Our Team

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Our Mission

The Contingent empowers leaders and mobilizes community for the common good.

Our Commitment to Oregon

Oregon is home, and we’re loyal to its people. Oregonians are as diverse as our geography. From the city to rural communities, from the desert to the coast, from the Columbia to Crater Lake, from Roseburg to Rockaway, we love this state. We’re committed to improving life for everyone who lives here.

Governing Board

Ben Sand
CEO, The Contingent
Anthony Jordan
President, The Contingent
Gustavo Vela-Moreno
Mechanical Engineer, PAE
Kirk Lohmolder
CEO, Eclectic Institute
Erinn Kelley-Siel
Chief Officer of Public Funding and Policy, Friends of the Children
Mark Shuholm
President, NW Polymers

Our Staff

Joanna Abels
Community Experience Associate

I take action in Oregon by serving the vulnerable folks in my community.

Joanna’s superpower: Creating delightful experiences for others.

Kelly Bartz
Executive Director of Organizational Development

I take action in Oregon by elevating voices that are too often marginalized or muted. I love Oregon because the diversity of the state’s landscape is only a reflection of the beauty displayed in the diversity of lived experiences.

Kelly’s superpower: Helping leaders discover all they are created to be.

Dayana Caamal Perez
Mobilizing Community Communications Specialist
Alexandria Clarke
Associate Director of Strategic Growth Marketing

I take action in Oregon by learning and listening to the needs of the community.

Alex’s superpower: Being a safe place that lets people feel like they can be themselves.

Dionne Denson - Financial Controller
Dionne Denson
Financial Controller
Jamie Dudley
Bookkeeper
Carolyn Evans
Manager of Human Resources
Sarah Forsythe-Insley
Project Manager, Empowering Leaders
Tiara Gay
Community Experience Specialist, Empowering Leaders
Vennisa Gerberg
Associate Director of Community Engagement​, Every Child PDX 

I take action in Oregon by engaging the needs of my local community. I love Oregon because Oregonians care deeply and they are doers!

Vennisa’s superpower: Offering hope and joy amidst chaos.

Marcus Gillette
Senior Director, Every Child Oregon

I take action in Oregon by connecting leaders with their communities across the state. I love Oregon because it’s dirt is under my nails, and I am called to bless it.

Marcus’s superpower: Running hard for the cause.

Jillana Goble
Founder and Foster Support Specialist, Every Child PDX

I take action in Oregon walking alongside a myriad of people impacted by foster care. I love Oregon because it’s where I am putting down roots. There is no other place I’d rather be!

Jillana’s superpower: Leaning in to other’s experiences with empathy.

Luke Goble
Director of Research, Evaluation, Impact and Learning

I take action in Oregon by saying a sometimes enthusiastic and sometimes reluctant “yes” to offer my life and my talents in service to and love for others.

Luke’s superpower: Observation and strategy.

Brooke Gray
Executive Director of Strategic Growth

I take action in Oregon by mobilizing community to bring what they can to the table for children and families in crisis. Oregon is a place of radical generosity. I love its diversity in people, perspective, geography, and way of life.

Brooke’s superpower: Building unlikely bridges.

Melina Hernández
Community Experience Associate
Cassie Johnson
Community Experience Associate
Anthony Jordan
President and Chief Culture Officer

I take action in Oregon by showing up in the lives of others. I love Oregon because my roots run deep here.

Anthony’s superpower: Earning the right to be heard.

Stacy Kean
Director of Marketing and Community Engagement

“Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say: This is my community, and it’s my responsibility to make it better” -Tom McCall

Stacy’s superpower: Tenacity combined with creative problem-solving. ​

Peter Kim
Director of Technology

I take action in Oregon by bringing my gifts to the table to build systems, processes, and tools to further our collective impact. I love Oregon because of our deep beauty in the midst of our complex challenges.

Peter’s superpower: Patience.

Stephanie Lopez
Project Manager, Every Child Oregon

I take action in Oregon by creating and sustaining equitable systems and spaces.

Stephanie’s superpower: Resiliency rooted in hope.

Eunice Makinde
Director of Every Child PDX
Juliette Marin-Romero
Community Experience Specialist, Mobilizing Community

I take action in Oregon by listening to the needs of those around me and helping them get the resources that they need in order to succeed.

Juliette’s superpower: Creating an atmosphere where people feel welcomed, at peace, and joyful.

Bryce McCann
Program Coordinator, Empowering Leaders

I take action in Oregon by bringing my full self to this work. For me, that means taking risks, knowing what I don’t know, and being eager to learn.

Bryce’s superpower: Problem solving and adaptability.

Madeline Michalk
Community Experience Associate
Gabi Nygaard
Associate Director of Communications, Empowering Leaders
Nick Poindexter
Director of Community Partnerships and Mentoring, Empowering Leaders

I take action in Oregon by being dedicated to the collective commitment of our organization to serve, uplift, and invest in building up marginalized communities. I love Oregon because it is a place that has helped shape my story. The guidance and support of people here helped shape me to be who I am today.

Nick’s superpower: Encouragement.

Demetrius Rhodes
Associate Director of Student Engagement, Empowering Leaders

I take action in Oregon by striving to empower young people in our community. I love Oregon because this is the state where I was born and raised.

Demetrius’ superpower: Genuine connections with people.

Kinnah Rhodes
Community Response Coordinator
Jessica Rivera Smith
Associate Director of Marketing

I take action in Oregon by changing the narrative of vulnerable children and families through storytelling. I love Oregon because the potential of young, diverse leaders is booming!

Jessica’s superpower: Resilience that is always learning.

Lisette Rodriguez
Data Analytics and Reporting Specialist
Alexa Sakai
Donor Care Specialist

I take action in Oregon by stepping in the gap to provide resources, support, and love for parents and children in foster care. I love Oregon because we are resilient, diverse, and take action to support our most vulnerable community members

Alexa’s superpower: Empathy.

Ben Sand
CEO

I take action in Oregon by bringing leaders together to ask big questions and imagine collaborative solutions. I love Oregon because the people don’t back down and the trout are plenty (fish on!)

Ben’s superpower: Bringing ideas to life.

Lisa To
Operations Adminstrator

I take action in Oregon by providing organizational structure and administrative support to allow others space to be their best self.

Lisa’s superpower: Hospitality and Intuition.

Felicia Tripp
Chief Operating Officer

I take action in Oregon by serving our most vulnerable communities. I love Oregon because of its geographic and racial diversity.

Felicia’s superpower: Love without judgment.

Ciera Villegas
Program Evaluation and Data Coordinator, Empowering Leaders
Ken Weigel
Strategist

I take action in Oregon by championing growth for leaders and organizations through clarifying questions and strategic planning. I love Oregon because of the unique people who live within it and the awe-inspiring beauty that surrounds it.

Ken’s superpower: Jumping into complex challenges with good questions.

Shelly Winterberg
Senior Director, Every Child Oregon

I take action in Oregon by inviting the community to show up for children in foster care. I love Oregon because the folks that live in this state are generous and care for one another.

Shelly’s superpower: Calling out the good in others.

Take Action

We invite you to join the movement. We’ll meet you where you are and give you the opportunity to go all in. Together, we are The Contingent.