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.
Patrick McDaniel, Vice President
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
Deleesa Meashintubby, Treasurer
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
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.”
Ilisa Rooke-Ley earned her undergraduate degree from William Smith College and her J.D. from the Nova Southeastern University Law School. Prior to joining the bench in 2010, Ilisa spent 16 years working as a criminal defense lawyer. She served as a lawyer for the Public Defender Services of Lane County for for 14 years. In addition, she has worked for the firm Law Offices of Terri Wood and served as a public defender in Miami, Florida.
Annette Marcus is proud to be a social worker and confesses to laughing too loudly at really bad puns. She staffs the Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide which helps guide a five-year-comprehensive Youth Suicide Intervention and Prevention Plan and is in an advisory role to the Oregon Health Authority. Before that she was the regional director of Oregon Family Support Network in Lane County where she learned about the struggles and strength of parents who advocate daily for their children who have behavioral and developmental health challenges. In California, Annette was a director in the statewide Strategies project which provided cutting edge training and technical assistance to non-profits, county and state agencies. She was instrumental in the development of the California Strengthening Families Roundtable, bringing together state, county and family leaders to promote cross-system collaboration to build protective factors. She lives in Eugene with her wife Sarah, cat and four chickens. She and Sarah met in 1986 walking across the United States on the Great Peace March for Nuclear Disarmament. This wonderful adventure gave her a sense of optimism about human resilience and the power of meaningful community.
“THP has been there for me and my family as we have been healing from a traumatic event that led to our move to Oregon. I love THP’s warm and welcoming atmosphere, openness to multiple modalities for healing and understanding of the impact of trauma paired with hope and a belief in all people’s resilience. I want the Trauma Healing Project to thrive and hope that my participation on the board can contribute to that.”
Nathan Markovich is completing his senior year at University of Oregon majoring in psychology and religious studies with minors in ethics and nonprofit administration. In addition, he is a licensed massage therapist and provides massage as a volunteer healing arts practitioner at the Trauma Healing Project. He joined the board to learn more about the administrative side of nonprofits. He is also interested in the intersection between physical, emotional, and social trauma. He hopes to use what he learns by volunteering at THP to direct his interests and to give him the experience to practically pursue them. Though he’s not sure how, he sees himself interacting with the nonprofit sector in the future. He has been accepted to the Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology Master’s Program at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and will begin classes in the fall of 2019.
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.