Teaching Research Institute Staff
Pat Aldrich works for both the COI and ERGO Centers as a Statistician/Data Manager. He brings a wealth of statistical and research analysis skills to TRI. Pat is primarily focused on the early childhood Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS) being implemented throughout Oregon.More about Pat Aldrich He received his Master of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Hawaii-Manoa and his Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from the University of California, Davis.
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 volunteer 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; More about Aimee Andersontheir wondrous questioning of all that is around them lends it so perfectly with Science discoveries. It is her believe 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. The favorite part of her day is teaching a child something new and then seeing them light up when they understand and apply it to their lives.
Lyn has been in Special Education for over 37 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, More about Lyn Ayer 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, 5 years in Oregon).
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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, More about Robert Ayres and is a a founding member of the Evaluation and Research Group Office (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 an Associate Research Professor and Project Director of a federally funded grant which is a collaborative effort between the Center on Inclusion at TRI, More about Patricia Blasco the College of Education at Western Oregon University and Oregon community colleges. This grant enhances inclusion curriculum at these colleges and advance the knowledge and skills of professionals working with young children with disabilities.
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. More about Dana Bleakney-Huebsch 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.
Cori is an Early Childhood Education Specialist with COI'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. More about Cori Brownell 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 for over 26 years and at the Teaching Research Education Evaluation Center for the last 13 of those years. More about Julie Bulen At the Education Evaluation Center, Julie is a Learning Disability and 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.
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. More about Robbin Bull 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, More about Jackie Burr
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.
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, More about Mary Ellen Dello Stritto 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 with the Center on Inclusion. She has many years of experience and extensive skills in the areas of video production and creating online interactive training modules. More about Carol Dennis Carol has been with TRI since 2011 helping to create video elements for online trainings, including writing, directing, editing, and producing. She will be working across projects, including Preparing Early Childhood Professionals for Inclusion (PEPI) -- a series of curriculum enhancements for early childhood educators.
Grants Management Office
Aaron is the Grants Financial Specialist with the Grants Management Office. He has experience in budget management and early childhood education. More about Aaron East He is a WOU alum having received his BS in Law Enforcement with a minor in Business Administration in 1987.In addition to training and administration, Aaron has 20 years of military and criminal justice experience.
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. More about Eric Enright His skills include HTML, Java Script/Jquery, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign (to name but a few). Eric is a Specialist in the Army National Guard and enjoys whitewater kayaking.
With over 11 years of experience performing SQL queries on MS SQL databases and analyzes results, serves as a resource for executing ad-hoc data requests, data migration, and data analysis and designs and develops databases in MS SQL, Access, and MYSQL.
Assistant to the Director
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, More about Nancy Ganson 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.
Dr. 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. More about Jay Gense 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 More about Gary Glasenapp in the areas of early childhood education, early childhood special education, and professional development.
Melissa Gritz is coordinator 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. More about Melissa Gritz 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.
Sandra Gruhn is a Special Education Professional Development Specialist. She has over 30 years of experience in the field of special education. More about Sandra Gruhn
Her experience includes professional development, special education administration and special education teaching. She brings her experience to the trainings on IEP development, meeting facilitation, working effectively with families, paraeducator supervision and secondary transition.
Brian W. Johnson
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 More about Brian Johnson 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.
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. More about Pattie Johnson Pattie coordinates 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.
Pat Kelley is a Learning Disabilities Specialist/Vocational Specialist. She has 29 years experience in learning disabilities assessment, teaching and vocational program development.
Debbie is a WOU graduate with a B.S. is Business and has been at TRI for over 16 years. She supports a variety of projects at the Center on Inclusion and Early Childhood Care & Education through planning and facilitating meetings and training, More about Debbie Kenyonproducing curriculum materials, providing assistance to project constituents, producing on-line surveys for data collection, and word processing a variety of documents. She also performs service to TRI as a member of the Social Committee and the Food Drive co-chair.
John Killoran is the Co-Principal Investigator for The National Consortium on Deaf-blindness and serves on the Leadership Team for the National Consortium on Sensory Disabilities. John joined the Teaching Research Institute in 1998, More about John Killoran working primarily on projects for children who are deaf-blind and for four years (2007-11) he also served as the director of The Institute. John has had an extensive (35 plus years) and varied career in education, grants management, and administration and has been a paraprofessional, a teacher, a principal, a state agency program coordinator, director of multiple projects and a national technical assistance provider.
Randy Klumph as been employed by Teaching Research Institute since 1992 (TRACES, NTAC, DB-LINK, and NCDB projects) providing expertise in technology applications, desktop publishing, website management and graphic design. More about Randy Klumph Prior to 1992, Randy was Director of Technology and Publications for a technical/business writing company. In addition, Randy has over 14 years experience in the field of social services, including nine years working with children and families. He is the administrator for the deaf-blindness related LISTSERVs hosted at The Teaching Research Institute.
Ken Kosko is an Associate Professor at the Teaching Research Institute
at Western Oregon University (WOU) and director of the Education Evaluation Center (EEC).
More about Ken KoskoHe holds endorsements and authorizations in School Psychology, Elementary Education, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Special Educator, Reading and Supervision. During his 38 years at WOU 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.
