ALLY LINFOOT | BOARD PRESIDENT
Head of Peer Support - Flourish Labs
Ally Linfoot has worked in mental health and addiction peer support services for nearly 25 years. She came to this work through her son who is now 32 and has struggled since the age of 4. In more recent years she has used her experience as a person and mom with mental health struggles to work on issues affecting adults struggling with mental health and/or addiction. Ally worked for the Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division for 12 years as the Peer Services Coordinator. There she developed a Peer
Services System of Care providing a wide array of peer support services available to individuals, older adults, youth and young adults, and families with children receiving services at various levels of the mental health and addiction treatment systems. She managed 16 contracts that provided 20 different peer support programs in Clackamas County ranging from drop-in centers to peer supported housing to peers embedded in county programs including safety net services (crisis), suicide postvention and
prevention to “stand alone” peer support programs partnering with mental health and addiction treatment providers, child welfare, Clackamas County Jail and Community Corrections, adult and juvenile courts, and local hospitals.
Ally has experience facilitating implementation teams such as Clackamas County’s Behavioral Health Zero Suicide Implementation Team and has participated on several committees and councils in Oregon, including The Traditional Health Worker Commission, focusing on the development of Peer Support Services on a state-wide basis. She has also provided consultation to other systems, counties, states, and countries regarding the development of Peer Support Services and taking them to scale. Recently Ally joined Flourish Labs as the Head of Peer Support where they are developing a peer support program using a virtual platform that focuses on 18-25 year olds attending school at several universities. Eventually this program will scale to include many other populations seeking peer support, but who may experience barriers to access through conventional means.
JUDY STEELE | IMMEDIATE PAST BOARD PRESIDENT
Retired Speech Pathologist & Educator
Certainly not new to NAMI Clackamas but publicity shy, Judy is newly retired as Board President. A retired speech pathologist, Judy has been a stalwart volunteer, Chair of the Party with a Purpose committee, and most generous donor to NAMI causes since 2000! A longtime and proud resident of Milwaukie, Judy is also an active member of the Portland Metro Rotary.
JOE KAUFMAN | BOARD VICE PRESIDENT
Attorney - JQ Kaufman Law LLC
Joe Kaufman is an established corporate counsel, business attorney, and strategist with more than 27 years of legal experience, currently servicing clients in Oregon and California. He has now established three locations in Clackamas County, Oregon to continue his work with small and large client’s legal needs. Personal legal matters such as Estate Planning, Immigration, Bankruptcy and Credit Repair are also important to his practice in Oregon as Joseph Kaufman’s breadth and length of experience allows him to address both business and personal legal issues cost effectively. His current work focuses on complex commercial transactions, business litigation, and regulatory law, serving as outsourced counsel for a variety of Hong Kong and Taiwanese based firms such as ACCELL Corporation, BizLink Technology, and Fujitsu America to name a few. His law practice is based in Gladstone, Oregon where he enjoys fine food, wine, the outdoors, and everything the great Pacific Northwest has to offer.
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
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 commercial 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.
MEMBERS AT LARGE
Jail Captain at Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Captain Lee Eby began his career in law enforcement as a Reserve Officer with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office in 1999, where later that same year he was hired as a deputy at the Clackamas County Jail. In 2006, he was promoted to Sergeant. In 2009 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. In 2015, he was promoted to Captain and appointed Commander of the Clackamas County Jail.
Captain Eby holds Basic, Intermediate, Supervisory, Middle Management and Executive Certification in Corrections from DPSST. He also holds an instructor certification at DPSST, where he trains Basic Corrections and Basic Police classes in corrections law and other legal topics. These classes have covered topics including civil liability and PREA, the criminal justice system, use of force for corrections personnel, inmate rights, employee discipline and collective bargaining. He is also a Certified Jail Inspector for the State of Oregon, and has written for the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice.
