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Kathleen Adams

Kathleen Adams, Associate Professor

Kathleen Adams is a practiced therapist, clinical supervisor, university professor and administrator, who brings a broad and deep skills set to her work. Kathleen’s background includes a BS and MS from the University of Wisconsin, and a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from Iowa State University. She is excited about her position as the Program Director for the new Master of Science program in Marriage and Family Therapy in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Fond of quoting Marge Piercy, "We seek not rest, but transformation. We are dancing through each other as doorways." She is also fond of reminding herself, and others, that when nothing is certain, anything is possible!

Allison Baker

Allison Baker, Office Specialist 2

Allison joined Oregon Tech in November 2014 as the Office Manager for the Facilities Department, previously working for JELD-WEN.

She was born and raised in Klamath Falls and graduated from Klamath Union High School. She attended Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming where she earned an AAS in Photography and she also attended Oregon Tech where she received a BS in Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship.

In her spare time, she enjoys photography, hanging out with friends, reading, listening to music, BBQ, ice cream, rafting and Pinterest.

Jessica Barnett

Jessica Barnett, Administrative Program Assistant

Jessica was born in Roseburg, OR and has lived in Klamath Falls for the past seven years. She graduated from Colorado University Online with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Financials. Outside of work, she enjoys many outdoor and indoor sports activities. Jessica joined Oregon Tech in June of 2015 and looks forward to growing with the University.

Luke Bechdolt

Luke Bechdolt, Custodian

My Name is Luke Bechdolt. I started working here on the 11th of July 2015.

My building is the LRC and I try to keep everything organized and clean. I like the crew I work with and the job has many preferable aspects.

I was born in Tillamook, but raised mostly in Keno. I like to exercise and hike and hang out with family.

Michelle Blair

Michelle Blair, Accounting Technician

Michelle was born in Nampa, Idaho and grew up in many western states including California, New Mexico and Oregon. After graduating from Mazama High School, she returned to Idaho to attend Boise State University, where she graduated in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing. She has since lived in Boise as well as Boston, working in sales for organizations such as the American Red Cross, MarkMonitor, and Sedo.com. She moved back to Klamath Falls in 2013.

Michelle is the proud mom of two boys, Robert (age 7) and Joey (age 16). She also has a great love of animals and has a dachshund named Penny and smooth collie named Zoey. In her time outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching her son play basketball, and traveling.

Charisse Botsch

Charisse Botsch, Instructor

Charisse was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and lives in the Willamette Valley. She graduated from OHSU with a BS in Dental Hygiene. She has a wonderful husband of 22 years and two daughters whom she adores! When not working, she enjoys baking goodies for family and friends, making crafts, and would love to travel more!

Charisse has been working for the past three years as an adjunct clinical Dental Hygiene instructor at Oregon Tech and has also worked in private practice for 30 years, and now will be directing her energy to a full time Dental Hygiene Instructor position at the Salem campus! She is looking forward to working with the awesome faculty and students at Oregon Tech!

Sue Cain

Sue Cain, Senior Budget and Planning Officer

Sue has lived in Eastern Oregon all her life. She has fifteen years of experience in higher education and is married with a daughter, son and two amazing grandchildren. She enjoys almost any outdoor activity, especially horseback riding, camping and hunting.

Brandy Carl

Brandy Carl, Custodian

Brandy was born in Colorado and moved here when she was 10 after her mom remarried. Before working for Oregon Tech she was a Pastry Chef for Green Blade Bakery. She enjoys many things, some include reading, gaming and baking.

Gaining a job at Oregon Tech is a great accomplishment and she hopes to bring hard work to the table as well as a great personality.

Katie Cavendish

Katie Cavendish, Executive Assistant to AVP Development

Born and raised in Klamath Falls, Katie is a proud Oregonian. After spending some time in the Portland area, Katie returned to her hometown, where she now lives with her husband, nine-month old daughter and two fur-children (yellow labs). Prior to coming to Oregon Tech, Katie has worked as an Office Manager and Photographer. Outside of work, she enjoys being a new mom, traveling, camping and being outdoors, photography, music, reading and spending time with family and friends. She is very excited to join the Development team at Oregon Tech!

