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Cabinet & Leadership Council

LBL’s Cabinet and Leadership Council provide leadership overseeing all LBL programs and services. Both groups bring to LBL a wealth of education and expertise, enabling them to make effective decisions that provide the highest level of educational support for K-12 students and children birth to 5 years old.

Cabinet

Tonja Everest, Superintendent

Tonja EverestMs. Everest joined the agency in 2018. She is excited about evolving and developing high quality services for our K-12 partners, having been the recipient of those services in her previous roles. Ms. Everest has worked in four of the twelve LBL ESD component districts, Lebanon, Scio, Corvallis, and Albany. She has held a variety of educational positions including child development specialist, Title I reading specialist, elementary principal, curriculum director, and assistant superintendent. Ms. Everest earned her B.S. in Human Development and MAT in Elementary Education from Oregon State University. She obtained her administrative licenses through the University of Oregon.


Jason Hay, Assistant Superintendent

Jason HayMr. Hay joined LBL ESD in the spring of 2020. Prior to joining the LBL ESD team, Mr. Hay has served as an elementary teacher, middle school assistant principal, elementary principal, middle school principal, curriculum director, and superintendent. In addition, he has experience in human resources, facilities development, risk management, and leadership coaching. While his most recent education experience was that of Superintendent of the Dayton School District, much of Mr. Hay’s career was with the Greater Albany Public School District. Mr. Hay earned his B.A.S in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and his M.E.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon.


Jackie Olsen, Chief Financial Officer

Jackie OlsenMs. Olsen began her career in school finance for the Alsea School District in 2011. She was hired as the Assistant Business Manager for the ESD in 2013 and just recently accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Oregon State University in Nutrition and Food Systems Management.


Kate Marrone, Chief Human Resources Officer

Kate MarroneMs. Marrone came to the agency from the Pleasant Hill School District where she was the Elementary Principal, Special Education Director, and Title I Director. She began her educational career as a school psychologist in Idaho where she practiced for four years in the Boise area prior to moving to Eugene. Ms. Marrone worked for the Lane Education Service District providing services in the Eugene School District for four years as a school psychologist and secondary special education consultant. She obtained her administrative license at the University of Oregon. Most recently, Kate served as administrator of the Special Education & Evaluation Services Program for the last 12 years.


Francisco Zavala, Chief Information & Technology Officer

Francisco ZavalaFrancisco Zavala came to LBL as our Network Services Administrator with a high energy approach to customer service and team leadership. As a Network Services Team Lead from Oregon’s Second Largest School District, he helped support student achievement of over 40,000 Students and 7,000 Staff. His commitment to excellence has reinvented their current support model to include increases in internet uptime, the central management of 1500 printers and the conversion of 12 out of the 70 sites to VoIP.

Francisco Graduated from Pioneer Pacific College in 2002 with an AAS in Computer Networking, 2005 with a BS Information Technology and has Graduate Studies in Project Management. All this as an adult learner while working full time to support his wife and five children.

Francisco currently sits on a number of advisory boards to include ITT Program Advisory Council, CCC IT Governance Committee and Sprague Orchestra Booster Association to help provide leadership and guidance to those in this community needing his support.

Leadership Council

Tonja Everest, Superintendent

Tonja EverestMs. Everest joined the agency in 2018. She is excited about evolving and developing high quality services for our K-12 partners, having been the recipient of those services in her previous roles. Ms. Everest has worked in four of the twelve LBL ESD component districts, Lebanon, Scio, Corvallis, and Albany. She has held a variety of educational positions including child development specialist, Title I reading specialist, elementary principal, curriculum director, and assistant superintendent. Ms. Everest earned her B.S. in Human Development and MAT in Elementary Education from Oregon State University. She obtained her administrative licenses through the University of Oregon.


Jason Hay, Assistant Superintendent

Jason HayMr. Hay joined LBL ESD in the spring of 2020. Prior to joining the LBL ESD team, Mr. Hay has served as an elementary teacher, middle school assistant principal, elementary principal, middle school principal, curriculum director, and superintendent. In addition, he has experience in human resources, facilities development, risk management, and leadership coaching. While his most recent education experience was that of Superintendent of the Dayton School District, much of Mr. Hay’s career was with the Greater Albany Public School District. Mr. Hay earned his B.A.S in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and his M.E.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon.


Jackie Olsen, Chief Financial Officer

Jackie OlsenMs. Olsen began her career in school finance for the Alsea School District in 2011. She was hired as the Assistant Business Manager for the ESD in 2013 and just recently accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Oregon State University in Nutrition and Food Systems Management.


Kate Marrone, Chief Human Resources Officer

Kate MarroneMs. Marrone came to the agency from the Pleasant Hill School District where she was the Elementary Principal, Special Education Director, and Title I Director. She began her educational career as a school psychologist in Idaho where she practiced for four years in the Boise area prior to moving to Eugene. Ms. Marrone worked for the Lane Education Service District providing services in the Eugene School District for four years as a school psychologist and secondary special education consultant. She obtained her administrative license at the University of Oregon. Most recently, Kate served as administrator of the Special Education & Evaluation Services Program for the last 12 years.


