OEA Officers & Board of Directors

About Your OEA Board of Directors

Hanna Vaandering
OEA President

Elementary PE Teacher
Beaverton School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Integrity
Your words and actions really are who you are, “Say what you mean and mean what you say.”

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Mr. Zigler
Mr. Zigler instilled in me the belief that I could do anything I set my mind to.


John Larson
OEA Vice 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.


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

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 we 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.


Michael Endicott
Region 3 Vice President

Art Teacher
Grants Pass School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Social Justice
It is in my DNA.  It is why I teach.  The capitalist system, by definition, disadvantages some and holds them back from full participation in their culture.  Not acceptable.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Mrs. Hernandez
Junior English.  She understood my rambunctious ways and took the time to earn my respect.  I hope I am as tough and understanding as she is.


Reed Scott-Schwalbach
NEA Director

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 now, 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 lay out on those modern computers.  Thank you, Anne!


Judy Harris
NEA Director

Middle School Teacher
District 6 Central Point

Favorite OEA Core Value: Collective Bargaining
Our collective voice, our collective energy and our collective determination will ensure every child in Oregon receives a quality education.

Educator who made a difference in my life: Terry Peterson, social studies teacher and coach at Lewis & Clark H.S. in Spokane, WA. He kept relationships at the center of his teaching.


Jennifer Scurlock
NEA Director

English Teacher
Churchill High School

Favorite OEA Core Value:
I “believe our society is strengthened by public education’s promotion and respect for the vast diversity of our world.” I believe that every student must be loved and encouraged by educators on a daily basis. We have the capacity to inspire their dreams and guide them along the way.

Educator who made a difference in my life:
Throughout my educational experience, I have had the privilege to have excellent educators who inspired me to learn and to grow as an individual. One of my favorite educators is Mr. Lee. He was my 4th grade teacher. He combined hands-on activities with challenging curriculum, and his love for his students was and is undeniable.


Alejandra Barragán
Ethnic Minority Board Director

Spanish Kindergarten Bilingual 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 of 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 that showed grace and kindness to me and she inspired me to do well, even though I was struggling in school. I will never forget Mrs. Webb.


Judy Christensen
District 1 Board Director

Instructional Assistant
Grants Pass School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Lifelong Learning / Democracy
The two go hand in hand.  You cannot have a democracy without a population that never stops learning and questioning what they are told.  Free access to information through a public library is the cornerstone of a democracy.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Mrs. McDonald
Mrs. McDonald told me I was smart, capable, and able to go far.  She told me I could go to college and I did!


Janet Yakopatz
District 1 Board Director

High School English Language Arts 9-12
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.


Maureen Barnhart
District 2 Board Director

Lenox  Elementary, Grade 4
Hillsboro School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Integrity
Because our actions and words are ultimately what will draw in members and keep us strong.

Educator who made a difference in my life: Jonathat Kozol, Herbert Kohl, LInda Darling-Hammond — they understand the education process.


Phil Clark
District 3 Board Director

Alternative High School Math Teacher
Salem-Keizer School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Social Justice
Public schools provide an essential commons for ensuring a free and fair society.

Educator who made a difference in my life: 
Both of my parents are educators, who demonstrate the importance of lifelong learning and the role teachers play in building strong communities.


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

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.


Lynda Sanders
District 6 Board Director

Teacher
Coos Bay School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Life-Long Learning
We as educators need to continue to change and keep up with our changing society. But we also have to assist our students with learning how to learn, question information they receive, and become good decision makers.


Janelle Rebick
District 7 Board Director

Third Grade Teacher, Miller Elementary
Bend-LaPine School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Collaboration
I believe that the biggest change can be made by working together.

Educator who made a difference in my life: My middle school math teacher, Mr. Brow. He was tough but made me learn and understand math like I never had before.


Karen Laurence
District 8 Board Director

Teacher
Elgin School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Lifelong Learning
Learning is something that should never stop.  Learning is how we gain information and make decisions.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Mrs. Lisk
Mrs. Lisk encouraged and respected individuality.


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.


Suzanne Cohen
District 10 Board Director

Middle School Math/Science
Portland Public Schools

Favorite OEA Core Value: Social Justice
I became an educator because I believe great public schools are the foundation for a more free and just society.

Educator who made a difference in my life: My 5th grade teacher, Mr. Gross. He was the first to instill a love of nature and science in me. He took us on a field trip every Friday, turned our desks into sail boats, and taught us how to survive if we ever got stranded on a deserted island. He read us "Of Mice and Men" and cried with the class at the end. We also cried together when the Challenger exploded. I've always tried to teach like him.


Diana C. Collins
District 10 Board Director

6th Grade 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, 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

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

Teacher, High School L.A.
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 velief in me.


John Scanlan
District 12 Board Director

6th Grade ELA 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.


Mary Lynn Marden
District 13 Board Director

High School Science Teacher
Heah-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. She 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

Advanced 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

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

Teacher: Senior English & Writing 115, 121, 122
North Marion School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Social Justice
As our nation continues to diversity, 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 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


Cori Swan
District 19 Board Director

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.


Lily Wagner
District 20 Board Director

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.


Vacant
District 20 Board Director

 


Beth Yarbrough
District 21 Board Director

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.


Doris Jared
District 24 Board Director

Transportation Specialist
Salem-Keizer School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Integrity
Because I believe in a truthful and strong voice.  Honest actions show what words do not.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Mr. Eggers
Mr. Eggers was my sixth grade science teacher.


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 (5th grade)

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 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

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.


Dick Terry
Interim Executive Director

 

updated: 11/17/16