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GSE Advisory Council

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Advisory Council charge

The GSE Advisory Council serves in an advisory role to the dean of the Graduate School of Education and as an advocate for the school. The objectives of the GSE Advisory Council are to:

  • Assist in increasing the visibility and image of the GSE in the community
  • Provide strategic advice and support to the dean on a variety of issues
  • Be advocates for and promote positive public relations for the school
  • Assist in the development of funding priorities and strategies for the school

The experience, counsel, and participation of the GSE Advisory Council, individually, and as a group contribute to achieving the overall goals of the Graduate School of Education.

The GSE Advisory Council members are expected to perform the following duties:

  • Be well informed of university and Graduate School of Education mission, goals and practices
  • Whenever possible, attend and participate in the 2-4 meetings per year
  • Serve as an active advocate for PSU and the Graduate School of Education in the community, including expanding its relationships with the region's business and education leaders

Representation, terms and meetings

The GSE Advisory Council will have members representing business, government, K-12 schools, school boards, community colleges, higher education, community agencies, and program participants. Some membership will be ex-officio and automatic because of position.

With guidance from the GSE Advisory Council cochairs, at-large members are selected by the dean and serve a three-year term. Members may be appointed to a subsequent three-year term. (Membership terms in the initial three years will be staggered so that a cyclical rotation is established.)

The GSE Advisory Council meetings are held two to three times a year during the fall, winter and/or spring terms. Meetings are held on campus or at a host member site.

Current membership

  • Linda Blanchette, Portland Community College
  • Mary Cadez, Chalkboard Project
  • Karin Edwards, Cascade Campus President, Portland Community College
  • Teresa Ferrer, Ex-Officio, Oregon Education Association
  • Steve Fleischman, Ex-Officio, Education Northwest
  • Linda Florence, Superintendent, Reynolds School District
  • Page Frisch, Teacher, Portland Public Schools
  • Karen Gray, Superintendent, Parkrose School District
  • Don Grotting, Superintendent, David Douglas School District
  • Bill Korach, Former Superintendent, Lake Oswego School District
  • Jane Morrow, Ex-Officio, Friends of the GSE
  • Matt Morton, Executive Director, Native American Youth and Family Center
  • Tyece Okamura - Independent consultant, Adjunct faculty PSU GSE, Guidance & Counseling
  • Dan Ryan, CEO, All Hands Raised
  • Jim Schlachter, Superintendent of Gresham-Barlow School District
  • David Solomon, Executive Vice President, Lightspeed Technologies, Inc.
  • Matt Utterback, Superintendent, North Clackamas School District
Faculty members/Department Chairs
  • Christine Chaillé
  • Randall De Pry
  • Rick Johnson
  • Candyce Reynolds

Contact Info

Randy Hitz, 503-725-4697,

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs:
Micki Caskey, 503-725-4749,

Associate Dean for Outreach/Director of Continuing Education:
Cheryl Livneh, 503-725-4705,

Director of Development 
Jaymee Jacoby, 503-725-4789,