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Abdy Afjeh

Abdy Afjeh, Associate Provost Research & Academic Affairs

 Office of the Provost

Prior to coming to Oregon Tech, Dr. Afjeh was Distinguished University Professor and Chair of Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Toledo, where he also served as Director of College Major Initiatives in the College of Engineering and Founding Director of the Small Turbine Engine Institute. Dr. Afjeh was also Resident Faculty at The Ohio Aerospace Institute and the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field. At the University of Toledo, he lead the effort to develop professional master’s degree programs for industry, a multi-disciplinary, collaborative energy engineering program in partnership with the colleges of Business and Law, and joint international master’s degree programs with PSG College of Technology in India in mechanical and industrial engineering. Dr. Afjeh earned his Ph.D. and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo; and his B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Arya Mehr University of Technology. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Chelsie Akers

Chelsie Akers, Instructor

 Communications

Dr. Chelsie Akers is an Arizona native and she received her Bachelor’s degree at Arizona State University, her Master’s degree at Brigham Young University, and her PhD from University of Arizona. She has been teaching at University of Arizona for the past five years and is excited for the opportunity to teach communication courses here at Oregon Tech.

Her area of research is in new technology and media effects with a special interest in their impact on children. Dr. Akers has also done extensive research regarding social support given and received both online and face-to-face. She finds it fascinating how we have all changed and adapted to using digital technology in our everyday lives. Her work can be found in journals such as Communication Research and Human Communication Research.

Timbrel Ashton

Timbrel Ashton, Office Specialist 2

 Portland-Metro
 
Rachelle Barrett

Rachelle Barrett, Instructor

 MLS

Rachelle received a BS in Chemistry from Oregon State University in 2005 and a second BS in Medical Technology from Oregon Tech in 2006. She worked as a generalist for 7 years at Salem Hospital and then went back to school for her Specialty in Blood Banking from University of Texas Medical Branch in 2013. She was a Blood Bank Manager at Portland Adventist Medical Center for three years before beginning her teaching career with Oregon Tech. She has served as a student externship liaison at both hospitals she worked at and is currently an active volunteer with ASCLS and the West Linn-Wilsonville School district. She also spends time working with new managers in meeting Transfusion Service Compliance Regulations.

Alaura Boynton

Alaura Boynton, Campus Security/Public Safety Officer

 Security
Rebecca Burkeen

Rebecca Burkeen, Alumni Relations Manager

 Development

Becky Burkeen joined Oregon Tech as the Alumni Relations Manager at the beginning of 2018. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of San Diego with a bilingual teaching license. She taught in San Diego and Los Angeles before moving to Portland, teaching elementary school for a few years before becoming a Spanish teacher. She taught Spanish to all grades in various K-8 schools around Portland and was also part of the faculty that founded De La Salle North Catholic High School in North Portland. Her last few years of teaching were spent in the West Linn/Wilsonville school district, at the school where her three children attended. In 2010 Becky joined Marylhurst University, working part-time while continuing to teach. In 2013 she decided to stop teaching and focus on working in higher ed full time.

Becky and her children live in Wilsonville. Her two daughters attend Wilsonville High School and her son is in middle school. Outside of work, Becky enjoys supporting her kids in their sports and activities and she also serves as the president of the Portland alumni chapter for USD.

Craig Campbell

Craig Campbell, Director OMIC R & D

 OMIC - Scappoose

Before coming to OMIC R&D, Craig developed an expertise in Transportation, Military, Emergency Response, Public Safety, Energy, Early Childhood and Government Reform issues through his 32 years in the legislative process. He has been at the heart of crafting legislative and policy solutions to the state’s problems in these areas. Craig has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General at the Oregon Department of Justice, Chief of Staff for the Speaker of the House and Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor. For 17 of the last 20 years he has been the President/Legal Counsel for his family lobbying firm where he has represented clients in the legislative process on a broad range of issues. Craig received his Bachelors in Science with a Political Science Major in 1989 and his Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1992, both at the University of Oregon. He earned his Master’s degree with honors in Military Science with a focus on international land warfare at American Military University in Manassas Lake, Virginia in 2006. Craig has been happily married to his wife Anne for 26 years and together they are the proud parents of two daughters, Natalie and Delaney.

