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Board Members




Tim Schulze

Executive Director

Graduated from the University of Oregon in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. In 2009, he earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College. In the 2009/2010 school year, he taught as a long term substitute teacher and job share partner at Mill Park Elementary in the David Douglas School District in SE Portland. While there, he was able to complete the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement practicum hours, having previously completed all the necessary coursework. This direct experience with English as a Second Language (ESL) students motivated Tim to start PDX Summer School in 2010. Tim is now a 5th grade teacher at Harrison Park K-8 School in the Portland Public School District, which is one of the two the schools where PDX Summer School’s program takes place.


Secretary Director
of Curriculum & 
Volunteer Coordinator

Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies, with a minor in Special Education from the University of Oregon in 2004 and a Master of Education degree in 2005. After college, Pat taught preschool for a year in the Corvallis School District, then went on to teach 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade for four years at Kings Valley Charter School in the Philomath School District. In 2009, she earned a reading endorsement through the Read Oregon program.  Pat was a Title I Reading Specialist for two years and is now teaching 2nd grade at Lynch Wood Elementary School in the Centennial School District in Portland


Director of Marketing

Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, and a minor in Business from the University of Oregon in 2006. Jessica has worked for Nike for nine years, starting in Eugene while she attended college. She is currently working in the Dept. of Nike Archives as the Sr. Digital Content Developer researching and writing stories about Nike’s  history and heritage. Jessica has been a Big Sister with Columbia Northwest’s Big Brothers Big Sisters for five years and serves as a board member for the Nike Bigs network. She was named Big Sister of the Year for the State of Oregon and is in her first year at the University of Oregon Executive MBA program.


Courtney Pawol

Director of Grants

Courtney graduated with a Bachelor of Science in both psychology and sociology with a minor in art history from the University of Oregon in 2006. After graduating Courtney worked as a preschool teacher in southern Oregon for three years. She moved to Lake Oswego in 2009 and completed her student teaching internship in a 4th grade classroom at Irvington School in the Portland Public School District. She graduated from the Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling in 2010, with a Master of Arts in Teaching and an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement. She also recently completed the Reading  endorsement program at Lewis and Clark College. Courtney taught kindergarten and first grade at Harrison Park School in PPS, from 2010-2013. Courtney is currently teaching first grade at Stephenson Elementary in the Portland Public School District.


Director of Operations

Ben grew up in the Portland area and attended the University of Oregon for both undergraduate and law school. Ben graduated law school in 2009 and moved back to the Portland area to start practicing law with Dawson Law Group. Ben continues to work at Dawson Law Group, practicing in a wide range of areas from personal injury to construction defect law.






Jennifer Samuels


Born and raised in Oregon outside of Eugene in the town of Pleasant Hill.  Graduated from the Oregon State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Minor in Business. Worked for Intel Corporation in Technical & Product Marketing, as well as long term Strategy roles from 2004 to 2014.  At the end of 2006 formed the Registered Investment Advisor Remick Capital to provide investment advice to friends & family.  Beginning in May 2014, left Intel to focus solely on Remick Capital.


Jennifer Samuels: Executive Director, holds a BA in Music and a K-12 teaching certificate from California State University, Chico and an MA in English from Portland State University.  Jennifer has been working in the non-profit field for 17 years, including stints at The Oregon Symphony, Lewis & Clark College, Portland Schools Foundation (now All Hands Raised), Third Angle New Music Ensemble and Schoolhouse Supplies. Since November of 2011, Jennifer has served as Executive Director of Reading Results – a Portland non-profit which provides early literacy intervention in Title I schools. Jennifer lives in NE Portland with her family.


Advisory Board

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Karla Wenzel

PGE Manager - Pricing and Tariff


Margarita portillo

Retired Educator


Fred Miller


  • Bachelor’s degree from Willamette in Political Science and law degree from Lewis and Clark College.
  • Served on PPS Board 1999-2003, chair for
  • Mother to Maddy (sophomore in college) and Jackson (junior at PPS Wilson High)
  • Oregon Food Bank Board member 8 years, chair for 3. Rejoining Board in 2015.

Graduated from Portland State University with a Master's in Education, Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development with a minor in English. Margarita worked for nine years at an inner-city elementary school teaching Kindergarten and 1st grade to a very diverse group of students. Becoming an educator fulfilled a lifelong dream of Margarita's as she returned to school at the age of 50, supporting her belief that it is never to late to achieve your goals.  Prior to teaching she worked in business as a supervisor of the Photo Tooling Department for Merix, a circuit board manufacturer. Margarita spent many years volunteering in schools first with her daughter (who is now a lawyer), by volunteering in the classroom, also as leader of her Campfire Troop and as a yearlong 6th grade substitute at her school in Idaho. Later with her granddaughters, she volunteered for a year at the Franciscan Montessori Earth School, teaching primary students Spanish and Mexican culture, prior to entering Graduate School. Currently Margarita is working a substitute for Portland Public Schools to stay in touch with teaching strategies and working with the students. 


Fred Miller is the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the City of Portland and the Director of the Office of Management and Finance (OMF). Fred comes to the City with decades of public and private sector executive and management level experience. As CAO, Miller reports directly to the Mayor and City Council.
Fred’s previous experiences include leadership positions under four Oregon governors from 1976 until 1992. He served as Director of the Oregon Executive Department – now the Department of Administrative Services, which is very similar in function to that of OMF. He also ran the state departments of Transportation and Energy.
Fred left state government in 1992 and joined Portland General Electric, where he eventually retired as an executive vice president.

Fred is a Portland native. He grew up in Southwest Portland and attended Wilson High School. He received his masters and doctoral degrees in economics from Michigan State University. He has also taught economics at Oregon State University. Miller enjoys traveling and is the father of two teenage children and two older children who work at Mercy Corps and Friends of Children.