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Sarah is a Multimedia and Course Developer, managing the creation of online course lectures in the Ecampus Course Development and Training unit. Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sport Science with a focus in fitness and nutrition. In 2008, Sarah started working for Ecampus as a student worker and transitioned into her current position in 2012. She has helped over 500 instructors create audio lectures for the majority of Ecampus courses. With a passion for accessibility, Sarah helps instructors make their lectures more accessible for Ecampus students. Sarah also enjoys collaborating with her peers to improve processes to further increase productivity and understanding. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys the outdoors, exercising, cooking, sewing, and spending time with her husband and family.
Lindsay has worked with OSU Extension in Clatsop County as the Office Manager for six years and is a third generation Extension volunteer. Born and raised in Grants Pass, Oregon, Lindsay began her career as a Marketing Merchandise Coordinator for Bear Creek Corporation where she helped research new products and coordinate buyers for the Northwest Express division of Harry & David Gifts. When this rural girl decided to move to the big city (Portland), she struck out on her own as an independent advertising/marketing consultant developing and launching advertising campaigns for nationally syndicated conservative talk radio hosts Michael Savage and Laura Ingraham. She also worked with Hillsboro, Oregon-based Soloflex Inc. on the launch of their new Whole Body Vibration Platform before moving to Astoria, Oregon, in 2007.
When Lindsay heard of a position coming open in her local OSU Extension office, she jumped at the opportunity. Extension has been such a large part of her life, from attending Home Extension workgroups as a child with her grandmother, to being a nine-year 4-H member, and later becoming a volunteer leader. She knew working with Extension was a full-circle opportunity she couldn’t pass up. Lindsay is always seeking new and innovative ways to help run a 21st century Extension platform full of innovation and relevance. She brings her past experience with advertising, marketing and strategic planning (with a dash of humor) to the table to help build relationships with stakeholders and grow the OSU Extension brand both locally and statewide. Lindsay was recognized in 2014 as OSUEA’s outstanding Professional Faculty and in 2016 she received the Vice Provost Award for Excellence in Program Support. Lindsay has two boys, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, fishing, camping, hiking and has had a long time love/hate relationship with the game of golf.
Lisbeth Goddik is the OSU Dairy Processing Extension Specialist and a professor in Food Science & Technology. In addition, she holds the ODI-Bodyfelt Professorship and the Paul & Sandy Arbuthnot Professorship. She teaches the OSU dairy processing classes, supervises graduate students conducting applied research in dairy processing, and directs extension dairy foods programs. Included in these programs are innovation (developing new products for Oregon’s dairy processors), food safety assistance (helping processors implement FSMA), short courses for industry personnel, assistance to artisan dairy start-ups (economics, business plan development, and product optimization), and troubleshooting product quality challenges.
Lisbeth received her B.S. and Ph.D. from OSU and her M.S. from Cornell University. She has worked for Sodiaal (brands include Yoplait, Candia, and Sodiaal Fromage), Slagelse Creamery, and Oster Torslev Creamery. Apart from the U.S., she has worked in Denmark, Norway, France, New Zealand and Canada.
Tyler Hansen is a marketing communications manager for OSU Extended Campus. He began working for Extended Campus in 2011 following 15 years as a journalist, mostly in Tucson, Arizona. After working as a sports writer, copy editor and high school sports editor for the Arizona Daily Star, Tyler taught high school journalism for two years. When his wife got a job at the OSU Foundation in 2011, the family moved to Corvallis, and Tyler began work as the arts and entertainment editor for the Corvallis Gazette-Times. The newspaper industry’s slow-but-determined demise led Tyler to seek opportunities outside journalism, and he was fortunate to latch on as the marketing writer for Extended Campus. His family later returned to Tucson, where he now works for Oregon State remotely. He provides a variety of content creation and editing services for the Division of Extended Campus, mainly OSU Ecampus and Open Oregon State. During the winter, he wears T-shirts and shorts and insists that’s the only good thing about not living in Corvallis anymore.
