Lisa works with and on behalf of the Marion & Polk counties to ensure that children are ready for kindergarten and academic success, with a focus on coordinated and aligned systems and family stability. She convenes and catalyzes action around strategies focused on serving children and families that have limited opportunities. Lisa has over 20 years of experience at the state level, focusing on early childhood, child welfare and organizational development policy initiatives. She was involved in work at the policy and structure level to create the early learning hubs that are now around the state. Working locally in the community where she lives, works and plays provides her great energy and satisfaction.
Maria provides technical assistance, training and support to family childcare providers working toward their Oregon's Quality Rating and Improvement System portfolio. Her primary focus is to increase the number of trainings and educational opportunities for our Spanish-speaking childcare providers. Maria completed her Bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Services from the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) and has worked in Early Education for eight years. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Veronica focuses on building capacity for parent education with our community partners. A major goal for this work is to normalize parent education as a resource for all families. Veronica received her undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from Western Oregon University. During her free time, she enjoys playing with her toddler and spending time with her family.
Erin oversees Family Support Funds, which are flexible funds designed to help families with housing, transportation, safety, health and educational needs. She also oversees a project that shares developmental screening results from early learning providers with medical providers. Erin graduated from Goshen College, majoring in Social Work, and worked for Community Action Head Start for five years. She has been working with the Hub since 2015. In her spare time, Erin enjoys biking, reading and hanging out with friends.
Dayna oversees all Preschool Promise efforts in 19 sites around Marion and Polk County. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Western Oregon University, and has worked with businesses big and small, helping them grow and succeed.
Tiffany provides support to all of the initiatives and programs of the Hub, and oversees administration of social media pages and the website. She has worked in public health and in local elementary schools. She loves to bake and try new recipes, spend time with friends and family, and go to sporting events.
Yajaira focuses on community outreach through family-oriented events all over Marion & Polk County. She also works on projects designed to get early learning information and tools to families through community partners, and oversees the input of surveys and data to evaluate the impact the Hub is having. After graduating from the University of San Diego with a BA in International Relations, Yajaira joined the Peace Corps and lived in Ecuador for over two years, working at a school and orphanage to encourage literacy and life skills. She is driven by a mission to assist those around her, and she thoroughly enjoys volunteering with various organizations.