Masters and PhDs. Organizational leaders and entrepreneurs. Counselors, public administrators, and certified professional project managers. Since 1976, the MSD Program faculty have been bringing a broad range of experience and a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. Many have had the benefit of extensive careers in management and supervision, or as working consultants and trainers in corporate and government entities. In PCC’s MSD Program, you’ll learn to lead from the best and brightest in the field.
Joseph Hernandez earned his master’s degree in business administration from Marylhurst University. He also has a post master’s certificate in college teaching and a post-baccalaureate certificate in leadership. Joseph currently teaches business for Portland Community College and also currently serves as a career coach for Clackamas Community College.
Casey Layton holds a master’s degree in Management and Organizational Leadership from Warner Pacific College. Casey has 7 years of experience in the hospitality industry and experience in materials management. In 2010, she worked as an intern for the Multnomah County Talent Development department and participated in the Portland Community College Faculty Internship Program. Casey has spent the past 3 years managing a growing master’s degree program at Multnomah University. Casey has been teaching for Management and Supervisory department for the past 2 years.
Gail has been an educator for more than 25 years and has taught at PCC since 2005. For five years she worked for Columbia Regional Programs, helping to remove barriers to the PPS Talented and Gifted Program, for the deaf, blind, and orthopedically impaired. Her Bachelor of Science degree is from the University of Wisconsin, and she earned a Masters Degree in Education at Lewis and Clark College.
Life experiences on both sides of the equation have prepared Gail for teaching in Management and Supervisory Development. She owned and operated The Martin Gallery and Rutherford Art Academy, has been Chairman of Portland’s arts festival, Art Quake, President of the Women’s Architectural League, Program Chair for the Board of Young Audiences, and belonged to the Oregon Symphony Auxiliary.
Helping her to empathize with those being managed, Gail has worked as a babysitter, carhop, waitress, at a canning factory, as a desk clerk, and at libraries at the U. of Wisconsin and in Springfield, Oregon. She’s had bosses both terrible and wonderful, giving her invaluable experience and an understanding of what it feels like to be encouraged and made to feel “visible” in one’s efforts on the job. “I’ve come to know that a good manager or supervisor can make or break a business or organization. Teaching the skills to raise awareness and accomplish this worthy goal, is very rewarding to me.”
Over the past 25 years, as the owner of RelationshipSync, LLC, Linda Paulson has conducted numerous training seminars, in customer service, interpersonal, and workforce communications. She has created training programs in continuous process improvement, customer-centered leadership, team building, and employee relations for a wide sector of organizations in Oregon. Linda has written a book entitled: “The Wings of Harmony: Soaring Toward More Meaningful & Satisfying Relationships With Others,” focusing on four “tried and true” principles of communication. She holds an M.Ed. in organizational development and training with a minor in human development from Oregon State University and a B.S. in nutrition and behavioral sciences from the University of Washington. Linda was voted Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year in 2003 for IMPD.
Rebecca has taught courses at PCC since 1999. She was co-owner of Training & Development Programs, a consulting company for 6 years. Before joining TDP, Robinson spent 21 years in private industry as a manager, where her responsibilities included developing and facilitating training programs. She holds an MSM – Master of Science degree in Management with an emphasis on organizational development from Marylhurst University, and a BS in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Massachusetts.
Iris A. Savich, M.A. has worked part-time with the Management and Supervisory Development program since 1989 teaching a variety of classes in the areas of gender conflict resolution, assertive communication, time management, self-esteem, and team building. In 1996 and 2000, she received the Instructor and Faculty of the Year Awards. As part of her consulting firm, TAP Unlimited Corporation, she has worked with over 200 organizations and served on a national board for Dietary Managers from 2009-2012.
Mary Schutten, MA
Vice President of Business Development and Services for LLI
Adjunct member for Portland Community College in the MSD Department
Ms. Schutten currently works as VP for Business Development for Liker Leadership Institute. She has over twenty-five years of experience in education, project management, facilitation, team problem-solving training, team building, and management development. She has consulted extensively in the areas of continuous improvement (aka Lean) and management development. For over twelve years she was a senior trainer and manager at the Boeing Company for the 737 and 757 manufacturing lines. Ms. Schutten has trained and consulted with private, non-profit, and public sectors and has included organizations such as LSI Logic, Intel, ConMetCo, Alcatel, Wacher, Matell, Race for the Cure and the State Public Health Division (partial list).
Interesting facts: Ms. Schutten loves all sports and competes competitively in triathlons and endurance swimming. Ms. Schutten also owns two patents for IdentiMed, L.L.C.
Mark Van Heuvel
Mark J. Van Heuvel is an Adjunct Faculty Member at PCC instructing various courses in Project Management, Innovation, and other supervisory management courses. Mark holds an MBA and is Managing Director of Leiden Capital Group, a West Coast Based Merger and Acquisition Firm. Mark has written numerous publications including Your Winning Project, The Business Exit Manual, Before You Buy a Business, and The Business Staging Guide.