Anna Clark

Anna Clark, Financial Analyst

 Budget Office

Anna is the newest member of the Budget and Resource Planning team. She earned her B.S. in Rangeland Management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and her M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wyoming. Anna will be assisting in all areas of the BPO, including annual budget development, position control, financial analysis, and reporting.

Correne Cleland

Correne Cleland, Custodian

 Housing
 
Tracey Coon

Tracey Coon, Assistant Professor

 Management

Tracey was born and raised in Oregon and is excited to join the Oregon Tech family after serving 14+ years in the Information Technology (IT) industry. Most recently, Tracey served as a Cyberspace Operations Officer in the Oregon Air National Guard and intends to continue serving as a traditional guardsman. Tracey holds a diverse technical background specializing in long-haul communications, life-cycle management, database administration, network management, and defensive cybersecurity operations. In 2012, Tracey took on a challenging position with Lockheed-Martin Mission Systems and Training to spearhead the overhaul of the Graduate Training Integration Management System directly supporting the sole F-15C fighter jet training facility for the U.S. Air Force.

After one year as an adjunct professor, Tracey accepted a full-time assistant professor position in the Management Department focusing on Management Information Systems majors and to assist in the development of Oregon Tech’s Cybersecurity degree program.

Tracey earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in IT with concentrations in network administration and information security. Also, he is qualified through the U.S. Air Force to perform network offensive and defensive cyberspace operations.

In his free time, Tracey enjoys music, trying new restaurants, and traveling with his wife and two boys.

Richard Cornwell

Richard Cornwell, Director Business Affairs

 Business Affairs

Rich is a fifth generation Washingtonian that relocated to Oregon after raising their children in the Golden Triangle of Montana. Rich has over 25 years of government and not-for-profit accounting experience as well as 5 years in public accounting. Rich and his wife graduated from Central Washington University. Rich’s son Benjamin is a senior at Oregon Tech studying Operations Management. Ben plans to go on and get his MBA at the University of Oregon. Rich’s daughter Gillian is a sophomore at the University of Oregon studying political science then on to law school. Rich’s wife Cheryl is the Chief Financial Officer at Lake District Hospital in Lakeview. When Rich isn’t working he is riding motorcycles with his son, working in his shop, and updating/remodeling their home in Lakeview. “I am really very happy to be here with my son. OIT has made such a tremendous difference in my son’s education.”

Tanya Coty

Tanya Coty, Diversity/Title IX Officer

 Human Resources

Tanya comes to Oregon Tech from Fairbanks, Alaska, where she held positions at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as a Title IX Investigator/Compliance Specialist and the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District where she served as the Director of Equal Opportunity. Tanya received her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Minnesota and her Master of Public Administration from University of Alaska Southeast.

During her free time, she enjoys playing with her 3 small fur babies, visiting her children and grandchildren, hiking, camping and riding 4-wheelers.

Krista Darrah

Krista Darrah, Operations Manager

 Development

While attending Oregon Tech, Krista kick started her accounting and finance career at JELD-WEN, Inc. There she had the opportunity to work with foreign financials, assist with preparation of the JELD-WEN financials, and lead the accounting and financial reporting for a number of subdivisions in the distribution sector. After five years, Krista found herself drawn to non-profits and educational organizations. She transitioned to Klamath Community College where she led the Business Office, and later to Oregon Tech and the Oregon Tech Foundation where she held various accounting and management positions. Krista stepped away from the university for two years to lead the finance and accounting for a local algae company that expanded internationally during her tenure. Krista returns to Oregon Tech as the Operations Manager for the Foundation.

Maria Depuy

Maria Depuy, Accountant 1

 Portland-Metro
 
Julie Desmond

Julie Desmond, Office Specialist 2

 Portland-Metro
 
Oleksandr Dobzhanskyi

Oleksandr Dobzhanskyi, Assistant Professor

 Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy

Dr. Dobzhanskyi received his Bachelor Degree of Electrical Engineering from Kiev National University (Ukraine). He holds Master’s and PhD degrees of Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University (USA).

His academic and research interests include: electric power generation, distribution and protection; electrical machinery; hybrid electric vehicles; wind and ocean wave energy conversion systems. Dr. Dobzhanskyi has worked for different industrial and academic organizations in the USA, South Africa, Peru, Iraq, and Ukraine.

