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Confederation of Oregon School Administrators

About COSA

Mission: We develop and support educational leaders to ensure student success.

The Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) serves and represents more than 2,400 school administrators, managers and executives. COSA was founded in 1974 to give Oregon's education leaders a united voice in helping to shape public policy, advocate for schools and speak on behalf of students. COSA's perspective has earned the respect of educators, the Legislature, the Department of Education and other statewide agencies. COSA consistently puts the interests of schools and students ahead of self-interest.

In addition to advocacy, COSA supports and develops educational leaders with unmatched professional development opportunities—including statewide conferences, regional seminars and workshops, and much more -- and a variety of exclusive member services. Areas of focus include school finance and legislative services.

Our Organizations

A member-driven umbrella organization, COSA is governed by an elected Board of Directors that represents the organization's four Departments:


  • COSA Board of Directors Meeting

    June 24, 2020
     | 3:00 pm

    Seaside, Oregon

COSA Board of Directors


James Hiu

Deputy Superintendent, Gresham-Barlow SD


Iton Udosenata

Principal, North Eugene High School

Past President

Samantha Steele

Superintendent, Central Point SD

Board Member

Dawn Moorefield

Director of Curriculum, Cascade SD

Board Member

Elaine Fox

Executive Director of Special Programs, Hillsboro SD

Board Member

Candy Armstrong

Superintendent, North Wasco County SD

Board Member

Mark Witty

Superintendent, Baker SD

Board Member

Lynn Jackson

Principal, Astoria High School

Board Member

Majalise Tolan

Secondary Teaching & Learning Administrator, Lincoln County SD

Board Member

Kate Barker

Principal, Cherry Park Elementary

Board Member

Gerry Flock

Principal, Lone Pine Elementary

Ex-Officio Member

Peter Weber

Executive Director, Oregon School Activities Association

Board Member

LaShawanta Spears

Vice Principal, Alice Ott Middle School

Board Member

Tina Acker

Director, Curriculum & Student Learning, Centennial SD

Board Member

Cynthia Richardson

Director of Student Equity, Access & Advancement, Salem-Keizer SD

Ex-Officio Member

Colt Gill

Superintendent, Oregon Department of Education

Ex-Officio Member

Jim Green

Executive Director, Oregon School Boards Association

Executive Director

Craig Hawkins

Confederation of Oregon School Administrators

COSA Staff

Morgan Allen

Deputy Director of Policy & Advocacy

Betsy Brawner

Technology/Member Services

Colin Cameron

Deputy Executive Director

Joanne Fey

Administrative Assistant

Craig Hawkins

Executive Director

Dave Holtmeier

Print Shop Manager

Trina Hmura

Leadership Program Coordinator

Sera Lockwood

Professional Learning Support

Sara Nilles

Coordinator of Awards, Scholarships and Elections

Kris Olsen

Co-Director of Professional Learning

Krista Parent

Director of Executive Leadership and Licensure 

Sue Scott

Accounts Receivable

Suzanne Strite

Co-Director of Professional Learning

Debbie Sullivan

Business Services

Derrick Sullivan

Administrative Assistant


Each year, COSA members participate in online elections to select members of the COSA Board of Directors and department (OASE, OASSA, OESPA, OACOA) Executive Committees.

Current COSA and department officers develop a slate of candidates each winter. COSA members are encouraged to submit their names or to nominate a colleague for a leadership position by submitting a nomination e-mail that includes the name, position and district of the nominee, as well as a brief statement of support.

Generally, the COSA and department presidents-elect are up for election annually and serve for three years (as president-elect, president and past president). Members of the various executive boards serve staggered terms of two or three years. Presidents and presidents-elect of each department serve on the COSA Board of Directors.

You must be a COSA active member to run for office. Need to update your active membership ?

Here's a current list of COSA Boards and Executive Committees.