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Brian Adair

Brian Adair, Director of Facilities Management-Capital Planning

OfficeFacilities Services

Brian comes to us from California with an extensive background in Facilities Management where he most recently served as the Director of Facilities for Peralta Community College District overseeing four college campuses. After graduating high school in New Jersey, Brian obtained his BS degree in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

Brian and his wife have two kids together and enjoy outdoor activities, sports, and traveling.

John "Steve" Addison

John "Steve" Addison, Associate Professor

OfficeBoeing Outreach

Steve was born and raised in England, and still talks with a funny accent. He started as an engineering apprentice at British Aerospace, studied Engineering at Cambridge University and then returned to British Aerospace as a project manager working on defence (sic) projects. He returned to Cambridge to study for his PhD in gas turbine aerodynamics before taking a post-doctoral position at the Vibration Technology Center at Imperial College, London looking at aeroelastic effects in aeroengines. Following a 2-year period as an engineering consultant, he joined an engineering software company and moved to Silicon Valley working on thermal analysis of electronic systems. Four years there followed by two years in Boston before he finally moved to the Seattle area where he has been for the last 16 years. During that time, he has worked and taught in the fields of e-learning, information security and privacy, and computer science. Most recently, he worked in the Washington Community and Technical College system where he developed and launched four bachelor’s degrees and several associate degrees focusing on engineering, mechatronics and manufacturing operations management. In his spare time, Steve watches Monty Python and drinks warm beer.

Jillian Alexander

Jillian Alexander, Admissions and Financial Aid Counselor

OfficeWilsonville Student Services

Jillian Alexander is an East Coast transplant who loves to travel and explore! She most recently graduated from a Master’s program in England and loves working with undergraduate students.

Jillian handles in-house admissions inquiries and basic financial aid questions for students on the Wilsonville campus while also coordinating the Wilsonville Student Ambassadors. She is passionate about customer relations and providing excellent service, dreaming big about what Oregon Tech could become, and being authentic.

Someday, Jillian dreams of shepherding freshmen students through leadership courses as a professor, (or being a vision-casting CEO) but until then, she loves connecting with students and hearing about their dreams and passions.

Shawn Amen

Shawn Amen, Office Specialist 1

OfficeOnline Learning

Shawn grew up in the area in a small town in Northern California. Prior to joining the Oregon Tech Online team she spent 25 years in all aspects of the Property Management industry in Redding, CA. She moved back to the area about a year ago and is enjoying photography, fishing, hunting, and remodeling her home. She is extremely grateful and excited for this opportunity.

Jenni Betschart

Jenni Betschart, Assistant Director of Student Services– Wilsonville

OfficeWilsonville Student Services

Jenni is a native of the Northwest, born and raised in Dallas, Oregon. She was first introduced to Student Services while working as a Resident Assistant at the University of Puget Sound. Upon completion of a BS in Biology and Art at UPS, she set out on a grand adventure to Alaska. This ultimately led her to a Resident Director position with the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Jenni moved back home to complete a Masters in Education College Student Services Administration degree at Oregon State University in 2012. After two years working with the TRiO program at Chemeketa Community College she joined the Oregon Tech community.

Jenni’s passions include helping college students succeed, singing in her church’s choir, serving the homeless, and spending time with her friends and family.

Jamie Blankenship

Jamie Blankenship, Office Specialist 2


Over the last eight years, Jamie has called Oregon her home. Previously from Iowa, she dreamed of a place where people valued wilderness and stewardship to the land.

When she is not hard at work helping to admit International students, you can find her sword fighting, hiking, canoeing, gardening, bird watching and participating on the local roller derby team.

Jeannie Bopp

Jeannie Bopp, Instructor

OfficeDental Hygiene - Klamath Falls

Jeannie was raised on a ranch in Langell Valley, Oregon with two older siblings. After graduating from Bonanza High School she attended Portland Community College, where she graduated with an associate degree in Dental Hygiene. She became Newsletter Editor for the Oregon Dental Hygiene Association from 1982 until moving to California in 1984. Her 39 year career in dental hygiene took her in many directions including working in Munich, Germany and coordinating a mobile dental van project to give the less fortunate access to dental care. In 2011 she graduated from Oregon Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. This has allowed her to return to her roots and continue in her professional growth as Senior Lead clinical instructor at Oregon Tech. She looks forward to sharing her vast experience and passion for her profession with the future graduates.

In her free time, Jeannie loves cooking and to travel and experience new places and cultures. She and her husband also have dairy goats which has led her to making homemade soaps with goat milk.

John Borgen

John Borgen, Assistant Professor


John Borgen earned his Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in 2015. He started his education with a Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and then worked in and supervised a unit at a residential treatment center for boys demonstrating aggressive or sexual acting out behavior. John obtained his Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Marquette University and wrote his thesis on the academic implications of stereotype threat and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. John completed his predoctoral internship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Omaha, completing rotations in Pediatric Feeding Disorders and Early Intervention. John completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

John is excited to teach psychology and behavior analysis courses at Oregon Tech! He has utilized applied behavior analysis clinically for six years, and worked in outpatient, day treatment, and intensive settings. Beyond behavior analysis, John is interested in sports, health, and social psychology. John is an avid Packers fan, and also enjoys taking his Norwegian Elkhound for long walks.