George Drouant

George Drouant, Instructor

 Computer Systems Engineering Technology

George is a native of the New Orleans metro area. He has degrees in Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Engineering and Applied Science. He has worked in Aerospace, Biomedical and Telecommunications areas. He has held teaching positions at Southeastern Louisiana University, Tulane University, and the University of New Orleans. George has pursued research at Tulane Medical School, Louisiana State University Medical School, and the University of New Orleans. He holds three patents, and is a Professional Engineer.

Katelyn Ericks

Katelyn Ericks, Custodian

 Communication Studies
 
Kerry Farris

Kerry Farris, Instructor

 Natural Sciences

Kerry has worked in the Klamath region for the past 22 years and has resided in Klamath Falls since 2005. She earned a B.S. and M.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Idaho and has worked for various government and private organizations as a wildlife biologist and research ecologist involved in forest and fire management. Much of her career has involved interdisciplinary collaboration with resource managers to understand the effects of forest and fuels management on wildlife habitat, and to develop projects that incorporate this knowledge. In 2016 Kerry began teaching courses at Oregon Tech in biology, environmental statistics, and forest ecology & management, where she enjoys exposing students to diverse regional ecosystems and resource management challenges. Kerry has strong professional and family ties to the Klamath region and is very excited to be part of the Oregon Tech community.

Lori Garrard

Lori Garrard, Executive Assistant

 Development

Lori was born and raised in Intercourse, Pennsylvania, in the heart of Lancaster County’s beautiful Amish country before moving to the Pacific Northwest to attend George Fox College where she received a B.A. in Writing and Literature. She has resided in Klamath Falls since 1997 and has worked in local government for the past 20 years prior to coming to Oregon Tech. Lori has three amazing adult step-children and two kids still at home, Cooper (17) and Piper (6). In her spare time, Lori likes to travel with her husband, quilt, read and recently took up cycling.

Pramod Govindan

Pramod Govindan, Instructor

 Computer Systems Engineering Technology

Pramod Govindan’s academic and research interests include: research experience in the field of digital system design, computer architecture, reconfigurable computing, ultrasonic 3D data compression etc. He has presented at various international conferences and twice won the best paper awards, and authored articles in peer-reviewed journals in his area of expertise. His current research focuses on reconfigurable hardware implementation of cryptography algorithms for IoT applications. He is excited to teach and is always looking for creative and advanced methods of teaching to make the learning experience truly joyful for the students.

Pramod Govindan received his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Govt. Engineering College, Thrissur, India in 1997, M.S. in VLSI & Microelectronics in 2009 and PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2015, both from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.

His hobbies and outside interests include meditation, music, and reading

Mark Granlund

Mark Granlund, Chief Development Officer-NW

 Development

Mark brings to OIT and the Development Team over 20 years of development experience, including several successful capital campaigns.

Mark grew up in Klamath Falls and graduated from KUHS. It was there he met his wife, Violet. After graduating, Mark moved to Portland to study business at PSU, while Violet stayed in Klamath Falls and graduated from Oregon Tech. In fact, counting Violet, six of Mark’s family members are Oregon Tech graduates! After graduating from Oregon Tech, Violet moved up to Portland and they were married and started a family.

For fun, Mark and Violet enjoy gardening, family vacations to Sunriver, road trips to Los Angeles to see their son Luke, and every minute that they get with their two grandsons, Lincoln and Zander.

Mark is excited to join the Oregon Tech Development Team and engage alumni, faculty, and the community in growing Oregon Tech’s reach and prominence as Oregon’s premier nationally ranked and recognized technical and health-professions university.

Corinne Graves

Corinne Graves, Admissions Counselor

 Admissions

Cori was born and raised in Colorado and moved to Oregon to attend Oregon State University and hasn’t looked back! From OSU, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a focus on Genetics and is currently working on her Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy through Portland State University.

She has always loved the sciences and dreamed of working in forensics and analyzing DNA (huge microscope fan), but her job as a TOUR Ambassador in her undergrad is where she found her true passion for helping students. When she is not on the road or meeting with students, she enjoys reading, catching up on sleep, eating all the popcorn she can find, and cuddling with her cat, Polly!

