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

  • Melanie Mitchell

    Melanie Mitchell directs Oregon State University’s self-sustaining business unit responsible for professional and continuing education (PACE) and lifelong learning initiatives for the University and moves the department forward in developing and implementing goals that reflect the University mission, vision and values. Oregon State PACE engages the community through educational opportunities for both personal enrichment and professional development that offer quality, convenience, affordability, and flexibility. Oregon State PACE’s unique, interdisciplinary course content serves as a gateway to higher education, allowing adults to continue and guide their own learning and youth to explore their world.

    Melanie is an experienced leader with strong entrepreneurial, strategic management, business/leadership development, and change management skills. She is able to identify new business opportunities; provide structured plans and models for innovative projects; and oversee development, implementation, and training, all within the operational framework of the organization's mission and vision. She is an expert in facilitating communication, forging partnerships, and acting as a liaison between internal and external stakeholders.

    An innovative and results-driven Senior-Level Administrator with a record of professional accomplishments and progressive experience in a variety of leadership capacities within higher education; Melanie demonstrates success in optimizing efficiency and maximizing results through the delivery of non-credit value-added programs, processes, and services.

    Melanie is an effective and resourceful motivator and facilitator possessing an innate ability to inspire instructors and motivate staff; skilled in encouraging and supporting restructuring efforts, developing and implementing various improvement programs, and re-energizing the university infrastructure to improve student retention and performance.

    As a self-reflective, lifelong learner Melanie is committed to establishing a cooperative climate across multiple colleges/departments/divisions, maintaining solid relationships with higher education administration, students, and community, and advancing organizational goals and objectives.

    When Melanie's not working she enjoys coaching her children's sports teams or hiking local trails with their chocolate lab.

  • Marian Ladenburg

    Marian Ladenburg

    Marian started with PACE in 2012, and works in business development. She graduated with a B.A. in Global Marketing and Management from the University of Portland. She is a blue whale enthusiast and loves Corvallis for its proximity to everything and the lack of traffic. In her spare time, she likes to be outdoors and work out, bike, hike or walk. Marian is also a board member with Corvallis Young Pros and hopes to someday get back to playing music but she currently finds joy spending time with her young son, Gus, and husband, John.

  • Emily Henry

    Emily is a Professional and Continuing Education corporate business manager.

    Emily works with organizations to bring our educational capabilities in company. Together with our content experts, she will identify your specific training needs, time frame, and location preferences. Emily tailors a customized curriculum and help companies choose the delivery format that best suits your needs. Emily is a dedicated customer service professional that will handle all of the logistics of your training program, from initial consultation through final assessment, Emily remains involved every step of the way to ensure your total satisfaction.

    Emily is originally from Anderson, Indiana. She earned her B.S. at Purdue University where she studied Biology/Ecology. She completed a dual Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior from Michigan State University. In her free time, Emily enjoys reading, seeing movies, live music, and any type of theater.

  • Amy Leeds

    Amy Leeds

    Amy Leeds is an enrollment specialist at Professional and Continuing Education. Amy provides support to the PACE team by developing enrollment policies and procedures. She also manages PACE's customized enrollment database including developing new, complex registration set-ups to meet PACE and its client's needs.

    Amy is originally from Kansas. She earned her BFA in Communications from Emporia State University. She earned her M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Central Missouri. Her background in college student advising and student support services led her to the team. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family, read, and go on long road trips. She enjoys the friendly and outgoing people in Corvallis and OSU's gorgeous campus.

  • Drew Olson

    Drew Olson

    Drew is our unit videographer who shoots and edits videos for Professional and Continuing Education to provide students with an interactive course experience. He also supports with Ecampus videography within the Division of Extended Campus. About his work, Drew says, "the opportunity to work with world renowned professors and industry professionals who are doing ground breaking research in their field has provided some incredible experiences." In his free time, you can find Drew hiking, hunting, working with his dogs or barbecuing. He loves the Willamette Valley spring and fall seasons because "the colors in the plant life here are amazing and when it's not foggy or raining, it's a beautiful place."

  • 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.
     
  • 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!

  • Laura Machado

    Laura Machado is PACE's Learning Experience Designer. Laura has an MA in Teaching from Western Oregon University and a BA in Spanish from Oregon State University. Laura has completed coursework in curriculum development, including articulating course goals and objectives and the alignment of course materials to these outcomes. Her professional background includes six years of course development and teaching Spanish at both Crescent Valley and Corvallis High School, and six years of faculty development and instructional design experience.

  • Meddie Sims

    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 5 sons living on their own, two of which also work at OSU. 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 Dredge

    Susan Dredge

    Susan is an enrollment specialist at Professional and Continuing Education. Susan is responsible for establishing the online enrollment system for OSU Extension.  She acts as a liaison to OSU Extension county or regional offices to open online event registration for their services through OSU Professional and Continuing Education’s (PACE) online enrollment system!  Susan has worked through the Regional Operations team to make this resource available to Extension in every county of the state. 

    After spending 30 years in southern Arizona, she decided that Corvallis would be an ideal place to start a new adventure.  Susan has worked the past ten years in Student Services at Cochise College in Sierra Vista, Arizona and comes with a diverse background in accounting, archaeology, and naturopathy - just to name a few.  Much of her spare time is spent pursuing her interest in getting to know the native flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest, and when not hiking or wading in the ocean, Susan is reading or doing yoga. 

Outreach & Engagement

OSU Professional and Continuing Education provides education and training for businesses and professionals throughout the state and beyond. The majority of professional and continuing education students are focused on licensure, recertification, professional development and personal enrichment. Professional and Continuing Education is part of the Division of University Outreach and Engagement.

The Division of University Outreach and Engagement connects Oregon State University, the state’s only land-grant university, to the rest of the world by making its educational programs accessible wherever and whenever people need to learn. The division encompasses OSU Extended CampusOSU Extension Service and OSU Professional and Continuing Education.