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.
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.
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.
Ben was raised in Houston, Texas and attended Loyola University in New Orleans. Being lured by the Pacific Northwest, he moved to Portland in 2000. He brings a diverse set of skills to PHFS including technology consulting, financial services, agriculture, construction, maintenance and facility management. Read more.
Tasha has a diverse range of interests, which keep life interesting and challenging! She has always been interested in social justice and making a difference, whether through teaching yoga, interning at Planned Parenthood or returning to PSU for her BA. 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.
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.
Emma was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas where she attended the University of Kansas, focusing her education on English and American Studies. She has over 11 years of nonprofit fundraising experience. 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.
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.
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.
Lahela is a Portland native and moved back to Portland just over a year ago after living in various cities across the US including NYC, San Francisco and Miami. Lahela started her time at PHFS as a Shelter Volunteer before being given the opportunity to join the team as a Shelter Coordinator. 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.
Bethany has a Human Services degree from Western Washington University. Since 2005 she has worked in the nonprofit sector, with the majority of her experience in volunteer management and event logistics. Read more.
Ron grew up in northwest Indiana, just outside Chicago, and attended St. Joseph’s College on a Track & Cross Country scholarship. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration before heading onto graduate school. Read more.
A Portland native, Therese (TC) went to USC for college where she earned a degree in communications. She lived and worked in Los Angeles and Seattle before returning home to her roots to raise her family. Read more.
Katie is from Southern California and moved to Portland to attend school at Portland State University. She has also lived in Arkansas, but has fallen in love with Portland, and plans to make it her forever home. Read more.
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.
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