Dr. Serra Acar has joined the Center on Research, Evaluation & Analysis (CREA) working on projects with an early childhood/early learning focus. She has been the Principal Investigator on several studies at the University of Oregon including “A State Analysis of Early Interventiona/Early Childhood Special Education Programs in Oregon” and “Prediction of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire”. Serra has presented at numerous national and state conferences and is very involved with the Division of Early Childhood within the Council on Exceptional Children (CEC) and served on the planning committee for this Summer’s Early Childhood Inclusion Institute. Serra received her doctorate from the University of Oregon in Early Intervention.
Patrick Aldrich received his bachelor’s degree in Wildlife biology and a minor in Entomology from the University of California, Davis in 1997. After graduation, he spent 5 years in various field biology positions, studying a wide array subjects from Bowerbird mating systems in Australia to integrated pest management of ground squirrels in Northern California. He subsequently decided to return to school to pursue a PhD at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. For his doctoral work (for which he is ABD), he studied the spatio-temporal variation of pollination networks in Hawaiian tropical dry forests. Following his graduate work, he was the project director for a project that used spatial analyses to study the random correspondence of fingerprint patterns. Through his work, he has acquired extensive experience in biostatistics. He is currently the data manager and statistician for the Oregon QRIS and other projects at the Teaching Research Institute, and continues to apply parametric, non-parametric and likelihood methodologies to analyze various datasets associated with early childhood research.
Ingrid Amerson has been involved in early child care and education for over 30 years. As the Director of TRI Child Development Center, she guided the Center through becoming an Oregon Program of Quality. She is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, learning environment where children thrive, families flourish, and staff are successful.
Aimee joined our teaching team as a WOU student staff and over the course of a few years is now the lead teacher of the Ladybug classroom. Her special interest is in sharing the excitement of Science to preschoolers; their wondrous questioning of all that is around them lends it so perfectly with Science discoveries. It is her belief that every child, if given the chance to learn how to treat one another kindly and understand that they belong to a community will make our world a better place. Aimee brings active, hands on learning experiences for the children in her classroom. She loves the spontaneity and excitement of the children when they learn new things, and she offers them challenges which encourages them to figure out “how things happen.”
Lyn has been in Special Education for 40 years. Her jobs have been varied -- as teacher of the visually impaired/O&M instructor, principal of a school for the blind, rehabilitation specialist on a mobile team attached to an eye hospital, director of community programs in a rural area in India, director of a licensure program for training teachers of the visually impaired, and director of a state's deafblind project (12 years in Wisconsin, 8 years in Oregon).
Research Professor, Dr. Robert Ayres brings varied and deep experience in research, evaluation, and teaching. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Oregon, and is a a founding member of the Center on Research, Evaluation & Analysis (CREA - formerly known as ERGo) housed at the Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University. Dr. Ayres has extensive experience with mixed-method/multiple-method evaluations and has prior experience with federal grants employing quasi-experimental pretest-posttest comparison designs and in research employing randomized control trials. He has served as principal evaluator on a variety of evaluation and research projects such as Structure of the Intellect, via contract with the Oregon Department of Education, the Oregon Forestry Extension Program, via contract with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, and the Western Oregon University Teacher Effectiveness Project Phases I and II. In addition, Dr. Ayres served as team investigator for the human resources portion of the Final Evaluation of the City-State Partnership, Senate Bill 795-Improvements in the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS) under the New Board of School Commissioners, via sub-contract with WESTAT. He is currently co-principal evaluator for the "Science and Engineering in the Lives of Students," National Science Foundation grant with Oregon State University. Dr. Ayres previously taught Research Methods in Education for 15 years at Western Oregon University.
Patricia is a Senior Fellow at the Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University (WOU) in the Center for Educator Preparation and Effectiveness (CEPE) and the Center on Early Learning. At WOU, Dr. Blasco is the Project Director for Project PEPI, a federally funded project, to infuse inclusion curricula into coursework at the community college level in the state of Oregon. She is CO-PI on Project PIECE, a five year federal professional development project to recruit, retain, and graduate 45 Early Childhood Education/Early Intervention students from underrepresented backgrounds. These students will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and an endorsement in EI/ECSE.
