Our Team

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.

Bethany Thramer

Operations and Outreach Manager

Bethany has been with the network since starting as a VISTA in 2012. Bethany has continued to lead many of our STEM projects since the inception of the Oregon Girls Collaborative in 2014, including facilitated forums across the state, a work group on informal STEM integration within ESSA, state CTE & STEM convenings, and our most recent work supporting equitable STEM opportunities through Million Girls Moonshot efforts. She has worked on summer learning policy, workforce preparedness systems building, and directed much of the Commitment to Quality campaign work. In 2015-16, Bethany was selected as a White Riley Peterson Fellow, participating in this national fellowship to advance policy in support of afterschool. She is deeply committed to creating an Oregon where systems allow each youth to thrive throughout our diverse communities. Bethany is a proud mom of 3 boys who enjoys doing Crossfit and watching college football to get some quiet time in her life.

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.

Rachel Kessler

Learning Design Coordinator, Master Trainer

Rachel provides facilitation, training, and coaching for programs including support for STEM initiatives and academic and enrichment goals for programs. She is also the lead curriculum developer for the Network, spending time on STEAM, literacy, service learning, careers, and most recently, the Prysm Arts curriculum and strategies for front line staff and program leadership. Her Professional Development has also earned “Top 10 Session” awards at the National Afterschool Association conferences four years in a row, including sessions such as Art and Youth Voice, The ‘A’ in STEAM, and Equitable Art practices in Afterschool. Rachel is also the lead on National efforts to train Network leads on sustainable and expansive STEAM strategies, Content development and partnering for the Mizzen by Mott App, and the development of OASK tools such as the STEM Mentors’ Toolkit. She is certified in DoS Observation and facilitation for partnered PD such as PBS curriculum and training for SciGirls, the Smithsonian’s Latino Virtual Museum, California Academy of Sciences Science Action Club, LEAP into Science from the Franklin Institute, Techbridge Girls, and is a National Geographic Educator with certification to train on Geo Inquiry, among other partnered programming opportunities and professional development offered by the Network. Rachel has been with OregonASK for five years and is also a professional artist living in Portland. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art from California Institute for the Arts, and a Masters Degree from ArtCenter College of Design.

Juan Soto

Equity Coordinator

Juan spent two years traveling the state, hearing from parents, youth, and families on what the biggest barriers to accessing afterschool programs are. In addition to his work on our Access & Equity report, he works on several incubator projects and serves as the Equity Team Co-Chair for the East Metro STEAM Partnership. Juan believes that everyone should have equitable access to opportunity, regardless of who they are or where they come from. Juan is a soccer obsessive and in his spare time he’s usually playing a match, watching a match, or working with his non profit soccer academy to increase access to the beautiful game.

Kassy Rousselle

Health & Wellness Coordinator, Trainer

Kassy actively participates in statewide health committees including Healthy Kids Learn Better (HKLB), Nutrition Oregon Campaign (NOC), is a steering member of the Wellness In School Environments (WISE) group and organizes the OregonASK health and wellness committee. Part of her role includes developing/delivering trainings around topics like Trauma-Informed Practices, Growth Mindset, and The Benefits of Playful Practices of Adults on Children. On top of trainings and meetings, she has worked closely with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to highlight how out-of-school time benefits children academically and their overall health. A core belief of hers is that everyone has the ability to thrive when given the proper tools and opportunities that they need. You will constantly find that Kassy starts a new book before she finishes the previous three and she’s always got a few snacks close by to prevent her from getting hangry.

Leilani Larsen

Quality Improvement Coordinator, Trainer

Leilani coordinates the professional development pillar of work with OregonASK. She is a Master Trainer with the Oregon Registry and a Licensed Elementary Teacher.  Leilani’s career in the field of Education has journeyed through many paths. She has been a classroom teacher, school librarian, school coordinator for SMART (Start Making a Reader Today), owner of an afterschool program, and an afterschool teacher and program coordinator. 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. In her spare time, Leilani enjoys volunteering in her community, gardening, crafting and reading.

Allysun Robbie

STEM Communications and Outreach VISTA

Allysun is new to the OregonASK team and is currently the support for outreach and messaging that corresponds with STEM curriculum trainings, as well as implementation and media design for other incubator projects. In the future, Allysun would like to pursue a career that combines intersectional environmentalism and healthcare systems. She believes that advocating for afterschool programs is a key way towards creating systemic and impactful change for youth. Allysun loves the ocean, and in her free time she enjoys hiking, petting her cat, and printmaking.