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Our Team

Beth Unverzagt

Executive Director

Beth Unverzagt has been dedicated to advancing opportunities for children and youth since the Oregon Network’s inception in 2005. Over the past 15 years, she has spearheaded various initiatives, advocating for school-age programs, developing standards and competencies, and providing training and technical assistance. Beth is committed to ensuring that all children, regardless of their family’s economic circumstances, have access to enriching learning experiences. In 2016, she was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her impactful contributions to summer learning. Beyond her professional endeavors, Beth is an artist, avid reader, proud grandmother of four, and an enthusiastic world traveler.

Katie Lakey

Research Manager

After joining OregonASK in 2014 as an AmeriCorps VISTA, Katie Lakey now serves as Research Manager. In this role, Katie collaborates with colleagues to collect data on afterschool and summer programs, to evaluate the impact of particular projects, and to produce reports (such as Whatever It Takes: Summer 2021). While she loves a well-organized spreadsheet, Katie is most dedicated to telling the story of afterschool: the triumphs of afterschool programs and the youth they serve, as well as the stories of the young people who don’t yet have access to enriching, life-changing afterschool and summer experiences. By uplifting these stories, Katie hopes to help build strategies and systems that create opportunities for every child across Oregon. When she’s not knee-deep in survey data, Katie can often be found exploring Oregon’s beautiful wilderness, picking marionberries to squirrel away in her freezer for holiday pies, or curled up at home with a warm cup of tea and a good book. Katie was also named one of the National Afterschool Association’s Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders in 2018.

Amber Lomascola

Program Specialist

Amber’s passion for afterschool was ignited in 1998 during her 2 Americorps Cadre of Corps terms that led her to creating and managing an afterschool program that included facilitating field trips and service projects throughout her community. She spent several years working in a Child Development Center and facilitating youth art and peer counseling groups at the local Domestic Violence Center while a student at College of the Redwoods. Following graduation she spent the next 11 years dedicated to raising her 4 children on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. 

Amber started with OregonASK after having worked for nearly a decade managing the Expanding Horizon Youth Center (EHYC) in Myrtle Creek OR. The Tribal-specific afterschool and summer programs supported 2nd to 12th grade youth with services that included nutrition, tutoring, technology assistance, outdoor recreation, arts and crafts, and summer STEAM curriculum with strong district and community connections. Amber currently holds 4 AS degrees, a certification in ECE Indigenous First Students, a BS of Social Science and CYSF, and is focusing on a Masters of ECE with distributed pathways at PSU. She is passionate about keeping her kids connected to their culture through traditional art and activities. Amber’s unique perspective of being from and working in small rural communities guides her motivation for promoting the importance of Afterschool programming for all.

Monica McQueen

Entrepreneur Project Director

Monica helps advocate for and connect expanded learning programs with curriculum, resources, and ideas to implement more entrepreneurial skills and mindset learning, STEAM activities, literacy development and career-connected learning opportunities. She also helps with training and curriculum development, and promotes partnerships and equitable access to expanded, out-of-school-time learning activities for all Oregon youth, regardless of where they live or their family’s income. 

Monica has a Masters in Library and Information Science and an Essential Coaching Skills Certification and has worked as a bilingual Library / Media / Technology Specialist in several international schools. She has loved running enrichment programs for the K-12 students in those schools, and also as the Programs Director for a remote-learning charter school in Oregon. When not working to promote more access to expanded learning opportunities, she loves to read, go camping and hiking, work in her permaculture garden, and help with extracurricular activities in local schools.

Alexei Burgos

Data/Project Specialist

Alexei is a data/project specialist who assists on a variety of projects at OregonASK such as ArcGIS mapping, data entry/research, and website maintenance. In his time at OregonASK, he has learned the value and importance of afterschool and summer programming, seeing the significance of his contributions for the overall improvement of afterschool programs. Alexei is a student at Oregon State University studying Electrical & Computer Engineering. During his free time, he loves to exercise and play basketball, spend time with loved ones, and find ways to continue growing as an individual.

Caleb Green

Database Assistant

Caleb joined the OregonASK team in 2022 and has been actively involved in various programs within the organization. His role as a database assistant includes working with Salesforce, ArcGIS, and WordPress to collect and present data for numerous projects and grants. Currently pursuing studies at California Baptist University, Caleb has a deep appreciation for afterschool and summer programming and he understands the school system OregonASK is working to impact. In his free time Caleb enjoys working out, spending time with friends/family and continuing to grow in his faith. 

Kelsey Nagel

Training & Curriculum Designer

kelsey.nagel@oregonask.org

Kelsey Nagel is a Training and Curriculum Designer who supports network partnerships & communication, training & curriculum development, and graphic design at OregonASK. Kelsey is passionate about creating accessible educational experiences that are exciting and inclusive. She holds a BA in Creative Writing, a Master’s Degree in Teaching Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and an Oregon Teaching License. Before her work with OregonASK, she was an upper elementary school teacher and afterschool educator. In her space time, she enjoys trying new hobbies, playing the ukulele, training her dogs, and adventuring on the Oregon coast.

Sherri Burks

Director of Outreach and Professional Development

Sherri.Burks@oregonask.org

Sherri Burks is thrilled to join the OregonASK team as the Director of Outreach and Professional Development. She is an award-winning educator and childcare industry leader with a passion for equitable education  and enrichment for all early childhood and school-age youth. Throughout her career, Sherri has held various leadership roles in advocacy and program management, including public, private and charter schools, residential and summer day camps, non-profit and corporate before and afterschool programs. Her expertise has helped bring high-quality childcare services to families in both rural and highly populated areas. In her personal life, Sherri enjoys spending time with her husband, Willard. They love exploring new places, have a deep appreciation for history, and enjoy travel and meeting new people.
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