Dana Bleakney-Huebsch joins us from the Nike Child Development Center where she worked with infants and their families. Prior to that, Dana co-managed a day program for adults with developmental disabilities. Dana has taught child development courses at California State University, San Bernardino. She received her Masters in Child Development from California State University, San Bernardino.
Dawn has a BS degree in Accounting from the University of Wyoming. She worked for several years as an accountant in the manufacturing industry. Dawn joined WOU in 2013 as an accounting tech in the Business Office and the Health and Wellness Center. She joined the Grants Management Office at TRI in April, 2014.
Cori is an Early Learning Specialist with the Center on Early Learning's Quality Rating and Improvement System project. She returns to TRI after having served as the Coordinator of the Healthy Start/Healthy Families program in Marion County. She has also served as a Family Support Coordinator and Teacher/Interventionist at Family Building Blocks. Prior to that Cori served as the Director and Early Childhood Specialist with TRI's Child Development Center. Cori has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University.
Julie Bulen has worked at Teaching Research Institute since the early 1980s and at the Teaching Research Institute, Education Evaluation Center for the last 15 of those years. At the Education Evaluation Center, Julie is a Learning Disability and Transition/Vocational Specialist. She conducts in-depth psychosocial evaluations of clients from age 4 to adulthood and writes detailed reports of disability impact, recommendations for clients and parents, and legal accommodation needs for school, college and workplace settings. Her areas of expertise and experience include elementary and special education teaching, children and adults with mental health disorders, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism Disorder, Tourette's Syndrome, and high school transition skills.
Robbin Bull has worked for the Teaching Research Institute as a Data Specialist for over 12 years, working for the National Deaf-Blind projects (TRACES, NTAC, NCDB) for most of those years. Along with managing data for the National Deaf-Blind Child Count, she has designed many evaluation tools and databases to manage and evaluate project data. In addition, she provides data management technical assistance and support to project staff as well as state deaf-blind project personnel.
Jackie Burr is a Special Education Secondary Transition Specialist. She has over 40 years of experience in education, including State level special education monitoring, professional development, special education administration and special/general education teaching. Jackie Burr brings many years of secondary transition experience to the professional development sessions to prepare districts, agencies, students and professionals for the successful transition of students from education to successful outcomes with the most appropriate diploma option. Her prior working experience includes working at the Oregon Department of Education as the Secondary Transition Specialist and the West Virginia Department of Education as a Special Education Specialist. Jackie holds two Master of Education degrees from West Virginia University.
Lacey is a Project Assistant with the Center on Early Learning where she works with Oregon's Child Care Resource & Referral Network. Lacey is a 2013 WOU graduate with a major in Community Health Education and a minor in Human Biology. Lacey participated in WOU's Student Enrichment Program and volunteered with the WOU Food Bank.
Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto is an Assistant Research Professor whose responsibilities include program evaluation, statistical analysis, and serving as the Director of Abby's House, Center for Women and Families. Mary Ellen has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Claremont Graduate University and has extensive experience in statistics and research methodology. She also spent 16 years as a professor of psychology and gender studies.
Carol Dennis is a video production specialist working across projects at TRI. She has many years of experience and extensive skills in the areas of video production and creating online interactive training modules. Carol has been with TRI since 2011 helping to create video elements for online trainings, including writing, directing, video editing, and producing. She works across projects as needed, and creates feature-length, multimedia articles for the TRI website.
Andrea is the Abby's House Assistant Director (a part of TRI's WOU CASA grant-funded project). She has an MA and a BS from Oregon State University with a concentration in Sociology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Andrea has taught a variety of undergraduate Women's Studies courses at OSU and has served as a Research Project Assistant at Northwest Professional Consortium Research.
