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Sharon Beaudry

Sharon Beaudry, Assistant Professor

Sharon Beaudry brings two decades of human resource experience to the Management Department at Oregon Tech. She previously held the position of Director of Human Resources at Colby-Sawyer College in NH and Philharmonic Center for the Arts in FL, and also worked in HR specialist roles in the areas of risk management, benefits and corporate training.

Sharon has been teaching since 2008 and her teaching and research interests include business and employment law, human resources, human capital efficiency, compensation and benefit design, data-driven decision-making and gamification. She also enjoys curriculum design and was the co-creator of the Leadership and HR Certificate programs at her prior institution. She has a B.S. degree from College of New Rochelle, a M.B.A. with a concentration in HR from Northcentral University, a Law degree from Northwestern CA University and is certified as a Senior Human Resources Professional. When not teaching, Sharon enjoys working around her home and spending time with her family.

Aja Bettencourt

Aja Bettencourt, Instruction Coordinator

Born in Canada and raised in California, Aja received a BS in Community and Regional Development and a BA in French from the University of California, Davis in 2007. After several years spent exploring Northern California and Southern Oregon, Aja sharpened her skills at Google and The County of San Mateo, where she was responsible for designing training materials and planning outreach events. She quickly discovered her passion for information, technology, and teaching and chose to pursue library science. She completed her MLIS from the University of Washington in 2012 and has worked as a public librarian for the San Mateo County Library.

When not teaching or working with students, Aja enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, and going on adventures. She is excited to join the faculty at the Oregon Tech Library and looks forward to exploring the Klamath Basin.

Michael Chan

Michael Chan, Custodian

Michael Chan is a custodian for Oregon Tech’s Integrated Student Health and Snell building. He was born in Hong Kong, China and moved to Portland, Oregon with his mother when he was 12 years old. He currently resides in Klamath Falls, Oregon with his dog Skyline, and his prize motorcycles.

Currently, he is taking classes at Oregon Tech in peruse of a bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology with the emphasis in Organization Development and minor in business. He anticipates graduating in 2015. In addition to his custodial work and school, Michael has also worked at Fred Meyers for the past two years.

When he isn't at work or at school, Michael likes to take motorcycle trips. He likes to adventure out into the woods and discover new places with great scenic and twisty roads here in Oregon. When he lived in Portland, one of his favorite routes was the Columbia River highway. This outstanding route takes him just outside of city traffic and around the breathtaking Mt. Hood.

Allan Douglas

Allan Douglas, Assistant Professor

Allan was born in Boston, MA and grew up in Portland, OR. He attended Grant High School and started college at Portland State University as a Business Management major. At PSU, he discovered a passion for engineering and advanced mathematics, and changed his major to Electrical Engineering. He transferred to Oregon State University, and earned a BSEE from OSU in 1991 and a MSEE from OSU in 1993.

Upon graduation, Allan went to work for Planar Systems as a designer of advanced display systems. In 1996, he founded a contract engineering company specializing in the digital logic and embedded systems. For the next 5 years, he worked for high-tech companies throughout the Willamette Valley including Tektronix and Intel designing circuit boards and complex field programmable gate arrays. He led the company to 17 employees and in 2001; he sold the design company to Altera Corporation in San Jose, CA. His next technical challenge was designing mixed-signal ASICs for IMS and Credence.

Eventually, Allan decided to start another contracting company. This effort culminated in a direct position as a Senior Designer and Electrical Engineering Manager for FLIR Systems in Wilsonville, OR. Allan has been with FLIR for the past 9 years.

Allan has also been an Adjunct Professor at Oregon Tech for the past three years and now joins the EERE Wilsonville faculty as an Assistant Professor specializing in Digital Circuits and Embedded Systems. In addition to his passion for engineering and teaching, Allan enjoys hiking, remodeling projects, tabletop gaming, and computer programming projects.

