PACE Vision

Improve our students’ performance, personal development and quality of life with high-quality learning resources.

PACE Mission

Oregon State’s Professional and Continuing Education Program (PACE) will become a trusted and respected partner for on- and off-campus stakeholders seeking resources related to continuing education, e-learning and online instructional technology.

People of PACE

  • John Buzzard

    John Buzzard Oregon State University
    John Buzzard serves as Professional and Continuing Education's assistant director.  As a leader in the field of continuing education, John works closely with the Professional and Continuing Education Director in managing operations and overseeing marketing and outreach services. John manages the allocation of resources and integration of systems between program staff and infrastructure areas (registration, fiscal, technology).  He oversees budgets in conjunction with fiscal and program staff, contributes to strategic visioning and leads campus projects supporting the Division’s initiatives.  John serves the mission of Professional and Continuing Education by designing, implementing, and collaborating on research or academic programs that establish and promote positive, productive relationships between the University's alumni, professional, industry, legislative, and student constituencies. John develops and nurtures community partnerships that provide alignment of current and future academic, research and economic development goals for Professional and Continuing Education. 
    John came to Professional and Continuing Education from the University of Kentucky. A little known fact about John is that he and his wife renewed their wedding vows while at Voodoo Donuts during John's interview process.
  • Paula Matano

    Paula Matano is a program manager at PACE. Paula has been working for the past 3.5 years as a business analyst for the State of Oregon Circuit Court in Eugene focusing on project management, IT project development, community outreach and change management. Paula is a graduate of the University of Washington with an MA in Policy Studies and a BA in Political Science and Spanish Literature from the University of Oregon. Paula also holds a professional designation in Project Management from the Project Management Institute, Inc.

  • Katie Klump-Hensley

    Katie Klump-Hensley is a program manager at PACE. Katie has been an employee of Pacific Northwest educational institutions since 2005. She is passionate about formal and informal learning, and enjoys supporting organizations that provide opportunities to diverse audiences. Her specific experience includes project management, event planning, donor relations and stewardship, gift solicitation, and volunteer management. Katie is a graduate of the University of Washington and has a BA in Anthropology and Art History and a Professional Certificate in Museum Studies.

  • Greg Aronoff

    Greg is the marketing manager for Professional and Continuing Education. Before making the transition to OSU in the fall of 2016, Greg spent nearly a decade in marketing for the University of Colorado at CU Online (Denver Campus). Among other strengths, Greg brings an entrepreneurial and analytics-driven mindset to his work at OSU. As newcomers to Oregon, Greg and his family appreciate the small-town charm of Corvallis - from city parks to minimal traffic - as well as the Willamette Valley's many other attractions. As a baseball fan and former player, we trust Greg will soon become familiar with OSU baseball and the Corvallis Knights!

  • Meddie Sims

    Meddie is an enrollment specialist at Professional and Continuing Education. Meddie is responsible for continuing education recruiting activities for new and existing students.  She acts as a community liaison to build upon and maintain relationships with organizations spanning all industries along the Willamette Valley.  Meddie retains student’s records in our learning database, sustains Professional and Continuing Education’s course offering schedule and prepares and submits reports to assess student life cycle. She works closely with the Professional and Continuing Education director to ensure retention driven services provided to our students.

    Meddie moved to Corvallis from Medford, OR where she worked at Harry & David. Meddie enjoys living near Corvallis with her husband, Dave and the sweetest dog in the world, a labradoodle named Mojo.  She has five sons living on their own, with two working at Oregon State. When Meddie isn't at work, you'll find her attending the Saturday Farmer's Market or on a hike with Mojo and her camera.

  • Susan Yeager

    Susan Yeager

    Susan is an enrollment specialist at Professional and Continuing Education and is responsible for establishing and managing the online enrollment system for OSU Extension. She acts as a liaison to OSU Extension county and regional offices to open online registration for their workshops and events. Susan has worked through the Regional Operations team to make this resource available to Extension in every county of the state.

    Susan previously spent ten years in Student Services at Cochise College in Sierra Vista, Arizona and comes with a diverse background in accounting, office administration and cultural resource management.

  • Rich Collins

    Rich Collins is PACE’s Writer & Content Marketing Strategist.

    Rich produces written content for websites, fliers, emails, brochures and more. He also provides technical support for the website, design expertise for marketing documents and works as part of a team to help plan programs. He is excited to reach students with new and innovative educational opportunities.

    Rich Collins holds an MA in English Literature from Oregon State University and a BA in English with minors in German, Creative Writing, and Film Studies from the University of West Georgia. Rich has worked in a variety of areas in his professional career, starting in retail, volunteering for a year in the nonprofit sector as an MTCC AmeriCorps VISTA, working in the health insurance industry, and, most recently, working in college administration doing marketing and recruitment.

    Rich also teaches for PACE.  Check out his upcoming Technical Writing course and learn to produce instructive, informational, and persuasive documents based on well-defined and achievable outcomes.

  • Danny Powers

    Danny is an instructional design specialist with Professional and Continuing Education. Through iterative design and testing, Danny is responsible for the ideation, construction, and pedagogical efficacy of courses, lesson assets, and interactive components. Danny also trains instructors on building and facilitating online classes, and also does a fair share of graphic design, videography, audio engineering, curriculum writing, and UX design, toward the creation and launch of engaging online content. Danny is especially interested in the power of production value and gamification on increased course participation and content knowledge retention. Prior to OSU, Danny worked at the University of California – Irvine, and overseas with the University of Maryland, where he set up education center locations throughout Iraq an Afghanistan. Danny, his wife Laura, and their son Phineas live San Clemente, California, with their husky Lucy, and their 20-lb ragdoll cat, Fanny.

Division of Outreach and Engagement

Oregon State University Professional and Continuing Education delivers more than 200 professional online courses and certificate programs to students from both near and far. Serving more than 12,000 students annually, PACE focuses on empowering individual learners and organizations with flexible, innovative professional development experiences in a wide variety of subjects ranging from leadership and human resources to web development and much more. Our expert team collaborates with University faculty and industry experts to offer learning in a variety of formats, ranging from self-paced e-learning to intensive on-site boot camps and executive coaching. PACE offers a variety of credentialing options including certificates, digital badges, and continuing education units (CEUs). Professional and Continuing Education is part of the Division of Outreach and Engagement . 

The Division of University Outreach and Engagement supports Oregon State’s land-grant mission of learning, discovery and service by making its educational programs accessible wherever and whenever people need to learn.