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.


Deborah Barnes
Region 1 Vice President

High School Broadcasting and Social MediaTeacher
North Clackamas School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Collective Action
Because a “collective” without “action” is less effective.  We will continue to engage our members and the public!

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Diane Edgington
I became a broadcast reporter because of her encouragement.  I became a teacher because of her inspiration.


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.


Karen Watters
Region 3 Vice President

Kindergarten Teacher
Sutherlin School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Professionalism
I believe that professionalism is the core value I relate to most as I believe as an educator I am a professional.  I know the standards that students need to be successful!

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Mrs. Sanchez
I was attending a new school as a high school senior and Mrs. Sanchez made me feel welcomed as well as making US history fun.


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.


VACANT
Ethnic Minority Board Director

 


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!


Michael Endicott
District 1 Board Director

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.


Kathy Newman
District 2 Board Director

5th & 6th Grade Teacher
Hillsboro School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Collective Action
If we hope to truly have a world class public education system – we need to pull together as one.  Only then can we fight for what we know is best for students, make education an attractive profession, and work toward issues of social justice within our communities.

Educator who made a difference in my life: 
I think the biggest impact was “no impact.”  I honestly can’t recall much of my elementary years.  No passion or excitement from my teachers or anything that left a mark.  I hope that each year my students have something that they can point to and remember.


Desarae 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.


Julie Swinehart
District 7 Board Director

Teacher
Crook County School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Social Justice
It appeals to my sensibilities.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Ward Lewis
My 11th grade English teacher. I just wrote him a letter about it last spring!


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.


Vacant
District 10 Board Director

 


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.


Chuck Albright
District 13 Board Director

Third Grade Teacher
Seaside School District

Favorite OEA Core Value: Lifelong Learning
As I mature, I find more in the world that fascinates me.  One of my greatest joys is learning about and visiting new places.  I carry that same passion over into my education career where I continue to change and improve my instruction.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Marie Cramer
As a high school math instructor, Marie taught me that teaching and learning can be fun.


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 Ayers
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.


Paul La Barre
District 16 Board Director

Teacher
Woodburn School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Social Justice

Educator who made a difference in my life:  My Mom
My Mom was a high school teacher and professor of World Religions for 25 years at the University of Portland.


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!


Vacant
Board Director 17


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


Renee Criss
District 19 Board Director

Second / Third Grade Teacher
Klamath Falls School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Lifelong Learning
I think that every day should be something to learn from.  In teaching if I stop learning, so do my kids.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Mrs. Arnold
Mrs. Arnold instilled the love of reading in me through Serendipity books.


Andrea Ramos
District 20 Board Director

School Psychologist
Clackamas ESD

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Collaboration
My experience has taught me that the best outcomes are achieved when the effort is based on collaboration.

Educator who made a difference in my life: 
All of my elementary school teachers instilled in me the magic of learning.


Lanning Russell
District 20 Board Director

Social Studies Teacher
Oregon Trail School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Social Justice
Civil rights and economic justice are threatened every day by a plutocracy and other narrow, malignant influences.  There is no substitute for pushing back every day.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Barbara Kutasz
My son is on the Autism spectrum.  Barbara was his 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teacher.  I will be forever grateful for the foundation she laid and her enlightened support of our family.


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.


Paul Zastrow
OEA Retired Board Director

High School Science Teacher
Hood River School District

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Collective Action
Through collegiality and collectivism we can truly conquer “our” world to improve life activities and to move forward to make a real difference in the lives of ourselves, our students, and the people we impact!

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Gil Little / Frieda Chappel
This “coordinated / collaborative” pair of 7th grade teachers at Foster Grade School emphasized that if we set out to do something, have the drive and dedication, we could achieve it.


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.


Barry Edwards
District 30 Board Director

Mathematics Instructor
Mt. Hood Community College

Favorite OEA Core Value:  Democracy
It’s the core value of our republic.  All else can improve by the proper use of democratic principles.

Educator who made a difference in my life:  Professor Mildred Bennett
She encouraged me to continue my study of statistics and to look at education as a career.


Richard Sanders
Executive Director

 

 

 

updated: 11/26/13