Sebastian Chevalier was born in Portland and has lived here all his life. His father is from Haiti and he takes a lot of pride in being Haitian and consider it a big part of who he is. He currently attends Lincoln High School and is a co-president of the brothers of club there. He’s also had the amazing opportunity to explore the world with his family, traveling to Chile, Argentina, Haiti, the UK, Germany, Spain, and the Czech Republic. Sebastian temporarily lived in the Netherlands for his freshman year of high school. Because of this global lifestyle, he’s developed the ability to step into an objective point of view in everyday situations and be open-minded as possible. His goal for the future is to attend Morehouse college and pursue his passion in either music or film.
Lakayana Drury is the executive director of Word is Bond, a new nonprofit in Portland whose mission is to build positive relationships between young Black men and law enforcement. Lakayana helped found the organization in 2017. Lakayana facilitated nine community listening sessions to an estimated 400 police officers as part of the Portland Police Bureau’s implicit bias training this past May. In addition to running the nonprofit, Lakayana teaches social studies at Rosemary Anderson High School. He is the staff lead for the boys to men group, robotics club and the Historically Black College Tour. Prior to moving to Portland, Lakayana taught in Philadelphia and Beijing, China and did community organizing in New Haven, Connecticut and Washington, D.C. Outside of his community engagement work, Lakayana is passionate about reading, traveling, yoga and mixed martial arts. He received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Social Science concentration in History and Politics, from the University of Wisconsin Stout.
LaKeesha Dumas is an Office of Consumer Engagement Coordinator for Multnomah County. She comes with a wealth of knowledge and lived life experience; she is in recovery from a substance disorder and mental health issues. LaKeesha is certified by the State as a Community Health Worker, Peer Wellness Specialist, Adult Addictions Peer Support Specialist, Adult Mental Health Peer Support Specialist and a Youth and Young Adult Peer Support Specialist through the Oregon Health Authority. She started off working with systems when she was a part of the WOW Project through Healthshare , Kaiser Permanente , ORCHWA and 5 Community Based Organizations, working on well-child checks and mental health. Through her advocacy for culturally -specific mental health services for those on the OHP, she was the recipient of the Oregon Public Health Association 2014 Emerging Leader Award. After that, she worked with CareOregon for multiple years, providing peer support services to their members with complex health and social needs contracted through the Urban League of Portland and the African American Health Coalition.Born and raised in Portland, she has seen the gentrification, gang violence, drug-epidemic and trauma faced by her community. Since being in recovery she has worked tirelessly reaching back to her community to give them hope and get them the appropriate resources to become healthier, overcome barriers and also recover.LaKeesha is the Chair of The Traditional Health Workers Commission, on the board for Oregon Public Health Institute, the Behavioral Health Advisory Board, Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative, the Board for Portland’s Black LGBTQ Community (Newly named Sankofa Collective Northwest), Healthshare’s CAC, Vice President for MAAPPS ( Metro-Plus Association of Addiction Peer Professionals), Peer Delivered Services Core Team through the Oregon Health Authority, Alternatives Planning Committee, Peerpocalypse Planning Committee, and the National Advisory Council for Complex Care and Social Needs. She also Volunteers with other Organizations such as Unify Portland, Straightway Services, Enough is Enough, and also Recovery and Healing Groups ranging from anti Human Trafficking, Gang Violence & Domestic Violence to Addiction and Mental Health.Her role helps elevate the way the county provides services to its consumers, bridging the gap between county and community. Helping with technical assistance around the Departments and paving the way for more peers with lived experience to be a part of the County’s delivery system and at the tables where decisions are being made about consumers’ health and needs.
Andrew Kalloch is a former Staff Attorney at the New York Civil Liberties Union and led the criminal justice policy efforts for the Manhattan Borough President and the New York City Comptroller. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Prison Legal Assistance Project and the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Mr. Kalloch is now the Americas Policy Manager for Airbnb, and lives in Johns Landing with his wife, Jenna Adams-Kalloch, and their one year old daughter, Selma Abigail Adams-Kalloch.
Michelle Lang is Director of Campus Ministries at Warner Pacific University and serves at Imago Dei Community Church. She has a long career in urban development & advocacy, specifically in areas related to youth and the African-American community. In 2015, after being shaken by the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, MO, Michelle set out to combine her extensive background in theater and community engagement to create an interactive workshop entitled “the Art of Tough Talks”, a multi-media project that utilizes the arts to foster conversation, education and action on matters of social change and justice. She is a speaker, workshop facilitator and artist who believes in Art As Activism. She relocated to Portland in 2013.
