Senior Manager of Operations and Benefits
Dee comes to Education First with more than 15 years professional experience supporting senior and C-level executives across numerous industries. In these roles, she developed an extensive project management, executive support, and event planning skillset. As the Senior Manager of Operations and Benefits, Dee partners with executive staff supporting the firm’s HR management strategies. Dee also manages the firm’s internal support team, directs onboarding activities for new employees, administers benefits, supports recruiting and hiring efforts. Dee earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) certification through the HR Certification Institute.
Prior to joining Education First, Dee was a Project Manager for the philanthropic division of a federal Bank in southern Oregon. She developed numerous events working closely with local non-profit organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, Josephine Community Library, Four Way Foundation, and the local community food bank. Through her experience with these organizations focused on the welfare of local youth, Dee witnessed firsthand the value, or lack thereof, of education in a child’s development. This experience helped guide her to Education First, where she contributes on a larger scale to ensure every child, regardless of socio-economic or racial background, has access to a quality education.
Dee is a world traveler who is fluent in several languages. At home in Southern Oregon she enjoys live music, hiking, river rafting, and exploring the wineries of the Applegate Valley.
- Benefits Administration
- Technology Implementation and Support
- Executive Support and Administration
- Corporate Event Planning
- Community Event Planning
- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- The Chalkboard Project
- The NoVo Foundation
Places I'd Like to Visit
- I love exploring this beautiful planet! I’ve been to all but two States and have traveled to more than 25 countries. Next on the list is The Maldives and South Africa.
Exploring this beautiful planet! Photo from Iceland.
Volunteering at vegetarian festivals.