Sydney Ashland, Founder

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Sydney Ashland has worked as an energetic counselor with children for over seventeen years. During this time she developed, in collaboration with Pam Simon, a child development theory based on elemental laws. Her work has been highly effective with children suffering from the effects of ADHD, ADD, and sensory integration issues. Principal author of two books, Parenting High Energy Kids and Mind Your Minecraft, Eat Your Vegetables!

Pam Simon, Founder

IMG_5521 (ZF-5314-27765-1-011)Pam Simon, MSW has a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in social work from Gallaudet University. She is fluent in American Sign Language and has specialized in communication disorders with both children and adults. Pam mentors young girls in the sciences and is a Microsoft Educator and FabFem role model. Having worked with autism and sensory integration issues, Pam helped develop the theory F2W is based on to aid in her continuing work with children. Coauthor of two books, Parenting High Energy Kids and Mind Your Minecraft, Eat Your Vegetables!


Max Fickas, Information Systems/MakerSpace

Max iOcculus Rifts an avid hiker and expert in Google-fu and all things technological. He is an advocate and patient role model for our Widgetarians. As a part-time college student at the University of Oregon, Max has also received Cybercamp Certification in 3-D modeling, Game Design, Game Modding, Photoshop, and more. Max is our information systems lead. Coauthor of Mind Your Minecraft, Eat Your Vegetables!




Brice Allen, Information Systems

Brice AllenBrice is a full-time student at the University of Oregon, working toward a degree in geographic information systems. Brice enjoys gaming, time outside, and the occasional game of D&D. Brice’s creativity has been channeled in cocreating our awesome Fidgets2Widgets Minecraft server.

Jared Simon, Program Assistant

Jared manages our daily transportation and helps with teaching some of the daily modules. His interest in electronic music, the arts, and physical fitness are areas he uses to relate to and teach the kids. Jared’s humorous viewpoints keep us all laughing and is a source of connection with the Widgetarians. Always up for a challenge, he helps keep our program running smoothly.

Advisory Board Members

Stephen Fickas, PhD                        Uuniversity of Oregon Computer Science, Professor & Consultant
Jean Nesta-Berry, MSW
Paula Prober, MS, MEd                   Psychotherapist, Specializing in Gifted Youth & Adults
Jay Stuart                                           General Manager, Educational Facilities—Sodexo, Inc.
Hannah & Julian Farrand, PhD