Ann Harris is OSU Open Campus Coordinator in Hood River and Wasco Counties. She has been working with OSU in this position for three years. “It is hard to believe that it has already been that long… the time has flown by,” said Ann. “I am sure that is because this is, by far, the best job I have ever had.”
Ann loves her work because it centers around a skill that comes to her naturally and that she is continuing to develop: she is a bridge builder. Not literally, of course, but in the sense of bringing people together or connecting them to programs and services with the ultimate purpose of solving problems and improving lives.
A social worker by training, Ann received her master’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to coming to OSU, she worked for nine years as a career counselor at Columbia Gorge Community College. She also has worked in youth development programs at several different social service agencies in Oregon and California. Ann received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Colorado College.
Ann is a mother of a 23-year-old daughter and a 21-year-old son. Stephanie is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru and Matthew is a college junior studying philosophy and art.
Originally from Pasadena, California, She has lived for 25 years in Oregon, the last 20 in Hood River. With the changing demographics in the town, she is now considered a long-time resident . . . almost an old-timer. This is unusual for a small town in Oregon where this designation is reserved for those whose families arrived in Conestoga wagons! She loves Hood River because of its natural, but most of all “because of the wonderful people that I have met here. It is a diverse place and increasingly, it is a place where many people are coming together to build bridges across the divides of race, culture, class and ideology.”
Ann is very excited to be a part of the Leadership Development Program for Executives because it is an opportunity for her to develop new skills and build on her strengths. Now that she has been a part of Open Campus for a while, “I have come to fully appreciate what a visionary idea it is and what a bold leap that OSU took by implementing it.” She also sees the great potential that Open Campus has for building bridges that link Oregon communities to the university in meaningful and mutually beneficial ways. Ann looks forward to developing skills in LDPE that she can use to help Open Campus grow in her community and across the state.
Rose Mary Jepson-Sullivan
Rose joined OSU Extension in 2013, as the Nutrition Education Program Coordinator for Lane County, and transitioned to the statewide leadership team for SNAP-Ed in 2014. She is the team lead for Programs, Training, and Unit Resources. For the past three years, she has worked on the Joint 4-H and Family Community Health Spring Conference planning committee. Rose served as County Leader for OSU Extension in Lane County before relocating in the summer of 2016 to the Portland office.
Rose is currently the President-elect for the Portland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. After earning a Master of Science in Nutrition from the University of Utah, Rose worked for the Veterans Health Administration as a clinical dietitian and program manager before coming back to Oregon. In 2013, Rose was honored as the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year by the Utah Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and received the Outstanding Alumni Award for the University of Utah Division of Nutrition.
Dr. Clive Kaiser was raised and educated in South Africa, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in Horticultural Science. His career in horticulture has spanned more than three decades, affording him the opportunity of living and working on four continents for extended periods of time. He has held positions in government, academia and private industry in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, England, Norway, and now the U.S. He has been invited to work with agricultural industries through the USAID in Ethiopia, Moldova, The Dominican Republic, Tajikistan and Lebanon. Altogether, he has visited and worked with agricultural industries in 42 countries, many of these appointments were with value-added industries. Currently, he also holds a 20% research appointment with the Norwegian Institute for BioEconomy (NIBIO).
Clive has been actively involved in outreach and engagement with stakeholders and civic bodies in eastern Oregon. His service to the communities he serves has been exemplary and has resulted in him holding several leadership positions. He was elected to the Milton-Freewater Chamber of Commerce in 2013 and will be its Vice President in 2017. He was also nominated and appointed as the Chair of the Lower Umatilla Basin Groundwater Management Committee in 2015 and is a member of the Umatilla County Planning Commission. Most recently, he has been asked to facilitate Urban Revitalization for the City of Pendleton.
Dr. Michelle Kutzler is a native of Kent, Washington. She graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. in 1990 and D.V.M. in 1993. She worked in rural large animal veterinary practice in Minnesota from 1993 to 1997. In 1997, she began a residency in veterinary reproduction (Theriogenology) at Cornell University and became board-certified in Theriogenology in 1999. She stayed on at Cornell University to earn a Ph.D. in Physiology in 2002.