Martha Kroessin, Program Administrator – Information Systems

Martha KroessinMs. Kroessin comes to LBL after 24 productive years as an Elementary School teacher and two years as a Teacher on Special Assignment. She was a PLC Leader and Technology Specialist for her school, and worked in a variety of district-wide leadership capacities. She provided Title I assistance to principals, created and implemented a Common Core Pacing Guide (writing), managed software programs such as Accelerated Reading and Accelerated Math and established school-wide testing protocols as an OAKS Testing Administrator. Ms. Kroessin received a B.S. Ed. from Western Oregon University and a M.S. Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University. Martha’s administrative license also comes from Portland State University.


Francisco Zavala, Chief Information & Technology Officer

Francisco ZavalaFrancisco Zavala came to LBL as our Network Services Administrator with a high energy approach to customer service and team leadership. As a Network Services Team Lead from Oregon’s Second Largest School District, he helped support student achievement of over 40,000 Students and 7,000 Staff. His commitment to excellence has reinvented their current support model to include increases in internet uptime, the central management of 1500 printers and the conversion of 12 out of the 70 sites to VoIP.

Francisco Graduated from Pioneer Pacific College in 2002 with an AAS in Computer Networking, 2005 with a BS Information Technology and has Graduate Studies in Project Management. All this as an adult learner while working full time to support his wife and five children.

Francisco currently sits on a number of advisory boards to include ITT Program Advisory Council, CCC IT Governance Committee and Sprague Orchestra Booster Association to help provide leadership and guidance to those in this community needing his support.


Ann Lavond, Program Administrator – Student and Family Support Services

Ann LavondMs. Lavond came to LBL as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) in 2004 working in the Special Education Evaluation Services (SEES) Program. She has also served as a contracted special education administrator in a constituent school district. Prior to her work at LBL, she was a SLP and a Title I teacher in California. She moved to Oregon in 1995 to work for South Coast ESD. Ann earned her B.S and M.S. at the University of California, Sacramento. She completed her administrative program at Portland State University.


Laura Petschauer, Program Administrator – Special Education and Evaluation Services

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Don Dorman, Program Administrator (Interim) – Cascade Regional Program

Don DormanMr. Dorman has been an educator for 30 years, focusing on provision of special education services at the State, Regional and Local Educational Agency levels. He has primarily worked with students needing multiple educational supports and with students with hearing and vision impairments. Mr. Dorman earned his M.S. in Deaf Education at Western Oregon University and completed his administrative coursework through the University of Oregon. He first worked for LBL for 7 years as an itinerant Teacher for Deaf/HH students. He has worked as district Special Education Director for 10 years in both Philomath and Newberg Schools. He returned to LBL in 2013 in his new leadership role


Jean Orr, Program Administrator – Long Term Care and Treatment Education (Farm Home School)

Jean OrrMs. Orr came to LBL in 2001 as the Cascade Regional Coordinator. She served as Supervisor of Contracted Programs from 2005-07 and as the Special Programs Director from 2007 – 2011. She is now the program administrator for the Long Term Care and Treatment Education Program. Prior to coming to LBL, she taught elementary school in Washington state and worked as a special education teacher and consultant in the Albany School District. She has a B.A. in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Fort Lewis College in Colorado, a M.S. in Special Education from Western Oregon University and administration credentials from University of Oregon.


Debbie McPheeters, Linn & Benton Co. Program Administrator – Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE)

Debbie McPheetersMs. McPheeters came to LBL in 2004 as a speech/language pathologist in the EI/ECSE Program. In 2005 she became program administrator. Prior to joining LBL, she spent 10 years as a coordinator of the EI/ECSE Program for South Coast ESD. She began as a speech/language pathologist in 1983, working first in a private clinic and later a rehabilitation hospital. She came to early intervention in 1988 when she went to work for a program serving children birth – three years in Kern County, California. Ms. McPheeters earned her B.A. and M.A. in Speech/Language Pathology from University of California Santa Barbara, and completed her administrative coursework through Portland State University.


Autumn Belloni, Lincoln Co. Program Administrator – Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE)

Autumn BelloniMs. Belloni joined LBL in 2008 as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) working in the Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) Program. Autumn became administrator of the EI/ECSE program in 2014. Prior to her work at LBL, she was a SLP for Lincoln County and Eugene 4j School Districts. Autumn earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees at the University of Oregon in Communication Disorders and Sciences. She completed her administrative program at George Fox University.


Nancy Griffith, Program Administrator – Strategic Partnerships

Nancy GriffithMs. Griffith joined LBL in 2019 after 20 years working as a teacher and administrator. She began her career as a middle school science teacher and assistant principal in southern Oregon and continued on to become a building administrator with district responsibilities in the Silver Falls District before accepting the position of Strategic Partnerships program administrator. Ms. Griffith has a B.S. in Biology from Southern Oregon University, a Master’s in Teaching from Willamette University, and her administrative credentials from Southern Oregon University.

Important Message

LBL ESD is providing modified services due to COVID-19 and the statewide school closure. Please contact 541-812-2600 for assistance. Limited staffing during the closure will make response to public inquiry difficult, and some inquiries may be delayed until programs reopen.