Dr. David Gray: Executive Director
David L. Gray, Ph.D. has served in public education for over 30 years. He has been nationally recognized as a teacher and principal. Dr. Gray, a native Coloradoan, has served as a superintendent in two districts in Colorado and as a regional manager for the Colorado Department of Education.
Dr. Gray received his Doctorate in educational administration from the University of Denver, Master’s Degree in educational administration from the University of San Francisco, and teaching degree from the University of Southern Colorado – with a focus on technology in education and virtual learning. Dr. Gray has served as an adjunct and visiting instructor for Adams State College, the University of Denver, Concordia University-Portland, and Concordia University-Chicago. He has served as an educational consultant in school districts in Colorado, Nevada, and Washington D. C. and in California, Indiana, Missouri, and Arizona as a site visitor for the U.S. Department of Education, National Blue Ribbon School’s Program.
Dr. Gray is a father of two adult boys residing with their families in Colorado. Dr. Gray currently lives in Ridgefield, WA with his wife Jennifer.
Tonia Gebhart: Chief Operations Officer & Elementary Principal
Tonia Gebhart joined the Web Academy in August of 2012. Mrs. Gebhart taught high school science at Cleveland High School, credit recovery at Gresham High School and at the Web Academy prior to receiving her administrator's license. She received her bachelor’s at Concordia University, majoring in biology with a concentration in pre-medical studies. She received her Master’s in Teaching and her administrative credentials from Concordia as well. Before embarking on her teaching career, Mrs. Gebhart worked in finance and accounting at U.S. Trust and U.S. Bank.
Christina Struyk-Bonn: Principal & Curriculum Director
Subjects: High School Language Arts
Dr. Christina Struyk-Bonn has worked with MEWA since its inception in 2009. She has worked in many capacities within the organization from teacher to curriculum director and currently, principal. She completed her doctoral degree in education through the University of Oregon in the spring of 2018 and also has a Masters in Fine Arts from Portland State University. Education is her first love but she also writes young adult novels, publishing Whisper in 2014 and Nice Girls Endure in 2016. Being part of the Metro East Web Academy has been a challenging, fulfilling, and exciting endeavor; she believes in what this school stands for and the opportunities it provides for students.
Hillary Radford: Executive Assistant to the Executive Director
Hillary was born and raised in Portland, OR with her two sisters, one of which is her identical twin.
She received her BS in Business Administration from the University of Oregon in 2005.
Hillary enjoys working with students, parents, and staff at the Web Academy and helping things run smoothly at the front desk.
Rachel Johnson: Office Manager/School Safety Coordinator
Rachel started working at MEWA August 2011. She enjoys managing the front office and finding ways to make our school safer for students, staff and parents. In her free time, Rachel enjoys going to the beach, lake or river (really any body of water), going to the mountains, traveling, reading, cross stitching and spending time with her grandkids.
Technology & Facilities
Scott Halley: Facilities Supervisor/ Technology Director
Scott comes to MEWA from the Gresham/Barlow School District with over 16 years of technology support experience. With Scott's bachelors degree in Business Administration from Concordia University, he brings a unique combination of technology and business skills. Scott is also the assistant head track and field coach at Gresham high school as well as a competitive javelin thrower, with state, national and world titles in the event.
Lauren McDevitt: Technology Assistant
Lauren joined MEWA in the Fall of 2018. She grew up in Gresham, graduating from Gresham High School and the Center for Advanced Learning in 2018. She currently attends Mt Hood Community College working towards her Associates in Cyber Security and a second AA in Penetration Testing. Outside of MEWA, Lauren loves spending time with her friends and family, trying new food, art, spending time outdoors, spending too much time on Netflix and Youtube, and being a really bad a coffee connoisseur.
Shelley Williamson: Custodian
Shelley joined MEWA in the fall of 2016. She worked at Providence Portland Hospital for 15 years before working with school districts. Her variety of skills and experiences have been invaluable to Metro East Web Academy. In her spare time she loves spending time at the beach, four daughters, two grandsons and attending concerts.
Denielle (Deni) Greene: Counselor
Deni joined Metro East Web Academy in the fall of 2012. She grew up in Beaverton, and was a School Counselor in the Beaverton School District before coming to MEWA. She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Education from Sacramento State University with an Emphasis in both School Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. When she is not at MEWA, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, and her two dogs Lucy and Max.
HANNAH JENSVOLD: COUNSELOR
Hannah Jensvold joined Metro East Web Academy in August of 2019. She holds a Master's degree in School Counseling from Fordham University, as well as a Bachelor's degree in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to working at MEWA, she worked as a test prep tutor and academic advisor in New York City. When she is not advocating for her students at MEWA, Hannah enjoys cooking, drawing, and spending time with her fiancé and cats.
