• Superintendent's Leadership Team


Dr. Yvonne Curtis
Dr. Yvonne Curtis  
Deputy Superintendent,  
Instruction & School Communities  
503-916-3218


Dr. Curtis came to PPS from the Forest Grove School District, where she served as superintendent for eight years. A highly respected leader, her career in education has included roles as a teacher and administrator in central Oregon.

Dr. Curtis oversees curriculum and instruction, student support services, and school performance. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from San Diego State University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis & Clark College and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Oregon.


Dr. Kregg Cuellar
Dr. Kregg Cuellar  
Chief of Schools  
503-916-3440

 

Dr. Cuellar came to PPS from Baltimore Public Schools (the 25th largest school district in the U.S.), where he was community superintendent. He has served as a teacher, administrator and college professor. Dr. Cuellar is deeply experienced and respected for his school and school system transformation work.

Dr. Cuellar leads and directs PPS’s area assistant superintendents, directors and principals. He earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts from the University of Houston-Victoria, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Houston.


Luis Valentino
Dr. Luis Valentino  
Chief Academic Officer  
503-916-3702


Luis first joined PPS as a consultant in December and played a central role in stabilizing the curriculum and instruction department. He worked with Superintendent Guerrero when he was associate superintendent/chief academic officer for the San Francisco Unified School District.

Luis ensures all educators provide rigorous, authentic, and personalized experiences for all students, particularly our historically underserved populations. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas, a Master of Science in Administration from Pepperdine University, a Master of Art in Education Technology from California State-Los Angeles, and a Doctorate of Education from UCLA.


Liz Large
Liz Large  
Interim General Counsel  
503-916-3192

 

Liz came to PPS from Kindercare Education, where she was executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary.  Throughout her legal career, she has provided strategic guidance and response to complex emerging business, legal and education policy issues. Liz is licensed to practice law in Oregon, Washington and California. 

Liz provides legal advice that promotes district goals, accelerates equity, preserves relationships and allows staff and students to focus on teaching and learning. Liz earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History from the University of Washington, and a Juris Doctorate from Willamette University.


Sharon Reese
Sharon Reese  
Interim Chief Human Resources Officer  
503-916-3428

 

Sharon has more than 19 years of experience as a human resources leader, consultant, and employment law attorney, including more than 11 years with Knowledge Universe. Sharon's strengths include partnering with executives and emerging leaders to identify organizational priorities, develop staff, and improve team functions. Sharon earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Scripps College, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan.


Claire Hertz
Claire Hertz  
Deputy Superintendent,  
Business & Operations  
503-916-3380


Claire came to PPS from the Beaverton School District, where she served in a number of roles, most recently Chief Financial Officer. She has built a legacy of success in managing finances and leading operations for school districts, including spearheading school bond efforts. She has worked previously for school districts in Newberg, Parkrose and Roseburg.

Claire oversees key departments in PPS: business and operations; finance and accounting; school modernization; facilities management; and technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies from UCLA and a Master of Education from Wilkes University.


Stephanie Soden
Stephanie Soden  
Chief of Staff  
503-916-3214


Stephanie came to PPS from Metro, where she served as chief of staff and chief policy advisor to the agency’s president. She served as public affairs director for the Oregon Department of Justice and held positions with Multnomah County and the governor’s office.

Stephanie manages strategic partnerships, government relations, communications, community relations and supporting the superintendent in daily operations and management. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Concordia University.


Brenda Martinek
Brenda Martinek  
Chief of Student Support Services  
503-916-3360

 

Brenda came to PPS from Vancouver Public Schools, where she was the executive director of special services. Brenda previously served at Reynolds School District as director of student services, as principal of Holy Trinity K-8 Catholic School, and served Portland Public Schools as a program administrator in special education.

Brenda supports school communities and works collaboratively with central office departments in fostering long-lasting, collaborative relationships to continue to support all students. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Utah, and a Master of Education from Portland State University. 


Stephanie Cameron
Stephanie Cameron  
Senior Director,  
Communications & Public Engagement  
503-916-3962

 

Stephanie came to PPS from the Oregon Zoo, where she served as director of communications and marketing for seven years. Stephanie leads the PPS communications team and shapes how the district tells its stories and amplifies students’ voices. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Leisure Services, Travel and Tourism from Central Washington University.

 


Dani Ledezma
Dani Ledezma  
Interim Special Advisor  
to the Superintendent on Equity  
503-916-3769


Dani comes to PPS from the Coalition of Communities of Color, where she had served as interim Executive Director. Before that, she served as a policy advisor to Govs. Kate Brown and John Kitzhaber and spent more than a decade in leadership roles with the City of Portland.

In her role, Dani will help guide the process of building a clear strategic direction for equity, diversity and inclusion at PPS. Dani holds a degree in Government and Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame and is a graduate of Unidos, a statewide Latino leadership program.