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.

Briana Stansbury

Institution:
Portland Community College
Position at Institution:
Interim Coordinator, Multicultural Center
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:
I grew up in Oakland California to a family of dreamers, hard/heart workers, and advocates. I attended Pitzer College and double majored in English & World Literature and Gender & Feminist Studies. After graduating, I found a niche at Lewis & Clark in the Department of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME) as a graduate assistant and completed a Masters in Student Affairs Administration. I am forever grateful for the ways that my experience in IME taught me how vital and life changing identifying your community is. I moved on to work at Portland Community College first as a program specialist in their Multicultural Center at Cascade, then as the Assistant Coordinator of the Women's Resource Center, and now currently as the Interim Coordinator of the Multicultural Center at Southeast campus. I am deeply committed to coalition building, to narrative sharing, to centering/uplifting the voices of students of color. I am deeply invested in creating safer spaces for survivors of violence, engaging in institutional initiatives to reduce barriers for all marginalized students, and advocating for gender justice. When not at work, I enjoy a strong cup of coffee, spending time bouldering, and cooking food with good friends.

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.

Shannon Shivers

Institution:
Oregon State University
Position at Institution:
Academic Advisor for University Exploratory Studies
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 grew up in Davis, California, and after attending Willamette University to earn my Bachelor’s in English with an Art History minor, I fell in love with Oregon. I’ve been passionate about education for as long as I can remember. Growing up on the University of California Davis campus where my mom worked means that college feels like home. With the goal of teaching and advising college students, I earned my Master’s in Counseling at St. Mary’s College of California where I specialized in college student services and career counseling. After graduating I was ecstatic to begin my career in my dream job teaching and advising exploratory college students at Central Washington University. I finally made it back to my forever home in Oregon where I continue doing the same kind of work at Oregon State University; a school just like UC Davis but in my favorite rain and forest filled environment! I have a vivid imagination and a voracious appetite for stories whether they are from people, podcasts, books, or TV. As a dreamer, I love to imagine better versions of the future which means that I particularly enjoy topics related to fantasy, magic, and social justice. I use these traits as a leader to listen to the unique stories of our members, support them toward achieving their dreams, and build a strong community working toward our common goals.  

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.

Michelle Kutzler

Institution:
Oregon State University
Position at Institution:
Associate Professor (Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences)
OWHE Board Position:
Director of Business Operations
OWHE Email:
sponsorship@owhe.org
Board Member Responsibilities:
Budgeting, registration, sponsorships, and scholarships
Twitter:
I have worked in higher education for the past 22 years. During this time, I have co-chaired the President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW), chaired the Faculty Senate Promotion and Tenure Committee, co-chaired the Awareness and Action Committee for the Oregon State University (OSU) ADVANCE grant, and co-organized a College and University Work Family Association (CUWFA) conference.  Currently, I am OSU Search Advocate and an ADVANCE Fellow for the College of Agricultural Sciences. In addition, in June 2019 I will be finishing an MBA in Organizational Leadership. I am looking forward to using my leadership and business management skills as well as the connections I have developed over the years to increase awareness and sustainability of OWHE.

McKenzie Winders

Institution:
University of Oregon
Position at Institution:
Operation Manager, Student Orientation Programs
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:
I began my journey in Higher Education as an undergraduate at the University of Oregon working as a student employee in University Housing. My academic focuses were in Economics and Business and I had not intended to work at a University or in the fields I’ve had the pleasure of exploring but working at the epicenter of University Housing and assisting new and current students with their families had sparked a passion I didn’t realize I had. That interest continued to grow as I was provided with new challenges, responsibilities and roles within the department, leading me to work full time as a supervisor and then manager of five service centers with professional and student staff. I found a passion in supervising and mentoring students as well as an outlet for planning and coordinating events, which lead me to take on a new challenge within UO Orientation Programs. I believe that no matter what area, what position or what role you have, you are a contributor to other’s learning and success and working for the past seven years at the University of Oregon has continued to strengthen this belief and teach me so much more in how we play this part in growing our community and empowering others.  

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.

Connect with Women Leaders

Networking with women leaders in the state of Oregon will enhance your professional experience. We look forward to creating opportunities for women to meet, connect and develop together.

Engage in Professional Development

Participate in opportunities for professional growth through educational programs that are provided by our campus contact network right on your campus, in your region or at a state wide gathering. The focus is on providing you with the leadership skills and mentoring necessary to lead.

Lead Change in Higher Education

Higher education in the state of Oregon provides a dynamic environment where women can impact change. Whether in the community college, 4-year institution, public, or private, we want you to be a part of shaping the future of higher education by empowering and affirming your leadership abilities.