Educational Talent Search Staff

Missy Olson

Melissa (Missy) Olson, M.Ed., Program Director

Bachelor’s Degree, University of Oregon
Master’s Degree, Oregon State University
Joined Team in 2008

“My job is amazing! I love helping teens from Douglas County realize their potential and find various opportunities for their careers and college choices. Education truly is the key to success, and every student deserves a chance at a life that will make him or her happy.”

Missy Olson

Brandi Hamilton

Brandi Hamilton, ETS Advisor

Douglas, Riddle, and South Umpqua High Schools

Bachelor’s Degree, Western Oregon University
Joined Team in 2007

“As a Douglas County native who was able to attend Western Oregon University with the help of our local TRIO program, I appreciate the value of choosing to return to Douglas County. It was an experience that motivates me to help current students achieve this same opportunity.”

Brandi Hamilton

Cat Wilson

Cat Wilson, ETS Advisor

Roseburg and Sutherlin High Schools

Bachelor’s Degree, Western Oregon University
Joined Team in 2010

“I love helping the youth of Douglas County because I know that they can break the cycle and change the culture of the communities that we live in. We have wonderful and smart students in our area who have the potential to succeed and I like helping them make sure that they have the foundation they need to achieve their dreams at college.”

Cat Wilson

Nora Staum

Nora Staum, ETS Advisor

Oakland and Glide High Schools
JoLane, Fremont, Coffenberry, Winston and Sutherlin Middle Schools

Bachelor’s Degree, American University of Paris
Joined Team in 2014

"I am continually honored to work with ETS students. I strongly believe that education and success should be available for anyone willing to reach and work for it. I am committed to supporting the aspirations and minds of students in Douglas County. I believe that we can make a difference in the educational levels of those who don't always get a chance, and in doing so, I have faith we can make a valuable difference in the lives led in our community."

Nora Staum


Cathy Adkins, Program Assistant

Studied at Umpqua Community College
Joined Team in 2008

“I believe in dreams and believe education is the key in achieving them. My dreams were to become a life-long learner, which I have reached. There are times when I cannot believe I am being paid to do what I love best! Being able to see our underrepresented students graduate then go on to the college of their choice is the best feeling ever!”

Cathy Adkins