Education at OHSU

Science Education Opportunities Staff

César Tapia-Chávez

César Tapia-Chávez
On Track OHSU! Director

César is the director of the On Track OHSU!, a health and science outreach program that starts working with student in grade 6 and continues with those same students through high school and into college. He collaborates with students, families, schools, and community members to identify opportunities and grow the program to meet students’ needs. César also coordinates OHSU student and faculty volunteers from programs and departments throughout the university, who participate in the program as role models and teachers. His two favorite parts of the job are bringing high school students to the OHSU campus to see all the career opportunities and recruiting OHSU students for events.


Azalea Martinez
Community Liaison, On Track OHSU!

Azalea was the first community liaison for On Track OHSU!  She works with the Woodburn School District, and as a Woodburn resident she was excited to be able to return home and work within the district she grew up in. She graduated from Oregon State University and while there she developed her interest in public health, education and creating equitable access to opportunities for all. As a  Community Liaison, Azalea works to connect On Track OHSU! with the Woodburn school district, students, family and community members to support the pursuit of students’ post-secondary goals. During her free time, Azalea loves to spends time with her three dogs! She tries to get outside hiking and paddle boarding as often as the weather permits, and she has a knack for cleaning and organizing everything and anything when she isn’t distracted by a good book.  

Sameya Amme  bio

Sameya Amme
Community Liaison for the North Portland Community, On Track OHSU!

Sameya Amme is the On Track Community Liaison for the North Portland community. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Sameya has always known she wanted to serve her community. As a Jefferson High School alumna, Sameya is excited to come back and assist students as they figure out what they want after high school. Recently graduating from Warner Pacific University with her Bachelor's in Social Science/Political Science, Sameya is bringing a fresh outlook on higher education. For about 8 years Sameya, has been working in the North Portland community helping Oromo youth with secondary education and is honored to support a diverse group of youth. Her favorite pastimes are going on hikes to explore different trails in the city and taking drives to the coast to watch the sunset.


Alethea Barlowe, MS EI/ECSE
Klamath Falls Program Coordinator, On Track OHSU!

Alethea started her role as the On Track OHSU! Program Coordinator for the Klamath/Chiloquin site in 2019. She is an enrolled member of the Klamath Tribes and a graduate from Chiloquin High School, Western Oregon University, and the University of Oregon. Her passion is to work with Tribal youth, so she returned home in 2011 and taught and worked in the Klamath Tribes Education department. Alethea has been growing our program in Chiloquin to expose youth and support pathways to careers in science and healthcare fields. She just recently hired a new Klamath Falls Community Liaison to expand the program to work with Tribal students in the Klamath County area. She is excited to be a part of all the growth with the program and can’t wait to see where our next adventures take us!

Will Hess

Will Hess
Community Liaison

Will joined the On Track OHSU! Team in October 2022 as the Klamath Falls Community LiaisonA Klamath tribal member and lifelong Klamath County resident, he has spent the majority of his career in roles serving tribal youth in the Klamath community and continues to do so through the On Track OHSU! program.  Will is excited to see the meaningful impact that providing pathways to careers in health and science have on youth in the Klamath tribal community and beyond.  Through this role he hopes to help the program diversify Oregon’s health and science workforce by providing culturally relevant content and information to help tribal youth to explore careers in these fields.  In his spare time, Will enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, and going on road trips around the Northwest and beyond.

Jasmine Lowe-Mayhew

Jasmine Lowe-Mayhew
Middle School Coordinator, On Track OHSU!  

Jasmine is the On Track OHSU! Middle School Coordinator. Jasmine has been in education for seven years. Before coming to OHSU, she was a classroom teacher in Northeast Portland. Jasmine holds a B.A. in Children, Youth and Family Studies, and obtained a Master’s degree in Education (M.Ed.) from Portland State University. She is passionate about working with all communities. She believes in educating, and empowering youth. During her free time, Jasmine loves to spend time with her dog, friends, and family. She also enjoys hikes, the beach, and reading mystery novels.  

Mike Walsh

Mike Walsh
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Mike Walsh is the Vice Provost for Student Affairs at OHSU.  Student Affairs centers the learner experience and champions learner needs, including the experience for those interested in science education opportunities in middle school, high school, and college.

Susan Shugerman

Susan Shugerman, M.F.A., Ed.D.
Assistant Vice Provost, Education Outreach and Collaboration

Susan is the first director of Science Education Opportunities at OHSU. This office provides the central coordination for OHSU's K-12 science education efforts. She works with faculty, students and staff to provide direct services to classroom teachers and students, develop OHSU faculty, students and staff to be better teachers, mentors, and translators of science, provide general scientific education to the public and develop OHSU's infrastructure to support science education. Susan also chairs the SOAR (Science Outreach and Resources) committee.

David Robinson

David W. Robinson, Ph.D.
Executive Vice Provost

David oversees the Office of Science Education Opportunities and outreach efforts campus-wide. The SOAR (Science Outreach and Resources) Committee is advisory to him and together they establish budgetary priorities and develop strategies for securing new funding with our community partners. These efforts help to develop and mobilize OHSU's unique resources and increase science literacy throughout the region.