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Welcome to the 2018 Parent Leadership Conference! In order to receive training certificates, you must create a personalized schedule. Not sure how to create your personalized schedule? Check out this guide! If you can’t get it to work after reading the guide please email tmock@ohsa.net.

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Wednesday, January 17
 

11:30am

Conference Check-in Open
Get your name tag and conference information packet.


Drinks Provided throughout conference - Coffee/Tea/Water/Hot Chocolate packets

Moderators
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Ruby Miller

Administrative Coordinator, Oregon Head Start Association
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Tristin Mock

Executive Director, Oregon Head Start Association
Dr Tristin Mock has been the Executive Director of OHSA since October 2013. Before becoming the ED she served on the OHSA Board as the Secretary having been elected to a staff at large position. Tristin worked for Mid-Columbia Children's Council for three years as their Heath, Safety... Read More →

Wednesday January 17, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
South Bar 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

1:00pm

Welcome
This session will feature an orientation to the conference.

Speakers
avatar for Tristin Mock

Tristin Mock

Executive Director, Oregon Head Start Association
Dr Tristin Mock has been the Executive Director of OHSA since October 2013. Before becoming the ED she served on the OHSA Board as the Secretary having been elected to a staff at large position. Tristin worked for Mid-Columbia Children's Council for three years as their Heath, Safety... Read More →


Wednesday January 17, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Mt Jefferson Complex 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

1:30pm

Keynote- Overcoming Toxic Parenting: How to be a good parent when yours wasn’t
Parenting is hard enough when you had good role models in your own parents. But what if your parents were absent, neglectful, or abusive? Are you doomed to repeat their mistakes with your own children? As a parenting expert and someone who experienced negative parenting firsthand, Rick Johnson answers that question with an emphatic “No!”
Anyone can be a good parent, even if they didn’t have one. In this compassionate and practical workshop, Johnson shows you how to identify the ways in which your past experiences affect your own parenting choices. Then he walks you through the process of healing the emotional and spiritual wounds toxic parenting has left behind. Finally, he outlines healthy habits and practices to take the place of the negative ones that were modeled for you.
Learning Objectives: 
  • Understanding the effects of abuse on children 
  • Learning how to reprogram our brains to overcome the effects of abuse

Speakers
avatar for Rick Johnson

Rick Johnson

Better Dads
In 2001, bestselling author and speaker Rick Johnson founded Better Dads, based on the urgent need to empower men to lead and serve in their families and communities. Rick’s books have expanded his work to include influencing the whole family, with life-changing insights for men... Read More →



Wednesday January 17, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Mt Jefferson Complex 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

3:00pm

Break
Snacks & Drinks Provided - Asst Whole Fruit, Chocolate Brownies -Coffee/Tea/Hot Chocolate/Water

Wednesday January 17, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Mt Washington 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

3:30pm

Calm Yourself - Calm Your Child
Have you noticed that your rough day means your child is upset too? Come learn why this is so and what you can do to improve things. Profit from scientifically based information and learn how to work with your neurological system to support calm.


At the end of this session the participant will be able to: 
  • recognize activation and deactivation.
  • demonstrate 3 ways to lower personal stress levels.

Speakers
avatar for Letha Marchetti

Letha Marchetti

Occupational Therapist, OT Home Services
Thanks for checking me out! | Supporting children to BLOOM is my work. | With so many views, it's difficult to know what is right. I bring scientifically based information so parents and teachers can have a solid foundation when it comes to supporting developing children... Read More →


Wednesday January 17, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Mt Jefferson I 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

3:30pm

Why Fathers Matter
It’s tough being a man, husband, and father today. It feels like you give and work and struggle but there’s never enough of you to go around, and it seems the pressure is unrelenting. And yet, fathers are so important that they are nearly irreplaceable in the lives of their children. When a father combines privilege, power, responsibility, and sacrifice, it can lead to huge blessings for him and his entire family. Rick Johnson, founder of Better Dads and bestselling author, will help you discover why fathers matter and how to give your children an example of healthy masculinity that will survive and thrive, down through the generations.
Learning Objectives: 
  • Recognizing the importance of fathers in the lives of children and statistical outcomes of children deprived of this role model
  • Understanding generational cycles and their transmission process, characteristics of good fathers, and the mistakes most fathers make.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Johnson

