Board of Directors


Patrick McDaniel, 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

Joe Vigil, Treasurer

Joe Vigil is the Juvenile Court Coordinator with the Lane County Circuit Court at the Serbu Juvenile Justice Center. He is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the Juvenile Drug Court Program as well as the Differentiated Case Management Program within the Lane County Juvenile Justice System. Prior to this position, Joe was the Assistant Treatment Court Coordinator for the Adult Drug Treatment Court, Veterans Treatment Court and Mental Health Treatment Court within the Lane County Circuit Court. Joe lives in Eugene with his husband Tom, two sons and their 2 dogs. “My desire to be of service to the traumatized in our community comes from my own life experiences as well as the experiences of the people I have served in my professional capacity. We all just want to be seen, to be heard and to know that we matter.”


Picture of Annette Annette Marcus, Secretary

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.”

Board Members

Maritza Herrera

Ariel Lissman

Joe Vigil

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.