Pixel Arts Game Education is a registered Oregon non-profit and startup education non-profit. Our programs are made possible by over 120 volunteers who dedicate their time, knowledge, and kindness to the vision of youth making games together.
Board of Officers
Melinda Stoops-Baldwin, Office of Secretary
Will Lewis, Office of Treasurer
Jeffrey Sens, Office of President
Will Lewis, Co-Director, will@GameEducationPDX.com
Jeffrey Sens, Co-Director, jsens@GameEducationPDX.com
Dr. Erica Kleinknecht, Assessment and Research
Erica started graduate studies at Western Washington University in cognitive psychology with an emphasis on naturalistic memory processing and memory biases in college students. After her Masters in 1997, she moved to the University of Arkansas to examine the way in which several skills come together in the preschool age range (e.g., declarative memory, productive language skills, and metacognition) to give rise to the ability to engage in autobiographical remembering. Erica received her PhD in 2000 and moved to the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota where she continued to examine the development of autobiographical remembering in the preschool years, this time by examining the role parents play in shaping their young children’s emerging abilities. In 2002, Erica accepted a position as a professor of psychology at Pacific University, in Forest Grove, Oregon. At Pacific, Erica teaches a variety of classes in developmental and cognitive psychology and actively engages with community partners like Pixel Arts and the Forest Grove Community School. She maintains a blog (www.cognitioneducation.me) site where she posts essays on child development and education. When not hard at work, Erica enjoys exploring the natural beauty of Oregon with her family, reading, and practicing yoga.
Amy Potthast, Instructional Design
Amy is an instructional designer & coach, graphic designer of instructional materials, and nonfiction writing coach. Subject matter experts teach, train, write, and present better as a result of working with Amy. Her clients include national, state and local organizations such as Oregon Volunteers, Nonprofit Association of Oregon, Aprende con Amigos Preschool Academy, and Confluence Environmental Center. From 2005 till 2011, Amy was a program director and content developer for the national nonprofit Idealist.org including their Graduate Degree Fairs for the Public Good, the Idealist Nonprofit Career Center, and the Grad School Resource Center where she trained service corps members and program staff. Amy is the author of Service Corps to Social Impact Career – A Companion to the Idealist Guides to Nonprofit Careers and, in 2007, earned the Building Bridges Award from the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals for her work developing the Idealist Grad Fairs. Early in her career, Amy served as a Peace Corps Volunteer(Fuling, Chongqing, China, 1998-2000), as an AmeriCorps member with Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps(2000-01) and as a VISTA Leader with Clara Barton AmeriCorps VISTA Corps.