Key Note Speaker

Cheri Baker, M.A. Organizational Development, 2006

Also presenting “Social Media in the Job Search – Advanced Workshop”

Cheri Baker knows firsthand how hard it can be to market yourself. As a former HR Manager and Recruiter, she has reviewed thousands of resumes and participated in too many interviews to count. In 2006, she graduated from Antioch University Seattle’s MA Programs in Leadership and Change, quit her job, and built an OD consulting practice, one client at a time.

Initially a reluctant marketer, Cheri has discovered that authenticity, helpfulness, and friendship are the keys to forming good professional relationships. In addition to consulting, she is also an adjunct professor of Business at Argosy University, where she has offered workshops on “Social Media for Job Seekers.”


Workshop Presenters

Betti Clipsham, M.A. Organizational Psychology, 2001

Interviewing Skills – Advanced Workshop

Betti, who graduated with her B.A. and M.A. degrees from AUS, has over 20 years of experience in Senior Human Resource Leadership roles, in both the public and private sectors in Canada and the U.S.

Betti’s experience further includes teaching Management, Human Resource Management, and Leadership courses at various universities in the U.S. and Canada. For AUS, Betti has developed and taught online courses in Human Resource Management and Servant Leadership.

Further, she is very involved in the B.C. Human Resource Management Association (BCHRMA) where for many years she was the Director of Seminars, sat on the Annual Conference committee, and has been a conference presenter on Leadership, Resilience, and Team Building.  Each year, Betti mentors two or three upcoming H.R. professionals through the BCHRMA Mentorship Program.


Tres Heffron, M.S. Management, 2010

Interviewing Skills – Introductory Workshop

Tres is currently the Director of Program Management at Avalara, a software company on Bainbridge Island that serves business around the world. He has worked at Avalara for eight years ago, beginning as developer, and has worked his way through the challenges of a start-up, to end up in a director management position. While Tres’ role today consists mostly of aligning the larger team according to company goals, he has a history of mentoring others and getting into the weeds with software programming. His time spent in the AUS MA Programs in Leadership and Change, working towards an M.S. in Management, solidified what he wants to get and give out of management.


Michelle Kelley, M.A. Whole Systems Design, 1995

Résumé Writing – Introductory Workshop

Michelle is a credentialed coach and the heart of Career Information Services, a program within the Ed Wells Partnership at The Boeing Company. Michelle assists employees define and implement their career dreams and directions. She developed and teaches Performance Management Effectiveness, Career Branding, and Career Portfolio preparedness.

Michelle’s background is in computing, process improvement, and team facilitation. Her wide variety of experiences has also included organic housecleaning, vegetarian daycare owner, graphic designer, and creative idea encouragement.


Jennifer Pope, M.A. Organizational Psychology, 2007

Social Media in the Job Search – Introductory

Jennifer has advised college students at the University of Washington for ten years. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology (now Organizational Development) from Antioch University Seattle. Jennifer serves on the AUS Alumni Advisory Council. She has also been through two volunteer consulting cycles with Community Consulting Partners, performing process consulting to Seattle non-profits (working in small teams for four months on projects to help clients). She has been selected twice to serve as a small group facilitator for a national week long student leadership institute, Association of College Unions International’s Institute for Leadership Education and Development.


Matt Youngquist

Résumé Writing – Advanced Workshop

Matt Youngquist is a Seattle-based career coach and job hunting expert who specializes in helping Puget Sound professionals navigate through today’s uncharted employment waters. In his current role, as President of Career Horizons, he consults with clients at all levels on how to strategically manage their careers, explore their occupational options, and market themselves successfully to new opportunities. To date, he has personally assisted over 7,500 clients through the job hunting process, in addition to the audience he reaches through his regular columns in the Seattle Times and Puget Sound Business Journal.


Networking Panel Participants

Kate L. Stewart, M.A. Psychology, 2008 

Kate is a psychotherapist in private practice, which she went into directly after graduation from Antioch University Seattle. She has been able to develop a very successful business by identifying underserved niches in the marketplace, and also by developing classes for the University of Washington, which have brought her a lot of media attention.

Kate hopes to help students and graduates look at all the options, by not only considering open jobs, but identifying business opportunities and ways their education can be used to help people in their communities.


Joseph Losi, M.A. Psychology, 2010

Joseph is a graduate of the CFT program at AUS. He entered private practice directly after graduation. Joseph is an Advanced Core Skills for Couples and a Level 1 for Individuals practitioner of Emotion Focused Therapy. He is an active member of Seattle E.F.T. Also, as a member of King County Collaborative Divorce, Joseph offers Divorce Coaching as an adjunct to his clinical practice.

As a WAMFT volunteer Joseph co-lead the Seattle Networking Coffee from January 2011 until December 2012.

Previously, Joseph was the Director of Major Donor Giving for Conservation Northwest, a regional conservation organization and previously the Director of Corporate Support for KPLU-FM, the NPR affiliate based in Tacoma, WA.

The combination of these experiences informs Joseph’s skill in networking and promotion of his growing private practice.


Mandy Traut, M.A. Psychology, 2006

Mandy is a kink-friendly Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a private practice, New Connections Counseling, in the Seattle area. She serves adults that identify as LGBT, Questioning, and/or intersex. Additionally, she works with those who have chosen to engage in alternative sexuality. Moreover, Mandy serves people with physical disabilities who are part of the communities listed above.

In addition to her work as a therapist, Mandy has an extensive background in human services and volunteer work, including one year in AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America). She is an advocate and a therapist who is passionate about empowering people to become resilient, confident, self-reliant, and independent. Additionally, Mandy believes “in the importance of building, nurturing, and honoring our relationships – both professionally and personally. As independent as we may become, we are social beings that rely on our connections and interdependencies to survive.”