Professional Development Program Staff

 Dennis W. Baran 

Key Competencies:

Successfully integrates a working knowledge of the Federal Government and its military branch, the U.S. Air Force with an extensive background in experiential education.


Pamela Krist, M.Ed.

Key Competencies:

A facilitator with extensive experience in education and leadership development, Pamela engages clients in thoughtful conversation and self-reflection in an active learning environment. Pamela works with a wide variety of clients and utilizes an evidence-based approach to her work. She currently oversees staff development for all EDGE facilitators.


Jean M. Porto

Key Competencies:

Exceptional coach and facilitator who provides customized workshops focused on communication, leadership development, organizational change, teambuilding, wellness, Emotional Intelligence and Myers Briggs assessments.


Cate Rodman

Key Competencies:

Cate works from a foundation of listening and engaging, emphasizing collaboration and consensus decision making, and employing a philosophy of active learning through play. She helps develop both critical  thinking and an appreciative mindset.


Kate Trygstad

Key Competencies:

Generative coach and organization consultant who designs and facilitates experiential workshops created to recognize the unique voices of a group and appreciate the power of the whole to create a shared future.  She adeptly facilitates group experiences and conversations leading to new awareness and meaningful change. Kate brings 25 years of leadership experience in government and the private sector and 14 years of organization development consulting, facilitating, and coaching.   She consults with private sector, non-profit sector and government sector clients.  Also an artist, she brings a creative flair to all her work.