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Liz Ashley

Liz Ashley, Administrative Program Specialist

 Business Affairs
Liz Ashley joined Oregon Tech in November of 2018 as an Administrative Program Specialist in the Business Affairs Office. Liz's responsibilities include P-Card administration, vendor setups and maintenance, invoice processing, and assisting the AVP for Financial Operations. Liz joins Oregon Tech with over 20 years of Administrative experience in various fields, and has studied both English and Communications. In her spare time, Liz enjoys traveling with her family, camping and hiking, and perfecting her photography skills.
Connie Atchley

Connie Atchley, Associate Vice President CIO

 Information Technology Services
Prior to coming to Oregon Tech, Connie Atchley led University Shared Services Enterprise (USSE) through an organizational transition to redefine services and improve pricing. She consulted for Elluian for seven years providing project management, strategic consulting and Banner utilization services. Additionally, she served as the Director of Oregon State University’s Administrative Computing Team and Oregon University System’s IT department. In that position she let the delivery of technical services to OSU’s administrative offices as well as to the HR, Payroll and Finance departments of all seven Oregon public universities. She began her career as a programmer for Oregon State University after completing her BA at that institution. She has pursued opportunities in areas of change management, process re-engineering, strategic organizational alignment and project management throughout the progression of her career. It has been her long-time career goal to be the CIO at Oregon Tech and looks forward to contributing to the institutions recognition as a premier polytechnic university. She is certified in change management and holds her PMP and PMI-ACP. She received her BA from Oregon State University and her MS from University of Oregon.
Connor Backlund

Connor Backlund, Office Specialist 2

 Academic Affairs
Connor was born and raised in Newberg, Oregon and graduated from University of Oregon in 2013, with a degree in Sociology. Connor has spent the better part of the last four years working for non-profits in various support and management roles. Connor will be joining the Academic Affairs department at the Portland-Metro campus where he will be assisting the faculty members with their day-to-day operations and goals. Connor is eager for the new opportunity at Oregon Tech and is intrigued by the many majors that Oregon Tech offers. In his spare time, Connor can be found exploring trails around the Portland area, reading a sci-fi novel, or taking his rescued tabby cat, Dijon, on a walk.
Ashley Bordelon

Ashley Bordelon, Behavior Analyst

 Humanities and Social Sciences
Dr. Ashley Bordelon is a Louisiana native and received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University, her Master's degree in Education from Southeastern Louisiana University, and her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Louisiana State University. Dr. Bordelon completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her research interests include functional analysis and treatment of severe problem behavior with a neurodiverse population.
Shawndell Brown

Shawndell Brown, Office Specialist 2

 General Instruction
Shawndell Brown was born and raised in Klamath Falls Oregon. She attended Lane Community College, Oregon Tech and Liberty University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary studies. In 2012 she received two endorsements from Light University for her accomplishments in both addiction & grievance counseling focused on young adults. That same year she was also accepted into the seminary program at Liberty University.

Shawndell began teaching general studies alongside Christian apologetics at faith-based schools in Klamath Falls and in Boise Idaho from 2012 to 2018. In 2014 she began volunteering her time as an educational coach and Christian counselor for Center Point in Nampa Idaho working with severely troubled teens. Before working in education, Shawndell spent over 26 years working in management positions in Klamath Falls.

In 2019, she decided to move back home so she could be close to her family. She also began a new chapter in her life accepting a position at Oregon Institute of Technology. Shawndell continues to volunteer her time teaching youth group, and also assists children dealing with hardship and loss in Klamath, Lake, Siskiyou, and Modoc Counties.

Shawndell enjoys spending time with her family, camping, hiking, riding horses, gardening, and reading.
Brenda Campbell

Brenda Campbell, Executive Assistant

 Office of the Provost
Prior to coming to Oregon Tech, Brenda was the Fiscal and Operations Manager for the Office of Human Resources at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. Part of her responsibilities included managing all employment-based visas for the University as well as serving as the Responsible Officer for the J-1 Scholar Program. Previously she worked at Biola University in Southern California and Wheaton College in Chicago. She holds a MA degree in Counseling from Wheaton College and has taught Anger Management and Abuse Awareness courses within correctional settings.

