Meet the EAC Directors

The Educator Advancement Council is a 21 member board of Directors with a broad range of voices, experiences, and perspectives from across the educator career continuum. As a statewide Council, the EAC intentionally seeks directors representing urban, suburban, rural and remote educators. Additionally, the EAC strives to have a Council that is racially, ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse and reflective of Oregon’s educators and students. 

EAC directors serve two-year terms, up to a maximum of two terms. Directors advise on policy making, budgetary decisions, planning and vision setting of EAC initiatives, as well as upholding the Council’s mission, vision, and values and actively employing the
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Learn more about the current Council Directors here. For a list of vacant positions and application instructions, please visit our Join the Council page.

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Andrea (Andi) Bales Molnar, Oregon Early Learning Division

Andi Bales Molnar is the Professional Learning System Specialist at the Oregon Early Learning Division. She has been appointed by the Early Learning Systems Director, Alyssa Chatterjee, to serve on the Council and represent the Early Learning Division.

Traniece Brown-Warrens

Traniece Brown-Warrens, K-12 Educator

Traniece Brown-Warrens is an Assistant Principal in Portland Public Schools. She has taught 8th Grade U.S. History in Houston, TX in addition she was a department chair, instructional excellence coach, teacher specialist, football coach, and basketball coach. She has won awards for her culturally responsive teaching style that infused Hip-Hop music and History. Director Brown-Warrens is an active member of the Oregon Association of Black School Educators and is currently working on her Doctorate of Education at Baylor University.

Shannon Criss

Shannon Criss, Education Service District Superintendent

Shannon Criss is the Superintendent of Harney ESD. For 33 years she has strived to make a difference for students as a classroom teacher, administrator, mentor and coach; her belief is that we make a difference each and every day in the lives of others. Her aspiration is to make a positive difference. Director Criss serves on the EAC as a representative for frontier, remote one-room school districts.

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Veronica Dujon, Higher Education Coordinating Commission

Veronica Dujon is the Director of the Office of Academic Policy and Authorization at the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. She has been appointed by the Executive Director, Ben Cannon, to serve on the Council and represent the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

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Roberto Gamboa, Non-profit Organization

Roberto Gamboa is the Director of Operations and Community Development for Euvalcree in Ontario. He is a First Generation Latinx Eastern Oregon-born and raised son to two undocumented parents from Mexico. Director Gamboa has worked with ODE in developing Student Success Act rule definitions and to convene with a state-wide partner group to advocate on behalf of BIPOC students across the state. He is a member of Governor Brown’s Healthy Schools Reopening Council and is an active member of the Oregon Trail REN.

Colt Gill

Colt Gill, Oregon Department of Education

Colt Gill is the Director of the Oregon Department of Education. He served previously as Oregon’s first Education Innovation Officer. In this position, he focused on improving graduation outcomes. He has been an Oregon educator since 1989, most recently serving as superintendent of the Bethel School District in Eugene. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon and has served on a number of boards and commissions relating to education and children’s health and wellness initiatives.

Don Grotting

Don Grotting, School District Superintendent and Council Vice Chair

Don Grotting is Superintendent of the Beaverton School District. He has served as a Superintendent in Oregon for over 24 years, during which time he has established himself as a leader in the state and national education arena as well as the communities he serves. His dedication to students and their families is evident in his past work as a teacher and Superintendent in the Powers, Nyssa, David Douglas and Beaverton School Districts. He was selected as Oregon Superintendent of the Year in 2014. In addition to serving on the Educator Advancement Council, he serves on the Oregon Association of Superintendents Education and Education Leadership Council, OASE Early Learning Workgroup, ESSA Advisory Committee and at PSU’s Graduate School of Education. Director Grotting is a past President of the Oregon Schools Athletic Association and past advisor to the State Board of Education, and is known statewide and nationally for his work and leadership in early childhood education.

Belle Koskela

Belle Koskela, K-12 Educator and Council Chair

Belle Koskela is an instructional coach and secondary teacher in the David Douglas School District, where she has worked since 2005. She has taught English, math, social studies and an Introduction to Interpretation course for bilingual high schoolers in addition to mentoring new teachers and facilitating professional learning. She coordinates and hosts her district's Building Antiracist White Educators chapter. In addition, Belle adjuncts in Lewis and Clark’s graduate teaching program with a focus on emergent bilingual students.

