Staff and Board

Elaine WaltersElaine Walters, Executive Director

Elaine is the founding Executive Director and lead trainer at the Trauma Healing Project. Prior to this position she coordinated the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program for the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force in Oregon. For the last 20 years she has been a consultant, trainer and community organizer working to address and eliminate intimate violence. She has designed and facilitated workshops and trainings on many related topics and has provided direct services and support to youth and adults impacted by violence, abuse and other forms of trauma and oppression. She is currently leading an effort to implement trauma-informed care in integrated primary and behavioral healthcare clinics in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon. 

Board of Directors – Officers


Deleesa Meashintubby, President

Deleesa is the Executive Director at Volunteers In Medicine Clinic. She has a BA in Healthcare Administration.  DeLeesa is also a member of the CoverOregon Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Council.  She is also a member of the Eugene and Springfield Chamber of Commerce, and Oregon Medical Group Management Association.  She has lived in Eugene for 10 years and is married with three adult children and one grandson. DeLeesa believes in the mission of the Trauma Healing Project as a collaborative community based project, and resonates with the guiding principles…Safety, Healing, Liberation, and Justice.

“This organization is something that stirs my soul.” ~ DeLeesa

JSotoJose Soto-Gates, Vice-President

Jose is the founder, Director and lead trainer with True Umbrella Training & Consulting Services. He holds a Bachelors of Education degree and has worked in Human Services & the Mental Health field for over 15 years. He has provided counseling services to both adults and youth and has led community organizing efforts including advocacy, support, and education efforts for individuals, families and systems. Jose sits on the Mental Health Advisory/Local Alcohol and Drug Planning Committee advising the Board of Commissioners and Health & Human Services Department on matters relating to mental health, developmental disabilities, and alcohol and other drug abuse in Lane County. He enjoys spending quality time with his husband, daughter and extended family camping, hiking, kayaking and exploring.

“I have witnessed the transformative impact of the Trauma Healing Projects powerful message of healing within individuals, families and systems in Lane County and across Oregon!” ~ Jose

PictureShawn Murphy, Treasurer

Shawn is the Executive Director of Laurel Hill Center where she leads a dedicated team that provides integrated, holistic services. She began her career providing mental health services to individuals and providing assessments for people with developmental disabilities. In 2005, she became a certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner and began her career at Laurel Hill Center. She supports the Trauma Healing Project for their tireless efforts to empower survivors, and in educating the community and professionals about the strengths and needs of trauma survivors through research and training. Shawn lives in Eugene with her husband, son and family dog Snoopy. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading classic novels and watching science fiction movies.

PictureDerek Larwick, Secretary

Derek is an attorney who represents victims throughout the State of Oregon.  His law practice strives to make the community a safer place by using the legal system to discourage dangerous behavior that may harm others.  In addition to practicing law, Derek is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Oregon School of Law.  Before entering private practice, Derek was a judicial clerk to the Honorable Alfred Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Derek and his wife, Heidi, have two young children.

“I am proud to be part of such an amazing organization.  Trauma Healing Project fills an important gap in our healthcare and healing systems, and the organization’s efforts mean so much to so many people.” ~ Derek

Board Members

Patrick McDaniel

Patrick is an individual and family therapist working for South Lane Mental Health and provides crisis intervention and mental health assessment at the Cottage Grove Community Hospital. He has a BS in Psychology and an MA in Couples and Family Therapy from the University of Oregon. Patrick has worked and volunteered for non-profit and community agencies dedicated to serving those in need, specializing in high-risk mental health intervention. He also worked providing microcomputer support through the University of Oregon. During his free time, Patrick enjoys yoga, reading, and sharing jokes.

“I am on the board of the Trauma Healing Project because I deeply value the commitment to vulnerable populations and to making positive changes in the community.” ~ Patrick

Siobhan Donovan

Siobhan graduated at age seventeen from Sheldon High School and moved abroad to France for a year.  Since returning she’s been working at Red Wagon Creamery, Good Clean Love (marketing, social media) and at Planned Parenthood where she is a member of their Youth Action Council program (REV).  She also tutors younger children in French and plans to return to France to attend university next summer. When she’s not volunteering or working she likes to take photos, read, or eat out with friends.

“The Trauma Healing Project is a wonderful example of a grass roots solution to the current healthcare system, and for society in general, which so often neglects the psychological and spiritual needs of individuals.”~ Siobhan

 Current Opportunities

We are seeking members with fundraising & development skills and experience bringing products to market. The board of directors meets monthly. There are also occasional special meetings of the board and an annual planning retreat. For more information, email Elaine Walters or call her at 541-687-9447.