Administrative Staff

Patrice Mays
Interim Executive Director
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Patrice Mays is a native Oregonian, whose family has been here since the early 1920′s. She attended Portland State University, where she received a Bachelors in Social Science, and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy, with a focus in Adult Education. Her background includes advising PSU students at the Advising and Career Services Center, and coaching participants of the Community Works Project at finding jobs and keeping them. She has diverse and extensive experience in supporting individuals in setting and achieving their goals.

Patrice has been a part of the Trillium community for three years, most recently as a high School instructor and advisor, for the Health class and Internship cohort. Check out the Internship blog here. She is the single-mother of an amazing high school student, and an equally amazing fourth grader. Trillium is fortunate to have someone with her passion for our students, families, staff, and teachers, during this critical transition period. She is excited to bring our school community together.

Alfred Ada
Head of Upper School
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Dr. Ada attended Argosy University in Honolulu, HI, where he received a Doctorate Degree in Education, following studies at the University of Guam and Arizona State University, where he earned a Masters degree in Educational Supervision and Administration, and a Bachelors degree in Communication.

Alfred was born and raised in the Mariana Islands, Saipan; approximately 120 miles from Guam. He moved to Portland two years ago, where he completed and passed the Oregon Educator Licensure Assessment (ORELA), earned a teaching license in early childhood and elementary education, and an administrator license.

Alfred comes to us with 22 years experience in Education, as a school principal, college instructor, and CTE program manager. His educational philosophy is summed up by the quote: “Students will ask for Love in the most unloving way.”

Michael Koopman
Head of Lower School
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Michael Koopman attended the University of Oregon, where he received a Bachelors in Theatre Arts. Originally from La Grande, a small town in Eastern Oregon, nestled in the Blue Mountains, he settled in Portland, which had more opportunities for the aspiring actor. But, a part-time job working with children at the Kids Community Learning Center (in northwest Portland) changed everything. He found a profession that he cared about more than acting, and devoted his life to Education.

Michael attended Lewis & Clark University, where he received his education credentials, and has since worked in education for 10 years. He worked at KCLC for six years, and then landed at Trillium. Before entering his current role, Michael taught a 4th – 5th grade blend class for three years. Joining a school administration was part of his long-term plan, so he is thrilled to begin the journey at a school that he has gotten to know and love so well.

Christopher Scott
Upper School Student Support Specialist
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Christopher (Chris) Scott is a Northeast Portland native, graduating from local Jefferson High School, before earning his Bachelors degree in Social Science at Western Oregon University. After graduation, Chris spent over 3 years in the Columbia River Gorge, working with the Oregon Youth Authority in various treatment facilities and programs.

When accepted to PSU’s Masters in Social Work program, Chris returned to Portland, where he studied, while working with youth in diverse settings. He has experience in the school system, as a substitute classroom assistant at H.B. Lee Middle School, nonprofit organizations, as a skills trainer at Morrison Child and Family Services, and corrections.

Most recently, Chris completed field placements at Northwest Behavioral Healthcare and Grant High School. He brings extensive knowledge of youth and adolescent development, and the issues that can lead them to interface with the justice system. He is a passionate coach of character and empowerment, with practices informed by his positive experience attending SEI.

Stephanie Roberson
Lower School Student Support Specialist
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Stephanie Roberson attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she received a Bachelors in Spanish and International Business. She spent 9 years working in the School District of Clayton, during which she received her Masters in TESOL. In 2015, Stephanie relocated to Portland to attend PSU, where she received a Masters in Social Work. The focus of her graduate work was equity for people with disabilities, community-based service learning, and school engagement. She completed her MSW Internship at Open School.

Stephanie’s favorite part of working in schools is the relationships that she develops with students and families. The social-emotional wellness of Trillium students will be her first priority, but she also plans to be deeply involved with the community, especially around initiatives that support equity, such as restorative justice, trauma-informed care, and culturally-affirmative classrooms.

Debra Lazzaretti
Operations Manager
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Debra Lazzaretti is a native Portlander. She attended PSU, where she received a Bachelors in Business and Psychology. She also received an AS in Paralegal Studies from PCC in 2011. Her early career was in political campaigns, nonprofit management, and fundraising. She has diverse experience, from fundraising for governor and senatorial races, statewide ballot measures, and coordinating presidential visits for Oregon candidates; to 13 years of managing events for the March of Dimes, and committee work for the PPS Foundation.

When her priorities shifted to motherhood, she kept her sharpness in fundraising through school volunteering, chairing school auction and raffle committees. She also purchased homes to refurbish and rent. Debra loves working with the staff and families at Trillium, watching us evolve into a sustainable model of Democratic Education.

Sharon Mabaet
Office Manager
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Sharon Mabaet is a native North Carolinian (a real Southern Belle!), who moved to Portland in 1993 with her husband Virgilio, who is Philippine. They have one child, a daughter named Cipriana, and a Lhasa Apso named Charlie. She enjoys spending time with her family, camping, reading, volunteering with her church and Thespians at Milwaukie High School.

Sharon has an AS in Paralegal Studies, and has worked in diverse service positions, including four years at a bankruptcy firm, and two years at Freightliner. She was excited to begin serving students and families, when she took an office job with the Multnomah Education Service District, and now Trillium!

Kay Kennett
Community Liaison
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Kay Kennett attended Wheaton College (MA), where she received a Bachelors in Women’s Studies and English, with a focus in Poetry. Read her poetry here. Having grown up in a small town in New Hampshire, she decided to spend her first few years after college exploring the Great American Cities. Through participation in AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA, Kay has seen and served in Reno, Nevada; Austin, Texas; and Portland, Oregon.

In Portland, Kay was placed at Trillium, where she coordinated service learning and field trip opportunities, spearheaded a fundraising campaign for student-initiated campus beautification projects, and managed an afterschool tutoring service. In her current role, Kay provides marketing and comms support, to facilitate healthy relationships within our school community, and between Trillium and the community at-large; and assists with fundraising campaigns and events.

Dave Coffman
Accounting Consultant
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Dave Coffman has had Trillium as a client of the people’s accountant since February 2012. He has been in Accounting and Finance for over 15 years, with the last four spent exclusively in Portland’s nonprofit community. In 2005, he moved here from Columbus, Ohio, with his partner Sarah, and they can’t picture themselves anywhere else.

Dave believes that every organization deserves professional accounting and financial analysis. It is critical when managing scarce resources, such as those of the education and nonprofit sectors. He helps Trillium make sound financial decisions, so that we can keep our eye on the real bottom line– the students.

Chela Perley
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Bio coming soon!






Dekin Hom
School Chef
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Photo and Bio coming soon!

Eduardo Gonzales
Building Maintenance Coordinator

Eduardo Gonzales has built an extensive career in building maintenance. Prior to coming to Trillium, he was a project supervisor for many years. At Trillium, he works in the evenings, and could use volunteer support during his off hours. Please catch up with him after school to coordinate.

Eduardo has a son and daughter, with a wife who is an incredible cook, and keeps them all very happy with home-cooked meals everyday. He is an avid collector and gardener. Lately, he is focused on kites, and is especially proud of his kite collection.