Chris Crosby is a consultant, Emotional Intelligence educator, and author of Strategic Organizational Alignment, published in 2017, and Strategic Engagement, out this year. Chris joins the board with roots that tie back to the explosion of Organization Development that started in 1946. His father, Robert Crosby, is his mentor of twenty years. Robert’s mentor of 29 years was Ronald Lippitt. Ronald Lippitt was one of Kurt Lewin’s top graduate students and part of the discovery of the T-Group.
Chris has worked internal and external doing Organization Development. He uses his unique understanding of systems thinking and authority in the workplace to help organizations navigate through change including projects, redesigns, mergers, software, and culture change.
His leadership program uses a unique industry adapted Skills Training Group (T-Group) as the primary experiential learning method to build an engaged workforce that fosters ownership, commitment, alignment, and ultimately better business results. When not working, you may find him on Alki beach playing Volleyball.
Want to talk? Send Chris an email at President@pnodn.org
Azure Kraxberger Unger, PsyD., originally from Alaska, currently works as a Revenue Cycle Education Specialist at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Her educational background includes a BS in Psychology, MA in Organizational Psychology and Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) in Organizational Consulting.
Her professional experience includes adult distance learning, ELearning development, recruitment, training coordination, Learning Management System (LMS) management, and program management. Other professional areas of interest include learning and development, onboarding, employee engagement, organizational development, corporate volunteering. She enjoys traveling, cooking, SCUBA diving and volunteering for various causes in the Seattle community.
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Barb Allen has just signed on to become our group's Director of Communications. In her consulting work in the field of OD and change management, Barb assists groups in practicing new communication and interaction patterns as they lead change together.
Barb builds individual and organizational capacity by using a developmental approach. She assists groups in becoming aware of their own processes so they can function together more effectively; empowered to solve difficult problems and create needed change on their own when the training is completed. Her inclusive participatory approach gives voice to and leverages the diverse talent from all parts of the organization towards creatively solving complex problems.
She holds an MBA from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock and a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis & Resolution with a concentration in organizations from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Floridas.
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Jeremy Meeds is an independent Organizational Development consultant who specializes in organizational transformation and process consultation. He has a particular interest in facilitating the healing process of organizations that have experienced trauma and teaching groups how to create from an enlightened space, drawing on the work of Otto Scharmer's Theory U and Ken Wilber's Four Quadrant model.
His experience includes graduate work at Antioch University and the Leadership Institute of Seattle where he earned an M.A. in Organizational Psychology and graduate certificates in Organizational Systems and Integrated Skills for Sustainable Change. He is currently working on creating his career and is doing some pro-bono work for a global startup called Glacia Nova and Community Dinners.org. He is also partnering with a colleague on creating a consulting firm called Creative Partnerships. On the side, he has been facilitating A Course in Miracles group for 2 1/2 years.
Want to talk? Send Jeremy an email at SocialMedia@pnodn.org
Joe Macias is a Leadership Development Consultant for MultiCare Health System. As a member of the Leadership Development Team, Joe provides consulting and coaching to Auburn Medical Center and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.
Before joining MultiCare Health System, Joe served in a variety of human resources, organization development, and leadership development roles with World Vision International. He designed and implemented leadership development and organization development programs in over 20 countries during his time with World Vision. Before World Vision, Joe served in a variety of human resource and organization development roles with Southern California Edison.
Joe has a Master of Arts in Business Management, both from the University of Redlands, in Redlands, California. He is an adjunct faculty member with the University of Washington, Tacoma Campus, Northwest University in Kirkland, Eastern University in Pennsylvania. Joe has served on a variety of church and other non-profit boards and is also currently on the Board of Etta Projects, involved in community development work in Bolivia.
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Julie Hankes wrote a mission statement as a teen: "To contribute to a world that more faithfully actualizes the potential of every person, no matter their background." Since writing that mission, I've spent every day of my career investing in the service, work, education and opportunities that further human capacity and potential, and studying the leadership, culture, and structures that make it all possible.
Our businesses and profound missions demand visionary leadership and thriving workplace culture - and our leaders crave precise support in cultivating and honing their optimal leadership style, tailored specifically to meet up with the vision and culture they lead. In this terrain, in which the rigorous protocol of coaching excels, I am especially passionate about working with leaders who thrive in service to potent missions and are looking to take their leadership to the next level - moving beyond solving problems to creating opportunity, leading leaders and cultivating thriving workplace culture where the best of everyone is present to the unique and profound challenges that make up the opportunity of our work and world.
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Vanessa Wyant focuses on helping people work better together by establishing
organizational structures, alignment, and communication to support the
growth and transformation
of individuals in order to optimize their function within a team. This
includes goal setting, group facilitation, process improvement, project planning, performance evaluation, training and development, and data tracking and analysis.
To do this, she leverages her extensive experience in program leadership, project management, and teamwork for a habitat restoration and wildlife conservation non-profit where she was doing OD work before she knew what it was called! She holds a BA in Biology and can’t stop, won’t stop learning.
Currently, she volunteers her time to Seattle Goodwill’s Organizational Development and Training department and Seattle Public Library’s Homework Help program. She loves exploring city’s various parks, aka hidden treasures, and other natural wonders just beyond the city limits. If she’s not hiking, you’ll find her singing or dancing. Or maybe doing all three!
Want to talk? Send Vanessa an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. William Wurtz, better known by his nickname, Bud, has been a change agent for over 35 years, mostly for Fortune 100 and 500 companies as well as in private practice. While his work has encompassed a wide variety of OD interventions, Bud has become known nationally and internationally as a leader in the creativity movement, the crucial space to work in as the global economy goes through an epochal transformation from its previous industrial model to a new one based on creativity and knowledge.
Bud has always made continuous learning through involvement in, and leadership of, professional associations as part of his practice. For example, he started a OD SIG while president of the Kansas City ASTD chapter that was eventually spun off as the local affiliate of the OD Network. Bud earned the prestigious RODC (Registered Organization Development Consultant) designation from the OD Institute; published in the profession's flagship publication, The OD Journal; and earned certifications from NTL and been trained by such great OD thought leaders such as Peter Block, Marvin Weisbord, and Barry Oshry.