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Staff

Sue Hildick
President

Sue Hildick is a fourth generation Oregonian from a family of educators. She has served as legislative director to former U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield; director of government Sue Hildick is a fourth generation Oregonian from a family of educators. She has served as legislative director to former U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield; director of government relations at Oregon Health Sciences University; and CEO of the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross. She currently serves on the board of Marylhurst University and is board chair of the Women’s Foundation of Oregon. Sue has chaired the board of New Leadership Oregon (NLO) at Portland State University and was awarded the 2009 Women Leader of the Year by NLO. She has also been named Nonprofit CEO of the Year by the Portland Business Journal and was recognized in two separate years as one of Oregon’s Fifty Great Leaders by Oregon Business Magazine. Sue was selected as a Presidio Institute Fellow in 2016. She was named to Oregon’s top 40 under 40 early in her career and has been recognized as one of the Northwest’s 100 most powerful women. Under Sue’s leadership, Chalkboard was recognized as one of Oregon’s 100 Best Nonprofits to work for in 2016. Sue holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in business administration from Marylhurst University.

Monica Cox
Public Policy and Government Relations Director

Monica Cox has more than 8 years of experience working with policymakers and practitioners to advance education and workforce development policies using research and evaluation. She specializes in policy implementation, systems change, and data use. Previously, she was on the research and evaluation team at Education Northwest. As the legal guardian of her older brother, who experiences multiple disabilities, she advocates for inclusive social policies as a governor-appointed member of the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities. Monica was born and raised in the California central valley but in her youth spent many summers and holidays at her grandparents’ small ranch in Sprague River, OR. She is a first- generation college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Davis and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan, and most recently was a Strategic Data Project Fellow at the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University.

Jenny Gillet
Oregon Collaboration Project Coach

Jenny Gillet joined the Chalkboard staff in 2016 to provide coaching support to Mt. Angel, Jewell, Dallas, Hood River, and St. Paul school districts. Jenny began her career as a teacher in the D.C. Metro area after receiving her MAT from Lewis and Clark in 2003. She moved back to Portland in 2005 and joined the team at Floyd Light Middle School in David Douglas School District. In 2013, she was chosen to co-manage the David Douglas Collaboration Grant and worked to elevate teacher leaders to lead professional learning. Jenny attended the 2016 Oregon Writing Project Summer Institute and hopes to spread this model of collaborative professional learning, teacher leadership and school reform in her work with Oregon districts. Prior to becoming a teacher, Jenny shredded on drums in local rock bands and pursued an acting career. Today, she regularly performs flamenco dance. Jenny is also fluent in Spanish and taught in an elementary dual-language immersion program for two years.

Samantha Holquist
Special Projects Advisor

Samantha Holquist supports Oregon Student Voice, a student-led organization that provides a medium for K12 students to express their opinions on strengthening student success in Oregon. In this role, she works directly with students to help them share their experiences on how education policies impact their classroom and school context. Prior to joining Chalkboard Project in 2016, Samantha worked at the Minnesota Department of Education and District of Columbia Public Schools where she collaborated on projects to improve education services delivered. Samantha holds dual bachelor’s degrees in political science and religious studies from Wake Forest University, and a graduate degree in public administration from George Washington University. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Tonia Holowetzki
Communications and Development Director

Tonia Holowetzki is an experienced leader with more than 20 years in marketing, strategic communications, and business development. Prior to joining Chalkboard Project in 2014, Tonia was communications director for Grantmakers for Education, and senior director of marketing and communications for the International Society for Technology in Education. Tonia oversees Chalkboard’s communications and development efforts. She provides a strategic communications roadmap to support and sustain Chalkboard’s multiple initiatives and brand, and builds relationships with major and potential donors. Tonia holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and business management from Marylhurst University, and a graduate degree in information management from the University of Oregon.

Sally Jansen
Chief Financial Officer

Sally Jansen has more than 20 years expertise in financial management and reporting, strategic planning and project management. She has held that position for various companies including Portland Fixture LLP and Columbia Sportswear Company early in her career. In her role, Sally is responsible for Chalkboard’s financial and regulatory reporting, planning and budgeting, audit and taxes, human resources, and contract and grant management. Sally graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and has lived and worked in the Portland area for many years.

Bahia Overton
Program and Outreach Director

Bahia oversees implementation and ongoing management of the two-pronged Leading for Learning initiative—working closely with the Oregon Department of Education and higher education partners to improve school leadership. Her experience in student recruitment and retention for Portland State University shapes the program’s recruitment and outreach strategies for program participants and addresses barriers for reaching people of color, women, and individuals from other historically underrepresented groups in school leadership. Bahia holds degrees in psychology and social work, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Portland State University.

Erin Prince
Vice President of Education Policy

Dr. Erin Prince has spent 31 years of service in public education in Oregon. She joined Chalkboard Project as Vice President of Education Policy in July 2016. Before Chalkboard, she was superintendent for Corvallis Schools for five years and assistant superintendent and human resource director for Sherwood Schools. Additionally, Erin has worked as a building administrator, teacher, TAG coordinator, grant writer, and curriculum, instruction and assessment specialist during her career. Erin earned a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University in 1984, a master’s degree in administration from Lewis & Clark College in 1998, and a doctorate from OSU in 2006. 