Nicole Briggs

Nicole Briggs, Title IX Coordinator

OfficePresident's Office

Nicole comes to Oregon Tech with a background in law and compliance, education, program management, and policy development. She has extensive experience supporting and advocating for survivors of sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. She has worked with other educational institutions in our region, and is honored to be working with the students, staff, and faculty at Oregon Tech.

In her free time she enjoys hiking, biking, and backpacking in the Klamath - Siskiyou region.

Alicia Briones

Alicia Briones, Custodian

OfficeFacilities Services
Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown, Instructor

OfficeMedical Laboratory Science

Dustin grew up in southern Idaho and Vancouver, Washington. His interest and hobbies have always been in science: rock collecting, rocketry, flintknapping, etc. He has his BS in Microbiology and a BS in Medical Technology from Idaho State University. Dustin is certified MT(ASCP) by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. He is a career Medical Laboratory Scientist whose work has evolved from hospital generalist, to private lab microbiology, to public health lab settings. During his long tenure at the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory (OSPHL) he worked closely with local medical laboratories, state epidemiologists, and the CDC in dealing with public health related laboratory diagnosis and infectious disease outbreak investigations. Using these varied experiences to supplement the Clinical Microbiology courses is one his favorite aspects of teaching.

Shaun Bummer

Shaun Bummer, Admissions Counselor


Shaun grew up in Missoula, Montana and graduated from the University of Montana with a BA in Political Science and History. At Montana, Shaun served as the coordinator of the student ambassador group on campus. He was also very involved in his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, and proudly serves as an advisor for the fraternity’s chapter at Oregon Tech.

Shaun found a passion for admissions at Montana and was thrilled to join the team at Oregon Tech after graduation. His favorite part of the job is traveling to new places and meeting prospective students. On the weekends you will probably find him in the Bay Area at a Giants/A’s game, watching English Premier League soccer, or at Crater Lake.

Kyle Chapman

Kyle Chapman, Assistant Professor


Originally from Texas, Kyle studied at Texas Tech University where he earned his BA and MA in sociology. He continued his study of sociology at the University of Kansas where he earned his PhD. Kyle is passionate about teaching. He is excited to contribute to the Population Health Management program by teaching courses in medical sociology, research methods, and social inequality. He is eager about the opportunity to contribute in a new and expanding PHM program and to work with the focused and driven students of Oregon Tech.

Kyle has also been involved in several research projects focused on both community- and population-level health including studying adolescents in psychiatric treatment facilities, race and gender specific health disparities in the Kansas City area, as well as national trends in the association between social factors, health behaviors, and diabetes. Kyle hopes to continue this line of research here in Klamath Falls in order to improve the health and well-being of the community.

Outside his professional interests, Kyle enjoys being in nature and spending time with his wife and two children. Now that the family is in the Northwest, they have a lot to explore!

Michael Chavez

Michael Chavez, Custodian

OfficeFacilities Services

Michael Chavez was born and raised in Klamath Falls. After living in Grants Pass and a small town in Texas for the last few years he found his way back to Klamath. Married with two beautiful children, he is big into music, a Baltimore Ravens football fan and being a family man. He’s very excited and to start new at Oregon Tech.

Myra Chavoya-Perez

Myra Chavoya-Perez, Administrative Program Specialist

OfficeDental Hygiene
Addie Clark

Addie Clark, Assistant Professor

OfficeNatural Sciences-Chemistry

Adelaide "Addie" Clark is excited to join the Oregon Tech Natural Science Faculty. Addie was born in Cincinnati, OH before living in Germantown, TN, Wesley Chapel, FL, Hudsonville, MI, and Abingdon, VA. She graduated from Abingdon High School, where her math and science teachers were among her biggest influences. Inspired by them, she went on to pursue a Chemistry Education BS at Emory & Henry College, graduating in 2011. With her professors’ encouragement, she moved to Waco, TX, where she pursued a PhD in Analytical Chemistry at Baylor University, focusing on emerging flame retardants and current-use pesticides in the Houston air. She graduated in August of 2016.

Outside of work, she enjoys running (more like jogging), crafting, reading, baking, and spending time with friends and family.

Andrew Clifton

Andrew Clifton, Head Volleyball Coach

Donny Cordova

Donny Cordova, Assistant Professor

OfficeComputer Systems Engineering Technology

Donny Cordova has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree in Software Development and Management from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is currently completing the requirements towards a Ph.D. in Software Engineering through North Dakota State University.

Donny has a wealth of industry experience in software engineering. His career began with a long tenure at Hewlett-Packard where he worked on super computer resource partitioning applications and desktop, web and distributed applications for driving industrial and commercial printing presses. He then took the opportunity to contribute at two Portland start-up companies that developed iOS, Android, and cloud-based applications for Food Network, ESPN, and other networks. In addition, he worked on video transcoding cloud applications that allow network providers such as Comcast, Time Warner, and HBO to reproduce video for mobile devices and OnDemand programming. Prior to joining Oregon Tech, he worked as a software development engineer at SAIF Corporation developing business and data science applications.

