings adaptive action resources to this period of uncertainty and change.
Further strengths include a cross-cultural/global perspective and knowledge base, (certified and proven) skills as a coach, educator, facilitator and process-designer. Moreover, she is a strategic and creative thinker, combining a strong sense of curiosity with principled stances grounded in living/human systems perspectives.
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Glen is serving this year as OODN’s Secretary and recently completed his fifth CCP project, the last two as Lead. He coordinated the previous Fundamentals of OD series all three years and designed the last series with Gary Langenwalter. He studied OD when earning his Masters at San Francisco State and his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. After 18 years in Continuing Higher Education, he spent seven years as the central OD and training officer for the State of Oregon. He has worked in our field for decades, most recently as Director of Training and OD for Cascade Employers Association before going part-time and retiring in December 2017. Glen previously served on OODN Oregon’s Board for two years and on several other boards, including ASTD-Oregon (President), the Oregon Ethics Commons (President), Willamette West Habitat for Humanity (VP), the Resiliency Center, and the Oregon Mediation Association. His 20 years of university teaching includes courses on Organizational Behavior and OD.
My purpose in running for the ODN Oregon Board is to strengthen our organization and those we serve. My pleasure is sharing learning experiences and improving participation of members and non-members. As a member of our cohesive Boards the last three years, I have started our first newsletter, been active on the Strategic Planning Committee, contributed to Mastermind – which is now Mind Sharing and supported programs, CCP and the Fundamentals of OD series. My goals for next year include editing the newsletter, engaging other partners and strengthening membership participation and networking.
What difference can I make? I can help OODN continue to grow and thrive. Our programs must be interactive, accessible and high in quality. As a cohesive Board we are ensuring OODN’s financial health and responsive administration.
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Kitty currently serves as the CAO of Home Forward (formerly Housing Authority of Portland) and has held various positions with that agency since 2020. Prior to that she was a Training and Development Manager with Multnomah County. Kitty holds a Master’s of Science in Social Work and is a licensed CSW (Clinical Social Worker) in the State of Oregon.
I am an African American, cis female currently working as Home Forward's Chief Administrative Officer. As the CAO of the largest affordable housing agency in the state of Oregon, I lead business operations and manage the financial performance for Community Services, Human Resources, Talent and Organizational Development, Contracts, Procurement and Education and Systems alignment.
Prior to my current role, I was an internal Training and OD consultant which allowed me to design, develop and implement programs that leveraged organizational learning and build core skills in areas such as Diversity and Inclusion, EI, Conflict Resolution, Change and Performance Management. I also hold certifications in Facilitative Leadership, Prosci Change Management, the Hogan, and the Center for Creative Leadership Benchmark Assessment.
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David Kertzner founded ProActive English in 1997 to provide training for educated, non-native English-speaking professionals in Silicon Valley who were struggling due to language and communication skills limitations. He was soon delivering training with a similar focus at manufacturing organizations employing line workers also struggling to communicate at increasingly smart facilities.
Through ProActive English, David has managed training at some of the world’s most successful companies, marketing services, designing training, developing content, hiring trainers and delivering services throughout the US and across Asia. David has also presented at ESL conferences and delivered teacher-training workshops in Colombia, The Czech Republic, Vietnam and Brazil (the latter two as a US State Department English Language Specialist). He developed and licenses The Business English Web - a language learning support platform featuring customizable content.
David earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Brandeis University, learned the ropes teaching elementary school in Massachusetts and received a Master's degree in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language from The School for International Training (Brattleboro, VT). He resides in Portland, Oregon where he plays basketball, completes weekend home projects in three to four months, gardens and plays guitar – imagining he is a rock ‘n roll star.
I have been attending OODN events since 2015 when I participated in a stimulating think-tank activity which I modified successfully for language and communication training. Since then, I have left almost every OODN gathering with ideas that I could apply to training I was delivering. Now, in this time of transition, I want to give back to OODN, and more intentionally share my expertise and creativity with the rising community of trainers and organizations needing support. In that commitment, I want to help OODN expand our base and become a better-known resource for our community.
As an OD ‘outsider’, I bring energy to the process of widening OODN’s footprint, along with curiosity about new tools and the ability to frame our efforts – as I learn about them - in ways that would better align with the unrelenting evolution of technology and workplace communication.
My skill set includes helping organizations understand the training and development experience in a more expansive light – so far, for language and communication training. I work well with others and can capably improve my understanding of OD – helping, as a result, to frame our work in a more inviting and integrated manner for the economic burst ahead.
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Instructional Designer with 10+ years of experience and a thirst for knowledge; always learning something new and finding a new way to be involved. Interested in broadening scope of understanding around OD and currently serving on a CCP team for the Oregon Midwifery Council.
I am interested in becoming more involved and diversifying the voices coming from within ODN. I have enjoyed programming and would love to contribute to the next generation of programming and member recruitment. I bring a newcomer’s point of view and an objective voice which I believe will help us reach new members coming from unique sources!
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20 years working in the Learning & Development field through partnering with large to small corporations, start-up businesses and non-profits. Types of corporations have included pharmaceutical distribution, carpentry production, food production, Employment services, the insurance industry, mail and deliveries and more. Thus, I have great foundational knowledge to operations and work flow processes. Additionally, having delivered management and leadership development coursework, my areas of knowledge include HR and soft skills training. I value the importance of knowing each client. Facilitating the process of enabling others to grow, learn, and value their innate skills and abilities, I work to amplify the learner’s potential for achieving quality work with optimum results. All of this experience has helped me to further extend my skills and talents to non-profit organizations. From being a front-line volunteer to serving in leadership, I have learned from, and served well in, my various positions of serving communities in a variety of ways. Consulting I have provided for this sector has directly contributed to many successful achievements in operational and core value strategies.
I have always enjoyed volunteer work in the communities where I live. Combining that service with my professional work, I believe, elevates and adds value to what I have to offer this community. Working with this board will hopefully allow me to more directly use this energy in constructive ways, and to learn along with the others of you in these endeavors.
Having the experience of a number of years now, I also believe that I have a bit of wisdom (and perhaps wit) to positively influence the guidance provided by this board. I have learned to pick my battles, and that lends to becoming better at focusing on what is really important toward achieving desired goals and successes. I look forward to collaborating with others of you in complement to your wit and wisdom as well.
What I would like to see in this and many other organizations is the involvement of younger generations of professionals. These types of learning communities need the exposure and injections of new ways of thinking. For the purpose of serving our future leadership and business models, we all need to learn from and with professionals of the businesses yet to be.