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Leadership Team

Executive Committee - Vernon Baker


Dr. Vernon Baker

Executive Director; Board Governance and Development Committee; Community Development Committee; Programs and Public Policy Committee

Over 30 years of experience in non-profit sectors with a focus on youth and families.


Darla Tillman Samuelson

Board President; Board Governance and Development Chair; Personnel Committee

Staff Chaplain at Salem Health Hospital. Founder of Just Compassion shower and laundry program.

Executive Committee - Darla Tillman Samuelson
Executive Committee - Donna Krauthoefer


Donna Krauthoefer

Board Secretary; Community Development Committee Chair; Facilities and Safety Committee; Resource Center Committee

Retired educator and volunteer with homeless programs


Les Joel

Board Vice President

General Manager of Transformer Technologies, Tigard resident since 1996 and a lover of large dogs.

Executive Committee - Rob Watson


Rob Watson

Facilities and Safety Chair; Resource Center Committee

Lieutenant/Paramedic at Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. Director of St. Francis of Sherwood Overnight Severe Weather Shelter.


Emily Rochon

Personnel Committee

Program Manager at Portland Police Bureau. Experience with those experiencing houslessness, addicts, and incarcerated individuals. Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor.

Executive Committee - Emily Rochon
At Large - Margaret Doterty


Margaret Doherty

Board Governance and Development Committee; Community Development Committee Capital Campaign Chair; Facilities and Safety Committee

Retired Oregon State Legislator for the House of Representatives District 35. Retired educator and education advocate. Just Compassion Resource Center volunteer and advocate.

At Large

Pam Leavitt

Community Development Committee

Principal and Owner at Northwest Advocacy Group. Board Member at Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. Former Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senate. Former Board of Trustees at Oregon Zoo Foundation / University Of Oregon Alumni Association.

At Large - Pam Leavitt
At Large - Travis James


Travis James

Community Development Committee

Mental Health First Aid Instructor at the National Council For Mental Wellbeing. Former Mental Health Chaplain Fellow at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Former Critical Care Chaplain at Kettering Health Network.

In Memoriam of

Patricia “Pam” May

Passed Away June 2022

Formerly houseless for three years. Unhoused Community Member Board Representative.

Letter About Pam

In Memoriam of Pam Pay
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