Meet our Staff

Hub Director, Sarah Whiteside

Sarah Whiteside, Director

U of O and OSU alum and Willamette Valley native with 20+ years in STEAM education across the P-20 continuum. Whenever possible she seeks to be someplace beautiful with family and a good book.

Chris Singer, Program Coordinator at the Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub

Chris Singer, Program Coordinator

Husband, father, disc golfer, pickleballer, and LEGO aficionado who is passionate about STEM, CTE, making, LEGO, early childhood education, and youth development.

 

Kacey Montgomery, Marketing Specialist 

Kacey is Linn-Benton Community College graduate, receiving a degree in Visual Communications. In her free time, Kacey enjoys media production, film photography, and hiking. Open to all art museum and comic book recommendations.

 

 

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Kelsie Szeszulski, Program Coordinator

OSU College of Forestry alumni, dog and chicken mom, gardener, and someone who loves the outdoors. In my spare time, you will find me hiking in the forest with my dog or walking down the Oregon coastal beaches.

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Forrest Johnson, STEM Librarian & Makerspace Coordinator

Forrest Johnson is a librarian, educator, and maker. His passions are skateboarding, DIY guitar making, and comics, but he gets excited about making just about anything. He also is an advocate for open licensing, open pedagogy, and the right to repair.

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Janice Hardy, Fund Development Manager

Second-generation OSU grad who has dedicated her career to nonprofit work and higher education advancement. She loves watching the world through the eyes of her curious, eight-year-old son, and is always looking for an excuse to take a walk, explore waterfall trails, and visit the Oregon Coast.

Dominga Sanchez, Education Outreach and Equity Specialist

Dominga’s background is in Structural Engineering and Engineering Education. She is an Alumni from UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and OSU College of Engineering. Aside from exploring coffee shops, bookstores, and hiking trails in her spare time, Dominga enjoys spending time with her two young adult children. In addition to advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusivity, she also serves as a mentor.

Kathie Vosper, Administrative Assistant

Kathie is a retiree who can’t stand to be retired. She comes to us after 10 years with CH2M Hill and 25 years with the Greater Albany Public School District. She finished her Degree in Business Management from Linfield later in life while raising her children and working full time. She is a Grandmother and Mother who loves to travel and spend time with her family.

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Austyn Moon, Program Assistant

My name is Austyn Moon, I am a Computer Science student at LBCC. My goal in life is to follow my interests and experience the humbling nature of not knowing what the heck I am doing until I do. I have a rather eclectic background ranging from music, art and brewing to astronomy, microcontrollers and computer programming. I am currently back in school to chase down my next dream goal which is to become an Astrophysicist. I have always been fascinated with building, creating and learning new processes. Having grown up in poverty I am all about the DIY mindset and helping others get access to opportunities that show them their true potential. I have learned a lot about myself and my interests through many mentors along the way and I hope to pass down the little bit instilled in me to whomever needs the help like I did when I was younger.

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Mackenzee Reed, Program Assistant

Hi! I’m Mackenzee, but you can call me Kenzee, if you want to. I am a small, small town girl always looking for an adventure and a reason to play. I love animals, people, and the outdoors; all three together is ideal. I work a second job as a Direct Support Professional and have a background working with individuals who are a bit more challenged than the average. I am truly a big child who lives by empathy and compassion.

Svea Bruslind, Program Assistant

An OSU College of Science alumni, Svea is passionate about native bee conservation and accessible STEAM education. When not working, she enjoys watching the OSU women's basketball team, reading, and bothering her cat.

Sierra Brightly, Student Employee

Hello all! I'm majoring in electrical and computer engineering and I have hopes of working in the field of computational electromagnetics. I’m currently working on building a modular power system for an underwater remotely operated vehicle as a member of the Linn Benton ROVRunners. I’m also working on a portable gaming system for personal use. Beyond electronics, I also enjoy sewing and drawing. When I first heard of the MILL, I was extremely excited to have a space available to work on any projects, and thought it was an amazing opportunity for students and members of the community. My current favorite thing to do in the MILL is working with the robots and 3D printers. Although, I think next, I'd like to try my hand using the heat press to create an awesome mug or shirt.
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Joseph Marr, Student Employee

Asher Richmond, Student Employee

Hello my name is Asher PH Richmond and I have always loved making. My whole life I’ve been helping my Dad in the garage with his woodworking projects and doing a whole multitude of little crafts from needle felting to stamp making polymer clay with my Mum. I love working at the maker space because it’s full of both projects I’m familiar with like 3D printing and some wood working as well projects that I’m excited to learn how to use like the laser cutter and lathe. All in all I’m excited to work here so that I can both grow my skills and contribute in a fun and meaningful way to both LBCC and the wider community.