Michelle has been on the faculty at OSU since 2002 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences. Michelle has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. Michelle is currently pursuing an MBA (Executive Leadership track) at Oregon State University. In her “free time,” Michelle breeds, trains, and shows miniature Dachshunds, llamas, and alpacas. Michelle is married to an amazingly, supportive husband (Sean) and has three remarkable children (Courtney, 21; Colleen, 18; and Connor, 15).
As a Nutrition Educator for over 30 years, Joanne’s passion has always been to help empower clients with the resources and tools to not only achieve their health goals, but also maintain a balanced approach to eating and enjoying food. Her career started in Extension as a volunteer at Washington State University and, during a gap year, in King County Washington where she grew up. These early experiences were some of her most memorable and rewarding, and she had the great fortune to land at OSU Extension in 2010 as an outreach coordinator with the SNAP-Ed program in Portland. She loves living in the Northwest with her husband and two daughters. Together, they enjoy hiking, cooking, and edible gardening. She is an avid sports fan (go OSU Woman's Basketball team) and is currently writing a book of short stories in her spare time.
Ricardo Mata-Gonzalez is an associate professor and leader of the Rangeland Ecology and Management program at OSU. Ricardo earned a Ph.D. in Plant Eco-physiology and conducts environmental and ecological research with a variety of team groups in the western U.S. and Mexico. Ricardo previously worked as a senior ecologist at a large international environmental consulting company.
Melanie McCabe has held many different positions within the OSU Extension system. She started her interactions with OSU Extension as a 4-H youth member in Crook County. After graduating OSU in 2002, she started with OSU Extension Service in Benton County as an Office Specialist. From there she went to Extension in Linn County as an Educational Program Assistant from 2006-2012. Since 2012, Melanie has been working in Marion County as a 4-H Educator working with the club programs, camps and statewide activities. Her current program has 120 leaders, 80 clubs and 600 youth members. She is also active with the Wild West Camp program, Summer Conference and WORLD (Western Oregon Retreat for Leadership Development).
Michael works as a multimedia developer on the OSU E-Campus course development team. During his three years with the team, he has worked on innovative projects such as the Virtual Microscope, Soil Lab, and the Bird Songs game. Michael has a passion for creating gamified, engaging learning objects that support learner comprehension and retention.
Michael served for six years in the military as a nuclear-trained technician aboard the USS Arkansas. He began his post-military career in the visual effects industry working his way up to visual effects supervisor. During this time, Michael was responsible for overseeing the final effects products on several films such as Transformers, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Alice in Wonderland and several others. Michael also had a brief stint working on video games for 2K Sports.
After moving to Oregon with his wife and daughter, Michael began a career transition into corporate training working for Tillamook Cheese. He was able to translate his skills in post-production to creating intricate simulations for engineering and maintenance training.
Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in Digital Filmmaking and 3D Animation from Cal-State Channel Islands and an associate’s degree in Multimedia Production from Santa Barbara City College. He enjoys the Oregon coast, spending time with his two-year-old and four-year-old daughters, and occasionally playing video games.
Dio is a publishing manager with Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC), where she works with OSU Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station faculty to develop engaging, effective educational resources. She has been with EESC for four years. Dio has an MFA in creative writing from OSU and received her master’s of education from Harvard University.
Ganti is an associate professor in the Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering. His research is broadly focused on development and evaluation of various second- and third-generation biofuels and coproduct production technologies. His team employs a combination of experimental and theoretical approaches using control theory, systems biology, process modeling and life cycle assessment (LCA) techniques to conduct molecular, cellular, industrial scale and systems level analyses. He teaches Ecological Engineering Design Sequence, Biofuels Production Technologies, and Bioprocess Control Systems. He is involved in multiple initiatives targeted to provide mentored research experience to high school students and encourage research among undergraduates.
