Teaching Research Institute Staff
Ingrid Amerson has been involved in early child care and education for over 30 years. As the Director of TRI Child Development Center, she guided the Center through becoming an Oregon Program of Quality. She is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, learning environment where children thrive, families flourish, and staff are successful.
Lyn has been in Special Education for over 37 years. Her jobs have been varied -- as teacher of the visually impaired/O&M instructor, principal of a school for the blind, rehabilitation specialist on a mobile team attached to an eye hospital, More about Lyn Ayer director of community programs in a rural area in India, director of a licensure program for training teachers of the visually impaired, and director of a state's deafblind project (12 years in Wisconsin, 5 years in Oregon).
Research Professor, Dr. Robert Ayres brings varied and deep experience in research, evaluation, and teaching. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Oregon, More about Robert Ayres and is a a founding member of the Evaluation and Research Group Office (ERGO) housed at the Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University. Dr. Ayres has extensive experience with mixed-method/multiple-method evaluations and has prior experience with federal grants employing quasi-experimental pretest-posttest comparison designs and in research employing randomized control trials. He has served as principal evaluator on a variety of evaluation and research projects such as Structure of the Intellect, via contract with the Oregon Department of Education, the Oregon Forestry Extension Program, via contract with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, and the Western Oregon University Teacher Effectiveness Project Phases I and II. In addition, Dr. Ayres served as team investigator for the human resources portion of the Final Evaluation of the City-State Partnership, Senate Bill 795-Improvements in the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS) under the New Board of School Commissioners, via sub-contract with WESTAT. He is currently co-principal evaluator for the "Science and Engineering in the Lives of Students," National Science Foundation grant with Oregon State University. Dr. Ayres previously taught Research Methods in Education for 15 years at Western Oregon University.
Patricia is an Associate Research Professor and Project Director of a federally funded grant which is a collaborative effort between the Center on Inclusion at TRI, More about Patricia Blasco the College of Education at Western Oregon University and Oregon community colleges. This grant enhances inclusion curriculum at these colleges and advance the knowledge and skills of professionals working with young children with disabilities.
Julie Bulen has worked at Teaching Research for over 26 years and at the Teaching Research Education Evaluation Center for the last 13 of those years. More about Julie Bulen At the Education Evaluation Center, Julie is a Learning Disability and Vocational Specialist. She conducts in-depth psychosocial evaluations of clients from age 4 to adulthood and writes detailed reports of disability impact, recommendations for clients and parents, and legal accommodation needs for school, college and workplace settings.
Robbin Bull has worked for the Teaching Research Institute as a Data Specialist for over 12 years, working for the National Deaf-Blind projects (TRACES, NTAC, NCDB) for most of those years. More about Robbin Bull Along with managing data for the National Deaf-Blind Child Count, she has designed many evaluation tools and databases to manage and evaluate project data. In addition, she provides data management technical assistance and support to project staff as well as state deaf-blind project personnel.
Jackie Burr is a Special Education Secondary Transition Specialist. She has over 40 years of experience in education, including State level special education monitoring, professional development, More about Jackie Burr
special education administration and special/general education teaching. Jackie Burr brings many years of secondary transition experience to the professional development sessions to prepare districts, agencies, students and professionals for the successful transition of students from education to successful outcomes with the most appropriate diploma option.
Paddi Davies has been a technical assistance specialist and has been involved with numerous family initiatives in the area of deaf-blindness at state and national levels. More about Paddi Davies Her contributions to NCDB have been in the areas of capacity-building, project management and organization, group facilitation and systemic intervention.
Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto is an Assistant Research Professor whose responsibilities include program evaluation, statistical analysis, and serving as the Director of Abby's House, More about Mary Ellen Dello Stritto Center for Women and Families. Mary Ellen has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Claremont Graduate University and has extensive experience in statistics and research methodology. She also spent 16 years as a professor of psychology and gender studies.
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Assistant to the Director
Nancy Ganson has served as the Assistant to the Director of TRI since 2001 and has recently become a member of the Grants Management Office. Her current duties in the GMO include processing travel reimbursements, More about Nancy Ganson ordering supplies and equipment, monthly review of the phone and data port billing, and daily mail and package deliveries. Nancy's expertise includes office organization and meeting logistics, and she serves as the building manager for Todd Hall.
Dr. Jay Gense is Director of the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness. He has 30+ years experience as an administrator and teacher in special education programs, with specific focus on low incidence disabilities at state and national levels. More about Jay Gense He holds Ed.S., Masters, and BA degrees in Special Education, with an emphasis in the areas of deaf-blindness, blindness, orientation and mobility, and educational administration.
Gary Glasenapp has worked at the Teaching Research Institute since 1984. He has extensive experience in the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of federal, state and local grants and contracts More about Gary Glasenapp in the areas of early childhood education, early childhood special education, and professional development.