David Groff

David Groff, University General Counsel

 General Counsel

A native Oregonian, Dave served as general counsel for Klamath County, started a law firm, worked as a prosecutor and served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney before coming to Oregon Tech. Dave received his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law, and earned his B.A. from Dartmouth College in History and Government. Dave taught as an adjunct at Oregon Tech for many years prior to accepting this position. When not in the office, you might find Dave on the sidelines of a local soccer pitch, or hiking, backpacking, or climbing. Fun fact: Dave has summited Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Shasta, among others.

Pam Grove

Pam Grove, Assistant to University Legal Counsel

 General Counsel

Pam grew up in Southern California, and recently relocated to Klamath Falls in March of 2018, and is excited to join the Oregon Tech team as the Legal Assistant to University General Counsel. Pam has worked as a Paralegal since obtaining her Paralegal Certificate in 1990 from Coastline Community College, an ABA approved paralegal program. With more than two decades of legal experience in the private, government and non-profit sectors, Pam has built a successful career path as a Paralegal and has assisted attorneys on cases ranging from complex civil litigation, class actions, construction defect, land use, surety and insurance defense, personal injury, wrongful death, medical and legal malpractice, and business related torts. Pam is a member of the Oregon Paralegal Association as well as the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, and is a Notary Public for the State of Oregon.

Besides her passion for the legal world and advocating for the vulnerable, Pam enjoys spending time with her menagerie of four legged friends, crocheting, reading and being outside to explore all that Klamath Falls and Oregon have to offer.

Clint Guttman

Clint Guttman, Clinical Dentist

 Dental Hygiene

Dr. Clint Guttman is the new dentist on campus who will also be working with Dental Hygiene students. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Klamath Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentists. He has a B.S. in Secondary Education with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Portland and a B.S in Mirco/Molecular Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Portland State University. He completed his dental training at Oregon Health and Science University and has been practicing dentistry in Klamath Falls since moving here at the end of 2016. He has volunteered for Give Kids a Smile, the Mission of Mercy dental outreach and the Pediatric Van dental clinic. Since joining the Oregon Tech family, he has set up a full service dental clinic in Semon Hall and is currently seeing patients. Dr. Guttman is working closely with the Dental Hygiene faculty to integrate the Oregon Tech Dental Clinic with the Dental Hygiene program, and provide students with meaningful real world experience. Dr. Guttman enjoys camping, slow cooker BBQ, and traveling to the Philippines to be with his extended family.

Brandon Held

Brandon Held, Academic Specialist

 Retention Services

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Brandon moved to Oregon two months ago and has loved getting to know the Klamath Falls area. He attended the University of Wisconsin and earned his B.A. in English Literature and his M.A. in Sociology. After college, Brandon has worked extensively in higher education: initially as a sociology instructor and then in student services for Herzing University. He is excited to for the opportunity to work at The Rock and help first year students adjust and succeed in their collegiate careers. In his free time, Brandon loves playing board games, going to plays/concerts, and watching the Green Bay Packers win at football.

Erik Johnson

Erik Johnson, Director of Admissions

 Admissions

Erik began his career in enrollment management at Northern Arizona University in Undergraduate Admissions & Orientation a decade ago, serving in many progressively responsible roles during a period of impressive enrollment growth for the Flagstaff Main Campus, 30+ statewide locations, and online. He has experience in proactive recruitment strategies, CRM implementation and communications, admissions processes and policies, financial aid leveraging, yield optimization, orientation, and records. In his most recent role he served as Director of Undergraduate Recruitment and Chief Admissions Officer for the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. During his tenure at Illinois, the College experienced a 10% increase of the freshmen class and 4% increase of transfers. Erik is confident that by promoting our polytechnic mission, implementing data-informed strategies to aggressively market our value, and launching bold, new recruitment and admissions strategies, Oregon Tech will not only grow enrollment of a qualified, diverse class year-over-year, but transform our brand from a gem in the Northwest to a glowing beacon around the world.

