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Our Team

Our senior trainers and program developers are highly respected professionals in teaching, consulting and counseling others. Specializing in communication, authentic engagement and distinguishing qualities of living systems, you will have much to learn from our instructors.

Board Members

Jay Flint, Board President

Current Position: Chief Operating Officer/In-house Council at Progressive Management Group, LLC

Career in Brief: attorney, executive director of Sunset Transportation District, banker/program developer, entrepreneur, Peace Corp volunteer

Passions: family, soccer, golf, white water, and leadership development

Jane Lister Reis, Immediate Past President and Senior Trainer

Current Position: consultant, Jane Lister Reis Company; faculty for 19 years at North Seattle College teaching communication; co-owner, First Light Farm, a small, eco-friendly farm focusing on the interdependent relationships among healthy soil, healthy families and healthy communities

Career in Brief: thirty years of leading inquiry-based, generative listening groups seeking solutions to complex issues; consulting for organizational/community/educational change

Passions: silence and listening to the collective presence and power of the living world; friends and loved ones

Kathy Leslie, Past President and Senior Trainer 

Current Position: President, Leslie Consulting & Associates; Adjunct Professor of Communication Engagement Strategies Graduate School, Lewis and Clark College; recent author of The Politics of Authentic Engagement

Career in Brief: former teacher; executive director, public affairs, Beaverton School District; past president, National School Public Relations Association

Passions: building strong connected communities, travel, water, golf, learning, friends and family

Patty Farrell, Board Member

Current Position: President of Farrell Strategies, Inc. (a communications consulting firm)

Career in Brief: 35 years of journalism and communications experience, focused on helping governments, nonprofits, and businesses communicate with a wide range of stakeholders.  Areas of expertise: communications training, planning, strategic counsel, crisis communications, media relations, copywriting. Fields of expertise:  public education, juvenile justice, utilities, healthcare and others

Passions: Social change, sports and fitness, family and friends

Susan Brooks, Board Member

Current Position: Director of Finance & Administrative Services at City of Astoria

Career in Brief: 30 years in Accounting with contract management for Federal, local and public entities.  7 years as Director and 20 years in management.  Oregon licensed CPA since 2001.

Passions: Family, community and friends.  Continuous learning, creative activities, hands on projects.

New Board Members: Pavi Thao, Serena St. Clair, Topher Euting


Marilyn Lane, Executive Director
Pat Burness, Executive Assistant
Lori Honl Wilson, Lead Guide and Site Coordinator
Scott and Chellie Charlson, Communications and Marketing
Rod Nichols, Chef
Topher Euting, Certified Professional Rafting Guide

Mary Blake, former Board Member
Fritz Paulus, Attorney at Law
Aaron Hilliard, VP, Human Resources, Bellevue College and former Board Member
Larry Lockett, former Board Member
Rod Nichols, Resource Consultant

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