Jesse Chaney

Jesse Chaney, Assistant Professor

Born into a military family, Jesse has lived in a few places, born in Tennessee, K-9 in Virginia, then high school in Austin, Texas. After completing bachelor degrees in both Computer Science and Economics at Texas State University, he completed a Master of Computer Science degree from Rice University in Houston. After Rice, he was hired by one of his professors to work at Baylor College of Medicine research grants from the National Library of Medicine. Two years later, Jesse decided to continue his education at Oregon State University.

Jesse worked on research in climate affected vegetation as a research assistant at Oregon State for four years. He went on to work for over 15 years with Hewlett-Packard, as both an HP employee and as a consultant. At HP, he worked on applications development and as a database administrator.

Jesse found his love of teaching Computer Science when given the opportunity to teach classes, both online and on-campus, at Oregon State University.

Vivian Chen

Vivian Chen, Procurement Contract Officer

Vivian received her B.A. in English Literature and Economics from Wellesley College in 2006 and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2011. Prior to joining Oregon Tech, Vivian externed in the chambers of the United States District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez in the Central District of California and worked as a corporate attorney at a law firm in Portland, Oregon.

In her free time, Vivian enjoys Pilates, running, and traveling.

Allison Cummings

Allison Cummings, Office Specialist 2

Allison was born and raised in Colorado, but relocated to Oregon to attend Portland State University. She came to Oregon Tech in October 2014 from the Federal IRS W&I division. Her main functions include, but are not limited to: program support, faculty support, accreditation support, and various other supporting duties.

Carrie Dickson

Carrie Dickson, Online Faculty Support Specialist

Originally from the Bay Area, Carrie moved to Klamath Falls and received a Bachelor of Science from Oregon Tech in Respiratory Care. After working as a therapist, Carrie began pursuing an MBA from Southern Oregon University. Carrie has been an adjunct faculty member for both KCC and Oregon Tech for respiratory and business courses.

Carrie is excited to be working in online learning after seeing online education from multiple angles.

During her free time she rows on Lake Ewauna and you can find her fishing and hiking on one of the many lakes in Klamath.

Nyesia Driver

Nyesia Driver, Coordinator of Testing Services

Nyesia Driver is originally from Fresno, California and graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 2013. She then graduated with her M.S. in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech University. She worked as the Testing and Career Services Coordinator while at UAM for two years and has worked in student affairs for almost five years.

She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Robin Ellis

Robin Ellis, Office Specialist 2

Robin grew up in the California Bay area but has lived in the Klamath Basin for 26 years. Her two wonderful children ages 14 and 16, are active in soccer, volleyball and track – so countless hours are spent attending and driving to sporting events. The family loves the variety of outdoor activities in the Basin and spending time at home with friends and their 3 cats.

When her children were younger she worked part time in the city schools, and is very excited to begin a new journey as part of the ISHC family here at Oregon Tech.

Sarah Engelgau

Sarah Engelgau, Office Specialist 2

Sarah Engelgau moved to Klamath Falls from Portland when she was three years old. She has a seven year old daughter that keeps her busy, and on her toes all of the time. She is currently attending school for accounting at Klamath Community College and her goal after she’s finished at KCC is to continue her education with the online program through Oregon State University for business administration.

She absolutely loves Oregon, and enjoys being in the outdoors any chance she gets. She loves to travel with her daughter, and take her to new places, even if it’s a quick day trip somewhere. During her free time she enjoys photography, and spending time with her family. She is very glad for the opportunity to be a part of the Oregon Tech team, and excited for a new adventure.

Sandra Fox

Sandra Fox, University Board Secretary

Sandra came to Oregon Tech after a 16 year career with the City of Klamath Falls in the Community Development Department where she enjoyed working with a wide variety of organizations and individuals guiding the growth of the community. Prior to moving to Klamath Falls Sandra worked for the County of San Luis Obispo, CA as a Park Planner and attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, receiving a BS in Landscape Architecture and an MBA with a specialization in Agricultural Business.

She is a member of the Boards of Directors for Basin Transit Service, Kiger Stadium Association, and Crater Lake and Oregon Caves Natural History Association. Sandra enjoys traveling and riding dual-sport motorcycles with her husband and three step-sons, quilting, and hanging out with their four-legged "kids."

