Chair and Professor at Southwestern Oregon College
A "re-homesteader," Christina Alexander has lived in Oregon most of her life, settling in Coos County in 1974 to family land, where she lives today. An active community and Democratic campaign volunteer and supporter, Christina serves on the Oregon Coast Community Action board and provides training for the Women's Safety and Resource Center. She previously served with both the Pacific Child Center and the Coos Head Cooperative Food Store.
In 2005, Teresa Baldwin and her children settled in Portland after having lived in the United Kingdom since 1988. Currently an instructor in Clackamas County teaching GED and vocational training to adults receiving assistance from the Department of Human Services, Teresa is deeply committed to education. Her background includes work as a special needs teacher and coordinator, education policy development and as commentator for the BBC.
Elizabeth Ballard, a 2002 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, is an experienced prosecutor who has handled a wide range of cases from property crime to aggravated murder. A prosecutor since 2002, she was elected Morrow County District Attorney in 2006. She currently works for the Oregon Department of Justice Medicaid Fraud Unit.
Milwaukee City Council
Deborah Barnes is an educator, a wife, mother, and grandmother, and President of the Milwaukie City Council. This former broadcast news reporter who gave up a successful career in broadcasting in Oregon now teaches high school students the art of broadcasting and digital media in the North Clackamas School District. Deborah has three daughters and three grandchildren.
Bend City Councilor
An over achiever and perfectionist, Jodie Barram wants to do it all. Married with two children, she balances family life, part time work, and civic leadership. Jodie is engaged in her children’s school and activities. Working as an educational assistant provides her the flexibility to be involved in her community.
In 2008, while finishing her Planning Commission term, she ran for Bend City Council. After fourteen hours with a two vote margin between Jodie and her strongest opponent, she lost the election. That same week, a City Councilor passed away.
Tami grew up in Idaho and moved to Oregon in 2004 after finishing law school in Michigan. She and her husband have a blended family with four young adults and is on her way to becoming an “empty nester.” She is a bankruptcy lawyer in North East Portland and loves to pursue her two favorite crash helmet activities of downhill skiing and dirt bike riding as often as possible. When not wearing a crash helmet she has fun digging in her yard and playing with the family dog.
A Portland native working to keep the region environmentally and economically sustainable, Katy is interested in serving as a Metro councilor, combining her passion for the environment, transportation and service to the community. A mother of two, Katy is a co-owner of EcoTech, an energy efficiency and indoor air health company.
Katy is also a leader in involving the community and businesses in regional decisions, specializing in port and economic development and transportation.
Maria Caballero Rubio has lived in Oregon since 1969 when her farm-worker family moved here from California. From a young age she became involved in social justice, political activism, and volunteering. She has a background in employment and training, criminal justice, and organizational development. Recent experience includes five years with the U.S. Department of Justice and policy advisor for Portland Mayor Tom Potter.
Maria is passionate about transparency, access, and continuous improvement in government.
I have a vision of a future that engages women, families, and communities of color on a deeper level - that includes their voices and experience at the decision-making table. I believe Emerge will help set the foundation in this community for woman of all walks of life, to bring their expertise, wisdom, intelligence, resources, and talent forward for the greater good. As a long time civil servant, I want to continue to honor, reflect, and advocate for the needs of communities who have not always experienced justice and equity.
Attorney, M. Childs Law Office
Marisha Childs is not a “native” Oregonian but she has been an Oregonian longer than she hasn’t. Having attended virtually all facets of her educational career from elementary school through Juris Doctor. After experiencing Klamath Falls and Oregon Institute of Technology, Marisha graduated with a degree in Medical Imaging Technology and worked as a radiographer for many years in various hospitals and clinics.
Metro Regional Government Councilor
Currently campaigning for a seat on Metro Council, Shirley Craddick serves as a Gresham City Councilor where she was sworn into office in 2005. Her goal, and passion, is to create thriving communities in East County with great neighborhoods, sustainable business and employment opportunities, and successful schools.Shirley is a retired Registered Dietitian and health researcher at Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research.
Louise Currin has been a long time volunteer for several organizations in various capacities. Those organizations include Parent Child Preschools of Oregon(PCPO), Parent Cooperative Preschools International(PCPI), Beaverton School District, Portland Federation of Teachers and Classified Employees(PFTCE), American Federation of Teachers-Oregon(AFT-OR).
Candidate for re-election, Tualatin City Council
Joelle is a devoted wife and mother of two teenage daughters, runs a growing small business and serves as Co-Executive Director of the fourth largest state employee union, the Association of Engineering Employees of Oregon (AEE). A longtime resident and active community member in Tualatin, Oregon, Joelle was elected in November 2008 to the City Council. She also serves on the board of the Human Rights Council of Washington County.
Joelle's political activism began during her tenure with a statewide migrant head start program.
Quality Assurance Auditor, Appeals and Hearings Representative, State of Oregon, Office of Private Health Partnerships
A native Oregonian, Wanda was born in Toledo and joined the Navy out of high school. She spent eight years in the southeast before moving back to Oregon to raise her son and daughter.
