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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 - Director

Oregon Employment Department

Joe O'Leary - Director

Oregon Youth Authority

Kristopher Strickler - Director

Oregon Department of Transportation

Berri Leslie - Director & State Chief Operating Officer

Oregon Department of Administrative Services

Andrea Bell - Director

Oregon Housing and Community Services


Andrew Stolfi - Director

Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services

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