The Oregon Coast STEM Hub Leadership Council provides strategic direction, networking, advice, support, and oversight for Oregon Coast STEM Hub activities. Regional work groups turn strategic planning into specific strategies grounded in local feedback. Backbone staff support and connect the Hub and its partners.

Leadership Council

This advisory committee is made up of individuals from a variety of sectors and geographic locations along the coast. The Leadership Council accomplishes the following:

  • Provides input regarding the strategic direction of the Hub,
  • Networks and builds relationships with new partners,
  • Provides financial oversight for Hub activities, and
  • Promotes outreach and engagement of Hub activities.

Read the Governance Framework to find out more about the structure and function of the Leadership Council.

Current Leadership Council Members

  • Itchung Cheung (Chair)
    • Academic Programs Manager, Hatfield Marine Science Center
    • Alternate: Bob Cowen
  • Alissa Lane-Keene
    • Education Specialist, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
    • Alternate: TBD
  • Birgitte Ryslinge
    • President, Oregon Coast Community College
    • Alternate: Larry Boles
  • CJ Drake
    • Communications & Public Affairs Manager, Georgia-Pacific
    • Alternate: Franz Cosenza
  • Dave Hansen
    • Extension Outreach and Engagement Leader, Oregon Sea Grant
    • Alternate: TBD
  • Doug Ardiana
    • Superintendent, Bandon School District
    • Alternate: TBD
  • Kerry Carlin-Morgan
    • Education Director, Oregon Coast Aquarium
    • Alternate: Sara Shaw Roberts
  • Kristi Foster (Vice Chair)
    • Director, Tillamook Estuaries Partnership
    • Alternate: Alix Lee
    • Lisa Phipps
      • Oregon Coastal Management Program N. Coast Regional Rep., Oregon Dept of Land Conservation and Development
      • Alternate: TBD
    • Rod Heyen
      • Principal, Warrenton High School 
      • Alternate: TBD
    • Sarah Cunningham
      • Regional Economist, Oregon Employment Department
      • Alternate: TBD
    • SueAnn Bottoms
      • Director, OSU PreCollege Programs
      • Alternate: Jay Well
      • Shamus Gamache
        • Senior Engineer, Central Lincoln PUD
        • Alternate: Goda Akella
      Leadership Council Meetings

      The NEXT OCSH Leadership Council meeting will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020 in Bandon. For more info and to RSVP, contact OregonCoastSTEM@oregonstate.edu

      • November 7, 2019, 10am - 3pm in Tillamook - Notes
      • April 25, 2019, 11am - 3pm in Toledo - Notes
      • December 10, 2018, 11am - 3pm in Coos Bay - Notes
      • August 20, 2018, 11am - 3pm in Newport - Notes
      • April 24, 2018, 11am - 3pm in Newport - Notes
      • January 30, 2018, 12:30pm - 3pm in Newport - Notes
      • November 14, 2017, 11am - 3pm in Lincoln City - Notes
      • September 13, 2017, 11am - 3pm in Newport - Notes
      • April 21, 2017, 10am - 3pm in Yachats - Notes
      • January 20, 2017, 10am - 3pm in Lincoln City - Notes
      • September 27, 2016 - 11am - 3pm in Newport - Notes
      • July 22, 2016, 10am - 3pm in Newport - Notes
      • May 23, 2016, 11am - 3pm in Lincoln City - Notes
      • January 25, 2016 online - Notes
      • December 17, 2015, 11am to 3pm in Coos Bay - Notes
      • September 22, 2015, 11am to 3pm in Lincoln City - Notes
      • June 16, 2015 11am to 3pm in Newport - Notes
      • April 14, 2015 11am to 3pm in Tillamook - Notes
      • January 20, 2015 11am to 3pm in Coos Bay - Notes
      • October 14, 2014 11am to 3pm in Astoria - Notes
      • July 28, 2014 1-3pm in Newport - Notes

      Work Groups (3+)

      Work Groups turn strategic planning into specific strategies. Work Groups may be standing or ad hoc, depending on need. Standing Work Groups will focus on the north, central and south coast gather around key elements of the Leadership Council's broader plan and engage in a continuous process of planning and doing, grounded in constant feedback around what is or is not working.

      At the January 20, 2017 meeting of the Leadership Council, a new Governance Framework for the Oregon Coast STEM Hub was approved. Read the GF to find out more about the structure and function of the Work Groups.