Aaron is the Program Manager for Traffic Safety Education (TSE), a partnership between Western Oregon University and the Oregon Department of Transportation. TSE provides education, training and certification of driver education instructors. Aaron's recent previous work experience includes budget management, administration and learning and development. Aaron is a WOU alum having received his BS in law enforcement with a minor in business administration. Aaron additionally has 20 years of military and criminal justice service.
Eric Enright is a Web and Graphic Design Specialist working with the Central Coordination of the Oregon Child Care Resource and Referral system. He is a recent (2013) graduate of WOU's Visual Communications Design program. His skills include HTML, Java Script/Jquery, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign (to name but a few).
For 14 years I have supported Teaching Research Institute through technology project leadership, collection of data, organization of data, analysis of data, design and development of databases using MS Access or MS SQL, development of reports, accounting,and the management of the data processing group and student workers.
Nancy Ganson has served as the Assistant to the Director of TRI since 2001 and has recently become a member of the Grants Management Office. Her current duties in the GMO include processing travel reimbursements, ordering supplies and equipment, monthly review of the phone and data port billing, and daily mail and package deliveries. Nancy's expertise includes office organization and meeting logistics, and she serves as the building manager for Todd Hall.
Jay Gense is Director of the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness. He has 30+ years experience as an administrator and teacher in special education programs, with specific focus on low incidence disabilities at state and national levels. He holds Ed.S., Masters, and BA degrees in Special Education, with an emphasis in the areas of deaf-blindness, blindness, orientation and mobility, and educational administration.
Gary Glasenapp has worked at the Teaching Research Institute since 1984. He has extensive experience in the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of federal, state and local grants and contracts in the areas of early childhood education, early childhood special education, and professional development.
Melissa Gritz is a Technical Assistance Specialist for the Central Coordination of Oregon's Child Care Resource & Referral system. She is a Master Trainer in the Oregon Registry providing workshops and professional development in a variety of early childhood areas. She received her graduate certificate in Infant and Toddler Mental Health from Portland State University and her bachelor's degree in Human Development from Washington State University.
Sybille received her Master's in Organizational Psychology from California State University at Los Angeles and subsequently her PhD in Psychology with an emphasis on measurement, statistics, and methodology from UCLA. She has spent over a decade as a market researcher, working for both large and small market research companies, with her last position as VP of Research & Analytics. In addition to her quantitative research background, she has experience with qualitative analysis and hybrid studies. Sybille joins us from Washington State University at Vancouver. Prior to WSU, Sybille served as Vice President of Research & Analytics at Equation Research, Director of Media and Public Relations Research at Harris Interactive, and Director of Research at Plog Research. Her expertise in survey design and statistics brings a well-rounded perspective to her position at TRI as Lead Evaluation Specialist working on projects through COI, CEPE and CREA. Sybille also serves as the Director of TRI's Center on Research, Evaluation & Analysis (CREA).
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Pattie Johnson currently works with the Post School Outcome project, following educational and employment experiences of special education students for the Oregon Department of Education. Pattie is Director of the Technology and Information Management Services Center at TRI. She has experience designing, building, and supporting online data collection and reporting systems, data analysis and management, and providing assistance in using data to drive improvement during her 25 years with TRI.
Brian is an Associate Research Fellow at TRI with over twenty-five years' experience as a data manager and analyst in the field of education. Recent projects have focused on using SPSS to analyze large special education datasets for the Oregon Department of Education, but he has also worked with general education data from several states, including the analysis of assessment and discipline data. Brian specializes in data quality issues, the integration of data from multiple sources, and the development of systems designed to get timely and meaningful data to school districts which can directly impact student learning and performance. Brian regularly works with data across the educational spectrum, from early childhood to post-secondary, and assists states with the implementation of changing federal special education regulations, including FERPA and the development of funding models. Brian has a Master's Degree in Psychology from Pacific University and before coming to TRI worked for a market research company in Portland. He also spent over fifteen years studying wildlife biology and behavior, working for a variety of institutions including the Oregon Zoo, SRI, the Institute of Arctic Biology, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. This included a six year period when he and his wife formed their own research company and obtained both federal and state funding to study marine mammals in remote areas of Hawaii.