Thom Darrah

Thom Darrah, Facilities Project and Planning Manager

OfficeFacilities Services

A longtime resident of Klamath Falls, Thom has spent the last twenty-nine years working in construction management throughout Oregon and Northern California.

Interests outside of work include trail running and tenkara fly fishing.

Ken Davis

Ken Davis, Assistant Professor

Ryan Deady

Ryan Deady, Admissions Counselor


Ryan started at Oregon Tech as an Admissions Counselor in March at the Wilsonville Campus. Before he was the Admissions Counselor at Missoula College a small community college. He graduated from the University of Montana in 2014 with a BA in History, and a BA in Sociology-Criminology. He enjoys reading, movies, and spending time with his two dogs. He looks forward to working at Oregon Tech and helping it grow.

Robert Deane

Robert Deane, Library Technician 2


Robert was born and raised in Dorris, California, just 20 minutes south of Klamath Falls. He graduated from Humboldt State University with degrees in Journalism and History in 2007 and worked for a year and a half as a news reporter in Idaho and Eastern Oregon.

He returned to his hometown in 2010 and for the past six years worked for the Butte Valley Unified School District as the district’s K-12 Library Technician and the past two years as JV Boys Basketball Coach. During that time he completed his Associate Science degree in Library/Information Technology from Cuesta College.

He joined the Oregon Tech Library in May of 2016 as the Library Technician 2 in Access Services and will help extend the libraries hours to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays starting this fall.

In his spare time Robert enjoys reading, running, taking drives, going to the movies and spending time with his family, friends and his rescue dog Red.

William "Bill" Dowling

William "Bill" Dowling, Counselor

OfficeIntegrated Student Health Center

Bill was born and raised in the Catskill and Adirondack mountains of New York. He left there to pursue a successful career in the US Air Force where he held many titles from Nuclear Weapons Systems Specialist to Academy Instructor; and many others in between. He has been a Mental Health Counselor for a number of years where he uses his experience in diverse variety of cultural and environmental experiences to enhance his truly empathetic approach to counseling and therapy.

Outside of his professional life, Bill enjoys virtually everything outdoors; one of the main community attributes that originally attracted him to the area.

Caroline Doty

Caroline Doty, Assistant Professor

OfficeMedical Laboratory Science

Caroline is from the Midwest and moved to Portland four years ago. Caroline completed her Master’s Degree in life sciences at Northwestern University in 2012. She received her first B.S. degree in biology at Clayton State University and her second B.S. degree from the Oregon Tech-OHSU MLS program. After completing her B.S from Oregon Tech she did her internship at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where she is still employed as a MLS generalist. In addition to teaching at Oregon Tech, Caroline has taught undergraduate, graduate, and medical resident courses at various universities including, Northwestern University, Clayton State University, University of Alexandria- Egypt, and Roosevelt University.

When she is not teaching or working at the hospital Caroline enjoys motorcycle riding, hiking in the Gorge and reading cookbooks.

Elisabeth "Ellie" Ervine

Elisabeth "Ellie" Ervine, Office Specialist 2

OfficeGeneral Instruction

Elisabeth Ervine (Ellie for short) was born and raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon where she graduated from Mazama High School in 2008 and KCC in 2011. She later moved to Medford, OR where she graduated in March of 2015 with honors from Southern Oregon University, earning the following dual degrees and minors: a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art (Photography & Digital Art emphasis), a Bachelor of Science Degree in Emerging Media and Digital Art (Graphic Design & Illustration emphasis), a minor in Art History and a minor in Film, Television and Convergent Media.

She has been working the past few years in secretarial roles and enjoys the organization and teamwork that comes with the position. In May of 2016 she was hired to the Dental Hygiene department as an Office Manager and looks forward to growing with the Oregon Tech family.

When not working she likes to travel, spend time with friends and family, work on art projects, host board game nights and play with her two cats.

Ka'iulani "Kai" EvansBautista

Ka'iulani "Kai" EvansBautista


Ka’iulani, known as Kai at Oregon Tech, began her journey here in Klamath Falls in 2008. She was recruited to play volleyball and she truly loved her experience as a student-athlete. Kai has had various jobs on campus as a student worker and she now finds herself in a position that she is passionate about.

When she is not assisting students and families in the office, you can find her coaching varsity volleyball at a local high school, working on projects, or spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys playing board games, card games, sports, or any activity that includes competition.

Brian Fox

Brian Fox, Vice President of Finance and Administration

OfficeFinance and Administration

A native Oregonian, Fox returned to the state from his position in Washington, D.C. as a Senior Associate with HCM Strategists, LLC, and his prior position as Director of University Finance and Budget for Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC).

Before joining the HECC, Fox worked for the Oregon University System from 2012-2014 as Special Assistant to the Chancellor/Vice-Chancellors, and prior to that as a Research Assistant. Additionally, he facilitated the financial restructuring of two regional public campuses in Oregon, among other finance initiatives.

Fox was also appointed by the Governor to serve as a Director on the State Board of Higher Education from 2008 to 2011 when he was an Economics student at Southern Oregon University (SOU).

