Executive Board



IMG_0413Barbara Low, president of Oregon Reading Association, has served students, parents, and colleagues for 34 years in the Medford School District. Barbara's expertise is providing intensive reading instruction for struggling readers. When she isn't teaching, she is working on ways to help bring additional books into school libraries.


Katherine InmanKatherine Inman, treasurer and past president of Oregon Reading Association, has always loved books and reading, piling books on her bed as a child. As a teacher she loved sharing fun children’s literature with her students. She loved seeing their faces respond as she read to them, and then saw how excited they were when they realized they could read stories themselves. Now retired, Katherine loves sharing her passion for books with her grandson.


IMG_0171Nanci Strickland is our president elect. She recently retired from after being a teacher in Cottage Grove for more than 30 years. Her passion is children's literature, and she loves learning about and sharing books with kids and grown-ups alike. Nanci enjoys travel, movies, and is a proud OSU Beaver fan!


photo (1)Carol Lauritzen, our vice president, is a professor at Eastern Oregon University. She enjoys preparing teachers and then being able to work with them throughout their careers. Carol has a deep love for literacy and education, which has led her to achieve a Ph.D from the University of Missouri. 


Elizabeth RossmillerElizabeth Rossmiller, director of technology, is an instructional technology coach in the Gresham-Barlow School District. She loves to integrate technology and literacy and professionally presents in Oregon and nationally. 


Dennis HickeyDennis Hickey, membership director, has been an educator for over 40 years. First as an elementary school teacher and then as an administrator. He has been active in the Oregon Reading Association and International Reading Association for nearly 30 years. He enjoys having time to spend with his 18-month old twin grandsons, helping them to develop a love of reading.



Carol BrownCarol Brown is ORA's state coordinator. She is a retired elementary teacher who works part-time as coordinator of Expeditions, OSU's precollege program for talented and gifted third and fourth graders.


web photoRené Dernbach is currently the editor of The ORAcle, the Oregon Reading Association’s electronic newsletter. She has also served as ORA’s president and secretary, as well as being a board member for the Portland Reading Council. It is a pleasure for her to work with ORA, the organization that supported and guided her during her thirty years of teaching pre-k through college level students. Now that she is retired, she is devoted to her grandchildren and to learning to play the guitar, when she isn’t out swing dancing.


Sue FowlerSue Fowler, ORA secretary, has spent many years bringing the joy of literacy to students. Her ebulient spirit empowers and encourages all who collaborate with her.