Our Team

Our Goal:

To become the regional Professional Development and Community Education Center of Excellence.

Our Commitment:

We are a customer service organization and as such, our team of dedicated professionals are committed to customer satisfaction, community engagement, and the continuous pursuit of professional development excellence.

Our Team

Director

Becky Chamberlain

Becky Chamberlain

509-372-7446
CIC 201AC
rebecca.chamberlain@wsu.edu

Biography

Becky Chamberlain serves as the Director for the Office of Professional Development and Community Education at WSU Tri-Cities. With more than 35 years of experience in business and education, Becky is a visionary leader, successful problem solver, and positive change agent. In the business world, Becky was an effective corporate trainer and held senior leadership positions within two national training companies. She has spent the last 25 years as a secondary school educator and post-secondary school leader working in a variety of public institutions with diverse populations. In education, Becky found herself leading in several roles including as a classroom teacher, career counselor, central office administrator, Regional Director for the State of Idaho School-to-Work grant, and the Director of Running Start and Summer Session programs at Eastern Washington University.

Becky holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Professional-Technical Secondary Teaching and Corporate Training from Idaho State University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Eastern Washington University. She also holds a certificate in Dependable Strengths facilitation training. She has extensive experience in providing professional development training opportunities and connecting with patrons to build solutions that will be the most valuable and successful for their organization and team.

Associate Director – Senior Instructor

Semi Bird

Misipati “Semi” Bird

509-372-7174
CIC 201AD
misipati.bird@wsu.edu

Biography

Prior to joining the Office of Professional Development & Community Education at WSU Tri-Cities, Semi Bird had transitioned from the battlefield to the business world after 23 years of military service. As an Army Special Forces “Green Beret,” Semi received two of our nation’s highest awards for heroism and valor on the battlefield; the Bronze Star – Valor, and the Purple Heart, for wounds received in combat. Semi knows first-hand, the value of developing high performing teams and the impact on organizational performance. Semi has leveraged his experience in leadership and organizational development to develop a suite of highly effective workshops, seminars, and courses focusing on developing high performing teams and emotionally intelligent leaders.

Semi has held several senior positions in training and leadership development over the years in various sectors of industry to include; government, banking, and education. In his last position, Semi led strategic training initiatives as the Director of Training and Leadership Development for a U.S. government agency. Semi’s international work has taken him all over the globe which culminated with a special assignment in 2013 – 2014 where he served as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador, Dhaka Bangladesh.

Semi earned his first graduate degree from Villanova University where he studied Human Resource development and is currently pursuing his PhD. in Organizational Psychology. Semi holds certifications in Emotional Intelligence, Behavioral Analysis, Human Resources, Organizational Performance, Lean Six Sigma, and is currently an Executive in Residence at WSUTC.

Strategic Operations and Program Manager

Timothy Palacios

Timothy Palacios

509-372-7206
CIC 201A
timothy.palacios@wsu.edu

Biography

Passionate about education and service, Timothy Palacios has been with the WSU Tri-Cities campus community since 2012 where he began his undergraduate career as a freshman in the Digital Technology & Culture (DTC) program. Tim quickly put his skills to work as a Student Ambassador for WSU Tri-Cities Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) where he was able a create impact for youth in our communities. In three years with GEAR UP, Tim designed and developed a suite of resources for local area middle and high school students, including posters, brochures, handbooks, and even workshops to help reinforce goals of accessing higher education.

In 2016, Tim completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in the DTC program with minors in Business Administration and English, and stayed engaged in several campus initiatives as a WSUTC employee. Today, Tim supports the infrastructure that allows Professional Development & Community Education (PDCE) to operate independently from academic and student affairs at WSU. These areas include managing budgets, online course registration and payment, and serving as the technical point of contact to reconcile operations with WSU business policies and procedures. Additionally, Tim designs, develops, and conducts pre-college summer programs including Summer STEM Camps.

Program Development and Community Outreach Coordinator

Eadie Balint

Eadie Balint

509-372-7214
CIC 201A
ebalint@wsu.edu

Biography

Eadie brings a vast knowledge and experience of the WSU system with her combined years of working on the WSU Pullman and Tri-Cities campuses. Eadie began her career at WSU Pullman in the International Programs/Education Abroad office for seven years, where she managed the study abroad and exchange programs for WSU. During this time, Eadie received the Distinguished Employee Excellence Award from WSU President Sam Smith. Following this position, Eadie was a Development Coordinator, where she fundraised for the WSU Tri-Cities campus and its many initiatives, including scholarships, employee giving campaign, direct mail campaign, and the Call-A-Coug Program. Eadie also worked as the Student Engagement and Program Specialist with Career Development where she oversaw several programs and initiatives such as the Career Fair, Professional Etiquette and Networking Dinner, Professional Fashion Showcase, Industry Tours, as well as assisting students with résumés and cover letters as a Career Coach. Eadie attended Lower Columbia Community College, graduated from Western Business College, and currently attends Washington State University.

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