Center on Student & Community Services
The Center on Student and Community Service (CSCS) supports education and community health initiatives with a focus on students, families, and communities. Staff in CSCS provide consultation in program development, implementation, and evaluation for community organization, state, and national initiatives. CSCS is committed to helping programs create community conditions that help reduce health disparities so all people have an equal chance for a long and healthy life. Support is provided in a collaborative, comprehensive, and evidence-based fashion to confirm all programs have the most efficient and effective outcome.
Current programs within CSCS prove its dedication to supporting students, families, and communities. These include diverse initiatives focused on traffic safety and driver education, early childhood educator training, university sexual violence response and prevention, and university mental health promotion and suicide prevention. These efforts are supported by local, state, and national funding sources.
Oregon has one of the best Driver Education instructor-training programs in the entire nation. In order to keep the quality of our program uniformly high and ensure that teens receive consistent and thorough instruction, all individuals who wish to teach Driver Education in an Oregon Department of Transportation-Transportation Safety Division (ODOT-TSD) approved program are required to first complete a rigorous Traffic Safety Education curriculum that is coordinated through Western Oregon University.
Lead Web Developer
Jeff Denton serves as the lead technologist and web developer for The Research Institute. Prior to his employment with TRI in 2005, he managed his own web consultancy, Upstart Productions, since 2000.
Jeff also currently serves on the NCDB web development team and the TRI Bagels and Bites professional development committee. When not working, he enjoys designing and crafting wood products of all kinds, artisanal bluetooth enabled speakers, and tiny backyard offices.
You can find photos and more extensive write-ups of my work on my Behance profile.
Senior Project/Program Manager
Tonya is a collaborative and results-driven professional providing more than 15 years of cross-industry project management success within government and private industry. She is resourceful and innovative with record of successfully developing, implementing, and executing strategic initiatives and programs. Tonya is a staff/employee and stakeholder-centric change agent adept at building and leading top-performing, cross-functional and motivated teams to achieve goals.
Traffic Safety Education Grant Coordinator
Aaron earned his baccalaureate of science in 1987 from Western Oregon State College with a major in law enforcement and minor in business administration. Aaron's primary expertise is program and financial management. He has worked in the field managing programs in the areas of military service, criminal justice and early childhood for 25 years. Aaron started at TRI in 2013 as a Grants Financial Specialist. When not working, Aaron enjoys playing golf, wine tasting and hiking the red rocks of Sedona Arizona.
Project Director, WOU CASA and Suicide Prevention
Tim is Project Director of WOU CASA and Suicide Prevention grants for TRI. He earned his Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Oregon State University. Tim’s primary expertise is in mental health and wellness programming in education-based settings. Tim is a motivated and innovative collaborator, capable cross-sector communicator, and dedicated to developing programming based on sound theory and grounded in evidence-based practices.