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Heidi Larwick, MA, Director

Heidi Larwick has over 15 years of experience working with nonprofits, and is committed to assisting in collaborative processes, strategic planning efforts, innovative program development, and fundraising campaigns. As the Director, Heidi leads a regional effort to increase third grade reading, school to work opportunities, post-secondary success, student support systems, attendance initiatives, and STEM experiences. She is committed to creating a community where her two young children will have the opportunity to thrive, and where all children will have equitable access to opportunities. Heidi was a 20 under 40 winner in 2017, and the Eugene Science Center Honorary Chair and a TAO People’s Choice Finalist in 2018. When she’s not breaking down barriers, she enjoys running the trails, navigating the local food scene, playing team sports, and exploring with her daughter and son.

Lizzie Gray, Project Coordinator

According to Lizzie, the greatest gift she has ever been given was being placed in a Spanish Immersion program. That pathway lead her through 4J’s Buena Vista Elementary, Monroe Middle and Sheldon High Schools, where she graduated with honors in 2011. Her academic achievements lead her to the University of Portland, where she competed in every intramural sport under the sun, and graduated with Spanish and Sociology degrees. As the newest member of the Connected Lane County team, Lizzie brings a fresh, curious, and vibrant energy to the team. And as a proud Eugenian and life-long learner, she quickly unearthed a passion for facilitating student success in Lane County. Today, when she’s not gardening or running around with her chickens, Lizzie’s time and energy is dedicated to Early Learning and Elevate Lane County.

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Michelle Martin, Program Assistant

Michelle Martin has 25 years of experience as a program assistant for Lane ESD. She manages Lane County truancy services to public schools, home school compliance and most recently, support to Connected Lane County and Lane STEM consortiums. She provides program assistance to the many valuable programs and projects that CLC and Lane STEM have created. In her free time, she enjoys camping and spending time with her family.

Matt Hayes, Data & Evaluation

Matt Hayes is the Data & Evaluation Coordinator for Connected Lane County, Lane STEM, and Lane ESD. He grew up in England and has lived in the United States for over twenty years, having attended graduate school at the University of Kansas. Matt provides data support, consultation, and collection services to K-12 administrators and other education professionals in multiple agencies throughout Lane County. His projects have focused on issues including career development, chronic absenteeism, and school climate. Matt serves on the Oregon Department of Education’s Data Leadership Committee and provides data advice to the state’s Suicide Prevention Alliance. In all his spare time, Matt can be found playing guitar or bass with one of his two bands, following his hometown football (soccer) team via digital media, discussing politics with one of his three children, or playing fetch with his two border collies.

Maddy Ahearn, STEM Specialist

Maddy Ahearn serves as the STEM specialist for Lane County in Oregon. She comes to this work having served as the administrator of curriculum and instruction for mathematics for Eugene Public Schools and teaching secondary mathematics in schools in Eugene and Baltimore City. She is passionate about educational equity and supporting educators with instruction and curriculum that inspires and empowers students. If she is not in a classroom, you can find her hiking in the Cascades with her daughter and husband, paddle boarding on a coastal lake, or out on the soccer field.

Pete Lauf, CTE Outreach Coordinator

Peter Lauf is the CTE (Career and Technical Education) Outreach Coordinator at Lane ESD. He grew up in Wisconsin and has lived in the Pacific Northwest for over twenty years, having attended graduate school at Western Washington University in Bellingham.  Pete provides technical assistance to CTE teachers throughout Lane County.  He also facilitates Lane County’s Trades Academy Youth Training, Construction Utilities Career Day, and the Career and College Readiness Coordinators group. In his spare time, Pete can be found “playing” guitar, tending the garden, talking about cultural trends with his wife and one or more of his two children, or walking his small dog.