Interim Board of Directors (Effective May 2017)

If you are interested in serving on the 2018 SDPCA Board of Directors, click here to read the Board Member Roles and Responsibilities.

President: Susan Curtin

Susan Curtin is an executive leadership and management coach. She founded a leadership, talent and succession management consulting firm, Insights4Results, LLC, to fill a need in public and private organizations to develop leadership capacities, thereby ensuring a pool of talent to fill their key positions. Her company has delivered executive coaching services to corporate, public and non-profit organizations since 2008.

Susan created and licensed Managing4Results™, a successful, comprehensive management program that incorporates development of a department managers’ role as a coach for ongoing employee engagement and increased retention. This program helps managers learn “How to be, What to do and When to do” in order to build stronger relationships with their direct reports through giving constructive feedback, coaching, and communicating in ways that truly motivate and enable teams to achieve greater results. Managing4Results™ provides a certification program for coaches, consultants and trainers interested in utilizing this proven training program for their current and future client organizations.

Susan has two decades of successful internal experience coaching and mentoring managers to successfully transition to the next stage of leadership. She has expertise in enhancing and expanding leaders’ Emotional Intelligence, interpersonal savvy and political acumen. She has created award-winning leadership development programs incorporating leadership competencies, coaching and mentoring and designed special action learning projects, recognized for her excellence by ATD and NACO. She taught six years in the ICF-approved Certificate Program, Coaching for Organizational Excellence, through San Diego State University.

Susan is a Board Certified Executive Coach, Certified Employee Assistance Professional and has the Master Corporate and Executive Coaching designation. In addition, she completed the first Conversational Intelligence® (C-IQ) Certification program and incorporates the C-IQ tools and techniques into her coaching and organization development practice.

Susan holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional, and a Licensed HeartMath Coach. Susan taught 6 years for San Diego State University, Coaching for Organizational Excellence program.

Susan served as SDPCA President in 2015 and currently serves as interim President.

President-Elect: Bijan Zayer

Internationally-known professor, businessman, executive coach, consultant and author who specializes in implementation of High-Performance Management organizational / individual excellence, and effective executive leadership. He teaches business courses.

Distinguished Professor for over 20 years currently teaching Management & Leadership courses including finance, accounting, economics, ethics, organizational behavior, organizational change at USD/Keller Graduate School of Management.

Previously served as the chairman of the International Leadership and Management Department at Landegg International University, Switzerland and adjunct faculty of Chapman University.

Author of three books, 42 research articles, contributing editor to numerous professional journals and magazines. His latest book in Organizational Ethics is to be published in 2017.

Financial Manager responsible for administration of major revenue and tax programs; enhanced revenue, recommended changes to current laws and regulations for the City of San Diego.

Consultant relationships include Royal Dutch Shell Corporation; Home Federal Savings: Heineken Beer; Kelco, a Division of Merk and Co.; Fokker Aircraft; IBM; Solar Turbine; Bank of America; Ralston; IVAC, Division of Eli Lilly; Dora Pharmaceutical; General Dynamics; Megatek, Division of United Telecom; Great American Saving; Armorlite.

Entrepreneur in laboratory instrument manufacturing, real estate development and private school business.  Member of several Board of Directors including major multinational firms.

International activities include lecturing in Holland, England, Denmark, Brazil, France, Switzerland, Spain, Iran, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Russia.

Bijan’s education includes: Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, D.B.A. with emphases in Econometrics, M.B.A. with emphases in Finance, and a B.S. in Engineering.

“Everything I do is designed to help executives ‘make it work.”

Secretary: Karen Dietz

Karen Dietz is a veteran in business storytelling, and is one of the originals in the field. Known as The Storyteller For Business, she coaches CEOs, leaders, teams, and nonprofits in business storytelling to increase their impact, influence, and engagement. Her clients have included Walt Disney Imagineering, NorthFace, Chase Manhattan Bank, Avery Dennison, Thrivent Financial, Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Just In Time for Foster Youth, Princess Cruises, Citrix, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs.

As a sought-after speaker, she keynoted the inaugural San Diego 2013 TEDx conference with her moving talk on the impact of story listening to change lives and companies, then followed it with an on-site experiential workshop. She is also in high demand speaking to Vistage CEOs.

In 2013 John Wiley publishers recruited Karen for their Dummies series. Her deeply rich how-to book Business Storytelling for Dummies, was published, quickly praised, and became a bestseller within a year.

With a BA in Communication, she received her Masters and PhD in Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania. In the business world for 20 years, she continued being trained in storytelling by top ranked performance tellers.

As a valued member of the SDPCA Board, Karen brings real-world association experience. She is the former Executive Director of the National Storytelling Network Association. For six years she was also the Program Director, then Chair, of the Story in Organizations community of practice.

Treasurer: Carl Wellenstein

Carl Wellenstein, is an executive career coach, founder and president of ExecGlobalNet®, Inc., with over thirty years of business consulting and coaching experience with small to mid-sized companies. He specializes in working with C-Level executives to facilitate career transitions to opportunities they are best suited and most passionate about. Carl works with growing companies to help them improve their ability to recruit, interview and select the best candidates for leadership and challenging management roles. Building on his prior financial experience, he provides business and financial strategic advice to early stage and growing companies.

Carl brings over thirty years of coaching, consulting, and advisory experience in addition to his training as a Board Certified Coach (BCC) from the Center for Credentialing & Education, Inc., Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument Certified (HBDI) Practitioner, and a Certified Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC). His wide range of senior international experience includes Fortune 500 companies, early stage and startup businesses, and nonprofits.

