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. What started as a two-classroom project has since grown to 39 schools, serving more than 11,000 children. An innovator in special education, Christy is a dynamic speaker who has been honored locally and nationally, including 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 as one of Nabisco’s “100 Extraordinary Women.” A former reporter for The Seattle Times, 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.A., Program Director

Sharon Juenemann, Program Manager Sharon Juenemann, M.A., first heard of The Shadow Project when her son came home from school with Pokemon cards that he had earned from his teacher for setting and achieving goals in the classroom. Sharon said her son still talks excitedly about earning Shadow Bucks, and the feeling of pride in selecting the cards at his school’s monthly Shadow Store. While she wasn’t familiar with The Shadow Project at the time, after doing some research, Sharon liked what she saw, and 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. Sharon has a master of arts in adult education from Oregon State University, and a bachelor of arts in English from Lewis & Clark College. She has 20 years teaching experience including English as a Second Language for Non-Native Speakers, instructional Spanish, and EvenStart Family Literacy.


Sydney Clevenger, Communications & Development Manager

Sydney ClevengerSydney became familiar with children’s education and health needs during her years in Washington, D.C., writing on behalf of The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), and its outgrowth Stand for Children. As editor of the monthly CDF Reports, Sydney had the privilege of ghostwriting for Founder Marian Wright Edelman, and was lead reporter during the two-day kick-off of Stand for Children events across the country. A former radio and television anchor/reporter, Sydney was longtime communications coordinator at Oregon Health & Science University’s School of Dentistry, as well as communications coordinator for OHSU’s OGI School of Science & Engineering, and senior communications coordinator for Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She has been a contributor to Oregon Historical Quarterly, the Oregon Encyclopedia Project, the Olympian, and Catholic Sentinel, among other publications, and she is the author of Swifty’s Big Flight (Tiger LLC, 2008) under the pseudonym Lee Jackson. Sydney graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts in communication (broadcasting) from Washington State University, and has a minor in English.


Alejandra Gurrola, Volunteer & Program Coordinator

Alejandra GurrolaBenefiting as a child from speaking two languages and enjoying physical activities such as dance, swimming, and tennis, Alejandra knew she wanted to help improve the lives of others. Most recently, Alejandra was a community engagement specialist at Metropolitan Family Services through the AmeriCorps program, based at Salish Ponds Elementary in the Reynolds School District. There, she developed and taught health and wellness to students K-5, and coordinated events and workshops to engage families. She has also been a pre-school teacher, a 4-H research intern, and a caregiver at a childcare center. She has a bachelor of science in kinesiology/exercise science/health promotion, and a minor in child development from Humboldt State University. She is fluent in Spanish.


 Christie Pierce, Operations Coordinator

Christie PierceChristie realized in college that she was a hands-on learner and had to work harder than her peers to succeed. Because she believes she would have benefited from sensory tools in school, The Shadow Project’s mission struck a chord and, as operations coordinator, Christie hopes to help students with learning challenges, especially those on the cusp of a special need who have the potential for success, but not the means. Her interest in educational equity was furthered as Shadow’s 2016-17 AmeriCorps VISTA. Prior to Shadow, she served at Portland’s David Douglas, prepping at-risk incoming freshmen for high school. An Indiana native, Christie was volunteer coordinator at a museum, supervised at various coffee houses, and taught English in Korea. She received a bachelor of arts in history and international studies from Indiana University in 2012, and has a CELTA (certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages) from Cambridge University at their Teaching House campus in Chicago.