Ganti has served in many leadership positions in professional societies such as American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and S-1041 Multistate Committee on Bioeconomy. He is the chair of the graduate program in BEE Department. He is passionate about education and mentoring students at all levels.
Ganti is also a student of geopolitics and macroeconomic affairs. Additionally, he likes to study the influence of historic events on current affairs. He is passionate about learning and teaching Sanskrit.
Dana is associate professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Her research is primarily focused on the ecological relationships of native North American mammals and their habitats, especially in cases of habitat restoration or disturbance. Dana’s Extension presentations range from preventing and managing conflicts between humans and vertebrates to requested topics such as coyote ecology on the urban interface.
Dana is involved in promoting broadened participation in STEAM disciplines and more diverse, inclusive climates here on campus and in the community at multiple scales. When not at work, she enjoys growing tomatoes, reading, and engaging in dog sports with her wonderful friend Strega, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever.
Claire Sponseller has been with OSU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development for almost 11 years. She is currently in Umatilla County also serving as the County Leader. Actively participating in Extension programs, and especially 4-H while growing up, Claire knew from a very early age that Extension would be her chosen career. Now, as a 4-H Educator, she says a major highlight of her job is showing youth the opportunities available to them, then watching them excel and thrive. With a livestock background – personally and educationally – Claire also focuses on animal science, teaching young livestock producers the impact their role has on the livestock industries, and food safety. In her personal life as a wife and mother to two young children, Claire shares her love of travel and the outdoors with her active family at every available opportunity. She also enjoys reading, cooking, and cuddling up to movies.
Carol Tollefson is director at the Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center (COARC) located in Madras, Oregon, and also serves as Co-County Leader for Extension in Jefferson County. Carol holds a bachelor of science in Psychology and a master of business administration. Carol began working for OSU in 2012 and became director at COARC in 2014. As director, Carol provides leadership to shape the future of COARC and the local community by building a successful research center that supports local agriculture and contributes to OSU’s outstanding reputation. She works to ensure her faculty and staff obtain the resources necessary for their success. In addition, she enjoys working with the multitude of diverse community members and agricultural stakeholders in the central Oregon region.
Carol grew up on a farm in rural Douglas County and lived in western central and southern Oregon prior to moving to central Oregon with her family four years ago. Carol spends her time away from work enjoying life with her husband and four children and volunteering with the 4-H program in Jefferson County.
Jonathan J. Velez
Jonathan J. Velez, Ph.D., is an associate professor of agricultural education and leadership at OSU. He currently holds the Bradshaw Agricultural Sciences Leadership Education endowment and oversees the OSU Leadership Minor. Jonathan teaches both graduate and undergraduate leadership courses and his research interests include motivation, teaching methods, leadership development, and effective methods of leadership assessment.
Rayne is an instructional designer for the Ecampus Course Development and Training Unit. She has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Technical Writing, and a master’s in Library and Information Science, with a focus on metadata, reference and library instruction for online learners. She has worked in higher education for nine years, and specifically in the field of instructional design, faculty development and course development for five years. Rayne enjoys the opportunity to collaborate with various instructors across campus to help them translate their passion for teaching to the online environment. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and canoeing in Oregon with her husband and two dogs.
Tim is an associate director at the Integrated Plant Protection Center. He leads the OSU School IPM Program and the State Pesticide Safety Education Program. Tim works with schools to improve pest management while reducing costs and pesticide use. He develops educational materials and conducts on-site training and assessments at schools statewide. He serves on the steering committees of the Western Region and National School IPM Work Groups. He provides assistance to Extension faculty that conduct pesticide safety training and conducts training of pesticide handlers in Spanish.
Tim received his MS degree in Agricultural Extension at the University of Reading, UK. He has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, and Latin America for various governmental, non-governmental, and UN organizations on agricultural development and human settlements improvement. He worked for the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Farmworker Education Program and the UC Davis Pesticide Safety Education Program before joining the Integrated Plant Protection Center in 2005.