SuperintendentDave Novotney, Ph.D.
Dave Novotney became Superintendent of the Willamette ESD on July 1, 2012. Dave has worked for the agency since July 1, 2004 and has served as the Acting Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent and Director of Human Resources. Prior to joining the Willamette ESD, Dave served as the Superintendent of the Dallas School District.
Dave received his Ph.D. in Education from Oregon State University; a M.S. in Education and History from Western Oregon University; a M.Ed. in Secondary School Administration from The College of Idaho; and a B.A. in Physical Education and Social Studies from Willamette University.
Dave began his career as a high school teacher and coach. He worked as an assistant principal, high school principal and school superintendent before coming to the Willamette ESD.
Deputy SuperintendentKeith Ussery
Keith Ussery joined the Willamette ESD team in January 2011 as the Director of School Improvement Services, and he was named as Deputy Superintendent in July of 2014.Keith received a M.S. in Education and a B.S. in Humanities from Western Oregon University, and he completed the Oregon Initial and Continuing Administrative license programs at Portland State University.He began his career in education in 1990 as a high school language arts teacher and coached track & field and speech & debate. Prior administrative experience includes serving as the Dallas High School principal from 2002-11 and assistant principal 2001-02.
Executive AssistantExecutive AssistantTishri Tucker joined the Executive Administration of the Willamette ESD in 2001 as the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and to the Board of Directors. She began her career with Willamette ESD in 1992, having served in various capacities in several departments, including Special Education, Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education and the agency Central Office.Tishri is actively involved in providing support to the Oregon Association of ESDs, and she provides key coordination and communication between Willamette ESD and its partner school districts.