Working together in support of success for all of our students.
About the Mid-Valley Mid-Coast Partnership
The Mid-Valley Mid-Coast Partnership (MVMCP), established in 2004, is a partnership of local educational leaders. By focusing on collaboration opportunities among educational institutions, the MVMCP assists the local educational communities in identifying opportunities for transparency and shared resources.
The MVMCP is comprised of exceptional leaders in education from local communities in Oregon's Mid-Willamette Valley and Mid-Coast regions including Benton, Lincoln and Linn Counties. The MVMCP convenes once a month. In addition, individual members frequently meet informally to discuss issues of interest.
Members of the MVMCP
Steve Boynton: Mr. Steve Boynton became superintendent of the Lincoln County School District in July 2014 after serving for the past four years as superintendent of the Arlington School District. His 18 years as an educator includes experience as school administrator, dean of students, athletics director, high school classroom teacher, coach and advisor in Oregon, Colorado and Arizona. Mr. Boynton is an executive board member of the Oregon School Activities Association, member of the Oregon Department of Education’s Assessment of Essential Skills Review Panel, and ASCD advisory committee member. A candidate for a Doctor of Education degree from Walden University, Mr. Boynton earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis on multicultural education from Western Oregon University.
Maria Delapoer: Mrs. Maria Delapoer has been Superintendent of the Greater Albany Public School District since July 2008. Prior to becoming Superintendent, Mrs. Delapoer served as the Director of Human Resources for the Greater Albany Public Schools. She also served as a middle school principal for 10 years and has worked for non-profit agencies throughout her career.
Larry Flick: Dr. Larry Flick has been Dean of the College of Education at Oregon State University since July 2011. He came to OSU in 1994. In 2003, Dr. Flick became chair of Science and Mathematics Education, and was appointed part-time associate dean of the College of Education in January 2011. His areas of specialization include the psychology of concept formation in science and methods of teaching which orient students toward big ideas in science and mathematics.
Dan Forbess: Mr. Dan Forbess has been Superintendent of the Philomath School District since July 2010. Prior to becoming Superintendent of the Philomath School District, Mr. Forbess served as the superintendent/principal for Oakland and North Douglas school districts in Southern Oregon. He began his administrative career in Camas Valley, where he served as superintendent/principal from 1996-2000. He earned a bachelor's degree in industrial technology and education from California State University Long Beach in 1979 and a master's degree in industrial education there in 1984.
Greg Hamann: Dr. Greg Hamann has been President of Linn-Benton Community College since February 2010. Prior to serving as President at Linn-Benton Community College, Dr. Hamann served as president of Clatsop Community College in Astoria since July of 2003. He has a doctorate in educational leadership from Gonzaga University and a master’s in counseling psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and social studies at the University of Minnesota.
Rob Hess: Dr. Rob Hess is the superintendent of Lebanon Community Schools. He was previously the principal at Pioneer School, also in Lebanon. He has served children for more than 20 years as a teacher, principal and superintendent at the elementary, middle and high school levels and is the founder of Breakthrough Schools, a network of educators who are dedicated to school improvement and who believe that all children can learn and achieve at high levels.
Jennifer Almquist: Jennifer Almquist has served as Chief Assistant to the President at Oregon State University since January 2017. In this role, she serves as a liaison to the Office of the President for internal and external constituents, outreach and communication, and special projects in support of the institution. She received her doctorate in 2012 in Applied Anthropology at OSU.
Mary McKay: Ms. Mary McKay is the Superintendent of the Linn Benton Lincoln Education Service District (LBLESD). Ms. McKay originally joined LBLESD in 1998 as the Education Evaluation and Consultation Center coordinator. She was director of Special Education from 2001 to 2005 when she left the ESD to work in Corvallis as the Student Services director. In 2006, Ms. McKay returned to the ESD as deputy superintendent. She began her career in 1985 as a speech/language pathologist, providing services to students from birth to 21 years old in a variety of educational settings. She has a B.S. from Arizona State University and an M.S. from University of Oregon. In addition, Ms. McKay completed her administrative coursework at both Portland State University and University of Oregon.
Erin Prince: Dr. Erin Prince is the Superintendent of the Corvallis School District. She has been with the Corvallis School District since July 2011. Dr. Prince earned a bachelor’s degree in education from OSU in 1984, a master’s degree in educational administration from Lewis & Clark College in 1998, and then, a doctorate in education from OSU in 2006. Prior to her position in Corvallis, she served as the assistant superintendent for the Sherwood School District.
Edward J. Ray: Dr. Edward Ray has been President of Oregon State University since 2003. Dr. Ray has overseen the expansion of the Degree Partnership Program (DPP) with the state’s community colleges, making it easier for students to complete four-year degrees. He has also fostered a partnership with the P-20 system to strengthen institutional connections and enhance the student experience.
Birgitte Ryslinge: Dr. Birgitte Ryslinge became president of Oregon Coast Community College July 2014. Formerly interim president of Portland Community College’s Sylvania Campus, Dr. Ryslinge was hired as PCC’s Rock Creek Campus dean of instruction in 2008 and then served as Rock Creek’s interim president in late 2012. Dr. Ryslinge, who helped lead Rock Creek’s bond planning, reorganized the instructional divisions at the campus to align with regional industry needs and better serve the campus’ growing student population. She supported faculty in developing new programs in healthcare, natural resource management and zoo technician. In addition, Dr. Ryslinge served in key college-wide leadership roles as well, providing support to a variety of PCC advising councils. Prior to coming to the college, she was dean of Academic Services, Vocational Education and Economic Development, for Las Positas College in California. She earned her doctorate in Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University.
Christy Stevens: Christy Stevens is director of the MVMCP’s Regional Achievement Collaborative (RAC). Ms. Stevens Christy teaches Education/Child and Family Studies classes at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany.
Advisors to the MVMCP
Randy Bell: Dr. Randy Bell is Associate Dean and Professor of Science Education in the College of Education at OSU. His science background includes a bachelor's degree in Botany from Marshall University and a master's degree in Forest Ecology from Duke University. Dr Bell's interest in sharing science with others led him to earn a teaching license and then teach science for six years in Lakeview, Oregon, where he was recognized as the Oregon Science Teachers Association's "New Science Teacher of the Year." Dr. Bell earned his Ph.D. in Science Education at OSU. Dr. Bell has maintained strong ties to public schools through a variety of collaborative projects.
Rebekah Elliott: Dr. Rebekah Elliott is Associate Professor and the CLD/STEM Discipline Liaison in the College of Education at OSU. Dr. Elliott's research, teaching and development work centers on professional education along the professional continuum--pre-service teachers to teacher-leaders. In particular, she is interested in how teachers learn the mathematical knowledge needed for teaching, the ways that these forms of knowledge are deployed in practice and how to support teachers detailing their practice in ways that support professional learning. Dr. Elliott earned her bachelor's degree from the University of California-Santa Barbara and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Mathematics Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder.