Center Director, Center on Early Learning
Tom Udell is the Director of TRI's Center on Early Learning. He has over 25 years of experience in early childhood education and early childhood special education. He has worked on multiple state and federal projects in a variety of capacities including serving as director, providing coordination, professional development, technical assistance, and designing and developing curriculum.
Patrick Aldrich received his bachelor’s degree in Wildlife biology and a minor in Entomology from the University of California, Davis in 1997. After graduation, he spent 5 years in various field biology positions, studying a wide array subjects from Bowerbird mating systems in Australia to integrated pest management of ground squirrels in Northern California. He subsequently decided to return to school to pursue a PhD at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. For his doctoral work (for which he is ABD), he studied the spatio-temporal variation of pollination networks in Hawaiian tropical dry forests. Following his graduate work, he was the project director for a project that used spatial analyses to study the random correspondence of fingerprint patterns. Through his work, he has acquired extensive experience in biostatistics. He is currently the data manager and statistician for the Oregon QRIS and other projects at the Teaching Research Institute, and continues to apply parametric, non-parametric and likelihood methodologies to analyze various datasets associated with early childhood research.
Early Learning Specialist
Hannah Anonson is the Early Learning Specialist at TRI. She earned her degree at Western Oregon University in Geography and Communications. Hannah's primary expertise in Oregon's Quality Rating and Improvement System and Central Coordination of Child Care Resource and Referral. Hannah has worked in the field of Early Education for 5 years. When not working Hannah enjoys attending college football games.
Project Director Project PEPI, Project Executive Function, and Co-PI Project PIECE
Patricia is a Senior Fellow at Western Oregon University (WOU), and at TRI, works through the Center for Educator Preparation and Effectiveness (CEPE) and the Center on Early Learning. At WOU, Dr. Blasco is the Project Director for Project PEPI to infuse inclusion curricula into coursework at the community college level in the state of Oregon. She is CO-PI on Project PIECE, a five year professional development project to recruit, retain, and graduate Early Childhood Education/Early Intervention scholars from underrepresented backgrounds. Both of these projects are funded by the U. S. Department of Education: Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). She is Project Director of Project EF: Executive Function in Infants and Toddlers Born Low Birth Weight (LBW) and Preterm is funded for three years by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The study will follow infants and toddlers born LBW who do not have major medical conditions, and babies born full term without known delays. In addition, she is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Oregon Health & Science University. When not working, she enjoys riding her horse, running, reading, and enjoying time with family.
Early Learning Project Coordinator
Dana Bleakney-Huebsch is an Early Learning Project Coordinator for the Center on Early Learning. In this position, she oversees daily operations of Spark, Oregon's Quality Rating and Improvement System and works directly with partners at the Early Learning Division. Before joining The Research Institute, Dana developed a rich understanding of the early childhood care and education field from a variety of experiences. She earned her Master’s degree in Child Development from California State University, San Bernardino, in 2012. While there, she taught in the university’s Infant and Toddler Lab School, completed research on word recognition, and taught undergraduate courses.
Early Learning Specialist
Cori Brownell returned to TRI in 2013 in the role of Early Learning Specialist. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University. Cori’s areas of expertise include early childhood development, early childhood care and education, inclusion, parenting, and working with families, including those experiencing multiple challenges. Cori provides technical assistance, training, and support to early learning programs and partners across the state. Serving on the Board of Directors for Abby’s House at WOU is both a professional interest and personal passion for Cori. She serves on various boards and committees, both locally and statewide, that are centered on outcomes to improve the lives of children and families.
Project Support Specialist
Lacey Davis is a Project Support Specialist for the Center on Early Learning at TRI. She started at TRI in 2014 and works primarily with Central Coordination of Child Care Resource and Referral (CCCCR&R). Lacey graduated from Western Oregon University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education. Lacey is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). When not working Lacey enjoys going to the beach and spending time with family.
Lead Data Specialist
Andrea Fewx is the Lead Data Specialist at TRI. She earned her B.A.degree in Sociology from Ottawa University. Ms.Fewx's primary expertise is in data analysis, and database design and development. She has worked in the field for 15 years.
Ms.Fewx started at TRI in 1999 as a data specialist. Since then, she has worked on technology project leadership, collection of data, organization of data, analysis of data, design and development of databases using MS Access and MS SQL, and the management of a data processing group.
Cheri Freedman is a Database/Project Specialist for the Center on Early Learning. She earned her Bachelors of Business Administration in Operations Management at The University of Houston in Texas. She recently completed her Masters of Science in Management and Information Systems from Western Oregon University in June of 2017.
Her primary expertise is in Data Analysis, Systems Development, and Project Management. She has over 20 years of experience providing support to different industries including telecommunications, universities, community healthcare, and the federal government. In the past, Cheri has volunteered her time as a board member of a APICS, a professional organization supporting supply chain professionals. She is currently a member of the Willamette Valley chapter of the Project Management Institute and serving as the VP of Technology for the Corvallis branch.
Cheri started at TRI as a student worker in 2014 and was hired as a Database Specialist in 2015. Since then she has spent time learning about TRI and co-presenting at the 2015 and 2016 Fall CEL conferences. With the birth of her second son in July of 2015, she doesn’t have much spare time. When she does have spare time she enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, making jewelry, and family time exploring all that Oregon has to offer!