David Johnston

David Johnston, Instructor

 Natural Sciences

David Johnston brings 5 years of experience teaching university physics at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, and, most recently, Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Dr. Johnston earned his Ph.D. and M.S. from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where his research work focused on modeling mode conversions in fusion reactors, and his B.S. degree from Binghamton University in New York. David is originally from New Jersey and loves it here in the Pacific Northwest! He lives in Wilsonville, OR with his high-school sweetheart, two crazy boys (6 and 9), and one snoring dog! In his free-time, David enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time outdoors.

Tom Keyser

Tom Keyser, Dean, College of ETM

 College of Engineering, Technology, and Management

Dr. Thomas Keyser joined Oregon Tech after serving as Professor and Chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management at Western New England University. Formerly, he was an Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Ohio University and an Assistant Professor of Engineering and Colorado State University-Pueblo. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University, his master’s degree from the University of Southern Colorado and his bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University. Dr. Keyser serves as a program evaluator for ABET and has been nominated to become a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.

Josh Koch

Josh Koch, CNC Programmer & Machine Tool Operator

 OMIC
 
Lisa Leonard

Lisa Leonard, Office Specialist 2

 Dental Hygiene

Having spent her childhood here in Klamath Falls then her teenage years and adulthood in California (with the exception of her senior year of H.S. where she graduated Mazama), Lisa has come back to her roots to live in Klamath Falls once again. While in northern California her first career was in the lumber industry until the bottom dropped out of the timber industry in late 2007. She then moved into the world of veterinary care and services for a period of years. Falling in love has brought her home where she enjoys her new life spending a lot of time in the outdoors: camping, hiking, backpacking and dual-sport riding. When not outside you will find her either in the kitchen or wrapped up in yarn project with one or more of her 3 pets at her side. She is very happy to join Oregon Tech with its many wonderful people and hopes to stay for the duration of her working career.

Julia Lepsky

Julia Lepsky, Accountant 1

 Business Affairs

Julia was born and raised in Upstate New York but she goes where life takes her. She has lived in six other states until now settling in Oregon to embark a new educational journey together with her husband. Her husband, David Ruark will be studying here at Oregon Tech for his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Nonprofit Administration from Lindenwood University. Her experience includes many years of accounting across multiple sectors, import & export documentation, and project-based work. Her ultimate job goal would be coordinating disaster relief programs. In her free time, she enjoys many outside activities such as hiking, rock climbing and camping. She also loves going on adventures and visiting new places. Julia is excited to take on her new role and be a part of the Oregon Tech community.

Kevin MacDougal

Kevin MacDougal, Instructor

 Computer Systems Engineering Technology
 
James McPherson

James McPherson, Public Information Representative 1

 Strategic Enrollment Management

James currently assists academic programs with marketing and events. He is a Klamath Falls native and graduate of Klamath Union High School. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. He’s worked in marketing for the past decade in Portland and Miami and within industries as diverse as financial risk management services, engineering services and software and home décor.

His hobbies include creative design, computers and technology and exploring the outdoors with his dog Zelda. He love traveling and experiencing new places! One of his favorite trips was a cross country drive from Oregon to Florida and back several years ago.

Having grown up in Klamath Falls, it’s very exciting to now be working with Oregon Tech!

Amr Metwally

Amr Metwally, Instructor

 Electrical Engineering & Renewable Energy

Amr received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt, in 1978, the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, in 1982 and 1986, respectively. Amr was a post doctorate research associate at the University of Texas at Austin, 1986-1988.

Amr was a Full Professor at the Department of Electrical Machines and Power, Helwan University. He served as the Vice Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Helwan University and the Dean of the Higher Technological Institute-10th of Ramadan, Egypt. His current research interests include power electronics, renewable energy resources, power systems, computer-based controllers, automatic control, and e-learning management systems. He has over 90 publications in refereed journals and conferences.

Amr coordinated and participated in 35 internationally funded research projects mainly with USA, European Countries, Middle East and China. The total research amounts of those projects are more than $50 Million. He supervised and graduated many Master and Doctoral students. He served as reviewer for many international funding schemes, FP7, TEMPUS, RDI, IMC and STDF.

