Board of Directors

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Theresa Kinney, President Elect Theresa Kinney, President

2008 VP Membership 2009 President Elect

I consider myself privileged to serve on the ASTDps Board. I had been a member of the chapter for almost a year and had been involved in some joint sponsorship activities between ASTDps and the Pacific Northwest Organizational Development Network. Joining this board has impacted my professional and personal life. The professionals I continue to meet at every chapter meeting are amazing. I am constantly being introduced to new training and development techniques and topics. I have over 20 years experience in management, consulting and organizational development. I hold a MA in Leadership Studies and a BS in Psychology and BA in Sociology. I have a broad financial services background and am currently the VP of Business Development for Lee Hecht Harrison, an international talent management firm.

Lynne Lazaroff, President Lynne Lazaroff, Past President

2003 VP of Programs 2007 VP of SIGs, GIGs and PDNs 2008 VP of SIGs, GIGs and PDNs 2008 President Elect 2009 President 2010 Past President

Hi!  I have over twenty-five years of progressive international experience in organization development, training and development, and performance consulting (I know, I know, I look way too young!), and a M.S. in Management for Organizational Effectiveness.  Through my business, The Leadership Dimension, I provide training, consulting, and coaching to individuals, groups, and organizations in the areas of leadership development, supervisory skills, communication and interpersonal skills, team work, change management, organizational alignment, and continuous learning. My experiences as VP of Programs, VP of SIGs, GIGs, and PDNs, and President-Elect have provided me with the opportunity to further develop and practice my leadership, communication, marketing, and project management skills.  Wish I could say that all of my efforts have been perfect-but I'm honest, and will admit that I've learned a lot through trial and error.  But that's what so valuable about being on the Board of this organization.  We've created a supportive learning environment that encourages us and holds us accountable for our performance.  This will continue, as I move into the President's role this year! I also have made great connections, both for business and for life.  Come and join us-you'll be glad that you did!

"When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take - choose the bolder." William Joseph Slim

Mike Katagiri, VP of Technology Mike Katagiri,
2009 VP Technology
Mike has been a member of ASTD since 2007.  He facilitated a barcamp session during the 2008 ASTDPS Future of Training Conference called "Vibrant Collaborative Learning Communities" and subsequently founded and chartered the new SIG: "Collaborative Learning Communities".  Mike is a Senior Consultant for the Center for Project Excellence that helps individuals, teams, and organizations achieve their most ambitious goals.  Technology utilization and development has been a core and common passion throughout his work life.  His experience includes driving the vision and delivery of a new blended learning solution for a Microsoft group.  He is also co-founder of Goal Directed Project Management Systems Ltd and was an early pioneer in the design, development and utilization of computer-based project leadership simulations.

Michael Springer , VP of Programs Michael Springer , VP of Programs

2009 VP Programs

Michael has spent the last 15 years in the HR/Learning & Development field. His Learning & Development experience has covered a diverse field of industries including banking, telecommunications, healthcare and gaming. Michael’s area of expertise is Leadership Development. Michael is an independent consultant specializing in Leadership Development program design, facilitation and coaching. He is also an instructor for the Training Specialist Certificate program at University of Washington.

Helene Cho, VP of Membership Helene Cho, VP of

2009 VP

Membership Helene Cho has been a member of the ASTD-Puget Sound Chapter for over 18 years.  The last couple of years, she has been a volunteer for the Membership Committee.  Her goal in this role this year, is to make sure that everyone feels welcome and receives all the benefits that the organization has to offer.  She is committed to the life long process of learning and to approach life with a sense of curiosity.   Helene has worked 11 years in the financial industry in leadership and training positions.  She moved to the consulting side of the business world to work for an international consulting firm.  In 1993, she founded her consulting and training company, Synergy Consulting and Training.  Her specialties include team building and leadership training, retreat facilitation, as well as coaching.   Helene looks forward to serving you as a member of the board.

Nina Davit, VP of Professional Development Nina Davit, VP of Professional Development 2009 VP Organizational Development

Nina Davit has been a Human Resource Consultant for over 20 years focusing on strategic planning, talent management and facilitating change. As a training professional she has developed and implemented company wide initiatives addressing issues of business integrity, diversity and sexual harassment in the workplace. She has worked with large private and public sector organizations. In addition, her HR projects have included curriculum development and leading organizational change. Nina has a BA from Connecticut College and a MA from Wesleyan University, both in Theatre, and attended the National Theatre Institute at the O’Neil Center. She is a former adjunct professor of Communications at Southern Connecticut State University and is a Certified Myers Briggs facilitator. Nina has taught acting and puppetry and has directed community theatre. True to her type (ENTJ) Nina would say: “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past”. (Thomas Jefferson).

