Elevate Oregon Staff & Board

Meet the Elevate Family: Our dedicated staff and Board of Directors

The Elevate Oregon Team

On the Ground: Our coordinating staff, TeacherMentors, and MentorCoaches work in the classroom, 1:1 with students, and behind the scenes to help Elevate students to be their best selves.

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Donell Morgan

Executive Director

Donell Morgan’s role as Executive Director at Elevate Oregon is the culmination of his entire life’s experiences.

He grew up in the inner city, starting his basketball career in high school and continuing through college,  which led him to playing basketball around the world. After retiring from basketball, Donell worked first-hand with troubled youth at Echo Glen Children’s Center, a detention home where he helped young men & women piece their lives back together. For 10 years, he coached basketball at Umpqua Community College, kick-starting his mentorship of young African American men and becoming the first African American coach in Douglas County. Donell worked to open two Boys & Girls clubs in his hometown of Tacoma.

Now, as Executive Director at Elevate Oregon, Donell continues to mentor students and build life-changing relationships. His goal is to give back to his communities all that was given to him and more. An energetic and engaging speaker, Donell aims to inspire and develop the next generation of leaders who will transform communities and build a better future.

In his free time Donell is pursuing an MBA at Willamette University. He enjoys learning, cooking, and – never having given up his love of the game – coaching Parkrose High School’s Varsity basketball team and Elevate Oregon’s one-week Community Basketball Camp each summer.

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Sarah Dougherty

High School Program Manager & TeacherMentor

Sarah was born and raised in Portland, and has spent her life helping youth pursue their passions and dreams, starting with her deep involvement with her faith as a youth leader and mentor. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Communication at PCC and PSU, so that she can better assist youth in reaching their dreams. Sarah is happiest when she can be a strong shoulder for youth to lean on and relate to. Sarah’s passion and natural loving spirit has enabled her to give back in a way that is deeply meaningful to her and everyone around her.

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Shannon Petrina

High School TeacherMentor

Shannon was born and raised in Portland, and became involved in working with youth in athletics while running on the track team at Portland State University. Her love for working with people and wanting to make a lasting impact in others’ lives led her to work in the school and community. Starting as an instructional assistant and then as an On Track Coordinator at Parkrose, she realized building relationships and seeing her students’ personal growth fueled her passion for the work. She wants to be a positive light in the students' lives and someone they can count on.

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Paul Tabron

Program Director

Paul Tabron has served as a positive role model for youth of color in the Portland community for over 10 years, in nonprofit organizations, sports camps and public schools. His commitment to unlocking youth potential has made him a trusted advocate and leader for students and athletes from elementary school through high school. Paul is passionate about helping those who struggle to develop the tools that are essential to be successful in a rapidly changing world. He was honored to be the featured speaker at Jefferson High School’s 2017 Graduation, at the request of his students.

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Paris Penn

High School TeacherMentor

Paris earned his Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies in 2017 from Portland State University, where he was a student/athlete (football). His career aspirations are to become a high school counselor and eventually move into administration.

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Tiffany Robinson

High School TeacherMentor

Tiffany is a Portland native and a 2007 Jefferson High School alumni. It has been her passion to assist low-income families and youth in need of mentorship and guidance for over 10 years. The positive mentorship she was given in local non-profit organizations growing up moved her to serve as a role model that children still look up to even when they have graduated. She loves to bring out that "Inner Positive Successful Person" in everyone around her! Tiffany is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at PCC/OSU and is the CEO of her own hair business.

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John Jackson

Middle School Program Manager and TeacherMentor

John has spent his life engaged with youth, helping to develop new generations of leaders. Following a successful career at the University of Mississippi, John went on to play professionally for more than a decade, with a highlight being his time with the Harlem Globetrotters. After retiring from competitive basketball, John began to pay it forward by coaching youth basketball, coaching on the collegiate level, and working with special needs populations prior to joining Elevate Oregon.

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Laticia Huchin Latoni

Middle School TeacherMentor

Laticia is a former Elevate student and a Parkrose High School graduate. She joined the Elevate Oregon staff in January of 2021 and hit the ground running passing on Elevate Oregon’s skill-building and positive curriculum to her students!