Eric strid: Counselor
Eric Strid joined MEWA in August of 2017. He is originally from Bozeman, Montana, and attended college at Montana State University. He received his Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education with a focus in Social Studies in 2011, and his Master's Degree in School Counseling in 2015. Before MEWA Eric was a counselor at an elementary school in Newberg, Oregon. When not at school Eric enjoys the outdoors, standup comedy, games of all kinds, and spending time with his wife, his dog, and his friends and family.
Amy Swank: Early College Counselor
Amy Swank joined the Web Academy in August of 2017. She received her bachelor’s at Marylhurst University, majoring Human Communications and her Master’s in Education, majoring in school counseling from Lewis and Clark. Prior to working in education, Amy was a part time Realtor and volunteer. In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with her family and friends outdoors.
Michael Brummett: Teacher
Though a Math Teacher, Michael is an artist by trade. He joined MEWA in 2017 teaching Advanced Mathematics (Geometry and higher) but has previously taught Art (Drawing, Painting, and Art History) for 5 years at the college level. He holds a Bachelor's in Art from Pepperdine University, an MFA in Painting from Claremont Graduate University, and a Master's in Education from the University of Phoenix (online). He's an avid reader of non-fiction with interests ranging from philosophy and religion to art theory, history, and quantum physics. He participated in Water Polo and Swimming in school and currently assists coaching for his son's Water Polo team at David Douglas HS.
Christeen Calhoun: Teacher, MEWA Testing Coordinator & Instructional Coach
Subjects: English/Language Arts, Health and electives.
Christeen has been with MEWA since its inception in 2009-10 and is an advocate for alternative education. She received her BA from the University of Oregon, and then completed her MAT at the University of Portland. At MEWA, she teaches English/Language Arts, Health, and various electives. Christeen is also the MEWA Testing Coordinator, and handles the assorted tasks associated with SBAC State Testing and our localized STAR360 tests.
Nicole Campbell: Teacher, GED, Coordinator of Special Programs
Subjects: Advanced High School Math, Parent Education, and All GED courses.
Nicole joined MEWA during the 2013-2014 school year as the full time GED instructor, and has since has become MEWA's primary HS math teacher. In 2016 she became MEWA's Coordinator of Special Programs where she handles various projects on campus throughout the school year. Nicole completed her Masters in Teaching from Western Oregon University in 2006, and since that time has dedicated her career to working with students in alternative education.
Orly Cowin: Teacher
Orly started Metro East Web Academy in 2018. She teaches 9-12 grade English classes in the MEWA Advantage Program (MAP). Before joining MEWA, Orly was substitute teaching all over Portland and Gresham. She received her B.A in English and her Master's of Education at Portland State University. When not inspiring young minds, Orly spends her time with her husband and two young children, cooking, baking, swimming, and hogging the microphone at any karaoke party.
Lauren Crow: Elementary Teacher
Lauren joined MEWA in Spring of 2019 as an Elementary Teacher. Lauren was born in Dallas, Texas and moved to the Northwest while in middle school. Lauren received her bachelor’s degree from Portland State University and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Concordia University. She is a huge animal lover and advocate. During her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family and velcro kitty, Wall-E. She also enjoys vegan cooking and reading psychological thrillers.
Julie Norrander: CTE Coordinator; Teacher
Subjects: Business Courses and High School Physical Education
Ms. Norrander joined MEWA in August 2012 as a math and science teacher. Prior to joining MEWA, she worked in rural Clackamas County teaching both of these subjects. Ms. Norrander holds degrees from Oregon State University: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing; Pepperdine University: Master of Business Administration; and Concordia University: Master of Arts, Education. Her endorsements include Mathematics, Integrated Science, Health and Career and Technical Education in Business Administration, Marketing and Finance, in addition to Physical Education. In her spare time, Ms. Norrander enjoys spending time in the outdoors, biking, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Elaine Powell-Ascroft: Teacher
Subjects: Art, Middle Social Studies, and Language Arts
Elaine joined Metro East Web Academy in 2013, but has been an educator for almost two decades. Along with teaching at MEWA, she teaches as adjunct faculty at the University of Portland in the Performing and Fine Arts department. Elaine is also an active artist in the community. Her MFA is in painting, but a lot of her art work is interdisciplinary and interactive focusing on the creative process and collaboration.
