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Our Team – Oregon


Emielle Nischik (she/her/hers)
Executive Director
Melody Aron (she/her/hers)
College Program Coordinator
Cari Allyn Brooks (she/her/hers)
Director of College Success
Christina Carl (she/her/hers)
Corporate & Community Engagement Officer
Deysi Cisneros Maciel (she/her/ella)
Senior College Program Coordinator
Yulissa Flores-Lopez (she/her/hers)
High School Program Coordinator
Salvador Garcia Lopez (he/him/el)
High School Program Coordinator
Margarita Gutierrez Lemus (she/her/hers)
Senior Program Director
Elena Hein (she/her/hers)
Senior Development Director
Willa Johann (she/her/hers)
High School Program Coordinator
Emma Lee Reasoner (she/her/hers)
Recruitment and Program Operations Coordinator
Nicole Mays (she/her/hers)
Senior Grants Manager
Efrain Ortega (he/him/his)
Navigate Program Coordinator
Casey Rauch (she/her/hers)
Director of College Access
Tuyen Ta (she/her/they)
Development and Administrative Associate

Board Members

Dr. Robin Beavers
VP of Philanthropy & DEI Initiatives at Trillium Family Services
Thomas Bookman
Group Physician Advisory Services Practice Leader
George Granger
Retired, President, AT&T Oregon
Clark Haass
Managing Director, Intel Corporation
Anne Hoot
Vice President, The Standard
Sona Karentz Andrews
Professor of Geography and Provost Emerita, Portland State University
Sarah Mathenia
Associate General Counsel, GINN Group
Tom Nilan
Environmental Manager, Portland General Electric
Agata Ramallo-Garcia
Vice President Sustainability, Target
Charese Rohny
Attorney, Charese Rohny Law Office, LLC
Natasha Shauger
National Director of Sales Operations, Wyld
Ken Thrasher
Retired Chair & CEO, Compli
Amy Trieu
Advocacy & Partnership Associate, Children’s Institute

Ambassador Board Members

Erin Cathcart
Project Manager, ELSO, Inc.
Callie Forrest
Scholarship Program Manager, The Renaissance Foundation
Mick Harris
Attorney, Tonkon Torp
Korina Kaio-Maddox
Client Associate, Mercer Advisors
Katrina Machorro
Partnerships Director, Portland Workforce Alliance
Donovan Miller
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Simbiat Yusuff
Member Relations Manager, Forth
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