Our Team

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Beth Unverzagt
Director

Email: beth.unverzagt@oregonask.org

Beth Unverzagt has served as the Director of OregonASK since 2005. Beth coordinates state level efforts around afterschool and summer programming, including OregonASK’s STEM system building eforts. Beth also educates policy makers, local and state representatives, educational stakeholders and afterschool professionals around the issues and resources for the field of afterschool and advocates for systemic change within statewide systems. in 2016, she received the White House Champions of Change award, for her work in summer learning.

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Susan Hamann
Quality Improvement Coordinator
Master Trainer

Email: susan.hamann@oregonask.org

Susan is a Quality Improvement Specialist for OregonASK. She is a Master Trainer through the Oregon Registry and creates and delivers training for afterschool providers. She travels to afterschool programs all over Oregon to observe and assess program quality through Oregon’s Quality Standards for Afterschool and Summer Programs. Susan also supports school-age childcare programs in Oregon’s Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS).

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Bethany Thramer
Policy and Outreach Coordinator
Email: bethany.thramer@oregonask.org

Bethany has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and Bachelor’s in Social Work. Bethany takes great interest in policy and community development, building a keen awareness of social justice issues. In 2012, Bethany started with OregonASK as an AmeriCorps VISTA, working on financial sustainability with federally funded afterschool programs. Since, she became the lead coordinator for the Oregon Girls Collaborative Project in 2014 and a White Riley Peterson Fellow in 2015. These roles have allowed her to focus efforts on supporting girls in STEM, increasing advocacy efforts to support summer learning, and facilitating partnerships across the state as OregonASK continues to build awareness and support for expanded learning opportunities.

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Katie Lakey
Data and Grant Coordinator
Email: katie.lakey@oregonask.org

After joining the OregonASK team as part of a STEM focused AmeriCorps VISTA program, Katie stayed on as our full time data and grant coordinator. Since her VISTA year, Katie continues to work on data collection projects, assessing the scope of STEM OST in the state, assisting OregonASK’s Summer Learning data collection, and taking part in several national data comparison projects in connection with Harvard’s PEAR Institute.

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Rachel Kessler
Curriculum Development Coordinator
Master Trainer

Email: rachel.kessler@oregonask.org

Rachel is one of our Quality Improvement Specialists and our chief curriculum developer. Rachel works alongside students and teachers as she designs and tests the curriculum, including work with Airway Science for Kids, Gilbert House Children’s Museum and Woodburn Afterschool Club. She also conducts teacher and staff training on a wide variety of topics, such as those found in our training catalog.

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Juan Soto
Black Mens Initiative Americorps VISTA

Email: juan.soto@oregonask.org

Juan splits his time between OregonASK and Black Male Achievement (BMA), housed in the office of Equity and Human Rights at the City of Portland. BMA was launched in 2015 to assist city leaders in their efforts to improve the life outcomes of black men and boys. Juan will work closely with the Education Subcommittee of BMA, helping their efforts to pursue fair and equitable policies for black students. Part of his task during his year of service will involve engaging black students, parents, and teachers to bring their voices into the process. Juan will also help design and implement an Access and Equity survey with OregonASK, aimed at investigating issues of access for underrepresented populations to afterschool and summer programs in Oregon.

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Roddy Jacobson
STEM Americorps VISTA

Email: roddy.jacobson@oregonask.org

Roddy is the new STEM Americorps VISTA. They are from Atlanta, Georgia having moved to Oregon in the Fall of 2016. They graduated from Mount Holyoke College, a women’s college in Massachusetts. They are passionate about racial and gender justice, and are very excited to work on equity and access projects relating to the STEM field. They will be working on the Oregon Girls Collaborative Project team, as well as the lead coordinator for Zero Robotics.

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Malachite Wyld
Social Media Coordinator
Email: malachite.wyld@oregonask.org

After completing her term as a Health & Wellness Americorps VISTA, Malachite stayed on to support OregonASK communications and material creation. Malachite brings a strong passion for food equity, children’s health, and experience with afterschool and summer programs to her role at OregonASK.

OregonASK General Contact Information

Mailing Address:
PO Box 3
Wilsonville, OR 97070

Office Phone: (503) 689-1656

Office Email: general@oregonask.org

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