Jamie Goodpaster

Jamie Goodpaster, Disability Services Specialist

OfficeStudent Affairs-Wilsonville

Jamie Goodpaster was born and raised in the Portland Metro area of Oregon, but spent most of her adult life in Louisville, Kentucky. Jamie and her family relocated to Wilsonville, Oregon in 2013. Jamie has a BS in Organizational Management from Campbellsville University, and studied graduate work in Human Resource Education at the University of Louisville.

Most of Jamie’s career has been centered in Career and Workforce Development, working for corporate consulting groups, nonprofits and government agencies.

In her spare time Jamie enjoys spending time with her family, her husband, Shawn and two children Brody (age 9) and Emory (age 4), attending neighborhood events, going to the local farmer’s market, cooking and baking, planning weekend road trips, and volunteering with the school PTA.

Chelsea Gustafson

Chelsea Gustafson, Assistant Professor

OfficeNatural Sciences - Chemistry (Wilsonville)

Chelsea is passionate educator and enthusiastic student of life. She studied biochemistry at Southern Oregon University and then after a number of years working in the pharmaceutical industry in Colorado, she spent two years traveling and exploring. She performed her graduate work on the biochemical basis of mammalian circadian rhythms at the University of California Santa Cruz.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Chelsea is thrilled to be back home. She draws inspiration for teaching from her teachers and students (past and present) alike. When she isn't trying to figure out better ways to explain scientific principles, she can be found practicing yoga, playing with her pup or exploring in the mountains with her husband.

Michael "Mike" Healy

Michael "Mike" Healy, Assistant Professor

OfficeComputer Systems Engineering Technology

Before assuming his Assistant Professor role earlier this year, Mike had worked as the CSET Department Lab Manager since 2013. He has an industry background that includes work as a software engineer in defense contracting, field service in semiconductor manufacturing, and quality assurance in commercial electronic manufacturing. Mike and his wife, Julie, moved to Klamath Falls in 2003 when Mike was recruited to work in the building products manufacturing industry as a project engineer.

He is also a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he earned an Associate degree in Electronic Systems Technology. Mike later went on to receive a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, and an MBA from the University of New Mexico. Mike and Julie have three children: Shane attends U of O, Lexi is at Lane Community College, and Jacob is a sophomore at Mazama High School.

Desiree Kelley

Desiree Kelley, Program Representative 1


Desiree joined the Oregon Tech Development team after relocating to Klamath Falls from North Dakota. After raising a family at home for four years, she began pursuing professional opportunities and discovered what seemed to be the perfect fit in the Database Manager position.

Desiree has four young children and enjoys being a busy mama and wife. She is an avid reader, terrible knitter and adventurous foodie.

Jon Kelley

Jon Kelley, Information Technology Consultant

OfficeComputer Systems Engineering Technology

Born and raised in Oregon, Jon has been a student at Oregon Tech for four years working toward a BS in Embedded Engineering Technology. He has participated in four seasons of both cross country and track and field for the Owls. He has received an Associate degree in Computer Engineering Technology from Oregon Tech.

Jay Kenton

Jay Kenton, Interim President

OfficePresident's Office

Dr. Jay Kenton became Interim President of Oregon Tech on July 1, 2016 from his previous role as Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration. His previous roles in higher education include Interim President at Eastern Oregon University, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at the Oregon University System, Vice President of Finance and Administration at Portland State University and, very early in his career, working for Oregon Tech in the finance area. Dr. Kenton also holds a Masters of Education with an emphasis in higher education administration and has taught at the university level and served as a faculty advisor to students, which has gained him experience across the board serving faculty, staff and students.

Jesse Kinder

Jesse Kinder, Assistant Professor

OfficeNatural Sciences-Physics

Jesse is a physicist who loves to share his fascination with the subject through teaching. In his research, he studies the properties of unusual materials like carbon nanotubes, superconductors, and spin liquids. His academic interests extend to all of physics, as well as mathematics and computer science.

Jesse was born in Kentucky and grew up in Indiana. He earned a B.A. in physics from DePauw University, where he also met his wife, Kim. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania while Kim attended medical school. After that, he spent three years doing research at Cornell University and two years teaching physics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, while Kim completed her surgical residency. They needed to escape the dreary Midwestern winters, so they moved to sunny New Mexico, where he spent his time doing research and writing a textbook.

Several years ago, Kim and Jesse passed through Klamath Falls on their way from Lava Beds National Monument to Crater Lake and loved it! They waited for an opportunity to move here, and they are excited about our their home.

Benjamin Kintner

Benjamin Kintner, Administrative Program Specialist

OfficeRegistrar's Office

Ben is a born and raised Oregonian. As a Portland native, he has lived from one end of the state to the other and eventually landed in the Klamath Basin. Ben has had a rather colorful work history. He has worked as a pizza cook in Eugene, a lumber yard attendant in Corvallis, and as a student office worker in Salem. Ben was also a competitive swimmer and coach for over a decade and still holds several records at his high school.

Before joining the Oregon Tech family, Ben also held the position of Operations Coordinator for KOTI-TV in downtown Klamath. This position afforded him the opportunity to implement many types of duties including: building and vehicle maintenance, troubleshooting technical issues, and filling in as a reporter when needed.

