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 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.
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.
Dana Bleakney-Huebsch is a Project Coordinator/Supervisor for the Center on Early Learning & Youth Development. 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.
Cori Brownell returned to TRI in 2013 in the role of Early Learning Specialist. She recently took on a new role as a Spark ERS Assessor. Cori’s areas of expertise include early childhood development, early childhood care and education, inclusion, and parenting education. In addition to conducting assessments, Cori provides technical assistance, training, and support to partners across the state. She is dedicated to the notion that every child has the right to a high quality education and that every family has access to the supports they need to be successful.
Robbin Bull is the Accessibility Specialist on the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) Project. She earned her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Oregon University in 1991. Robbin's primary areas of expertise includes accessibility, data management and design, technology support, and web support. She has worked for the The Research Institute for over 18 years, working for the National Deaf-Blind projects (TRACES, NTAC, NCDB) for most of those years. She provides accessibility, technology support and management for project resources along with assisting in the management of data for the National Deaf-Blind Child Count. Robbin has designed many evaluation tools and databases to manage and evaluate project data over the years. In addition, she provides data management technical assistance and support to project staff as well as state deaf-blind project personnel.
Lacey Davis is a Spark ERS Coordination Specialist for the Center on Early Learning & Youth Development at TRI. She started at TRI in 2014 and works primarily with Central Coordination of Child Care Resource and Referral (CCCCR&R) and Spark. Lacey earned her Master of Science in Education and Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education at Western Oregon University. When not working Lacey enjoys going to the beach and spending time with family.
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 Assistant to the Director, and is housed in the Grants Management Office. She is the Todd Hall Building Manager, Supervisor of Student Work Force and Travel Coordinator at TRI. She earned her BFA from Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO in 1981. Nancy’s primary expertise is in Logistical Management, Travel and Office Management. Nancy started at TRI in 1998 as a Travel Coordinator and Research Assistant for the Deaf Blind workgroup. Several years later Nancy began working for the Director of TRI as an assistant and has now worked with the past 4 Directors. Over the years Nancy has provided project coordination and project assistance to virtually all grants housed within TRI and she brings a certain organization, efficiency, and passion for the work we do. Nancy has served for both WOU and TRI in support of the Governor’s Food Drive. She has been the Faculty Advisor for Catholic Campus Ministries since 2003. She 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, and being very supportive of college athletics.
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.
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.
Dr. Sybille Guy is the Director of the Center on Research, Evaluation, and Analysis (CREA) 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.
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.
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.
Peggy Malloy has worked at TRI since 1997 on a variety of projects for children who are deaf-blind. She as a PhD in Public Health from Oregon State University as well as an undergraduate degree in nursing and a master's degree in library science. Peggy is currently the Implementation Practices Coordinator for the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) and has a particular interest in the ways that implementation science findings inform the provision of technical assistance. Before working for NCDB, Peggy spent many years as an information specialist at DB-LINK and was the Managing Editor of Deaf-Blind Perspectives. Peggy's areas of expertise are deaf-blindness, public health, technical assistance, library services, information management, product development, and family engagement.
Haylee Marcotte is a Grant Project Assistant for the National Center on Deaf Blindness and the Transition Community Network. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in Rehabilitation Counseling from Western Oregon University. Haylee's primary expertise is in document accessibility, user support and product & web development. Haylee started at TRI in 2017 as a student worker for NCDB. In 2018 she was hired as a Grant project Assistant to NCDB and TCN to help with website development, creating accessible products and curation of the Oregon Transition Handbook.
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.
Dr. McDowell’s expertise in deaf-blindness includes serving as the Administrative Director of the Mississippi Deaf-Blind Project since 1999, numerous publications, international, national and state presentations, and extensive service on national and statewide committees representing deaf-blindness as well as other low incidence disabilities. She has the perfect set of skills and expertise to continue the significant work of NCDB in collaboration with the National Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Network and the broader OSEP TA community.
Shelby Morgan is a project specialist for the National Center on Deaf-Blindness at TRI. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Western Oregon University. Shelby's primary expertise is in content management, deaf-blindness and web development. She has worked in the field for four years. Shelby started at TRI as a student worker in 2009 working for the cochlear implant research project. Since then she has been hired as a Project Specialist to help maintain the national deaf-blind library, social media for NCDB, and to assist in the maintenance and development of NCDB's website.
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) Project Director 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 grant with ODE. When not working, Candi enjoys spending time with her husband and sons -- a Western Oregon University grad and a junior at Oregon State University. She's also been playing slowpitch softball in Corvallis for the past 30 years -- including unsuccessfully trying to retire for the past three years.
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.
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.