The 2017-2019 members of the OSCF Board were elected at the 12th Annual OSCF State Championship on May 6, 2017, and the 2016-18 members were elected at the 11th Annual OSCF State Championship on April 30, 2016. To reach the board, use this form — we look forward to hearing from you!
Rebecca Holt (Member-At-Large, 2014-15, President 2015-19) is a fundraiser for Lewis & Clark College, a musician, Spanish speaker, and trained school psychologist. She was led into the chess world by her four-year-old son who begged her to teach him the game, not knowing it would lead to so much fun and fellowship with other chess families. She has seen her son gain confidence and pride in his abilities, all while learning the value of working hard to reach a goal. Rebecca looks forward to encouraging more kids and families to play chess for fun and friendly competition.
Stacey Kim (Member-At-Large, 2016-17, Vice President 2017-19) is the director of marketing and communications at Lewis & Clark College, her alma mater. While not a chess player herself, she is pleased and surprised to find that one of her two children is chess-obsessed. Stacey hopes to help OSCF with communications efforts as well as with strengthening ties with Chess for Success. When not at work or various family activities, Stacey enjoys playing the oboe, traveling, cooking, and reading.
Renee Chang, (Treasurer 2017-19) is a dermatologist in private practice in Portland, Oregon. She learned to play chess at age 39 from her five year old son and has not been able to beat him since shortly after that. She attributes his success to his love of the game and hard work as well as the dedication of so many volunteers in the amazing chess community in Oregon. Now that her kids are a little older she is excited to give back to this community in order to encourage others to learn the game.
Kathryn Schuff (Vice President 2015-17, Member-At-Large, 2014-15 and 2017-19) is a chess mom and faculty member at Oregon Health Sciences University, heavily involved in medical research administration. She is humbled by having two elementary age chess boys who can easily checkmate her, but is heartened by the fact that she still writes the checks, drives the car, packs lunch and makes sure everyone has a sharp pencil and notation book. Kathryn remains AMAZED at the sight of more than 300 kids who show up to the beach and want to do nothing else but play chess, and wants to do everything she can to make sure that there are as many opportunities and incentives as possible for our kids to keep playing!
Nancy Albritton (Member-At-Large, 2015-19)
Sarah Mendonca McCoy (Member-At-Large, 2015-19) grew up in Florida and currently homeschools her three children here in Oregon, two of whom are avid chess players. Once upon a time, she earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy, and later worked as a policy analyst for the Florida Legislature. Now, she applies her energy and attention toward educating her own kids, in addition to supporting and coordinating various educational opportunities for other children in her community. She estimates her chess rating to be about 800, but doesn’t plan to enter any tournaments this year.
Holly Stork (Member-At-Large, 2015-19)
Todd Anderson (Member-At-Large, 2016-18) is a research scientist for Intel Labs focusing on improving programmer productivity for large-scale applications. He is a native of West Virginia before earning a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Kentucky and subsequently moving to Oregon in 1999. He is also a chess dad to two elementary aged chess players and recently took over running their chess club at Carden Cascade Academy as well as running the first tournament there. Todd believes that the chess tournaments run by and in affiliation with OSCF teach the valuable life lessons of respect for others, manners, and that individual events throughout our lives may not always turn out the way we’d like but the key to long-term success is perseverance and a work-ethic. Todd hopes to continue helping develop chess participation, particularly in Hillsboro. On the lighter side, some years ago Todd wrote a chess engine whose evaluation function was improved by experience through use of a genetic algorithm. In recent years he has also tinkered with professional chess tournament results prediction through Monte Carlo simulation and machine learning.
Mike Myers (Member-At-Large, 2016-18) is a former engineer turned high school math teacher. He attributes his involvement in scholastic chess all to Harry Potter’s wizard’s chess scene. In the summer of 2005, my 5-year old son asked to learn how to play chess after seeing the movie. Shortly thereafter his 7-year old sister and 3-year old brother were playing, too. That fall some students asked to start a chess club at Willamette High School and when no one else stepped forward, I chalked it up to destiny and volunteered after learning that there was a Midwestern Chess League to compete in locally. Somewhere along the way I wound up taking over the TD duties for the league. Over the past few years I have been putting on tournaments in the Bethel area of west Eugene that are open to all ages. As a board member I plan to continue expanding chess opportunities in the southern Willamette valley.
Dwayne Boyce (Member-At-Large, 2017-19) learned to play chess at a young age and I grew up playing on the Templeton Elementary School Chess Team in Tigard. In Junior High and High School, he played less as other interests took over. He hadn’t played a game in over 15 years until he decided to teach his son Alexandre when he was in 2nd grade at Hope Chinese Charter School in Beaverton. Alexandre took to chess immediately and loved the game. He connected with a few other parents at HCCS and they started a Chess Team. Initially it was for fun, but it soon grew to be the most popular club activity at the school. They went from about 5 players the first year, to over 30 in 2017. Each year they compete in 5-6 OSCF tournaments as they try hard to have all players qualify for the State Tournament in Seaside. In 2017, 24 of players competed at the State Tournament – the most thus far.
Dennis firmly believes that chess is a lot more than a board game between two players, especially for younger players. Chess helps build character by teaching players that you don’t always win all the time, and if you want a medal or trophy, you need to earn it. Chess teaches real life lessons, including the value of practice and hard work, concentration, strategy, and sportsmanship. One of the most rewarding aspects of being a volunteer chess coach is seeing a new player that doesn’t know a knight from a rook at the beginning of the season, transform into a competitive champion that is standing as proud as can be on the stage with a trophy in hand by the time they reach Seaside. Those are the moments we cherish as coaches.
Bryce Huff (Member-At-Large 2017-19) teaches math at Holy Trinity Catholic School, where he also serves as STEM coordinator, and Chess Coach. His enthusiasm for the scholastic benefits of chess have helped expand opportunities and access for Oregon’s players. He learned chess growing up in Ashland where he served as president of his high school’s chess club, and continued playing until earning his Masters from the University of Portland. In 2014, encouraged by the popularity of using chess as a tool to teach math, he started a chess club. With the generous help of donations and volunteers the chess club grew to over 50 active members. Thanks to training by the OSCF tournament directors program he successfully hosted his first official tournament in 2016. Bryce works tirelessly to expand the rich history of chess in Oregon, and simultaneously provide scholastic opportunities to develop higher level thinking skills such as the ability to visualize, analyze, and think critically through learning the game.
Phil Schapker (Member-At-Large, 2017-19) It was at his high school in Kansas City when he first got to experience the thrill of competing on a team of friends who were as dedicated to helping each other as they were to improving their own game. Although no one on the chess team was incredible, a large group attained 1300-1500 ratings, and with our deep bench they won the Missouri state championship twice, and the U1500 national championship in his senior year. For 3 years, he was recognized as the team “captain,” in charge of welcoming new members and teaching the foundations. he has been teaching chess and founding chess clubs ever since–most recently at Corvallis High School. As a board member, he works passionately to bring his skills and experience to help foster the opportunities for team play that he had as a scholastic chess player, and to help strengthen chess in the rural parts of the Willamette Valley surrounding Corvallis.