Advisory Council

The Chalkboard Project advisory council is a group of education and business leaders from throughout Oregon who provide ongoing counsel and feedback on key education policy issues, as well as on specific Chalkboard initiatives.

The Advisory Council’s president is Randy Hitz, Dean, Graduate School of Education, Portland State University

Kelly Devlin

Director of ESL & Equity, David Douglas School District

Larry Didway

Superintendent, Oregon City School District

Don Grotting

Superintendent, David Douglas School District

Whitney Grubbs

Chief of Staff, Oregon Education Investment Board

She has served since 2011 as a policy advisor to the Chief Education Officer and Governor John Kitzhaber. In her tenure with the Kitzhaber administration, Whitney has provided support on several of the state’s education priorities such as the NCLB Waiver, Governor’s 10-Year Budget, the Regional Achievement Collaborative pilot, and development, passage and implementation of the OEIB Strategic Investments and the Network for Quality Teaching & Learning.  A former litigation attorney, Whitney has consulted with dozens of Oregon public schools in the areas of early college, education technology and community collaboration, and managed a national network of legal clinics through the National Crime Victim Law Institute at Lewis & Clark College.  She lives in Portland with her husband and two children, who attend Portland Public Schools.

Randy Hitz, Advisory Council President

Dean, Graduate School of Education, Portland State University
Dr. Randy Hitz is the Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University. His administrative experience includes two other dean positions (eight years each at the University of Hawaii and Montana State University) and work in the Oregon Department of Education as the Early Childhood Education Specialist. His teaching experience ranges from preschool and kindergarten to graduate education. Dr. Hitz has published over 50 professional articles on topics related to educational policy and curriculum. He has served on a wide variety of state and national boards and committees, including the teacher licensing boards of Montana and Hawaii. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and he is Chair of the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education. Though he has been an administrator for over 20 years, he still sees himself primarily as a teacher and an advocate for quality education at all levels.

Mark Jackson

Vice President, REAP, Inc.

A native of Portland, Oregon, Mr. Jackson is a 1995 graduate of Portland State University with credentials in Sociology, Communications, English and Black Studies. He was a recipient of the Portland State University Leadership Fellows Program for Nonprofit Management in 1995. He has since worked for reputable non-profit organizations such as Self Enhancement Inc. and the I Have a Dream Foundation-Oregon. In 2001, Mr. Jackson co-founded REAP, Inc. (Reaching Empowering All People), a nonprofit organization and currently serves as the Vice President/Executive Director.

Todd Jones, Council Chair

Teacher, West Linn High School
Todd teaches history and economics at West Linn High School. This is his eleventh year in public education. Prior to teaching, he worked nearly five years in government relations and public relations, including stints with Northwest Strategies and Metropolitan Group, and six years in state government, serving as an assistant to Secretary of State Phil Keisling and State Treasurer Randall Edwards. He lives in West Linn with his wife Chris, and his daughters Ellie and Katie.

Nori Juba

School Board Member, Bend-La Pine School District

Pamela Knowles

Executive Director of Industry Relations, OSU College of Business

Annette Mattson

Government Affairs/Public Policy, PGE
Annette Mattson works for Portland General Electric in Government Affairs and Public Policy. Her job entails working with local and county governments in the areas of economic development, franchise agreements, land use and transportation. She has represented PGE as Chair of the North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce and the Clackamas County Economic Development Commission, and serves as first vice-president for the Clackamas County Business Alliance. Annette served as a school board member in the David Douglas School District in East Portland for 18 years. She was a member of the Oregon School Boards Association Board of Directors (OSBA) for 7 years and served as President in 2009. Additional past volunteer work includes the Coalition for School Funding Now!, her local water district budget committee and the Metro Policy Advisory Committee. She currently volunteers on the Zenger Farm Board of Directors and the Children First For Oregon Board. Annette moved to Oregon at the age of 20 after growing up in Minnesota. She completed her B.S. in Human Development at Warner Pacific College. Annette and her husband Jeff Reardon have 4 daughters, all of which have graduated from Oregon public universities.

Ford Morishita

Teacher, Clackamas High School
C. Ford Morishita is a biology teacher at Clackamas High School in Clackamas, Oregon, and was the 1997 Oregon Teacher of the Year. He also received the 1994 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. Mr. Morishita’s work includes contributions to the K-12 Science Education Standards and Assessment Committee for the Oregon Department of Education, and two consensus study committees for the National Research Council on Testing Teacher Candidates and Evaluation of the NBPTS (National Board for Professional Teaching Standards). In 1996 he served as President of the Oregon Science Teachers Association. Recently he concluded his term as founding member of the Teacher Advisory Council for the National Research Council. Mr. Morishita received his M.A.T. in Biological Sciences and B.S. in Biology from Lewis and Clark College. He currently lives in Milwaukie, Oregon with his wife Jolene, daughter Alyssa, and son Keean.

Kevin Noreen

School Board Member, Sherwood

Julie O’Dwyer

Oregon City Parent and Stand for Children Leader

Corrine Oishi

Oregon Community Foundation Board Member

Krista Parent

Superintendent, South Lane School District
Krista Parent is a native Oregonian, born and raised in Southern Oregon. Krista came to the University of Oregon as an undergraduate in 1979 where she majored in Human Development and Performance.

Krista began teaching physical education, health, and mathematics in South Lane School District (SLSD) in 1985. In 1991, Krista became the assistant principal and athletic director at Cottage Grove High School. In 1992 she received her master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Oregon and moved to the district level in 1994 as the director of curriculum and instruction. After becoming assistant superintendent for SLSD in 1996, she took over superintendent duties in 2001. Krista recently completed her doctoral studies at the University of Oregon in Educational Leadership. The title of her dissertation was “Women in the Superintendency.”

Sarah Pope

Chief of Staff, Oregon Department of Education

Sarah Pope is Chief of Staff at the Oregon Department of Education. She has been with ODE for a little over a year. During that time she has focused on developing the agency’s strategic plan and reorganization. She is currently focused on implementing the strategic investments that the legislature recently passed.

Before coming to ODE Sarah was the Legislative Director for the Oregon Business Association, and before that the interim Executive Director for Stand for Children Oregon.

Sarah is a proud product of the Beaverton public schools and graduated summa cum laude from Occidental College.

Linda Samek

Dean, School of Education, George Fox University

Anthony Veliz

President, Izo Marketing, Inc.

Anthony Veliz is the founder and owner of IZO Public Relations & Marketing, a Woodburn-based agency specializing in the Latino market. Veliz has served as a former school board member and city councilor. He also has served as the Director of Parent and Community Relations for the Woodburn School District. As the Director of College Access Programs while at Chemeketa Community College, Veliz was able to assist first-generation, low-income and migrant students. He has a Master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and a B.A. in marketing from Portland State University. He currently serves on the Oregon State Board of Education.

Ron Wilkinson

Superintendent, Bend-La Pine School District