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.


Tony Crawford
OEA Vice President

Middle School Geography Teacher
Canby School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Social Justice
We must think globally, but act locally, to create world peace.  Peace, however, cannot exist where justice does not prevail.  Our students, and members, deserve to live in peace.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Noel Connall
Noel Connall was my high school history teacher the same year he was president of the Coos Bay Education Association.  His influence on me was significant.


Regina Norris
Region 1 Vice President

Elementary Physical Education Specialist
Gresham Barlow School District

Favorite Core Value: Collective Action

Educator who made a difference in my life: Ms. Fallon is an amazingly confident and competent teacher who showed me that women could do and be anything they wanted. Seeing her strength helped me be strong throughout my teaching career.


Caryn Connolly
Region 2 Vice President

High School Social Studies Teacher
Salem-Keizer School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Lifelong Learning
I became a teacher because of my desire to continue learning and I knew teaching would enable me to do that.  I can continue to learn and pass that along to my students.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  My Dad
I learned a lot about teaching but most importantly about being passionate for students from watching my dad teach.  I still talk to him today and seek his advice.


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.


C. John Larson
NEA Director

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 infectuous.


Margarett Peoples
NEA Director

High School Special Education Teacher
Portland Public Schools

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Social Justice
I believe education is the “leveler” for society.  We must be inclusive in our practices to provide every student the opportunity to aspire to their goals.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Mrs. Oakley
Mrs. Oakley recognized my learning style and giftedness and was able to “accommodate” the setting to support me.


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.


Caryn Houchin
ESP Board Director

Elementary Secretary
Milton-Freewater School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:     Collective Action / Collaboration
I believe in organizing and working toward the common good.  I believe in collaboration between all educators, teachers and ESP, working together as one and creating a movement that will better our profession for us and all of our students.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Mr. Yanagi
Although I had very messy handwriting he always made me feel smart and told me I could be anything I wanted to be.


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!


Cat Olson
District 1 Board Director

Sixth Grade Teacher
Medford School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: I have two favorite Core Values. The first is Social Justice. I believe strongly that quality public schools level the playing field and improve the opportunities for all children, but especially those coming from the most disenfranchised segments of our society. The other Core Value, which is truly woven into my being is that of Lifelong Learning. There's too much to do, learn, explore, and discover. One lifetime isn't nearly long enough to experience it all.

Educator who made a difference in my life: All educators have made a difference in my life: the ones who challenged me to excel and the ones who clearly were just passing time collecting a paycheck. I learned from them all whether it was by example or non-example. The most influential educators I know, however, are the ones who are currently serving in the profession, fighting daily as they plan, teach, and organize to influence public education policy and improve education for all students in our country. These are my heroes. I'm humbled to call them my colleagues. I'm honored to have them as friends.


Nabil Zerizef
District 2 Board Director

Multimedia Professional Development TOSA
Hillsboro School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Lifelong Learning

Educator who made a difference in my life: Jeannette McCoy was my high school Language Arts teacher. Not only was she a teacher who inspired students to excel academically, but genuinely cared about her students as people. She saw things in students that many others would overlook. Thank you Ms. McCoy!


Desaráe Gilles
District 3 Board Director

Elementary Teacher
Salem-Keizer School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Integrity
I am a trusting, loyal person who assumes those around me have the integrity to be honest and forthcoming with their professional opinions or stances.

Educator who made a difference in my life: 
My music teacher from kindergarten through my senior year (choir director) was always there for me personally and academically.


Eric Miller
District 3 Board Director

Elementary Teacher
Salem-Keizer School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Collective Action
When we are united, we can have more impact.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Ann Terry
She improved my writing skills immensely.


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.


Jeff Foster
District 6 Board Director

Teacher
Coquille School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Lifelong Learning
There are many ways to accomplish any goal.  By learning, listening, and looking one can find the best path.

Educator who made a difference in my life: 
None really affected my life.  It is why I became an educator.  Oak Grove Elementary, and a 1st-2nd blend is why I’m here.


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.
 


Eric Swehla
District 10 Board Director

First Grade Teacher
Portland Public Schools

Favorite OEA Core Value: Integrity
I believe that if we lived our beliefs, Social Justice, Collective Action, Respect for Diversity, Democracy, and Professionalism would follow closely.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Ms. Pruitt (kindergarten)
All the teachers I know have taught me incredibly important lessons about life.  From my kindergarten teacher, Ms. Pruitt, who saw a strength I had and helped me share and be proud of it, to my college professors (like Zaher Wahab--Lewis and Clark College, who challenged me not to be complacent), to the colleagues I work with in Portland right now.


Shannon Baker
District 10 Board Director

Teacher
Portland Public Schools

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Professionalism
Professionalism seems to be the value most under assault right now.  I can’t think of another profession that has such outside interference.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Gloria Halper
My mentor teacher taught me to enjoy and champion children’s quirkiness.


Marsha Lincoln
District 11 Board Director

Mathematics Teacher
Corvallis School District
Corvallis Education Association President

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Professionalism
I respect individuals that can respond professionally even when others have opposing viewpoints.  I believe a true professional is honest in words and actions.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Sharon Martin
She was a high school teacher who spoke to my parents about allowing me to go to college.  I am the first person in my family with a college degree.


Gary Humphries
District 12 Board Director

Technology Teacher
Pendleton School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Integrity
I believe that what I think is what I say is what I do.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Marcella Othus, Fremont Junior High, Parkrose District, 8th grade.


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.


Reed Scott-Schwalbach
District 14 Board 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!


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.


Keith Ayres
District 15 Board Director

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.


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.


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District 20 Board Director

 


Lynn Hill
District 21 Board Director

Fifth Grade Teacher
Glide School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Respect for Diversity
Unity makes our Association strong, but our diversity adds incredible value to the work that we do.  Each of us brings a background and collection of experiences that shape our individual perspectives.  These diverse perspectives enrich our collective voice.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Mr. Trollinger
Being a “teacher’s kid,” many of my teachers (my Dad’s colleagues) just knew I would do well… Mr. Trollinger made me prove it.


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.


Pat Muller
District 26 Board Director

ESL Teacher
McMinnville School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Social Justice
Equal is not necessarily equitable.  We must strive to make the world a better place.  We must spend our money in places that support our values.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Mr. Fricke
After being a challenging student in my sophomore year, I signed up to be Mr. Fricke’s TA the following year.  I saw things from another perspective and that inspired me in my career choice.


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.


Gary DeRoest
District 30 Board Director

Instructor
Mt. Hood Community College

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Lifelong Learning
Learning has always been a part of my life.  I expect that it will be a high priority until I die.

Educator who made a difference in my life: 
Tice:  High school math teacher.
Sylvester:  High school speech / debate teacher.
Mom and Dad:  Modeling positive attitude of learning.
Thorin:  Never give up.


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.


Richard Sanders
Executive Director

 

updated: 09/24/14