Crystal Muno

Crystal Muno, Administrative Program Specialist

 Career Services

Crystal is (mostly) a native of Klamath. An alumna of Oregon Tech, Crystal holds a BS in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Marketing. She also studied Library Science through the University of Washington. Her professional experience ranges from marketing, public relations and graphic design to education to image consulting to nonprofit arts management. At Oregon Tech she is a specialist working as a liaison between Career Services and the JOBS contract held by the Psychology Department and DHS. Crystal and her amazing eight-year-old daughter, Marcail, like to think of themselves as a dynamic duo. When they aren’t acting/directing/costuming or running tech at either the Ross Ragland Theater or the Linkville Playhouse you can find them road tripping around the PNW in search of adventure.

Mark Nardin

Mark Nardin, Professor of Practice

 Electrical Engineering & Renewable Energy

Mark grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After high school, Mark went to Michigan Tech University and got his BS in EE in 1989. He went on to get his Masters in EE at Princeton University in 1990, and a PhD in EE from University of Michigan in 1996. After graduating, Mark moved to Portland, Oregon and started work at Intel Corp, doing circuit design for microprocessors. He has been at Intel for 20+ years (still ongoing), living in both Portland, OR and Fort Collins, CO. At Intel, he has been part of the design of 8 desktop microprocessors, 4 server microprocessors, and 3 memory controllers. Mark has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for over 20 years, they attend Old Town Church in Forest Grove, OR where he volunteers with the high school youth group, and his favorite hobby is playing Magic: The Gathering.

Erica Nelson

Erica Nelson, Assistant Athletic Trainer

 Athletics

Erica Nelson comes to Oregon Tech fresh out of graduate school. Nelson is from Salem, Oregon where she went to Sprague High School. She received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from Oregon State University in 2014. Nelson was on the varsity women’s swimming team at OSU. She went on to coach swimming for two years at Linfield College and McMinnville Swim Club, where she developed swimming-specific strength programs. From there, Nelson graduated from Pacific University with a Master of Science in Athletic Training. During her athletic training program, Erica had clinical rotations at Warner Pacific College, the Portland Thorns, Glencoe High School, and University of Portland. Her clinical skills include corrective exercise, extensive concussion education, and experience with a variety of modalities that includes cupping. She is on the Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee with the Oregon Athletic Trainers Society and volunteers with Special Olympics Oregon. Erica enjoys being active, exploring the outdoors, and teaching Jazzercise. She has an old grumpy cat and is looking to rescue a puppy soon.

Peter Overholser

Peter Overholser

 Mathematics

Peter was born and raised in Portland. After studying physics and math in Minnesota, he moved to San Diego. He spent a few years living at the beach and left with a Ph.D. in math. Since then he's worked at universities in Canada, Belgium, the UK, Germany, and Klamath Falls. Interests include learning, teaching, music, books, energy, agriculture, machines, Frisbee, and the outdoors.

Kay Parrish

Kay Parrish, Office Specialist 2

 General Instruction

Kay Parrish moved to Klamath Falls last October to escape the traffic and crowds in the Seattle area. After 35+ years in the competitive banking industry, she thoroughly enjoys the supportive and welcoming community of Oregon Tech. Kay, her partner Bill, and Jack the dog enjoy taking road trips and exploring all that the Great Basin has to offer, including the fantastic birding.

Kay is very proud of her son Allen who is retiring June 2019 after 20 wonderful years in the Coast Guard.

Dacarie Robertson

Dacarie Robertson, Disability Services Specialist

 Student Success Center

Dacarie holds a Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Sustainable Development & Global Practice and a Graduate Certificate in Animal Assisted Social Work from the University of Denver. Dacarie is committed to collaborative efforts, strength-based approaches, and delivering accommodations that promote equity and equality. She comes to Oregon Tech with experience as a helping professional, advocate, and agent for social change, serving underrepresented populations. She draws on this experience to empower students in achieving academic success and realizing their full potential. Dacarie’s greatest honor came to life when she was awarded the opportunity to partner with the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy in Kenya. During this experience she studied academic outcomes, applied cultural awareness, advocated for gender equality, strengthened access to education, and developed a soccer-based empowerment program. Dacarie is inspired by the profound influence sports can have as a means of uniting cultures, perspectives, and evoking social change. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and exploring the beautiful outdoors.

