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Dave completed five terms representing Clackamas County in the Oregon House of Representatives.  After meeting with NAMI Clackamas members while running for office, he successfully advocated for passage of Oregon’s first mental health parity law in 2005.  Under his leadership as Majority Leader and Speaker of the House, Oregon enacted health insurance for 90,000 uninsured children and 30,000 low-income adults, the historic 2009 Jobs and Transportation Act, Oregon’s first affordable housing trust fund, school-based health clinic expansion, creation of Oregon’s first Rainy Day Fund, and new revenue to protect health care and other critical services during the Great Recession.


He has served as executive director/CEO of three different non-profit associations: The Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC) of 300 defense and security industry businesses, the Columbia River Channel Coalition of maritime-related organizations, and the Association of Pacific Ports.

Dave later worked as a lobbyist in Salem, helping clients pass prescription drug price reforms, the most progressive Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance law in the U.S., large increases in Oregon State Police funding, record increases in community college and university funding, paid health insurance for college faculty, expanded physician assistant scope of practice, increased funding for Court Appointed Special Advocates serving foster kids, and emergency pandemic funding for BIPOC, women, and rural small businesses.


Born in Port Angeles, WA, Dave graduated from Sheldon High School in Eugene and Columbia University in New York.  He served 10 years as a congressional staffer for U.S. Representatives Louise Slaughter (NY), Darlene Hooley (OR), and Brian Baird (WA).  Dave is a former elected member of the Clackamas Community College Board and the Oregon City School Board, current treasurer of the Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists (AWAB), past president of the Oregon City Rotary Club, and past national president of American Baptist Churches USA.  Dave’s son Andrew is a Princeton University grad and current software engineer in San Francisco, and daughter Emily is a University of Oregon grad and Berkeley Law School student. 


Dave Hunt values the intersection of the non-profit, public, and private sectors and is pleased to bring his passion and commitment to mental health to NAMI Clackamas.



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.

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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. 

Driven by her desire to use her knowledge and experience to positively impact the lives of others, Sheri began volunteering with various non-profits in the areas of strategic business and operational plan development and implementation, board recruitment, fundraising and event management, community outreach, and recruiting and managing volunteers. She also earned a Non-Profit Management Certificate from Golden Gate University.

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. When promoted to Workforce Development Manager, she developed and implemented an employment services program working with traumatized and abused foster and former foster youth, dealing with mental illness, homelessness and substance abuse. Realizing that there was nowhere in the local community for youth to go to gain employment and life skills once they turned 18, 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.
As 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.


Casey is a born and raised Oregonian. She served 26 years in the Oregon Army National Guard, leaving in 2007. From there she went to college and earned her Master's degree in Psychology in 2014 - specializing in Military Psychology.  She has multiple mental health certificates and teaches both QPR-Suicide Prevention and Mental Health First Aid. She is a certified Peer-to-Peer and Connections facilitator. Casey lives in Beavercreek with her wife, their two dogs Sadie and Willow, and their five cats.


Linda is a long-time resident of West Linn and Lake Oswego where she started her private guitar instruction business in 2002.  She earned a Bachelor's degree from Marylhurst University with a focus on Psychology.  Linda spent four full-time college years learning all aspects of music and a further year learning art.  She is a fairly proficient German and Spanish speaker and has a thorough understanding of basic Russian. Linda lives in Milwaukie today and loves animals, especially her miniature schnauzer, Wolfie.  She loves healthy cooking and reading and continues to work on her own healing process through meditation, affirmations, mindfulness, and journaling



Raquel is originally from the Central California and moved to Portland in 2021 to attend Portland State
University to complete her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is currently living in Oregon City and is 

enrolled in graduate-level counseling courses at Portland State, working toward her M.A in Counseling/Therapy.

Raquel is a passionate advocate for mental health and counseling servicers and hopes to be an agent of positive
change within the Portland community.

Raquel has struggled with her own mental health challenges for most of her life, as have many in her
immediate and extended family. She personally understands the many challenges associated with
mental illness, which fueled her desire to help others who are experiencing similar issues in their lives.
Raquel is a strong proponent for mental health awareness and shares NAMI’s mission of promoting
mental health and creating a supportive environment for her peers.

When not in the office, you can find Raquel walking her dogs on one of Portland’s many hiking trails,
exploring the beauty the Pacific NW has to offer, or reading a good book. She is always available to lend
an ear, offer support, and provide guidance to those in need. Let’s work together to break the stigma of
mental health and create a more understanding and compassionate world.

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Felicite relocated to Portland from Alaska with her poodle Margo during a prolonged heat wave in 2022. Since then, they've been exploring the Pacific Northwest together through hiking and camping in the name of self-care. With a background in libraries and customer service, Felicite brings over six years of outreach and programming experience to NAMI Clackamas and is excited to join the team.


Advocating Mental Health to Empower the Latinx Community!

Originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, Eva moved to Miami to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Food Service Management. Her journey through the culinary world opened her eyes to the toxic practices and abusive management prevalent in the industry.  This served as a catalyst for her journey towards self-improvement. Seeking therapy, she discovered an unwavering passion for mental health, which has now become her dream career in psychology.

With a diverse background that spans marketing, content creation, customer service, and the travel industry, Eva brings a wealth of experience to our organization. She is eager to channel her expertise and knowledge into her new role at NAMI, particularly in reaching out to the Latinx community in Clackamas County. As a first-generation immigrant, Eva intimately understands the unique struggles faced by her community, and her goal is to empower them by providing accessible mental health resources.
 Eva shares NAMI's mission of promoting mental health and wishes to create a more inclusive and supportive society for all. 


Alystra is a native Oregonian with over a decade of working in the mental health field. She has a wealth of experience with nonprofit agencies, from volunteering, operations, and sitting on several boards and committees. She is passionate about advocacy, reducing stigma in mental health, and mental healthcare reform movements. Alystra also likes to sing in a choir, travel, and spend time with her two sons and two cats.



Gabriel grew up in Portland, Oregon, and recently moved back after receiving his Masters in social work from the Smith School of Social Work. He has worked as a teacher; a writer; and as a member of several grassroots organizations serving the community here in Portland, including at the Columbia River Correctional Institute.

He is currently studying for his Oregon clinical licensure, and is very excited for the opportunity to continue working within the carceral system, and providing more resources to those caught up within it.

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