This background of nearly 15 years in customer service illustrates his passion for helping people, and has given him a unique understanding of interacting with people from diverse backgrounds. Ben’s education in history at the University of Oregon, where he studied Feudal Japan and American Medical History, has also been essential in shaping Ben’s professionalism and his love for the humanities.

Richard Krause

Richard Krause, STEM Professional Learning Coordinator

OfficeOffice of Strategic Partnerships

Rick joins the South Metro Salem STEM Partnership located at the Wilsonville campus as the Professional Development Program coordinator after serving in the curriculum department of the Salem-Keizer school district as a STEM education program specialist. Before that he was an elementary as well as a middle school science teacher in Utah where he was named the 2014 USTA Utah K-8 Science Teacher of the Year. He has a B.S. in elementary education from Alaska Pacific University & an M.E.T. from Boise State University. In between teaching gigs, he also had an 18-year career in corporate training as well as managing technical support call centers for broadband & telecommunication companies.

He currently lives in Silverton, Oregon where his two sons are finishing up High School. His daughter is finishing a tour in the Peace Corp & will beginning Vet school in the fall.

Robert "Bob" Madeley

Robert "Bob" Madeley, Information Technology Consultant

OfficeOnline Learning/Marketing Department

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Bob received a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media with a specialization in Digital Media from Temple University in Philadelphia. After working in the private sector and freelancing as a web developer, Bob decided to move to Oregon to look for bigger and better opportunities.

Bob’s hobbies include archery, running, creating and editing online videos, and hanging out with his two cats.

Sarah Matchett

Sarah Matchett, Residence Life Coordinator

Mark McClure

Mark McClure, Counselor

OfficeIntegrated Student Health Center

New to Oregon, Mark grew up in Missouri hunting, fishing, camping, rock climbing and everything outdoors. At age 18 he left for the Marine Corps and served on active duty from 2000–2004; stationed in Hawaii, and doing deployments to Japan, Thailand, and Korea. After getting out of the Marines he worked as a roofing contractor until he went to Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa then eventually transferred to Memphis, TN. where he finished his B.S. in Psychology and also earned a M.S. in Professional Counseling. Mark was married to his beautiful wife in 2007 and has two sweet daughters ages 5 and 3. After working in a college in Memphis from 2011-2014 in different roles such as Academic Advisor, Adjunct Professor, and Counselor, he took a job with the Forest Service in 2014 at Wolf Creek Job Corps, in Glide, OR. as a Counselor.

Mark applied to Oregon Tech because of the opportunity to work with college students and focus on mental health full time. Finally, he has the privilege of serving as a Chaplain in the Oregon Army National Guard.

Mindy Miranda

Mindy Miranda, Office Specialist 2

OfficeFinancial Aid

Mindy was born and raised in Central Oregon and moved to Klamath Falls a week before starting her position in Financial Aid – She spent 6.5 of those 7 days vacationing in Puerto Rico, and arrived for her first day merely hours after arriving back from vacation. She and her husband David were married in April 2016 and are happy to make their home in Klamath Falls. Mindy adores attending concerts and has seen shows ranging from Dave Matthews Band (24 times) to Kiss to Janet Jackson to Primus. She also adores the outdoors, repurposing and redoing "junk" and spending as much time as she can with her rockin’ nephew, Cal.

Sarah Moore

Sarah Moore, Assistant Director of Career Services

OfficeStudent Success Center

Sarah moved to Klamath Falls from Fort Collins, Colorado where she earned a Master’s Degree at Colorado State University, specializing in Counseling and Career Development. She has work history in Career Development related positions at two other universities, a Fortune 500 company, and a large Colorado non-profit. Sarah was born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho and graduated from University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s in Psychology before she moved out to Colorado. Sarah is excited to be at Oregon Tech where she can continue her work in helping students find their path, develop their career goals, and conquer their dreams.

Outside of work: Sarah has a passion for the outdoors and spends as many hours as possible participating in a vast array of outdoor activities, her favorite being hiking. When the weather doesn’t permit, you’ll find Sarah inside painting, playing with her cat, reading, watching movies, and enjoying time with family and friends.

Michael Myers

Michael Myers, Associate Professor


Mike grew up in southwest Kansas and started as a soda jerk for the family business when he was 10. He progressed to overhauling engines, delivering milk in a standup drive manual transmission truck, and expanding the business into packaged ice. He then pursued the B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas. Mike joined the U.S. Air Force where he tested bombs, missiles, and aircraft avionics in Florida. Beaches, sailboats, and fresh seafood became popular indulgences as this Kansas boy embraced Florida’s offerings. He left the Air Force for Colorado to work in ballistic missile defense, while starting and running a popcorn business.

Yearning for the academic environment, Mike decided to pursue the Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He then spent four years at Vanderbilt teaching engineering and computer science while performing research in metal additive manufacturing, virtual prototyping, finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, and thermal analysis. He also led and conducted evidence-based teaching workshops, teaching as research, learning communities, learning through diversity programs, and mentoring programs.