Debbie has worked at the Teaching Research Institute since 1996. She came to TRI after graduating from WOU with a B.S. in business and working for 6 years in the staffing industry. She was originally hired as the office manager, but for the past 10 years has been in the Center on Early Learning as a project specialist. Developing systems, processes and procedures that enable the work of the Center to be accomplished is her specialty.
Dr. Pat Ketcham is a member of the Center on Research, Evaluation & Analysis (CREA) working on projects that intersect higher education and K-12 education. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications including “Development and Psychometric Properties of a Theory-Guided Prescription Stimulant Misuse Questionnaire for College Students” in Drug & Alcohol Dependence (2014), “Illicit use of prescription stimulants in a college sample” in Drug & Alcohol Dependence (2013) and “Assessing the Climate for Overweight/Obese Students in a Student Health Setting” in American Journal of College Health (2009). Pat currently serves as the chair of the American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment Advisory Committee and is the past-President of the American College Health Association. Pat received her Ph.D. in Public Health from Oregon State University. She comes to TRI from OSU’s Student Health Services where she served as the Associate Director of Health Promotion.
Randy Klumph retired from Teaching Research Institute and the National Center on Deaf-Blindness Jan 1, 2015
Ken Kosko is an Associate Professor at the Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University (WOU) and clinician at the Education Evaluation Center (EEC). He holds endorsements and authorizations in School Psychology, Elementary Education, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Special Educator, Reading and Supervision. Since coming to WOU in 1974, he has taught many of the special education courses and worked directly with disability services. Ken has traveled throughout Oregon offering training to educators, and state agency staff, including professors at the major universities regarding issues of accommodations/modifications for ADHD and Learning Disabled students. Ken is involved in center operations which include psycho-educational assessments, multicultural assessments, consultations, and vocational functional assessments for adults and students transitioning into postsecondary education and/or work. Staff at the EEC work with college students from all the major universities, community colleges and private colleges in the state assisting them by diagnosing learning problems, determining eligibility, and providing recommendations/accommodations.
With over 25 years of experience working in early childhood education Cassie looks forward to each new day and the learning opportunities it brings for the children in the Butterfly classroom. As a teacher she loves to give children hands on experiences to learn about their world and to guide them in their discoveries. Cassie enjoys watching every child build relationships with each other and guiding them throughout their play.
Dr. Carol Leitschuh is joining us as a visiting Fellow and will be exploring grants and contracts related to early childhood, assessment and evaluation, especially relating to infant/toddler movement. She has recently moved to Oregon from Minnesota. Carol is a Fulbright Scholar specializing in early childhood movement for children with atypical and typical movement patterns. Her international expertise is brought to focus in both theory and practice to readily be used across cultures and family contexts. For very young children, movement experiences are seen as critical in addressing positive developmental trajectories and avoiding cumulative risk. Dr Leitschuh’s expertise is in assessment and evaluation.
Gail Leslie's areas of expertise include information management, database design, website design, content curation, product development and dissemination. She currently is the Information and Dissemination Coordinator with the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness. She has a master's degree in library and information studies and has worked for more than 25 years in public service and information management as a public librarian and as an information specialist and project coordinator.
Robyn Lopez Melton is the QRIS Project Coordinator at the Center on Early Learning at TRI. She has worked in early learningfor over a decade. Her areas of expertise include working with monolingual Spanish speaking families, young children with multiple risk factors, parent education and Quality Rating and Improvement Systems. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from OSU Cascades campus with two BA degrees, Liberal Studies and International Studies and is currently pursuing her Master's in Education Information Technology. She is a Master Trainer through the Oregon Registry at PSU providing training in both English and Spanish.
Cindi Mafit holds a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of California at Davis. She has worked in the Teaching Research Institute's Grants Management Office since 1998, and serves as the business manager and grants financial specialist to 85% of the grants and contracts funded at the institute.
