Olalla Center Governing Board
Nancy Nash, MEd
Nancy Nash is retired from over 30 years of social service work. Nancy grew up in a large family in Rhode Island. Her brother was a special needs child and Nancy understands first hand the experiences of families with children who have special needs. Nancy moved west to attend college at the University of Hawaii. After earning her Bachelors in Social Work and a Masters Degree in Education.
Nancy became a social worker in Hawaii for several years, before continuing her career in social work at Community Services Consortium (CSC) in Newport, Oregon. Nancy has dedicated her life to helping others, she worked in numerous social service, workforce and education programs at CSC that served vulnerable youth and adults struggling with the causes and conditions of poverty.
Retired Social Worker
Jane Lehrer, Board President
Jane Lehrer is dedicated to improving the lives of children as a Speech Pathologist for Lincoln County School District and an Olalla Center Board Member. Jane and her husband Dr. Lehrer are active community members and supporters of underprivileged children and community health. They have three teenagers and enjoy travel, hiking and time with family.
Affliations: American Speech Language Hearing Assoc.; American Field Service Exchange Program, Newport Academic Booster Club.
Speech Specialist, Lincoln County School District
Kristi Collins, MEd
Kristi’s passion for Early Childhood Education began as a young parent volunteer when her own son attended Head Start. She has devoted her career to the field earning a Master's degree in Early Education and Child Care and a BA in Multidisciplinary Studies with an Early Care and Education Concentration from Cambridge College. Kristi’s work experience includes work in private preschool programs, Federal and State Funded programs, and National non-profits.
She has worked in a range of roles from classroom assistant, Teacher, Center Director, Education Specialist, Community College Adjunct Faculty, and Program Specialist.
Early Learning Hub Director
Developmental Disabilities Supervisor
Lincoln County Mental Health
Board Vice President
Sandy comes to us with a lifelong history of human service. She began her career as a nurses aid in high school progressing to hospital corpsman in the Navy to going back to school as a "non traditional student" (old) to get a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work at Pacific University. Moving to the coast in 1994, she and her husband Dan have raised their two children nestled in the community of Newport and she has been a long term employee and advocate at the Lincoln County Developmental Disabilities Program. Now empty nesters, she and Dan are enjoying travelling, laundry that doesn't stack up, smaller grocery bills and each other along with their neurotic black lab and two entitled cats.
Larry has been an artist and educator for 35 years. He is the CEO and Artistic Director for the Oregon Coast Children's Center for the Arts and Oregon Coast Children's Theater. He has a strong interest in educational arts, and supports educational programs and schools, community outreach programs and youth support programs for housing, counseling, food support, and mental and physical health for youth and families. Larry is also a Board member for East County Community Partnership and Coordinator of the Flowerree Community Center.