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Karla Averett

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Stay positive, work hard, make it happen.

Eastern Oregon

CFO/Business Manager

Karla serves as Chief Financial Officer for Baker Charter Schools. She has worked in the finance field for education since 2000. Prior to that she was in newspaper management. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Association of School Business Officials. Karla enjoys the opportunity to be part of a team that is committed to maximizing financial resources for the benefit of students and staff.

Amy Jones

Failing to plan is planning to fail
— Unknown

Eastern Oregon


Amy Jones was raised in Baker City, but left after graduation in 1996. When she returned in 2010 she brought an English degree, husband, and two amazing boys with her. She has spent five of the last seven years teaching a wide variety classes at Harvest Christian Academy. She enjoys helping her husband, Jebron, with their youth group (He's a youth pastor), supporting her boys in sports, and writing. Amy joins our office staff as a support person with hopes of helping students with English and writing in the future. She will be working part time until the fall of 2018. She's excited to be part of such an amazing team.

Liz Hankins-Osborn

It’s useful to go out of this world and see it from the perspective of another one
— Terry Pratchett

Portland Metro

Student Services Coordinator

Liz graduated from the University of Idaho and lives in Portland with her husband Nick Osborn and their infant son. She helps manage the East Portland BCS Student Center as well as a broad range of administrative tasks across the state.


Kimberly Linn

Portland Metro


Kimberly has spent nearly 20 years working in education in various roles. She has been with the Baker Early College from the beginning and has a strong commitment to the program and has thoroughly enjoyed playing a role in its growth. Her greatest passion is her family, she is a proud mother of two kids. Kimberly and her husband spend most evenings and weekends with their son and daughter, cheering them on in their many activities. As a family, they love to travel and spend quality time together.

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
— Mother Teresa

Jen Long

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all
— Aristotle

Eastern Oregon


Jen grew up in Parma, Idaho, and played basketball at Northwest Nazarene University.  She graduated in 1997 with a Bachelors Degree in Community/Commercial Recreation and moved to Baker City, Oregon, and worked as a Transitional Coordinator in Special Education for 5 years at Baker High School.  When her first son was born she became a stay-at-home mom and stayed home to raise her three sons for ten years.  
Most recently, Jen serves as the Registrar for Baker Charter Schools.  She is organized and loves entering data on spreadsheets (really!).  She also loves to draw, cook good food, and spend time with her husband and boys. 

Kim Morris

When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.
— George Washington Carver

Portland Metro

Admissions Specialist

Kim has worked in the field of education for over 23 years and finds working with students to be both fulfilling and inspirational.  She has a passion for students and families that fuels her dedication to her job.  Her early years were spent in a kindergarten classroom, followed by years of substituting in classrooms for students with special learning needs, and then onto a teacher role.  After several years in various support roles, Kim has found her home in being the Admissions Specialist for Baker Web Academy.  Kim enjoys supporting students and their families by introducing them to BWA and walking them through the enrollment process.  Hearing our students' unique stories and celebrating their successes completes her day.  In her spare moments, she can be found enjoying her family, cooking, decorating, entertaining and event planning.

Richard Ritter

Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.
— (Unknown)

Eastern Oregon



Having graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1994, Richard Ritter spent the next 22 years in various business positions. He has experience in sales, customer service, management, executive management, international sales, national account sales, advertising and marketing. The industries he worked in primarily were the equipment rental, crane, electronic components, and safety fields. With a vast array of experiences, and in-depth knowledge of business, Mr. Ritter is enjoying a new career direction.

His passion for Literature, Poetry and Art is a major reason for his life-altering change in career path. Having coached and been a part of the Cub Scouts of America, Mr. Ritter is excited to help children of all ages find the practical importance of education in a modern technological society. With work experiences in Arizona, Washington, North Carolina and throughout Oregon, Richard is versed in guiding people with various backgrounds with a positive approach. His humor and passion for helping young people of all ages, spills into his personal life where he is a father of three. After family and literature, his passion for football and activities keep him connected to his community.

Kelly Spike-Melo

Always Stay Humble and Kind

Eastern Oregon

Office Support

Kelly grew up and graduated from a small high school in Echo, Oregon. She attended K-12 on the same block in Echo, graduating with a whopping 13 in her class!! Kelly played volleyball and basketball all four years and was awarded the scholar athlete award. Kelly received a full ride scholarship to BMCC, where she started as the setter on the volleyball team. 

Kelly has worked many different trades: from coaching volleyball and basketball to designing and installing sprinkler systems, driving farm equipment, being a stay-at-home mom, waitressing and much more.  Kelly is an honest, hard-working mother of 3, married to a rancher. She loves spending time with her family and friends. She is always looking for a way to improve herself as an overall person and is always searching for a way to keep that much-needed balance in her life. Kelly emphasizes that it is best to surround ourselves with those that make us happy and remind us everyday that life is just too short to not live in the moment.

Melanie Trindle

Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway
— John Wayne

Eastern Oregon

Executive Assistant

Melanie graduated from Baker High School and attended Eastern Oregon University studying Music Education.  She has worked for Baker Charter Schools as the executive assistant since 2010.

Gaye Woomer

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Central Oregon


Gaye Ann Woomer was born and raised in Michigan and moved to Eugene upon graduating high school.  Preferring the sunshine over the rain, she moved to Central Oregon where she has resided for a quarter of a century.  Gaye is a highly effective, dependable Paraprofessional with years of extensive experience. She loves the challenges of working in education and the diverse groups of people that she is fortunate to work with.  Believing in the mission of Baker Web Academy to empower the next generation through innovative, personalized and rigorous educational options, motivates her.  The heart of success for Baker Charter Schools is helping all students become motivated, INDEPENDENT learners in an environment of INNOVATION, individualized education, and personal INTERACTION; this vision statement guides her.
Gaye is a mother of two beautiful, intelligent teenagers one of which is a Baker Early College student and a former Baker Web Academy student.  Her favorite pastime is cooking and going for long walks with Bjorn, the family's golden retriever and a future therapy dog.