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We are Educators, Designers, and Impact Entrepreneurs

The Construct team is dedicated to understanding the needs of teachers and principals as they embrace the challenges of keeping pace with a rapidly changing world.

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Gina Condon

President & Co-Founder

Gina Condon is laser-focused on a simple concept that requires a complex solution: Oregon youth will thrive and Oregon industry will flourish when Oregon schools dedicate themselves to educating ALL students for the innovation economy. 

With 20 years of entrepreneurial and child development experience Gina is convening visionary, cross-sector partnerships, building the collective will necessary to move schools from lecture and test-prep to project-based learning across disciplines. As Constuct’s President, Gina surfaces leaders and aligns stakeholders in public and private sectors to adapt design-thinking programs that encourage collaboration, creativity, empathy, curiosity and risk-taking for everyone impacted by school outcomes. 

 In the past six years, Construct has engaged thousands of Oregon students, teachers, principals, and district leaders; tech and industry problem-solvers, non-profits, business associations, and civic organizations. 

A former member of the Social Innovation Incubator at Portland State, Gina brought the industry re-invention program, Breaker, to Oregon--then iterated it for K-12 students; she expanded the programs’ Breakaway Workshop for teachers and established a collaboration with College Possible to ensure under-resourced youth were at the center of the education revolution; she worked with Stanford d.school’s K12 Lab to become a convening partner for School Retool--a fellowship to support school leaders in building deeper learning structures on their campus. Today, Construct is Stanford’s only West Coast Model 3 partner, delivering Retool to school leaders and their teams across Oregon. By engaging vital school cohorts in systems change, by unleashing and nurturing passionate school leaders and engaging other passionate edu-preneuers, Gina has helped to create a path to transform schools. 

Before founding Construct, Gina spent a decade in youth programming and five years in Silicon Valley, building design teams for tech companies. She received her BA in Psychology from UC Irvine and her MEd from Harvard's Graduate School of Education.

If you’re interested in changing the state of Oregon education, you could start here: gina@constructfoundation.org

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Erin Bray

Teacher Delight Specialist and Lead coach for Student INNOVATION teams

Erin Bray is a walking design education dynamo.  After 10 years as a public high school language arts teacher, she understands that teachers are our most critical asset in the education eco-system—and that growing their practice using design methods can support a culture of innovation on their campus. 

Launching the “Teachers are Designers” campaign, and leading all of Construct’s teacher and student facing workshops, Erin is inspiring a growing community of both students and educators, eager collaborators to her enthusiasm in building student-led learning experiences that prepare every young person for success in our rapidly changing world.  

A dynamic curriculum and experience designer, Erin applies her expertise with a deeply-held mission to elevate voices from a multitude of intersectional identities across the education landscape. 

Since joining Construct, she has co-created and facilitated Student led design challenges for hundreds of young people, investigating system-wide questions such as the Future of Learning and the Future of Health and Wellness; collaborating with partners including College Possible; Oregon Business Council and Oregon Learns; Concordia Univ; Providence Medical Group/Basecamp; the K-12 students from KairosPDX; Prescott Elementary; David Douglas, Parkrose and Reynolds HS; Cedarwood Waldorf; and Catlin Gabel. Erin has worked with dozens of educators across Oregon to build their creative confidence and encourage their exploration in innovation and design. Erin holds a BA and teaching certificate from Whitman College and a Masters in curriculum & instruction from PSU.

Get inspired by:
erin@constructfoundation.org

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Jami Fluke

School Leader Ambassador

Begin with a beloved educator. Add equal measures of determination and joy, and you have Jami Fluke. Over 25 years, Jami has taught elementary, middle, and alternative school, and most recently led Dayton Oregon’s Junior and High School as Principal. Embracing risk, inspiring innovation, and reimaging what school could be —Jami led Dayton’s teachers, leaders, and students in dismantling and reassembling the systems that had become barriers to learning. 

With the support of Construct and Innovate Oregon, Jami launched design challenges across the school, engaged the broader Dayton community in the education of local youth, and guided her teachers to create new curriculum like Genius Hour for all students.  In just three years, Jami’s passion and collaboration resulted in Dayton High graduating 96.8% of its students--a 14% jump and placing it on the leaderboard in Oregon. Importantly, however, graduation wasn’t her only metric. Joy was just as important. 

Jami’s team used funds from a CTE Revitalization grant awarded by the Oregon Department of Education to renovate their i3 Center, upgrading technical equipment to make CTE-type projects more accessible to students, and ensuring all her students a space at school to have complete creative freedom. The magic that has unfolded on Jami’s campus brought 20 Australian educators to witness the happenings in this small Oregon town, and took Dayton’s varsity invention team to Eurekafest, a four day event at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and organized by the Lemelson-MIT Program.

