Brandi grew up in Coral Springs, FL and attended the University of Florida (Go Gators!); she has degrees in Political Science & Philosophy and a minor in Organizational Leadership for Nonprofits. In 2005, Brandi moved to Portland and began working at the Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force conducting in anti-hunger public policy and outreach for federal nutrition programs. Read more.
Kurt first became involved in social justice in college when he founded a free kitchen to serve hungry folks on the streets of Buffalo. In Portland, he worked for Transition Projects and New Avenues for Youth before joining the PHFS team. Kurt loves hanging out with his family, listening to great music, and spending time outdoors. Read more.
RJ was born in Buffalo, New York, and grew up in Arizona. He majored in History at Harvard University and received his MBA from Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas. RJ spent 20 years in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, where he met his wife Terra and his two daughters were born. Read more.
With a passion for meeting the tangible needs of others, Bethany has a Human Services degree from Western Washington University. For the past 12 years she has worked in the nonprofit sector, with the majority of her experience in volunteer management and event logistics. Read more.
Emma was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas where she studied English and American Studies at the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!). She began her nonprofit career nine years ago at an arts based nonprofit, doing everything from office administration to teaching preschool. Read more.
Carl worked at a couple of non-profits that serve the homeless population in Denver, Colorado, for the past 10 years. Although much of his previous work focused on youth and individuals, he finds working with families to be inspiring. “It’s amazing to watch families work together to get the things they need accomplished. I find it to be a great display of the necessity of togetherness that keeps us all going!” Read more.
Angi has worked in the social service sector since 2009. Her focuses are on providing support to survivors of domestic violence, drug and alcohol treatment, and mental health services. Before joining PHFS, Angi worked with CPS, NARA, and Home Free. As a survivor of domestic violence, drug addiction, and sexual assault, Angi uses her experiences to help empower and connect with her clients. Read more.
Mary started at PHFS in October 2009, as a Shelter Coordinator. In 2012, Mary piloted the Mobile Housing Program with Carl Knudson and they won Multnomah County's "Program of the Year Award" in 2013 for their work. In the winter of 2015, Mary left PHFS to go back to school to get her degree in Community Development....now she has graduated, and is back with PHFS! Read more.
A native to the Portland area, Samuel loves everything about the Pacific Northwest, not the least of which are the people here. Samuel’s strong desire to be of direct service to the people of his community has led him to seek out opportunities to assist others in bettering themselves and their situations. Read more.
Steve was born in Chula Vista, California - five miles north of the Mexican border. His early education would be the School of Hard Knocks. In later years, he attended the Center for Electronic Arts and Advanced Instructional Media in San Francisco, the Sangheet School of World Music in Los Angeles, and the International Music Ashram of Banares, India. Read more.
Jinine hails from sunny Los Angeles, CA, where she attended University of California, Davis, studying Genetics and Native American Studies. She also attended Academy of Art University, San Francisco, where she majored in Photography. Jinine has called Portland her home since 2007. She considers herself the “luckiest gal in the world” because her passion and profession are in perfect confluence. Read more.
Robert was born in Northern California but was drawn to the beautiful landscape of the Pacific Northwest and moved to Portland to study biology at Concordia University. During and after college, Robert fought forest fires for eight years before moving into the social service sector in 2011. Read more.
Kimberly is a native Oregonian; raised in the high desert of Eastern Oregon before moving to the Willamette Valley in 2007. In between she attended the University of Idaho for a degree in Psychology and Eastern Washington University for her Master’s in social work. Read more.
Diana was born in Walla Walla, Washington but spent most of her childhood in Eastern Oregon in Milton-Freewater. She graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Health Care Administration. Go BEAVS!! After graduation she coordinated Oregon’s Latino Tobacco Prevention and Education program for the state for 5 years. Read more.
Trista is a native Oregonian and mother of three. Trista studied Liberal Arts at Portland State University after receiving her Associates Degree in General Studies at Portland Community College. Trista has worked in the social service industry for the last 12 years, working with at risk children, adults with developmental disabilities, and adults that have been chronically homeless with dual diagnosis. Read more.
Karl is from Phoenix, Arizona. He lived and worked Los Angeles as a motion picture editor for 17 years before transitioning to more meaningful work in social services. He is a senior BSW student of Portland State University’s School of Social Work, and has previously worked with CARE Partnership in Mesa, AZ and with Southland Hospice in Phoenix. Read more.
On-Call Shelter Coordinators:
- Katie Sponagle
- Gabhor Utomo
- Quinn Wilson
- Amethyst Dawson
- Rebecca Fingeret
- Annicca Jones
- Celia Meiners-Wilson