Melissa Dubois

Melissa Dubois, STEM Hub Director

Melissa followed a bit of a winding path to Oregon Tech. Following a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry in 1999 from Northeastern University (Boston), and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005, she and her husband, Eric, came to Oregon for her postdoctoral research in vaccine development at OHSU. After a two-year experience with a small biotech company, she left the lab to support K-12 STEM education, joining the Oregon Tech community in May 2014 as the Director of the South Metro-Salem STEM Hub. The STEM Hub connects regional K-12 school districts, higher education, STEM industry, and the community in an effort to engage students in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Melissa and Eric live in Hillsboro with their two intrepid daughters, Anya (born 2006) and Lena (born 2010), and their fantastic mutt, Suri. The family loves to bike, hike, and swim together. The adults’ recreational passion is Ultimate Frisbee, and the girls can’t get enough soccer in their lives.

Philip Dussel

Philip Dussel, Instrument Technician 3

Phil Dussel is the Instrument Technician in Cornett Hall in the MMET Department. After moving west from Chicago in 1977, he landed in Klamath Falls in 1986. He went back to school at Oregon Tech where he graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Technology program and also earned an associate’s degree in Manufacturing.

In the late 90’s, Phil carved out his own career in the renewable energy industry as a designer & installer of PV, solar thermal and wind energy systems. In the early days of RES (renewable energy systems) development he had lots of opportunities to capitalize on his building & fabrication skills. He moved from working as an original “boots on the roof” to energy performance M & V (monitoring and verification), and is now a certified energy manager (CEM) with the Association of Energy Engineers. As a solar pioneer in the Klamath Basin he is living proof that the “pioneers get the arrows,” but wouldn’t have it any other way. He is the proud parent of Joe, (OSU grad, 2014), Sam, (OSU, 2015) and Danny, US Army.

James Eastham

James Eastham, Assistant Professor

James grew up in Oklahoma and moved to Oregon in the mid-90s. He has worked in high tech for over 20 years, holding various positions in operations, design, product development, quality, and senior management. James graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oregon Tech with a BS in Electronics Engineering Technology. He received a MS from Portland State University in Engineering & Technology Management. James completed Stanford University’s Executive Certificate in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship.

James is passionate about the field of engineering and technology management. His work includes papers published in Technology and Investment Journal, Planning and Roadmapping Technological Innovations (book), Technology Development (book), and conference proceedings including Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology and Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. James is a member of Omego Rho, the international honor society of INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences). When not working and teaching, James plays Donkey Kong in his basement 80s arcade, rides motorcycles, and plays board games with his wife and four kids.

Chris Erbland

Chris Erbland, Assistant Director of Admissions-Operations

Chris Erbland is the Assistant Director of Admissions for Operations and brings a wealth of professional experience to Oregon Tech from fields as diverse as retail, non-profit, higher education and the performing arts. Having grown up in a rural community outside of Augusta, Georgia, Chris graduated with honors from the College of Charleston (B.S. – Anthropology) prior to moving to New England in 2001. While living in the Boston area he worked for a number of private, liberal arts colleges, developed a fervor for Boston sports, and worked continuously to overcome the anxiety that resulted from his separation from Southern cuisine. The opportunity to live in the Pacific Northwest and work at Oregon Tech prompted his relocation in the summer of 2014 to Klamath Falls where he now calls home.

Chris was accompanied on his move by his rescued dog and cat. He maintains interests in culture, animal welfare, outdoor activities and most things sporting.

Erin Ferrara

Erin Ferrara, TOP Academic Specialist

Erin is the new Academic Specialist for the Tech Opportunities Program. Erin grew up in a small town in Southwest Wyoming and attended the University of Wyoming where she received her B.S. in Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences in 2003 and her M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Adult Education and Special Education in 2006. Erin worked as a Coordinator in Disability Support Services at the University of Wyoming for five years before relocating to Syracuse, NY. While in New York, Erin worked as the Campus Director for the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage and most recently was the Inclusion Director at the East Area Family YMCA.

Erin and her husband, Mark, moved to Klamath Falls at the end of June. During their free time, they love to spend time outdoors with their one year old daughter, experiencing all that Klamath Falls and the surrounding areas have to offer.

Erin is excited to be at Oregon Tech and is looking forward to meeting and working with the students as well as the faculty and staff.