Melissa Gritz is a project specialist with the Center on Inclusion. She is a Master Trainer in the Oregon Registry providing workshops and professional development in a variety of early childhood areas. More about Melissa Gritz She received her graduate certificate in Infant and Toddler Mental Health from Portland State University and her bachelor's degree in Human Development from Washington State University.
Sandra Gruhn is a Special Education Professional Development Specialist. She has over 30 years of experience in the field of special education. More about Sandra Gruhn
Her experience includes professional development, special education administration and special education teaching. She brings her experience to the trainings on IEP development, meeting facilitation, working effectively with families, paraeducator supervision and secondary transition.
Debbie is a WOU graduate with a B.S. is Business and has been at TRI for over 16 years. She supports a variety of projects at the Center on Inclusion and Early Childhood Care & Education through planning and facilitating meetings and training, More about Debbie Kenyonproducing curriculum materials, providing assistance to project constituents, producing on-line surveys for data collection, and word processing a variety of documents. She also performs service to TRI as a member of the Social Committee and the Food Drive co-chair.
John Killoran is the Co-Principal Investigator for The National Consortium on Deaf-blindness and serves on the Leadership Team for the National Consortium on Sensory Disabilities. John joined the Teaching Research Institute in 1998, More about John Killoran working primarily on projects for children who are deaf-blind and for four years (2007-11) he also served as the director of The Institute. John has had an extensive (35 plus years) and varied career in education, grants management, and administration and has been a paraprofessional, a teacher, a principal, a state agency program coordinator, director of multiple projects and a national technical assistance provider.
Randy Klumph as been employed by Teaching Research Institute since 1992 (TRACES, NTAC, DB-LINK, and NCDB projects) providing expertise in technology applications, desktop publishing, website management and graphic design. More about Randy Klumph Prior to 1992, Randy was Director of Technology and Publications for a technical/business writing company. In addition, Randy has over 14 years experience in the field of social services, including nine years working with children and families. He is the administrator for the deaf-blindness related LISTSERVs hosted at The Teaching Research Institute.
Ken Kosko is an Associate Professor at the Teaching Research Institute
at Western Oregon University (WOU) and director of the Education Evaluation Center (EEC).
More about Ken KoskoHe holds endorsements and authorizations in School Psychology, Elementary Education, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Special Educator, Reading and Supervision. During his 38 years at WOU he has taught many of the special education courses and worked directly with disability services. Ken has traveled throughout Oregon offering training to educators, and state agency staff, including professors at the major universities regarding issues of accommodations/modifications for ADHD and Learning Disabled students.
Cassandra Kroeker (Cassie) has worked in the field of early childhood education for over 22 years - 18 years at the TRI Child Development Center (CDC) and four years as a kindergarten teacher. She currently works as the assistant teacher in the TRI-CDC Butterfly Room.
Gail Leslie's areas of expertise include information management, database design, website design, content curation, product development and dissemination.More about Gail Leslie She currently is the Information & Dissemination Coordinator with the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness. She has a master's degree in library and information studies and has worked for more than 25 years in public service and information management as a public librarian and as an information specialist and project coordinator.
Grants Management Office
Cindi Mafit holds a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of California at Davis. She has worked in the Teaching Research Institute's Grants Management Office since 1998, More about Cindi Mafit and serves as the business manager and grants financial specialist to 85% of the grants and contracts funded at the institute.
Peggy Malloy has worked at the Teaching Research Institute since 1997 on the national deaf-blind projects. She has an undergraduate degree in nursing and a master's degree in librarianship. Peggy's areas of expertise are deaf-blindness, More about Peggy Malloy library services, information management, and product development. She is currently the Intervener Services Initiative team lead for the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness.
Roxanna Marvin has worked for the Teaching Research Institute for the past eighteen years on multiple state and federal projects in a variety of capacities including administration, providing coordination and technical assistance, More about Roxanna Marvinand designing and developing websites and curriculum. Roxanna has a Master's degree in Special Education and experience working in the field of Early Childhood Special Education at the Teaching Research Child Development Center.
Robyn Lopez Melton
Robyn Lopez Melton has been involved with early childhood education for over 9 years. Her areas of expertise include working with monolingual Spanish speaking families, young children with multiple risk factors and parent education. More about Robyn Melton-Lopez She graduated Magna Cum Laude from OSU Cascades campus with a dual major in liberal studies and international studies. She is a Master Trainer through the Oregon Registry at PSU providing training in both English and Spanish.
Bonnie Morihara, Ph.D., is the statewide coordinator of the 5-university ReadOregon reading endorsement program, the coordinator of the Title II-A University/School Partnership educator professional development program for Oregon, More about Bonnie Morihara and the director of the four-state environmental education service learning Project SITE.
