Marcy Bradley, Executive Director, has worked tirelessly for three decades to lift up children and families in north and northeast Portland where the impact of gentrification has been felt profoundly. Throughout her career, her focus has been on identifying and creating solutions for inequality. Marcy’s passionate belief that no child, or family, should be disconnected from the supports they might need to thrive has fueled her leadership of organizations working to develop, and implement, solutions to inequality through engaging, culturally responsive programming.
Paul F Morris, Development Director, has worked in fund development since 1994. Over his more than 20 year career his work has resulted in millions of dollars being raised and thousands of donors being engaged for a wide spectrum of not-for-profit organizations. Paul has a commitment to giving back to the community and the profession. In his volunteer work he utilizes his background and expertise to help other not-for-profits develop their own sustainable and scalable fundraising programs. Paul also participates in his local professional association to advance excellence in fund raising. He lives with his wife and daughter, and enjoys distance running, golf, and women’s flat track roller derby.
Donell Morgan, Program Director, is a teacher, a mentor, and a nonprofit leader with years of experience in developing positive relationships with both students and parents. As a collegiate athlete, Donell experienced first-hand the value of mentoring and coaching. After a successful career playing basketball that took him around the globe, Donell returned to the United States to pay forward the positive support he had received as a coach and mentor at one of Oregon’s most successful community colleges. Being able to work with at-risk youth and families on a deeper level inspired his own transition into the non-profit field.
Candis Williamson, Program Coordinator. As a former foster youth, Candis understands the difficulties and barriers youth face on a daily basis and how important it is to have a positive role-model in your corner and pushing you to greater heights. She received her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University and is also a member of the Historically Black Greek Organization, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Incorporated where she volunteers in various community outreach activities.
Imani Burris, Communications Coordinator, was born and raised in Portland, OR. Imani grew up having that mentor presence through out her life and believes in the importance of mentorship. She recently graduated from Texas Southern University with a B.A. in Communications. Imani is excited to be part of the Elevate family where she can incorporate both her creativity skills through multiple project with in the company, while still being able to be that same mentoring presence to students that she had growing up.
Oswaldo Moreno, Teacher Mentor, teaches Elevate's middle school classes. He is a Los Angeles native who has had a passion for education for as long as he can remember. Like many students in the Parkrose School District, Oswaldo was the first of five children to graduate from college. He grew up learning both Spanish and English at the same time, speaking Spanish at home and working on his English at school. Oswaldo graduated from Western Oregon University in 2013 with a B.S. in Political Science and International Studies. Oswaldo hopes to return to school in the future to obtain a law degree, but for now is enjoying his time at Elevate Oregon.
Meanroth Ny, Teacher Mentor, Born in a refugee camp in Thailand then moved to Tacoma, Washington when he was 2. He attended Eastern Washington University then transferred to the University of Washington and earned a BA in both Social science and Communication. After college Meanroth worked as a Recreational Technician for an after-school program called SPARX. He then moved to Portland, Oregon and worked at Self Enhancement Inc.(SEI) as an In-School Coordinator . Serving the youth has always been a passion for Meanroth he's had over 10 years of experience in the youth development field and is excited about bringing his experience and passion to the Elevate team.
Mason Alexander-Hawk, Teacher Mentor, grew up as the second oldest of five girls. She graduated from Texas AM International with a B.S. in Biology. She hopes to pass the values she’s learned from past mentors to her students. Mason believes that youth in our community have potential but they just need a push in the right direction. Her goal is to help students see all their possibilities and show them the skills they will need to lead positive, successful lives.
Marty Williams, Teacher Mentor, is originally from Michigan City, Indiana. He came to Oregon in 1995 and graduated from Grant High School. He received a bachelors in Religious Studies with a minor in Education from Linfield College. His passion for the community and youth has lead him to such positions as an educational assistant at both Grant and Parkrose High Schools. He brings to Elevate not only his passion for all kids but his expertise working with kids with low-level learning disabilities and his experience as a foster parent.
Omar Leary, Teacher Mentor, was born and raised in Oregon. Growing up, he attended Lincoln High School where he was a recognized as a standout basketball player. So much so, he received a scholarship to the University of Oklahoma where he majored in Multi-Disciplinary Studies. After college, Omar took his passion for being a youth leader to Kentridge High School in Kent, Washington where he worked with kids facing academic, behavioral, and attendance challenges. His passion for mentoring then took him to Roosevelt High School where he worked with the Open Meadows Step Up program. His love of both basketball and mentoring is shown in the five seasons he spent with the Portland Trail Blazers as a Youth Basketball Specialist.
Marche’ Black, Teacher Mentor, A native Oregonian, Marche’ attended Benson High School and the University of Oregon. Her interest in helping young people define and have success stems from her own experiences growing up; her teachers and mentors encouraged her to pursue her passions, especially dance. As a Teacher Mentor, she is excited to do the same by developing the rapport and relationships needed to inspire the next generation.
Jordan Bader, President, Acme Construction Supply, Inc.
Tom Cook, CEO, Pacific Taco Bells
Katy Durant, Atlas Investments, LLC; Oregon Investment Council
John Hedlund, President, Grande Enterprises, Inc.
Steven Holwerda, COO and Principal, Ferguson Wellman Capital Management
Dr. J. Kent Hutcheson, PhD, Founder, Colorado Uplift
Craig Johnston, CEO, Forest City Trading Group
Nathan Moroney, Operations Manager, Hoffman Construction Company
Sean Gabrio, Board Chair; Executive Committee and Finance Committee Chair; Sr. Vice President Pacific Wealth Group at UBS
Catherine Willmott, Executive Committee Community Advocate; founder teaching preschool partners
Sarah Raymond, Executive Committee Stanford Business School