Malissa Larson, Director
Hello! I am the Director of the Office of Disability Services. I attended Western Oregon University (then named Western Oregon State College) for my undergraduate degree as well as my master's degree. I graduated with my undergraduate degree in American Sign Language/English Interpretation in 1997. My family then moved out of state for a few years and I returned to WOU in 2000 as the Accommodations Coordinator/Staff Interpreter. In Fall of 2003 I started my master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with an emphasis in Deafness at WOU and graduated in June 2005. Before returning to Western, I worked for a brief time as a mental health counselor for Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults and a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. I started as the Director of Disability Services in January 2008. Professionally I would like to become as versed as possible in a variety of disabilities and learn how to best provide services for each person in the post-secondary education environment.
Stacey Rainey, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Coordinator
Stacey graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in ASL/English Interpreting and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech/Communication from Western Oregon University in 2002. She completed her Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies degree from WOU in June 2013. Stacey has been in the interpreting field for over twelve years and holds RID National Certification (CI and CT). Stacey loves the post secondary setting and is thrilled to be a part of the Office of Disability Services at WOU.
Earlee Kerekes-Mishra, Accommodations Coordinator
Earlee holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from Oregon Institute of Technology, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. She has been with the Office of Disability Services since January of 2008.
Louann Brant, Administrative Program Assistant
Louann Brant, a Colorado native and 22 year Oregon resident joined the ODS team subsequent to a career in Natural Resources with the USDA as an Administrative Professional in July 2012.
Peter Flora, Staff Interpreter
Peter graduated from Western Oregon University with a Bachelor degree in ASL/English Interpreting in 2007, and has been working at WOU since 2006.
Myk Rose, Staff Interpreter
Myk graduated from WOU in 2008 with a Bachelor degree in ASL/English Interpreting and has been working at WOU as an Interpreter since September 2008. He has passed his EIPA written and performance and hopes to become NIC certified within a couple of years.
Staff Interpreter, to be determined...
Interpreter Susie Friberg and Staff Interpreters Peter Flora and Myk Rose and Interpreter Sarah Hewlett at WOU's 2011 Commencement Ceremony.