Jami built a new standard for how to inspire and empower in K-12 education and Construct is thrilled to have her onboard as our School Leader Ambasador.  

Experience joyful support for your vision:
jami@constructfoundation.org

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Gaby Lunasco

Operations Manager

Gaby’s dedication to bettering the world through educational program design has sent her around the world. From the United States Air Force and Army to Waianae Comprehensive Community Health Center to the Sierra Joint Consortium for Adult Education to Mt Hood Community College, her experience with diverse communities, organizations, and industry has underscored for her that our current educational model is not consistently meeting the needs of many students, or the industries they will enter.  Daughter of a lifelong SPED educator and advocate, Gaby has long understood how educational opportunities, advocacy and support can change outcomes for students. Construct is thrilled to have her in support of our mission to shift school culture, teaching, and learning to better align those needs. 

With her B.A. in Social Science with a concentration in Ethnic Studies, M.A. in Adult Education and Training, and graduate work in Organizational Change and Development, Management and Educational Psychology, Gaby provides the mindful rudder that keeps Construct’s growing organization moving ahead on the smoothest path. 

Work with Construct, say hi to:
gaby@constructfoundation.org


Contract Designers and Facilitators

Lisa Yokana

Design and Entrepreneurship Curriculum Adviser

An educator for over fifteen years, Lisa Yokana leads Innovation Education, Design Thinking, and Maker workshops, to encourage and inspire educators to shift their practice. Lisa currently teaches art, architecture, social-entrepreneurship, and STEAM courses at Scarsdale High School, where she works with teachers across the disciplines to integrate Design Thinking and Making into their curriculum.  Lisa received a grant from Scarsdale Schools’ Center for Innovation to research innovation education program and spaces. In 2014, Lisa received another grant from the CFI to integrate Maker projects across levels. Agency by Design (Harvard’s Project Zero) selected Lisa as one of thirty Maker Teachers across the country to participate in their learning community. She is currently teaching an online course for Harvard Graduate School of Education called, Thinking and Learning in a Maker Centered Classroom Lisa earned her BA in Studio Art and French Literature from Williams College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and her Master's Degree in Art History from Columbia University. She also has a degree in building and district level administration from Stony Brook University.

Blog:  http://innovated2x.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @lyokana59

Kari Nelsestuen

School Retool and Breakaway Facilitator

Kari has a diverse portfolio of projects ranging from large scale education evaluation to facilitating dynamic professional learning experiences. Kari uses tools from improvement science and design thinking to help organizations transform their approach to problem solving. She coaches school districts, across Oregon, on issues of educator effectiveness and advises organizations on issues related to strategic planning, measurement, and program implementation.


Program Mentors

Susie Wise, PHD

Freelance learning experience designer, equity designer, and innovation coach. Currently, working as a design entrepreneur-in-residence at Playworks National HQ. Susie is a faculty member at the National EquityProject. A frequent teacher and coach at Stanford University's d.school on a wide range of topics including design research, equity design, innovation practices, and storytelling. The co-founder of the K12 Lab at Stanford University’s d.school and co-creator or School Retool.

Juliette Lamontagne, ED.D.

Chief Learning Architect at Bionic Solutions. Designing human systems that enable new business growth. Founder of Breaker, dedicated to closing the gap between education and employment. Juliette spent fifteen years piloting innovation initiatives with the New York City Department of Education – as a classroom teacher, professional developer, and teacher trainer. Her work is recognized by TED, where she is a Senior Fellow, and by the Institute of Design at Stanford University where I was a d.fellow in 2013. 


Board of Directors

Boad Chair: Madeline Turnock, Strategic Communications Office of the President, Concordia University Portland

Board Secretary: Heidi Rahn, Board Secretary, Program Manager, METRO

Board Treasurer: Matt Bryant, Board Treasurer, Sr Program Analyst, Arnerish Massena, Inc

Vanessa Wilkins, Founder and Lead Innovator, Future School Lab

Chris Tebben, Principal, Sapient Solutions

Susie Wise, Strategic Advisor and Coach, School Retool

Eric Park, Innovator and Creative Director, Cambia Health Solutions

Kate Fitzgerald Martinez (Ex-Officio), Co-Founder of Construct, Storyteller

Wilson Smith, Design Director, Nike Footware

Carr Biggerstaff, Executive Director, Chehalem Valley Innovation Accelerator

Keith Brown, Chief Information Security Officer, IBM Systems.

Advisory Board Members

Annmarie Cheesbro, Arbor Center Teaching Coordinator and adjunct professor at Marylhurst University

Eric Cress, President, Urban Development + Partners

Zalika Gardner, Co-Founder, KairosPDX

Lori Heino-Royer, Director Business Innovation / Strategy and Program Management Office, Daimler Trucks of North America

Juliette Lamontagne, Chief Learning Architect, Bionic Solutions