Wanda has worked in various private sector industries including an Oregon snowboard manufacturer. She currently works as a Hearing Representative for the State of Oregon. Her husband, Michael, is a newspaper reporter. The couple lives in Dallas with their Dachshund, Bob.
Executive Director of the Council for the Homeless
Sally Erickson currently oversees the City of Portland's Ending Homelessness Initiative, building innovative partnerships among public and private entities to develop cost-effective solutions. Sally is a passionate advocate for affordable housing and services for those with disabilities, particularly those with mental illnesses.
As Executive Director of the Council for the Homeless in Vancouver, Washington, Sally led the community's efforts to increase affordable housing.
David Douglas School Board; Candidate for Oregon State House Representative, District 51
I cannot count how many times I have observed our elected leaders and thought "I care about these issues, I could do that job." About a year ago I challenged myself with, "prove it." However, like many Oregonians, I have little information about how to run a campaign or how to connect with those who do. I am delighted to be a part of Emerge Oregon because it exists for people like me-those who have exciting ideas about how to improve our government but need a crash-course in how to compete in the political horserace. Thanks Emerge Oregon, and as they say, "Giddy-up!"
Born and raised in a small farming town in Illinois, Julie Fahey attended the University of Notre Dame, studying Chemistry and Anthropology and graduating summa cum laude. She and her husband were drawn to Oregon by their love of the outdoors and the great sense of community they found in Eugene.
Julie has worked as a management consultant for ten years, and in 2005, she co-founded a small business called ThreePoint Consulting, which offers human resources consulting services to both businesses and education organizations.
Kathleen Feehan is dedicated to restoring and protecting the rivers and lands that distinguish our beautiful state and support all Oregonians including tribal people and culture. Kathleen knows that a balanced and thriving future for our state depends on healthy Oregon waters, land and communities.
Dana returned last year to her native Oregon after a long career in the U.S. Foreign Service and, prior to that, in academia. She taught International Politics, Law and Organization at George Washington University. After joining the Foreign Service, she served in Haiti, Washington D.C., Paris, Cairo and New Delhi.
Now in Oregon, Dana is seeking opportunities to put her international experience to work to meet the needs of the state's youth and support Oregon's aspiration to become a hub of global green technology.
Originally from California, Liz came to the Northwest to dance ballet professionally in 2001. After leaving the stage, Liz continued to work in the cultural sector. Currently she is the Executive Director of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition, which lobbies for arts, culture and heritage in Salem. She is also an Account Manager with Gard Communications.
During the last political cycle Liz served as a fundraising consultant to organizations as well as local, state and federal political campaigns.
Michelle Ganow Jones lives in Portland, OR, with her husband, daughter, and son. She recently began working as a freelance consultant again after several years at home with her children. Prior to that, Michelle had more than a decade of experience in the public policy field, working in the public and non-profit sectors on a range of funding and policy issues related to supports for children and families.
She holds a BA from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, and a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University.
Eugene 4-J School Board Member
Jennifer Geller's motivation to serve in elected office is found in her belief that the health of Oregon's future depends on our ability to provide excellent educational opportunities for all students. Elected to the Eugene School Board in 2009, Jennifer - an active community volunteer and mother of two daughters - brings a rich background to the table.
Rachel Gilmer graduated from Vassar College in 2010 with a degree in American Culture and Africana Studies. As a fourth year student, she received an award for her thesis, a critical analysis of the rise of Barack Obama as both an emerging hero of the African Diaspora and the new face of American hegemonic power. While researching the project, she received a grant to conduct fieldwork in France, where she worked with various civil rights organizations in Paris, studying the impact his presidency has had on Black Frenchmens’ view of themselves and America.
Project Coordinator and Interpreter, Western Oregon University
Owner/Operator, CAR'S TOUCH
I have been engaged in politics at the volunteer level in various degrees of intensity throughout my adult life. My political focus has been on women's issues, GLBT activism, and election integrity issues.
Now that a woman has put 18 million cracks into the highest glass ceiling in our country, the time has come for Oregon to shatter some of its glass ceilings, such as the offices of Attorney General and Multnomah County District Attorney. The Emerge Program will train women, like me, to lead with our heads and our hearts, believing that tomorrow can be better than today because we dared to dream and act. I am ready to shatter the glass and lead Oregon into a future filled with greater opportunity for all of its citizens.
Candidate for re-election, Oregon State House Representative, District 14
In 1999, my husband and I decided to move to Oregon with our 2 children based in large part on the strength of the reputation of the Eugene, Oregon public school system - both K-12 and university level. I became politically active in Oregon because I believed that our schools should live up to that reputation. I am currently the Legislative Aide for Sen. Floyd Prozanski and plan to use my experience in politics to help my community reach its potential.
Executive Director, Oregon Center for Nursing
With more than thirty years of experience in the healthcare industry, Mary Rita Hurley has achieved success in practice, administration, academia and consultancy. She has held positions as a clinical nurse, Director of Operations, university faculty, Aging Initiatives Director, and Director of the International Leadership Institute with the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. Currently, Mary Rita serves as the Executive Director of the Oregon Center for Nursing.
Mary Rita’s professional career has been dedicated to improving the health and health care of older adults.