COE Advisory Council

College of Education Advisory Council

The mission of the College of Education Advisory Council (COEAC) is to enhance and strengthen philanthropic support for the college. It is to facilitate and increase critical external relationships, and to help expand financial support for the college among the alumni, clients, businesses, and foundations, and friends of the College of Education (COE). The Council is established through, and acts in an advisory capacity to the Dean and the Director of Development who serves as a representative of the University of Oregon Foundation. 

University of Oregon College of Education Advisory Council Member Dick Darst

Dick Darst

PhD ’82 Curriculum and Instruction, University of Oregon

Retired, State Director of K-12 Accreditation, AdvancED

Prior to serving as State Director of Accreditation, Darst served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, associate principal, principal, director of curriculum and instruction, assistant superintendent and led numerous national and international accreditation committee teams.

University of Oregon College of Education Advisory Council Member Colleen Donnelly

Colleen Donnelly

BS ’72 Education, University of Oregon; MEd ’74 Deaf Education, Western Oregon State College

Retired teacher

Donnelly taught in Eugene School District 4J for 30 years.

University of Oregon College of Education Advisory Council Member Anita Haley

Anita McClain Haley

BS ’65 Education, University of Oregon; MEd ’69 Education, University of Nevada, Reno, DEd ’83 Education UO/Portland State University

Outstanding Alumni, College of Education, UO

Retired Professor of Education, Pacific University

University of Oregon College of Education Advisory Council Member Derek Jernstedt

Derek Jernstedt

BS ’95 Communications, University of California, Santa Barbara, MBA ’98 University of Oregon Warsaw Center

Executive Director and Board Member, HEDCO Foundation and Quest Foundation

Jernstedt works to support educational, social, and health-related non-profit organizations through his work with the HEDCO and Quest Foundations.

University of Oregon College of Education Advisory Council Member Amy Kari

Amy Kari

BA ’82 Art History, Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon

Retired teacher and math specialist

University of Oregon College of Education Advisory Council Member Sammie McCormack

Sammie McCormack

PhD ’85 Educational Policy and Management, University of Oregon

Retired Educator, President, School Excellence Consulting

McCormack taught elementary, middle school, high school, and college (Grades 3 through Graduate courses), and was an administrator at all levels including the district office. She evaluated schools for the US Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Schools program and published articles about successful schools, school and classroom discipline. McCormack co-authored an evaluation system for K-12 school systems that was used internationally.

University of Oregon College of Education Advisory Council Member Sheila Miller

Sheila Miller

BA ’99 Spanish and International Studies, Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon

Senior Program Officer, US Policy, Advocacy & Communications, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Miller is focused on increasing support for, and developing, improved policies toward education at the state and local levels. Her responsibilities include developing and executing a place-based strategy for advocating with policymakers and education officials in order to significantly increase the number of black, latino, and low-income students who earn a diploma and then a post-secondary credential with labor-market value.

University of Oregon College of Education Advisory Council Member Lois Rawers

Lois J. Rawers

BS ’64 Education, Miami University, MAT ’67 Zoology, Miami University, PhD ’85 Education Policy and Management, University of Oregon

Retired Elementary Principal

Rawers taught in public elementary schools in Ohio, Michigan, Idaho, and Oregon. After attending graduate school in the Division of Educational Policy and Management at UO, she served as principal in several elementary schools in Independence and Corvallis, Oregon.

University of Oregon College of Education Advisory Council Member Kevin Reed

Kevin Reed

BA ’86 American History, University of Virginia, JD ’89 Law, Harvard Law School

Vice President and General Counsel at the University of Oregon

Reed has been an executive in three different educational institutions over the past 15 years. He served as General Counsel to LAUSD from 2003-2008, then became Vice Chancellor, Legal Affairs at UCLA from 2008-2015. In October 2015, he was appointed Vice President and General Counsel at the University of Oregon.  Reed currently serves on the board of directors of ExEd, a non-profit that provides financial, facilities and back-office support to charter schools serving over 40,000 students in California. He also serves as Chair of the Green Dot Public Schools California Board, which is one of the nation’s top three largest independent non-profit public school operators, with an annual operating budget of $140M and a total enrollment of over 12,000 middle and high school students in Los Angeles, Inglewood, Compton, and Lennox.

University of Oregon College of Education Advisory Council Member Bart Ricketts

Bart Ricketts

BS ’92 Civil Engineering, Santa Clara University

CEO, Lease Crutcher Lewis

Ricketts started his career as a construction professional in 1990. He has performed project management, pre-construction services and senior management oversight for many complex construction projects, including the Portland State University Northwest Center for Engineering, PK Park at UO, Oregon State University’s Forestry Ecosystem Research Laboratory, The Allison Inn and Spa in Newberg, Oregon, the Elephant Lands Exhibit at the Oregon Zoo, Washington State Convention Center Expansion, and via6 Apartments.

University of Oregon College of Education Advisory Council Member Julie Thomson

Julie Thomson

BA '65 Elementary Education, University of Oregon

Retired elementary teacher

A second-generation alumna, Thomson graduated from the College of Education in 1965 and went on to become a grade school teacher. She helped lead the fundraising initiative to construct the college’s new facilities, which opened in 2009, and with her husband Keith, created the Julie and Keith Thomson HEDCO Clinic Director Faculty Chair.