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2021 Board Nominations

ORAEYC Commitment to Inclusion and Diversity of our Governing Board
We recognize the uniqueness of individuals, groups, and organizations and that becoming more high performing and inclusive depends upon the simultaneous growth and development of individuals, groups and the organization. By defining and understanding diversity as broad, multidimensional, and inclusive of diverse viewpoints and perspectives, consistent with the overarching mission and vision of our organization, we acknowledge and honor all personal life experiences and perspectives. 

Determination of the Slate
The Nominating Committee determines its recommendations for the election slate. The candidate(s) will appear on the slate for each available position. All potential members of the slate will be individually assessed, and decisions will be made with respect to Board membership based upon the totality of the candidate’s qualifications. Once the slate has been decided, it is presented to the Governing Board for its approval, and then presented to the membership for election.

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Stephen Karmol

While working in a kindergarten classroom through AmeriCorps almost twenty years ago, Stephen discovered his passion for early childhood education. After graduating from the Master in Teaching program at The Evergreen State College, he moved to Portland and was fortunate to begin teaching at Wild Lilac Child Development Community, where he has been an educator and administrator for the past eleven years. 


In addition to serving Wild Lilac, Stephen is also the co-president of the Portland Metropolitan Chapter and secretary of the state Executive Committee of the Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children. As a Certified Master Trainer, Stephen provides professional development through Childcare Resource & Referral of Multnomah County as well as conferences and consulting throughout the United States.


I am seeking the position of President Elect because I am passionate about every facet of early childhood education, from everyday life in the classroom to professional development to state and federal policy. This past year has made clearer than ever both the vital role we play for families, communities, and society and how broken and inequitable our system of early care and education is. We need to develop a social movement orientation, guided by NAEYC's Advancing Equity Initiative, in order to work for the rights of children, families, and teachers and connect to the broader struggle for equity and social justice.  


 Caroline Patetta

Early childhood education is my passion, my talent, and my career for life. The positive effect that strong teachers and quality early childhood experiences impart on children is undeniable, and I want to serve on the board to advocate for these teachers and programs. I want to showcase the extraordinary work that is happening here in Oregon and have a voice in creating policy that best serves families, communities, and early childhood educators.

In addition to an intricate knowledge of evidence-based early childhood education practices and child development, I am well- versed in both web design and management and written and visual communication. I could be useful for content creation, web upkeep, copywriting, and community management. I am comfortable with a wide variety of programs and platforms, and am an exceptionally fast researcher and learner when faced with anything new. I have extensive experience recording meeting minutes and quickly disseminating notes to administrators, teaches, and the general public, and would love to put these skills to work with ORAEYC. I have extensive experience recording meeting minutes and quickly disseminating notes to administrators, teachers, and the general public.


Danielle Cunningham

As a board member I would strive to support our early Learning community to brining a dedication to building lasting relationships with our local professional work source. I would do this by ensuring an equitable approach to all collaborative meetings, trainings, coaching, and outreach projects managed by the board. I am interested in being a part of this organization’s board to hold true to my personal beliefs that all early Education Professionals and All children deserve the dedication and representation of a strong collective community of support.

My approach to my work is structured, organized, and systematic. I take great pride in my dedication to quality word and ability to stay on task. I am well spoken, passionate, and dedicated to my career in Early Childhood Education as well as my advocacy work. I understand this field and have the ability to collaborate with a variety of families, children, teachers, and administrators. I believe the Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children board can benefit greatly from my skills and expertise in the field or Early Learning.


Tracy Hensley

I understand ORAEYC is an organization with a desire to grow the membership with a focus on moving from diversity towards equity with the goal of inclusion. I am committed to supporting ORAEYC with this goal. Financial stability is key for ORAEYC’s success. I bring strong fiscal experience to ORAEYC.

Additionally, I bring strong analytical, strategic thinking and research skills. I am committed to executing tasks in a timely manner. As someone who had a bilingual preschool experience and enrolled my child in a bilingual preschool, I value the unmet needs of bilingual (or more languages) children in Oregon.  Almost 1 in 3 children in Oregon is bilingual. I want to work towards meeting the social- emotional and educational needs of these children and families. ORAEYC needs leaders who can listen to the needs of the membership and field and produce positive results for children, providers, and families in Oregon.

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2021 ORAEYC Nominations and Election Timeline

  • January - February 2021: Applications and deadline information posted for submission by ORAEYC members interested in being considered for Board service.

  • February 28th, 2021: Deadline for submission of applications.

  • February - March 2021: Based upon its review of submitted materials, the Nominating Panel invites potential candidates to participate in interviews. The interviews guide the selection of the slate that is recommended to the Governing Board for approval.

  • March 15th, 2021: The slate is officially announced on the ORAEYC website and Facebook.

  • March 15th - April 2nd, 2021: Eligible members receive voting instructions.

  • April 2nd, 2021: Election closes.

  • April 10th, 2021: Voting results revealed to ORAEYC membership on Saturday of our annual spring Conference General Membership Meeting.

  • May 2021:  Newly elected Board members attend the spring Governing Council meeting and meet with staff and Governing Council members as part of the Board orientation.

  • June 1st, 2021: Newly elected Board members assume office. Board orientation continues.

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