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Board of Directors

Board Structure 

Sarah Schillen, MA, CPTD, President* 

Sarah Schillen works for HumanPoint as the Director of Learning and Organization Development. Her specialty is finding creative solutions to both organizational challenges and performance/knowledge gaps and in developing learning experiences that are both fun and engaging. Her educational background includes an M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Seattle Pacific University and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Washington. This background lends to an ability to identify the combination of group levers and individual motivations involved in the dynamics operating within an organization.

Her passion for helping others grow and flourish began at a young age while being heavily involved in performing arts music education programs. Through music, she learned the value of investing energy into the success of others. Today this belief rings true in her professional career.

Cristina Newburn - Director of Finance*

Cristina Newburn is the Director of Finance for ATD Puget Sound. She is currently employed at The Boeing Company, where she is responsible to keep the 737 Interiors Organization engineering team on track and on schedule. Cristina has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Sciences from Indiana University and an M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Seattle Pacific University.  In her spare time, Cristina enjoys all things travel-related which just might include putting together travel-themed PowerPoint presentations, creating packing lists and itineraries in excel, and building the occasional survey for travel companions. There is nothing she loves more than to introduce her friends to Ecuador, the country she once called home.

David Watson - Director of Programs

David Watson is a Relationship Activator & Optimist with ThinqShift.  David's career has spanned from enterprise software organizations to technology consulting and, now, to leadership services.  David is adept at discovering the junction of customer requirements, executive sponsor’s objectives and innovative solutions across many industries. He has worked with startups, private companies and global firms in enterprise technology and consulting. David leverages individual experiences and successes to lead teams in business development, solution architecting, project/program execution and mentoring/coaching.David's passion for coaching started as a Coach for his sons and dozens of their friends in basketball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball and more.  He continued by coaching and mentoring dozens of individual contributors, middle managers and executives as a VP with a technology consulting organization.  And he experienced the fun and challenges as a co-teacher for several courses at the University of Washington.David has two sons in college and shares "Lessons Learned for his Sons" very publicly across 100+ articles and posts on LinkedIn.

Jason Meucci,  Director of Membership Experience

Jason Meucci is a recent escapee from a lifetime in the media and communications world, now pursuing his calling to work in the people and culture space. While his career path mostly centered around TV production and employee storytelling, he’s been most fulfilled, motivated and successful when leading teams and developing others.

He has completed his Masters in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in change/organization development from Gonzaga University, where he is a Teaching Assistant for a graduate level course in Leadership and Team Building. Jason wants to apply his leadership development work to his mission to improve the employee experience so that work makes people better, not broken by developing the next generation of leaders to be catalysts for cultures of Care, Connection and Contribution.

An occasional coach and constant learner, Jason’s role at ATDps allows him to practice some of his favorite things: leading a team, building connection and community and adding value to the lives and work of others.

Bethany Kline, Director of Research 

Bethany works for Rover.com as a Training Specialist. Her roles focuses on creating learning opportunities for Rover's customer experience team so that they can continue to deliver the best resolutions for customers. She began her career as an ESL teacher, teaching abroad in Russia and later here in Seattle. Her professional experience has focused on ESL, adult learning, curriculum development, training facilitation, and process improvement. Outside of work, she loves to hike with her dog and explore everything that the Pacific Northwest has to offer!

She's also a proud alumna of Penn State University - We Are!

Valentina Pribble, Director of Communications 

Valentina Pribble is currently a US Learning Partner at Zulily. This role grants her the opportunity to support all aspects of individual growth and development at Zulily and Zulily's sister companies: QVC, HSN, and a few Cornerstone retail brands. Her educational background includes an M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Seattle Pacific University and a B.A. in Psychology from Northwest University.

From a young age, Valentina admired her aunt's role as a high school teacher and aspired to do the same. Overtime, she also developed a strong passion for helping others and briefly considered the traditional psychology path of becoming a therapist. After being exposed to an industrial and organizational course in undergraduate studies, she became inspired to marry the two passions, teaching and helping people develop, by entering the corporate learning field. Valentina enjoys the creativity of instructional design, the opportunity to connect with others through facilitation, and consulting with key stakeholders to identify learning needs.

Valentina enjoys spending time with her husband and 9-month old daughter and activities such as camping, hiking, board games, and disc golf.

Ann Baus, Senior Office Administrator

Ann Baus provides a variety of office administration and member service functions to our Association and its leadership team.  She is also a friend to Board members and the goes-the-extra-mile person who makes many ATD events the successes they are. 

She is the Chapter bookkeeper and the front line contact for members, potential members and the public seeking information about our Chapter events and services.  She contractually provides these services through her own firm, KDBusinessServices.

Ann’s passion is Association Management – “I love working with small to medium sized membership-based associations. Over 19 years in this field have provided me with a unique perspective in helping associations and their boards.”  She has been a key player of ATD Puget Sound since 2002.

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

Consider submitting your nomination for an ATD Puget Sound Chapter Board position. Current and past ATD 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: president@atdpugetsound.org


Board Structure 



ATD Puget Sound Chapter
P.O. Box 46368
Seattle, WA 98146


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