Rick Johnson

Better Dads
In 2001, bestselling author and speaker Rick Johnson founded Better Dads, based on the urgent need to empower men to lead and serve in their families and communities. Rick’s books have expanded his work to include influencing the whole family, with life-changing insights for men... Read More →



Wednesday January 17, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Mt Jefferson III 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

3:30pm

Parents as Leaders of Change: Invisible Innovators
Limited Capacity filling up

The presentation brings forth the leadership theory of Positive Deviance.  Rather than following top down experts to solve problems, the positive deviance (PD) approach empowers parents and ordinary people impacted by an issue, to discover solutions for themselves.  Positive Deviance is successfully implemented in over forty countries in which there is a letting go of traditional ideas about authority and power, and allowing parents to be innovators, and be leaders of change to solve problems and improve programs.


At the end of this session the participant will be able to: 
  • Describe the successful leadership theory of Positive Deviance and why the leadership approach is a positive way for parents to be the innovators to implement change.
  • Complete a positive change plan using the Positive Deviance approach on an issue of choice. 

Speakers
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Gail M. Wolf

Promoting Literacy, Promoting Health and Culture of Safety | | A Passion | | Gail has a passion for prevention of poor literacy; promoting literacy and promoting health. For over a decade she has volunteered at a local YMCA preschool teaching children to read... Read More →


Wednesday January 17, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Mt Hood 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA
 
Thursday, January 18
 

7:30am

Breakfast
The NW Scramble
Scrambled eggs with sautéed mushrooms, chives and tomatoes, bacon strips and sausage links, herbed breakfast potatoes, fresh biscuits, country gravy and a fresh fruit display    Coffee/Tea/chilled juices.

Thursday January 18, 2018 7:30am - 8:15am
Mt Jefferson Complex 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

8:30am

The Secret Of Empathy
The ability to express empathy -- the capacity to share and feel another’s emotions -- is limited by the stress of being around strangers, according to a new study published today in the journal Current Biology. Participants will learn and practice cooperative games that will decrease the anxiety of meeting new people, increase empathy among participants and create productive work groups. Principals of these games are based on Conscious Discipline I Love You Rituals and can also be used at home with our own children. 


At the end of this session the participant will be able to: 
  • Describe to other adults the importance of cooperative games in professional work groups. 
  • Master at least one cooperative game to be played with a group of program leaders. 

Speakers
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Robert Kleng

Family and Community Partnership Manager Union County Oregon Parent Education Collaborative Coordinator, Eastern Oregon Head Start


Thursday January 18, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Mt Jefferson III 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

8:30am

Coparenting in a Blended Household
Learn how to build a community within the walls of your home while cohabiting with multiple family units. What coparenting looks like with your parent partner, how to support each other and the children in the home environment. No matter your  circumstance or transition you might have in life, know that there are many different kinds of  resources to help the succession of your family.


At the end of this session the participant will be able to: 
  • Navigate a healthy relationship with each family member. 
  • Know how to find community resources.

Speakers
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Samantha White

Policy Council Chair, PPS Head Start
I'm a full time parent who works part time as a preschool teacher and volunteers away all my spare time. Together with my sister I am raising seven kids. I am one of three family units under one roof.



Thursday January 18, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Mt Jefferson I 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

8:30am

Finances Made Easy
Limited Capacity seats available

Does the word "finances" scare you?  This workshop is designed to deconstruct financial terms and ideas to be easily understood.  Discussion topics will include an overview of budgeting, credit and credit scores, discuss ways of savings, and different lending options.


At the end of this session the participant will be able to: 
  • create a sustainable budget
  • understand different ways to improve their credit score

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Young

Stephanie Young

Family Engagement Coordinator, Family Building Blocks



Thursday January 18, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Mt Hood 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

10:00am

Break
Snacks & Drinks Provided - Veg Platter, Popcorn -Coffee/Tea/Hot Chocolate/Water

Thursday January 18, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
Mt Washington 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

10:30am

Parent Leadership Skills in the Digital Age
The integration of the Parent Leadership Advantage program will provide parents (and/or management professionals) with the tools and techniques they need to more effectively enhance their parenting skills in the digital age... and for professionals; to help them to effectively enhance their organization's overall mission.