Hi, my name is Amy Parker. I completed my doctorate at Texas Tech University through the National Center for Leadership in Visual Impairment (NCLVI) fellowship program in 2009. More about Amy Parker I have been working with individuals who have sensory impairments since 1994. My emphasis of study at TTU was on evidence-based practices in teaching and rehabilitation for people who are deafblind. My dissertation focus was the use of adapted Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) as a functional communication intervention for students with multiple disabilities and visual impairments. Through partnership with colleagues, I have enjoyed delving into research and sharing the outcomes of studies in the peer-reviewed literature. While in my doctoral program, I also pursued a certification in orientation and mobility and am interested in exploring interventions for people who have multiple disabilities including deafblindness.
Torry Piazza Templeman
Torry Piazza Templeman is an Associate Research Professor at TRI whose 30+ year career there has focused on early childhood, professional development and the inclusion of young children with disabilities in typical educational settings. More about Torry Piazza Templeman She has served as Project Director on numerous state and federal grant projects with an emphasis on model development, evaluation and dissemination activities.
Dr. Christina Reagle is an Associate Research Fellow who joined The Teaching Research Institute after working at Oregon Department of Education and in Alaska. More about Christina Reagle She has comprehensive experience in Pre-K-12, adult, and university teaching; research and evaluation; educator preparation; program coordination; educational professional development; and grant writing. Dr. Reagle has been involved in education, social and mental health services, and justice department federal and state grants and contracts.
John Reiman is an Associate Research Professor at TRI. He has administered programs in the fields of deafness and deaf-blindness and served as Director of DB-LINK since it's beginning 1992. More about John Reiman He has also directed degree programs at Gallaudet University and Western Oregon University and, served as Principal Investigator and Director of multiple OSEP-funded research projects. Dr. Reiman has worked directly with persons who are deaf-blind as a rehabilitation counselor, work adjustment counselor, medical psychotherapist and sign language interpreter. He has authored thirty publications including invited book chapters and articles in refereed journals.
Marlene Richards, M.S., CCC-SLP is the Assistant Director/Intake Coordinator for TRI's Education Evaluation Center (EEC) since 1994. She holds teaching certification in Elementary Education and in Speech Correction More about Marlene Richards and holds Oregon licensure in Speech Pathology as well as her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Her employment experience includes itinerant speech pathologist in the public schools, adjunct instructor of graduate level courses and clinical supervisor of graduate students in the former Speech Pathology program at WOU, as well as a consultant in private practice.
Bernie Samples currently serves as the Administrative Assistant with the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness. She has worked for TRI since January of 1968. More about Bernie Samples Bernie has held many positions in the agency beginning as the Division Secretary and then becoming the Special Education Department Secretary working for Vic Baldwin and Bud Fredericks. She worked as the Supervisor of Support Services until 1994 before assuming her current position.
Mr. Mark Schalock is an Associate Fellow at TRI and brings varied experience in educational research, evaluation and data analysis. More about Mark Schalock He had directed or co-directed numerous evaluation and/or research projects at the local, state and national level for nearly 30 years. His work during this time has focused on the areas of teacher preparation and licensure, teacher mentoring and induction, professional development, and more recently autism and deaf-blindness. Mr. Schalock has authored or co-authored more than 30 journal articles and book chapters on program and personnel evaluation, measurement, educational accountability and productivity, and research on the efficacy autism interventions.
Grants Management Office
Ella Taylor TRI Director
Ella's responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day operations of the eight Centers within TRI. Her areas of expertise include research administration, program evaluation, educator professional development, and special education.
Tom Udell is an Associate Fellow at the Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University and Coordinator of the Center on Inclusion and Early Childhood Care & Education. More about Tom Udell He has over 25 years of experience in early childhood education and early childhood special education. He has worked on multiple state and federal projects in a variety of capacities including serving as director, providing coordination, professional development, technical assistance, and designing and developing curriculum.
Martha Villegas-Gutiérrez is an Assistant Research Professor/Licensed Psychologist/Multicultural Specialist at the Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University. More about Martha Villegas-Gutiérrez She has been part of the Education Evaluation Center (EEC) team since 2004. Martha conducts bilingual psychological evaluations and mental health evaluation for school age children, college students, and adults. She also provides training to educators, parents, and students on Latinos academic and mental health issues. Martha has a background in bilingual education and school psychology. Martha also collaborates on research projects at TRI and other universities. She was part of University of Oregon's after school support project with Latino middle school students and parents within the Portland School District. Currently Martha has been collaborating with a federally funded grant that seeks to improve inclusion curriculum for WOU College of Education and Oregon community colleges and prepare professionals with the skills and knowledge to address the special needs of preschoolers from diverse cultural backgrounds.