Carmen Galvan

Carmen Galvan, Custodian

Carmen was born in Jalisco, Mexico and moved to the United States at 16, seeking a better life. She lived in Los Angeles for two years where she cleaned business offices and houses for a living. She then moved to Klamath Falls where she cleaned business offices, car dealerships, restaurants, and homes. Before she was employed with Oregon Tech, Carmen worked at Butte Valley School in Dorris, CA for four months as a custodian. She is now a custodian in Semon Hall and loves it. She enjoys outdoor activities such as camping and hanging around rivers and lakes. She also likes to keep her house clean, dance, and spend time with her family.

Vicki Goheen

Vicki Goheen, Administrative Program Assistant

Vicki Goheen serves as Accounts Payable Lead. She joined Oregon Tech in 2015 with 25 years administrative experience with the Federal Government, as well as experience in banking, insurance and legal office administration.

Born and raised in the Basin, her passions include family, pets, stained glass, sewing and needlework of all kinds.

Robert Harlow

Robert Harlow, Trades/Maintenance Worker 2

Robert’s primary duties are painting and being an extra set of hands for anyone on the facilities team. He is originally from Northern California, but has lived in the Klamath Basin since 2001. Prior to joining the Oregon Tech team, he worked in the custom auto body and paint as well as the custom cabinet business for several years. To say that the entire Oregon Tech Facilities team has made him feel extremely welcome is an understatement. He looks forward to spending many years as a part of this amazing team!

In his off time, he cherishes being a parent and spending time with his family. When not at work or at home with the family he can be found playing in local bands, hunting, fishing, being in the woods and thoroughly enjoying life!

Remington Henderson

Remington Henderson, Admissions Counselor

Remington is a native to Klamath Falls where he graduated from Henley High School in 2010. He then went to Los Angles to continue his studies at Claremont McKenna College where he studied Biology for a few years before settling on Literature as his main pursuit. His lifelong interest in bicycles was cultivated at Hutches Bicycles, where he worked upon graduation for about six months before coming on board with Oregon Tech Admissions.

Outside of work, he is an avid outdoorsman and film enthusiast (to say the least) and lives with his three Labrador retrievers.

Benji Henslee

Benji Henslee, Program Manager

Benji grew up in Eastern Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. For the last 20 years, she was a high school business teacher at a small high school in the Mid-Willamette Valley. She is excited to join the Oregon Tech Foundation team and has a passion for education at all levels.

Benji and her husband relocated to Klamath Falls from Albany, Oregon with their children. They are enjoying the abundant sunshine and learning about the Klamath area. Klamath Union High School sports, family dinners, and outdoor activities keep them busy and connected.

Shaundrea Hirengen

Shaundrea Hirengen, Peer Consultant Coordinator

A Klamath Falls native, Shaundrea and her husband recently moved back to their hometown after living in Portland, OR for ten years. She is a graduate of George Fox University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in English. During her time at George Fox, she discovered a passion for helping students succeed both academically and professionally as a consultant in their Academic Resource Center. She is excited to continue her career here at Oregon Tech as the Peer Consultant Coordinator for the Student Success Center.

She and her husband couldn’t be happier to be back in Klamath with their family and friends. During her down time, Shaundrea enjoys reading, writing, and of course, Netflix.

Eklas Hossain

Eklas Hossain, Assistant Professor

Eklas Hossain, currently an ABD Candidate in College of Engineering and Applied Science at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM), received his MS in Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering from International Islamic University of Malaysia, Malaysia in 2010 and BS in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh in 2006. Mr. Hossain has been working in the area of distributed power systems and renewable energy integration for last five years and he has published a number of research papers and posters in this field. Besides that, he is now involved with several research projects on renewable energy and grid tied microgrid system at UWM. His research interests include modeling, analysis, design, and control of power electronic devices; energy storage systems; renewable energy sources; integration of distributed generation systems; microgrid and smart grid applications; robotics, and advanced control system.

Mr. Hossain, with his dedicated research team, is looking forward to exploring Oregon Tech methods to make the electric power systems more sustainable, cost-effective and secure through extensive research and analysis on energy storage, microgrid system and renewable energy sources. Apart from research and pedagogy, he loves playing cricket, fishing, driving around the country and spending sweet moments with his family.

Rachel Hubbard

Rachel Hubbard, Program Representative 1

Rachel is brand new to Oregon Tech and higher education. She’s spent her entire career working in hospitals and clinics in various administrative roles; the last nine years have been in Human Resources. "I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to be part of this organization and excited to see what I can contribute to Oregon Tech as part of the Development Team."