Patrick was born in 1970. Due to untreated heath issues including depression and anxiety he was homeless in Portland off and on from 1990 to 2011. Patrick has been both a board member and community organizer at Sisters of the Road Cafe, a board member at Empowerment Initiatives, and an advisory council member for the Mental Health Association of Portland. His ongoing interests include public health care, the housing crisis, homelessness, local politics, reading nonfiction books - especially history, and meeting new people. He’s recently moved in with his girlfriend and her 9-year old son.
Sam Sachs is a Portland Native. He graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Black Studies. He has worked in public safety for over 20 years, most recently as a Portland Park Ranger. He served as the chair of The Community and Police Relations Committee while serving as a Human Rights Commissioner for the City of Portland. Sam founded a non-profit called The No Hate Zone, focused on ending hate and racism in Portland through education, community engagement and advocacy. Sam enjoys spending time with family and friends and an occasional cigar.
Yolonda works for Portland State University Cultural Resource Centers. She supports students of color many who are first generation college students. She also serves as a confidential advocate on campus. She has Yakama, Warm Springs, and Mexican ancestry and raises two multicultural teenagers. She earned an undergraduate degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a master of Social Work degree from Portland State University. She has worked for the National Indian Child Welfare Association, Oregon Health & Science University, Federal Bureau of Prisons and the City of Portland, Bureau of Police. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, CrossFit, volunteering, and being in community.
Britt Masback is a 17 year old high school Junior that believes young people have the responsibility to speak out and take action on the issues that will affect the world today and in the future. Britt is the editor-in-chief of WANT News For Teens, a website and platform that aggregates global High School journalism, and combines it to provide a fresh, teen oriented take on the news. Additionally he has organized three annual summer journalism fellowship events for budding high school journalists (WANT Summer Fellows Program). Britt is also the founder and Executive Director of Youth Educating Police, a nonprofit working towards decreasing tensions between young people and the police. Since 2017, Britt has served on the Multnomah Youth Commission (MYC), a council of 28 civically minded young people from across the city, where he sits on the Youth Against Violence Subcommittee as a Voting member. Britt is motivated by Gandhi’s admonition that, “You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing there will be no results.
Marcia Perez joined the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice in 2011. She has spent the majority of her time as a Juvenile Court Counselor in the Resource Intervention Services to Empower (RISE) unit. Marcia also was the lead of the RISE unit, where she supported a 10-member team that works to decrease the recurrence of crime for medium to high-risk youth who have been impacted by gangs. Marcia currently works as the Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Coordinator in partnership with the Juvenile Services Division and the City of Portland, Office of Youth Violence Prevention. Under the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, Marcia coordinates city and county efforts that aim to reduce violence in our community. Marcia, who is Mexican-American, has focused on minority youth and stays well connected with community stakeholders to increase public safety through cultural adaptable practices. Before earning her Masters Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Portland State University, she received her undergraduate degree from Western Oregon University. Also during that time, she interned with the Marion County District Attorney's, Victim Assistance Division. Marcia is the first in her family to earn an advanced degree. Marcia was nominated and selected for Unid@s for Oregon, a transformative leadership development program of Latino Network that builds capacity among local community for cohesive change movement. Marcia has a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with justice-involved individuals. She has presented in many guest lectures at local colleges and community agencies who also work with justice-involved individuals. Marcia was awarded the Multnomah County DCJ Director's Award for outstanding commitment to public safety and strives to be a change agent in the community. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, live music and traveling internationally.
Vadim Mozyrsky was born in Kiev, Ukraine. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Texas School of Law. After law school, he clerked for judges in state, federal, and international courts. He practiced in litigation and mediation before his current employment with the U.S. government. Mr. Mozyrsky is active in the Portland community. He is the director of hospitality for the Portland Film Festival and an advocate for disability rights. In his free time, Mr. Mozyrsky likes to travel and hike the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Steve Trujillo was born in Cuba and has lived in Spain and Brazil, has traveled extensively while being a resident of Portland since age 9. He has been serving the homeless population of Portland since the early 1990s when he started an outreach to street youth and set up transitional housing as an alternative to youth shelters. In 2000 Steve, an ordained minister, and his wife Deborah founded Father’s House, a non-denominational church in the central city. He oversees ministries to the homeless of the city and has been involved in the fight against sexual exploitation of minors. He also has served in many civic groups as the downtown neighborhood association where he served as a board member and president. Steve has been part of many problem-solving groups such as the Steering Committee to End Homelessness, the Outreach Workers Round Table, The Police Chief’s Forum and the Chief’s Advisory Council. He also chaired the Mayor’s Public Safety Action Committee and has served on the boards of several non-profit. Steve is passionate about bringing people together to solve problems and improve livability.