Briana Stansbury

Institution:
Portland Community College
Position at Institution:
Coordinator of the Multicultural Center, Southeast Campus
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.

Weam Elsheikh

Institution:
Oregon State University
Position at Institution:
Special Projects Coordinator/Intern
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 was born in Egypt but raised between Oman, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt simultaneously, making the term "home" a little complicated for me. I am a Third Culture Kid (TCK) and if you are not familiar with the term, it means that I grew up in countries that were different from my parents' home countries and from my country of citizenship, with a lot of travel in between. I came to the U.S 6 years ago to get my Bachelor of Science in Business Management, through which I discovered my passion for student affairs by being involved in volunteer and student employment opportunities with advising offices and cultural centers. After graduating, I decided to pursue an M.S in College Student Services Administration (CSSA) at Oregon State University with an area of specialization in international and globally mobile students. I graduate recently my Master's degree and can't wait to employ my knowledge and experiences into roles that give back to the college student community. In my free time, I love to read novels and create art!

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.  

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.  

Marwa Al Khamees

Institution:
Oregon State University
Position at Institution:
College of Pharmacy Graduate Teaching Assistant
OWHE Board Position:
Director of Marketing and Outreach
OWHE Email:
outreach@owhe.org
Board Member Responsibilities:
Website, social media, and email communications
Twitter:
I was born and raised in Iraq, and have been living in Portland, OR for the past 10 years! I did my undergraduate degree at Portland State University, where I initially thought I was going to pursue pre-medicine and attend medical school. After being involved in multiple student groups and employment opportunities on campus in orientation, student activities, and admissions, I discovered the world of student affairs. Mentorship has been a great part of my life, and I'll always be thankful for the mentors who guided me through discovering my strengths and how to navigate my career as a future student affairs professional. After graduating with a B.S. in Management and Leadership and HR Management, I decided to pursue an Ed.M. in College Student Services Administration at Oregon State University with a focus on social justice education in higher ed. As a graduate student, I was introduced to OWHE where I found a community of supportive professionals who have been supportive and encouraging. Although I don't have much time outside of work and school, I enjoy going on road trips with friends, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, and enjoying a good cup of coffee! 

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