Peggy Malloy has worked at the Teaching Research Institute since 1997 on the national deaf-blind projects. She has an undergraduate degree in nursing and a master's degree in librarianship. Peggy's areas of expertise are deaf-blindness, library services, information management, and product development. She is currently the Intervener Services Initiative team lead for the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness.
Doris Maruame With 26 years of working with preschool children here at TRI-CDC Doris brings knowledge, and experience to our program. Doris is the lead teacher in the Butterfly classroom and strives to create a friendly, warm and caring environment for your child. Doris' learning activities are based on your child’s interests which creates curiosity and allows them to move through school at their own pace. She enjoys teaching preschool because the children are so eager to learn and are open to new experiences. They also have the great stories to share.
Roxanna Marvin has worked for the Teaching Research Institute for the past nineteen years on multiple state and federal projects in a variety of roles including administration, providing coordination and technical assistance, and designing and developing training materials and curriculum. Roxanna has a Master's degree in Special Education and experience working in the field of Early Childhood Special Education at the Teaching Research Child Development Center.
Assists with maintaining the National Center on Deaf-Blindness’ online library and editing online learning modules.
Bonnie Morihara, Ph.D., is the statewide coordinator of the 5-university ReadOregon reading endorsement program, the coordinator of the Title II-A University/School Partnership educator professional development program for Oregon, and the director of the four-state environmental education service learning Project SITE.
Hi, my name is Amy Parker. I completed my doctorate at Texas Tech University through the National Center for Leadership in Visual Impairment (NCLVI) fellowship program in 2009. I have been working with individuals who have sensory impairments since 1994. My emphasis of study at TTU was on evidence-based practices in teaching and rehabilitation for people who are deafblind. My dissertation focus was the use of adapted Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) as a functional communication intervention for students with multiple disabilities and visual impairments. Through partnership with colleagues, I have enjoyed delving into research and sharing the outcomes of studies in the peer-reviewed literature. While in my doctoral program, I also pursued a certification in orientation and mobility and am interested in exploring interventions for people who have multiple disabilities including deafblindness.
Dr. Christina Reagle is an Associate Research Fellow who joined The Teaching Research Institute after working at Oregon Department of Education and in Alaska. She has comprehensive experience in Pre-K-12, adult, and university teaching; research and evaluation; educator preparation; program coordination; educational professional development; and grant writing. Dr. Reagle has been involved in education, social and mental health services, and justice department federal and state grants and contracts.
John Reiman is an Associate Research Professor at TRI. He has administered programs in the fields of deafness and deaf-blindness and served as Director of DB-LINK since it's beginning 1992. He has also directed degree programs at Gallaudet University and Western Oregon University and, served as Principal Investigator and Director of multiple OSEP-funded research projects. Dr. Reiman has worked directly with persons who are deaf-blind as a rehabilitation counselor, work adjustment counselor, medical psychotherapist and sign language interpreter. He has authored thirty publications including invited book chapters and articles in refereed journals.
Marlene Richards, M.S., CCC-SLP is the Assistant Director/Intake Coordinator for TRI's Education Evaluation Center (EEC) since 1994. She holds teaching certification in Elementary Education and in Speech Correction and holds Oregon licensure in Speech/Language Pathology as well as her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association. Her employment experience includes itinerant speech pathologist in the public schools, adjunct instructor of graduate level courses and clinical supervisor of graduate students in the former Speech Pathology program at WOU, as well as a consultant in private practice. Her current areas of focus include assessment of child language and its relation to learning to read, social language as it relates to high functioning autism, and assessment best practices for multicultural populations.
Amy is a Project Support Specialist and primarily works on the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) program, which raises the quality and consistency of child care and early learning programs across the state. Amy is a 2014 graduate from Western Oregon University with a bachelors degree in Art, and a minor in Art History.