Cassandra (Cassie) Kroeker
Cassandra Kroeker (Cassie) has worked in the field of early childhood education for over 22 years - 18 years at the TRI Child Development Center (CDC) and four years as a kindergarten teacher. More about Cassie KroekerShe currently works as the assistant teacher in the TRI-CDC Butterfly Room. 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.
Gail Leslie's areas of expertise include information management, database design, website design, content curation, product development and dissemination. More about Gail Leslie 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.
Grants Management Office
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, More about Cindi Mafit 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, More about Peggy Malloy library services, information management, and product development. She is currently the Intervener Services Initiative team lead for the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness.
With 25 years of working with preschool children at TRI-CDC, Doris brings knowledge, and experience to our program. She is the lead teacher in the Butterfly classroom and strives to create a friendly, warm and caring environment for all children. More about Doris Maruame Doris's learning activities are based on the 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 great stories to share.
Roxanna Marvin has worked for the Teaching Research Institute for the past eighteen years on multiple state and federal projects in a variety of capacities including administration, providing coordination and technical assistance, More about Roxanna Marvinand designing and developing websites 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.
Robyn Lopez Melton
Robyn Lopez Melton has been involved with early childhood education for over 9 years. Her areas of expertise include working with monolingual Spanish speaking families, young children with multiple risk factors and parent education. More about Robyn Melton-Lopez She graduated Magna Cum Laude from OSU Cascades campus with a dual major in liberal studies and international studies. She is a Master Trainer through the Oregon Registry at PSU providing training in both English and Spanish.
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, More about Bonnie Morihara 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. More about Amy Parker 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.
Center for Educator Preparation & Effectiveness
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; More about Christina Reagle 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 More about John Reiman 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 More about Marlene Richards and holds Oregon licensure in Speech 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.
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 More about Amber Ryerson 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 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 More about Mark Schalock 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.
Candace (Candi) Scott is an Early Childhood Technical Assistance Specialist with COI's Central Coordination of Oregon's Child Care Resource & Referral system. More about Candace Scott 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.
Visiting Professor - Early Intervention for Autism | Chinese Medicine Research
Public Health, Chinese and Western Medicine physician, Dr. Louisa Silva brings multi-disciplinary experience to integrative approaches to Early Intervention for AutismMore about Louisa Silva and other disabilities that involve parent-delivered massage programs. She also engages in clinical research investigating Chinese Medicine treatments. She has been a Visiting Professor at TRI since 2005.
Amanda is a Technical Assistance specialist with the Quality Rating and Improvement System. She previously worked as an Early Intervention/Early Childhood Specialist at Willamette Education Service District More about Amanda Stanley where she provided technical assistance on teaching strategies and assisted with community outreach. She also coordinated the Salem-Keizer Teen Parent Program. Amanda received her MA in Education from WOU with certifications in early intervention/early childhood special education. Additionally, she has taught early childhood courses at Chemeketa Community College and Linn-Benton Community College.
Grants Management Office
As an administrative assistant, Kjerstin works primarily 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. More about Kjerstin Stanavige Kjerstin graduated in 2011 with a B.S. in English and comes to TRI with expertise in writing, editing, document design, and social media.
Ella Taylor TRI Director
Ella's responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day operations of the eight Centers within TRI. Her areas of expertise include research administration, program evaluation, educator professional development, and special education.
Jean is the lead teacher in the TRI-CDC Dragonfly Classroom. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education at Oregon State University and began working at TRI-Child Development Center in 2008.More about Jean Thetford Jean 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.
Cathy comes to TRI Monmouth from the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT) in Eugene. She has expertise in technical assistance and database management. More about Cathy Thomas Cathy has been responsible for research design and implementation, data collection, analysis, and interpretation of results on several projects. Currently, Cathy is the project coordinator for the training and dissemination activities for the Center on Pediatric Interventions. She also coordinates CBIRT's work with the Oregon Concussion Awareness and Management Program (OCAMP). Cathy serves as the office and grants manager for the CBIRT office. She is responsible for managing project budgets, coordinating project workflow, and interfacing with internal and external agencies. Cathy's research interests involve methodology and data analysis. She has taken graduate level classes in these areas at the University of Oregon (UO). Cathy is an avid supporter of women's athletics at the UO. She has been a women's basketball season ticket holder for 20 years and is a charter member of the Fast Break Club.
Tom Udell is an Associate Fellow at the Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University and Coordinator of the Center on Inclusion and Early Childhood Care & Education. More about Tom Udell 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.
Martha Villegas-Gutiérrez is an Assistant Research Professor/Licensed Psychologist/Multicultural Specialist at the Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University. More about Martha Villegas-Gutiérrez She has been part of the Education Evaluation Center (EEC) team since 2004. Martha conducts bilingual psychological evaluations and mental health evaluation for school age children, college students, and adults. She also provides training to educators, parents, and students on Latinos academic and mental health issues. Martha has a background in bilingual education and school psychology. Martha also collaborates on research projects at TRI and other universities. She was part of University of Oregon's after school support project with Latino middle school students and parents within the Portland School District. Currently Martha has been collaborating with a federally funded grant that seeks to improve inclusion curriculum for WOU College of Education and Oregon community colleges and prepare professionals with the skills and knowledge to address the special needs of preschoolers from diverse cultural backgrounds.