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Tinker Camp Board of Directors

Tinker Camp is an Oregon 501(c)3 non-profit. Part of that process is to create a governing body of community members who can help and guide the growth of our organization.

Rob van Nood (Board President) has been an educator for over 20 years. He has worked as a classroom teacher in public, charter and independent schools and is passionate about student centered learning. Currently Rob is the Educational Technology Coordinator at Catlin Gabel School where he works with students, educators, parents and community members to develop and support educational tools and experiences that put children front and center in their own learning. Rob has worked with a number of local and national organization to advocate for the role of tinkering and play in learning including OMSI, Multnomah County Libraries, Portland Public Schools, Beaverton Public Schools, Woodburn School District, OETC, North/Northeast STEM Coalition, Portland Metro STEM Partnership and Maker Ed.

Kristen Harrison (Board Secretary) is the Collaboratory Director for the Portland Metro STEM Partnership and the designer of the IISME Research Collaborative. These educational efforts share the common goal of supporting the development of and student access to optimal educational opportunities in STEM fields and subject areas.
Kristen has fourteen years of experience as a high school science/math teacher, STEM curriculum coach, and leader of inquiry and research focused professional development. She has extensive experience developing supports for student research and engineering design at classroom, building, district, and regional levels. She has also supported the development of strategic partnerships between educational institutions and industry/research/community partners including Intel, Stanford University, the American Chemical Society, Oregon Health and Science University, the Technology Association of Oregon, and the Oregon Zoo. Experience across district and states educational institutions of varying sizes, experience, and resource availability allows Ms. Harrison to work with a wide variety of partners to identify the optimal growth steps for their context.
Kristen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Science with an emphasis in Biology and her Master’s in Teacher Education.
Gina Condon is the president and co-founder of Construct Foundation with 20+ years of child development and entrepreneurial experience. Founded in 2013, the Foundation was built within the Social Innovation Incubator at Portland State University’s School of Business Administration, where Condon received a Certificate in Business of Social Innovation in 2014. Condon previously worked in youth programming across the country for ten years, such as at Head Start, a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. While getting her Master’s in Education from Harvard, Condon worked at the Manville School, recognized as a leader of special needs day schools in the Boston area.

Condon worked in Silicon Valley for five years building design teams for high tech companies. Currently, Condon serves as a Trustee at Concordia University and co-chair of the 3 to PhD subcommittee, a member partner with Social Venture Partners, and two-time co-chair of the Governor Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education Award Ceremony, grossing over $2M to date. As a mother of three and the oldest of four siblings, education, health, and the well being of children have been driving issues throughout Condon’s life.

Joe Nunn is the owner of J.J. Nunn & Associates, in addition to serving as the Chair of the Education Committee of the African American Chamber of Commerce. He is a founding member of the North/Northeast STEM Coalition and a member of the Board of Directors of Rosemary Anderson High School/POIC, a Portland Alternative High School which serves developmentally-interrupted youth and young adults. Joe volunteers with the Marie Smith Alzheimers Day Center and the Southern Christian Leadership Council.
Leah Noble Davidson has delved into what trust means to teenagers, the significance of loyalty to hardcore gamers, the context of business relationships to product quality, and discovered the real definition of fit for custom bike users. As a strategist, she’s galvanized small business owners in cafes down the street and swayed corporate teams in the boardrooms of Microsoft, XBox, Intel, Cisco, Leatherman, Toyota, Jive, Puppet Labs, and others. She toured the US last fall with her bestselling book “Poetic Scientifica,” produces Portland’s Moth StorySLAM, and leads the design research team at Locust Studios (a subsidiary of QVINQVE) in Portland, Oregon.

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