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Board of Directors

Board Structure * denotes a member of the Executive Committee

Brian Washburn, President*

Brian Washburn has been living and breathing instructional design for the past 20 years. He's spent most of his talent development career working in nonprofit organizations, and in 2015 he reunited with a friend from college to launch his own company: Endurance Learning.

Brian has been active in ATD - both locally and nationally - for over 10 years, having presented at ATDps and national ATD events during that time. Brian writes articles periodically for TD magazine and is currently working on a book that will be published by ATD Press in the late spring of 2021.

As ATDps President in 2020, Brian's vision has been to identify ways to form greater connections - between ATDps and other organizations in the community, between Board and members, and among members themselves. 

Sarah Schillen, President Elect* 

Sarah Schillen works for McLendon Hardware (a part of the Central Network Retail Group, CNRG) as a Manager of Learning and Organization Development. Her specialty is in 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 a MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Seattle Pacific University and a BA 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.

Azure Kraxberger-Unger- Director of Finance*

Azure Kraxberger-Unger, PsyD., originally from Alaska, currently works as a Clinical Research 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.

Kevin Russell - Director of Programs

Kevin Russell is currently a Learning Experience Designer at CDK Global and the ATD Puget Sound Director of Programs. Having worked in corporate learning for the past 7 years, he has also compiled career highlights that include commercial video editing and live event production, technical support, high school teaching, and even stage theater. He always looks to unconventional sources for inspiration, and never shies away from something he thinks could improve his craft.

Sam Thomson-Daly,  Director of Membership 

Samantha Thomson-Daly, MPA, is the Director of Membership for ATD Puget Sound. Samantha works as the Staff Development Manager focusing on leadership development and coaching leaders for Community Transit. Samantha has a BS in Criminal Justice, and an MA in Public Administration, as well as over a dozen trainer certifications, including Executive Level Leadership.

Samantha’s passion for developing others is seen throughout her experiences with LMS management, facilitating over 1000 courses both in person and online, employee engagement and organizational development. 

Samantha’s main focus and greatest passion is for her wife and son. They love to spend time together and travel to anywhere there is a beach to play in the sand.


Sonja Torseth, Director of Marketing & Communications

Bethany Kline, Director of Research (Interim)

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!


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 17 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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