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Rian Gayle, MA
(Board Chair)
Deaf / he, him, his

Assistant Director, Access & Inclusion
Western Oregon University

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Damara Paris
(Vice Chair)
Deaf / she, her, hers

Associate Professor of Counselor Education,
ESU RSA Grants Director
Emporia State University
ADARA Immediate Past President

Jackie Shaw, Treasurer
Hearing / she, her, hers

Founder and Principal Consultant, Get Organized, LLC
Co-Founder, Brass Jack, LLC

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Amanda Rayfield
Hard of Hearing / she, her, hers

Foster Home Certifier
Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS)

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Denise Thew Hackett, Ph.D., MSCI, CRC
Deaf / she, her, hers

Chair, Division of Deaf Studies & Professional Studies
Principal Investigator for the Community Needs Assessment Project
Associate Professor, Program Coordinator, Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
Western Oregon University

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Ishai Rosen, CPP
Deaf / he, him, his

Packaging Engineer
HP Inc.

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Lorena Reynolds, JD
Hearing / she, her, hers

Managing Attorney
Reynolds Law Firm, PC

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Monique Griffin
CODA / she, her, hers

Operations Associate
Collaborate Consulting, LLC.

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Whitney Edmunson
Hearing / she, her, hers

Deaf Ekklesia
Salem Alliance Church

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Whitney Hill, JD
Hearing / she, her, hers

Senior Associate Attorney
Cedar Law, PLLC
Seattle, WA

Board and Community Subcommittees

If you would like to join in the Subcommittee, please send an e-mail to to share your interest.

2nd Annual Pancakes with the Grinch
Chad A. Ludwig
Melissa Knechtel

Executive Committee
Rian Gayle, Convener
Chad A. Ludwig
Damara Paris
Denise Thew Hackett, Past Chair
Jackie Shaw

Financial Subcommittee
Ishai Rosen, Convener
Chad A. Ludwig
Damara Paris
Denise Thew Hackett
Jackie Shaw
Lorena Reynolds
Rian Gayle
Samuel Townsend

Fundraising Subcommittee
Rian Gayle, Convener
Amanda Rayfield
Chad A. Ludwig
Chris Wagner
Mat Genuser
Penny Clifton
Whitney Edmunson

Media and Marketing Subcommittee (ON HOLD)
Rian Gayle, Convener
Chad A. Ludwig
Dre Gray
Ulysses Harmony Garcia

Policy and Procedure Subcommittee
Monique Griffin, Convener
Chad A. Ludwig
Mel DeLeon
Shelaswau Crier
Rian Gayle
Whitney Hill

Former Board Members

The Bridges Oregon honors the many contributions of Former Board Members who served on the board. This is in honor of past service.

If you are a past board member with us and would like to be honored, please send an e-mail to We are eager to add you to the list!

  • Andrea Thornberry
  • Anne Gray Liversidge, Ph.D.
  • David Baldridge, Ph.D.
  • Eric Drapeau
  • Mat Genuser
  • Terry Blosser
  • Tom Galey, MA

Become a Board Member

Would you like to shape the future of Bridges Oregon?

We are currently seeking for qualified individuals to join our Board of Directors.

  • Bridges Oregon’s Board Responsibilities
  • Influence and develop policies
  • Participate in fundraising
  • Build community relationships
  • Provide budget oversight
  • Participate in strategic planning
  • Attend 4 to 6 board meetings annually
  • Commit to 3-years term
  • Publicly support the work of Bridges Oregon
  • Represent Bridges Oregon occasionally at external events
  • And many more.

Want to learn more about our organization or interested in applying? Please contact

We look forward to having you a part of the Bridges Oregon team!