Dominique DeWeese, Volunteer Services Manager
Dominique DeWeese joined ORTOP in 2017 and leads the volunteer recruitment, retention, and recognition programming for ORTOP. With a background in youth development and coaching, Dominique is passionate about giving opportunities to young people to compete as part of a team
Jacie Fortune, Director of Operations
Jacie Fortune has a background in systems development which serves her well in her current ORTOP capacity. Jacie manages multiple systems within the organization, ensuring we have the resources needed to run smoothly. Whether it’s building a new CRM database or making sure we have enough wristbands for teams, Jacie keeps the wheels on the bus.
Susan Jones, Project Manager
Susan Jones retired from Intel and joined ORTOP as an Encore Fellow in December 2019. Susan’s varied experience planning and managing processes has been invaluable as ORTOP planned a relocation and revision of the Strategic Plan.
Debbie Kerr, Director of Programs
Debbie Kerr has been involved with FIRST since 2007 when her oldest son joined FIRST LEGO League. What started out as a fun activity to support her children’s love of STEM has blossomed into a wonderful life. She began as a parent volunteer and has never left. In 2012, she began working as a Senior Mentor, eventually being tapped to lead ORTOP’s Programs Team.
Don Nelson, Grants Program Manager
Don Nelson joined ORTOP in 2016 as an Encore Fellow, tasked with growing ORTOP’s grant seeking capacity. Don’s leadership capacity and experience at INTEL has served him well as he advances the relationships and tools to cultivate several corporate, community, and private foundations. Besides grant writing, Don is an avid photographer and instructor, authoring a technical resource for those in the photography industry.
David Perry, Executive Director
David has been active with FIRST long before starting his official capacity as Executive Director of ORTOP in November of 2016. David first connected with ORTOP in 2006, while working as an educator in OMSI’s Vernier Technology Lab. While there, he helped launch FIRST LEGO League Jr and FIRST Tech Challenge in Oregon, coached a FIRST LEGO League team, and served as Emcee at the FIRST Robotics Competition regional championships. David’s goal is making FIRST programs accessible to all students in Oregon, with a focus on underrepresented, underserved, and vulnerable communities.
Sarah Tenney, Director of Development and Communications
Sarah Tenney joined the ORTOP staff in the Fall of 2018. With an extensive background in for-profit and non-profit business development, Sarah is tasked with growing the statewide fund development campaigns and programs, activating the Board Development & Communications Committee, and leading the preparations for the 20th Anniversary Campaign in 2021. As a CFRE certified professional fundraiser, Sarah enjoys seeing FIRST teams create and develop funding plans to support their efforts as well as visiting events to celebrate and promote our partners statewide.