We are here to help strengthen local communities by providing resources and services that support self-reliance, build relationships with those we serve, and empower those that work in child care.

Lisa Tynan

Lisa Tynan

Program Director

Lisa brings many years of small business leadership, management, and teaching experience to our team. Lisa comes from a background in both education and finance. She has founded and sold her own Montessori preschool and has an intimate understanding of the ins and outs of the child care industry. Lisa is an Oregon Master Trainer, an Instructor and Advisor with the SBDC, and is passionate about helping child care providers achieve their goals.

Kimberly Rojas

Kimberly Rojas

Bilingual Business Coach

Kimberly has worked with children, families, and staff through positions such as classroom floater, lead preschool teacher, Head Start Compliance Supervisor, Professional Development Supervisor, and a Business Navigator role. She is beyond excited to collaborate alongside Child Care providers who speak English, Spanish, or both languages. Kimberly’s goal is to continue to build business acumen and stability in our child care industry. Her diverse educational background includes an Associate of Arts, a Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and a Master of Business Administration.
Heidi Martin

Heidi Martin

Business Coach

Heidi has lived in Central Oregon for over 20 years and believes that a child’s success in life is directly related to their early years. She feels fortunate to work with the Oregon Child Care Alliance and support providers’ businesses with sound financial advice and time saving processes so they can spend more time with nurturing the children they’ve been entrusted with. Heidi has been working in the finance for 20 years and finds this is the most important and meaningful work she’s done.

Monica Altamirano

Monica Altamirano

Bilingual Business Coach

Monica has lived in Central Oregon for over 20 years and has been part of NeighborImpact for about 13 years. Monica knows the need for support for our providers. She is excited to be part of OCCA and able to work with our Spanish speaking providers, helping them save time and money so they can focus more on the job they love in spending time with the children they so effortlessly serve. What a rewarding job all the way around!
Danielle Cunningham

Danielle Cunningham

Program Coordinator & Business Navigator

Danielle has over a decade of experience in the field of Early Care and Education ranging from center-based lead teacher, family child care business owner, education coach, and professional development trainer. At the Oregon Child Care Alliance Danielle supports our team as a Program Coordinator and Business Navigator. Danielle’s approach with her clients is centered around building trusting relationships to promote a journey of self-discovery allowing space for the exploration of a teacher’s core values, behaviors, beliefs, and ways of being to move forward in cultivating a connection with children, families, and the community.

Julia Smith

Julia Smith

Bilingual Business Coach

Julia brings experience in Elementary Education, Business Management, and Bilingual skills to assist our Child Care Provider Community in Tillamook, Columbia and Clatsop Counties. Her goal is to build effective communication with Child Care Providers, and a strong trustable business relationship to work together to overcome challenges facing business owners. Her family has lived in the Tillamook Community for 13 years. They enjoy camping, hiking, road trips, and multiple sports with their children.

“We are grateful to live surrounded by nature and great people. I look forward to the opportunity to meet with you, understand more about your business, and discuss how we can work together most effectively.”

Ingrid Perez Munoz

Ingrid Perez Munoz

Bilingual Business Coach

Ingrid is honored to be working with child care educators. She has worked in Early Childhood Education for the past 4 years. She has an AAS in Business and BS in Elementary Education. Ingrid is excited to be able to practice her two backgrounds in this field and be able to support educators and the community.

Ingrid loves new adventures and is always up to try something new. She likes reading, hiking, watching soccer, and plants! She looks forward to supporting the needs and challenges of early educators and celebrating their success!

Kealey Browne

Kealey Browne

Administrative Assistant

Kealey has worked with children and their families in the educational field for over ten years. Born and raised in Northeast Portland, she is well-versed in the benefits and challenges of running a childcare center in Oregon for families, educators, and program coordinators. OCCAs mission to provide tools, resources, and training to these small businesses aligns directly with Kealey’s goals to help communities flourish and give business owners more time they can dedicate to the young minds they are teaching.
Erika Johnson

Erika Johnson

Project Manager, Business Accelerator Course

Erika comes to our team bringing a wide variety of Early Childhood experiences, including teaching at various preschools, as a Program Director, working at her local Child Care Resource Agency, and more. Her unique educational background has prepared her well for this role, having a B.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences along with a Certificate in Project Management. She is excited to find a role that utilizes both of these interests. She is passionate about helping communities work together to grow and professionalize in the field. At the Child Care Alliance, Erika will be managing cohorts as they take on a new learning opportunities and cultivate the businesses they want for themselves, working with our many partners along the way.

Join Our Team

Interested in becoming an Oregon Child Care Alliance staff member? Please contact us and we will be in touch soon. You can also check for current job postings below.

Spanish Bilingual Child Care Business Instructor/Advisor, OCCA

The Oregon Child Care Alliance is excited to announce the rollout of a Business Launch Course for preschool and child care programs in Spanish!

Join a team passionate about helping early childhood educators in Oregon. The Bilingual Small Business Instructor/Advisor will teach a 12-week business course, using curriculum that has already been developed in partnership with the SBDC. The instructor will also provide business guidance to providers as they move through the course to help them open or expand their child care business.  The goal of this project is to help launch and expand child care and early education programs throughout the state and add more child care slots to communities. By achieving this goal, we are helping to strengthen small businesses, support local economies, and help child care providers to earn a living wage.

The Spanish business course will run once per quarter, and the instructor will receive training and support on teaching this course.  This instructor will also assist in the translation of course material from English to Spanish.  We ask that native Spanish speakers apply.  This 12-week business course is for new and newly open (less than 2 years) in-home child care program owners across Oregon. Each course participant will be eligible to receive a $3000 start-up grant upon completion of the course. 

This position will be primarily remote and computer based, although some travel to different counties within Oregon will be required.  Must have car and valid drivers license and must live in Oregon.  This position requires working one evening per week.

Duties/ Responsibilities:

  • Supports family child care providers who participate in the Oregon Child Care Alliance through coaching and leading business trainings.
  • Helps programs gain business acumen to enhance business practices, knowledge, and skills to manage their business.
  • Utilizes previously developed training and develops new training to present monthly workshops on topics including, but not limited to, the use of data management software, business practices, recordkeeping, business planning, accessing capital, setting rates, and budgeting.
  • Seeks out knowledge of local and state wide financial resources available to small businesses and guides child care programs to these resources and through application processes
  • Builds relationships within the community to ensure strong support for local providers.
  • Partners with multiple community partners to support strong business practices
  • Attends professional development trainings and events as appropriate.
  • Basic data entry required for grant reporting

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, accounting, business management, adult education, early childhood education or related field.
  • Three (3) years of child care, business, or non-profit experience
  • Demonstrated experience incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion practices into teaching and coaching methods

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of business administration
  • Ability to plan, organize, and effectively manage time
  • Ability to work varied hours including some evenings and weekends to meet scheduling demands of early learning professionals
  • Ability to independently perform the duties of the position efficiently and effectively
  • Ability to work respectfully with individuals of all cultures, backgrounds, perspectives, and abilities
  • Ability to use equipment necessary to carry out job responsibilities such as, but not limited to, computer software, Zoom, Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Powerpoint.
  • Ability to create ongoing trusting relationships with early education programs to develop the most conducive environment for learning and reflection.
  • Ability to implement effective techniques for adult learning

Interested applicants:  Please send resume and cover letter to: ltynan@nhpdx.org

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