Growing up in Hood River, Oregon in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge I was fortunate to learn many adrenaline producing outdoor adventures from a young age. Recreational activities that put me face to face with my natural surroundings are for me the most effective to embrace the vibrating energy of the present. Connected to these pursuits were amazing teachers, community leaders, and pro-social adults who took the time to teach me the skills, patience, and endurance to continually stretch my skills. Today I recognize that these incredible relationships and healthy, engaging activities combined to support my individual growth.
From this personal life experience and a mild obsession with positive youth development research, I’ve learned that human development is profoundly influenced by both environment and relationships. Relationships formal or informal that cultivate trust, joy, and shared experience are fundamental to both individual and communal growth. Today, these observations have evolved into a deep-seeded belief in the power of mentoring. In my professional career I study and teach aspects of quality youth mentoring services.
As Program Manager with Oregon Mentors I provide capacity building support including training, professional development and technical assistance to youth mentoring programs throughout Oregon and SW Washington. In this role I help youth development practitioners incorporate evidence-based-practices to strengthen quality services for youth.
I support Trillium Charter School’s model of democratic education because I believe developmental relationships are at the heart of all learning. I look forward to a future when all Oregonians experience an educational community that fosters participation, shared understanding, and inspiration.
I am a proud sixth-generation Oregonian, with two children at Trillium Charter School. I grew up in West Linn, but yearned to move to the big city. After telling my grandfather this, he informed me “You’re going to end up at the bottom of the Willamette!” With that vote of confidence, I moved to Portland, and still have not ended up in the Willamette. My husband and I have lived in Seattle twice, but I missed our friends and family in Portland so much that we decided to come back here for good in 2001.
I started volunteering with my neighborhood association about 10 years ago, and served on the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhood board for several years. My children have been attending Trillium since preschool (in the old building), where I started chaperoning field trips and helping out in the classroom. I served on the Steering Committee for the Capital Campaign for the new building. I became a member of the Food Team and joined the board during the 2010/2011 school year. My goal is to see Trillium renew its charter and continue to evolve into a school that fulfills its mission.
I’ve been enjoying the Trillium community for 7 years. I have two boys in middle and lower school and have enjoyed participating in campouts, field trips and performance nights. This past year’s monumental achievement of getting the PPS charter renewal was a result of a dedicated core of administration, staff, many volunteers and especially the Trillium Board of Directors that has set us on a positive course forward. Inspired by these events and repeatedly inspired by the staff and volunteers I chose to join the board to engage in the ‘service to the community’ that is in the school’s teaching mission.
I arrived in Oregon during high school and graduated from University of Oregon with two bachelor degrees in Chemistry and Biology. I worked in several University related laboratories in Eugene and Portland metro involved in basic biochemistry research, then jumped to Environmental Testing for 5 years. I decided to take a break from Science in the mid 90′s and caught the “this old house” bug by working and living in several old homes in inner northeast Portland. This led to 12 years as an insurance home inspector. Currently I work for a small green home re-modeler BauHans Construction, and am pursuing an accounting certificate to improve the office management for the business.
Trillium has recently hired a dedicated accountant and bookkeeper who have put us on the right track financially. We now have a clear and accurate picture of the school’s accounts and clarity moving forward. We are still underfunded like many primary schools across the land, but if we pull together and donate early and often with time, money, and our hearts, we
will get stronger each year, and can increase the offerings of this most unique and progressive school we are lucky to have.
I am a proud parent of a Trillium third-grader in her fourth year here. School-wise, I taught Adventures in Learning classes to kids in improvisation with the synthesizer and exploring the Internet. I’ve also taught various college courses in computer science, and industry classes. I have consulted world-wide, and hold a BSCS and MSCS from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University.