Board and Advisory Board

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Executive Director

Lakayana Drury is an educator and mentor with a passion to empower youth! He has experience teaching both in the U.S. and abroad, in traditional classrooms and community center capacities. Through his work, he focuses on serving underrepresented and at-risk youth. He is a native of Madison, Wisconsin and currently resides in Portland where he works as a teacher at Rosemary Anderson High School. Lakayana holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin STOUT and has a goal to move into education administration.; 608.843.5259



Tiffany Golden, is currently a Broadcast producer at Wieden + Kennedy where she received a nomination with W+K’s 2017 ADCOLOR Rising Star Award. Tiffany spearheads the 51%, an open forum for W+K women supporting both career and personal growth; and was instrumental in establishing an active partnership between W+K and Streetlights, a non-profit dedicated to assisting minorities with achieving long term economic stability and career success in the film and television industry. She is on the diversity committee for OMPA Oregon Media Production Association. Tiffany hails from Seaside, CA. and holds a degree in Criminal Justice.; 916.599.9175



Lou Jaffe is a retired business executive with over 35 years of financial, general management and leadership experience. He currently serves on non-profit boards and advises other non-profits and small businesses start-ups. Lou is a native of Portland, Oregon. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Oregon, and is a Vietnam veteran.; 503.310.7904


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Sergeant Steve Collins was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.  He served in the U.S. Army for 21 years and has served on the Portland Police Bureau for 22 years as part of the Bomb Squad and Gang Enforcement Team. He has a BA in Accounting.; 503.793.4004

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Vince Elmore, retired after a career spanning over 30 years as a Captain at the Portland Police Bureau and currently serves as Assistant Chief for Campus Police at PSU. Vince is formerly served as a team leader for the Rapid Response Team, and was an original member of the Gang Enforcement Team. Capt. Elmore is a current member and former vice president for the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives.; 503-725-9362


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Michael “Chappie” Grice is  a professional educator, mentor, college instructor, entrepreneur, arts advocate, raconteur, grandfather, and documentary filmmaker. He has worked more than 40 years in public education. He is a graduate of Grant High School and holds a B.A. from Cornell College (Iowa), and M.A.T. from Reed College.; 415.722.4348

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Chelsea Hendrikx has worked for Northwest Outward Bound School since 2014 as a Schools Program Instructor, Portland Program Manager, and currently as Outreach and Business Development. She has over 15 years of experience in experiential education including design and delivery of program for both youth and adults. Chelsea graduated with degrees in Recreation and Communications with a special focus in community development. She is a Pacific NW native and has lived in the Portland area for six years.; 206.909.2597


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Shelby Kardas formerly worked 10 years as VP of the World Affairs Council of Oregon leaving in 2015 to start her own company, Kardas Consulting, LLC.  As a consultant she helps promising nonprofits deepen their impact through strategic fundraising, grant writing, and planning. She holds a B.A. in French and Political Science and an MBA with a specialization in international management.; 503.997.9645


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Susanne Orton's passion and focus on "making a difference" both personally and professionally, is the driver that spans over 20 years of strategic fundraising, digital communications, media and community engagement to diverse groups, companies and organizations. As a leader in launching multiple fundraising and brand momentum-building campaigns, Susanne  connects technology and develops strategies to increase efficiency and effectiveness using the tools that are relevant to our dynamic world.  She has worked with multiple city entities, nonprofits, public and private organizations, and is passionate about helping organizations exceed their goals and affect change. In her role as Chief Development and Engagement Officer for Northwest Outward Bound (NWOBS) and as a member of the Word is Bond Board of Directors, she continues her focus on "impact" through the NWOBS program-partnership with Word is Bond.  Susanne served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications forHarsch Investment Properties and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation national art lending program, and Publisher of the digital content creation agency Roll 35.  Susanne also serves on the Board of Regents for the Museum at Warm Springs, and leadership committees with both local and national marketing and technology organizations. More information:


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Steve Young owned and operated a successful drycleaning business, located at NW 21st and Johnson, for 30 years.  For 15 years he served as President of the Oregon Dry Cleaning Association and was the first to bring "green" drycleaning to Oregon. Steve is also a graduate of Grant High School and has a B.A. in Accounting.; 503.799.1763



Chip Kessler is a native Oregonian and avid outdoor and sports enthusiast.  He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and then 30 years as a firefighter in the Portland Fire Bureau.  Chip has been retired for 10 years.  Chip is a graduate of Grant High School.; 503.805.8582



Joe McFerrin II is President/CEO of Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center and Rosemary Anderson High School. Joe has been with POIC + RAHS since 1995 and has served as President and CEO for the past 13 years.  He holds a B.S. in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration from Portland State University.; 503.789.0806