Rachel and her husband moved to Klamath Falls in the summer of 2012 and in February of 2013 welcomed a beautiful baby girl to their family. While not at work, Rachel can be found enjoying mommy-and-me time with an adventurous two year old.

Nick Jernberg

Nick Jernberg, Alumni Relations Manager

Nick Jernberg grew up in Eugene, Oregon and graduated from Willamette High School. He then moved to Klamath Falls where he attended Oregon Tech and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Management with an emphasis in Marketing in 2014. During his time in Klamath Falls he was a five year member of the Oregon Tech baseball team and also worked as a high school basketball official. He officiated numerous varsity level regular season and post season games as well as Oregon Tech Men’s and Women’s basketball team scrimmages.

After graduating from Oregon Tech he had a role in the film "Brother in Laws" which was filmed at Lake of the Woods. He then moved to Boise, Idaho where for the past year he worked, officiated basketball, and coached high school baseball. He just recently moved back to Oregon to become the new Alumni Relations Manager. He is extremely excited about the new position and loves everything that Oregon Tech provides to its students, faculty and staff, and is honored to be part of the family once again. Go Owls!

Bo Johnson

Bo Johnson, Athletic Trainer

Bo was born and raised in Toledo, OR. He received his undergraduate degree in exercise and sport science from Concordia University in Portland, OR, where he was also a standout for their track and field team as an 8x All American. Bo then went on to receive his graduate degree in Athletic Training from Weber State in Ogden, UT where he was also the throws coach for their track and field program. He likes to exercise and giggle. He also thoroughly enjoys long walks, fried kumquat and weddings.

He and his beloved Sharayah make their home in Klamath Falls and are expecting a baby corgi to be named Winston later this year.

Yuko Johnson

Yuko Johnson, Administrative Program Specialist

Yuko Johnson has been a part of the Klamath Falls community for one year, originally hailing from Vancouver, Washington. As a military spouse she has been a part of the military community for eight years, and has enjoyed living both overseas and stateside. She has been fortunate to find and make a permanent home here with her husband and two dogs. Yuko looks forward to helping make a difference as a VA Certifying Official in the Registrar to Veterans who have served our country.

In her spare time, Yuko loves to volunteer, read, hike, and travel. Yuko also has a passion for different cultures and hands-on learning, as evidenced by her degrees in Japanese Studies and English. She has a great understanding and appreciation for a nurturing college environment, and is so excited to have found it here at Oregon Tech. Together, she cannot wait to begin this amazing journey towards working with and for our service members.

Jennifer Kass

Jennifer Kass, Associate Director of Career Services

Jennifer Kass joined Oregon Tech as our new Associate Director of Career Services in March. Jennifer comes to us with an extensive background in career services where she most recently served as Assistant Director in Career Services at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Career Advisor at Northeastern Illinois University. Jennifer has a M.A. in Counseling from The College of New Jersey, a M.B.A. from New York University, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan. In addition, Jennifer is a National Certified Counselor.

Jennifer’s primary responsibilities include providing leadership in improving career services to all Oregon Tech students and alumni. Those services include helping students refine their career goals, obtain experiential education including internships, and find full-time employment. In addition, Jennifer works with the Director of Alumni Relations, Director of Strategic Partnerships, the Deans, faculty, and Student Services divisions to strengthen partnerships across campus and with the business, government and communities to enhance opportunities for students. Jennifer is based in Wilsonville, but she has become a regular commuter to Klamath Falls from her home in Portland and enjoys the beautiful views from the Amtrak trains!

Michal Kawka

Michal Kawka, Academic Specialist

Michal is an Academic Specialist for the Tech Opportunities Program (TOP). He is passionate about providing support for students throughout the whole academic process: academic advising, career and personal counseling, and transitioning into the workforce. He previously worked for four years as an Academic Advisor at Columbia Gorge Community College.

Born and raised in Poland, Michal spent most of his early years in Europe. He traveled and lived in more than 15 countries and studied at universities in Poland, Turkey and the U.S.

Michal earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy and his graduate degree in political science from University of Wroclaw (uni.wroc.pl). His passions are traveling, exploring the outdoors, and photography.

