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Marcella Benson-Quaziena
Marcella Benson-Quaziena, PhD
Master's Faculty Lead - School of Human & Organizational Development
Seattle, WA

PhD, Fielding Graduate University

MSW, The University of Washington

BS, The University of Iowa


Areas of Instruction:

  • Leadership
  • Group Dynamics
  • Diversity and Social Justice
  • Use of Self

Scholarly & Professional Interests:

  • Action Inquiry
  • Gestalt
  • Group Dynamics
  • Leadership
  • Use of Self

Professional Memberships:

  • National Organizational Development Network
  • Gestalt International Study Center
  • Gestalt Center for Organization and Systems Development
  • National Training Laboratories
  • National Association of Social Work
  • American Psychology Association

Honors and Awards:

  • Honorary Fellow – Gestalt Center of Organization and Systems Development

Professional Experience:

Dr. Benson-Quaziena is Principal of The Benson~Quaziena Group. She has over 15 years of experience consulting for public and non-profit sectors in the areas of change management, executive coaching, leadership development, strategic planning, organizational analysis and design, retreat design and facilitation and team building. She is currently a Member of the Faculty at The Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington and is Associate Faculty with The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.

Marcella has served as Deputy Director for the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association; Office Chief of Staff Development Training and Diversity with the Children's Administration of the Washington State Department of Health and Social Services and Diversity Administrator for Washington State Department of Juvenile Administration. She has previously taught at the University of Florida and Antioch University.

Marcella was one of the founding members of The National Black Women's Health Project and POCAAN - People of Color Against AIDS Network. She is a member of the board of The Washington State Children's Alliance, currently serving as Board President. Her community involvement has included board and advisory committee work with the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee; King County HIV/AIDS Planning Council; BLAADE - Black, Latino Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Endeavor; Washington State Department of Social & Health Services Task Force on Gay and Lesbian Concerns, Northwest AIDS Foundation Education Committee, Washington State Children's Justice Advisory Committee and the Washington Association Concerned With Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting Statewide Steering Committee.

Marcella currently holds a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems and a MA in Organization Development from the Fielding Graduate University, a clinical MSW, from the University of Washington, and a MA in Athletic Administration and B.S. in Health and Physical Education from the University of Iowa. Her professional writings include: Female Student Athletes and Athletes of Color (2001); Tribal Court CASA Programs: Adapting CASA to meet the needs of Indian Tribal Courts and Native American People (1998); Respect and fairness: Assessing the diversity climate of an organization. (1996 Dissertation); and (1993). A study guide: Structural inequality and diversity (1993).


Other Professional Activities:

  • The Evergreen State College, Faculty
  • The Bainbridge Island Graduate Institute, Visiting Faculty
  • National Training Laboratories, Diversity Leadership Certificate Program (DLCP)
  • Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Gestalt OSD Training Program Chair
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