Douglas Morgan – Professor of Public Administration

Douglas Morgan is the Professor of Public Administration at Portland State University and holds Ph. and Masters degree in Political Science.    Three essential skills for success in this field are management expertise, teaching and training others, motivation for high performance in public service.

Douglas previously held positions as an elected official, Dean and Department Chair.  His main hobby is fly fishing.

Crystal Miller – Content Marketing Manager

Crystal Miller is a Content Marketing Manager at Knowledge Universe. The essential skills required to succeed in this position are communication, writing and collaborating with others.

Crystal holds BA in Sociology from Pacific University and has held previous positions as content marketing programs manager, trainer, and ESL Instructor.  Crystal also is comfortable talking about training and development, and sales. She enjoys cycling, paper crafting, hiking and traveling.

You can connect with Crystal on LinkedIn.

Seattle University Graduate Admissions

Academic rigor and intellectual development are the cornerstones of Jesuit education. Our students expect and receive quality instruction in a supportive environment of educators. As a comprehensive urban university, Seattle University embraces people from all faith traditions, economic and social backgrounds, ethnic groups and professions. Learning among peers is often intensified in the graduate school setting we promote. Our nearly 2,800 graduate students bring enriching life and work experiences to their examination of new concepts and content.

Programs Offered:

With 34 accredited graduate degree programs and over 33 certificate options in seven different schools and colleges, we are well-positioned to offer you breadth, depth and engagement in your graduate studies.


901 12th Avenue
PO Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122

Jon Gerber -Sr. Manager, Search Account Manager

Jon Gerber works for Yahoo! as a Sr. Manager, Search Account Manager. He has a BS in Marketing and Management from the University of Portland.

Three essential job skills needed to be successful in this position are communication, team work, and how to be analytical.

John is comfortable also talking about the financials services field. He previously worked held positions at,

  • Call Center Manager – HSBC
  • Operations and Scheduling Analyst – Norm Thompson Outfitters
  • Registered Rep – John Hancock

Outside of work Jon enjoys golf and spending time with his family.

You can connect with him on LinkedIn.

University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication

The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication graduate programs provide a dynamic environment for storytellers and scholars to build on their professional strengths, engage with world-class faculty and develop the foundation necessary to succeed in the ever-changing media and academic landscape.

Our interdisciplinary curriculum offers students the opportunity to expand their skill sets and earn credentials needed to achieve their goals. Through small group and individual instruction, rigorous coursework, and the integration of theory and practice, SOJC graduate programs will prepare students to become leaders and innovators in their fields.

Professional master’s programs in: Journalism, Multimedia Journalism, and Strategic Communication; master’s and PhD in Media Studies


1275 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

Coda Inc

Help us in our mission to reduce the social, health and behavioral consequences of substance use and mental health disorders for the most vulnerable residents of our community.

CODA: Building health and recovery through compassionate, evidence-based care.

Connect with us on LinkedIn.

1027 E. Burnside
Portland, OR 97214

Cate Schneider – Management Analyst

Cate is Management Analyst for Multnomah County.  She has also worked previously as City Recorder for Lake Oswego.

The job category best describing her current role is:

Government Administration

The skills essential to success in this role are:

1) Communication
2) Organization
3) Research and Analysis
4) Political Acuity

Alma Mater(s) and  Area/s of Study:

University of Portland

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Villanova University

Master of Public Administration

About Cate:

Her hobbies and interests include back-packing, Rabid XC skiing, and running.   She loves to bake, attend happy hours, and consume health and political news articles.

Connect with Cate on LinkedIn.

Michelle Paik – Sr. Global Materials Planner

Michelle Park has a BA in Mass Communication and works for Nike as a Global Materials Planner.

The top job skills that are essential to this position are,

  • Cross-Functional Communication (E-Mail, Meeting Facilitation, Power-Point Presentations, Business Requirements, etc.)
  • Forecasting / Demand Planning
  • Financial Acumen / Analytics

She previously held positions as

  • Sr. Global Planning Analyst/Regional Supply Planner – Columbia Sportswear / Portland, OR
  • Inventory Control Supervisor – Follet Higher Education Group – Oak Brook, IL
  • Area Manager/Business Analyst – Nike, Inc./ Memphis, TN

Michelle is also knowledgeable in Apparel Product Development, Apparel Product Design, Textiles, Sustainability Initiatives in the Apparel Manufacturing Industry, Inventory Management, Excess Inventory Management.  She enjoys softball, soccer, race walking and fishing.

You can connect with her on LinkedIn.

Mari Nakama – Program Manager (CRM) – Global Sales Operations

Mari Nakama works for the FEI Company as a Program Manager (CRM) – Global Sales Operations and holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Pacific University.  Her field is Microscopy – Nanotechnology solutions.

Three essential skills for her current role include perspective, teamwork, and balance.


Grace Uwagbae – Constituent Relations Manager

Grace Uwagbae is the Constituent Relations Manager with the Mayor’s Office in Portland.  She holds a BA in Political Science from Lewis and Clark College.  The three most important job skills to perform well at this job include customer service, conflict resolution, and policy analysis.

Grace previously held postions at Office of Mayor Sam Adams: Operations Manager, Community Advocate 2009-2012 and Office of Mayor Tom Potter: Front Desk 2007-2008.  She can speak very well to the field of public relations from a political stand point and social media in local government.

Hobbies/Personal interests: reading mystery novels, travelling, anything having to do with the Portland Trailblazers, Downton Abbey, I’m a Big through Big Brothers/Big Sisters Columbia-Northwest.

You can connect with her on LinkedIn.

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