Our Team

We Work Together to Make a Difference

Our staff, board of directors, and partners all work collaboratively to create opportunities and prepare youth for their lives beyond high school. Learn about our dedicated staff, board members, and committed partners below. 

Our team is full of passionate individuals who bring various lived experiences, expertise, and skills.

Our board includes local school district leaders, higher education officials, and local industry representatives.

We collaborate with local school districts, institutions of higher education, the local workforce board, and industry innovators.

Our Dedicated Staff Members

Our team is full of passionate individuals who bring various lived experiences, expertise, and skills.

Justin Thibedeau

Associate Director & Program Manager

Get to know Justin

Tracey Ward

Program Lead, Elevate

Get to know Tracey

Annie Dropek

Program Lead, Navigate

Get to know Annie

KB Burwell

Program Lead, Spark

Get to know KB

Michelle Martin

Office and HR Specialist

Get to know Michelle

Velada McElroy

Finance & Accounting Specialist

Get to know Velada

Shimea Jordan

Youth Outreach Coordinator

Get to know Shimea

Ryan Chamberlain

Industry Outreach Coordinator

Get to know Ryan

Jade Luther

Graphic Designer & Marketing Assistant

Get to know Jade

Eva Camacho

Communications Assistant

Get to know Eva

Our Board of Directors

Our board of directors includes local school districts, institutions of higher education, the local workforce board, and industry representatives.

Andy Dey, Superintendent, Eugene School District 4J

Ashley Espinoza, Executive Director, Lane Workforce Partnership

Dianna Carrizales-Engelmann, Assistant Dean for Administration, Director for Equity and Inclusion, University of Oregon College of Education

Grant Matthews, Associate VP for CTE & Workforce Development, Lane Community College

Jenna Cusimano, Interim Manager, Community & Economic Development, Lane County

John Karl Scholz, President, University of Oregon

Judy Newman, Co-Director, Early Childhood Cares

Kraig Sproles, Superintendent, Bethel School District

Laura Lee McIntyre, Interim Dean, University of Oregon College of Education

Matt Sayre, Executive Director, Collaborative EDO

Scott Yakovich, Superintendent, Lowell School District

Shelley Tinkham, Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs, Lane Community College

Skip Newberry, President, Tech. Assoc. of Oregon

Sue Wilson, Superintendent, Mapleton School District

Todd Hamilton, Superintendent, Springfield Public Schools

Tony Scurto, Superintendent, Lane Education Service District