Billie F. Anger has been an educator for most of her life. Starting in Texas, after graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches with a B.A in 1966, her focus was in teaching physical education in elementary and high school. Later (1976) she earned a M.Ed at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
After several years the teaching schedule included the controversial sex education (with topics of rape, AIDS, STDs) and writing curriculum for the county schools.
Physical education expanded into initiating and coaching girl’s sports, introducing life-time sports and self-defense into advanced high school physical education classes.
A unique experimental program allowed a college professor to switch roles with a public high school teacher for a semester. That was a start for a new direction for teaching in higher education along with outside volunteering for Women’s Rights.
Currently teaching at Pacific University (self defense) and Portland State University (self defense and hiking) and volunteering for WomenStrength, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, and Friends of Multnomah Falls.
Tacita Bastien, Interim President
Tacita Bastien is a proud civil servant who recently celebrated 10 years of service with the Government of Canada. For the past 8 years, she has worked as a Human Resources professional specializing in labour relations. Her focus on developing leadership capacity and dedication to client service were recognized with a Director General’s Award (2015) and Director’s Award (2016) for excellence in labour relations. Tacita is passionate about employee relations, leadership coaching and consensus building. Prior to this role, Tacita worked in employment programming for persons living with disabilities and marginalized youth. She spent several years researching social service impacts in developing communities through her work with the Traditional Authority Applied Research Network (TAARN). She brings extensive experience in the public sector with over a decade of experience in federal and provincial government operations.
In her spare time, Tacita enjoys reading and writing. Her interest in strengthening marginalized communities brings her to this transformative volunteer role. She is a proud wife and mother of two boys and lives in Calgary, AB.
Tacita holds a Bachelor of Political Science and Business Management from University of Calgary. She is the Co-Editor of Re-inventingAfrican Chieftaincy in the Age of AIDS, Gender, Governance and Development.
Paul Y. Irvin
Paul Y. Irvin has an extensive career in martial arts as practiconer and scholar. He started training in martial arts while in college, earning a BA in Chemistry in 1969 , and subsequently teaching in inner-city public schools in Chicago.
In 1972 he began training with Master Han Cha Kyo in Korean Taekwon-do. He ultimately assisted Grand Master Han Cha Kyo to develop the Iso-Trim and Dyna-Strike devices for marital training training and health maintenance. In 1995, Paul co-led a UTF demonstration tour of Malaysi; and since 1996 he has been graduated to Master in UTF. In 1980 he was Secretary-General in the founding of The Universal Taekwon-do Federation under leadership of Master Han Cha Kyo, offering programs for Senior Citizens, children with special needs, and students 5-90 years of age.
Before his death Grandmaster Han Cha Kyo appointed Paul to continue the work of the UTF as Co-President with Dr. James Langlas in Greater Chicago, Portland, Arizona, Sweden. He has published numerous articles that address the Universal Taewon Do Federation’s principles of practice and approach to mind/body/spirit training. In 2012 he was promoted to 8th Dan in the UTF. After moving to Portland OR, he joined the UTF Portland School to teach master classes to Black Belts and family classes for students of all ages and backgrounds.
Paul has also been involved as a full-time instrument maker (harpsichords) since 1976. From 1981 to 2012, he served on the Board of Directors of Midwestern Early Keyboard Society (which he helped form), and he also held positions of Vice-President and President, responsible for organizing conferences and exhibitions in various states, He continues to research and contribute articles for international publications related to instrument building.
Susan Walters became an accidental expert in surviving a deadly force encounter in 2006. Using the strategies and skills she learned in emergency department settings, she overcame a violent felon hired to murder her.
As an advocate for improving workplace safety in health care, she joined other nurses in the Oregon Nurses Association to lobby for mandatory safety training for nurses working in high risk areas of nursing. Legislation, passed in 2007, requires mandatory yearly training for employees in high risk areas.
Susan retired from Emergency Nursing in 2015. She is a motivational speaker, sharing her experience to encourage others to learn how to avoid and prepare to defend for the unpredictable-violence. She is writing a book called Nurse Kills Hitman.
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