Staff

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

Christy Scattarella

Christy 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 & Partnerships

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.




Jennifer Park, Program Manager

Jennifer began her non-profit career with an innovative supportive housing provider serving over 450 chronically homeless adults in San Francisco. She helped create the first Operations Manager role and Leadership Team, became the General Manager of the largest housing complex in the organization’s portfolio, and launched their first ever community development program. After moving to Portland with her husband, Andy, and daughter, Penny, Jennifer dedicated herself to another community focused sector, our public school system. Now, as The Shadow Project’s Program Manager, she is thrilled to marry her passions for public service, non-profit operations, and public school administration to expand our programs to more schools, help students feel supported and valued, and nurture self-efficacy in students with learning challenges. Outside of work, Jennifer loves adventures with her family and their dog, Rufus. They’re currently working toward seeing all of the Seven Wonders of Oregon; they have three wonders to go.


Caitlyn Malik, Operations & Engagement Coordinator

Caitlyn Malik

Caitlyn believes that public education must embody its duty to serve all students, and (dis)ability must be an integral lens in this process. She previously worked in communications, operations, foundation support, and social activism efforts for Portland State Univeristy’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 dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and Sociology with emphasis in Society and Law from the University of California, Davis. She then went on to receive her Master of Arts degree in African and African Diaspora Studies, and a Ph.D. in Global and Sociocultural Studies, with a disciplinary concentration in Feminist, Cultural and Human Geography, at Florida International University. Christina’s research interests dovetail around race, class, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Coupling research and community outreach, volunteering with The Shadow Project is an opportunity for Christina to put her academic expertise into practice in real-world pragmatic ways, which she finds exciting. Furthermore, having personal experience with physical and learning disabilities, Christina is eager to step into the role of service for others that face similar challenges.