Mike is excited to join Oregon Tech and explore the Pacific Northwest. Mike enjoys great food and outdoor activities. If you stop by his office, you might find him juggling as a stress reliever.

Barbara Neal

Barbara Neal, Director of Sponsored Projects

OfficeOffice of Strategic Partnerships

Barbara earned her B.A. in Communication from the University of South Florida and her M.S in Management with specialization in Research Administration from Emmanuel College in Boston. She also holds a Certified Research Administrator certification. Barbara’s primary responsibilities are to promote, transform, and expand Oregon Tech’s research enterprise by training and collaborating with faculty in all aspects of pre & post grant management while developing academic, industry, and federal partnerships.

Oregon Tech’s research potential for collaboration on technology commercialization with companies is worth chatting with Barbara about.

Carmen Nebeker

Carmen Nebeker, Instructor

OfficeEmergency Medical Services - Paramedic

Carmen holds a Bachelor of Science from Portland State University as well as an AAS from the Oregon Tech/OHSU Paramedic Program 2013. Carmen has been involved in Emergency Medical Services for over five years.

She is passionate about patient care and education of EMS providers. During her time in EMS, she has found her work as both paramedic and educator incredibly rewarding.

Carmen also enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and exploring the beautiful Northwest.

Steve Neiheisel

Steve Neiheisel, Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management

OfficeEnrollment Management

Steve comes to Oregon Tech from Northern Michigan University, where he was most recently Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services. He has over 20 years of experience as a Chief Enrollment Officer and direct management experience in a range of enrollment and student services areas. He also has extensive experience / expertise in the use of information and information systems to support increased personalization of services, increased efficiencies and effectiveness of services, improved segmenting and targeting of services and communications, and improved decision-making.

Steve received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Information Systems from California State University, Dominguez Hills and went on to receive a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Ohio State University.

Kelsey Pederson

Kelsey Pederson, Entry Level Counselor

OfficeIntegrated Student Health Center

Kelsey is from Chicago, Illinois and moved to Klamath Falls four years ago to work in wilderness therapy. She received her B.A. in Neuroscience from Carthage College and Masters of Social Work from Portland State University. She has been working in the mental health field since 2008 and is currently working towards licensure.

Over the years she has also been guiding outdoor adventure trips. She spends most of her free time hiking with her dogs or renovating her house with her husband.

Ashlie Petersen

Ashlie Petersen, Admissions Counselor


Ashlie was born raised in Bonanza, OR where she graduated from Bonanza High School in 2009. She started her educational journey at Klamath Community College earning an Associates of Science in Criminal Justice. She then transferred to Oregon Tech where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Studies. Before joining Oregon Tech, Ashlie worked for Yummy’s Catering for over eight years. When not at work she likes to enjoy the outdoors, either on the back of a horse or next to one of the many rivers here in the Klamath Basin.

As an alumna and local girl, Ashlie truly loves Oregon Tech and is always excited to meet our new students. It’s always a great day to be a Hustlin’ Owl!

Anne Prouty

Anne Prouty, Clinical Director

OfficeHSS- Marriage and Family Therapy

Anne Prouty joins Oregon Tech to be the Clinical Director in the new Marriage and Family Therapy master's degree program. She earned her M.S. in Family Therapy in 1992 from East Carolina University and her Ph.D. in Family Therapy with a specialization on feminist studies of the family in 1996 from Purdue University. She has been teaching in COAMFTE accredited family therapy programs since 1996 and focuses on training new therapists and clinical supervisors. She is extremely excited to return to the Northwest United States and join the Oregon Tech and Klamath Falls communities. She is especially interested to contribute to the rural mental health and medical family therapy resources in our area.

William "Bill" Pugh

William "Bill" Pugh, Chief Development Officer


Bill is excited to join the Development team at Oregon Tech! He has worked extensively in the non-profit fundraising world. Most recently at Corban University in Salem, Oregon. He is impressed with Oregon Tech, our students, our campuses, our faculty, and our alumni. He looks forward to both meeting and working with each of you to further the noble mission of Oregon Tech.

Anne-Marie Riechmann

Anne-Marie Riechmann, Instructor

OfficeMMET - Klamath Falls

Anne-Marie graduated with Distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. She worked as a Plant Engineer at an air separation plant before returning full time to graduate school. She earned an MS in Biomedical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology completing a thesis on anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. From there, she worked for DePuy, a medical implant manufacturer, as a Product Development Engineer in the Knee Group and the Custom Implant Group. After leaving DePuy Anne-Marie did some consulting work and taught computer aided design and computer programming at Indiana-Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

After relocating to Klamath Falls for her husband’s job, she began at Oregon Tech as an adjunct in March 2012 teaching computer aided design in the Mechanical Engineering/Technology Department.

Jeffrey Rockholt

Jeffrey Rockholt, Professional Driver

Christina Rubidoux

Christina Rubidoux, Academic Specialist

OfficeRetention Services

Christina Rubidoux is a born and raised Oregonian and a member of The Klamath Tribes. She lives in Chiloquin, OR with her husband and children. Christina is proud to be a Ford Scholar who holds degrees from both Klamath Community College and Oregon Institute of Technology (Go Hustlin Owls!). After completing a BS in Applied Psychology with honors, she began her career in higher education at KCC as a Student Success Representative. As an Academic Specialist at Oregon Tech, Christina welcomes the opportunity to continue following her passion for helping students successfully navigate college.

