To become the regional Professional Development and Community Education Center of Excellence.
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.
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.
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.
With a strong passion for education, Timothy Palacios has been a member of the WSU Tri-Cities campus community since the fall of 2012 where he started his higher education journey as a freshman student. As a Student Ambassador for WSUTC Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), Tim had a positive impact on the lives of many of our community’s youth. During the next three years, he would go on to apply the skills he mastered in the Digital Technology & Culture (DTC) program by creating a suite of resources targeted at youth and reflected to make not only college, but dreams a reality.
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 continues to apply a 21st Century approach to education by consolidating the presence of an information driven society with special projects he coordinates for the Office of Professional Development & Community Education.
Kelly Litzko joined the Professional Development & Community Education (PDCE) team in July 2016. She earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in both Public Relations & Organizational Science with a minor in Communication Studies from the University of Idaho. Prior to joining the PDCE team, Kelly was very engaged in organizing campus and community outreach programs which were focused on enhancing individual leadership and engaging people to make lasting impacts on their community. Kelly brings energy, knowledge, and experience to the team and is responsible for leading public relations and organizational development for the department. Kelly is super excited to be a part of the Cougar family!
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