Christy Scattarella, M.A., Founder & Executive Director

Christy ScattarellaChristy Scattarella, M.A., founded The Shadow Project when her son, Alex, was in second grade and struggling with dyslexia and ADD. An innovator in special education, Christy is a dynamic speaker whose honors include Portland’s Making a Difference in Education Award; Hero of the Month on KATU television; Education Citizen of the Year by the Oregon Education Association; and one of Nabisco’s “100 Extraordinary Women.” She is the author of the award-winning children’s book The Boy Who Learned Upside Down (Black Heron Press, 2014), which chronicles Alex’s courageous school journey and provides the backstory for The Shadow Project. Christy has a master of arts in counseling psychology from Lewis & Clark College.

Sharon Juenemann, M.Ed., Director of Programs

Sharon Juenemann, Program Manager Sharon Juenemann, M.A., is thrilled to bring her passion for changing educational systems for all kids to Shadow. Sharon was longtime program director for Mt. Hood Community College’s federal prep and access grant (TRIO) for low-income students seeking higher education. Most recently, she was interim director of TRIO at Portland Community College. She has 20 years teaching experience including English as a Second Language for Non-Native Speakers, instructional Spanish, and EvenStart Family Literacy. Sharon has a master of arts in adult education from Oregon State University, and a bachelor of arts in English from Lewis & Clark College.

Caitlyn Malik, B.S., Operations & Engagement Coordinator

Caitlyn MalikCaitlyn believes that public education should embody its standard of being accessible to all, and (dis)ability must be an integral lens in this process. She previously worked in communications, operations, and group facilitation for public college programming and start-up nonprofits. Caitlyn holds a bachelor of science in communication and women’s studies from Portland State University.