Our Board

The ASCENT Learning Coalition (ALC) is our governing board made up of transformational leaders from state government.  Sponsoring agencies, under a cooperative agreement, share the governance of the ASCENT Leadership Program by appointing staff and approving annual programs and budgets.

ALC Members

Fariborz Pakseresht - Co-Chair and Director

Oregon Department of Human Services

Lisa Sumption - Co-Chair and Director

Oregon Parks & Recreation Department 

David Gerstenfeld - Acting Director

Oregon Employment Department

Joe O'Leary - Director

Oregon Youth Authority

Bob Gebhardt - Chief Administrative Officer

Oregon Department of Transportation

Madilyn Zike - Chief Human Resources Officer Oregon Department of Administrative Services

Margaret Salazar - Director

Oregon Housing and Community Services


Andrew Stolfi - Director

Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services