Marvin Lynn

Marvin Lynn, School Board Member

Dr. Lynn is an internationally recognized scholar of race and education who, for the last decade, has served as a dean or associate dean of education at public universities including Portland State University where he served as dean from 2017 to 2021. During the 20-21 academic year, he served as President of the Oregon Association of Colleges for Teacher Education where he led a statewide conversation on a Consortium for Teacher Preparation. In the summer of 2021, he returned to the faculty at PSU and was elected to serve as Vice-Chair of the Tigard-Tualatin School Board. He remains active as a scholar, educator, community leader, and racial justice advocate.

Michele Oakes

Michele Oakes, NBCT, K-12 Educator

Michele Oakes serves as mentor program coordinator, professional advancement & support systems coordinator, and elementary writing coach at Bend-La Pine School District. A National Board Certified teacher, Chair Oakes has 29 years of experience as a primary classroom teacher and instructional coach. She served as chair of the Governor’s Council on Educator Advancement and currently serves on the Central Oregon REN.

Martha Richards

Martha S. Richards, Philanthropic Organization

Martha Richards is the Executive Director of the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, which provides more than $5M annually to partnerships between nonprofit organizations and Oregon schools/districts to improve teaching and learning. Raised in a family of educators, Director Richards brings expertise in organizational development, fundraising, management, and philanthropy.

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Efren Zamudio, Ex-Officio

Efren Zamudio is Education Policy Advisory to Governor Kate Brown.

Elena Barreto

Elena Barreto, Early Learning Professional

Elena Barreto is currently the Early Learning Community Navigator for the NW Early Learning Hub where she works at the intersection of social justice and education. She works with partners to build capacity and implement early learning and parenting support opportunities rooted in equitable practices across Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties. Additionally, she works with families to elevate their voices, desires, and needs to decision makers in the region to effect change.

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Ardis Clark, Middle School Teacher

Ardis Clark is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and a mother of four. She is currently an Instructional Leader at the Warm Springs K-8 Academy, and is serving a second term on the Education Committee as current Chair Person. Director Clark is an an experienced educator and strong advocate for the need to diversify the educator workforce; she is also a third generation educator working toward change for Indian Education.

Josh Davies

Joshua (Josh) Davies, Federally Recognized Tribe

Josh Davies is a Hanis Coos citizen and current Director of Education for the Confederate Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians (CTCLUSI). Josh has earned his BA in Liberal Arts from Evergreen State College, MA from City University Vancouver, Administrative Licensure from University of Concordia – Portland. He has held various educational positions beginning with his journey as an educational assistant, classroom teacher, assistant principal, athletic director, athletic coach for many sports/many levels. Formerly, Josh served on CTCLUSI Tribal Council from 2018-2022. During his time on Tribal Council, Josh also submitted testimony in support of HB 2052 American Indian-Alaska Natives students' rights to wear regalia at graduation and 2056 Tribal Early Learning Hub.

Director Davies is married to his wife Delilah, and father of four children; Jorney, Jordan, Sailee and Justus. Currently Director Davies sits on many committees and boards related to education and leadership, however his ultimate goal is to provide equality and equitable service for all children of all cultures.

Besides sitting on the Board of Directors for the EAC, Josh also sits on the following boards or commissions:

  • American Indian/Alaskan Native Advisory Committee

  • Sapsik'ʷałá Tribal Advisory Council

  • Government to Government Education Cluster

  • New Beginnings Tribal Student Steering Committee

  • Early Learning Division Tribal Advisory Committee – Tribal Early Learning Hub

  • Tribal Early Learning Hub Rules Advisory Council

  • TSPC Board of Commissioners

  • TSPC Practices Commission Committee

  • TSPC Evaluation Subcommittee

  • Indigenous First Steps: Family, Culture, Community Leadership Team; Portland State University

