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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Our Staff

Meet the Stewardship Coordinators!

PP&R City Nature Stewardship coordinators are eager to help you connect with your local natural areas. Contact us today to find out how you can get involved.

Marissa Aurora Dorais

Photo of Marissa DoraisMarissa works in parks adjacent the Willamette River and Columbia Slough. She has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from Lewis and Clark College and more than 10 years of experience working for environmental conservation and education non-profits and government in Oregon and New Mexico. Marissa works with volunteers of all ages to restore natural areas and also helps people experience the city in new ways through restoration and monitoring canoe trips to Ross Island and Elk Rock Island. When she's not working, Marissa likes to cuddle with her cat Fang, travel the world, camp, garden, surf, and snowboard.

You can reach Marissa at 503-823-7016 or

Susan Hawes

Photo of Susan HawesSusan works in parks on the east side of the Willamette River - many of which have been newly acquired by the City of Portland. Susan has a bachelor's degree in Cultural Ecology from Linfield College, performed botany surveys in the Pacific Northwest for more than ten field seasons, and managed volunteers for environmental conservation-oriented non-profits and government entities for over eight years. Susan also volunteered for AmeriCorps for two years in the Portland-Vancouver area and became familiar with many of Portland's natural areas during that time. She likes to garden, fiddle, hike, backpack, give massages (she's a state-licensed massage therapist), and play with her amazingly acrobatic cat Scout.

You can reach Susan at 503-823-6131 or

Mary Verrilli

Photo of Mary VerriliiMary works in parks on the west side of the Willamette River. She has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from Keene State College and has been engaging youth in environmental education and restoration projects in Oregon with non-profits since 2007. She has been working closely with the PP&R No Ivy League program since 2008 and currently manages this program. Mary enjoys connecting and educating youth and volunteers of all ages to Portland's natural areas while seeing ecological transformations occur in our parks. In her free time, Mary enjoys gardening, backpacking, canoeing, cooking, and listening to live music.

You can reach Mary at 503-823-9423 or