ORAEYC Governing Council provides mission based leadership and strategic governance for the association. Serving on the ORAEYC Governing Council is an extraordinary opportunity for members who are passionate about our vision and mission, deeply committed to its values and beliefs, and skilled leaders with a desire to gain effective governance experience.
While day to day operations are led by ORAEYC's Executive Director, the Board/Executive Director relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. The majority of Council members are elected by the association membership accompanied with a few appointed positions. The Executive Committee is comprised of the Council President, President-Elect or Past President depending on which seat is occupied, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Some of these positions can be co positions.
Congratuations to our new OregonAEYC Officers!
We are pleased to announce that Hadiyah Miller is our new President-Elect and Debbie Buta is our new Treasurer!
Meet the Board!
President: Rachel Elliot
Rachel Elliott, MA, is an Adjunct Professor for the Graduate School of Education with the emphasis on Early Childhood Education since 2007. Rachel's professional experience consists of a teacher of young children, Family Life Instructor, Education Content Specialist, and early childhood education trainer. She is currently the President-Elect for the Oregon Association for Young Children Governing Council and a Positive Discipline Certified Parent Trainer. Rachel has knowledge and experience in a variety of education pedagogies including the Reggio, constructivist, and Head Start approaches to learning.
Past President: Robyn Lopez Melton
Robyn Lopez Melton is the Past President of ORAEYC Governing Council and the Chair-Elect of the NAEYC Affiliate Advisory Council. She works at The Research Institute at Western Oregon University where she Co-Directs Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, Spark!, and the state coordination of Oregon’s Child Care Resource and Referral. In 2015, she was recognized by ExchangePress as an Exceptional Emerging Leader in Early Childhood Education. Robyn is also the mother of 2 and a licensed Zumba instructor.
President Elect: Hadiyah Miller
Hadiyah Miller is an ECE Faculty member at Portland Community College and a long-time activist and educator for social justice. She is also a Master Trainer in the Oregon Child Care Professional Development Registry. Hadiyah does consulting and training and is serving as a Mentor to the African American Family Child Care Network.
Co-Secretary: Stephen Karmol
Stephen is currently the Executive Director of Wild Lilac Child Development Community. He has held this position for two years. Beforehand, he served as Wild Lilac's Education Director for three years. As a Community Trainer, Stephen holds several hundred hours of leading professional development for his staff and at conferences, including NAEYC Annual Conference, Early Childhood Inclusion Summer Institute, Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference, Threads of Justice: Early Childhood Anti-Bias Education Conference, and more. Stephen is excited to have the opportunity to join our Governing Council and bring his extensive experience to our board for the benefit of our membership and early childhood community.
Co-Secretary: Kacie Fleming
As a Professional Development Coordinator at Oregon Child Development Coalition, she is responsible for the professional development of agency staff that are pursuing advanced training, degrees, or credentialing in order to meet education requirements for agency positions. “Being a part of ORAEYC has taught me what it means to be a professional in our field. I am incredibly grateful for the connections I’ve made and high-quality training I’ve been exposed to.”
Member at Large: Mary Margaret
I am co-president of the South Coast Chapter with Elethea Steward. I am a kindergarten teacher in Coos Bay. I have been involved with ORAEYC since the early 90's. I love being a part of this umbrella organization. It has provided many meaningful professional development opportunities, introduced me to incredible, passionate people, kept me from being blinded in my kindergarten "silo," and maintained my commitment to high quality, inclusive early childhood education.
Treasurer: Debbie Buta
Debbie Buta is Community Childcare Initiative (CCI) coordinator at Child Care Resource & Referral of Multnomah County, and prior to this, she was the family child care network coordinator. In that capacity, she coordinated the networks, provided mentoring and training to family child care providers, conducted FCCERS observations, and made home visits. Currently, she works with certified centers on quality improvement plans. Her experience includes work in and with a variety of settings for children including child care centers, family child care homes, and laboratory school classrooms with children ranging from 6 weeks to 17 years of age. Debbie’s bachelor’s degree is in elementary education with a minor in early childhood education. She is a Master Trainer with a Step 10 on the Oregon Registry.