  • OIEA Board of Directors

  • Participated on the Native American Advisory Council – University of Oregon

  • Grow Your Own – South Coast Educational Service District Advisory Council

  • SB-13 Tribal Curriculum Planning Committee: SB 13 Tribal History/Shared History Online PD Event

Leah Dunbar

Leah A. Dunbar, D.Ed., Professional Education Association

Leah Dunbar currently serves as a Language Arts/Social Studies Specialist for Lane Educational Service District where she facilitates professional learning, following over twenty years spent as an innovative high school Language Arts/Ethnic Studies instructor. Daughter of a life-long Special Education teacher, and identical twin sister to another passionate educator, Leah is committed supporting equitable, highly relevant learning environments that center youth voice and agency. She completed her D.Ed. in Educational Leadership from University of Oregon in 2020, with a research focus on Ethnic Studies implementation in K-12. She is also a proud coordinating body member of the Western Regional Educator Network (WREN).

Jana Giles

Jana Giles, Elementary School Teacher

Jana Giles has been an educator in Oregon for six years. She grew up in rural Southern Oregon and attended Title-1 K-12 public schools. Giles has taught first-grade and is currently teaching in a third-grade classroom at North Marion, as well as being the Vice President of her Local Union. Her intimate experience within rural communities, school leadership, and elementary classrooms has directly shaped her approach to education.

Mark Girod

Mark Girod, Educator Preparation Program

An educator for 25 years, Mark Girod is dean of the College of Education at Western Oregon University and president of the Oregon Association for Colleges of Teacher Education. He is Past President of the Oregon Association of Teacher Education and served on the Oregon Coalition of Quality Teaching and Learning and the Oregon Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He just completed two terms as a commissioner with the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

Diana Juarez

Diana (DeeJay) Juárez, High School Teacher

Diana Juárez is a passionate, multilingual, BIPOC, autodidactic educator, that has experienced firsthand the inequities in schooling that obstruct the education of our students today. She is driven to see the implementation of an inclusive and equitable education system that acknowledges the assets that Oregon’s diverse learners bring to our classrooms and provides them with safe, welcoming environments in which they can thrive. She is determined to ensure that the interests of those most impacted by the education systems are represented in any changes made. Her pursuit of this goal is evidenced in a plethora of spheres—practicing educator, Douglas REN Coordinating Body member, Teachers of Color affinity group member, Equity Team member, and participant in a wide range of learning communities—as she is acutely aware that to develop an equitable system requires the involvement of all stakeholders. Director Juárez is a teacher at Phoenix Charter School of Roseburg.

Lisa Longoria

Lisa Longoria, K-12 Administrator

Lisa Longoria was selected as Oregon Middle School Principal of the Year in 2020. Under her leadership and guidance, students in the Ontario School District have been afforded educational frameworks that have opened opportunities for students and empowered them to reach previously unattainable goals. Her leadership acts as an example of the impact that educational leaders can have in inspiring all educators to refine the practice and focus their efforts.

Rep Susan McLain

Representative Susan McLain, Ex-Officio

Representative Susan McLain is a 5th generation Oregonian, raised on farms in the Willamette Valley. A graduate of Western Oregon University (formerly Oregon College of Education), Rep. McLain spent over 40 years teaching and coaching speech and debate in Hillsboro. In 2011, she was honored to receive a Crystal Apple award for outstanding local teachers from the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. Rep. McLain recently received a national award for longevity and excellence as Glencoe High School’s Speech and Debate coach. After her election to the Oregon State House in 2014, Rep. McLain has been a legislative advocate for Oregon students, teachers, and schools.

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Susan Roebber, K-12 Educator

Susan Roebber is Federal Programs TOSA at Lincoln County School District.

Anthony Rosilez

Anthony Rosilez, Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission

Anthony Rosilez is executive director of the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, Oregon’s teacher licensing agency. Director Rosilez has held leadership roles both at the college level and at school districts. He most recently was vice president of student and personnel services, and legal counsel at Klamath Community College. Before that, he was an assistant professor at California State University San Marcos. Previously, he served as superintendent at Romoland School District in California and assistant superintendent at Harlem Consolidated School District 122 in Illinois.