Board of Directors

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


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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.


Meredith Holley, Secretary

Meredith Holley is an attorney who advocates for employees who have experienced discrimination and harassment and survivors of trauma from physical injury. She works at the law firm Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton. Meredith is also a certified life coach through The Life Coach School, a high-end boutique training, and a certified Reiki practitioner. She uses the cognitive management tools of coaching to help survivors manage their recovery from trauma and reclaim freedom in their lives, whether that involves making a legal claim or not. Meredith was a judicial clerk at Lane County Circuit Court for the Honorable Ilisa Rooke-Ley and the Honorable Suzanne Chanti before starting her practice. Before becoming a lawyer, Meredith was a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Lozovaya, Ukraine, and she still speaks Russian very badly. Meredith loves peonies, British zombies, Pema Chodron, Joss Whedon, and watching women take up space.

“Research about trauma healing, and the tools for healing, exist and are getting more effective every day. The Trauma Healing Project does the critical work of connecting people who work with trauma survivors, and survivors themselves, with the tools for healing. Recovering from trauma can be hard work, but we are here to do hard things together.”

 


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


 

Walter Rosenthal

Walter Rosenthal currently serves as Behavioral Health Services Manager for the HIV Alliance.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, and has spent 29 years as a direct care psychotherapist, administrator and clinic manager for a variety of public and non-profit mental health and substance use disorder programs.  He has personally and professionally seen the effects of trauma on individuals, families and communities and has devoted his career to social justice advocacy, working with at risk populations and has worked to deconstruct the various political and social stigmas associated with mental health and substance use, especially among populations that don’t share privilege in American society.  He is passionate and committed to helping Oregon communities to heal from trauma.


 

 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.

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