Staff

Michele Veenker - Executive Director

Michele was fortunate enough to be a stay at home mother of five children for 16 years before starting on a winding career path that included working her way up from a part-time bank teller to a branch manager, working in the parts department of a car dealership, doing landscape maintenance, and creating pressed flower pictures that she sold at area art shows and harvest fairs.  During this time Michele was an avid volunteer doing work that has included volunteering at the local schools, with her church, as well as for the Organized Citizens of Sandy, Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees, the Morrison Center for Children, and Executive Women International, among others.  

After several years watching both her ex-husband and her daughter struggle with severe mental illness, she started volunteering for NAMI Clackamas, first serving as their Public Policy Liaison and later as a board member.  In the process, she realized that she had finally decided what she wanted to be when she “grew up” and started taking nonprofit management and development courses at Portland State University’s Institute for Nonprofit Management where she earned certification in both.  In 2010, after receiving their first grant and doing an extensive search, NAMI Clackamas hired Michele as their first employee.

Under her leadership, NAMI Clackamas has more than doubled membership; greatly increased program attendance, volunteer engagement, and community outreach;  added several new programs and classes including Basics, Peer-to-Peer Wellness classes, Parents and Teachers as Allies, the Open Minds Open Art Studio, and Peer Resource Connection. She has also been instrumental in bringing In Our Own Voice presentations into area high schools; increasing the number of locations for support groups into Sandy, Milwaukie and Molalla; as well as securing 1200 feet of donated office space for the organization.

Gary Marschke - Outreach & Development Coordinator

A native of Buffalo NY and Portland resident since 1985, Gary has lived in the Concordia neighborhood since 1988. After more than 25 years in media, publishing, and consulting; he launched an encore career in 2000 recruiting volunteers and managing community projects. He launched an encore marriage in 1989, has two daughters, a stepson, and three grandchildren.

A chronic volunteer since being called to service as a fundraiser for “Jerry’s Kids” at the tender age of 8, Gary has been engaged in community service at a variety of levels from picking up trash and planting trees to wrangling volunteers and chairing boards ever since.

Armed with a prolific contact network combined with a passion for making a difference, Gary serves on the Board of Colored Pencils Art & Culture Council, is a founding Executive Team member of the Aging Artfully Initiative, and a member of the newly formed Portland Police Training Advisory Committee along with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and Age Friendly Portland.

Angie Gallagher - Peer Resource Coordinator

Angie Gallagher is a mental health peer who is ecstatic with the opportunity to accept the position as a Peer Resource Specialist. She has successfully assisted many family members and peers with resources and continues to carry the excitement of assisting in the future. Mental Health is a top priority in her own life and she truly enjoys advocating for others. Angie was our Peer Resource Coordinator previously and found this work truly rewarding and is honored to fill the position.

Angie has received her Peer Specialist Certification. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and camping with great. She has lived in multiple states throughout the years. She resides locally with her family.

Sheri Mascorro - Volunteer Coordinator

Sheri’s career has spanned both non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses, including developing and executing organizational strategies and new programs, as well as growing existing programs. While in the for-profit sector, Sheri’s work was primarily in the hi-tech and software industries.

During this time, driven by her desire to use her knowledge and experience to positively impact the lives of others, Sheri began volunteering her free time to work with various non-profits in the areas of strategic business and operational plan development and implementation, Board membership recruitment, fundraising, community outreach, and event planning and management, including recruiting and managing volunteers.

Most recently Sheri was with Youth Homes, an organization in the SF Bay Area that provides mental health services, residential treatment and care coordination for at-risk youth, ages 16-25, who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect and severe mental health challenges. As the Mentor Program Manager, Sheri developed and managed a volunteer mentor program for Youth Homes’ five residential group homes and crisis shelters. When promoted to Workforce Development Manager, she developed and implemented an employment services program working with traumatized and abused
foster and former foster youth, and youth ages 17 – 24 dealing with mental illness, homelessness and substance abuse. Realizing that there was nowhere in the local community for these youth to go to gain employment and life skills once they turned 18 and left Youth Homes, Sheri helped raise funds and built and managed a Resource Center, developing and facilitating employment and life skills workshops, social activity events and leadership skills development. Determined to help these youth as best she could, Sheri became a Global Career Development Facilitator and a Certified Career Services Provider.


Promoted to Director of Support Services, Sheri managed several programs supporting education, employment, housing and independent living skills in coordination with the mental health clinical staff.

Sheri recently moved to Portland to be close to her two daughters. She is thrilled to have connected with NAMI Clackamas and is excited to work with everyone as Volunteer Coordinator, helping to bring awareness to the community and support those impacted by mental health issues.

volunteercoor@namicc.org

Gisela Foster - Latinx Outreach Coordinator

When communities connect the sense of life in society change, it is important that we all work together to develop the ability to perceive awareness about mental health.  Gisela’s passion is connecting people through education and public health. She supports communities suffering through a trauma or stressful experience.

Gisela joined NAMI in 2018 and she is coordinating outreach efforts in Clackamas County to provide education about mental health to hundreds of families. Growing up in Central America she embraces  culture and diversity.  Gisela’s background includes a B.A. in Education, experience in mental health, many years as a project manager and teacher in United States. She pursues her passion and dedication to communities providing classes, training and coordinating events for NAMI.

gisela@namicc.org

Fawn Hakert - Mental Health Awareness Coordinator

Fawn grew up enjoying the magnificent wildlife and outdoor activities in the wilderness of rural Alaska. In 1990 she relocated to the Pacific Northwest making Portland, Oregon her home where she continues to enjoy being outdoors in nature with her son, family and friends.  