Brenda and her husband live in Oregon City and enjoy spending time with their family, camping and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Gary Clark

Gary Clark, Instructor

 Computer Systems Engineering Technology
Gary received a BS in Computer Software Engineering Technology from Oregon Tech in 1996. After graduation, Gary began working at JELD-WEN located in Klamath Falls, Oregon. During his 20 years at JELD-WEN, he worked as a developer on their custom Enterprise Resource Planner (ERP), spent time as a UNIX and database administrator, and developed web based applications in Java.

For the Spring of 2019, Gary was an adjunct instructor at Oregon Tech and found enjoyment helping students through the learning process. “It is a great feeling when you see the light go on.”
Tyler Conley

Tyler Conley, Grounds Maintenance Worker 1

 Facilities Services
Tyler was born in Fresno California raised in Sanger California. Tyler worked as a residential gardener for 5 years before coming to Oregon Tech. He has a wife, one son age 5 and one daughter age 5 months. I like to play sports, fish, spend time with the kids and is a big football fan.
Jennifer Day

Jennifer Day, Accounting Technician

 Business Affairs
Jennifer joined Oregon Tech in October 2018 as an Accounting Technician in the Business Affairs Office. She holds an Associates of Applied Science in Business Management and a Certificate in Accounting. Jennifer has over 20 years customer service experience, including 6 years combined experience in accounts payable and accounts receivable roles. Her previous work history includes: Administrative Accounts Payable & Vendor Coordinator at JELD-WEN, Administrative Assistant at the Klamath County Association of Realtors, and Assistant Activity Director at Heritage Manor East Nursing Home. Current areas of responsibility include: processing and auditing travel reimbursements and invoices for account accuracy and IRS compliance, payment processing, creating training manuals and other various duties. Jennifer is continuing her education, and is currently attending classes at Oregon Tech. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and playing golf.
Kim Faks

Kim Faks, Administrative Program Assistant

 Student Affairs - PM Campus
Kim joins Oregon Tech with a background in marketing and advertising project management and work in K-12 school administration. A native Oregonian, Kim graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Business Management. Kim’s interest in working with and supporting student goals is what led her to Oregon Tech.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and cheering on her two teenage sons at their sporting events.
Carey Fitzgerald

Carey Fitzgerald, Assistant Professor

 Humanities and Social Sciences
Dr. Fitzgerald recently joined the faculty at Oregon Tech as an Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology and Director of the Oregon Tech Well-being Program.

Dr. Fitzgerald earned his Ph.D. in Applied Experimental Psychology from Central Michigan University in 2011. After graduate school, he held lecturer positions at various universities – including Oakland University and the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the faculty at Oregon Tech, Dr. Fitzgerald was an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

Dr. Fitzgerald’s research interests focus on the social and evolutionary influences of human behavior, and how this knowledge can be used to improve one’s surrounding community. He has authored 25 peer-reviewed articles and 15 book chapters published in the fields of social, personality, evolutionary, clinical, and community psychology. He has also given over 50 presentations of his empirical work at professional psychology conferences across the United States. He is also the associate editor of the peer-reviewed journal Evolutionary Psychology.

Ashton Greer

Ashton Greer, Assistant Professor

 Civil Engineering
Dr. Ashton Greer is a native of Tennessee and spent a decade at The University of Alabama earning her Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. Along the way, she taught 4 years of engineering courses, gained professional experience in the construction and water resources industries, and performed research at the intersection of water resources and geographic information systems. Dr. Greer is passionate about using technology to address issues surrounding water resources and sustainability. Additionally, she has always been fascinated by water issues in the Western U.S. and is particularly excited to start doing work in the Klamath Basin. In her free time, Dr. Greer enjoys cycling, running, hiking, and reading.
Doug Halvorsen

Doug Halvorsen, Graphic Designer

 Marketing
Doug joined the Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs team in October 2018. He is a graduate of Oregon State University with a B.A. in Graphic Design.

As a native of Klamath Falls, Doug has over 23 years of local experience in graphic design, marketing and commercial printing.

