Sonia Krissie

Accounting Associate


Facilitates the Foundation's payroll and accounts payable functions; assists the accounting manager with audit, tax and financial statement preparation.

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Sonia facilitates the Foundation’s payroll and accounts payable functions. She assists the accounting manager with audit, tax and financial statement preparation. Prior to coming to the Foundation in 2017, Sonia worked for more than eight years at several accounting firms, focusing on the needs of rural communities, specifically in Wasco County, The Dalles and the southern Oregon coast. She also served as the treasurer of Wonderworks Children’s Museum in The Dalles.

Sonia was born in Russia and moved to Glide when she was seven. She attended schools in Douglas County and graduated from Roseburg High School. Sonia, a Ford Scholar, has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from George Fox University, and she is a graduate of the Ford Institute Leadership Program.

She and her husband moved back to Douglas County in 2016 and are enjoying being closer to family. She loves to explore new places, swing dance, hike and cook.  

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Kasi Allen

Director - Learning and Knowledge Management


Develops an organization-wide approach to learning that assesses program and community-building work, improves practice, supports innovation, and advances strategy.

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Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Kasi Allen was a tenured professor and the program director for the Master in Arts Teaching program at Lewis & Clark College, Portland. Her background includes working as a senior researcher at Inverness Research, Portland. At Inverness, she led evaluation and research efforts for a range of equity-focused educational improvement initiatives, many based in rural communities.

Kasi is responsible for developing an organization-wide approach to learning that assesses program and community-building work, improves practice, supports innovation, and advances strategy. She earned a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Its History, also from Stanford University.

Kasi is an avid cyclist (completed Cycle Oregon twice). She’s a native of San Francisco, but she has lived in Oregon since 1990. Her great-great-grandparents homesteaded near Cottage Grove.

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Scholarships available for undocumented residents

December 21, 2016: Undocumented residents who meet certain qualifications are now eligible to apply for scholarships from The Ford Family Foundation beginning with the current 2017-18 scholarship application.

Applicants in Oregon must meet the eligibility requirements of Oregon House Bill (HB) 2787 and Senate Bill (SB) 932, including:

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Katherine Gandee

Program Associate - Scholarship Events & Selection


Plans and coordinates all scholarship events, conferences and campus visits; coordination and oversight of scholarship selection process.

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Katherine has worked for the Foundation in Eugene since 2016. Her primary responsibilities are coordinating events and the selection process for all four scholarship programs. Prior to coming to the Foundation, Katherine worked at the University of California Santa Cruz as a writing program advisor, where she directly supported students and managed events.

Katherine earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic communication from California Polytechnic State University. After college, she taught English for a year at the University of Machala, Ecuador. Machala is considered the banana capital of the world. Despite growing up on the California coast (Santa Cruz), she says she is not a “beach person” and has never surfed.

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