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.

  • 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.
     
  • Emily Henry

    Emily is the Assistant Director of Program Development at PACE!

    Emily comes to us from Tillamook where she has been the Education Coordinator for Open Campus in Tillamook County. In three years on the coast, Emily was able to build partnership with the community college, develop articulated degree programs between OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, Forestry, and others. She has built collaborative relationships with industry and schools to start the OSU Juntos program in Tillamook, a STEM camp for girls, Recipe to Market, and various other non-credit opportunities.

    Before coming to Oregon State, Emily received her dual degree Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Fish & Wildlife/Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior. Her B.S. is from Purdue in Biological Sciences.

  • Laura Machado

    Laura Machado is PACE's Assistant Director of Learning Experience Design. Laura has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Western Oregon University and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Oregon State University. She is skilled in face to face and online curriculum development, articulating learning outcomes, and aligning course materials to these outcomes. Laura is a Corvallis native, and her professional background includes curriculum development and teaching Spanish at both Crescent Valley and Corvallis High School. Prior to her employment at PACE, Laura was an instructional designer at Oregon State University Ecampus for five years where she developed primarily online world language courses and developed and facilitated online faculty development trainings.

  • Paula Matano

    Paula Matano is a new program manager at PACE with the responsibility of developing, planning, managing, and implementing non-degree certificate programs and courses offered on a quarterly basis for our unit. 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

    Katie Klump is a new program manager at PACE with the responsibility of developing, planning, managing, and implementing non-degree certificate programs and courses offered on a quarterly basis for our unit. 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.

  • Tamara Mitchell

    Tamara Mitchell is a new Instructional Designer for Professional and Continuing Education. Since 2011, Tamara has been involved with using her knowledge of instructional design, educational learning theory, and technology to create meaningful experiences for students. Her professional background includes four years as an online instructor for the Arkansas State University system and six years partnering with industry professionals to develop experiential learning on the Arkansas State University-Mountain Home and Oregon State University campuses. She has an Master of Arts in English Language and Literature, a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design, and will complete her Master of Science in Education: Information Technology in 2017. She is proud to have earned her Bachelor of Science from Oregon State. Her research focus centers on experiential learning in the online environment, aligning instructional design with industry needs, and the impact of mobile learning on student development.

  • 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 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. 

  • Danny Powers

    Danny Powers is an Instructional Design Specialist for Oregon State University PACE. Daniel has held various positions in academia, previously at the University of California – Irvine, the University of Maryland Overseas division, and Central Texas College Europe. Danny holds a Master’s Degree in English and Creative Writing, and has taught online courses for UC-Irvine and OSU-PACE. Danny is interested in human-centered design and user experience as drivers of learner outcomes in online education, as well as engagement and gamification in asynchronous environments. He lives in Southern California with his son, Phineas, and his much smarter wife, Laura.

  • 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.

  • Rich Collins

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

    We are very excited to add Rich’s technical skills and expertise to our PACE team.  Rich will prepare creative and persuasive copy to urge consumers to purchase PACE's goods or services. Rich is focused on creating a consistent voice for PACE and will develop copy to be deployed across several platforms including; PACE’s automated lead campaign, blog, RFI (request more information) responses, brochures, website, draft blog posts, monthly newsletters, quarterly magazine, digital advertising and weekly social media posts. 

    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. Currently he serves as an instructor for the OSU’s School of Writing, Literature and Film where he focuses on bringing these experiences into the classroom to work with students in a variety of fields. His own research interests center on twentieth century American literature, but he is equally committed to assisting and guiding developing writers in the classroom.

    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.

  • Angela Ridge

    Angela Ridge Professional and Continuing Education at OSU

    Angela Ridge is a Corporate Education Strategist for Oregon State University’s Professional and Continuing Education Division.  Angela has a diverse background with experience building, applying and teaching leadership programs for large corporations across multiple industries to include hi-tech, retail, government and healthcare. Certified in Change Management and Executive Coaching, she enjoys sharing her professional experiences and real-world challenges to help others navigate in their professional environments.

    Angela spent the past 15 years with Con-way Transportation and Logistics (acquired by XPO Logistics) and served as the Director of Operations Support.  She was responsible for providing strategic input and leadership to establish long-range goals, strategies, initiatives and policies. As a director of cross-functional teams and projects through the company’s factions including IT, Operations, Training, and OD; Angela successfully managed teams and created operations programs to drive company talent development and achieve financial targets. Before her role as Director, Angela served as the Organizational Development Senior Manager where she provided strategies and solutions to develop employee and management learning in support of organizational development needs. She developed training programs, facilitated and implemented appropriate change management initiatives, and reviewed development programs to ensure alignment with company goals.

    Angela is a graduate of Oregon State University and holds a Bachelors of Science in Business and Corporate Communications. Angela brings an authentic customer perspective to PACE’s corporate strategy.  She connects with clients as she has been in their position and understands the importance of employee training for engagement and retention purposes.

     

  • Holly Hill

    OSU Continuing Education's Holly Hill

    Holly Hill is a Corporate Education Manager for the Division of Extended Campus. In this role, Holly works with corporate clients to offer credit-bearing and non-credit education and training opportunities. She works with both academic units at OSU and corporate partners to identify customized solutions to meet internal training and professional development needs. Prior to joining the Division of Extended Campus, Holly served as the Assistant Director for the Career Success Center in the College of Business at Oregon State. Her professional experience includes leadership positions with Goodwill Industries of San Antonio, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Western University in London, Ontario Canada. Holly earned her Bachelor’s degree from Phillips University in Enid, OK and her Master’s degree from Florida State University.

Division of Extended Campus

OSU 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 Extended Campus. 

Oregon State University's Division of Extended Campus connects Oregon State University, the state's only land-grant university, to the rest of the world by providing high-quality learning opportunities to students. The Extended Campus division is home to Ecampus, Summer Session, Open Oregon State, Ecampus Research Unit and Professional and Continuing Education.