Phil Backlund taught at the university level from 1972 through 2015. He specialized in subjects such as public speaking, relationship development, small group leadership and development, listening, persuasion, intercultural communication, gender communication, and communication in organizations. He has extensive experience in evaluating the communication patterns of organizations. He and his wife travel widely and have taught in Hong Kong, Macau, Pakistan, and South Sudan. As a resident of Ellensburg since 1979, he has served on the board of three local non-profit organizations, the Ellensburg Planning Commission, Ellensburg Morning Rotary, and worked with a variety of local organizations on projects. In addition to teaching at CWU, he held a variety of administrative positions including lobbying for CWU in Olympia. He is a certified mediator through the Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties. He has a BA degree in Business Administration and two graduate degrees in Communication.
Anthony Stahelski has expertise in a variety of group and organizational areas: team building, group facilitation, conflict resolution, meeting management, leadership training, organization development, and quality interventions. He developed skills in these areas by consulting, managing businesses, corporate management, teaching, coaching and mentoring. He shared his skills by directing a Masters program in Organization Development at Central Washington University, where he helped train managers and consultants in various skill sets to develop and improve numerous organizations in the Pacific Northwest.
Judy Backlund been involved in education for over thirty years and continues to be passionate about teaching and learning. Whether she is teaching young children, university students, adults locally or around the world, she believes learning should be intentional and student/participant centered. She holds a B.A. in Communication and Education, an M.Ed in Literacy, an Elementary Education Certificate, and a certification in teaching English as a Second Language. She has taught all grades from pre-school through college and adult education and has lead over three hundred workshops nationally and internationally.
In addition, she has consulted for educational organizations and has served on a variety of non-profit boards as a member and as an officer. Throughout her academic career she has had the opportunity to develop, utilize and teach/train, through workshops and one-on-one sessions, a variety of skills appropriate to the non-profit and corporate worlds.