At Large Member
Term: 7/1/16 - 6/30/20
George Russell was the Superintendent
of the Eugene Public Schools 4J in Eugene, Oregon from March 1998 to July
2011. His educational background includes an undergraduate degree in
Social Psychology from Howard University in Washington, DC; a Master’s in
Public Administration (MPA) from Golden Gate University in San Francisco; and
additional graduate work in education policy and administration from the
University of Oregon. Additionally, he completed the Superintendent Leadership
Program (SLP) at Harvard University, a collaborative project between the
Kennedy School of Government and the Graduate School of Education and has
served as a mentor superintendent for the Harvard University Graduate School of
Education’s Urban Superintendents Program and on the advisory board. Mr.
Russell previously served on the Oregon Quality Education Commission, and the
Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) Board and continues to serve on a
number of community boards. He has received numerous community and professional
awards, and was recognized as Oregon Superintendent of the Year for 2005.
2nd Congressional District
Term: 07/01/18 - 06/30/22
Jerome Colonna recently retired from a long career in public education after serving as Superintendent of the Beaverton and Redmond School Districts and as Director of Secondary Education for the Eugene School District. Prior to working in administration he was a high and middle school science teacher in Alaska, California and Oregon.
Mr. Colonna was on the Executive Committee of the American Association of School Administrators, was President of Education Northwest (Ed.NW) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) and Chair of the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. He is a past recipient of Oregon’s Superintendent of the Year.
He lives in Bend with his wife, Linda, who is a retired science teacher. His daughter, Ann, works for Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center. Currently Mr. Colonna is a part-time education consultant for COSA, Ed.NW and school districts in Oregon.
Charles R. Martinez, Jr.
4th Congressional District
Dr. Charles R. Martinez, Jr. is a clinical psychologist, professor, and department head in the Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership at the University of Oregon, where he also directs the Center for Equity Promotion. He served as the University of Oregon Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity from 2005 to 2011, and also served as a senior scientist at the non-profit Oregon Social Learning Center where he founded and directed the center’s Latino Research Team beginning in 1999. He has served as a publicly elected member of the Eugene, District 4J School Board and is currently serving as a Governor appointed member of the Oregon State Board of Education representing Oregon's 4th congressional district.
His substantive interests center on identifying factors that promote healthy adjustment for families and children following stressful life events, (e.g. changes in family structure, socioeconomic status, physical and/or emotional health, acculturation, and immigration status), taking into consideration the cultural contexts in which families operate. He has led numerous NIH and internationally funded research projects designed to examine risk and protective factors involved in linking acculturation to education and behavioral health outcomes for Latino children and families and to develop and test culturally specific interventions for at-risk families in the U.S. and in Latin America. His main areas of published work include substantive and methodological topics related to cultural issues in prevention science, Latino education and behavioral health disparities, links between acculturation and discrimination on substance use and academic failure prevention, culturally specific family based interventions, the role of biosocial stress markers on family outcomes, and family process. He is a nationally known consultant on organizational diversity issues, cross-cultural research, and community engagement. He teaches courses in equity, multicultural education, leading for diversity, prevention science, and Latino family health and education. Dr. Martinez has received numerous national, state, and local awards for his work, including the “Community, Culture, and Prevention Science Award” and the “International Collaborative Prevention Research Award” from the Society for Prevention Research.