Kacie Flagor

Kacie Flagor, Annual Giving Manager

Kacie grew up mostly in Sacramento, CA graduating from Valley High School before anyone knew what a “Valley Girl” was. She moved to rural southern Oregon in 1989 to raise her children far from the hustle and bustle of city life in Bonanza, Oregon. Kacie returned to college when her oldest child was entering high school, she graduated from Oregon Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology.

Ms. Flagor transitioned to Oregon Tech from The Ross Ragland Theater, where she served as Patron and Donor Services Manager under the leadership of Cari Lewis McMahon and later as Director of Marketing & Fund Development, with Mark McCrary. In that capacity, she was the liaison between the theater, patrons, board members, and the community. Kacie worked on various projects and events, including improving patron relations and experiences. She also managed the Ragland’s very active board’s fund development. She gained a deep-seeded passion for the arts and ensured that the organization maintained a high level of visibility within all aspects of the community.

Kacie feels because Klamath Falls is a small town that there is a cross over between the theater patrons, season ticket holders at Danny Miles Court and those who contribute to the university. “We share a donor base and a mutual love of all things Klamath Falls.” She looks forward to continuing the relationships she built at the theater here to the university.

Kacie is an active member of the Klamath Falls community and has spent the past 25 years here. She is the proud mother of three grown children, Alyssa, Lynny, and Buddy Flagor.

Michelle Frei

Michelle Frei, Financial Aid Counselor

My name is Michelle Frei and I have lived in Klamath Falls for the past 17 years. I am married and have two adult children ages, 22 and 26. My family and I enjoy living in the Basin and like the wide range of outdoor recreation options that are at our fingertips. I have worked in a college setting for almost 14 years and I have served in multiple positions including Student Service Representative, Apprenticeship Coordinator, Veterans Certifying Official and Financial Aid Representative. I believe that having a wide range of experience is very beneficial in successfully assisting students and their families as they navigate their way through the college experience. I am very excited to be a part of the Financial Aid team here at Oregon Tech.

Kevin Harter

Kevin Harter, Trades/Maintenance Worker 2

Primary duties are painting, sign making, light carpentry, engraving and furniture assembly and assisting skilled trades as needed.

Kevin was born in Ft. McLellan Alabama, but was raised in Klamath Falls. Kevin received his G.E.D and continued his education at KCC and graduated with an associate degree in environmental science.

Kevin started working in the construction field at the age of 19 and has worked mostly in the commercial construction field. Before coming to Oregon Tech he was employed for OneBuild Inc where he managed the modular construction building process. Kevin enjoys hunting, fishing, and most outdoor activities.

Dale Hatley

Dale Hatley, Trades/Maintenance Worker 2

Primary duties are rough and finish carpentry, drywall and ceiling systems, installing Herman Miller furniture systems and painting.

Dale grew up in Klamath Falls and graduated from Mazama High School. Dale worked for Jackson Ceiling Systems and did a lot of work for St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. He spent three years with Klamath Irrigation District and was also employed with Modoc Contracting and Sky Lakes Medical Center.

Dale enjoys hunting, camping and fishing but is really partial to good county music.

Keith Hill

Keith Hill, Co-Generation Engineer

I am a native of Klamath Falls and a graduate of Klamath Union. I have been working in the private sector for the past 15 years and recently joined the Oregon Institute of Technology in February. I have enjoyed working with all the staff and making new friends. The personnel in Facilities Services have been more than welcoming and have made my transition to Oregon Tech comfortable and exciting.

In my spare time I enjoy hunting, fishing and exploring the natural beauty of the area. I’m looking forward to learning all I can and being a part the Oregon Tech team for a long standing time.

Tracie Houtz

Tracie Houtz, Associate Director of Human Resources

Tracie is a long time Eastern Oregonian. She graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Leadership, Organization and Management. Outside of work, Tracie enjoys camping, boating, fishing and hunting with her husband Chuck, daughter Kelcie, son Sean and their two dogs, Buck and Otis. Tracie is excited to join the Oregon Tech family and looks forward to assisting with the challenges and triumphs in Oregon Tech’s future.