Sharayah Kenady

Sharayah Kenady, General Instruction

Sharayah was born and raised in Salem, and graduated from Cascade High School. From there she pursued track and field at the collegiate level competing for Concordia University, Portland. During her time as a student athlete, she accumulated two national titles, four all-American honors, and was an eight-time national qualifier. Upon graduation from Concordia, she pursued her master’s degree from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

She lives in Klamath Falls with her significant other and will soon be parents to a corgi puppy.

Joseph Lennox

Joseph Lennox, Assistant Professor

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Joseph pursued his BA in chemistry from La Salle University. He earned a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he enjoyed teaching for four years. His postdoctoral fellowship in heterocylic chemistry was invested at the University of California – Berkeley. Thus far Joseph has devoted 13 years to medicinal chemistry research in the biopharmaceutical industry. His investigative areas spanned multiple approaches for treating metabolic diseases, TLR7 agonists for the treatment of HCV and bladder cancer, and disruption of GP41/GP120 protein-protein interactions for the treatment of HIV.

In 2007, Joseph initiated a private consulting career in the health and legal sectors, and engaged in training of scientific personnel. He made the official leap to pursue his long time enthusiasm for teaching in 2013 when he joined the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego as a Lecturer. His interests in learner-centered teaching, metacognition and mentoring for success were explored as an Associate Faculty member at Palomar College and Mira Costa College in San Marcos, CA from 2014-2015.

In his spare time Joseph enjoys creative art & photography, kayaking, camping, waterfalls, hiking and the study of cosmology.

Allan Lowe

Allan Lowe, Instructor

Allan was born & raised in Detroit, Michigan and attended the University of Michigan, under a Navy ROTC scholarship, and graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering. After graduating, being commissioned in the Navy, and getting married on the same day, he set off for the West coast to begin his 20 year career in the Navy. During this time, he and his wife had a son and a daughter. He retired as a Lieutenant Commander, USN, in San Diego, California. He married his second wife, Leslie, in 1988, and moved to rural Klamath Falls in 1990.

Having spent his Navy career as a manager of people mostly in shipboard engineering departments, he sought physical work, fixing almost anything, working at a tool repair shop. In 1995, Allan enrolled in a master’s degree program in Computer Science Hardware design at Oregon Tech. After completing 72 credits towards that degree, Allan decided to drop that educational path and remain at Oregon Tech as an adjunct instructor, and has been teaching various computer science and electrical engineering classes ever since.

In his spare time, Allan is a Board member of two non-profit organizations, and has hobbies which include: computers, photography, and things mechanical.

Jessica Luebbers

Jessica Luebbers, Instructor

Jessica is a fourth generation Oregonian. She has a fairly extensive background in the dental field. She started her education at Portland Community College with a certificate in Dental Assisting in 2008, followed by an associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene in 2010. She finished her Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene at Oregon Tech in 2012 and is now working on completing her Master of Science degree through Idaho State University. Her clinical work experience is mainly focused in public health.

In her free time, Jessica likes to go traveling with her husband, Dominic. Their favorite travel destinations include scenic places in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Particular favorites include Jasper, Banff, and the San Juan Islands. They also enjoy volunteering with friends to restore historic fire lookouts in Oregon. Both of them are excited to explore more of the Klamath Basin.

Jessica is excited to start teaching in the Dental Hygiene department in fall 2015. She looks forward to collaborating with colleagues and learning more about what it takes to become an accomplished and successful educator.

Laura McKinney

Laura McKinney, Vice President for the Wilsonville Campus

Laura was born near Golden, Colorado, back when ski boots were made from leather. She enjoyed the dry mesas through college, graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. She joined a local software startup, and soon after relocated to Oregon and embarked on the MS Computer Science program at the Oregon Graduate Institute.

Still in awe at the green grass and tall trees, Laura took her career where she had passion: teaching computer science and moving technology from research into practice. She was a full-time faculty at Portland Community College, a research project manager at OGI, and the VP Engineering/President/CEO of Galois, a cyber security research services company. Recently, to reunite her two areas of interest, she joined the Oregon University System, which brought her back to the academic fold.

Laura is ecstatic to be joining Oregon Tech, having admired the institution during her tenure at OUS.

Laura is a shameless soccer fan, having spent 20 years kicking the ball around. She cannot sleep if the daily crossword puzzle is not complete. And she will share pictures with you of her children and grandchildren if you are brave enough to ask.

