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Press Release: December 23, 2011

Governor Kitzhaber appoints Marlene Yesquen to the Early Learning Council 


(Salem, OR) —  Governor Kitzhaber has appointed Marlene Yesquen of Medford, to the Early Learning Council. The Early Learning Council is a key component in the Governor’s agenda to better coordinate and streamline state investments in early childhood programs to ensure that all children enter kindergarten ready to learn.
“No effort can deliver greater return on investment for the state, its communities, and taxpayers than a consistent and effective focus on early learning.” said Governor Kitzhaber. “Ms. Yesquen’s leadership in her community, her understanding of these issues, and her commitment to education will be tremendous assets for the work of the Council.” 
“Marlene’s appointment to the Early Learning Council is great news for Oregon and Southern Oregon. Her work and service here in Southern Oregon has been phenomenal,” said Senator Alan Bates (SD 3-Ashland). “I am confident that she will be able to help bring greater coordination and better outcomes to Oregon’s education system.”
Ms. Yesquen serves on the City of Medford's Budget Committee and Community Development Committee, and is a member of the professional working group “Una Voz” where she advocates for equality in education. She is currently serving in her first term on the Medford School Board.  Ms. Yesquen earned her law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School, her Masters degree from New Mexico State University and her bachelors degree from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.

“I am pleased to represent my community on the Early Learning Council,” said Marlene Yesquen. “We have a unique opportunity to deliver better results for children and families in Oregon and I’m excited to help lead this important effort.”

 Media Contacts:
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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