Our Staff

Yuliya Dennis

Executive Director | Staff member for 0 years

Yuliya Dennis is committed to being a good steward of MECOP and helping the next generation of leaders reach their full professional potential. Her passion is in external relations, career development and industry/education partnerships. Most recently, she spent 5 years serving as Director of Alumni Career Services at Oregon State University (OSU) Alumni Association and managed career programs for over 200,000 OSU alumni. She also served as the Assistant Vice President of Mentor Programs for Alumni Career Services Network (ACSN) from 2018-2021. She was the recipient of the 2019 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Rising Star award for her work in alumni relations. Yuliya received her bachelors and M.Ed in College Student Services Administration from OSU. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, traveling and reading. Her motto is: Be a good steward and excellent facilitator of organizational success. She looks forward to working with MECOP members, campus partners, students, the board, and staff.


Sarah Petersen

Communications Coordinator | Staff member for 8 years

A.S. General Studies, Linn-Benton Community College

Sarah joined us in 2012 as the office's Administrative Assistant. As time progressed her roles have expanded and her title officially changed to Communications Coordinator in 2017. Her roles include the development of promotional materials as well as managing all program related correspondence and assisting our Event Coordinator with events.


Daniel Ryan

IT Specialist | Staff member for 9 years

B.S. Business Information Systems, Oregon State University

Dan joined us as a MECOP Information Systems intern in spring of 2012, to help the office with the technological aspects of transitioning from a department at Oregon State to an independently run non-profit. After graduating Oregon State, Dan was re-hired as the program's IT Specialist. He is currently responsible for website development, data administration and instructs the Student Seminar at Oregon State, held Fall Term each year for new students joining the program.


Dustin Scott

Operations Manager | Staff member for 7 years

B.S. Accounting, Oregon State University

Dustin joined the office in 2014 as a MECOP Accounting intern to address the growing need for a dedicated staff member to manage the program's financial structure. At the conclusion of his internship, Dustin graduated from Oregon State and was brought on board as the program's Staff Accountant. Dustin's roles have expanded since then and he now serves as the program's Operations Manager.