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.
Quality Improvement Coordinator
Susan (formerly Hamann) 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).
Policy and Outreach Coordinator
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.
Data and Grant Coordinator
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.
Curriculum Development Coordinator
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.
Equity & Workforce Coordinator
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 will continue to expand upon in his new role. He will be work to identify what issues of equity and access have the greatest impact for underrepresented populations in Oregon.
STEM Americorps VISTA
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.
Health & Wellness VISTA
As the new Health and Wellness Americorps VISTA, Kassy will be focusing efforts on several projects over the next year, including SL3 and HEPA standard implementation. She just moved to Oregon in October from Oak Harbor, Washington. Kassy graduated from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington 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.
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.
My Brother’s Keeper VISTA
Bernard is the new My Brother’s Keeper Americorps VISTA and will be working with both OregonASK and the Black Male Achievment (BMA), housed in the Office of Equity and Human Rights at the City of Portland. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he moved to Portland in the winter 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.
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