Conference Keynote

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Andrea Redeau

LPC, CADC1, NCC, Uniquely You Counseling LLC, Lewis & Clark

Andrea Redeau, L.P.C, CADC1, NCC is a licensed professional counselor, clinical supervisor and educator. She earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Oregon and graduated from Lewis and Clark College in 2014 with a Masters in Counseling Psychology, emphasizing in Addiction Studies. Andrea has worked as a dual diagnosis therapist since 2014 helping individuals find healing, hope, and passion. Andrea was provided the opportunity to find her true passion, where she began working as a faculty member at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education & Counseling, supervising students at the LC Community Counseling Center. Andrea’s love for teaching, leading and educating began a new journey to true personal and professional enrichment.

Andrea’s personal journey through education was one of adversity and pain; but also of triumph, compassion and support. Andrea utilizes and invokes the leaders and educators who supported her through her journey, fostering a personal and professional confidence in her students.

Pronouns: She/her

Wise Professionals Panelists


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Katie McFaddin

Assistant Dean for Student Success and Retention Managing Director, College Advising Center, Lewis & Clark College.

Katie joined Lewis & Clark College in 2016 as the Managing Director of the College Advising Center, and the Assistant Dean of Student Success & Retention. Prior to this she advised at the University of Oregon, and then directed the advising office at Brandeis University outside of Boston. Originally from Ohio, she holds a BA in Geography and a MA in Arts Administration. 

Pronouns: She/her


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Loraine Schmitt

Dean of Online Learning, Portland Community College.

Loraine provides leadership for PCC’s online education strategy and oversees annual online scheduling, course development, faculty development, training, online accessibility, media development, technology management, faculty and students support, and online student services for the college’s four campus district.  Loraine is also a board member for the Instructional Technology Council (ITC), an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges, as the past chair, a member of the Accessibility Steering Committee, and faculty for the ITC Leadership Academy. 

Pronouns: She/her



Shanice Clarke

Program Coordinator, Pan-African Commons Student Center, Portland State University. 

Shanice Clarke (she/her/hers) currently serves Portland State University as the Program Coordinator for the Pan-African Commons Student Center. Shanice is a product of a Jamaican migrant family, and a first-generation person of the United States. Originally from Boston, MA, Shanice joins Portland State from the University of Northern Colorado after earning a Master of Arts in Higher Education & Student Affairs Leadership (HESAL) in 2016, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services in 2014. A focus for her research and scholarship is institutional response of race-based biased incidents, Black critical theory, and culturally-relevant practices. Her professional experiences at the University of Northern Colorado include advocacy for survivors of gender violence, and advising at the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center, center for students in the African diaspora. Currently, she supports the American College Personnel Association’s (ACPA) Coalition for Women’s Identities as Co-Chair. In the local community, she is an Organizing & Movement-Building cohort member for Enlace: International Non-Profit for Racial and Economic Justice. Interesting facts about her are that she enjoys nerding out with manga and Marvel comics, “up-cycling”, activities at or around bodies of water, and hiking. She also tweets @FemmeBlackery.

Pronouns: She/they


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Ellen Weeks

Associate Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Solutions, Office of Information Technology, Portland State University. She/her.

Ellen Weeks received a BA in English in 1986, followed by an MS in Education in 1991 from Portland State University.  Inspired by her experience at PSU (and the incredibly generous employee tuition discount), Ellen accepted an Office Specialist 1 position at PSU in 1986. She then proceeded to satisfy her thirst for change and innovation by serving in multiple administrative positions for a variety of departments, finally arriving in her current role of Associate CIO for the Office of Information Technology in 2017.

Pronouns: She/her


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Kerry Day

Associate Director for Housing, Residence Life, University of Portland. She/her.

Kerry Day serves as the Associate Director for Housing in the University of Portland’s Office of Residence Life. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects related to the housing operations, including but not limited to room assignment process, summer conferences and facility management and upkeep. Kerry also provides leadership and education to staff and students to help further development and ensure safety.

Kerry earned her B.A. in Drama Studies at SUNY Purchase College and her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Leadership at Grand Valley State University. Kerry has worked in university housing for over a decade and loves to see students and staff grow and reach their dreams. One major way she does this is as a StrengthsFinder certified facilitator. Kerry loves to travel and explore as much as possible. She also enjoys sharing her adventures with her 2 French bulldogs!

Pronouns: She/her


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Masami Nishishiba

Chair and Associate Professor of Public Administration; Associate Director, Center for Public Service Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University. She/her.

Masami Nishishiba, Ph.D. is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Public Administration at the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University. She is also Associate Director for the Center for Public Service. With her background in communication studies and public administration, she focuses her research on diversity, equity and inclusion issues in the public and nonprofit sector. As a professional Japanese–English interpreter she has served clients such as Bill Gates and President Jimmy Carter.

Pronouns: She/her



Breakout Session Presenters


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Karenna Sills 

Session Topic: Using Project Management Techniques to Build Leadership Skills

Pronouns: She/her

Position: Senior Project Manager, Portland State University

Fun Fact: I spend most of my free time doing home remodeling and baking.


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Juliana Kutch

Session Topic: Using Project Management Techniques to Build Leadership Skills

Pronouns: She/her

Position: Project Coordinator, Portland State University

Fun Fact: I'm from Brazil, and I like volleyball and analog photography!


