The mission of the PTO is to enhance and support the educational experience at the Odyssey Middle School, to work in a collaborative effort with parents, teachers and the administration to improve and grow with our children in their education and support in their development

The PTO accepts donations and manages fundraising programs exclusively for charitable purposes regarding children’s education.

We meet the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM Upstairs at the Odyssey Middle School Campus. 

President: Kristen Abe


My name is Kristen Abe and I am a Project Manager at Nautilus, Inc.  I have a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies, and spent six years living and working in rural Japan.  After returning to the U.S., I worked full time while pursuing a Master’s degree in International Business from Portland State University.  During my years at Nautilus, I have been an active participant in our volunteer activities, taking a leadership role in ‘Take Your Son’s and Daughter to Work Day,’ where we host nearly 100 students in our half day event each year.  We have lived in Camas for three years, and enjoy the community feel and support for the schools.  PBL is an exceptional opportunity for our students to prepare them for real world occupations.  Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns

Vice President: Quinton Barber


My name is Quinton Barber, I was raised on the Oregon Coast and spent most of my adult life in the Portland/Vancouver Metro Area.  I moved away briefly in pursuit of my career which took us to Alaska and Texas.  We moved back to settle down and raise our kids in the wonderful community that of Camas, WA.  I love the concept of the PBL and firmly believe it will ready our children, in a much more comprehensive way, for the world today.  If you need anything, please reach out to me at   

Secretary: Aunna Elm


My name is Aunna Elm, and over the years I have enjoyed working in the nonprofit sector, as well as in program evaluation at the University of Arizona, and currently I do academic transcription. As a volunteer, my persistent passion has been promoting the safety of vulnerable road users, serving on the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee, helping launch the Safe Routes to Schools program in Pima County, Arizona, serving on my former school district’s school transportation safety committee in Pinellas County, Florida, and here in Camas, helping coordinate International Walk to School Day at Grass Valley Elementary. I'm so excited Camas School District has embraced project-based learning and I appreciate the opportunity to support our PTO and get to know the members of our wonderful school community. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions: Aunna:

Treasurer: Richard Gooch


My name is Richard Gooch. I have a B.S. in Finance and Economics from Grand Canyon University. I am a loan officer at the Camas Branch of iQ Credit Union, and have been in the financial industry for 6+ years. I also have 10+ years of business management and 15+ years in relationship services. I am a lifelong Camasonian that is looking forward to helping the PTO become a natural support system to the parents, teachers, and students of those attending the PBL middle school. I am excited for our children and the opportunity they have to learn in this new environment.  I look forward to meeting you. Feel free to contact me at

Camas Middle School PBL Principal: Aaron Smith


Originally from Lynden, WA, Aaron Smith has worked with middle school students for over 20 years and was the Principal at Skyridge Middle School from 2009 to 2016. Prior to working in Camas, he was a middle school assistant principal in Blaine, WA and taught music in the Bellingham and Conway school districts.  He also spent two years teaching middle and high school music at the American Community School of Athens, Greece.  In addition to learning, Mr. Smith enjoys the theater, collecting vinyl records, writing, traveling, and being Loretta Lynn's number one fan.  In conjunction with developing our new middle school program, he is also the planning principal for the new Project Based Learning High School set to open in the fall of 2018 on the same campus. Mr. Smith is thrilled to help lead this new educational journey for Camas kids!




5001 NW Nan Henriksen Way

Camas, WA 98607


Legal Name: Project Based MIddle School PTO

EIN # 82-0681340           501(c)(3) Nonprofit