Phil Howard

Phil Howard, Assistant Professor

Phil received his BS in Physics and BA in Math from Central Washington University in 1982. Phil spent five years as a software engineer at a defense contractor and then began working as an independent software contractor. His projects included everything from accounting systems to factory automation. In 2001, Phil was given the opportunity to teach computer classes part time at Molalla High School while continuing to work as a software contractor. During this time, Phil’s oldest son attended Oregon Tech. After attending the freshman preview with his son, Phil had the thought, “I’d really like to teach at a school like this.” That meant returning to graduate school, which he did.

Phil finished his PhD in computer science at Portland State University in 2012. Since then he taught one year in West Virginia, and one year in Tacoma before landing a job at a school not just “like” Oregon Tech, but actually Oregon Tech.

Phil enjoyed kayaking on the Puget Sound while in Tacoma, and he will be looking for suitable ways to spend time on the water here in Klamath Falls.

Franny Howes

Franny Howes, Assistant Professor

Franny Howes is thrilled to begin this fall as an Assistant Professor of Communication at Oregon Tech. She received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing from Virginia Tech in 2014. Hopefully the ink will be dry on it by the time you read this. She also has two degrees that are hard to explain (MA in Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing, BA in Social Relations) from Michigan State.

Franny is the creator of the comic “Oh Shit, I’m in Grad School!”, a graduate of the Adventure School for Ladies, and a member of the Ladydrawers Comics Collective. She is an accomplished lace knitter and handspinner, a former Jeopardy! contestant, and an Americorps VISTA alum. Her experiences as a rhetorician, a comics creator, and a crafter all shape her pedagogy, and she will be teaching a variety of technical writing courses in Klamath Falls.

Jill Hubbard

Jill Hubbard, Stem Network Director

Jill Hubbard is the STEMOregon Connections Director for the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership. She is working to connect K-20 educators with STEM resources to facilitate the development of authentic STEM learning experiences for students. She is also an engineering and computer science teacher at Tualatin High School.

Jill had the opportunity to build Tualatin’s engineering program from the ground up. She developed classes in robotics, computer science, game design and web design incorporating hardware and software development tools such as LEGO and VEX robotics, Gamemaker, various content management systems, Microsoft Visual Studio, MIT App Inventor, and Android app development tools. Jill developed articulation agreements with higher educational institutions so students taking her courses have the opportunity to receive college credit.

Jill received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Boston University and was a senior design engineer for Intel Corporation working on real-time video capture and plug and play initiatives in their infancy. She retired from Intel in 2000, luckily before the stock market crash, and earned her MEd from Portland State University.

She was inspired to teach by watching all the young people her father inspired. He was a dedicated teacher for over 30 years.

Josie Hudspeth

Josie Hudspeth, Student Engagement and Leadership Coordinator

Josie relocated to Klamath Falls from Southern California where she was involved in a wide variety of athletic organizations and service projects. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and Women’s Studies and a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from Cal State University, Fullerton. She found her passion for higher education as a student, where she found her place at a large university through involvement. She is excited to be at Oregon Tech to share her passion for engagement and community and jump into promoting Hustlin’ Owl spirit.

Eve Klopf

Eve Klopf, Assistant Professor

Eve Klopf joins the Oregon Institute of Technology as an assistant professor jointly appointed in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Renewable Energy and the Department of Natural Sciences, and will be teaching courses in electrical engineering and physics. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in electrical engineering in 2002. She earned an M.S. in electrical engineering from Colorado State University in 2008, with a thesis focused on developing a direct detection radiometer multi-chip module at 18.7 GHz. In 2011, she earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Colorado State University with a dissertation focused on determining guidelines and quantitative recipes for adoptions of optimal higher order parameters for computational electromagnetics modeling using the method of moments and the finite element method.

While studying at CSU, Eve helped organize and obtain funding for the first CSU IEEE Open Design Competition, a microcontroller-oriented student design competition. Since finishing her Ph.D., Eve has taught as an adjunct instructor at Oregon Tech, and, most recently, has worked as a patent examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office. When not working, Eve enjoys spending time with her husband, Seth, and son, Ian.

Kristen Konkel

Kristen Konkel, Assistant Professor

Kristen is starting this term as an Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology in the Department of Human and Social Sciences. She received her degrees in Applied Social and Health Psychology from Colorado State University. There, she gained extensive experience in prevention program design and evaluation, innovative methodology and research design, and adolescent health behaviors.