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Courtney Campbell

Session Topic: Improv(e) Your Communication With 'Yes And'

Pronouns: She/her

Position: Program Manager of First Year Programs, University of Portland

Fun Fact: Courtney is a cast member at the Curious Comedy theater in Portland, Oregon! She started studying improv comedy in January 2018 and will buy you tickets to a show if you visit the area.


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Ashley Nilson

Session Topic: Sorry Not Sorry

Pronouns: She/her

Position: Web Communications Trainer, Portland State University

Fun Fact: I love being outdoors, and spend a good portion of my summers hiking and winters snowshoeing. This summer I'm planning my first backpacking trip to take my hiking expeditions to the next level.



Demian Lucas

Session Topic: Code Switching, Authenticity, and Communication Effectiveness

Pronouns: She/her

Position: Portland State University MS Communication Studies candidate and human resource professional

Fun Fact: I love spicy food!


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Linda Samek

Session Topic: Practicing Civil Discourse in Un-civil Times

Pronouns: She/Her

Position: Provost, George Fox

I live on a farm and have six grandchildren, five of whom are girls!  I love the outdoors and photography.


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Dr. Debby Espinor

Session Topic: Practicing Civil Discourse in Un-civil Times

Position: Associate Professor, George Fox University

Fun fact: In a blues band called Sister Mercy in Portland.


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Sara Spiers

Session Topic: Promoting Professional Advancement and Systemic Change for Future Generations of Women

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Position: Research Assistant, Portland State University

Fun Fact: She is training for a marathon.


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Sara Friedman

Session Topic: Promoting Professional Advancement and Systemic Change for Future Generations of Women 

Pronouns: She/her

Position: Portland State University, PhD Student

Fun Fact: She used to be a professional interior/exterior house painter.


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Bobbi Kidder, MA RDT/BCT

Session Topic: Braiding Multicultural Competence, Narrative Expression, and Collective Impact

Pronouns: She/her

Position: Adjunct (and former coordinator of drama therapy specialization within Psychology and Counseling), Antioch University Seattle

Fun fact: When I lived in southern Oregon I was a founding member of the Improv troupe, The Hamazons


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Serena St. Clair

Session Topic: Braiding Multicultural Competence, Narrative Expression, and Collective Impact

Pronouns: She/her

Position: Faculty at Southern Oregon University and Rogue Community College

Fun fact: Hitchhiked one summer from Los Angeles, CA to Fairbanks, AK and back with my best friend, Delilah, a Samoyed. Lots of road and cannery stories to tell.


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Amber Buck

Session Topic: The Dark Side of Empathy

Pronouns: She/her

Position: Assistant Director of Residence Life, University of Oregon

Fun Fact: I love puzzles, both physical and mental


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Tiffany Jordanne Thom

Session Topic: #SquadGoals 

Pronouns: She/her

Position: Academic Scheduling Coordinator, Southern Oregon University

Fun Fact: Went bungee jumping in Costa Rica and someday hopes to snuggle a sloth


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Alisha Nicole Higley

Session Topic: #SquadGoals 

Pronouns: She/her

Position: Customer Service Manager of Enrollment Services, Southern Oregon University

Fun Fact: Went backpacking through Europe and is a self proclaimed shark whisperer



Emma Larkins

Session Topic: Using Bullet Journaling to Unlock Personal and Professional Development (Lightning Talk)

Pronouns: She/her

Position: Assistant Director, Student Affairs Assessment, Oregon State University

Fun fact: I can touch the tip of my nose with my tongue :)



Sharlena Luyen

Session Topic: Motivation through Collaboration (Lightning Talk)

Pronouns: She/her

Position: Student Researcher, Oregon State University

Fun fact: I've swam and/or scuba dived with all species in the wild ocean, including whale sharks, humpback whales, sea turtles, manta rays, sting rays, manatees, dolphins, and even pigs in Exuma!


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Alex Aljets (Moderator); Sarah Kutten, Sarah Johnston, Nana Osei-Kofi, Chrysanthemum M. Hayes (Panelists)

Session Topic: Job Crafting:  Reimagining Your Work to Improve Satisfaction & Engagement

Alex Aljets (she/her)

Position: University Innovation Alliance Fellow, Oregon State University

Fun Fact: When I travel around the U.S. for work, I love finding and eating local foods that a city or region is known for. New Orleans pralines and Texas brisket top my list of favorites so far.

Sarah Kutten (she/her)

Position: Director of Student Services, University of Oregon, Portland

Fun Fact: I have an interest in beekeeping and hope to explore the hobby more in the coming year.

Sarah Johnston (she/her)

Position: Organizational Development & Strategy Manager, Portland State University

Originally from Wisconsin, I love snow, but don't miss shoveling it. I enjoy exploring PNW hiking trails and spending the especially rainy days baking and reading.

Nana Osei​-Kofi, PhD (she/her)

Position: Associate Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Director of the Difference, Power, and Discrimination Program, Oregon State University

Fun fact: Running is one of my favorite activities away from work.

Chrysanthemum M. Hayes (she/her)

Position: Associate Director, Institutional Analytics and Reporting, Oregon State University

Fun fact: I go on a lot of nature walks and love taking pictures of insects and trees.


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