OEA Officers & Board of Directors

About Your OEA Board of Directors

John Larson
OEA President

High School English Teacher
Hermiston School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Professionalism
It is through the quality of instruction that our students will benefit.  All of the core values boil down to professionalism, and OEA must lead the profession through our collective expertise.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Jean Steale
My senior English teacher was responsible for teaching me how to effectively write and organize my thoughts.  Her passion for words and the use of the English language was infectious.


Reed Scott-Schwalbach
OEA Vice President

High School Spanish Teacher
Centennial School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Lifelong Learning
Life is not static.  Our ability to grow and learn keeps us in pace with our students, who are also not static.  Just like I challenge my students to try, learn something new, and keep growing, so I challenge myself.  There is always something new to discover and explore.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Anne Winebrenner
Although my teenage brain thought all the accomplishments of our school paper was due to the brilliance of our editorial staff, my adult brain knows that “Teacher Anne,” as we called her, was really the reason we did so well.  She spent countless hours with us, yes, usually late at night, planning our editions, proofing the articles, and teaching us how to do layout on those modern computers.  Thank you, Anne!


Keith Ayres
Region 1 Vice President

Teacher
Beaverton School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Lifelong Learning
If you are continually learning, you are open to new information from all sources.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Frank Jacobson
Frank Jacobson, my senior high school English teacher, encouraged independent critical thinking.


Forrest Cooper
Region 2 Vice President

High School Math Teacher
Fern Ridge School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Integrity
Our values are reflected in our actions. I try to lead by example, because I respect people who are genuine and not just self-promoting. Educators are respected in their community because theu have a reputation as someone people can look to for life questions and an honest assessment of the facts.

Educator who made a difference in my life: Mr. Bolton was my English teacher during two years in high school. He was the only English teacher who actually taught grammar, and he also taught me to love literature and how to analyze subtle themes and write a logical, thoughtful critique or defense of a position.


Cori Swan
Region 3 Vice President

Kindergarten Teacher
Klamath County School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Integrity
It is the best way to conduct business.

Educator who made a difference in my life: George Copeland.


Jennifer Scurlock
NEA Director

High School English Teacher
Eugene School District 

Favorite OEA Core Value: One of my favorite OEA Core Values is "Respect for Diversity." 
Our communities are strengthened by educators who inspire the hearts of diverse students. 

Educator who made a difference in my life:
Throughout my life, I was inspired by a variety of educators-- such as Mrs. Rice, Mr. Lee, Mrs. Anzaldo, and Mr. Loudon-- who loved me, recognized my potential, and inspired me to be the educator I am today.


Enrique Farrera
NEA Director

Academic and Career Coach
Clackamas Community College


John Scanlan
NEA Director

Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Pendleton School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Respect for Diversity
Our world is full of so many unique perspectives, cultures and world views, and we need to embrace that. Respectful dialogue, understanding and inclusion are at the heart of education.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Mrs McIllvenna
My high school English teacher ultimately became my role model and made me want to teach.


Alejandra Barragán
Ethnic Minority Board Director

Spanish Bilingual Kindergarten Teacher
Reynolds School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Social Justice

Educator who made a difference in my life: The educator that made a difference in my life was Mr. Stern in high school. He was a teacher that was encouraging, motivating, and saw the best in me as a student and future teacher.


Kathy Coon
ESP Board Director

Special Education Support Professional
Grants Pass School District 7

Favorite OEA Core Value: Integrity
I believe that my words and actions need to reflect my own core values. That will be my goal as ESP Director.

Educator who made a difference in my life: My third grade teacher was the teacher who showed grace and kindness to me. She inspired me to do well, even though I was struggling in school. I will never forget Mrs. Webb.


Marcel D'Haem
District 1 Board Director

Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Phoenix-Talent School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Integrity
Integrity means putting our values into action, and sharing them with others. 

Educator who made a difference in my life: Mrs. Richardson, 4th grade teacher at the Department of Defense School in Yokosuka, Japan. I was a strange, troublesome boy, and she had the strength and room in her heart to help and guide me. 


