Leadership at The CO•

Jesse Adams

Jesse AdamsJesse is the Corvallis Benton-County Public Library’s Information System Analyst.  But don’t hold that against him.  A 2000 OSU alum, Jesse has been with the City of Corvallis since then.  In addition to maintaining order of the Library’s IT systems, Jesse works actively to expand their public programming, including maker, 3d-printing and Minecraft.

Lisa Blank

Lisa M. Blank is an experienced STEM educator with a demonstrated history of building strategic partnerships between STEM industries and organizations and STEM educators from pre-kindergarten to college. She began her professional career as an environmental scientist mitigating Superfund sites, taught middle and high school science, and later held academic positions at SUNY-Cortland and the University of Montana. She earned her Ph.D. in Science Education at Indiana University.

As director of the Oregon Coast STEM Hub, Blank handles its administration, strategic leadership, resource development, management of grant funds, evaluation and high-level public exposure. She also supports the work of a multidisciplinary Leadership Council, leads STEM Hub staff and engages diverse stakeholders from public and private sectors to achieve regional and statewide goals of fostering STEM futures on the Oregon coast.

Andrew Cherbas

Andrew is the Deputy Director for Public Services at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Andrew has been with the CBCPL system for 15 years and is a loud advocate for all things programming. Current projects at the CBCPL include expanding the Maker program offerings, organizing the Summer Reading program, and overseeing various technology improvement projects. A refined generalist, his personal interests include all things sports, music and the search for the illusive extra hour in the day.

Ray van Court


Ray is a PhD student in Wood Science and Engineering. They are working under Dr. Seri Robinson, researching fungal pigment production, regulation, and potential industrial applications. They are also a woodturner and enjoy making fungal-themed art in their limited free time.

Raymond Malewitz

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Raymond is an associate professor in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State. His research and teaching focuses upon literature and science, environmental literature, new materialisms, and contemporary American literature. His recent book, The Practice of Misuse: Rugged Consumerism in Contemporary American Culture (Stanford UP, 2014) examines the significance of object repurposing in American culture from 1960s to the present.

Margaret Mellinger

Margaret2015Margaret is an associate professor in the OSU Libraries & Press and heads its Emerging Technologies & Services Department.  One of her interests is exploring how the maker movement aligns with librarianship to serve underrepresented groups. She also works with ChickTech, a nationwide non-profit started at OSU to encourage girls and women to pursue careers in science and technology.

Charles Robinson

CharleCharles is currently OSU faculty in the arts and interdisciplinary studies, but in past lives an archivist, IT manager, and an editor. Charles now refinishes furniture on the side, spends way too much time searching for used vinyl, and when not chasing/being chased by his booming family, focuses on building new and rewarding interdisciplinary and engagement programming at OSU.

Seri Robinson

Seri Robinson is an assistant professor in the anatomy of renewable materials, Department of Wood Science & Engineering at OSU. Seri is also an artist who focuses in natural colorants and woodturning.

Jeremy Smith

More info about Jeremy to come!