Kevin Rogers

Kevin Rogers, Trades Maintenance Worker 1

 Housing
 
Wendy Rogers

Wendy Rogers, Instructor

 Medical Imaging Technology
 
Brianna Schwenk

Brianna Schwenk, Academic Specialist

 Student Success Center

Brianna works side by side with students to encourage, support and guide them through their time at Oregon Tech. As an academic specialist, Brianna is passionate about empowering students to reach their full potential. While using a holistic approach students learn how to be prepared for the ups and downs that come with the rigorous programs they strive to complete. It is her belief that taking part in a student’s academic journey is one of the most rewarding positions to have. After graduating from Oregon Tech as a TOP Alum, it became Brianna’s goal to pay it forward to students of the future.

Brianna received her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Psychology and Human Communication at Oregon Tech and is beginning her academic journey in the MFT Master’s Program this fall.

Roseann Scott

Roseann Scott, Administrative Program Assistant

 Dental Hygiene
 
Waseem Sheikh

Waseem Sheikh, Associate Professor

 Computer Systems Engineering Technology

Dr. Waseem Sheikh comes to Oregon Tech from Purdue University Northwest, a regional campus of Purdue University, where he served as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for five years. Prior to joining Purdue University Northwest, he worked as a senior software engineer at Landis+Gyr, a leading smart grid and smart metering company, where he worked on the development of software and hardware for Landis+Gyr smart grid and smart metering product line.

Dr. Sheikh earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, in 2002 and 2007 respectively. He holds a B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Pakistan.

Dr. Sheikh’s research interests include computer networks, wireless communication, and IoT. He has published in leading journals and conferences in his area. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in the areas of computer networks, wireless communication, programming, and embedded systems.

Barbara Sigurdson

Barbara Sigurdson, Instructor

 Dental Hygiene

Barbara grew up in Oregon and has a passion for dentistry. She became a Certified Dental Assistant in 1990 and then received her Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene degree from Oregon Tech in 2015. She worked in clinical practice for most of those 28 years and began her teaching career part-time with Oregon Tech in 2015. Barbara loves teaching and will be working on her Master of Science in Allied Health starting in the fall of 2018.

When not teaching, Barbara enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband have a daughter and a son. Her interests include anything craft related, home improvements, cooking, and enjoying the outdoors.

Cindy Simono

Cindy Simono, Administrative Program Assistant

 Dental Hygiene
 
Harmony Stobaugh

Harmony Stobaugh, HR Consultant

 Human Resources

Harmony was born and raised in Billings, MT and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from Campbellsville University. Her HR experience comes from both the healthcare and higher education settings, most recently from work at Montana State University. In her free time Harmony enjoys wine tasting and reading.

Tonya Sweaney

Tonya Sweaney, Information Technology Consultant 3

 Information Technology Services

Tonya has worked in information technology for over 20 years and joins Oregon Tech as a Business Systems Analyst on the Applications Development team. Tonya grew up in California before relocating to Utah for 13 years and most recently moving here to Klamath Falls. She is excited to be a part of the “Oregon Tech Family” as well as having the opportunity to live closer to several family members who also reside in Klamath Falls. Tonya studied at Sonoma State University where she also participated on the schools 1990 women’s national championship soccer team. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, trail running, skiing, crocheting, making new friends and spending time with family.

Chelsey Torgerson

Chelsey Torgerson, Instructor

 Humanities and Social Sciences

Chelsey Torgerson graduated with a Ph.D. in Human Ecology with a Specialization in Couple and Family Therapy from Kansas State University in 2018. She earned a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University and also completed the coursework required to earn a certificate in Addictions Counseling. Having graduated from North Dakota State University with a B.S. in Sociology, you can typically find her cheering for the Bison on game day. Dr. Torgerson has provided therapy in community mental health clinics, public school systems, and residential treatment facilities in rural communities. As a researcher, Dr. Torgerson focuses on risk and resiliency factors of substance use, misuse, and abuse, trauma, recovery and prevention. Specifically, she examines the ways in which belonging to positive systems, and the role of human connection, can create alternative ways of coping with life’s stressors, thus reducing the need for substances and other potentially harmful mechanisms to cope. In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, college football, traveling, and spending time outside. Dr. Torgerson looks forward to training the next generation of trauma-informed and culturally competent family therapists.