Janet Yakopatz
District 1 Board Director

High School English Language Arts Teacher
Prospect School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Lifelong Learning
As a teacher, I believe it is integral to always be learning something. Our world is constantly changing; the world is vast and there are so many wonders to find — learning about them brings the world closer.

Educator who made a difference in my life: My middle school English teacher, Mrs Reich. She saw and taught me as an individual, and always encouraged and helped me to achieve my personal best.


Joseph Vermeire
District 2 Board Director

High School Teacher
Hillsboro School District


Robert J. Glasgow
District 3 Board Director

High School Foreign Language Teacher
Salem-Keizer School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Respect for Diversity
Our nation is unique in that we strive to grant every student access to a quality public education.  Combined with traditional academic opportunities, the school community should provide its members with the chance to interact with others of varied backgrounds and experiences.  Belonging to a community of respect that values diverse and equal voices can be a pivotal moment in the development of an individual.  Individuals that value this interaction will elevate the expectations of the society around them.   I firmly believe that we become stronger when we recognize our differences as an asset and not a liability.      

Educator who made a difference in my life: Sra. Maslanka knew that I was not trying in her class.  Like usual, I had convinced myself and my parents that I was struggling with the material.   I earned a D- for the first quarter and I was ready to coast downhill from there.  She tried many different strategies.  These included candid emotional appeals and banishing me to the library to finish my homework.  Eventually, I decided the easiest solution would be to stop pretending and to begin studying.  My grade skyrocketed in all my classes, and my study habits began to take root.  Today, I am an IB Spanish teacher that has lived in Colombia, Mexico and Spain.  I will always be grateful to my 8th grade Spanish teacher for making a lack of effort more cumbersome than preparing for her class.  She changed my life.


John Scott
District 3 Board Director

Middle School Teacher
Salem-Keizer School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Social Justice
Through equity and an understanding that diversity exists in our public schools, our association can help champion all learners in all communities.

Educator who made a difference in my life: Maria Chavez, my political science instructor from California State University, Chico. She really gave me (and all of us) the encouragement to find our voice and advocate and debate because that's how growth happens.


Laura Scruggs
District 4 Board Director

TOSA: Global Institute for Teacher Advancement
Springfield School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Integrity
I believe integrity should be foundational for everyone.  We must say what we mean, believe what we say, and live what we believe.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Mr. Ensworth Bruni
My 7th grade teacher challenged me, pushed me, and made learning exciting.  He believed in me and my abilities.


Tina Leaton
District 5 Board Director

Elementary School Teacher
Eugene School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  All of them
This is an excellent list and I find it hard to have any one without the others.  Democracy is nothing without social justice and professionalism is not valued without integrity.  I only hope to demonstrate these values as best I can.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Jim Higgins
Mr. Higgins from my term in Junction City is the educator who made a difference to me.  Not only did I learn about agricultural sciences, I believe this is where I found my “voice.”  With his support I learned that I truly was a capable person and therefore learned confidence.


Bobby Marshall
District 6 Board Director

Elementary School Teacher
Reedsport School District


Travis Overley
District 7 Board Director

High School Teacher
Bend-LaPine School District


Brita Scott
District 8 Board Director

Physical Education Teacher
La Grande School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Collective Action is my favorite Core Value because it defines the success we have had in Eastern Oregon.  When members organize and coordinate local action our entire organization benefits. 

Educator who made a difference in my life: The educator that made a difference in my life is Lisa Nicholson who was a defining voice for our local. She worked hard to recruit young teachers and teach them the value of the union. She moved us into building representative positions and opportunities for professional development. The reason we have the contract language, salary and benefits we have today is due to her unrelenting dedication for the rights of La Grande’s teachers. 


Joe Minson
District 9 Board Director

High School History Teacher
Canby School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Collective Action
Our strength is a united effort.  We must work together.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Mr. Stone
His passion for his subject inspired me.