As Treasurer for SDPCA, Carl brings vast experience including 15 years with Arthur Young & Co (now Ernst & Young) in auditing and financial consulting. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Lifetime Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the California Society of CPAs. In addition to previously serving on the SDPCA Board of Directors, Carl is also past national board member of the Professional Coaches, Mentors & Advisors association (PCMA), and a past president of its Orange County chapter.

He is also the author of 12 Steps to a New Career, a step-by-step guide for executives making a transition in mid-career. Additionally, he has written several publications, including three booklets in the UK: Guidelines for a Job Search: Helpful Hints for Job Seekers; Recruiting Key Personnel: Guidelines for Emerging Growth Companies; and The UK Society of CPAs Reference Guide to British – American Terminology. He writes articles on executive job changing, executive resumes, and expatriate repatriation issues, and has contributed articles on business development and tax to magazines focusing on the Middle East market. He co-authored Arthur Young & Co.’s first book on Doing Business in Saudi Arabia.

VP Marketing & Communications: Sheryl Roush 

Sheryl Roush has been highly respected in the fields of communication, speaking and training since 1988 and has presented over 3,500 programs in 13 countries. Her decades of expertise spans communication, public speaking, social media, publishing and print advertising. She started her first of eight businesses at age 16, and has owned five graphic design studios.

Combining her skills she created the Speak And Market Like a Pro™ system for those who want to expand into the business of public speaking or market their business and services using speaking. Through her insightful coaching and how-to workshops she helps individuals bring out their brilliance and authenticity — in person, in public and in print.

Sheryl has earned numerous awards for her speaking, meeting planning and marketing skills including the Excellence in Training Award and Accredited Speaker professional designation and Presidential Citation from Toastmasters International, plus the Golden Microphone Award from the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the National Speakers Association and the Member of the Year award from two NSA Chapters. She was awarded the 2016 Author of Influence Award. Of her 17 published works thus far, Heart of a Military Woman received the 2009’s Best Inspirational Book from the San Diego Book Awards, and Heart of a Toastmaster received 2014’s Best Anthology from the International Book Award.

Sheryl served as SDPCA President in 2005 and currently serves as interim Vice President of Marketing & Communication.

VP Membership: Kevin Tucker

Kevin Tucker is one of the few coaches that has the experience of a career that transitioned from the military to corporate life, following a pastoral calling and then on to successful entrepreneur with all the peaks and valleys along the way. This path places him in the unique position to coach mid-life managers and professionals to forget about settling for another role that leaves them unfulfilled and out of place. His proprietary Direction to Results career package and other services gives them the courage to find the career of their dreams finally.

As the principal of his coaching practice for the last 10+ years, Kevin has worked with a variety of clients as well as a Career Management Consultant for two of the nation’s leading career outplacement firms and 7+ years as one of the senior career coaches for CareerBuilder, one the largest online job portals.

He regularly presents career transition and planning workshops for employees, job seekers, and serving and recently retired veterans. Kevin is a contributor to an “Ask the Experts” column in a USA Today Network publication focused on career development, career transition, work-life balance, and human resource issues in the workplace.

Previously Kevin spent ten years in senior Human Resource roles, lastly, at The Home Depot, following a 20-year career in the United States Air Force where he held various leadership positions in healthcare and systems administration.

Kevin is a member of the International Coach Federation, holds Master Career Director and Credentialed Career Manager Certifications and HR certifications as an SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), along with being trained by the Coaches Training Institute. He has a MA in Human Resource Development & Management from Webster University and a BS in Management & Computer Information Systems from Park University.

Active in the community, Kevin currently serves on the board for the San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance and for the ProfilingPro Assessment Advisory Board, along with being active with the Greater San Diego Business Association. He has also served on a local Toastmasters board, his local International Coach Federation chapter, and as an Eagle Scout has been active with the Boy Scouts of America.

VP Professional Development: Ken Sergi

Ken Sergi is an Organization Development (“OD”) expert, Master Trainer, and Certified Coach with more than 30 years of diverse business coaching and consulting experience helping leaders and organizations worldwide. He has a unique passion for unlocking individual potential and transforming organizations into healthy high performing success stories, which have won awards and been profiled in numerous publications. He draws on his experience as an organization leader, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Human Resources Training Director, Instructor, and Executive Consultant with offices in North America and Europe.

Ken has trained other coaches, transformed solo entrepreneurs into multi-million dollar businesses within two years, managed programs to hire 30,000 people tapping into the next generation, and developed a leadership and coaching program for the U.S. military that was used by other trainers and coaches that was so successful it was expanded worldwide. As an OD consultant he specializes in systemically integrating organization components that ensure alignment that is right on target, healthy, and sustainable.

Ken has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences and universities worldwide on a variety of topics with a particular passion for self-management and getting out of the way of your own success.

One of his many projects was to help the U.S. Census build the largest mobilization of human resources in history which included coaching new leadership, designing work flow, job competencies, and training the trainers (T3) within a few months. He recently conducted a large coaching program for Senior Leadership of the U.S. government to change how mangers lead the new generation.

As interim VP of Professional Development for SDPCA, Ken brings a vast experience in managing professional development programs for numerous organizations that align with core competencies and strategic success. Ken is also a past Board member of Professional Coaches and Mentors Association (PCMA) where he managed their professional development, and previously served on the leadership of SDPCA for seven years. He is also certified in a variety of assessment tools used in coaching, including the Enneagram, and has taught extensive public and private programs on leadership, communication, personality types for personal effectiveness, and Emotional Intelligence.