Welcome New OWHE Board Members!

Chrysanthemum M. Hayes

OWHE Board Position: Chair of the Board

Institution: Oregon State University

Position at Institution: Lead Strategic Analyst

Twitter: @chrysemum

Bio: When I moved to Corvallis 8 years ago, I never expected I would stay more than a few years, but I'm so glad I'm still here! After I completed my Master's of Public Policy at Oregon State University, I started working at the institution and currently serve as the Lead Strategic Analyst. In this role, I lead the data team in Undergraduate Studies to increase the student success data literacy on campus and support data efforts that help move our equity goals forward. I was elected to the OWHE Board in 2015 as Director of Outreach and then again in 2017 as the Chair of the Board. I am excited and honored to be part of this amazing community. Outside of work and OWHE, I spend most of my time being active outdoors and love hiking with my husband and playing in the dirt.


Jessika Chi

OWHE Board Position: Director of Business Operations

Institution: Reed College

Position at Institution: Program Manager for Institutional Diversity

Twitter: @jessikachi

Bio: 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.


Alexis Terrell

OWHE Board Position: Director of Records and Outreach

Institution: Oregon State University

Position at Institution: Student Success Counselor

Twitter: @terrell_alexis

Bio: I’ve worn many hats in higher education, including instructor, curriculum designer, administrator and advisor. Currently, I work in Oregon State University’s Division of Undergraduate Studies as an academic counselor for first-generation and low-income students. I grew up near Dallas, Texas, but moved to Oregon in 2013 from South Korea, where I was teaching English. I earned my master’s in TESOL from The New School in New York and my master’s in journalism from the University of Illinois. I believe that communication is a powerful tool and by taking the time to listen to the stories of underrepresented students in higher education, we will increase the success of everyone.


Sharece Bunn

OWHE Board Position: Director of Education

Institution: University of Oregon

Position at Institution: International Student Advisor

Twitter: @sharecembunn

Bio: 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.


Annie Popoff

OWHE Board Position: Director of Professional Advancement

Institution: University of Portland

Position at Institution: Administrative and Program Assistant

Bio: My path into higher education began as an undergraduate at Oregon State University, where I was able to connect with students through peer advising and housing leadership positions. After completing my undergraduate degree in Psychology, I entered the nonprofit world as an advocate for domestic violence survivors. My passion for social services, justice, and hospitality led me to the Shepard Academic Resource Center at the University of Portland, where I’ve been able to serve students who are seeking advising, tutoring, first year programming, and accessible education services. My personal mission is to help students navigate complex university systems, provide resources and information to increase student success, and to welcome students into the university community to increase their sense of belonging and retention. When I’m not working or finishing up graduate school homework, you’ll find me playing with my dog, spending time outdoors with friends, and enjoying the foodie culture here in Portland.


Lea Griess

OWHE Board Position: Director of Annual Conference

Institution: Southern Oregon University

Position at Institution: Academic Advisor and Student Success Coordinator for the Division of Social Sciences

Bio: 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.

Connect with Leaders

Networking with women, non-binary, and trans leaders in the state of Oregon will enhance your professional experience. We look forward to creating opportunities 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, non-binary, and trans people 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.