This high energy, and engaging behavior-based training program offers concrete, practical leadership methods that will help parents (and/or participants) to communicate more effectively, manage more efficiently, gain new confidence in their leadership abilities, learn how to quickly make the right connection with family (or team) members to resolve conflicts quickly and thoroughly, and establish ongoing relationships that motivate their kids (or other staff members) to achieve top performance.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Communicate more effectively with family, friends (and co-workers alike)!
  • Gain a new confidence in their leadership abilities both at home and in the workplace.

Speakers
avatar for Sean McGrath

Sean McGrath

Speaker/Trainer, Your Greatest Champion, LLC


Thursday January 18, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Mt Jefferson I 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

10:30am

Parents as Employees
Limited Capacity seats available

Head Start of Lane County train's currently enrolled Head Start-Early Head Start parents/guardians and two-years past Head Start parent/guardians to become qualified teaching staff through a volunteer career training program called “SEEKERS”: Specialized Employment Efforts Keep Education Running Smoothly. 
At the end of this session the participant will be able to: 
  • Develop their own Head Start Parent Training Program.
  • Learn from actual SEEKERS graduates about their experiences.

Speakers
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Jessica Deeds

Head Start of Lane County
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Anne Handy

Home Visitor and SEEKERS Advisor, Head Start of Lane County
My name is Anne and I have worked for Head Start / Early Head Start for 18 years in various positions. I love working directly with parents and children; they amaze and inspire me every day! I am so thankful to have the opportunity to work as the SEEKERS Advisor and meet so many strong... Read More →
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Sara Lopez

Head Start of Lane County
MM

Mary Margaret Reynolds

Head Start of Lane County
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Tim Rochholz

Human Resources Director, Head Start of Lane County
Tim Rochholz is completing his second year as Director of Human Resources for Head Start of Lane County.  Tim previously served as a Executive Board Member of Head Start of Lane County during his previous 34 year career in K – 12 education. He also served as the President of Oregon... Read More →
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Bethany Towery

Regional Assistant for Region 7 Full Day, Head Start of Lane County
My name is Bethany Towery. I am a Head Start graduate, parent of a Head Start graduate and a current Head Start child, and I am also a SEEKERS graduate.I graduated from the SEEKERS program in May of 2017 and was hired in August of 2017. I am a Regional Assistant for our Full Day Region... Read More →


Thursday January 18, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Mt Hood 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

10:30am

Program Governance
In this training, we will learn about Program Governance as defined by the Head Start Act and Performance Standards. We will also discuss the roles in governance for parents, staff, and Board of Directors. Participants will receive tools that will support their meetings and leadership in the Policy Council and Board of Directors. We will discuss by-laws, minutes, code of conduct, and Robert's Rules of Order.


At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Use parliamentary procedures (Robert's Rules)
  • Understand why we use Robert's Rules in Head Start Policy Council and Board meetings.

Speakers
avatar for Karelia Harding

Karelia Harding

PC member, OCDC
Throughout her career, Karelia Harding has ignited her passion by serving marginalized children and families. Karelia’s service career began as a teacher in the public schools; she then spent seven years as a Program Director for the Camp Fire Boys and Girls in the Portland Metro... Read More →


Thursday January 18, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Mt Jefferson III 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

12:00pm

Lunch
Fiesta Buffet
Beef with onions and peppers, warm flour tortillas, shredded lettuce, grated cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, Spanish rice, ranch style beans, black bean salad with roasted corn and spicy cilantro vinaigrette, mixed green salad, assorted dressings, chef’s choice dessert -Coffee/Tea/Hot Chocolate/Water  

Thursday January 18, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Mt Jefferson Complex 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

1:30pm

Stress Management through Self Care
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Presenter will share how through self care, and mindfulness activities, a person can lessen stress. Presenter will give examples of self care, and meditation activities.


At the end of this session the participant will be able to: 
  • Participant will be able to acknowledge when they are getting stressed, and have some skills to be able to deal with the feelings.
  • Participant will know how to engage in meditation, or other mindfulness activities.