Doug enjoys his free time traveling to new places with his family, grabbing an occasional geocache and metal detecting. As a fan of local history, he often visits old logging and mining towns throughout the Pacific Northwest, documenting its history and writing an occasional article on his blog site.
Paula Hannan

Paula Hannan, Instructor

 Computer Systems Engineering Technology
Paula Hannan is passionate about the small school experience we provide at Oregon Tech Portland-Metro. She graduated with a BA in Math from a similar small science school, Humboldt State University. After receiving her Masters in Computer Science from Oregon State, she has worked in a variety of programming and software management roles. Paula is active in AgilePDX, a Portland Technology community. When she isn't teaching you can find her singing in a choir, playing the flute or getting muddy in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Jaron Hartman

Jaron Hartman, Research Analyst 4

 Institutional Research
Jaron relocated to Klamath Falls from Salt Lake City, Utah. He received bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Biology from Montana State University, and completed his MBA at the University of Utah. He worked for Northrop Grumman as a Risk Management Analyst for 7 years before moving to Oregon for his wife’s medical residency at Cascades East. He is excited to learn new skills as a Research Analyst in the Institutional Research department, and looking forward to working in Higher Education.
Cecily Heiner

Cecily Heiner, Associate Professor

 Computer Systems Engineering Technology
Dr. Heiner completed her undergraduate work in Computer Science at Brigham Young University, a Masters degree in Computer Aided Language Learning at Carnegie Mellon University, and a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Utah. Her teaching and research interests include most topics related to computers and education, with a special interest in language technology, human computer interaction, and data science. She will continue to teach in the introductory programming sequence and looks forward to teaching more courses about databases and data science. She loves the forests and the waters of Oregon and looks forward to spending more time in her mom's hometown.
Paula Hendrix

Paula Hendrix, Assistant Professor

 Dental Hygiene - Salem
Paula formerly taught in and was the site director for the Oregon Tech Dental Hygiene department Salem campus from 2011-2017. She is returning to her love of teaching after serving as the Associate Dean of Health Sciences at Chemeketa Community College for the past two years. Paula graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene and earned her Master of Education degree from Concordia University in 2013. She practiced dental hygiene in Washington and Oregon for over 27 years and has been involved in teaching and administration for twelve years.

Paula has taught a variety of courses including Pain Management, Ethics, Periodontology, Dental Anatomy, and all levels of clinic. She believes in teaching the importance of giving back to the profession by volunteering and serving others. One way Paula has stayed involved with her profession has been by working as an anesthesia and dental hygiene clinical board examiner in several states.

Paula enjoys spending time with her husband and three grown children and spouses. She loves to travel, enjoy the outdoors, and anything arts and crafts related.
Zach Jones

Zach Jones, Academic Specialist

 Admissions
As a first-generation college student, I am acutely aware of the transformative power of a college education. Originally from Coos Bay, Oregon, I received my bachelor’s degree in History from Western Oregon University and my master’s degree in Applied Linguistics/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Portland State University. As an educator by training and passion, I’m excited to educate prospective students about the world class programs and facilities that make Oregon Tech the premier polytechnic university in the Pacific Northwest! An avid outdoor enthusiast, I love any place that I can go hiking with my wife and French Bulldog, Wesley. I’m thrilled to work at Oregon Tech and call Klamath Falls home!
Fred Kowalski

Fred Kowalski, Director - IT Security-Compliance

 Information Technology Services
Fred joined Oregon Tech in November of 2018 and is excited to be a part of our growing campus community. Prior to joining Oregon Tech, Fred spent twelve years focusing on information security, audit, and compliance and in the consulting and higher education industries. Fred earned an MS in computer science from Towson University and a BS in civil engineering from McGill University
Christy Leventon

Christy Leventon, Office Specialist 2

 General Instruction
I was raised in Yuma, AZ and moved to Northern CA with my husband and three sons, where we lived for 24 years before moving to Klamath Falls. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Heath Care Management through Southern New Hampshire University.

Before coming to Oregon Tech, I worked for the Forest Service as their front office person at the Tulelake Ranger District. As much as I enjoyed working for the Forest Service, I was excited to receive the job offered from Oregon Tech to be the new Office Manager for Civil Engineering, Geomatics and Math.