Her specific interests include how to utilize psychological principles and prevention theory to both analyze and modify behaviors of groups of people in order to improve health outcomes. She focuses on health-related needs of her own community and is excited about the opportunities to work with different entities in Klamath Falls. Her current projects include the design and evaluation of an infusion-model prevention program (i.e., combining two evidence-based programs with novel delivery mechanisms, timeframes, and activities) for prevention of substance use in at-risk youth, as well as the evaluation of the mental-health related benefits of a comprehensive networking service for individuals affected by Multiple Sclerosis. At Oregon Tech, she hopes to collaborate with other faculty members and students interested in prevention, health-promotion, or program evaluations, as well as become involved with the Honors Program. Outside of work, Kristen enjoys skiing, cycling, camping, backpacking, and being with her dog, Evie. She is looking forward to exploring the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

Amy Loukus

Amy Loukus, Assistant Professor

Amy K. Loukus is a board certified behavior analyst and new faculty of Applied Psychology. She earned her M.S. in Behavior Analysis & Therapy at Southern Illinois University (SIU), and in December 2014, will complete her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation, also from SIU. She has served as an independent consultant for large manufacturing and human service organizations, using principles of behavioral science to guide her efforts to provide management and employees the skills to become more effective at in the workplace.

She also provides behavioral interventions to individuals and families affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her current interests include instructional design, and decision-making and performance management in education and human services. During her time at Oregon Tech, she hopes to expand opportunities for students interested in applied psychology and applied behavior analysis, and increase availability of behavioral services across Southern Oregon.

Travis Lund

Travis Lund, Assistant Professor

Travis Lund was born and raised among the redwoods in Crescent City, CA, before he headed north to Oregon to study chemistry and biology as a first-generation college student at George Fox University. He received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Colorado Boulder for various kinetic studies of DNA replication enzymes, as well as the organic synthesis of interesting (to him, at least) nucleotide analogues. While in graduate school at CU, he also first became involved in the discipline-based education research community, including undertaking an analysis of question-order effects in chemistry concept inventories. Deciding that he enjoyed chemistry education research as much or more than "bench" chemistry research, he decided to pursue it full-time as a postdoctoral researcher, studying the awareness and adoption of evidence-based instructional practices among university STEM faculty.

Travis is married to Eva-Lynn, a nurse originally from Burns, OR. Together, they love Euro-style board games, tasty microbrews, and corny action movies (ideally all in the same evening). Like many Oregonians, they enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, scuba diving, and traveling the country and the world. The son of small business owners in the tourism industry, Travis has long been a travel addict; to date, he has visited 33 US states (and 8 of the 13 Canadian provinces/territories), 26 of the 59 US national parks, 19 countries (22 if you count airports, which you shouldn't), and 6 continents (Antarctica is still on his bucket list).

Beginning in fall 2014, Travis is excited to extol the wondrousness and relevance of chemistry to Oregon Tech health science students as an Assistant Professor in the Natural Sciences Department. He and Eva-Lynn are both quite thrilled to be returning to rural, Pacific Northwest living.

Janeth Macias

Janeth Macias, Admissions Coordinator-Wilsonville

Que tal?! My name is Juh-net (people usually pronounce the "th" so I figured I would clear it up :) I was born in Mexico, but raised in Hermiston, OR where you can find the best watermelon during the summer! I graduated from Eastern Oregon University with my degree in Psychology. I am super excited about my career opportunity with Oregon Tech and can't wait to see what is in store for me.

Tabitha Maldonado

Tabitha Maldonado, Financial Aid Counselor

recently relocated to Klamath Falls from Hillsboro, Oregon. I have been married to my husband, who is a teacher at Bonanza High School, for four years and we have two dogs, Zelda and Coho. I graduated from Concordia University in 2008 with a BA in Biology. I have worked in Financial Aid for the last five years and am very excited to be here at Oregon Tech.