John Van Dyke

John Van Dyke, Director of Athletics

 Athletics

Prior to joining Oregon Tech, Van Dyke served as Men's Basketball head coach at Northwest University from 2000 to December 2017; and as assistant athletic director since 2001 through December 2017. He also led promotion of athletics and communication to key stakeholders, including coaches, students, faculty, staff, donors, alumni, and parents; and ensured that program staff and coaches were well versed in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) rules and regulations. As the Men’s Basketball coach, Van Dyke has been a participant of 4 NAIA National Tournaments during his time at Northwest University. He has won several awards from the CCC, including Coach of Character (2013/14), Men's Basketball Coach of the Year (2012), and Team Champions of Character (2009). Van Dyke also established and directed annual coaching clinics to engage and educate local high school and junior high school coaches. Van Dyke has a Master of Sports Science from United States Sports Academy, a Teacher Certification Post-Baccalaureate Studies in Physical Education and Health Endorsement (K-12) from Seattle Pacific University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sport & Exercise Science from Western Washington University. 

Chitra Venugopal

Chitra Venugopal, Assistant Professor

 Electrical Engineering & Renewable Energy

Prior to joining Oregon Tech Dr. Chtira has 19 years of teaching experience and has held various faculty and management positions in leading teaching institutions around the world in India, Malaysia, Ethiopia, South Africa and West Indies. She has lead and developed new curriculum and courses and is passionate about developing effective teaching strategies and models suitable for teaching engineering and develop Engineering Pedagogy. She received her bachelor of engineering degree from Regional Engineering College, Master of Engineering from Bharathidasan University and Doctor of Philosophy from SASTRA University. Her specialization is in the field of Power and Energy. Her field of research interests are Power Electronics, Machine Drives, Power Systems, Smart Grid systems and Renewable energy systems and has published several research articles in this field. She is a reviewer and editorial board member for several journals. She is a candidate Engineer and senior member of IEEE power electronics society.

Christine Ward

Christine Ward, Instructional Designer

 Online Learning

A prior Klamath Falls resident, Christine received her B.A. from George Fox in Newberg, and earned her M.S. Education/Education Technology from Boise State University in 2009.

She has served as adjunct faculty, technical support, and instructional design positions at Boise State, the College of Western Idaho, and Colorado State - Global Campus before returning to Klamath Falls.

She enjoys meeting with faculty to design courses and help them navigate an environment of constantly changing technology by offering guidance and training. She finds this continuous learning and faculty partnership feeds both her creativity and passions in education and design.

Elizabeth Wells

Elizabeth Wells, Instructor

 Dental Hygiene

Born and raised here in Klamath Falls, Elizabeth is proud to be in her home town and a part of Oregon Tech! Elizabeth received her B.S. in Dental Hygiene from Oregon Tech in 2014 and practiced as a Registered Dental Hygienist for several years. Elizabeth is currently working to obtain her Masters in Allied Health at Oregon Tech. She loves all the beauty southern Oregon has to offer and enjoys exploring new places with her family.

Wakaya Wells

Wakaya Wells, Multicultural Student Services Coordinator

 Student Engagement Programs

Wakaya Wells is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. After growing up there, he went on to receive his BA from Dartmouth College in Native American Studies. He is currently studying to receive his MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Wakaya has spent time working for his tribe and developing cultural-based retention programs for college students in Oklahoma. Peer mentoring, community building, and conversation are a few of his passions and he is truly excited to work with the Oregon Tech community. Wakaya enjoys storytelling and helping people understand that they all have a part in diversity.

When not at work, Wakaya spends time with his wife Sara, and their two dogs Chief and Cooty, exploring all that Oregon has to offer.

Lynde Wright

Lynde Wright, Employer Relations Specialist

 Career Services

Lynde Wright studied Business with an emphasis in Marketing at Portland State University and also has a certificate in Full-Stack Web Development. Her professional background is in Healthcare Administration and Leadership. She has three kids and is actively involved in their school and athletic communities, where she frequently volunteers and coordinates fundraising events. She loves to travel, especially to Central America. She also loves to paddleboard and go camping. She is excited to be a part of Career Services, and is looking forward to building and maintaining relationships with employers on behalf of Oregon Tech.

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