OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Meet the Staff

Susan Sahnow
Director
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Susan’s work in environmental and outdoor education spans 30 years and includes work with youth, educators, natural resource professionals, and volunteers. She is passionate about deepening the connection of people to place, especially the outdoors, through engaging educational programming. She is responsible for organizational management and governance, strategic leadership, and building statewide collaborative partnerships. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, walking and eating dark chocolate. Susan came to ONREP in 2002.

LeeAnn Mikkelson
ONREP Coordinator
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LeeAnn enjoys being a facilitator of the learning process through instructional design and flow. She oversees the design and development of high quality professional development workshops for Pre-K-12 educators and a network of 25+ facilitators located throughout the Oregon. She has been guiding people in the out-of-doors for over 30 years, from the oceans and caves to forests and streams throughout the United States. Hiking, running, gardening, and dreaming with family and friends keep her busy when she is not working. She has been with ONREP since March 2005.

Julie Van Hoosen
ONREP Office Specialist
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Julie enjoys working with a program that is dedicated to natural resources education. She is committed to providing support to the ONREP team and Oregon educators. Her attention to marketing, communication, invoices, registrations…and so much more, ensure that all aspects of the program run smoothly. She has been a part of the OSU since 2003 and joined ONREP in 2016. After work you will find Julie outside in her garden, BAREFOOT.

Emma Van Order
ONREP Student Worker

Emma Van Order has worked with ONREP since March 2017 and is currently finishing her Bachelors in Human Development before pursuing her MBA at Oregon State University. She maintains ONREP’s list serv, assists with Pre/Post workshop processing, tracks guide inventory and provides office support. Her favorite part of working for ONREP is the people she gets to work with. Fun Fact: you will find Emma dressed up, most likely as Princess Leia, at Star Wars midnight movie premiers.

The following staff have ONREP responsibility within 2 program areas.

Jenna Mendenhall
Oregon Environmental Literacy Project Coordinator
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Jenna has always had a passion for nature and working with people. Her job includes collaborating, communicating, and supporting partners and stakeholders on projects that support implementation of the Environmental Literacy Plan. She also delivers professional development to equip educators in building the next generation of environmental stewards. In addition to her roles with OELP and ONREP, Jenna is the Board Treasurer for the Environmental Education Association of Oregon. Jenna enjoys going on adventures with her son and husband, as well as paper crafting. She has been part of the ONREP team since 2010, and the OELP team since 2016. Jenna works with the Oregon Environmental Literacy Program but works closely with our team so we have included her here!

Renee O'Neill
Outdoor School Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator

Renee is a dedicated science and environmental educator with more than 10 years’ experience leading and coordinating field based programs for students and teachers. She is responsible for the oversight of curriculum and professional development for Outdoor School. Renee has developed curriculum around a variety of topics including watersheds, ecosystems, fisheries, and climate change. She spent many years living and working throughout AK on land and at sea and has a passion for learning about other cultures through travel. When not working, Renee can be found hiking with her husband, son and dog, cooking, and working in the yard.