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Beth Unverzagt

Executive Director

During the past 15 years, since the 2005 inception of the Oregon Network, Beth has worked on numerous initiatives including advocacy for school age programs, creation of the school age standards and competencies, training and technical assistance for school age programs. Beth believes that all children and youth should have expanded learning opportunities, regardless of the economic status of their families. In 2016, she was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for her work in summer learning. Beth is an artist, book lover, grandmother of two and a 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 The State of Access and Equity of Afterschool in Oregon). 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 opportunity 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 during her 3 Americorps and California Conservation Corps terms that led her to creating and managing an afterschool program, teaching special education programs, and facilitating field trips throughout the community. She spent several years working in a Child Development Center and the following 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. During her time at the Tribal-specific afterschool and summer program, the EHYC supported over 70 2nd to 12th grade youth, with outcomes that exceed state graduation rates. The full service program provided food, 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 and is currently finishing her BS of Social Science 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, and incorporate entrepreneurship into STEAM, career-connected learning and other learning programs. In the past, she integrated entrepreneurship skills while teaching design thinking, JA Biztown, Lego Robotics, maker space, agricultural science and other classes, and especially loves connecting students with professionals using Nepris and other networking resources. She also helps with OASK training and curriculum development, and helps community organizations and families to play a meaningful role in advocating for 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 has worked as a bilingual Library / Media / Technology Specialist in international schools in Geneva, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Seattle and Portland. She has helped run many different enrichment programs for K-12 students in her schools, and also worked as the Programs Director for a remote-learning charter school in Oregon. When not working to promote youth entrepreneurship and more access to expanded learning opportunities, she loves to read, go camping and hiking, and help with local permaculture gardening projects (she has more than 100 different types of edible plants in her own front yard). 

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

I’m really happy to be working at OregonASK. I met Beth about two years ago when I started doing lawn work for her. I’ve been working since I was 11, first with the odd jobs around the neighborhood and today I’ve really established myself with lots of clients and now this job. Beyond work, I love soccer. I’m a defender and I’ve been playing for about 8 years now on various teams both indoor and outdoor. I have a huge passion for music, I’ve been in the band program for 5 years now. I love the freedom of jazz, the energy of pep rallies and the structure of symphonic music. I play woodwinds like the clarinet, bass clarinet, and tenor sax and percussion like the drumset and tenor drums. I also run a little YouTube channel about Lego which is definitely my biggest hobby. I’m a big collector and I like to make stop motion animations and custom lego creations in my free time.
 

Kelsey Nagel, Training & Curriculum Designer

kelsey.nagel@oregonask.org

Kelsey Nagel is an Outreach 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 dog, and adventuring on the Oregon coast.

 

 

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