David Melville, Executive Director
David has made his career in traditional and non-traditional education. With over 16 years in the education field, David has done it all. He taught as a classroom teacher for six years, has taught as an environmental and place-based educator and naturalist for over three years, and has worked on educational research and grant management for over seven years. David has a Bachelors in Elementary Education with a focus in STEM education, a Masters in Sustainable Communities with a thesis on environmental education, a Masters in Educational Leadership, and a Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction (ABD) with dissertation focusing on the Community School Model, as well as a Montessori (6-9) certification. David is skilled in organizational development, program management, grant procurement & management, and educational theory. With a proven record in STEM settings, integrating Next Generation Science Standards, equity and inclusion, and curriculum & instruction, David is a wealth of knowledge in education field. David is proud to be a member of the GO STEM team and is excited to move the organization forward; strengthen partnerships across eastern Oregon; and expand STEM education access and supports for educators, students, and families in the communities of eastern Oregon that we serve.
When not behind a computer screen, David can be found in the garden, enjoying the natural beauty of eastern Oregon, and tinkering on the next home improvement project with his partner and their cat.
Please feel free to reach out, if you would like to learn more about David or GO STEM.
Stefanie Holloway, Ed. D., Program Director
Stefanie brings five years of classroom teaching experience at an International Baccalaureate K-12 public school and served as a student teacher liaison and educational researcher at Boise State University’s College of Education. Her educational passions include teacher professional development, researching ways to integrate twenty-first century learning into classrooms, social and emotional learning efforts, transdisciplinary Literacy and STEAM education, and teaching students herself. Before joining the GO STEM Hub, Stefanie had been actively teaching online during the pandemic–working as a one-on-one tutor for elementary and secondary-aged students.
Stefanie holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a Doctorate of Education, with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction. Her doctoral research focused on social emotional learning efforts, as well as ways to build positive school climate and culture to improve students’ mental health and overall well being. She also holds an active K-12 English Teaching certificate and K-12 Literacy endorsement, as well as an active Idaho Administrator certificate.
Stefanie’s primary responsibilities include management and delivery of Hub programs and expanding partner and community engagement efforts for the GO STEM Hub.
Tonya Williams, Administrative Program Assistant
Tonya brings over 30 years of administrative experience to GO STEM from across a variety of companies and organizations in the northwest. She has extensive experience preparing contracts for services and processing, tracking, and paying financial information. She graduated from the La Grande College of Business in 1988 with a certificate in Accounting/Secretarial.
Having held positions most recently with Eastern Oregon Headstart, as their Fiscal Manager and the Colleges of Business and Education at EOU as an Office Specialist, Tonya will be able to tailor her skills to meet the needs of the GO STEM Hub here in eastern Oregon.
Donna Rainboth, Programs
Donna is a retired faculty member at Eastern Oregon University. Ms. Rainboth has written and received numerous grants and coordinated several projects focused on science and math professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers. She currently teaches the secondary and elementary Science Methods courses at EOU and supervises student teachers in addition to her work with GO-STEM. Prior to her experience in higher education, she designed science curriculum and taught math and science at the middle and high school levels in Oregon and at an international school in Venezuela. In 2003, she received OSTA’s Duane Marshall Special Service Award for her involvement in Science Education. Donna is recently returned from sabbatical in Namibia, Africa where she assisted in science curriculum development and education outreach at the Cheetah Conservation Fund.
Michael Jaeger, Communications
Michael Jaeger is Professor and Dean Emeritus, Eastern Oregon University. Michael has broad experience as a scientist, public school educator and administrator, science teacher educator, administrator in higher education, and community advocate for economic development. As an entomologist he has studied aquatic insects and kept active in the discipline sharing his love for natural history with science students. As a fifteen-year veteran of public schools, Michael has taught every level and subject in science and technology, directed the curriculum efforts of a large suburban school district, and has received awards for teaching excellence. Michael has been the principle investigator of 22 science and engineering grants, has published dozens of articles and papers of note, and has a number of published books ranging in topics from education, STEM, history to Biblical study. He led the College of Education and Business for 11 years as dean and served as Eastern’s provost for almost three years. His current work is now focused on advancing STEM education for greater Oregon.
Pat Lichen, Contributor
Pat Lichen has been a professional editor and proofreader for over twenty-five years, but she promises not to scrutinize your email too closely. She is the author of the Uncommon Field Guide series, which celebrates the plants, animals, and phenomena found in the Pacific Northwest, and several novels with environmental themes.