Barb Meng

Barb Meng, Office Specialist 2

Barb and her husband relocated their family to Klamath Falls in 2002 from the Bay Area, where she worked in the Electronics Industry, teaching sales groups’ efficiency, organization and customer service. She immediately went into the wireless industry, primarily cellular telephones. Working and establishing community relationships with companies and businesses; she became active with Community organizations such as Rotary International, Klamath Chamber of Commerce, where she served as a Board Member for eight years. They have raised three wonderful children together, who they are extremely proud of. Each are married and living locally in Klamath Falls, with a total of eight Grandchildren.

Corey Murphy

Corey Murphy, Admissions Coordinator

Corey graduated from Henley High School and then pursued a degree in Spanish and a minor in Business from Oregon State University. While in college, he had the opportunity to travel to China, Chile, Spain, and Ireland.

He loves having the opportunity to help students discover Oregon Tech and achieve their dreams. When he’s not at work, he enjoys playing the guitar, singing, and spending time with his family. He loves all kinds of music but his favorites are flamenco, Irish trad, and blues.

Brenda Odesha

Brenda Odesha, Assistant Academic Specialist

Brenda is the new Assistant Academic Specialist for the Tech Opportunities Program (TOP) and a recent graduate of Oregon Tech. Brenda received her Bachelors in Applied Psychology and a minor in Human Communication in June 2015. There have been many programs and clubs that have kept Brenda busy during her time as an Oregon Tech student such as the OIT Relationship Building Program, ASOIT, Psychology Club and OIT Youth Mentorship. Wasting no time, Brenda is also pursuing her MSW at Portland State University in their distance education program this fall.

Brenda and her husband Frank, moved to Klamath in 2007 and are the proud parents of seven grown children and 15 grandchildren. Spending time outdoors locally and weekends on the Oregon coast are among their family’s top favorites.

As a new alumni and an Oregon Tech TOP graduate herself, Brenda is excited to work with the TOP students at Oregon Tech!

Jeff Olson

Jeff Olson, Plumber

Jeff grew up in the small town of Glide, Oregon on the North Umpqua River. After graduating high school he moved to Klamath Falls so his wife could attend Oregon Tech and play soccer while pursuing a degree in Respiratory Therapy. Meanwhile he completed his plumbing apprenticeship with a local contractor.

Jeff and his wife have four kids together and love to spend time together at the lake, and in the woods camping, hunting, and exploring new places. He looks forward to meeting everyone on campus and spending many years with the Oregon Tech family.

Diane Patterson

Diane Patterson, Facilities Services Business Manager

Diane was born in Klamath Falls, OR and grew up south of Tulelake, CA on a ranch. After taking the scenic route to Oregon Tech, Diane is now the Business Manager of Facilities. Following high school, Diane attended Butte College in Orland, CA to pursue a teaching degree. After two years at Butte, she decided to move back to the Klamath Basin. She worked many different jobs and started a banking career in 1999. In banking, Diane worked her way from being a teller, to originating mortgage loans and commercial lending. In 2010, Diane decided to get her Bachelor’s Degree in Business with an emphasis in Finance and graduated in 2013 from the University of Phoenix. Admittedly, getting her degree was one of the most rewarding but also one of the most difficult things she has done. After 16 years in banking, she decided to further utilize that degree and came to Oregon Tech.

Diane has two grown children, Kyle and Shelby. She enjoys the outdoors, camping, hunting, horseback riding, and helping her family at the ranch.

Scott Pigman

Scott Pigman, Facilities Services Project Planning Manager

Scott Pigman comes to Oregon Tech with over 25 years of architectural experience in design, development and construction of commercial, industrial, government, and residential properties. He joins the Oregon Tech Facilities Department after spending over 20 years as Principal Architect of a Southern Oregon Architecture firm. Scott received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly, Pomona and is a Registered Architect in Oregon and California. He is also certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Scott grew up in Northern California as an avid outdoorsman. After college, Scott worked for a national firm in Southern California before moving north and settling in Southern Oregon where he enjoys many of the outdoor activities the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Shannon Roberts

Shannon Roberts, Custodian

Born and bred in Klamath Falls 1977, numerous trips to visit her grandmother in L.A roused a desire for big city life. At 18 years old she took her first step in the city of Portland and got her first job at the downtown Embassy Suites and started to pursue a modeling career, which ultimately led her to West Hollywood where she landed her second modeling agency, L.A models, and did runway. After eight years she decided to come back to the country life of Klamath Falls, where she enjoys days of peace and beauty instead of stressing out on the freeways.

