OWHE Welcomes 4 New Board Members!

Oregon Women in Higher Education is thrilled to announce the 2018 Board of Directors thanks to a record number of votes from our membership!  Current board members Jessika Chi, Lea Griess, and Sharece Bunn will continue to serve in their roles on the board. In addition, we welcome four new board members, each featured below:

Erica Noel Curry

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Oregon State University, Academic Programs Manager

Bio: 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.

Favorite OWHE moment: During first conference with OWHE in 2015, Dr. Ann Marie Klotz stood in front of the room and told us about “tiara syndrome”, which is where women believe if we work hard and excel, someone will come up, tap you on the head and say, “Great work! Here’s your tiara/promotion/raise”. Instead, Dr. Klotz encouraged us to unapologetically pursue what we want in life. That weekend in Bend, I learned to not be ashamed of my ambition, and instead felt emboldened, nourished and understood as a strong, professional women. I am ecstatic and humbled to have the opportunity to work with a team of talented, smart, and ambitious women to provide the same type of experience for others, as Chair of the Board.

Latricia (Tricia) Brand

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Portland Community College, Interim Dean of Student Development

Bio: 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.

My Favorite OWHE Moment: Participating on the 2017 Wise Woman Panel because it was an opportunity to learn from so many amazing women who are leading and innovating in their respective areas of influence in higher education.

Jenna Geracitano

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Portland State University, ​College Success Instructor

Bio: 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.

Favorite OWHE Moment: The coffee and tea station at the 2018 Conference! I loved seeing everyone mingling and enjoying each other's company!

Brenna Kutch

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Portland State University, Manager for Culture, Inclusion, and Development in the Office of Information Technology

Bio: 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.

Favorite OWHE moment: Despite the anxiety build-up, presenting at my first professional conference (OWHE 2018) surrounded by supportive people and actually feeling really good about it!


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.

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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.