 

Passionate about being of service to humanity - she is active in the mental health community, her Native American/Cultural community, and her faith based community.

 

Has been involved with NAMI for over 10 years. She started receiving family support & educating herself after her son began showing signs of an early onset of a mental health condition. She participated in a NAMI Family to Family class which lead to her becoming a NAMI Basics instructor.  She served as a volunteer with NAMI Washington County as a Family Mentor;  A few years later she served on the Board of Directors for NAMI Oregon and is now employed by NAMI Clackamas County as the Mental Health Awareness Training Coordinator.

 

Fawn has been doing Peer Support work in the tri-counties for over 10 years. She started working as a certified Family Partner walking alongside children & families; then naturally transitioned into the adult mental health system of care world walking alongside adults as a certified Peer Wellness & Peer Support Specialist.  As her son transitioned from adolescence into the adult world she experienced the challenging transition right alongside him, which provided invaluable insight into the dynamics of each system of care within the tri-counties.

 

Fawn has been able to bring her lived experience and invaluable work experience in the mental health field to the community and everyone she crosses paths with.

fawn@namicc.org

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Judge Robert Selander​ - Board President

Senior Circuit Court Judge

Retired as Presiding Judge of Clackamas County, Judge Selander has been

instrumental in bringing Mental Health Court to Clackamas County, the first such

court in Oregon. A longtime resident of Lake Oswego and proud graduate of the

Willamette University College of Law, he is currently Adjunct Professor at George

Fox University and principal of Selander Mediation.

Nathan Trimpler - Treasurer

US Bank Portfolio Monitoring Analyst

Mary Clark - Secretary

Retired from Oregon Department of Human Services

Mary Clark grew up in California and attended Willamette University. She has lived in Clackamas County for more than 35 years. Mary recently retired from the Department of Human Services where she worked in direct services, administration and community development for 40 years. The families Mary served experienced many challenges including mental illness, domestic violence, substance abuse, and learning needs in addition to poverty. Mary continues to work as a community volunteer for the Youth Service Provider Network, Hispanic Interagency Networking Team, Children of Incarcerated Parents Committee, and recently joined the board of NAMI. Mary firmly believes that the more collaborative we can be the better we are able to serve our citizens.

Ashley Carroll - Vice President - Education & Support

Domestic violence and disability program specialist at Multnomah County 

Ashley Carroll was born and raised in Gladstone, Oregon. Ashley struggled with depression, suicidality, self-injury, and bulimia through high school and found the mental health system (even circa the early 2000s) to be desperately lacking in resources for both herself and her family. Falling through the cracks in a broken system ignited a lifelong passion as a mental health advocate. Ashley began her social services career as a volunteer in a domestic violence shelter in 2009. From there she began facilitating a weekly support group through Clackamas Women’s Services and started an internship with Clackamas County – Children, Youth and Families Division. During her four years with Clackamas County, Ashley administered multiple federal grants, managed many service contracts

Members at large:

 

Laura Canida

Realtor - Sotheby's International Realty

Laura Canida is a new member of the NAMI-Clackamas Board as a Member At Large. She works as an Oregon Realtor® at Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. In 2013, Laura’s son became ill, and ended up in the emergency room for observation.  Three days later, he was admitted and eventually found his way into the mental health system. While trying to navigate through this highly stressful situation, Laura was directed to NAMI for help and guidance. The struggles she has seen her son and many others go through as they travel through the current system have ignited a passion in Laura to support the mission of NAMI so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

Pamela Blackwell

Transactional Attorney, NAMI Clackamas Volunteer Teacher, Facilitator, & Presenter

Pamela grew up on the east coast. She attended St; Andrews University, Scotland and earned a UK law degree at London Metropolitan and a US law degree at Lewis & Clark. A long-time resident of Clackamas County, Pamela has three children. She has learned to navigate the special education process at local schools.

 

 

La'Verne Lynn Adams

Outpatient Quality Manager, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

La’Verne Lynn Adams was born and raised in New York City to teenage parents in a Domestic Violent relationship where she witnessed the violence and was abused by her mother who also suffered from substance misuse issues. La’Verne herself was diagnosed with Major Depression and Anxiety in 1990 after being hospitalized for a suicide attempt and decided to pursue a career in mental health after her stay on the inpatient unit in which her voice and the voices of the other patients were not being heard.

 

La’Verne received an Associate’s degree in Community Mental Health from Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY, Bachelor’s degree in Liberals Arts from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA, and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA.  La’Verne has worked as a Therapist and holds a license as a Licensed Professional Counselor before moving to the Portland/Clackamas Area in July 2018 and currently works at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare as an Outpatient Quality Manager.

Eric Blumenthal

Associate vice president  - finance at Portland Community College District

Eric Blumenthal is a financial officer, consultant, and higher education administrator who has served colleges and universities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Oregon. He is past chair of the Pioneer Educator's Health Trust, which is an Oregon Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangement (MEWA) providing medical, dental, vision and prescription benefits to employees and their covered dependents at seven local area colleges and universities. In addition, Eric is a site team academy member for the Council on Chiropractic Education and has served as a peer evaluator for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

 

Sherry Hall

Clackamas County Clerk

Lee Eby

Jail captain at Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Monica Ford

Social worker specializing in children's services, administration and training

Judie Jamison

Retired worker's compensation claim adjuster at SAIF Corporation

 

 

 

 

Cathy Bankson

NAMI Clakamas Volunteer Teacher, Facilitator, & Presenter

Judy Steele 

Retired Educator

Board Meetings

Effective April 1, 2020 and until further notice, Board meetings are online. For access, please email michele@namicc.org

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503-344-5050

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