Besides enjoying my job, I love spending time with my husband, my three boys, my grandbabies and my two fur babies. We love to spend time in the gym, hike, kayak and going to the beach.
Gary Lomprey

Gary Lomprey, Assistant Professor

 Cybersecurity
Gary has taught Information Systems, Networking and Cybersecurity courses for 20 years. As an industry expert he has been responsible for engineering and implementing secure enterprise networks, data centers, wireless systems and information security programs in a variety of industries including International Airports and Maritime ports, Semi-Conductor Manufacturing, Healthcare, Criminal Justice, and Aviation Manufacturing. His research and publications have focused on developing and implementing information security programs for organizations as well the technical implementation and enforcement of information security. He is committed to student’s success academically and in industry. Gary is also an accomplished musician and Jazz Guitarist.
Andrea McCracken

Andrea McCracken, Instructor

 Communication
Dr. Andrea A. McCracken earned her Bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University, her Master’s degree at The University of Montana, and her Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. She brings a decade of teaching experience to her current position and is thrilled to be joining the Oregon Tech community.

Dr. McCracken enjoys teaching a variety of communication courses, particularly in the areas of health, human, and speech communication. Her research focuses on health and interpersonal communication with an emphasis on factors that contribute to health inequities and the application of interpersonal research in health contexts. Her research has been published in Communication Monographs, Communication Research, Interpersona, Western Journal of Communication and The Northwestern Journal of Communication. She is currently the Editor of The Northwest Journal of Communication.

Beyond her professional engagements, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and son, playing sports, and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Travis Miller

Travis Miller, Information Technology Consultant 2

 Information Technology Services
Travis is a recent graduate from Oregon Tech, receiving his B.S. in Information Technology in 2018. He has worked for Oregon Tech’s ITS department since 2016 when he was initially hired as a student worker. He enjoys working in a one-on-one scenario with the faculty, staff, and students of Oregon Tech. With the dedication to his job and role, Travis has quickly gained a reputation for his positive impact on campus.
His previous experience includes personal IT consulting jobs, and management of his high school’s computer systems.

In his downtime, Travis enjoys hiking, reviewing cutting edge technology, and video games.
Ian Montgomery

Ian Montgomery, Trades Maintenance Worker 2

 Facilities Services
Ian Montgomery was born in Los Angeles, the son of a T.V. and movie director. He was a corporate/retail space painter from 1981 to 1989. Ian moved to Klamath 27 years ago and has been seen playing in local bands and community theatre. Sober for 10 years Ian is grateful to Oregon Tech for this opportunity to lead a productive life.
Joanna Mott

Joanna Mott, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

 Office of the Provost
Prior to coming to Oregon Tech, Dr. Mott was Dean and Professor of Biological Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State). There she developed an open collaborative leadership model, including initiating strategic planning for the college and departments, advocating successfully for additional faculty and staff positions, and prioritizing student success, undergraduate research, and faculty and staff professional development. Dr. Mott also oversaw the academic side of construction of a $91 million science complex. Before her deanship, Dr. Mott was Department Head of Biology at James Madison University, and a faculty member and Department Chair of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. As a faculty member she led a nationally accredited applied environmental microbiology research lab, training students for careers in laboratory settings.

Dr. Mott received earned a Ph.D. in Soil Science (Microbiology) from Texas A&M University, a M.S. in Biology from the University of Waterloo, Canada and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Aston, Birmingham, U.K.
Iona Musgnung

Iona Musgnung, Campus Life Coordinator

 Campus Life - Portland Metro Campus
Iona joined Oregon Tech at the Portland-Metro Campus in October of 2018. Iona received her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Oregon and her M.A. in Student Affairs Administration from Lewis & Clark. Iona brings a strong social justice lens to her work and enjoys finding unique and new ways to support all students as they navigate higher education.

Iona spends most of her time away from campus with her 130lbs furball or cooking without recipes.