Peter Huth, VP of Technology Peter Huth, VP of

2010 VP Technology

Peter has been a member of ASTD since 2009.


Martha Kelley, VP of Volunteers Martha Kelley, VP of Volunteers

2008 VP Volunteers 2009 VP Volunteers

The role of VP of volunteers is to recruit, develop and retain volunteers to carry out the mission of the chapter. For over 15 years I have enjoyed working with exceptional human resource organizations with a focus on new employee on-boarding, management development and maximizing workplace performance. Today, I consider VP of Volunteers as one of my favorite roles and am honored to build on the awesome talent and exceptional goodwill of the ASTDps membership. Working as a volunteer and board member, I have gained valuable insight around group dynamics and leadership that you can only get through experience. It is sometimes challenging to fit my ASTDps job into my busy week, but it is worth the effort to work alongside others who have passion and commitment to serve this awesome professional community. I am still amazed at how hard people work without getting paid! I am thinking that there is something special about this organization. If you have any questions, ideas or interest regarding volunteering for your Puget Sound Chapter of the ASTD, please contact me!

Nicole Bunselmeyer, VP of Communications Nicole Bunselmeyer, VP of Communications

2010 VP of Communications



William "Bud" Wurtz, Ph.D., VP of  Research & Learning Sciences William "Bud" Wurtz, Ph.D., VP of Research & Learning Sciences

2006 Creativity and Innovation SIG leader 2007 Creativity and Innovation SIG leader 2008 VP of Research and Learning Sciences 2009 VP of Research and Learning Sciences

I build on Francis Bacon’s classic statement that “Knowledge is power” to explain my commitment to the research function; and I add the idea that “research is new knowledge.” I believe one of the best ways to advance our profession is to help individual practitioners increase their skills in research and learn to use research to improve needs assessment and evaluate outcomes. I am currently Director of Corporate and Community Services for the Institute of Applied Creativity at Texas A&M University. In this role I help organizations improve their innovation capabilities. I also help executives improve their creative and critical thinking skills through my own firm, Coaching for Creativity. I have served two terms as president of the American Creativity Association. I have spent twenty years as a manager and senior consultant OD and training for Fortune 500 high tech, telecommunications, energy and agribusiness companies and am a Registered Organization Development Consultant (RODC).

Sunny Lucia, VP of Finance Sunny Lucia, VP of Finance

2009 VP Finance

Sunny is currently a Training Consultant for PEMCO Financial Services where she assess learning needs, delivers training and customizes curriculum, provides coaching, and works with managers and supervisors to redesign processes that encourage employee learning and support business results. Sunny has over 30 years of experience as an independent consultant, an analyst for a national research project on employee retention, a business manager with multi-site responsibilities, and training facilitation for several national corporations. In 2007 she earned the CPLP, a national certification in learning and workplace performance.  

“I never teach, I only attempt to create the conditions in which people can learn.” Albert Einstein

Janice Williams, Secretary Janice Williams, Secretary

2008 Secretary 2009 Secretary

I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve as Secretary of the ASTDPS Board of Directors. It’s a way to give back to an organization that has provided many learning and networking opportunities to me since I became a member in 1992. I have extensive human resource professional and organizational development experience working in technical environments for “Fortune 500” and small start-up companies. For these organizations I’ve delivered strategic human resources consulting, products, and services and have applied my understanding of how HR supports business to add value in talent management, leadership development and succession planning. My certifications include: Senior Professional Certification (SPHR) Society for Human Resource Management Associate Certified Career Coach (ACCC) Career Coach Institute Certified Professional Retirement Coach (CPRC) Retirement Coach Institute Certification for Training Specialist, University of Washington

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew.” Albert Einstein


Interested in sharpening your skills and building your expertise in the training & development field?

Consider submitting your nomination for an ASTD Puget Sound Chapter Board position. Current and past ASTD Board members have said that participating as a Board member has helped them advance their career, develop significant professional relationships and build lasting friendships-all while serving their fellow chapter members in developing the profession of training and development.

Contact our president for more information: