AnaJansy Moran DiazBilingual (Spanish) Spark ERS Assessor
AnaJansy serves as a Bilingual Spark ERS Assessor for the Early Learning and Youth Development at The Research Institute of Western Oregon University. She earned an Associate degree of applied science in Early Education and Family Studies at Portland Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with a Minor in Psychology at Portland State University. In addition, she earned a SSCBT Credential to serve in the Social Work field and recently became an Oregon Registry Master Trainer. Her professional background includes developing and delivering trainings, working as a Site Manager, Family Advocate, Teacher II/Family Support, and Lead Teacher/Teacher Coach for Washington County Head Start Programs. Also, she has served as an Instructional Technician at Portland Community College and a Quality Improvement Specialist at Child Care Resource and Referral of Washington County. During her free time, AnaJansy enjoys spending time with her children, practicing music and hiking.
Ikaika Alapa'i works at the Center on Early Learning and Youth Development as a Project Support Specialist. Ikaika earned his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy at Portland State University and Bachelor's of Arts in Spanish at Eastern Oregon University. Ikaika provides administrative support to various projects in the Center on Early Learning and Youth Development.
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, where 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 Research Institute, and continues to apply parametric, non-parametric and likelihood methodologies to analyze various datasets associated with early childhood and educational research.
Hannah Anonson is the Early Learning Project Specialist at TRI since March 2015. She earned her degree at Western Oregon University in Geography and Communications. Hannah's primary expertise in Oregon's Quality Rating and Improvement System, Central Coordination of Child Care Resource and Referral and NaccrrAware.
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.
Cori works for the Center on Early Learning and Youth Development as a Spark ERS Assessor. She brings a varied and diverse repertoire of experience as an educator, technical assistance specialist, social scientist, and advocate for children and families. In addition to conducting assessments, Cori provides technical assistance, training, and support to partners across the state. She believes that to do our best work, we must work creatively and collaboratively in an environment where diversity of background and experience are valued. Cori is dedicated to the notion that every child has the right to a high quality education and that every family deserves equitable access to the supports they need to be successful.
Ami is a Spark ERS Assessor at the Center on Early Learning and Youth Development. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Oregon University and has extensive continuing education in instructional design and child development. Ami is an Oregon Registry Master Trainer and enjoys developing and delivering training sessions around Oregon. With a professional background including training and development management, family child care program administration, and child care resource and referral, Ami has a unique understanding of early learning in Oregon and brings that expertise to her support of early childhood professionals.
Lindsey Cochran received her Master of Public Health degree from Oregon Health and Science University with an emphasis in program evaluation and Community Based Participatory Research, and holds a B.S. in Child and Family Studies from Portland State University. She is currently an Early Learning Project Specialist at TRI’s Center for Early Learning and Youth Development. Prior to her work at TRI, Lindsey worked as an early childhood researcher and evaluator for Portland State University’s School of Social Work. She has several years of experience conducting community needs assessments and evaluating programs within K-12 settings. Her work on these projects includes developing surveys, recruitment, conducting focus groups, facilitating in-depth interviews, and performing both qualitative and quantitative analysis for reporting.
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.
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.
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 20 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 has worked for the Center on Early Learning since 2014 in different roles and is currently a Database Specialist and Information Systems Analyst. She earned her Bachelors of Business Administration in Operations Management at The University of Houston in Texas and completed her Masters of Science in Management and Information Systems from Western Oregon University. 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.
Nancy Ganson is the Administrative Assistant to The Research Institute and the Sponsored Projects Office, and is housed within the Grants Management Office at TRI. She also serves as the Todd Hall Building Manager, manages the hiring and processes the payroll for the TRI Student Work Force, and is the Travel Coordinator at TRI. She earned her BFA from Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO in 1981. Nancy’s primary expertise is in Office Management, Travel and Logistical Management. Nancy started her career at Western with the Teaching Research Division in 1998 as the Research Assistant and Travel Coordinator for the Deaf Blind workgroup. Several years later Nancy also began working for the Director of TR as an assistant and worked with the last four Directors. Over the years and TR's move to becoming an Institute and finally as The Research Institute at Western Oregon University Nancy has continued to provided project coordination and project assistance to virtually all grants housed within TR. She brings a certain organization, efficiency, and passion for the work we do. Nancy recently began working with the newly established office of Sponsored Projects and is excited to see the prospect of more grant participation on the WOU campus and working with the dynamic staff in the Sponsored Projects office. Nancy represents TRI on the WOU Safety Committee and is a member of the WOU Campus CERT Team; she has served for both WOU and TRI in support of the Governor’s Food Drive, and she has been the Faculty Advisor for Catholic Campus Ministries since 2003. Nancy has also served on the Abby’s House Board 2003-2005. When not working, Nancy and her husband Greg enjoy hanging out with their dog Buddy, gardening, being supportive of college athletics and NFL fantasy football.
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 and Youth Development as a project specialist. She enjoys the challenges that come with making impactful systems changes. Helping to develop the processes, routines, procedures and forms that enable this important to be completed efficiently and effectively is her specialty.
Dr. Sybille Guy is the Director of the Center on Evaluation, Technology & Research (CETR) at TRI. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis on statistics and methodology from UCLA. Sybille received her Master's in Organizational Psychology from California State University at Los Angeles. Sybille’s primary expertise is in statistics and evaluation, and she has worked in the field for over 20 years. In addition to her quantitative research background, she has experience with qualitative analysis and hybrid studies.
Sybille joined us from Washington State University at Vancouver (WSUV) where she worked as Special Projects Faculty in the office of Academic Affairs. Prior to WSUV, she has spent over a decade as a market researcher, working for both large and small market research companies. Sybille served as Vice President of Research & Analytics at Equation Research, Director of Media and Public Relations Research at Harris Interactive, and Director of Research at Plog Research.
Sybille started at TRI in 2013 as Lead Evaluation Specialist. Besides her work as the director of CREA, she has worked on QRIS, Project EF, and the WVCH Transformation project as well as aided in grant writing activities, survey development, and analyses for a number of other projects.
Robyn Lopez Melton is the Coordinator of the Center on Early Learning and Youth Development at The Research Institute at Western Oregon University where she Co-Directs Spark, Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System and the state coordination of Oregon’s Child Care Resource and Referral system. Robyn currently serves Chair of the NAEYC Affiliate Advisory Council and Past-President of OregonAEYC.She has worked in early learning for over 15 years. 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 received her MSEd from WOU in 2018. 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.
Dr. Beryl Neequaye is an Evaluation and Data Specialist with the Center on Evaluation, Technology & Research (CETR) at TRI. Beryl earned her Master’s in Public Administration and Ph.D. in Educational Research and Evaluation with an emphasis on mixed methods and methodology from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Beryl’s expertise is in program evaluation, mixed methods research, and understanding African immigrant populations in the U.S.A. During Beryl’s graduate studies, she took on both administrative and academic positions at Ohio University. She was assigned various positions in managing grant funded research with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Beryl also worked as a program evaluation/research assistant with the Community Health, Prevention and Promotion Team in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. In addition to these roles, she served as a teaching assistant for graduate research courses at the masters and doctoral level in both Educational Studies and Higher Education departments. Beryl has variety of research interests, including a recent study into understanding parental involvement among Ghanaian immigrants in the U.S.A. She also conducted a methodological research into understanding the mixed methods reporting quality in published comparative and international education journals as part of her dissertation work. When not working, Beryl enjoys watching movies, reading, cooking, and traveling to new places.
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.
Amy Rizo works at the Center on Early Learning and Youth Development at TRI as an Early Learning Project Communication Specialist for Spark, Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System. Amy has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Art and Art History from Western Oregon University. She has extensive experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations, visual communication, and advocating for equitable practices and cultural awareness.
Candice (Candi) Scott is the Spark Environment Rating Scales (ERS) Coordinator for the Center on Early Learning & Youth Development. 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 also worked as a TA Specialist for Oregon's Spark and as the Project Director of Training/TA for Oregon's 21st Century Community Learning Centers. When not working, Candi enjoys spending time with her family and friends, walking, reading, and watching sports.
Nathan Winegardner is a Bilingual Early Learning Project Specialist at The Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Spanish Literature from the University of Oregon. Nathan’s primary early learning expertise comes from Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency Head Start where he worked as a home visitor and program administration from 2007 to 2015. He started his position at TRI in 2015. Since then, he has worked on various Spanish translation projects for TRI and Spark Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), running the Diverse Language Cohort call, supporting Central Coordination of Child Care Resource & Referral (CCCCR&R), and supporting the revision/maintenance of Spark Oregon’s QRIS. He has also presented at local, statewide, and national conference on topics ranging from Circle of Security to translation related issues. When not working, Nathan enjoys being outside (when it’s not to hot and not to cold), paintball (like tag for adults), painting, remodeling his home (see Tom Hanks in Money Pit), and spending time with his wife and children.