2023 Board Leadership

  D.J. Netz, President

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D.J. Netz is Virtual Talent Development Learner Journey Experience Lead for Northrop Grumman. He is responsible for shaping learning strategy while delivering innovative and impactful programs for leadership development, technical skills, change management, and transformation training in all modalities.

Previously, Mr. Netz served for three years as Leadership Development Program Manager, Enterprise Operations, for Lockheed Martin Corporation. In this capacity, he was responsible for leading the corporate curriculum strategy for each level of leadership.

Prior to Lockheed Martin, Mr. Netz was a senior learning consultant for GP Strategies, a global performance improvement provider. In that role, he advised enterprise level organizations on digital learning transformation, crafting solutions that balance technology and scalability. Throughout his career, D.J. has led several critical initiatives for leadership strategy, financial acumen, data science, and business development training.

Mr. Netz graduated from Portland State University with a Master’s degree in Adult Education. He earned his undergraduate degree in Management of Human Resources from George Fox University. He achieved Scrum Master certification in 2019. 

D.J. is a three-time Brandon Hall award winner. He served six years as adjunct instructor at Portland State University, teachiing courses on corporate training. He serves on the board of the ATD-Cascadia Chapter, a role he has held for twelve years. In his free time, D.J. enjoys domestic travel and organic farming.

  Steve Brooks, Director of Finance

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 Steve has been an ATD-Cascadia member for over 10 years and served on the Board since 2016. He began as Membership Director, helped form committees like the eLearning group, and then served two terms as President. His passion for our Learning & Development community is matched by a love of Instructional Design and eLearning development. He currently works at Public Partnerships, which helps seniors and Medicaid patients get the care they need at home.

Amy Reid, Director of Membership

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Amy Reid, MA, is the New Employee Orientation Program Manager for OHSU. She transitioned from work in international education to talent development 3 years ago. ATD Cascadia was an important part of that transition, and she is happy to give back to the chapter by serving as the Director of Membership. In this role, she seeks to create a welcoming experience for new members and build an inclusive community for all members through outreach, lunchtime discussions, and connecting members to volunteer opportunities. Ask Amy about orientation programming, disability inclusion, or her favorite LinkedIn Learning courses.  

 Annie Beckstrom, Associate Director of Membership

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 Kristelle Bernabe, Director of Professional Development

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  Sam Schultz, Director of Monthly Events

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Sam Schultz leads people operations at Tuscany Strategy Consulting, a boutique management consulting firm based in Baltimore, MD.

Sam’s approach to training and development is informed by an operations background in cross-cultural experiential education and adventure leadership programs. Prior to Tuscany Strategy Sam worked in international educational consulting and secondary school curriculum design and admissions. 

   Amanda McGovern, Director of Special Events

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Amanda McGovern is a strategic experience designer and entrepreneur with experience from Portland to Beijing. In addition to their adjunct instructor role at Portland State University and serving as a Community Consultant for Oregon’s Organization Development Network (OODN), Amanda’s professional passion includes serving cause-driven non-profits, particularly with regard to justice in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Before relocating to Portland, Oregon, Amanda served as an Instructional Designer, Corporate Trainer, and Education consultant in Beijing, China. They partnered with boutique consulting firms, international schools, corporations, and non-profit organizations to provide a variety of training programs, curricula design services, leadership training, and cross-cultural learning events. In Portland, Amanda co-founded an education company and continued providing instructional design and corporate training consulting services to clients. They also developed and led a variety of learning and development programs at Central City Concern, including DEI programs and Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) workshops. 

In their own time, Amanda loves meeting new people, having meals with friends, camping and spending time in nature and caring for all creatures great and small.


 Katie Price, Director of Communications 

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Katie Price is a Client Partner for FranklinCovey based in Salem, Oregon. She works collaboratively with businesses across the state who are looking to change the collective behavior of their employees from the frontline to the board room.

Katie has been working at FranklinCovey for the last eight years and has held a variety of positions including L&OD Strategist and Director of Customer Support. She is a life-long learner and has had opportunities to immerse herself in several other cultures through her journey as a military spouse.

Katie graduated from Gonzaga University with a Master’s degree in Communication and Leadership. She earned her undergraduate degree in Deaf Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL).

Katie joined the board of the ATD-Cascadia Chapter in January 2024. In her free time, you can find Katie playing competitive pinball, riding her motorcycle, or exploring all of the beautiful outdoor sites that Oregon has to offer.

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Julie LaRoche, Director of Research

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Julie LaRoche is a Product Advocate and Trainer at Cascade Energy, an engineering firm specializing in decarbonization and energy savings for utilities and industrial facilities. A member of the Cascadia chapter since 2013, Julie first encountered the Association for Talent Development (ATD) during her studies at PSU. She finds the knowledge-sharing among chapter peers highly rewarding as well as applicable to her work.

Administrative Staff

  Linda Gilman, Administrative Assistant

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Linda joined ATD Cascadia in 2007 after taking early retirement  from the Social Security's Office of Hearing and Appeals in 1995.  A long time friend of the former Business Manager, Kathleen Bergquist, Linda jumped at the chance to work part time with her friend when an opportunity to work with Kathleen at  ATD Cascadia opened up.  Linda has been through many changes with the chapter from the transition to ATD from ASTD, to many organizational changes and, of course, the yearly turn over of board members.  She is the historical memory of the chapter as well as keeper of all things important!  Linda is the person the chapter relies on for the day to day tasks of running the chapter business.


  Ann Baus, Business Manager

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Ann has supported ATD chapters since 2000 starting with ATD Puget Sound (Seattle). She had been virtual colleagues with the former Business Manager, Kathleen Bergquist since that time.  She has supported a variety of organizations in the last 20 years including an ATD Chapter in Massachusetts, the Pacific Northwest Organization Development Chapter, a group of women lawyers in Seattle among others.  When the opportunity in 2020 came to support ATD Cascadia, the answer was an easy "Yes".  ATD, and all it stands, for has grown near and dear to her heart. Ann, according to Strengths Finder Assessments, is a lifelong learner so learning with all the ATD people has been a joy in her life.  A mother of two grown children, Ann and her husband enjoy being with family, travelling and hanging out at home. 

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