Staff

JennyJenny Glass, Executive Director                 jenny@rosewoodinitiative.org 

Jenny is the founding Executive Director of The Rosewood Initiative. She connected with the public safety organizing efforts that were happening in 2010 through her AmeriCorps Community Organizing Position. A fresh graduate from Portland State University’s Community Development program, this was the perfect opportunity for her to put theory into practice and do on the ground organizing work. She used concerns around public safety to rally the community and get to the root causes of these symptoms. Through grit and determination, Jenny has helped grow this effort into a small but mighty community organization. She has served as Executive Director since November, 2011.

 

IMG_7075Marissa Clarke-Ritter, Associate Director marissa@rosewoodinitiative.org

Marissa joined Rosewood full time in the summer of 2016 as the Program Support Specialist. She heard about Rosewood in a Community Development class at Portland State University. She plans to continue her education by pursuing a certificate in the School of Gender, Race, and Nations. At Rosewood she practices implementing social justice practices into the work she does supporting the staff and community.

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Janet Benitez, Rosewood Navigator  janet@rosewoodinitiative.org

Janet Benitez was born in Southern California and raised in the Portland area. She recently graduated from George Fox University Spring of 2017 with two degrees, a Bachelors of Social Work and a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish. During her time at George Fox she interned for the Department of Human Services Child Welfare, Friendsview Retirement Community, and the World Language and Sociology Department. She is passionate about building relationships and finding strength and perseverance out of difficult situations working with individuals and families at varying stages of life and bridge them to resources and support networks that support their goals and wellbeing.

 

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Michael Grizzard, IT System Specialist                                         mike@rosewoodinitiative.org

Most folks call Michael “Grizz”. He is the IT System Specialist. Michael has a AA degree in Computer Science, and recently retired from Intel after 21 years working with the Portland Technology Development group. After retirement he wanted to “reinvent” himself and find something he could do that would give back to the community. After meeting Jenny and the Rosewood Staff and seeing the work they were doing. He knew that by helping them he would be helping the community.

 

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Kem A. Marks, J.D.  Transportation Specialist                                         kem@rosewoodinitiative.org

Kem is originally from Indiana, born and raised, but escaped when no one was looking.   Kem has a BS in History/Political Science, and a law degree from Willamette Univ. Social justice for all people is extremely important to him.  Empathy and treating all people with dignity are very intrinsic to who he is. Kem loves college football, and is a recovering Notre Dame fan, and loves the Ducks!

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Sarai Rodriguez,  Director of Economic Opportunity                                       sarai@rosewoodinitiative.org

Sarai came to Rosewood to continue her passion in community and family success. The last 15 years have been spent in family engagement and community involvement service and providing families and students with the skills to overcome academic achievement. Sarai felt it was a good time in her life to switch over to something that helped the community as a whole. She came in with a variety of experiences and community development skills and the creativity to bring projects to life. Sarai has always desired to be a part of a community focus center that builds relationships, opportunities to grow and the willingness to strive for a better life. She hopes to bring her experiences and dreams into Rosewood and our community.
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Yoana Molina,  Director of Operations                                       yoana@rosewoodinitiative.org

Yoana is a woman who loves life, the world and all the beautiful things that exist, She has faith in human beings and blindly believes that the purpose of our existence is doing great things in our lives and in the lives of our others. Rosewood gives Yoana the opportunity to make amazing things happen and much more. Yoana has over 15 years of actively working as a volunteer in her community, most of that time translating and interpreting in clinics, hospitals and schools. She has  worked in food banks and different organizations that help the community. She is  extremely curious and loves to learn and collect diplomas with her name written in gold. Yoana has have several people that  accredit her as a computer programmer, technique in design and drawing, assistant nurse, lawyer for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, health worker, health educator, and most recently as health worker in the community. She says that as you realize what you like to do and put all your love in it, will pay off. This is who, Yoana Molina Marcial is the Director of Operations, and this is her home and her community.

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