Jenny Glass, Executive Director email@example.com
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.
Marissa Clarke-Ritter, Associate Director firstname.lastname@example.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.
Janet Benitez, Rosewood Navigator email@example.com
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.
Michael Grizzard, IT System Specialist firstname.lastname@example.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.
Kem A. Marks, J.D. Transportation Specialist email@example.com
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!
Sarai Rodriguez, Director of Economic Opportunity firstname.lastname@example.org
Yoana Molina, Director of Operations email@example.com
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.