When not at work, Christina’s favorite hobby is spending time with her large family! She also enjoys crocheting hats with tribal designs, collecting Pop! Dolls, and rooting for the Oregon Ducks!

Andy Sedlock

Andy Sedlock, Instructor

OfficeEERE - Klamath Falls

Andy is returning to Oregon Tech for the 2016-2017 academic year. He retired as Professor Emeritus from the Electrical Engineering and Renewable Engineering Department in 2008. Andy received a BS in Engineering from the United States Coast Academy (1967) and a Masters of Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan (1972). He completed a 21 year career in the Coast Guard in 2008 and joined Oregon Tech. He and his wife, Michaele (Mikey), have three grown children and have lived in Klamath Falls since 2008.

Karla Smith

Karla Smith, Assistant Professor

OfficeDental Hygiene – Chemeketa

Karla was born and raised in Southeast Alaska and moved to the Willamette Valley to attend the University of Oregon where she graduated with a Bachelor of Art’s Degree in rhetoric and communication. She studied dental hygiene at Lane Community College and earned a Master of Education degree from Concordia University. She has been married for 20+ years and has two high school teenagers. When not working, she enjoy athletics, reading and spending time with her family, friends and little dog.

She has worked for Oregon Tech at the Chemeketa campus since the Dental Hygiene program opened in 2011, as an adjunct faculty in both clinical and didactic courses. In addition, she worked in clinical private practice for 20+ years and is looking forward to devoting all of her energy into teaching full time. She loves both dental hygiene and education, so feels extremely blessed to work at Oregon Tech with amazing faculty and students.

Stuart Sockman

Stuart Sockman, Director of Emergency Management

OfficeEnvironmental Health and Safety Office

Stuart grew up in Colorado, received his BA in Physics from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and then joined the military, starting in the Marine Corps and ending up retiring from the Coast Guard as a helicopter pilot 25 years later. He then used his GI Bill to earn a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Stuart has been at Oregon Tech since April, and enjoys skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking.

Stevce Stefanoski

Stefan (Stevce) Stefanoski, Instructor

OfficeEERE – Wilsonville

Stefan holds a BS degree in Applied Physics from the St. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, and a PhD in Applied Physics from the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida. He has received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from USF for his dissertation on synthesis and characterization of materials relevant for renewable energy applications. He was a Carnegie postdoctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., where he was exploring high-pressure approaches for the synthesis of materials relevant for photovoltaic applications. In addition to investigating alternative methods to interactively and effectively teach Physics and Materials Science, his interests are in combining science and engineering in the search for materials for renewable energy applications, such as photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, and magnetocalorics. Stefan is the author of 19 peer-reviewed journal articles, and the author/co-author of two books.

Lisa Steinbock

Lisa Steinbock, Instructor

OfficeRadiologic Science

Lisa Steinbock is a Klamath Falls native and Oregon Tech alumni. Lisa is an accomplished radiation therapist, radiologic technologist, and CT technologist that brings an extensive skill set to her position as the RDSC Clinical Coordinator. Lisa comes to Oregon Tech from the Sky Lakes Cancer Treatment Center where she worked as a radiation therapist. Prior to becoming a radiation therapist, she held several positions within the medical imaging community including MRI, CT, and X-ray. Lisa earned her BS degree in Radiologic sciences from Oregon Tech in 2005 and her BS degree in Radiation Therapy from Weber State in 2011.

When she is not working she enjoys being a wife, and mother to three little boys. Together they enjoy exploring the wonders of Oregon and all it has to offer including hiking, biking, golfing, boating, fishing and just basically getting dirty.

Lindy Stewart

Lindy Stewart, Assistant Professor


Lindy Stewart joins Oregon Tech as an Assistant Professor in Information Technology and Health Informatics with industry, business and college level teaching experience. After graduating from Oregon Institute of Technology with a BS in Information Technology, Health Informatics Option, she earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Health Informatics from Boston University.

Upon observing the rapid changes in healthcare information technology she became greatly interested in teaching college fulltime in order to help others gain the knowledge and skills needed to obtain employment within the healthcare industry. Lindy enjoys teaching courses in database design and development, analytics and health informatics. Her approach is to provide a hands-on learning environment to enhance student growth, skills and confidence. She is interested in instructing for higher education institutions and believes that education is the cornerstone to enhancing a person’s knowledge and confidence which can increase individual and industry achievements which she believes ultimately can improve social and community welfare.

Mason Terry

Mason Terry, Associate Professor

OfficeEERE - Klamath Falls

Dr. Mason Terry has over 13 years of experience in the field of photovoltaics. Most recently he was the Global Reliability Manager for DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions and leading the Consumer Electronics development in Silicon Valley for DuPont. Dr. Terry joined DuPont in 2011 with the acquisition of Innovalight where he played a key role in developing nano-silicon technology to improve the efficiency of solar cells and transferring technology platforms to high-volume production at many global manufacturers. He earned a PhD from The University of New South Wales, Australia, a MSEE from the University of Washington, USA and graduated with a BSEET from Oregon Institute of Technology in 1999 where he won the Hunt Science Award. Dr. Terry was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2001 and University International Postgraduate Award in 2005. He has authored approximately 16 patents and patent applications, and approximately 50 scientific publications.