Jackie Scott
Jackie Scott
Executive Assistant

Jackie Scott has served in administrative roles in a variety of settings throughout her career, primarily in the nonprofit community. Just prior to her appointment at Chalkboard Project, Jackie served as director of a mission post in Baja Mexico for seven years. Her stateside position immediately before Mexico was at the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross. She served as personal assistant to Senator Mark O. Hatfield for several years following his retirement from the U.S. Senate. Jackie gives administrative support to Chalkboard president Sue Hildick and other staff members, and serves as liaison for the FBO Board of Directors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Warner Pacific College.

 

Perla Sitcov
Perla Sitcov
Development Specialist and Program Assistant

Perla Sitcov has more than seven years experience working in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining Chalkboard Project in 2014, she was a legal assistant in her hometown of Seattle, Washington. Perla is responsible for helping to manage Chalkboard's affiliate membership program by writing grant proposals and reports and supporting the development committee. She also assists in coordinating trainings for CLASS/SDCF and Leading for Learning. Perla holds a bachelor’s degree in photography from University of Washington.

Julie Smith
Senior Director of Educator Effectiveness and Innovation

Julie leads the educator effectiveness efforts including CLASS, School District Collaboration Fund, and works with rural schools in Oregon. Julie is also Chalkboard’s principal in assessment and teacher evaluation issues, and directs policy development in these areas, plus overseeing the CLASS/SDCF coaching cadre and supporting the Distinguished Educators Council. Julie’s background in education includes teaching first through fourth grade in Vancouver schools and later serving in an administrative role as a professional development specialist for several years. Julie has been a member of Stand for Children’s education taskforce, served on the Oregon Quality Education Commission since 2012, and a member of other Oregon statewide committees around education innovation. Prior to joining Chalkboard as a staff member in 2013, Julie was a CLASS coach for two years working in the field with educators and administrators. She received her Masters in Education with Administrator License from Washington State University, and teaching credentials from Monterey Bay, California.

Annie Tronco
Annie Tronco
Educator Effectiveness Coach

Annie Tronco joined the Chalkboard staff in 2015 after previously serving as a CLASS Project coach. In addition to coaching multiple school districts with their School District Collaboration Fund grants, she currently facilitates the advocacy work of the Distinguished Educators Council and is involved in developing Assessment Literacy throughout Oregon. Prior to joining Chalkboard, Annie was heavily involved in mentoring early career teachers and provided leadership for the Oregon Mentoring Program. She began her career teaching middle school language arts and social studies and has worked on behalf of public education for more than 20 years. Annie holds a bachelor’s degree in Politics and Government and an M.A.T. from the University of Puget Sound.

Field Staff

Kathy Campobasso
Project Coach

Kathy Campobasso coaches the TeachOregon PAC (Prepare, Achieve, Collaborate) that includes George Fox and Pacific Universities, Chemeketa Community College, and the Newberg, Sherwood, Tillamook and Woodburn School Districts. Kathy is also an assistant professor and special projects director at George Fox University. Formerly, Kathy was a school change coach, and ultimately served as director of the Oregon Small Schools Initiative, a project of E3: Employers for Education Excellence. Kathy holds a Bachelor’s degree in French from Portland State University. She focused on Professional Development in her graduate studies, also at Portland State.

Julie DePauw
Project Coach

Julie De Pauw, coach for TeachOregon has more than 46 years working in schools. She has served as a teacher, counselor, adjunct faculty in higher education and the assistant superintendent in the South Lane School District. In addition to successful school and district level work, Julie brings experience in early childhood education, special education and family support systems to her work. Julie is the coach for the TeachOregon Project in Springfield SD. She supports teacher and administrative leaders as well as high education partners in finding effective pathways to recruit, train, and support effective classroom teaching. Julie holds a BA from University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Masters and PhD from the University of Oregon.

 

Gilan Menegat
Project Coach

Gilan Menegat began her high school teaching career in North Bend. After 15 years as a social science and language arts instructor, she earned her educational administration credential and moved into administration at the North Clackamas School District’s central office. After receiving her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Lewis & Clark College, she began working as an educational researcher and consultant for the Oregon Department of Education, Marylhurst University, as well as other organizations. Since 2012, she has supported the TeachCentralOregon consortium as a Chalkboard coach.

Dale Rooklyn
Project Coach

Dale Rooklyn has been a teacher and administrator for over 30 years, working at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels.  Most recently, he has been an ODE school improvement coordinator and administrator mentor.  In addition, Dale is a bargaining facilitator, training school districts in how to use interest based processes to negotiate their labor contracts.  Dale earned a doctorate in Organization Development from the University of Oregon and is currently working with five districts that received School District Collaboration Funds.  In addition to talking, “Shop,” Dale enjoys cycling, hiking, and being with family.  His son is a teacher for Portland Public Schools, and his daughter is studying public policy at the University of Washington and is an education researcher.