Sherre L. Calouri

Kathy Leslie, APR

Kathy Leslie, APR specializes in communication and public engagement strategies, community building, social research, conflict mediation, meeting and group facilitation, strategic planning, and systems thinking.

Leslie is president of Leslie Consulting & Associates, a company she founded to support educators in their quest to build trust and strong alliances with their communities. She is also the past board chair and current board member and trainer for the White Water Institute, a non-profit organization that uses a river experience to apply principles of living systems to human systems to guide and navigate change.
Leslie has been a teacher at all levels of education from preschool through university, a public relations administrator in three school districts in the Northwest-Gresham, Spokane and Beaverton and an independent senior consultant for KSA Plus Communications.  
Leslie is past president of the National School Public Relations Association and has received the NSPRA President’s Award for her lifetime contributions to the field of educational public relations. 

Leslie has facilitated workshops, consulted and given speeches in communications and engagement strategies internationally and in nearly every state for educational organizations, government agencies, and private sector businesses. Recently published by Rowman and Littlefield, Leslie with Dr. Judy Taccogna wrote The Politics of Authentic Engagement and its companion workbook both available on Amazon.  

Leslie has also written for national educational journals and co-authored the NSPRA workshop kits Lighting the Fire: A Process for Building Staff Morale and Excellence; Staff Recognition: Unlocking the Potential for Success and Team Building 2000: Managing Change Together. Leslie co-authored Chalkboard Project’s Running Start: Reaching the Hard-To Reach, a Toolkit for Parents and Trainers of Parents. 

Leslie holds bachelor degrees in communications and education, a Master’s degree in business, and certification in educational administration.

Leslie is a world traveler having visited 7 continents and more than 70 countries. She enjoys robust conversations, spending time with her children and grandchildren, hiking, whitewater rafting, golfing, and swimming. She lives in Beaverton, Oregon.

Sherre L. Calouri

Sherre L. Calouri has a rich and diverse background in public relations, marketing, communications, law enforcement and education. She has worked with agencies and organizations to develop disaster assistance programs, and training in ethics and leadership training. She is a former teacher of the deaf.

She was a member of the Beaverton School Board for 17 years, three as board chair. During her tenure on the School Board student enrollment increased from 19,679 to 33,000. She provided Board leadership through strategic planning, goal setting, policy development, contract negotiations and the passage of five bond measures. She has been a presenter at the National School Boards Convention on public safety in schools, strategic planning and crisis communications. She has also presented at OSBA School Board Leaders training on "Leading in a Time of Crisis". She co-authored Chalkboard Project's Running Start: Reaching the Hard-To Reach, a toolkit for parents and trainers of parents.
She has worked as an adjunct professor at Portland State University's Mark O. Hatfield School of Government Executive Leadership Institute and as a consultant with Diversity Corporation, a marketing and communications firm. Currently she consults with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) public affairs division. She is certified through the Southwestern Law Institute as an ethics trainer. She served as public affairs officer with the Washington County Sheriff's Office and retired as chief deputy for that agency.

Calouri holds a masters of public administration and a bachelors of science in communications.

Calouri and her husband have six children and 17 grandchildren. She is past president of the Beaverton Rotary Club and plans travel for Rotarians through international friendship exchange programs. Calouri enjoys photography, writing and swimming. She lives in Beaverton, Oregon.
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