Staff

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

Christy Scattarella

Christy Scattarella 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 & Partnerships

Sharon Juenemann, Program Manager

Sharon Juenemann is a 20-year veteran leader of educational equity programs for underserved student populations from preschool through college. She has championed educational opportunities for thousands of first-generation college students, immigrant/refugees, and students experiencing poverty, as an administrator and adjunct faculty member at Mt. Hood and Portland Community Colleges. Her passion for Shadow Project’s mission is fueled by her personal experiences as a parent of a child with learning differences. Sharon has a master of arts in adult education from Oregon State University.





Jennifer Park, Program Manager

Jennifer Park began her non-profit career with an innovative supportive housing provider serving over 450 chronically homeless adults in San Francisco. Upon moving to Portland, she pivoted her passion for community advocacy to our public school system, leading systems alignment at a local elementary school. Now, as The Shadow Project’s Program Manager, she is thrilled to marry her commitment to public service, non-profit operations, and K-12 education to foster inclusion for students with learning challenges. Jennifer holds a bachelor of arts in theater from UC Santa Cruz.






Caitlyn Malik, Operations & Engagement Manager

Caitlyn Malik

Caitlyn Malik is a passionate advocate for educational equity. She previously worked in communications, operations, foundation support, and social activism efforts for Portland State University’s interpersonal violence prevention program, Grantmakers for Education, and Portland Homeless Family Solutions. Caitlyn holds a bachelor of science in communication and women’s studies from Portland State University.







Christina Bazzaroni, Ph.D., Americorps VISTA Member

Christina Bazzaroni holds a Master of Arts degree in African and African Diaspora Studies, and a Ph.D. in Global and Sociocultural Studies from Florida International University. Christina’s research interests include race, class, gender, and sexuality studies. Serving with The Shadow Project is an opportunity for Christina to put her academic expertise into practice in real-world pragmatic ways. As a person who experiences physical and learning disabilities, Christina is passionate about serving those facing similar barriers.