Our mission is to empower professionals to develop knowledge & skills successfully.



Board of Directors

* denotes a member of the Executive Committee

Janet Williams Hepler, President*

Janet’s life and career are marked by creative exploration.  She started working in software companies when software was magical. Janet worked as a support professional, a writer, editor, and leader. Craving a deeper understanding about what drives leaders and teams, Janet completed her M.A. in Industrial Organizational Psychology at SPU. There, she was introduced to coaching and its power to effect change. As professional coach, she works with other to find creative ways to navigate transitions in career and in their leadership.  

Erin Clarke, President Elect*

Erin Clarke works for Sur La Table as a Program Manager in Talent Management. Her specialty is creating learning content for fast-paced retail environments. She previously worked for McLendon Hardware and The Home Depot. As the Director of Research, Erin seeks to connect various facets of the chapter through data. This year the research team plans to refine the data collection process to better inform decision making and programming.

Erin grew up in a small town outside of Portland, Oregon and initially came to Seattle to attend college at Seattle Pacific University. Upon completing her undergrad, she continued on to obtain her Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Erin lives in Kent with her husband, two daughters and miniature schnauzer. She enjoys Paleo cooking and baking, coffee (lots of coffee!) and running.

Kati O'Brien, Past President*

Kati O’Brien has been in business operations for nearly fifteen years, having been employed as Director of Product Development and Director of Participant Services for companies involved in pharmaceutical research, human resource management, and grant management. Her roles have consistently held an element of event/meeting planning. She is currently the Director of Education & Training for The Geneva Foundation, in Tacoma, Washington and the owner of Hyacinth Blue Events an organization specializing in planning life celebration events.  Ms. O’Brien is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business. She serves on the National Liver Conference Board of Directors, and is the Geneva Foundation’s HIPAA Privacy Officer

Gabrielle Bachmeier, Director of Finance*

Gabrielle has worked in higher education for the past ten years and currently she is the Director of Continuing Education at Seattle Central College. Her experience includes designing and delivering leadership training to student leaders and managing professional and personal development programs for adult learners.  Gabrielle began her career in Continuing Education at Bellevue College where she managed the Arts and Design and Personal Enrichment programs. From there she went to the Corporate and Continuing Education Center at Everett Community College where she managed corporate and contract training. Gabrielle earned a master’s of arts in education from Antioch University Seattle and a training specialist certification from the University of Washington, Professional and Continuing Education.  “I chose the field of education because I value knowledge and I want to help empower people with the tools and skills they need to have successful careers and meaningful lives.”  In her free time, Gabrielle enjoys snowboarding, surfing, camping and hiking with family and friends.  

Samantha Knorr - Director of Programs

Samantha Knorr currently works as a Technical Recruiter at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, WA. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MS in Counseling Psychology from Seattle Pacific University.

After almost 10 years as a small business owner, Samantha returned to school to pursue a graduate degree in psychology. Her current role at Microsoft combines her love of business strategy with her expertise in human motivation and performance improvement.

Samantha lives in Seattle and spends her free time taking photographs, trying new restaurants, collecting plants, and enjoying the Seattle outdoors.

Brent Kobayashi - Director of Membership

Brent Kobayashi is a talent management, learning and human resources professional with over twenty years of experience working with organizations in various industries, including finance, hospitality,healthcare and associations. Brent's passion for service was cultivated during his time in the luxury hotel industry and he continues to apply the same principles to his work, volunteer and personal life. Working for the

DaVita Kidney Care business office in Tacoma, WA, Brent leads the training and talent development team as they design, develop and delivery world class learning experiences for their teammates across the country.

Brent and his wife along with their two teenage children live in Gig Harbor and enjoy spending time boating, kayaking and paddle boarding in Puget Sound.

Sally Janis, Director of Communications

With over 15 years at Accenture, Sally has been involved with development of assets in learning, collaboration, and content in support of talent and business development. Sally holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Puget Sound, and a Master's degree in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University.  In her spare time you can find her on the chair lift at White Pass, or wandering around Mt Rainier with her family.

Sarah Reynolds, Director of Research

Sarah Nell Reynolds, M.A. is a leader of learning with expertise in adult learning and instructional design, specifically in the area of technical training. She is skilled at identifying opportunities to connect and collaborate with professionals to create innovative learning.

Hailing from the Midwest, she holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois (Math/Secondary Education) and a Master’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University (Human Resource Development). Being a technology trainer and lover of math, the Director of Research position is a great fit!


Ann Baus, Office Coordinator

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. Nearly 15 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 training & 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


Email:  contact.us@atdpugetsound.org

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