Kelly brings more than twenty years of experience in peace, justice and environmental health organizing to her role as the Executive Director of Oregon PSR. Before joining Oregon PSR in 2009, She served as the Portland Area Peace Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee and was a founding Co-director of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, an organization that has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Kelly served on the steering committee of the national coalition United for Peace and Justice and worked as the Communications Director for Pesticide Action Network North America, and as Campaign Coordinator for Californians for Pesticide Reform. She is a recipient of the 2019 "Visionary Leaders" award from National PSR.
We are excited to welcome Maria, who started her position as a Program Assistant with Oregon PSR through a collaboration with Quaker Voluntary Service in September of this year. She recently graduated from Earlham College, where she majored in Psychology and Sociology/Anthropology. Throughout her life, Maria has been a part of communities that advocate for social justice and equity, and she is excited to incorporate her passion for immigrant rights and advocacy for racial and ethnic minorities into her work at Oregon PSR. Maria will be developing our 2020 Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship project, assisting with the work of our Healthy Climate and Peace Programs, and representing us in a variety of community coalitions.
Lluvia has an extensive history in organizing in Oregon, as well as in New Orleans and Texas. A Portland State University graduate with a Social Work degree and current business owner of Indigenous Come Up LLC, Lluvia served on the Governor's Oregon Child Foster Care Advisory Commission 2017-18. Her passions for organizing include social justice/social change, energy justice, prison reform and prisoners rights, foster care reform, public education and the school-to-prison pipeline, and culturally-specific services and opportunities. Lluvia believes that at the very least we all deserve a safe place to live, clean air to breathe and access to safe water. She has made a commitment to continue to work hard as a community leader for a stronger, cleaner, and better Oregon for all.
Damon leads Oregon PSR's Healthy Climate Program advocating for a just transition from fossil fuels exports, fossil fuel infrastructure, and nuclear power to clean, renewable energy. He represents Oregon PSR in a variety of Pacific Northwest coalitions, including Power Past Fracked Gas, Stand Up To Oil, and the Portland Clean Energy Fund. He coordinates Oregon PSR's climate lobbying efforts to ensure that public health is well-considered by environmental policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels. Damon has been with Oregon PSR since 2016 where he was originally a Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow after graduating from Haverford College. A life-long Quaker from Colorado, Damon enjoys cooking, singing, and cycling around the city of Portland.
Carina works as Oregon PSR’s Clean Air Organizer in Marion County advocating for responsible alternatives to incineration of medical and municipal waste. Prior to Oregon PSR, Carina worked for Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) as a field organizer for the May 2019 Salem-Keizer School Board races. She also served as Communications Director for Bill Burgess' campaign for Marion County Commissioner and has volunteered with Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club, the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, and more. She helped found local community organizing groups Salem Community Organizers and Progressive Keizer, both of which seek to connect grassroots activists with resources and a community that helps them advocate for progressive causes. A lifelong Oregonian, Carina is passionate about working together with communities to ensure that everyone has a safe, healthy place to live.
Sean began his work with Oregon PSR in March of 2010. He is a longtime peace, environmental, and social justice activist, having previously worked as a communications, membership, and development specialist with American Friends Service Committee, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Sierra Club, and Georgia Council for the Arts. He is the former Membership Chair for the Georgia Chapter of Sierra Club and a former Board of Directors member for Sierra Club's Metro Atlanta (Atlanta, GA) and Columbia (Portland, OR) groups. Sean studied Anthropology and Criminal Law at Valdosta State University and has worked as an educator and a freelance writer, poet, graphic artist, and social movement organizer in the US and in Mexico.
Alissa Vandenmark, Summer 2020 Intern
Alissa is a rising Junior at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and plans to major in Psychology and minor in Spanish and Political Science. A lifelong Quaker, Alissa has participated in various marches and other organizing around peace and justice work for many years. Most recently, she attended several actions for the Power Local Green Jobs campaign led by the Earth Quaker Action Team in Philadelphia. This summer, Alissa will be working on a number of projects for Oregon PSR, including assisting with our Hiroshima & Nagasaki 75th anniversary memorial event and supporting the work of our Healthy Climate Program and the Power Past Fracked Gas campaign, our efforts to close the Covanta waste incinerator in Marion County, and more.
Madison Arnold-Scerbo, our Summer 2018- Summer 2019 Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow and former Program Associate, ended her term of service with Oregon PSR in July 2019. Madison will now be working on nuclear weapons issues with our partners at Union for Concerned Scientists in Cambridge, MA, and we express our sincere appreciation to Madison for her outstanding work!
Chuck Johnson left Oregon PSR at the end of 2017 to begin work in Boston, MA with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). Our thanks and best wishes to Chuck! If you'd like to get involved with Oregon and Washington PSR's work to end nuclear power, please contact Damon Motz-Storey.
Regna Merritt retired from her role as our Healthy Climate Program Director at the end of July 2019. After a well-deserved break, Regna will be back as a member of our Advisory Board. Our best wishes to Regna, and our deepest appreciation for all of her work!