Staff Contacts

If you are in need of help from our programs, please refer to the relevant program page under the Services menu. You may also call (503) 231-4866 or email for general assistance.

Richard Birkel, Ph.D., Executive Director

Emily Pethic, Assistant to the Executive Director
(503) 688-2648

Richard Horsford, Chief Financial Officer
(503) 688-2646

James Howell, Director of Development
(503) 688-2620

Patricia Rojas, Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer
(503) 489-6827

Susan Petitt, Director of Human Resources
(503) 688-2577

Jill Whiteford, Director of Program Evaluation and Quality
(503) 688-2610

Elsa Ramos, Information & Referral Specialist
(503) 231-4866

For media inquiries please contact James Howell
(503) 688-2620

Community Development & Housing

Director, Community Development & Housing
Trell Anderson

Asset & Facilities Manager
Sandra Perez

Housing Transitions Program Manager
Margi Dechenne

Facilities Coordinator & Caritas Housing Administrative Assistant
Zulma Arreola

El Programa Hispano/Latino Services

Director of El Programa Hispano
Patricia Rojas

Program Managers:

Financial Wellness Services
Program Manager:
Molly O'Donnell

Immigration Legal Services
Program Manager:
John Herrera

Pregnancy Support and Adoption Services
Case Managers:
Laura Batt
Emily Noak
Gisela Iranzo
Mariela Ingoglia

Refugee Resettlement
Program Manager:
Toc Soneoulay-Gillespie




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