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Who We Are

Connected Lane County was established in 2010 by early childhood partners, local school districts, institutions of public higher education, the local workforce board, and industry innovators. After achieving substantial success while deeply intertwined in the education system, Connected Lane County registered as a nonprofit organization in 2020. We work collaboratively with local educators and industries to serve underrepresented Lane County youth.

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Our Mission

We equip Lane County youth with the tools to help them gain confidence in their abilities and see value in their decisions. We break down barriers, build bridges, and create strategic partnerships to connect youth with education and employment pathways to transform their future potential.

Our Equity Stance

At Connected Lane County, we are committed to creating a safe and equitable learning environment for all youth. Youth in our programs represent a wide variety of backgrounds and identities including racial, ethnic, linguistic, diverse ability, neurodiversity, sexual identity, religious, socio-economic, housing, and family status. We want every youth that participates in our programs to experience a sense of belonging.

  • We believe communities’ histories, values, and practices contribute to diverse and equitable approaches to solving problems.
  • We intentionally and explicitly identify and recruit historically underserved and/or underrepresented participants.
  • We recognize the importance of utilizing curriculum and approaches that are culturally relevant and responsive to the communities being served.

Our Team


Heidi Larwick

Executive Director

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Becky-Jo Samples

Marketing Director

Matt Hayes

Matt Hayes



Christian Chase



Lizzie Gray


Hilary Mankofsky

Hilary Mankofsky

Project Coordinator

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Now Hiring!

Two Projects Assistants

Brice Mercer

Brice Mercer

Project Coordinator

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Justin Thibedeau

Project Coordinator

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Jenna Mendenhall

Projects Assistant

Michelle Martin

Michelle Martin


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Brianna Vincent


Olivia Goodheart

Olivia Goodheart


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Jenna Ely


Sean Wilkinson

Sean Wilkinson



Cheyenne Vance

Peer Support Specialist

Join Our Team

Connected Lane County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the umbrella of Lane Education Service District (Lane ESD). Any open positions for our team are posted on the Lane ESD website under the designation “School Improvement-Non Licensed.”



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Tech Association of Oregon, People’s Choice Finalist


OAESD New Ideas in Education Innovation and Talent Nominee

Tech Association of Oregon, People’s Choice Finalist

In the News

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