Speakers
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Jen Judd

Head Teacher, Head Start of Lane County
Hello! I am a Head Teacher with Head Start of Lane County. I have been a teacher for 3 years, and worked in food service for 2. Before Head Start I had an in home day care center. I am very involved in my community, with volunteer activities. Meditation, and self- care are the ways... Read More →


Thursday January 18, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Mt Hood 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

1:30pm

Budget Planning and managing your money!
Participants will learn about their spending personalities and will leave with tools that will support their budget needs in the family.  This training will help participants in their financial planning.


At the end of this session the participant will be able to: 
  • Participants will understand the difference between concepts of “Need and Wants”
  • Participants will obtain tools to create budgets and gain understanding of new technology that can support the planning and management of their money

Speakers
avatar for Karelia Harding

Karelia Harding

PC member, OCDC
Throughout her career, Karelia Harding has ignited her passion by serving marginalized children and families. Karelia’s service career began as a teacher in the public schools; she then spent seven years as a Program Director for the Camp Fire Boys and Girls in the Portland Metro... Read More →


Thursday January 18, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Mt Jefferson III 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

1:30pm

Raising Self-Esteem - The Keys to Knowing How Amazing You Are

Build a child’s image of themself as valuable and you set them on a solid track to living into their full potential. What you believe about yourself determines what you achieve and embrace in life. When you know your own worth, your ability to take confident, strong and positive action comes naturally. Self-esteem is the foundation on which everything else in life is built. 
This workshop presents practical, easy to implement ideas and strategies that contribute to children building a healthy sense of self.


At the end of this session the participant will be able to: 
  • Eliminate the debilitating habit of comparison and acquire self measurement as the greatest motivator and sole indicator of self-worth. 
  • Transform disempowering language and behaviors into empowering and impactful interaction that strengthens others with acknowledgment, not praise.

Speakers
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Leeza Carlone Steindorf

Organizational and Personal Transformation Specialist, Core Success LLC


Thursday January 18, 2018 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Mt Jefferson I 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

3:00pm

Break
Snacks & Drinks Provided - Asst Whole Fruit, Cookies -Coffee/Tea/Hot Chocolate/Water  

Thursday January 18, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Mt Washington 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

3:30pm

BeSMART for kids gun safety
Limited Capacity seats available

The BeSMART gun safety presentation is a 30-40 minute power point presentation teaching parents, caregivers, and anyone adult who is in contact with children about safe gun storage practices.  It is a non-political presentation focusing only on safe storage.


At the end of this session the participant will be able to: 
  • Know how to safely store a firearm.
  • Know how to ask about safe storage practices used in other people's houses.

Speakers
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Erica Vaughn

BeSMART for Kids Oregon State Lead, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Erica Vaughn is a former teacher and mom to three kids who is married to an avid hunter. Erica has been involved with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America for three years, and has been the State Lead for the BeSMART for Kids gun safety program for the past year. As the State... Read More →


Thursday January 18, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Mt Hood 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

3:30pm

Screentime! What's Good, Bad, or Too Much? Strategies for Plugging Into Healthy Technology
Our children are spending more time on smartphones, tablets, and computers. Teachers and parents are growing increasingly concerned about how all this "screen time" will effect our children's lives. We will explore how to encourage preschoolers to practice self-control, and unplug from unhealthy distractions and plug into good ones! 


At the end of this session the participant will be able to: 
  • Learn new strategies to encourage and promote healthy screentime use
  • Learn how a child's brain development is impacted by technology ( the good and bad)

Speakers
avatar for Richard Halpern

Richard Halpern

Positive Behavior Strategist, Coach4Parents.com
Richard has over 20 years of experience working with youth and families in schools, non-profits, and juvenile offender programs. He holds a Master's in Counseling and has taught Parent Education in community and family court settings. As a School Counselor for a rural district, he... Read More →



Thursday January 18, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Mt Jefferson III 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA
 
Friday, January 19
 

7:30am

Breakfast
Roaring Start
Scrambled eggs, crisp bacon strips and sausage links, breakfast potatoes, assorted pastries, muffins and a fresh fruit display  Coffee/Tea/chilled juices.