Russell Peterson
District 10 Board Director

High School Teacher
Portland Public Schools


Diana C. Collins
District 10 Board Director

Middle School Science Teacher
Portland Public Schools

Favorite OEA Core Value: Social Justice

Educator who made a difference in my life: My mom
A 30+ year public school teacher, she was the first in my family to graduate from college. She continues to inspire me to work hard for students and represent the hardworking teachers in the fight for the schools our students deserve.


Al Rabchuk
District 10 Board Director

High School Math Teacher
Portland Public Schools

Favorite OEA Core Value: Democracy
Our most important mission is to instill an understanding of why true democracy is so important to our society. All of the voices of our community must be heard and respected.

Educator who made a difference in my life: Mr. Gelhaar
He was the calculus teacher when I went to high school. He made math enjoyable and opened my eyes to the possibility of becoming a math teacher myself. I have recently spoken to several ex-classmates who were also motivated to pursue a mathematical based career.


Ben Gorman
District 11 Board Director

High School Language Arts Teacher
Central School District 13J

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Social Justice
This motivates me, but I see all the other core values as absolutely essential characteristics of an organization dedicated to making the world a more just place for all our students.

Educator who made a difference in my life: Mrs Brown
My 10th grade English teacher saw something in me that I didn't see in myself, and was capable of seeing it despite my defensive, angry high-school misbehavior. I flourished thanks to her belief in me.


Daylee Lathim
District 12 Board Director

Elementary School Teacher
Hermiston School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Lifelong Learning
I feel that I am always continuing to learn and I want to keep learning because knowledge is power. I am able to do more things with more knowledge that I have. 

Educator who made a difference in my life: There are so many!
To begin with - my parents, and their friends. Mr. Greg Abbott was my 5th grade teacher, and now we get to see each other at OEA RA. Mrs. Carolyn DeCrevel, leadership teacher and cheerleading coach. She got to know students well, and continues to influence me in my decisions. 


Mary Lynn Marden
District 13 Board Director

High School Science Teacher
Neah-Kah-Nie School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Integrity
We believe our core values are reflected and reinforced through our words and action. There is nothing that you can give away more freely than your integrity, yet it is the most difficult to get back.

Educator who made a difference in my life: Mrs. Ivers
My college science teacher during my freshman and sophomore years was smart, kind, helpful, but didn't suffer fools, didn't let you get away with poor choices.


Paula Nelson
District 14 Board Director

Kindergarten Teacher
Centennial School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Professionalism
The expertise and judgement of education professionals are critical to student success and deserve the respect due to all professionals.

Educator who made a difference in my life: Many years ago my Principal invited me to join her at a park for a very frank discussion about how it's important to consider my role wherever I work—Every building staff needs a balance for the betterment of that community. In other words, be open-minded to the needs of that building and what you can contribute—Point: She encouraged me to not only be a leader in our building, but a leader in our local association. That Spring I ran for President of our local.


Geoff Hunnicutt
District 15 Board Director

High School Math Teacher
Beaverton School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Social Justice
I believe that one of the most important roles a union plays is that of leveling the playing field.  Where there are unions, there are competitive wages, healthy work environments, and good benefits.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Dr. Tom Nelson
He made me understand that math was fun and that I could do it.


Brooke Warren
District 15 Board Director

High School Social Studies Teacher
Beaverton School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Democracy
Our union serves as a voice for all of its members.

Educator who made a difference in my life: Dr. Max Geier, Mr. Barry, and Mr. G.
Dr. Geier was one of my college History professors. He taught his classes with so much passion and required that his students work hard. It was clear that he believed we could reach big things, and we strove to meet his high expectations. Mr. Barry was my third grade teacher and Mr. G., my sixth grade teacher. What I remember most about both of these teachers is that there was never a doubt that they cared about me.


Susan Huffman
District 16 Board Director

High School English Teacher
North Marion School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Social Justice
As our nation continues to diversify, we have the ability to teach our children that all of their voices are significant and important, and that each person can make a positive or negative difference in our society.