Kathy Overturf

Kathy Overturf, Custodian

 Housing and Residence Life
Prior to coming to Oregon Institute of Technology I relocated to Klamath Falls, OR from Tehachapi, Ca. I retired from Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District after 5 years as their main custodian. I also substituted for Tehachapi Unified School District for 3 years. Prior to that I retired after serving 10 years with the California Department of Corrections as a Peace Officer. I have been married to my awesome husband for 13 years. We have 6 children ranging in ages from 9 years old to 30 years old. I started at Oregon Tech in April of this year and it has been a very positive experience for me. I also want to say "Thank You" to everyone in residence life who helped me make the transition. I'm thankful for my new position and look for to many years to come.
Madeline Roche

Madeline Roche, Admissions Counselor

 Admissions
Madeline was born and raised in California, and graduated with a BA in Sociology from Chico State in 2018. She has been at Oregon Tech since October 2018, serving as an admissions counselor and enjoying her time recruiting future owls in Klamath County and Southern California. In her time at Oregon Tech, Madeline has become a member of the tennis club, and has become the advisor for the on-campus sorority, Kappa Xi Alpha. Her other interests include spending time outdoors, finding the best foods in town, and binge watching The Bachelor/Bachelorette.
John Schoppert

John Schoppert, University Librarian

 Library
John Schoppert joined Oregon Tech in the Spring of 2019 from Columbia Gorge Community College where he was Dean of Libraries and Learning Services. At CGCC he reorganized the library into a student-focused service oriented department. Additionally, he helped CGCC build a thriving Open Educational Resource (OER) program, which recently crossed the benchmark of over $1 million in student textbook savings. In recognition of his OER work, John was awarded the ACRL Award for Excellence.  Prior to librarianship, John owned a bookstore in Tacoma, WA., and was a department manager and a used and rare book buyer for Powell’s Books in Portland, OR.  John earned a Masters in Library Sciences from Emporia State University. He is currently working on his dissertation for a Doctorate in Education from Oregon State University.
Paul Titus

Paul Titus, Executive Assistant

 Office of the Provost
Paul returned to the Oregon Tech family October 2018 as the Executive Assistant to the Provost. He graduated with a B.S. in Communication Studies in 2013. While attending Oregon Tech he had several student roles on campus, most notably he was the Student Photographer for Public Affairs. Paul is happy that he decided to return to Oregon Tech so that he can be a part of the continued growth, improvement, and success of the university. He enjoys working and interacting with all the great people at Oregon Tech. Paul appreciates the work-life balance and family-friendly events at Oregon Tech, allowing him to spend time with his wife, Megan, and son, Dustin. He hopes that someday Dustin will also choose to attend Oregon Tech.
Bart Tofell

Bart Tofell, Trades/Maintenance Worker 2

 Facilities Services
Bart was born and raised in Klamath Falls, OR. He has worked in Industrial Maintenance as a Millwright for seventeen years. Bart began his career at Evinite Fiber in Corvallis, OR. In 2002, he then moved back home and took a job at Columbia Forest Products for 7 years. In 2009, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona and continued his millwright career at South West Industrial Rigging for 5 years. Bart transitioned into the oil and gas industry working for Big West Oilfield Services and lived in North Dakota. Bart returned home to Klamath Falls in 2017 to be with his family.
William Windish

William Windish, IT Service Desk Manager

 Information Technology Services
William has been living in Klamath Falls with his wife Cheyenne since 2010. William is an experienced IT Technician, and brings 5 years of IT Management skills to the Oregon Tech team. He most recently worked for JELD-WEN as the IT Service Desk Manager and as the IT Operations Service Analyst.
Desire Wooten

Desire Wooten, HR Consultant

 Human Resources
Desiré was born and raised in Southern California. She recently relocated to the Klamath Falls area and graduated with her Bachelors in Human Resources Management from Colorado State University. Prior to working at Oregon Tech, Desiré worked as a recruiter and HR coordinator in the staffing and hospitality industries. In her free time, she enjoys the many scenic road trip options Oregon has to offer.
Heather Schudel

Heather Schudel, Clinical Instructor

Heather Schudel graduated from Dental Hygiene at Oregon Tech in 2000. Experience in multiple areas of the dental field, including training new staff, lead Heather to pursue the education. Last year she completed her Master’s in Education and taught at Rose State College in Midwest City, Oklahoma. “Watching students learn patient management skills as well as seeing their excitement when the classroom and the clinic come together is incredibly gratifying. I love knowing that I am helping the next generation of my profession become better prepared.”

Jennifer Berdyugin

Jennifer Berdyugin, OREC Lab Manager

Trina Perez

Trina Perez, Registered Nurse

Loretta Compston

Loretta Compston, Dental Assistant 2

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