Sarah Kimes - Mental Health Awareness Training Coordinator
Sarah is passionate about mental health care, early detection and treatment of mental health conditions in youth and is working to become a child and family counselor. Sarah has been a long-time Nami Clackamas volunteer beginning at the age of 18. Sarah is a peer who experienced Post Traumatic Stress disorder and anxiety which began at the early age of five. She is also a family member of people with mental health conditions, including her mother, a 15 year old cousin and several other members of her family. She has worked as a Peer Wellness Specialist, a Traditional Health Care worker and a Qualified Mental Health Associate in mental health crisis support services in the nonprofit sector for 6+ years before joining the NAMI Clackamas team. She has extensive experience doing outreach, advocacy, resource navigation and peer support, often coordinating between Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.
She has also acted as a member of numerous committees for mental health awareness and systems change.
Sarah is a Oregon native who grew up surrounded by nature, animals, comedy and art. In her free time, Sarah enjoys sculpting, writing, playing with her cats, practicing her comedy routines and spending time with family in the natural beauty of the state. She is excited to work with you!
Jacki Camacho - COVID-19 Community Engagement Coordinator
Jacki grew up in the Bay Area and moved to Portland 10 years ago to attend Portland State University where she majored in Graphic Design and got a minor in Dance. She pursued a professional dance career for seven years before joining NAMI as a volunteer working on design and social media in June 2020. Soon after she was hired as Community Engagement Coordinator.
Before working for NAMI, and during her dance career, Jacki was Director of Operations at The Aspire Project, a non-profit dance studio in Portland which served low income families, offering quality, but affordable dance training, fitness classes, and academic tutoring to anyone regardless of their financial situation.
Jacki, her husband, and many of her loved ones have suffered from mental health conditions. She believes mental health should always be a priority, and that mental health care should be readily and easily accessible to all. Jacki loves NAMI's mission and is excited to be working towards making those beliefs reality.
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
I was born and raised in Clackamas County. I graduated from Portland State with a degree in accounting and am currently working as a commerical loan underwriter for the community banking group at US Bank. Although I moved to Central Oregon for my job, I remain connected to the community as I have family and friends still living in the area.
Having had my personal life impacted by mental illness I know how important it is to offer the care and support necessary to help others through difficult times and so being able to help out, in a financial analysis capacity (which is a personal strength) seemed like a great way for me to support a group that I know has served so many.
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.
Pamela Blackwell - Vice President - Education & Support
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.
Members at large:
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.
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.
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.
Clackamas County Clerk
Jail captain at Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Social worker specializing in children's services, administration and training
Retired worker's compensation claim adjuster at SAIF Corporation
NAMI Clakamas Volunteer Teacher, Facilitator, & Presenter