Lucky for OSPRA, a communications expert has stepped up to fill a vacant At-Large position on the board. Gregg Koskela, Director of Communications for Cascade School District, now sits in At-Large position 1.
Although it was only in September 2022 that Koskela joined Cascade, which stands just outside of Salem, he has spent many years in the communications field. Prior to joining Cascade, Koskela spent five years working in a variety of positions at Newberg School District, including Communications Coordinator.
Yet Koskela wasn't always in communications. He offers a fresh perspective, with a unique background and education for a communicator. He earned a bachelor's in Sociology/Social Work from George Fox University and a M.Div. with an emphasis in communications at Fuller Theological Seminary. Then Koskela spent decades as a pastor, most recently leading a church in Newberg.
Needing a career change, he was drawn to the mission of public schools to educate and guide young people. He chose to support that mission through sharing positive stories. As a communicator, Koskela loves collaborative relationships, finding simple language that all can understand, and encouraging the hard-working staff of K-12 schools.