Gary Glasenapp has worked at The Research Institute since 1984. He has extensive experience in the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of federal, state and local grants and contracts in the areas of early childhood education, early childhood special education, and professional development.
Project Facilitation Specialist
Debbie has worked at The Research Institute since 1996. She came to TRI after graduating from WOU with a B.S. in business and working for 6 years in the staffing industry. She was originally hired as the office manager, but since 2003 has been in the Center on Early Learning as a project specialist. Developing systems, processes and procedures that enable the work of the Center to be accomplished is her specialty. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, gardening, hiking with her dog, doing DIY projects around the house and enjoying a nice glass of wine while taking in a beautiful view.
Center on Early Learning Coordinator/ QRIS Co-Director
Robyn Lopez Melton is the Coordinator of the Center on Early Learning at The Research Institute at Western Oregon University where she Co-Directs Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System and the state coordination of Oregon’s Child Care Resource and Referral. Robyn currently serves a member of the NAEYC Affiliate Advisory Council and was recently elected President of OregonAEYC and looks forward to serving in that capacity over the next four years.She has worked in early learning for over a decade. Her areas of expertise include working with monolingual Spanish speaking families, young children with multiple risk factors, parent education and Quality Rating and Improvement Systems. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from OSU Cascades campus with two BA degrees, Liberal Studies and International Studies and is currently pursuing her Master's in Education Information Technology. In 2015, she was recognized by ExchangePress as an Exceptional Emerging Leader in Early Childhood Education. Robyn is also the mother of 2 and a licensed Zumba instructor.
Roxanna Marvin has worked for The Research Institute for the past 21 years on multiple state and federal projects in a variety of roles including administration, providing coordination and technical assistance, and designing and developing training materials and curriculum. Roxanna has a Master's degree in Special Education and experience working in the field of Early Childhood Special Education at the TRI Child Development Center.
Early Learning Specialist
Lauren Peterson is a new addition to The Research Institute, joining the Center on Early Learning as an Early Childhood Project Specialist. Lauren has worked in early childhood services for 25 years in both education and social services settings. She has been a Head Start supervisor, preschool teacher, program owner and director. Additionally, Lauren has been Adjunct Faculty in Early Childhood/Elementary Education at Rogue Community College and Southern Oregon University. Lauren has a B.A. in Sociology and a Master’s In Education. Areas of interest include curriculum development, early childhood environments and education policy. Lauren has two daughters and too many dogs.
Technical Assistance Specialist
Amy Rizo works at the Center on Early Learning at TRI as a Technical Assistance Specialist for Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Amy has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Art and a minor in Art History. She has extensive experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and focuses primarily on supporting Early Learning and Development Programs and providers serving children furthest from opportunity.
21st Century Community Learning Center Project Director and Early Learning Specialist
Candice (Candi) Scott is the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Project Director for the Center for Educator Preparation and Effectiveness and an Early Learning TA Specialist with the Center on Early Learning. She earned her MS in Counseling and BA in Elementary Education from Oregon State University. She has served as an instructor and head teacher at Oregon State University's Child Development Center, as a Head Start teacher, and as an elementary teacher in the Corvallis, Lebanon, and Hermiston school districts. She has worked in the field for over 30 years.
Candi began working at TRI in 2013 as a TA Specialist for Central Coordination of Child Care Resource & Referral. Since then, she has worked as a TA Specialist for Oregon's QRIS and is the Project Director of Oregon's 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant with ODE.
When not working, Candi enjoys spending time with her husband and sons -- a senior at Western Oregon and a sophomore at Oregon State University. She's also been playing women's slowpitch softball in Corvallis for the past 25 years -- including unsuccessfully trying to retire for the past three years.
Kjerstin Stanavige is the Centers Coordinator at TRI. She earned a Bachelor of Science in English from Brigham Young University–Idaho. Kjerstin’s primary expertise is in grant proposal development and editing.
Kjerstin started at TRI in 2013 in Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (now Spark). In 2015, she became the Centers Coordinator for TRI. As the Coordinator, she collaborates with TRI's Center Directors to improve communication and strategizing, ensures that TRI’s projects and products maintain cohesive branding, and coordinates the maintenance and growth of TRI’s social media accounts and newsletter. In 2016, Kjerstin took on additional responsibilities as Western Oregon University's Sponsored Research Coordinator, through which she guides faculty through the grant writing process, provides editing and review services, and submits grants on WOU's behalf.
Outside of work, Kjerstin enjoys cooking, exploring the Oregon coast, and spending time with her husband and cat.
Bilingual Early Learning Specialist
Nathan Winegardner is the Bilingual Early Learning Project Specialist at TRI. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of Oregon. Nathan’s primary expertise is in Head Start program administration and he has worked in the field for seven years.
Nathan started his position at TRI in 2015. Since then, he has worked on Spanish translation of TRI and QRIS materials, helping Central Coordination of CCR&R, and Oregon’s QRIS.
When not working, Nathan enjoys being outside, paintball, painting, and spending time with his wife Brooke and daughter Kylea.
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