During his career, Captain Eby has earned numerous awards for his expertise and accomplishments in the corrections field. He was named the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office "Corrections Deputy of the Year" in 2004 and the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association "Employee of the Year" in 2006. He was also honored with a Meritorious Service Award from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office in 2006, and the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association (OSSA) Jail Command Council named him "Outstanding Supervisor of the Year" in 2010. Captain Eby was OSSA's "Jail Commander of the Year" in 2016. He has served as the President of the Oregon Sheriff's Jail Command Council and is currently on the executive board for Clackamas County chapter of the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI).
Deputy District Attorney - Clackamas County
Chelsea Jones is currently a Deputy District Attorney in Clackamas County. Specifically, she is the Mental Health Deputy District Attorney so much of her case load is focused on Mental Health Court, Aid and Assist issues, and civil commitments. Prior to Clackamas County, Chelsea was a DDA in Jackson County, and a staff attorney at St. Andrew Legal Clinic.
Realtor, Property Manager, Entrepreneur
Born and raised in Portland, Tabi just recently moved back to her home state, after living in California for nineteen years. She is a busy mother of three, with three side businesses and is a licensed realtor in three states. But wherever she has gone and whatever she has done, the field of mental health has always been of utmost importance in her education and life.
With thirteen years of property management experience behind her, she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with a minor in education from the University of California, Davis. There, she also interned at The MIND Institute, assisting with the 22Q lab while concurrently working as a residential counselor for Crossroads Treatment Center, helping adolescent girls deal with trauma, abuse and recovery.
Tabi's passion for "mental wellness for all" stems from her own experience as a rape survivor and losing her sister to suicide. She has served as a Sacramento NAMI Walks Captain for nine years and was on the board of the Faith Net Team. Upon moving back to the Portland area, Tabi has immediately looked to support and get involved in NAMI Clackamas through local events and fundraisers. She is driven to spread awareness and resources for those struggling with mental health conditions and the daily challenges of everyday life.
Retired Worker's Compensation Claim Adjuster at SAIF Corporation
Deanne Barnett earned degrees in Early Childhood Education and in Transportation & Distribution Management from Weber State College and the University of Chicago. She previously taught at the Ogden Weber Education Center for disabled children in Utah and tutored immigrant and low income children in Portland. Her daughter, son, and son-in-law all struggle with mental illness and their challenges led her to volunteer with NAMI Clackamas to improve the system and the lives of the people involved in it. Deanne lives in Happy Valley with her husband.
Cristi has spent much of her life living in Oregon, with brief stops in California, Nevada, Idaho, Texas, and Washington. She has been working in the electrical utility industry for over 20 years, where she started out as an apprentice and then journeyperson working on power lines. She now works as a compliance specialist overseeing operations and planning programs with a focus on Risk and Internal Controls.
For the last three years she has volunteered as a Family-to-Family class teacher for NAMI Clackamas and enjoys the learning experience she receives in each session. As a facilitator she loves to bring the curriculum to participants, but feels each participant’s lived experience supporting a loved one living with mental illness, provides a wealth of knowledge as well.
Since 2018 she has also volunteered with non-profits that serve the houseless population in the Portland area. Each Thursday evening you will find her under the Burnside Bridge enjoying time with guests who come to listen to music, relax in a safe and supportive space, have a meal, get a blanket or clothes, and sometimes a haircut. But the main focus for her is building a connection with each guest in hope that when they leave, they feel seen, loved and valued. She feels that learning a person’s name, listening to their story, and trying to understand their journey, affords her an ability to help educate housed people who may not understand what brings a person to living on the street and the obstacles they face to get back to stability.
Cierra Brown serves as a court-appointed defense attorney for the Clackamas County Mental Health Court as well the Beaverton municipality, developing a reputation of strong advocacy and maximizing results for her clients. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Cierra worked as a Youth Advisor for the Washoe County Department of Juvenile Services in Nevada, where she worked closely with underprivileged youth and realized the full power of the law and the need for strong advocates. She earned her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law and both her Masters and B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Reno. In addition to serving on the NAMI Clackamas Board, Cierra also serves on the board of Basic Rights Oregon.