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.