Mary Lou Nicholson

Mary Lou Nicholson, Accountant 1

Mary Lou Nicholson is the Grant and Auxiliary Accountant for the Business Affairs Office. She currently provides support in Accounts Payable with invoices, procurement card payments, and travel. Mary Lou joined Oregon Tech in March 2014, previously working for the Klamath County School District. She has an Associate of Arts degree in Merchandising from Southern Oregon University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix.

Mike Pierce

Mike Pierce, Associate Professor

Mike Pierce has professional experience spanning a variety of areas that include engineering consulting; project, operations and maintenance management; Rocky Mountain coal mining, Alaskan oil, information technology, non-profit business, project development and teaching. Much of this experience was “in the field” for day-to-day operational, maintenance, and project-focused initiatives.

Mike's interdisciplinary experience is from a breadth of role perspectives, such as working with: large corporations and small companies; start-up organizations and established corporations; the private sector, governmental institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. The development of problem solving and innovation skills has been supported by academic research to inform and balance the lessons learned through experience and practice.

Kevin Pintong

Kevin Pintong, Assistant Professor

Kevin Pintong received his BS in computer engineering from Binghamton University in 2010, and his MS in electrical engineering from Binghamton University in 2012. He joined BAE Systems in Endicott, NY as a Systems Engineer to work on Boeing commercial aircraft products. After finding out that his passions were more aligned with teaching, he decided to return to academia.

He is excited to join Oregon Tech as an assistant professor in the Computer Systems Engineering Technology department. His interests include embedded systems, hardware security, and engineering education.

McKenna Pyeatt

McKenna Pyeatt, Gift Officer

McKenna grew up in the Portland-metro area and graduated from Linfield College in 2013. She began working for Oregon Tech Development last November, and is very excited to be fundraising at the collegiate level. She enjoys her position because she gets to interact with people who center their lives around giving, philanthropy, educational expansion, and student success. McKenna enjoys long walks on the beach, chocolate milk, Miniature Schnauzers, dirt bikes, and getting to know other Oregon Tech staff and faculty. Drop by her office and say hi!

Jeff Quinowski

Jeff Quinowski, Maintenance Electrician

Primary duties include replacement for minor electrical equipment, programming and installing locks, welding and fabrication.

Jeff was born and raised in Klamath Falls and graduated from Henley High School where he was a member of the ’82 state champion football team. He continued his education by attending Oregon Tech. Kevin built a home here in the basin and prior to coming to Oregon Tech was employed for Sky Lakes Medical Center for 16 years.

Jeff enjoys all outdoor activities.

Joey Randall

Joey Randall, Accountant 1

Joey grew up in Texas and after high school joined the U.S. Air Force. He had three deployments during his six years of service ending in 2009. He then moved to Klamath Falls and decided education was his next step. While attending Oregon Tech he worked as an accounting assistant for the Development office. He graduated in the summer of 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management/Accounting. He is grateful to have had the opportunity to be a student and to begin his career at Oregon Tech.

Leanne Reed

Leanne Reed, Counselor-Wilsonville

Leanne was born and raised in a small town in Texas. She began her career as enrollment counselor at Southern Methodist University while she went to school there in pursuit of her MA in Psychology. She finished school in 2006 and started her career in mental health counseling when she moved to Portland. She has worked in a community mental health agency, a middle school doing child/family counseling, in a correctional institution, and in private practice prior to coming to Oregon Tech. Leanne has always loved academia and is glad to be back in the thick of it. She lives in Portland with her partner and two loyal Labradors and is finally used to the rain.

Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson, Director of Institutional Research

Mark is our new Director of Institutional Research. He began his career in institutional research in 1994 at California State University, Fresno. After 12 years, he went on to take charge of the IR office at Cal State L.A. where he stayed for 5 years before retiring from the California State University system in 2011. After retiring Mark, his wife, Kathy, and two kids, Gracie and BK, moved from L.A. to the foothills just south of Yosemite. Since then, along with teaching statistics, he has kept busy doing institutional research as a consultant for clients in California and, whenever possible, taking advantage of opportunities to do outdoor activities with his kids and friends.