Additionally, he is a veteran of both the Navy and Army. Free time is spent back country skiing, alpine/rock climbing, backpacking and Schutzhund training.

Josh Wetzler

Josh Wetzler, Program Manager


Josh grew up in Perth, Western Australia, before moving to Klamath Falls where he attended Oregon Tech and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Management with an emphasis on Marketing in 2009. During his time in Klamath Falls he was a four year member of the Oregon Tech basketball team, highlighted in 2008 as Co-Captain of one of Oregon Tech’s National Champion teams. After graduating from Oregon Tech he has since played basketball professionally in Germany, and spent five years in the Seattle area working in the Digital Marketing & Analytics field.

Being a former scholarship recipient, he is very excited to be a part of the Development team and come back to the very unique and special culture at Oregon Tech. In his spare time Josh enjoys hiking, movies, and long sits on the couch.

Kelcie Wiley

Kelcie Wiley, Administrative Program Specialist

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Kelcie was born and raised in beautiful Eastern Oregon and was excited to move to Klamath Falls in 2013 where she transferred to Oregon Tech from Eastern Oregon University. Her career with Oregon Tech began in 2016, after previous experience in higher education. She is excited to be part of such a great institution. Kelcie enjoys volunteering with Blue Zones and local children’s programs. Her hobbies include but are not limited to being outdoors, riding horses, and doing pallet projects.

Tonja Willey

Tonja Willey, Assistant Professor

OfficeDental Hygiene – Chemeketa

Tonja grew up in Portland and graduated from Mt Hood Community College with an A.S. degree in Dental Hygiene. She provided patient care in a general dental office setting first in Florida, then in the Portland metro area for 27 years. She also provided local anesthesia in an endodontist’s office. In addition, the last six years she has taught part-time at Mt Hood Community College in their dental hygiene program. Tonja is a graduate of our online degree completion program for dental hygienists earning their bachelor’s degree. Then, she went on to receive her M.S. in Education at Portland State.

Tonja is married to her best friend, Alan, for 26 years. They have two fabulous children, Kristina and Scott, a wonderful son-in-love, Kyle, and two adorable, full of energy grandsons, Emmett and Troy. All the children live in Florida because of military commitments. She travels as often as possible to see their children. Race-walking is a passion, and she trains with her two Italian greyhounds. In her quiet time, she enjoys cooking and quilting. Tonja is excited to begin her new adventure at the Salem Campus with her students and pass on her love of the dental hygiene profession.

Edis Worden

Edis Worden, Educational Technologist

OfficeInformation Technology Services

Edis grew up in Brooklyn, New York until the 9th grade, when her family moved to San Diego. She joined the United States Coast Guard in 1988 and served for five years. She and her husband moved to Klamath Falls in 1998 after he retired from the Coast Guard and have been here ever since.

She has been married for 24 years, and has twohildren. Their daughter is doing her Masters in Biology at Boise State University and their son just graduated with his Associates (in business) from Klamath Community College and will be starting at Oregon Tech in the fall.

Edis received an associate degree in Computer Information Systems from the College of Marin and went onto Eastern Oregon University where she received a bachelor's in Business, and continued with an MBA at Southern Oregon University and is now working on an AIM degree from University of Oregon.

Suzette Yaezenko

Suzette Yaezenko, Chief Human Resources and Civil Rights Officer

OfficeHuman Resources

Suzette Yaezenko joined Oregon Tech as our new Chief Human Resources and Civil Rights Officer in September. Coming from an extensive background of over 20+ years in higher education, Suzette has held multiple human resources leadership positions at Washington State University (WSU) and University of Idaho (UI), with her most recent position as the Director of the Office of Human Engagement at WSU.

On a personal note, Suzette grew up in a small farming community in Fraser, Idaho where the family farm still resides. After which, she attended Boise State University and obtained her BA in Human Resources Management with Economic emphasis. For the last 22 years, Suzette has made her home in Moscow, Idaho playing an active member of the community and volunteering with many organizations, with the City of Moscow’s Human Rights Commission, as her most recent volunteer endeavor.

Suzette is thrilled to be a part of Oregon Tech and the Klamath Falls community!

Yuehai Yang

Yuehai Yang, Assistant Professor

OfficeNatural Sciences-Physics

Yuehai was born and raised in Jinan, China. He studied physics at Ocean University of China, and moved to United States in 2007. He received his Ph. D degree in experimental condensed matter physics at Florida International University and started his teaching career at California State University, Chico in 2013. After finishing his second year of teaching at CSUC, he came back to Florida and worked at University of Central Florida as a visiting faculty before moving to Klamath Falls. As a physics faculty, Yuehai enjoys working with his students to do research and practice scientific methods in the process.

In his free time, he likes to spend time with family and friends, reading, traveling and playing basketball.

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