About OTA

The Oregon TRIO Association is a 501c3 organization that advocates on behalf of low-income and first-generation college students in the state of Oregon. 


OTA’s mission is to increase the number of low-income and underrepresented students in higher education.

Board of Directors

President – Chris Mahan

Clatsop Community College

President-Elect – Naomi McCreary

Southern Oregon University

Treasurer – Katie Chiavarini


District 1 – Ashley Echang

Portland State University

District 2 – Sara Channell

Rogue Community College

District 3 – Erik Ruch

Mt. Hood Community College

District 4 – Amy Davila-Klautzsch

Oregon State University

District 5 – Cassie Copeland

Oregon State University Cascade


District 6 – Chris Solario

Western Oregon University

Communications Rep – *VACANT*

OTA Fellow – Alejandra Lopez Nestor

TRIO Alumni & College Student


Executive Director

Matt Bisek

Matt Bisek began working for TRIO programs in the Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs at Clatsop Community College in 2015 as an advisor.  Matt served as the treasurer of the Oregon TRIO Association (501(c)(3) non-profit) from 2018 to 2021 before taking on the position of Executive Director in September of 2021.  Currently, Matt serves on the Northwest Association of Education Opportunity Programs (NAEOP) and Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) Boards. Matt also serves on the board of directors for the University of St. Francis Alumni Association (Joliet, IL).


Matt is passionate about creating opportunities and removing barriers for first-generation and low-income students to pursue post-secondary education.  He strives to grow the state TRIO association model to be a conduit between the practitioners who work directly with students and those organizations & foundations that have resources and opportunities available to positively impact students’ lives.



(971) 988-9506

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