Scott has more than 35 years of experience working in education, including six years as the superintendent of South Oregon Education Service District, and 10 years as superintendent of Linn Benton Lincoln Education Service District.
Scott has been deeply involved in work to impact high school graduation rates and encourage students on to post-secondary education opportunities. He assisted in designing the Reach Higher conference in Oregon during the summer of 2016.
Music and cooking remain Scott’s two passions outside of education. He is currently the cook for the St. Vincent DePaul soup kitchen in Medford on Fridays, and enjoys writing and recording songs for children in his free time.
Executive Director, Stand for Children Oregon
Toya Fick brings a wealth of relevant personal and professional experience to her role as executive director of Stand for Children Oregon.
Toya began her career as a middle school teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Washington, D.C. before serving as an education policy advisor to former Sen. Hillary Clinton. She worked on education policy with the Alliance for Excellent Education and served as OHSU’s associate director of local and federal relations before joining Stand for Children Oregon as the government affairs director. She was tapped to serve as executive director in 2014.
Toya’s leadership was pivotal in developing Measure 98 from a simple idea into a ballot measure that passed with the support of two-thirds of Oregon’s voters.
Policy & Implementation Director, Stand for Children Oregon
Parasa started her career as a kindergarten teacher at the Harvest Prep and BEST Academy Network in North Minneapolis. She has served as a policy fellow with Princeton University’s Public Policy and International Affairs Program, and at Leadership for Educational Equity in Minnesota. Parasa also worked in Washington state to improve student access to advanced coursework in high school and strengthen its 24-credit college and career readiness diploma.
Parasa’s leadership and advocacy throughout the 2017 legislative session was crucial in passing Measure 98 legislation and funding through the Oregon House and Senate. A proud product of the Oregon K-12 public school system, and a graduate of Lewis & Clark College, Parasa enjoys scrapbooking, swimming and dancing in her free time.
Data & Research Director
Monica is a first-generation college graduate, born and raised in California’s San Joaquin Valley. She brings a decade of experience working with policymakers and practitioners to advance education and workforce development policies using data and research to her role as Stand’s Oregon Data and Research Director.
Prior to joining Stand, Monica was the Policy and Government Relations Director at Chalkboard Project and before that, a Researcher/Evaluator at Education Northwest. Monica earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Davis and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan and was a Strategic Data Project Fellow at the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. In her free time, Monica likes cooking, discovering new music, playing Zelda, and reading sports statistics.
Lead Freshman Success Coach
An immigrant from Sierra Leone, Habib is a graduate of George Mason University, Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Most recently, Habib served as a Community School Director with the Office of School and Community Partnerships at Teachers College, Columbia University where he supported the implementation of a school turnaround model at a portfolio of high-need schools in Harlem. In this capacity, Habib’s work to transform the organizational structures, systems, and practices at one of New York City’s most persistently low-performing schools, ultimately lead to significant improvements in graduation rates, dropout prevention, student attendance, chronic absenteeism, and more efficient and mission-aligned use of resources.
Brian grew up in Columbus, Ohio and after completing a B.S. in Communication from Ohio University, moved to Oregon to complete a Masters in Education at Oregon State. Brian is a former language arts and technology high school teacher. He has served as a career and technical education coordinator, director of talented and gifted programs, and as an administrator at the middle, high school, and university levels. At the University of Oregon’s College of Education, Brian developed and delivered courses and professional development for professors, K-12 teachers and principals from every continent (except Antarctica).
Brian is completing his doctoral studies with an emphasis in equity leadership. On weekends Brian can be found kayaking with his wife and daughter, or working on his latest screenplay.
Karen is a licensed teacher leader and was appointed to the Oregon governor’s Council for Educator Advancement in 2016. She also served on the Deputy Superintendent’s Advisory Committee at the Oregon Department of Education, and taught classes and led support teams at Ashland High School for almost twenty years. Responsible for crafting support systems for the Ashland School District, Karen currently works for G.R.A.D. consulting, helping teachers to improve student graduation rates.
Karen lives in Ashland with her husband and old cat. They have two adult children and one precious toddler grandson. In her spare time Karen loves to cook, do yoga, hike, play with the grandson, read, travel, and spend time with family and friends.
Freshman Success Coach
Kristin served most recently as a high school vice principal in Manhattan Beach, California, leading efforts around equity and access to improve student outcomes. She provided instructional coaching on culturally-responsive and research-based teaching strategies, and served as literacy trainer for teachers. Kristin believes in leadership through inspiration, collaboration and compassion. Having spent all of her teaching years with eighth grade students before moving into high school administration, she has an understanding of (and passion for!) the unique challenges and opportunities that lie in the critical transition from middle school to freshman year.
Kristin and her husband, Josh, are brand new to Oregon. She enjoys hiking, yoga, reading, learning, house projects and is starting to pursue rock climbing. She has confessed a freakish love for spreadsheets and system and design thinking. These loves come second to her husband and their Border-Collie/Jack Russell mix dog, Ryder, of course.