Erica Noel Curry

Institution:
Oregon State University
Position at Institution:
Academic Programs Manager
OWHE Board Position:
Chair of the Board
OWHE Email:
chair@owhe.org
Board Member Responsibilities:
Excellence Awards Committee, ACE Women's Network liaison, oversees all board operations
Twitter:
As an undergraduate at Oregon State, I started off studying biology with the singular goal of getting into medical school and becoming a surgeon. However, through my student positions at the Writing Center, as a calculus tutor, writing for the honors college newspaper, and as a cadet in Army ROTC, I fell in love with higher education. It is such an incredibly powerful space for student development and determining their own values. After graduation, I went on to work in Human Resources and as program administrator and teacher for an ELL program, before finally making it back to Oregon State University as faculty support for Ecampus. This is where I was introduced to OWHE. After three years, I took a new position as academic programs manager with Ecampus, where I support departments that would like to offer for-credit programs online and track all programs. My role is to provide information, streamline and rethink old processes, and bring the right people together. After three long years, in June 2018, I am finishing an MBA in Business Analytics, where I have found a passion for programming and exploring datasets. Over the last five years, I also have dedicated time to mentoring student workers into thoughtful, empowering leaders who desire equity and inclusivity in the world, as my mentors did when I was an undergrad. I am excited by the opportunity to leverage my skill set and experiences to provide opportunities to build more women and allies into strong leaders.

Jenna Geracitano

Institution:
Portland State University
Position at Institution:
College Success Instructor
OWHE Board Position:
Director of Marketing, Records, and Outreach
OWHE Email:
outreach@owhe.org
Board Member Responsibilities:
Website, social media, email communications, and membership listserv
Twitter:
I never meant to move to Oregon. After graduating from Ithaca College in 2013, I had no idea what to do with my life, so my partner and I embarked on a cross-country road trip -- Destination: Hood River, OR. I immediately fell in love and got a job at a local coffee shop. After a year of slinging lattes and making sandwich art, I developed an itch to do something more with my mind and my time. I signed up for AmeriCorps through Campus Compact of Oregon, where I served at both Oregon State University and Concordia University as a College Access Coordinator. I got bit hard by the student affairs bug, and eventually went on to pursue an M.S. in Educational Leadership and Policy. I love working with adult learners and supporting them as they cultivate their passions into careers. Currently, I teach College Success at Portland State University and serve as an Enrollment Coach at InsideTrack. Outside of work, you'll find me crossword puzzling and listening to NPR, paddleboarding through the gorge, or expelling useless knowledge at your neighborhood pub quiz.

Sharece Bunn

Institution:
University of Oregon
Position at Institution:
International Student Advisor
OWHE Board Position:
Director of Education
OWHE Email:
education@owhe.org
Board Member Responsibilities:
OWHE monthly webinars, Write for OWHE, OWHE Book Club
Twitter:
I believe education has the power to change the world. When I left my hometown of Dayton, Oregon to attend college at the Northwest Nazarene University, I realized the need to seek new ideas and learn more about the world. This lead me to study abroad in England twice during my four years. After earning my BA in English, I continued my global education and moved to Ukraine to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer. After earning an MS in Journalism from the University of Oregon, I moved back to Ukraine to teach English and pedagogy to students at Ternopil National Pedagogical University (TNPU). My time at TNPU reignited my love for higher education so when I returned to the U.S., I earned an Ed.M. in College Student Services Administration at Oregon State University where I specialized in international education. I currently work at the University of Oregon as an International Student Advisor and run the peer mentor program for international students at the UO. I am incredibly passionate about international education (IE) and global citizenship and am excited to share my love for the field of IE with others in the higher education community in Oregon.

Tricia Brand

Institution:
Portland Community College
Position at Institution:
Interim Dean of Student Development
OWHE Board Position:
Director of Engagement
OWHE Email:
engagement@owhe.org
Board Member Responsibilities:
Mentorship program, Institutional Reps
Twitter:
I have called Portland home for 9 years serving in leadership roles at both Lewis & Clark College and (most recently) Portland Community College. I'm committed to promoting high-impact and innovative practices in college access and achievement, equity and inclusion, student retention, civic engagement and leadership development. I'm ready to dive deeper in topics such as academic advising, professional competencies in student affairs, the future of higher education, digital identity and media literacy. I'm energized by opportunities to support and tailor pathways for coaching, development and sponsorship of early to mid-level professionals in higher education--which is why I'm so excited to serve on the OWHE Board.

Jessika Chi

Institution:
Reed College
Position at Institution:
Program Manager for Institutional Diversity
OWHE Board Position:
Director of Business Operations
OWHE Email:
sponsorship@owhe.org
Board Member Responsibilities:
Budgeting, registration, sponsorships, and scholarships
Twitter:
As a higher education professional, my work centers around creating inclusive campus climates where all students, staff, and faculty can thrive. I currently work at Reed College in Portland, OR, in the Office for Institutional Diversity. Originally from Dallas, Texas, you can expect me to rep all of my Dallas area sports teams; however, I love living in and have found "home" in the Pacific Northwest. I enjoy all introvert-related activities such as reading, watching movies, deep conversations with friends, table-top gaming, cards, hiking, and traveling.

Lea Griess

Institution:
Southern Oregon University
Position at Institution:
Academic Advisor and Student Success Coordinator for the Division of Social Sciences
OWHE Board Position:
Director of the Annual Conference
OWHE Email:
conference@owhe.org
Board Member Responsibilities:
OWHE Annual Conference, conference planning committee, conference volunteers
Twitter:
Originally from Veneta, OR, I earned my bachelor's degree in Sociology from Pacific University in 2011. My undergraduate experience both in and out of the classroom, pushed me to critically think about social injustices in the world and question the status quo. I continued my passion for social change in higher education, earning my M.Ed. from OSU in College Student Services Administration in 2014. With a focus on students’ holistic success, I found my professional niche in academic advising, career exploration and leadership development. My roles at Chemeketa Community College Yamhill Valley and Southern Oregon University have intersected these three areas. I has been involved with OWHE since 2012, most recently as director of professional advancement in 2016. Beyond my work in higher ed, I love hiking, crafting, gardening, board games, and spending time with my husband and our pups.

Brenna Kutch

Institution:
Portland State University
Position at Institution:
Manager for Culture, Inclusion, and Development in the Office of Information Technology
OWHE Board Position:
Co-Director of the Annual Conference
OWHE Email:
conference@owhe.org
Board Member Responsibilities:
OWHE Annual Conference
Twitter:
Growing up between Portland and Coos Bay, I began my BS at PSU at 18 and have never left. I obtained my MPA (HR and Labor Relations concentration) in 2018, which helped me to learn more about providing an engaging, supportive, and equitable workplace -- a job I am thrilled that I get to do at PSU. I am passionate about civil rights, collaborating with inclusion in tech groups, and creating connections between others so that together we can make change more powerful than the sum of our parts. I like recharging my introverted batteries by working with my hands to create things (especially if I can eat them afterwards), watching/reading fantasy and sci-fi, learning as much as I can, and exploring new corners of the world with my wife.

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