Paul Rowan

Paul Rowan, Associate VP for ITS - Chief Information Officer

Paul is most recently from Eastern Oregon University where he was Director of Information Technology, Chief Security Information Officer, and an Adjunct Instructor in the College of Business. Previous to that, Paul held a number of IT positions in higher education, including Associate Vice President for Information Technology at Colorado Mesa University; and Assistant Director of Computing and Telecommunications at University of Nevada. Paul’s first career was in Silicon Valley, California where he worked in the integrated circuit, computing, telecommunications and broadcast industries in both technical and management roles. He has taught courses and consulted with major corporations. He has an M.S. in Information and Communication Sciences from Ball State University, a B.S. in Business Administration from Biola University and an A.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology from Foothill College.

Ashley Sauvey

Ashley Sauvey, Custodian

Ashley was born in Sandusky, Ohio and grew up in the small town of Healy, Alaska. She has experience in hospitality, carpentry, maintenance, human resources, and was a nurse’s aide caring for dementia and hospice patients for the past five years. Four months ago, she decided to take a leap of faith and start a new life here in Klamath Falls. She enjoys reading, crafts, hunting and fishing and loves listening to music.

Farooq Sultan

Farooq Sultan, Analyst Programmer 3 - Institutional Research

Farooq Sultan graduated from Eastern Oregon University with Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Masters in Business Administration. During his school years he worked a variety of student jobs on campus; Admissions, Registrars, Information Technology and more. After graduation he started his career as Programmer Analyst for Eastern Oregon University to support Institutional Research, eventually taking on the director’s role. Farooq joined Oregon Tech in July 2015, bringing with him over 10 years of Institutional Research experience.

Tiffany Virtue

Tiffany Virtue, Administrative Program Assistant

Tiffany grew up in Eugene, OR and attended Oregon State University where she met her husband. They moved to Sweet Home, OR (where her husband is from) and she was a stay at home mom for 10 years. Once all of her girls were in school she went to work for the Sweet Home School District for six years. With a job offer on the table they made the moved to Klamath Falls last summer. They love this town and it is a welcome weather change from the rainy Willamette Valley. They have three daughters, two in high school and one in junior high and have been married 18 years.

Tiffany loves working for Oregon Tech. The staff, students and campus atmosphere make coming to work every day a joy.

Sherry Walton

Sherry Walton, Administrative Program Assistant

Sherry Walton is an Administrative Program Assistant, providing support to the Director of Business Affairs and acting as Procurement Card Administrator. She has an Associates of Arts degree in Accounting and Business Management and brings over 25 years of accounting, human resource and management experience.

Richard Weststeyn

Richard Weststeyn, Custodian

Richard grew up in central California on a dairy farm. In 1990 he purchased a farm in Klamath County producing alfalfa, grass and grain hay. Richard sold his farm due to the water situation in Klamath County and is now proud to be employed at Oregon Tech.

Richard is a huge race fan and enjoys karting in Red Bluff at the Outlaw Kart track.

Rachel Winters

Rachel Winters, Administrative Program Specialist

Rachel was born and raised on the coast of the North of England. Born with salt in her veins to a family of seafarers, there was no larger goal in her life than to sail the high seas and see every corner of our planet. After 15 years as a tour manager onboard cruise ships, all longitude and latitude lines crossed, she stepped ashore to manage a wilderness guiding company in Alaska and a multinational tour company in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Seeking a little more sunshine than Alaska afforded, she made Klamath Falls her home where she enjoys the great outdoors with her husband Sean and dog Buckeye.

Paul Zaiger

Paul Zaiger, Retention Advisor

Paul is a 2012 alumnus with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He was born in the upstate New York area, and grew up locally here in Klamath Falls graduating from Henley High School. The proximity to family, atmosphere of excellence, and the opportunity to make a difference in students’ lives brought him back to be the Retention Advisor here at Oregon Tech.

Paul’s hobbies include outdoor recreation, playing music (guitar/piano teacher for eight years), electronic games, and spending time with family and friends. Paul is excited for this next chapter and looks forward to meeting faculty, staff, and the next generation of Oregon Tech graduates.

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