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De'Aziah Bradley

Middle School TeacherMentor

De'Aziah is a Parkrose High School graduate. As a former Elevate student, she worked as a student leader at every Elevate Oregon camp, served as a peer mentor in Little Lift, and gave the student address at our 2020 annual fundraiser. She loves working with middle school youth. In her spare time, she is doing her pre-Med coursework at Portland Community College.

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Xavier Dupree

Elementary School MentorCoach

Xavier joins Elevate after a career playing professional basketball overseas. He also owns his own clothing line. As part of our elementary school expansion, Xavier is working in a new, full-time position at Russell Elementary School.

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Luz Ruiz Ruiz

Elementary School MentorCoach

Luz is a former Elevate student, a trained dancer, and a Parkrose High School graduate. She joined the Elevate Oregon staff in January of 2021 in a new, full-time position at Shaver Elementary School.

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Jaelen Blake

Elementary School MentorCoach

Jaelen is a former Elevate student and a Parkrose High School graduate. He’s an avid gamer with a passion for helping youth and the community he grew up in. He joined the Elevate Oregon staff in January of 2021 in a new, full-time position at Sacramento Elementary School.

 

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Angela Taylor

Finance Manager

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Angela graduated from Portland State University – School of Business Administration for Accounting in 2013. Her passion and dedication for the community has led to 7 years serving local area nonprofit organizations.  Angela is excited to share her professional experience to support Elevate Oregon's mission.

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Jennifer Lichtenberg

Director of Annual Giving

Jennifer has spent her career working directly with and supporting youth in the education and non-profit world. Originally from Florida, she moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2004. She has a degree in Communications from the University of Alabama and a Master’s degree from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. She lives in the Parkrose area, and is honored to bring her experiences and skills to Elevate in a fundraising role, to help build and expand on the foundation that has been laid. In her spare time, she is a visual artist, specializing in painting and collage.

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Jim Wildermuth

Administrative Assistant

Jim is an artist/entertainer who has lived all over the United States. For more than a decade, he has made his living working in office settings for health care teams and nonprofits. Jim is grateful for the opportunity to offer his abilities to an organization that is concerned with teaching valuable life skills to young people. He believes in forming relationships based on mutual respect so that together we can combat the fear that pervades the systems into which we were born.

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Kristen Robertson Rogers

Development & Communications Manager

A native Oregonian, Kristen attended the University of Oregon and Mills College in Oakland, California. With a strong writing background, Kristen manages grants and communications and coordinates internal and external data. She is deeply committed to Elevate Oregon’s work in Parkrose and to the youth we serve.

Elevate Oregon Board of Directors

At the Table: Our talented Board is key to our success and stability. With the long-term support of board members Sean Gabrio, Jordan Bader, and Sarah Raymond, we have celebrated over 10 years of serving youth in Parkrose. With the influx of skills and passion for equity that each new member brings, we are deepening our work and expanding our services. We're so blessed to have this diverse and engaged group of Portland professionals guiding Elevate Oregon's growth!

 

 

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Jordan Bader

Board Chair

President, Acme Construction Supply, Inc.

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Sean Gabrio

Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Finance Committee Chair

Senior Vice President of Pacific Wealth Group at UBS

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Taaj Armstrong

Board of Directors

Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist at Portland General Electric

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Alexander Colas

Board of Directors

Senior Project Manager, Colas Construction

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Michael Walker

Board of Directors

Partner, Samuels Yoelin and Kantor

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Billy Ladd

Board of Directors

Director, Customer Care, Jama Software

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Nathan Moroney

Board of Directors

Vice President, Hoffman Construction Company

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Ali Migaki

Board of Directors

Senior Vice President, Retail Delivery, iQ Credit Union

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Dr. Wayde Elliott, DMD

Board of Directors

Owner, Exceptional Smiles, Boat & RV Property Developer

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Kara Adams

Board of Directors

Director of Guest Experience, Rip City Management

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Sarah Raymond

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Board Officer

Stanford Business School

Executive Committee