Kris Rosenberg

Kris Rosenberg, Instructor

Kristopher Rosenberg has joined the Oregon Tech Management Department faculty in Wilsonville after spending over two decades as an Information Technology professional and executive. Kris grew up in Southern Oregon and was the founder of Nexus Computer Systems, a successful computer hardware manufacturer and systems integrator based in Ashland. Kris has held multiple senior level IT positions, and worked as a sought after consultant in a variety of industries. Most recently he served for 6 years as the Chief Information Officer for a private health sciences university and its outpatient clinic system where he made significant transformational changes in the organization’s information systems.

Throughout his career, Kris has had a passion for helping teach others the technology and professional skills they need to succeed and grow in the IT profession. He has worked with a number of non-profit organizations as a volunteer and served as an instructor for several programs that teach technology and career skills to students with disabilities. Kris earned a BS in Information Technology and an MS in Information Technology Management from Western Governors University. He also holds a wide variety of industry certifications in networking, information security, system administration and IT service management, and continues to stay current with new and emerging technologies. Kris lives in Wilsonville with his wife Elaine and they enjoy all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Kris’ favorite activity is exploring the underwater world and he is a certified rescue diver.

Di Saunders

Di Saunders, Associate Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs

Diane “Di” Saunders joined Oregon Tech in July 2014 as Associate Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs. She manages the university’s external and internal communications strategy and implementation efforts, working as a team with her colleagues in Marketing/Communications Department, and with faculty, staff, and students to effectively communicate Oregon Tech’s mission, programs, and new ventures. Besides working to “operationalize” communications across Oregon Tech’s campuses and sites, Di is also helping to prepare the campus community for its new Board of Trustees, who will be officially charged with governing Oregon Tech on July 1, 2015.

Prior to joining Oregon Tech, Di was Director of Communications for the Oregon University System for more than 11 years (2002-2014); was Vice President for Communications & Public Affairs at the Nellie Mae Education Foundation in Boston (1999-2002), and held the same position at the nonprofit Nellie Mae student loan corporation (1987-1999) where she also worked extensively in the area of student loan debt management and research, besides the normal duties in her portfolio. Di worked internationally in Botswana, Africa from 1981 to 1987, first as a secondary school English teacher in the Peace Corps, and later as a private consultant for the Ministries of Education and Local Government and Lands.

Di received a B.A. in English and a Secondary Education Teaching Certificate from Portland State University; and an M.S. in Communications Management at Simmons College in Boston. A proud third-generation Oregonian, Di lives in Portland with her husband Charles and enjoys her favorite hobby: gatherings with her large extended family.

Marvin Schenck

Marvin Schenck, Auto Mechanic 2

The new shop mechanic at Oregon Tech is Marvin Schenck, formerly from Downtown Auto for many years.

Born and raised on a Tillamook dairy farm Marvin found out at an early age he was deathly allergic to Alfalfa and gravitated to the machine shop to escape the feedlot. In the summers Marvin would hire on commercial fishing boats and continued until the industry was regulated out of existence.

After graduating from Oregon Tech Marvin enjoyed doing propane conversions on vehicles through the first gasoline crisis. When gasoline was no longer a problem a career opened up with International Paper Woods division as a heavy Equipment and fleet mechanic. This continued until the spotted owl closed the woods.

Leaving the coast Marvin returned to Klamath Falls and became an automotive computer systems mechanic for Emmetts line Up. This continued for ten years until Marvin opened his own shop. Eighteen years later his son is now running Downtown Auto and Marvin is full circle back at Oregon Tech.

Marvin has many interests including the great outdoors, hunting, ATV and snowmobiling. Introducing the grand-kids to these activities are some of the great moments spent with family.

Celia Stutzman

Celia Stutzman, Administrative Program Specialist

I am from Portland, OR where I was born and raised. After graduating from West Linn High School I came to Klamath Falls to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at Oregon Tech. I graduated in June 2013 as a member of the Lambda Pi Eta National Honor Society with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies, and a Dispute Resolution Certificate. After graduation I have remained in Klamath Falls while my husband finishes his degree in Mechanical Engineering.

I was hired on to the Oregon Tech Registrar’s staff in November 2013 as the Office Specialist II. My main responsibilities involve being the coordinator for prerequisites, the grading process and the Academic Progress and Petitions (AP&P) Committee.