Friday January 19, 2018 7:30am - 8:15am
Mt Jefferson Complex 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

8:30am

Head Start on Engineering: Activities to Get Families Excited about Engineering at Home and in the Classroom
Engineering is a critical topic and skill for school, work, and life. In this workshop, educators, and researchers from the Institute for Learning Innovation, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and Mt. Hood Community College Head Start will share program activity ideas for families from the National Science Foundation-funded project, Head Start on Engineering (HSE). The HSE program was designed to spark and sustain interest in engineering for children and their families through experiences in the classroom, during evening parent workshops, at home, and through visits to the science center. During the workshop, participants will learn about the program and try out a variety of hands-on engineering activities designed for young children and their parents.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Feel excited about incorporating the engineering design process into their home and classroom learning experiences.
  • Take home concrete activity ideas and resources for engaging children and their parents in the engineering design process.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Pattison

Scott Pattison

Director of Research, Institute for Learning Innovation
Scott Pattison is a researcher and evaluator at the Institute for Learning Innovation and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Over the last decade, his work has focused on education, learning, and interest development in free-choice and out-of-school environments, including... Read More →
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Cynthia Smith

ESM, MHCC - CDFS
Has been an Education Site Manager for Mt. Hood Community College Head Start for three years, and has been a partner in the Head Start on Engineering program, in collaboration with OMSI, the Institute for Learning Innovation, the University of Notre Dame for the past two years.


Friday January 19, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Mt Jefferson I 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

8:30am

Mental Wellness is Our Life Force
This 90 minute workshop will provide interactive activities to promote mental health, emotional health, and physical wellness that is necessary to live a happy and productive life. In our very busy lives we are always being challenged with finding ways to reduce stress and help our families develop healthy ways to take care of their bodies, minds, and emotional well-being. Participate in this workshop and enjoy fun activities that you can do at home and in your work place.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Select at least two activities that they can use at home to keep enhancing their level of mental, emotional, and physical wellness.
  • Learn the importance of journaling and committing to at least fifteen minutes a day to begin integrating wellness strategies into their every day lives.

Speakers
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Helen Visarraga

Owner, Intercultural Solutions Consulting
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, trainer, and consultant for early care and education programs in the areas of Mental Health, Trauma Informed Care, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. I like sharing and exploring new and innovative ways of understanding human behavior along the... Read More →


Friday January 19, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Mt Jefferson III 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

8:30am

Steps to Putting Your Best Foot Forward
Limited Capacity seats available

What's your dream job? You have what it takes to build a powerful personal resume and present yourself well for an interview.  Find out what you need to know to make the most out of a job opportunity.You will discover what assets you have and learn how to put your best foot forward so people see your potential. 
This could be your first step on the road to success!
At the end of this session the participant will be able to: 
  • Identify the key components for building a personal resume
  • Evaluate their readiness to be prepared to present themselves well at an interview

Speakers
avatar for Julie Sanders

Julie Sanders

Early Head Start/Head Start Director, Umatilla Morrow Head Start, Inc.
I am the EHS/Head Start Director for UMCHS. My background is in early elementary education, writing, mentoring, cross-cultural training, social services for vulnerable women/families, and working against Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). Weekends you can find me trying to keep... Read More →



Friday January 19, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Mt Hood 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

10:00am

Break
Snacks & Drinks Provided - Veg Platter, Pretzels -Coffee/Tea/Hot Chocolate/Water  

Friday January 19, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
Mt Washington 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

10:30am

Parent Panel
Former Head Start parents share their stories. They'll share with you information on what opportunities Head Start can provide you and how you can successfully transition your parent involvement to elementary schools. You'll have time to ask them your questions.

Moderators
avatar for Tristin Mock

Tristin Mock

Executive Director, Oregon Head Start Association
Dr Tristin Mock has been the Executive Director of OHSA since October 2013. Before becoming the ED she served on the OHSA Board as the Secretary having been elected to a staff at large position. Tristin worked for Mid-Columbia Children's Council for three years as their Heath, Safety... Read More →

Speakers
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Sabrina Ersland

Education, Training and Development Coordinator, Albina Head Start
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Sabena Vaughan

State Friend, Oregon Head Start Association


Friday January 19, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Mt Jefferson Complex 3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301, USA