Meet the Staff

Executive Team

Kelly Carlisle

Executive Director

Karin Holton

Marketing & Development

Valerie Steele

Director of Volunteer Services

Jack Goldberg

Financial Officer

Jessica Hansen

Office Manager

Program Staff

Jodi Blackman

Enrichment Academy Director

Mark Lowery

Youth Sports Director

Brenda Knobloch

School Gardens Director

Amber Columbus

Director of the Center for Student Success

Daniel Galvan

Enrichment Academy Coordinator

Heather Rohling

Enrichment Academy Coordinator

Joe Perez

Assistant Youth Sports Director

Megan Brown


Meet Our Mascot

Geo is the official mascot of Salem-Keizer Education Foundation. With a birthday on November 2nd, he is known for his love of running and swimming. According to Geo, his favorite subjects are all of them, but he especially likes reading and science.

Stay tuned for more about Geo, the friendly Gator!

Meet the Board

Board Members

Jeff Aeschliman

President, VP Finance & Governance

Katie Costic

VP Equity & Access

Mary Jean Sandall

VP Mission Fulfillment & Quality Assurance

Elaine Harvey

VP Development & Sustainability

Tyler Massey

VP at Large

Erich Paetsch


Joe Egli

Ryan Gelbrich

Derek Gilbert

Lisa Harnisch

Deni Brooks Hoover

Elijah Leutwyler

Chad Robb

Jim Sparkman

Russell Schutte

Sherone Blasi

School Board Liaison

Michael Wolfe

School District Liaison

Youth Leadership

Angelique Prater

Student Board Member
Sprague High School

Isabella Wunderlich

Student Board Member
South Salem High School