Amber is an Early Childhood Technical Assistance Specialist working with the Central Coordination of the Oregon Child Care Resource & Referral system. Her prior experience includes serving as the Director of Education at the Peninsula Children's Center (Portland) and as a teacher in the Las Vegas school system. She has an MA in Administration from the University of Phoenix, as well as an MA in Curriculum and Instruction and a BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Mr. Mark Schalock is an Associate Fellow at TRI and brings varied experience in educational research, evaluation and data analysis. He had directed or co-directed numerous evaluation and/or research projects at the local, state and national level for nearly 30 years. His work during this time has focused on the areas of teacher preparation and licensure, teacher mentoring and induction, professional development, and more recently autism and deaf-blindness. Mr. Schalock has authored or co-authored more than 30 journal articles and book chapters on program and personnel evaluation, measurement, educational accountability and productivity, and research on the efficacy autism interventions.
Candice (Candi) Scott is an Early Learning Specialist with the Center on Early Learning's Central Coordination of Oregon's Child Care Resource & Referral system and Oregon's QRIS. She has served as an instructor and head teacher at Oregon State University's Child Development Center, as a Head Start teacher, and as a teacher in the Corvallis, Lebanon, and Hermiston school districts. Candi has an MS in Counseling and a BA in Elementary Education from Oregon State University.
Kjerstin works primarily on Oregon's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), which raises the quality and consistency of child care and early learning programs across the state. She also leads Teaching Research Institute's social media efforts; this position includes managing 26 separate social media accounts, supporting TRI's website, and creating the TRI's bi-monthly newsletter. Kjerstin graduated in 2011 with a B.S. in English and comes to TRI with expertise in writing, editing, document design, and social media.
Mandy Stanley has a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies from PSU and a Master’s degree from WOU in Special Education with an endorsement in EI/ECSE. She has worked in the Early Childhood Education Field for the past 15 years bringing expertise in inclusion, adult learning, working with families, and screening and assessment. Mandy worked for TRI as an ECE trainer and as the Director of the TRI Child Development Center before leaving to expand her knowledge and skills through work as an early intervention specialist working with infants and toddlers with moderate to severe disabilities and as a adjunct faculty member for both Linn Benton Community College and Chemeketa Community College. She returned to TRI to assume a number of roles including technical assistance specialist, adjunct faculty for the WOU Early Childhood Department and as project coordinator on a collaborative grant with Willamette Valley Community Health. Mandy is currently working across a diverse group of projects including PEPI as a TA, project EF as the project coordinator and the Transformation Funds Grant. In addition to her duties at TRI, Mandy serves on the Chemeketa Child Development Center Advisory Board, the Coalition for Children and Families with Special Needs (Marion County), the Early Learning Hub Inc. (Marion County’s Early Learning Hub), and the State Interagency Coordinating Council. Mandy has a passion for the greater good of children and families and believes strongly in a strength based approach to help set-up sustainable systems that support positive outcomes for children and families. She feels strongly about her role in assisting families to support their goals and dreams for their child
Mike joined Teaching Research in 1968 as the Budget Officer and was the Business Manager for 42 years. He is currently serving as a Financial Specialist in the Grants Management Office. He holds a B.S. degree (1967) from the University of Oregon in General Studies and has subsequent work in accounting and business management.
Ella's responsibilities include networking with national, state and local partners; facilitating the flow of research, technical assistance/training, professional development and dissemination activities; and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the TRI Centers. Her areas of expertise include research administration, program evaluation, educator professional development, and special education. Ella received her Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Cathy Thomas has worked at the Teaching Research Institute since 1999 on multiple state and federal projects in a variety of roles including administration, project coordination, technical assistance, product development, program evaluation, and statistical analysis. Cathy currently works for the Center on Research, Evaluation & Analysis (CREA) and The Center on Early Learning (CEL) as a Data Manager and Statistician.
Tom Udell is an Associate Fellow at the Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University and Director of the Center on Early Learning. He has over 25 years of experience in early childhood education and early childhood special education. He has worked on multiple state and federal projects in a variety of capacities including serving as director, providing coordination, professional development, technical assistance, and designing and developing curriculum.