ORAEYC Governing Board
President: 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 served as an educator and administrator for over twelve years.
Stephen works at Child Care Resource & Referral of Multnomah County as an Instructional Coach with Preschool for All. He is proud to be part of a publicly funded program centering equity, anti-racism, and inclusion for children, families, and providers in Multnomah County. As President of Oregon AEYC, Stephen hopes to promote the same focus for the state organization as we work to honor and support all children, families, and early childhood professionals.
Vice President: Stacey Edwards Russo
I have owned my own Early Childhood Center and consulting business since 2012. I have also been the Director/Head of School of my centers since 2012; I grew a 2- classroom Pre-K program into a 8- classroom school, that served children 3-9 years at three different locations within five years. I hold multiple credentials and degrees including a MS Degree from the Erikson Institute; I am a lifelong learner!
Co-Treasurer: Merrily Haas
I have volunteered with ORAEYC since July 2019 when I fully retired from ORAEYC. I have helped organize the office, process financial transactions, prepare records for our Bookkeeper and provide reports to Sara. I have also coordinated the Building a Business program.
I would like to give back to ORAEYC and help with the transition to new leadership. I have years of history and experience as well as meeting many new/potential members through the Building a Business programs.
I have worked for over 30+ years with ORAEYC Board/Governing Council. I also serve as Advisor to the PCPO Board, and Co- President for the Order of the Silver Trefoil.
Co-Secretary: Amy Luhn
I have devoted my career to the service of children and families and believe deeply in the rights of all children to have access to high quality early care and education, whether that b center based care or family provider care. If a child needs to be in child care then it's their right to be in a quality of care that nurtures and supports their potential. Every child is counting on us to deliver that.
Co-Secretary 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.