Meet our People!

(From right to left: Mirium, Laura R., Janeece, Lauri, Ashley, Paul, Sunny, Evie, Maegan, Krista, Daniela and Laura L.)

Executive Director

Paul Smith


Office Manager, Bookkeeper

Lauri Lehman


Community Coordinators


Raven Jones, Email:


Position vacant


Jennifer Goodenough, Email:

Santiam Canyon

Daniela Sorrick, Email:

Rural Outreach

Vivana Oquendo Patino, Email:

Preschool Lead Teacher Staff


Mirium Ulm,
Alsea Pups Preschool Director & Lead Teacher


Laura Schell,
Philomath Next Steps Lead Teacher

Santiam Canyon

Kaytlyn Courtney, Santiam Canyon Preschool Lead Teacher Email:

Board of Directors

Shelley Niemann

Board Chair,
Alyrica Networks, Sales Manager

Luis Maciel

Board Secretary, Oregon Youth Authority, Juvenile Parole/Probation Officer – Yamhill/Lincoln/Linn & Benton Counties

Christopher McMorran

Board Treasurer,
Oregon State Legislature, Office of State Rep. Lisa Reynolds, Chief of Staff

Sarah Buddingh

Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County, Project Manager

Janell Johnson

Oregon State University, Senior Instructor II, Department of Animal & Rangeland Sciences

Severn Thomas

Severn Thomas Insurance, Owner

Dolly Victorine

West Albany High School, Culinary Arts Teacher