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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, support and help to advance the overall goals of the Graduate School of Education.

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

  • Be well informed about the university and Graduate School of Education mission, goals and practices
  • Attend no fewer than two 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 co-chairs, 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 2017-18

  • Sam Breyer, Superintendent, Multnomah Education Service District
  • Paul Coakley, Superintendent, Centennial School District
  • Teresa Ferrer, Ex-Officio, Oregon Education Association
  • Steve Fleischman, Ex-Officio, CEO, Education Northwest
  • Linda Florence, Superintendent, Reynolds School District
  • Shannon Foxley, School Counselor, Hall Elementary
  • Page Frisch, Teacher-retired, Portland Public Schools 
  • Karen Gray, Superintendent, Parkrose School District
  • Guadalupe Guerrera, Superintendent, Portland Public Schools
  • Don Grotting, Superintendent, Beaverton School District 
  • Jane Morrow, Ex-Officio, Friends of the GSE
  • Tyece Okamura, Independent consultant, Adjunct faculty PSU GSE, School Counseling
  • Katrise Perera, Superintendent, Gresham-Barlow School District
  • Erin Prince, Vice President of Education Policy, Chalkboard Project
  • Ken Richardson, Superintendent, David Douglas School District
  • Rob Saxton, Superintendent, Northwest Regional Education Service District
  • Mike Scott, Superintendent, Hillsboro School District
  • Amy Spring, Director Community Research and Partnerships, PSU
  • Matt Utterback, Superintendent, North Clackamas School District
  • Nancy Wessel, Division Dean, PCC Cascade, Liberal Arts and Pre-College Programs
Faculty members/Department Chairs
  • Lisa Aasheim, Chair, Counselor Education
  • Will Parnell, Chair, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Randall De Pry, Chair, Special Education
  • Candyce Reynolds, Chair, Educational Leadership and Policy

Contact Info

Marvin Lynn, 503-725-4697,

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs:
Tina Anctil, 503-725- 9886,

Director of Recruitment Outreach and Student Services:
Jennifer Anderson, 503-725-4815,

Director of Development 
Scott Shlaes, 503-725-4789,