Leeandra Rickard: Teacher
Subjects: Math and Science
Leeandra Rickard joined Metro East Web Academy in August of 2019. She has taught math and science in Woodburn, Estacada, and Oregon City before coming to MEWA. She says she joined MEWA because she believes that students learn in different ways, and at different paces, but that all students can be successful. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at OSU, and her Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Pacific University. When she’s not teaching, she likes to be in her garden, or out in nature. She is a native bee keeper, and is always happy to teach anyone about them. She loves trying out all forms of arts and crafts, and encourages students to express their creativity, even in her science and math classes.
Darcy Soto: Teacher
Darcy Soto grew up in Troutdale, Oregon, and studied Spanish and Math at Portland State University. After graduating, she moved to Mexico where she lived for several years before returning to the Portland area to get a Master's in Education at Portland State University and beginning her teaching career. Ms. Soto has two children and is an avid runner and ice cream enthusiast.
John Ling: Teacher
Subjects: Middle School Math, Science, Technology
John Ling joined MEWA for the 2015-2016 school year. This year, he will be teaching middle school math, science and technology, plus some high school science/technology electives.
Mr. Ling graduated from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!!) in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education/Biology. He received his Master of Arts in Teaching degree in 2013 from Willamette University in Salem. Teaching is in his blood as his grandfather is a member of the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame after life-long service as a high school physics and chemistry teacher.
Natalie Stager: English & Avid Teacher
Ms. Stager joined Metro East Web Academy in 2018. Previously, Ms. Stager taught English at Tualatin High School for five years after graduating from Portland State University with her Bachelor's Degree in English and her Master's Degree in Education.
When she is not teaching, she enjoys working with cheerleading teams around Oregon, which she has been involved with for the past 13 years. She also enjoys playing with her adorable nephew, reading, biking, writing, baking, and going to the beach.
Alanna Sousa: Language Arts & Social Studies
Alanna has her Master's in Teaching from Concordia University Portland and her Bachelors in English from Washington State University Vancouver. Alanna joined MEWA in the Summer of 2018. Alanna teaches Language Arts and Social Studies. In her free time, Alanna enjoys reading, camping, live music, and snacking.
Carley Strid: Elementary Teacher
Carley Strid joined MEWA in 2018 as the primary education teacher and assistant testing coordinator. She grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, studied elementary education at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, taught in Montana for three years, and eventually found her way out to Oregon, where she taught second grade for three years. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching Cross Country, going on walks with her dog and husband, spending time with friends, and relaxing around the house.
Nikki Albelo: Family Engagement Coordinator
Nikki joined MEWA in Spring of 2015. She received her Bachelors of Science from Oregon State University in Business Administration. She currently serves as the Family Engagement Coordinator, aiding student learning and providing support for parents and guardians. She enjoys spending time with her family and serving the Gresham community in a variety of roles.
Helen Bessarab: Family Engagement Coordinator
Helen Bessarab joined Metro East Web Academy in November 2017 as a Russian translator and has grown into a family and student engagement position. Helen has served on PTA and is still currently volunteering in schools & managing a traveling soccer team for Eastside Timbers Club. Helen graduated from Western Business College where she received her degree. Working with students, parents and seeing people succeed is one of her most enjoyable passions in life. She spends a lot of time with her kids, sports, education, garden and hosting parties in her free time.
Amy Hodgin: Attendance
Amy Hodgin is originally from Gresham, OR and received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, minoring in Criminal Justice & Health from Eastern Oregon University while working as a legal assistant. She spent several years after that living in Las Vegas, NV where she entered the education field as a substitute teacher for secondary alternative education. Recently, Amy worked as an educational assistant in special education. She enjoys working at MEWA as the Attendance Secretary where she can use her education and professional background to see the organization continue to expand. Amy is currently working on completing her Master's Degree in Management & Leadership and looks forward to growing with MEWA.
Lisa Hirschmugl: Outreach Coordinator and Assistant to the Early College Counselor
Lisa grew up in Bend and moved to Portland in 1991. She started working with MEWA in January 2017. She is the Outreach Coordinator and Assistant to the Early College Counselor. Both of her children graduated from the Early College Program (2015 & 2018). She also has been teaching beginning ballet, tap and tumbling to Preschool and Kindergartners for the past 18 years. She enjoys traveling, going to concerts and spending time with her family.
Marlena N. : Registrar
Mar grew up in Portland and started working at MEWA in January of 2017. She comes to MEWA with a vast background in office support including human resources, office management and accounting. Mar was the Head Dance Coach at Reynolds High School for over 10 years. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and being awesome and better than Scott.