LeeHon Tan

LeeHon Tan, Analyst Programmer

Lee-Hon was born and raised in Singapore. She came to Klamath Falls in 1991 to attend Oregon Tech to pursue her interest in computer and information technology. She graduated in 1995 with dual BS degrees in Software Engineering and Computer Engineering. After graduation she worked for Jeld-Wen, inc and continued until she left to join Oregon Tech. During her career at Jeld-Wen, she managed and supervised a team of developers in the development and support of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and desktop applications. She was involved in all phases of the life cycle of the software development, implementation, training, and providing direct user support to internal and external users.

Kari Tremeryn

Kari Tremeryn, Assistant Professor

Kari Tremeryn is joining Oregon Tech’s Communication Department after teaching first-year and professional writing for eight years at Carnegie Mellon, where she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Rhetoric. Even after writing a dissertation on Catholic nuns, Kari (aka Dr. K) remains fascinated by the interplay between gender, religion, and identity in a global context, interests that inform her research, teaching, and morning newspaper-reading routine. In her life off campus, Kari enjoys hiking with her dogs, rowing with the Ewauna Rowing Club, playing video games and Euro-style board games, watching foreign films, and reading novels (especially, though not exclusively, by women writers). She moved to Klamath Falls from Pittsburgh with her wife, fiction writer Jules Tremeryn.

Jason Tucker

Jason Tucker, Instrument Technologist

Previous to his employment at Oregon Tech, Jason Tucker was the Clinical Engineering Supervisor at Sky Lakes Medical Center for 23 years. Responsibilities included managing and maintaining over 3,500 medical devices for the medical center and clinical staff.

He was born in Wasco, California and moved to the Klamath Falls where he graduated from Sacred Heart High School. He received an Associate’s degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Electronics Engineering Technology while attending Penn Foster College in 2011.

Jason has 4 children with his wife of 13 years: Eric, Anthony, Grace, and Faith. His wife Danielle, is the principal at New Horizon Christian School. They attend and serve at New Horizon Christian Fellowship, teaching bible studies, leading a discipleship program, and hosting a college bible study. “All that I have (my abilities, successes and accomplishments) I attribute to Jesus Christ…my God. If it weren't for Him, I would have nothing.”

Conrad Veen

Conrad Veen, Instrument Tech 2 - EERE

Conrad was born in California but lived and grew up in the Klamath Basin since the age of three. He joined the Marine Corps at the age of 17 after graduating from Bonanza high school. He served five years as an Avionics electronics technician completing his military duty as Sargent. After that he moved to Salt Lake City Utah where he attended the U of U in pursuit of his degree in mechanical engineering. He found a job as an Etch technician with Fairchild Semi-conductor where he worked until the job at Oregon Tech was offered to him.

Conrad is very happy to be returning to Oregon and his family here in Klamath Falls. He enjoys the outdoors, riding motorcycles, classic cars, and spending time with family and friends.

John Webb

John Webb, Custodian

John Webb has lived in Klamath Falls for most of his life and considers it home. John is a single father raising two sons and a daughter. John has many years’ experience in custodial practices has made him a valuable addition to the College Union family. He brings with him a “can do” attitude and spreads joy and sunshine wherever he goes. John is happy here at Oregon Tech because he loves the interaction with young adults and is willing to help encourage their growth however he can.

Molly Ziriax

Molly Ziriax, Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life

Molly Ziriax is the new Assistant Director in Housing and Residence Life. She recently relocated to Klamath Falls from Oklahoma when her husband, Dan Ziriax took a position as the Director of the Student Success Center at Oregon Tech. Molly comes to Oregon Tech with 15 years of Higher Education experience in Campus Activities, Housing and Residence Life. Dan and Molly are proud parents of 3 active children, McKenna (10 yrs.), Morgan (8 yrs.) and Malia (7). Molly graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and holds a Teaching Certificate from the state of Oklahoma. She recently was employed at a local Elementary School working with a young man with Autism.

Before moving to Klamath Falls, Molly was the President of the Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa for 6 years. They were welcomed into this organization at the birth of their 2nd daughter, Morgan. They have been on an unexpected journey these past 8 years, but wouldn't trade it for anything. They have experienced true joy and unconditional love raising a daughter with Down syndrome.

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