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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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. 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
Research Manager
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. Now serving as OregonASK’s Research Manager, Katie coordinates data collection and research for the Network, including participating in national data projects and our own statewide Access and Equity Study. Katie also oversees OregonASK’s database and reporting for grants and projects, among her other duties.

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Rachel Kessler
Learning Design Coordinator, Master Trainer

Email: rachel.kessler@oregonask.org

Rachel is one of our Quality Improvement Specialists and our chief curriculum developer. Rachel has participated in several national project cohorts, (such as National Geographic and PBS SciGirls) becoming one of Oregon’s most diversely trained school age Master Trainers specialized in afterschool and summer programs. She continues to 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.

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Juan Soto
Equity Coordinator 

Email: juan.soto@oregonask.org

Juan started with OregonASK as an AmeriCorps VISTA, splitting his time between OregonASK and Black Male Achievement (BMA), housed in the office of Equity and Human Rights at the City of Portland. During his VISTA year, Juan worked closely with the Education Subcommittee of BMA, helping their efforts to pursue fair and equitable policies for black students and engaging black students, parents, and teachers to bring their voices into the process. Juan also helped design and implement an Access and Equity survey with OregonASK, which he has continued since 2018. He will be work to identify what issues of equity and access have the greatest impact for underrepresented populations in Oregon.

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Kassy Rousselle
Health & Wellness Coordinator, Trainer
Email: kassy.rousselle@oregonask.org

Kassy served as the Health and Wellness Americorps VISTA for one year before joining full time as our newest coordinator. She will focus efforts on several specific areas, including Service to Careers: Health Occupations, wellness kits and becoming a master trainer. Kassy moved to Oregon in 2017 from Oak Harbor, Washington after graduating from Central Washington University with a degree in Food Science and Nutrition. She’s passionate about the overall wellness and equity of others and the access to knowledge others have available to them.

Helene Hancock
Office & Communications Coordinator

Email: Helene.Hancock@oregonask.org 
Helene Hancock came from the BEST Afterschool Program in Eugene where she worked as a Site Coordinator after finishing her Bachelors of Arts in Family and Human Services. Helene brings a wealth of experience, having worked as an educational assistant in Springfield Public Schools with students with disabilities, as a Program Leaders with Willamalane Parks & Recreation District, and at a residential home providing treatment for traumatized youth. Helene will join the OregonASK team as our new Office and Communication Coordinator, working on a variety of projects including the OregonASK Quality Campaign, Oregon Afterschool Conference, policy toolkits and becoming a Master Trainer!

Leilani Larsen
Quality Improvement Coordinator, Trainer

Email: L.Larsen@oregonask.org 
Leilani Larsen is joining the OregonASK team as our Quality Improvement Coordinator. Leilani earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education with a Minor in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Education from Oregon State University. She holds an Oregon Teaching License and Master Trainer certificate in the Oregon Registry. Leilani is an advocate for building literacy with young children. She believes in building healthy and meaningful connections with children, parents, schools and community to build a bright future for children.

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Health & Wellness VISTA

Email: Colleen.Dorfler@oregonask.org 
Colleen Dorfler joined our team earlier this month as the new Health and Wellness VISTA. We are excited to have her on board as we expand the health and wellness projects of OregonASK. She’ll be working closely with our Health and Wellness Coordinator, as well as taking on projects of her own over the course of this next year!

 

Bernard RahmingCommunity Outreach
Email: Bernard.rahming@oregonask.org 

Bernard has recently joined OregonASK staff after his 1 year of service as the My Brother’s Keeper Americorps VISTA. He will continue working with OregonASK and community partners in the metro area to support several of our ongoing projects, including our Access & Equity Research.  Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Bernard moved to Portland in at the start of 2018 to pursue his master’s in Community Psychology at Concordia University. His career to date has been focused on underserved and marginalized populations through various non-profit organizations. Read more about his Year of Service here.

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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