Coordinating Body

The COREN’s Coordinating Body is a volunteer group of diverse stakeholders, including teachers, who are dedicated to supporting Central Oregon educators. We prioritize teacher voice and utilize a continuous improvement process to make changes in our systems that help teachers succeed.

The Coordinating Body has established priorities and the areas we believe will move the needle toward our goal.  This group will eventually lead initiatives chosen by the COREN, ensuring that Change Ideas are supported and implemented with integrity.

Amy Howell

Amy Howell

Director of Early Childhood Education

Central Oregon Community College

Ivette Tijerino

Ivette Tijerino

Redmond/Sisters Community Engagement & Philanthropy Advocate

St. Charles Health System

Carrie Lowenbach

Carrie Lowenbach

Teacher, Crook County HS

Crook County School District Teacher
Crook County HS

Kimberly Strong

Kimberly Strong

REN Coordinator

High Desert ESD

Cynthia Lofts

Cynthia Lofts

Teacher

Denise Garcia

Denise Garcia

Teaching & Learning Support Specialist

Jefferson County School District

Erica Hoiness

Erica Hoiness

Teacher, High Lakes Elementary

Bend-LaPine School District

Jennifer Faircloth

Jennifer Faircloth

Teacher & Occupational Therapist

High Desert ESD

Jessica Pickens

Jessica Pickens

Teacher, Sage Elementary

Redmond School District

Jerry Huegel

Jerry Huegel

Teacher, Elk Meadow Elementary

Bend-LaPine School District

Katie Legace

Katie Legace

Executive Director of High Schools

Bend-LaPine School District 

Kerry Lysne

Kerry Lysne

Teacher, Barnes Butte Elementary

Crook County School District

Kris Molitor

Kris Molitor

Co-Chair School of Education

George Fox University

Deb Riehle

Deb Riehle

Teacher, Sisters Middle School

Sisters School District

Laurie Danzuka

Laurie Danzuka

Board Member

Jefferson County School District

Melinda Knapp

Melinda Knapp

Senior Instructor

OSU Cascades 

Michele Oakes

Michele Oakes

State Agency Representative

Bend-LaPine School District

Sarah Swoffer

Sarah Swoffer

Teacher, Westside Elementary

Bend-LaPine School District

Valerie Switzler

Valerie Switzler

Education Director

Warm Springs

Justin Nicklous

Justin Nicklous

Principal, Tumalo Community School

Redmond School District