Our Team


Beth Unverzagt

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.

Email: beth.unverzagt@oregonask.org


Susan Hamann
Quality Improvement Coordinator
Master Trainer

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 through Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

Email: susan.hamann@oregonask.org

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Bethany Thramer
Policy and Outreach Coordinator

Bethany has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, working in a community child care center before she moved on to complete her Bachelor’s in Social Work. Bethany took 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 and local community leadership groups. In 2014, she became the lead coordinator for the Oregon Girls Collaborative Project which focuses on supporting girls in STEM. This role allows her to facilitate the development and deepening of partnerships across the state as OregonASK continues to build awareness and support for expanded learning opportunities.
                                                                    Email: bethany.thramer@oregonask.org


Katie Lakey
Data and Grant Coordinator

After working with us for a year as a part of a STEM focused AmeriCorps VISTA program, Katie is staying on to join the OregonASK team as our data and grant coordinator. During her VISTA year, Katie worked on several data collection projects, assessing the scope of STEM OST in the state and assisting OregonASK’s Summer Learning Initiative by managing the data collection for our SL3 Project.

Email: katie.lakey@oregonask.org


Rachel Kessler
Curriculum Development Coordinator
Master Trainer

Rachel is one of our Quality Improvement Specialists and chief curriculum developer. Rachel works alongside students and teachers as she designs and tests the curriculum. She also conducts teacher and staff training on a wide variety of topics.

Email: rachel.kessler@oregonask.org


Malachite Wyld
Communications Coordinator

IMG_6266After completing her Americorps VISTA term, Malachite is staying on to join the OregonASK team as our communications coordinator. Malachite brings both a strong passion for food equity and children’s health, and experience with afterschool and summer programs to her role at OregonASK.

Email: malachite.wyld@oregonask.org


img_5662Annie Shaw
Americorps Health and Wellness VISTA

Annie hails from sunny California, and is excited to be a part of the OregonAsk team. She graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in the summer of 2016 with a degree in Business Administration. She is thrilled to be able to combine her business skills with her passion for child equity and healthy food access and lifestyle. Annie will spend her time developing the SL3 programs, getting health and wellness resources to programs, and will be part of the health and wellness advisory group.

Email: annie.shaw@oregonask.org


Juan Soto
Black Mens Initiative Americorps VISTAj-soto

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.

Email: juan.soto@oregonask.org

OregonASK General Contact Information

Mailing Address:
PO Box 3
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Office Phone: (503) 689-1656

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