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Human Resources

Welcome to Human Resources

Our mission is to serve Hillsboro staff, students, and community. Here you will find resources that help guide and support staff towards positive growth and development in the educational setting. The Human Resources Department is committed to developing and supporting a highly qualified workforce, dedicated to ensuring academic success for all Hillsboro students. By focusing on recruitment, hiring, retention, employee excellence, and quality customer service, our Human Resources Department supports staff in providing valued service to our students and community. Please visit our links to learn more.

Vision: Committed to developing and supporting a highly qualified workforce dedicated to ensuring academic success for all students.

After graduating from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in special education, Debbie Ashley, Chief Human Resources Officer, began her teaching career as a middle school special education teacher in Plano, Texas. She later moved to Wisconsin, where she designed and implemented a special education program for primary students with behavior disorders at a K-12 school located on a Chippewa Reservation.  Debbie later re-located to Eugene, Oregon, where she obtained her Master’s degree in special education and completed her administrative licensure program. After finishing her program, she taught elementary special education in Cottage Grove for several years, and then was hired into the position of Special Programs Director, where she was instrumental in designing and implementing inclusionary system services to student with disabilities. She served in that position for six years, and then was hired into a position as an elementary principal. In 2000, Debbie was hired by the Eugene School District as elementary principal of co-located schools, one of which was a Spanish Immersion School and the other, a Title I school.

After three years in the principal position, Debbie was hired to serve as a human resources administrator with the district. Debbie moved to Hillsboro, Oregon, in 2006, when she accepted the position of Director of Classified Personnel for the district. Debbie was promoted to her current position as Chief Human Resources Officer in November, 2012.

After graduating from City University of New York with a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology, Director Saideh Haghighi traveled to Ecuador, South America, as part of an archeological team to excavate ruins dating back to the Valdivia culture. Once obtaining her master’s degree in ESOL & bilingual education, her educational career began by teaching fifth grade in a bilingual school.  She later became the K-12 English as a Foreign Language Director at an all-boys elementary school in Guayaquil, Ecuador. After living abroad for 10 years, in 2001, Saideh’s travels brought her to the Hillsboro School District where she has served as a bilingual assistant, ESL teacher and ESL coordinator and case manager at the high school level. 

Prior to her current role, Saideh took the position of Teacher on Special Assignment and later Director for the Office of Hispanic Outreach.  Saideh is bilingual in English and Spanish and is currently working on her doctorate in educational leadership for social justice.  


Director Kona Lew-Williams began her teaching career at the elementary level in Meridian, Idaho, in 1996 after graduating from Northwest Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in English and elementary education.  She then spent two years in Japan where she taught English Communication at the high school level before returning to Idaho in the summer of 1998.  After six years of teaching third and fifth grade, she moved to Oregon and taught at Imlay Elementary School. 

 In 2008, Kona completed her Master’s of Education in administrative leadership, and she was appointed as Imlay’s Principal then took over as Principal of Eastwood in 2012.  At Eastwood, she has expanded the school’s Dual Language program, increased academic subgroup growth on the State Report Card by using a push-in model for English Language Development, and implemented a collaborative problem-solving model to support student behavior. 

Serving as Director of Human Resources, Kona will use her educational experience to facilitate recruiting, hiring and supporting Hillsboro School District licensed staff.

Debbie Ashley

Chief Human Resources Officer
| 503-844-1506

Kona Lew-Williams

Director, Human Resources
Email  | 503-844-1477

Saideh Haghighi
Director, Equity and Human Resources
Email  |  503-844-1486

Mary Rojas-Avila
Applications Secretary
Email | 503-844-1507

Elizabeth Petitt
Applications Secretary

Kelsey Culligan
HR Specialist
Assistant to Debbie Ashley
Email | 503-844-1504

Kristina Gantt
Technology Integration
Email | 503-844-1505

Tammy Heckenliable
HR Supervisor
Assistant to Debbie Ashley
Email | 503-844-1506

Carol Helfer
HR Specialist
Assistant to Saideh Haghighi
Email | 503-844-1510

Lindi McGee
Technology Integration
Email | 503-844-1788

Patricia Ramirez
Department Secretary
Email | 503-844-1458

Grizeth Gonzalez Villaraldo
Administration Center Receptionist
Email | 503-844-1500

Yuridia Mota-Osorio
Director's Secretary
Assistant to Kona Williams
Email | (503) 844-1511 (Ext. 5811)

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