Dr. Velma Johnson
Dr. Velma Johnson was appointed Chair of the newly formed ORABSE Retirees Committee! The retirees are committed to partner with ORABSE and are working diligently to identify ways to add value to the organization, as well as enhance learning for all students of color. President and Co-Founder of Teachable Moments, LLC, an Education Consulting business, Dr. Johnson focuses on Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices and Democracy in the Classroom. What’s Best for Kids? has been the guiding principle throughout her professional life.
Johnson retired in 2003, after 32 years of service in the Portland Public School District. During her time in PPS, she served as a High School Mathematics Teacher, Community Relations Specialist, High School Vice Principal, High School Principal, District Office Administrator and Middle School Principal. Dr. Johnson has been an Adjunct Professor at Lewis & Clark College and Marylhurst University.
Johnson said, “I look forward to the rich contributions and pearls of wisdom the members of the Retirees Committee will bring to ORABSE and I’m thrilled about this collaboration!”
Dr. Johnson is a native Oregonian, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Len Reed is a mother, daughter, sister, and a 20-year veteran educator. She's currently the Associate HR Director for Tigard-Tualatin District. She is a strong believer that people not programs have the greatest impact on student achievement. Therefore, professional development and an inclusive school culture are integral to the growth and retainment of highly qualified staff, especially staff of color.
She serves as the Professional Development Committee lead. Len identifies as Afro-Latina and obtained her citizenship in 2019. She lives in Milwaukie with her son, husband, and fur-baby Fiona.
Traniece A. Brown-Warrens
My name is Ms. Traniece A. Brown-Warrens, M.Ed. I have recently moved from Houston, TX to fulfill my dream of being a School Counselor. I am currently an Elementary School Counselor at Jason Lee Elementary in PPS. My passion is providing students with the skills, knowledge, opportunities, and recognition they need to not just dream big, but to achieve their wildest dreams.
I am excited to be ORABSE's new Student Recognition chair. I am also excited to maintain traditions such as the Annual Student Recognition Banquet and reimagine how we can recognize and connect with students all year-long. With that being said let's get to work and positively impact OUR STUDENTS!
Lavert Robertson is the Chief Executive Officer at All Hands Raised Non-profit Organization. He began in July of 2019, following eighteen years working in public education. His goal is to advance the organization’s mission of racial educational equity through systematically connecting the community’s diverse assets to improve student outcomes. His career began in 2001 as a 1st grade teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary in the Portland Public School District, where he also attended as a child from Kindergarten thru 5th grade.
After teaching for a number of years Mr. Robertson moved into administration serving in several capacities including serving as a Principal for seven years. He combines both his professional experience as an educator and small business leader with the extensive work he has done as a community leader to chair ORABSE’s membership/networking committee in helping to support and grow the organization’s mission.
Tina Acker was appointed Chair of the ORABSE Policy and Advocacy Committee. Acker takes on this responsibility as she begins her new role as Director of Professional Learning with the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators (COSA). Tina has served as an elementary teacher, instructional specialist, assistant principal, principal, and mentor to new teachers and administrators. She has also worked as an adjunct faculty member at Concordia University in the College of Education, and an Administrator Internship Coach at Columbia University’s Teacher College in New York. In her prior role as the National Association of Elementary School Principals State Representative for Oregon, Acker worked diligently to support Oregon administrators through advocacy at the state and national level in Washington, D.C.
“I am committed to communicating the educational priorities for Oregon, keeping our membership informed about state and federal initiatives, and supporting engaging in meaningful professional development opportunities to strengthen the profession and improve outcomes for our students.”
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Acker relocated to Oregon in 1990. The proud wife, mom, and nana of four beautiful grandchildren has been serving students and families in some capacity in the Portland community since moving to Oregon and is affectionately known as Mama Ack.