Assistant Program Manager
Assistant Program Manager Rachel Mortimer was born in Seattle, Washington and first moved to Portland after graduating from high school. She then left to go to school at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana where she majored in history and minored in religion. After college, she lived in Washington DC and Chicago before deciding it was time to return to the Pacific Northwest to attend law school. She graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2004 and passed the bar that summer. She spent the next year as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Maureen McKnight, a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge. Following that, she spent a year as the Assistant Director at the Campaign for Equal Justice, working on behalf of legal aid organizations in Oregon. She then went to work for a small law firm on a public defense contract doing juvenile law, including both child welfare and delinquency cases. She practiced juvenile law for five years before joining IPR in February 2012.
Eric Berry was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, but has lived in many parts of the western United States, including Montana, California, Washington, and Oregon. He attended Colby College, and the University of Washington. He has well over a decade of investigations experience, including time as a defense investigator for the King County public defense system, an abuse and neglect investigator for the Oregon Department of Human Services, and as an investigator for the Oregon Medical Board. He also does a pretty credible Johnny Cash impersonation.
Management Analyst Molly Christmann has lived in and around Portland, Oregon, her whole life. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Western Oregon University in 2015 and her Master’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Portland State University in 2017. At both institutions, she specialized in crime analysis and geographic information systems. Prior to beginning work at the IPR, Molly worked for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office as a research analyst and data technician. When she’s not working, Molly enjoys trying new restaurants and breweries with friends, reading, keeping up with her favorite TV shows, and practicing her witty comebacks for future conversations.
Katherine Kestell is a Complaint Investigator with the IPR. She is a graduate of Portland State University and worked in Portland in the legal field for nearly a decade. Prior to coming to IPR, Katherine worked as a Senior Investigator with the Civil Rights Division at the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. In her free time Katherine enjoys sewing, reading, and the outdoors