Educator who made a difference in my life: Ed Dunckel, Newby Grade School, 6th Grade 
Mr. Dunckel was everything a teacher should be: engaging, energetic, enthusiastic, fun and respectful. If I were half as good a teacher as he, I'd be successful.


Helen Jacobs
District 17 Board Director

Transportation Specialist
Greater Albany School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Social Justice
I believe that we need to stand up for what is right.  It is our responsibility to educate those who don’t know what their rights are.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Pam Foster
She was always there to push me to do more and did not give up when I was ready to!


Kelvin Calkins
District 18 Board Director

Elementary School Teacher
Hood River School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Social Justice
Public education should be the great equalizer.  We have so much further to go.  The “haves” have ever more wealth and power, and the rest of us have squat.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Gala Fitzgerald


Vanessa Todd
District 19 Board Director

High School Counselor
Klamath Falls City Schools


Lily Wagner
District 20 Board Director

Elementary ELD Specialist
North Clackamas School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Collective Action
Only through collective action can minority voices be heard and empowered.

Educator who made a difference in my life: All educators who took a personal interest in me and my education made a difference in my life. They cared enough to look into my needs and help me along the way to reach my goals. It takes a village.


Katie Nordstrom
District 20 Board Director

Elementary School Teacher
David Douglas School District


Beth Yarbrough
District 21 Board Director

High School Science Teacher
Sutherlin School District

OEA Core Value: Professionalism
I believe that as educators we need to uphold professional standards. A professional encompasses all the other core values of the OEA. Therefore, by being a teacher, a professional, I stand behind the other seven core values.

Educator who made a difference in my life: Do I have to pick just one? Educators have played a large role in shaping who I am today. If I had to choose just one, I would have to choose my father who is also an educator. From as early as I can remember, I have been learning from him. He taught me that everything can be turned in to a learning process. From a hike to cooking dinner, he taught me the love of learning and how to make the learning fun. Education is not limited to the classroom. I keep this in mind with everything I do.


Matthew Reed
District 24 Board Director

Custodian
Salem-Keizer School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Collaboration
When we all come together, there is nothing we cannot achieve. 

Educator who made a difference in my life: My middle school history teacher, Mr. Hook. He had an unconventional teaching style and was able to gain the whole class's attention every day. 


Nanci Stauffer
District 26 Board Director

Instructional Coach
Sherwood School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Social Justice
All student voices need to be valued, honored, supported, and defended. They mush see themselves as worthy and capable of achieving great things.

Educator who made a difference in my life: My grandparents and parents who instilled in me the love of learning.


Deb Wiskow
District 27 Board Director

Retired Elementary School Teacher
South Lane School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Lifelong Learning

Educator who made a difference in my life: Mrs. Mason, Mr.McDonald — encouraging to follow dream as a 4th-5th grader. Linda Randall — brought me into the life of OEA.


Traci Hodgson
District 30 Board Director

History Instructor
Chemeketa Community College

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Respect for Diversity
I belive OEA can play a critical role in encouraging the same multicultural community in education as we see in the communities around us.

Educator who made a difference in my life: Louanne Whitton
She was a very dedicated Study Skills instructor who made a decision to use her voice at the state government to improve education.


Scott Wallace
District 30 Board Director

Instructor
Blue Mountain Community College

Favorite OEA Core Value: Lifelong Learning

Educator who made a difference in my life: Ron Waite 
He was the faculty president when I started teaching. He personally invited me to get involved in the Association.


Jim Fotter
Executive Director

Favorite OEA Core Value: Integrity
I believe that integrity is a foundational value of all that we do. We must always strive to "walk the talk"

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Michael Norman  
He was my 6th grade teacher and he was one of the most influential guides in my life.  He made learning fun, he set high standards, and he demonstrated compassion.  Years later, I learned that he was also a union leader at the local and state level.  I have been lucky to talk with him about teaching and our union work. 

updated: 07/12/17