• OUR STAFF

ADMINISTRATION

Michele White, M.S.W., Interim Executive Director
(Pronouns: she/her)

michelew@sarcoregon.org
503-626-9100, ext. 221

I have dedicated over 20 years to non-profit management and community organizing and have consulted with numerous non-profits in the health and human services sector to increase funding and improve efficacy. Upon moving to Portland, I served as the Director of Administration at FolkTime, which focuses on peer support for those in mental health recovery. I was also a founding board member for the nonprofit Outside the Frame, which works with houseless or formerly houseless youth in the Portland area to explore their artistic talents through movie production. Prior to that, I trained individuals to lobby for themselves at the Arizona State Legislature and instructed MSW students at Arizona State University (ASU) in advocacy and community organizing. I earned a master’s degree in social work and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from ASU. In my free time, I enjoy singing, dancing, hiking and spending time with my wife, Trista, and our two rescue pups, Lucy and Riley. Contact me by email at michelew@sarcoregon.

CRISIS INTERVENTION

Brianna Ellingson, Program Manager
(Pronouns: she/her)

briannae@sarcoregon.org
503-626-9100, ext. 222

I came to SARC as a volunteer in 2009. At the time, I didn’t know that this was going to be my life’s work. It didn’t take long for SARC to feel like home and for it to be clear that this is where I belong. In reference to activist and author Ana Clarissa Rojas Durazo, one of the things that I value most about being an advocate is having the opportunity to “stand in solidarity with a sister going through it in the middle of the night.” Not just at night of course, but in any moment that support is needed. And not just for my sisters, but for all of the members of our community that are affected by sexual violence. My approach to advocacy is grounded in how sexual violence intersects with race, class, sexual orientation, ability, gender identity, nationality, age and incarceration.

Raquel Orona, Case Manager
(Pronouns: she/her)

raquelo@sarcoregon.org
503-626-9100, ext. 228

I have been in the Social Service field for about 15 years. I have worked with children, youth, elderly, survivors of domestic violence and the houseless community. Throughout these years, it has been of great fulfilment seeing clients take off on their journeys with the resources and tools needed to navigate our complex systems in society. I am very grateful of the opportunity to work with the SARC team. The team’s genuine interest of supporting the clients and staff has sparked a new perspective in me to a better tomorrow for all. I am appreciative of SARC’s continued effort to learn and include all communities in their services.

Nomarie Miro, Case Manager
(Pronouns: she/her/ella)

nomariem@sarcoregon.org
503-626-9100, ext. 229

Alise Murphy, Case Manager
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Sage McKinney, On Call Support Line Advocate
(Pronouns: they/them)

Language: English

I am currently working on my CADC to earn my certification to become an addictions counselor at Portland Community College. I then will be transferring to Pacific University to earn my bachelors degree in social work and my masters degree in social work as well. I volunteer for multiple committees, alliances, and councils within the Oregon Health Authority. I currently am an advisor on the Oregon Consumer Advisory Committee to advise Oregon Health Committee on mental and behavioral health. I strive to put the same amount of passion behind my work I do at SARC as the work I do with OHA. I value the people and want to do my best at reforming a system and creating better systems of care.

Riley McNutt, On Call Support Line Advocate
(Pronouns: she/her or they/them)

Language: English

In summer of 2020, I realized I wanted to help survivors and luckily, with some research, I discovered SARC was accepting volunteer applications. I completed my training in October of 2020 and even though there wasn’t much I could do as far as volunteering at the time, I tried to remain active by attending monthly meetings. Spring of 2021, I started volunteering on the 24hr support line and as of July 2021, I was hired as an employee to work as an on-call advocate on the support line. I am so excited for this opportunity as I am going to school for Community Advocacy and Social Policy through Arizona State University online and it is work I am truly passionate about. I’m looking forward to continuing to learn how I can best support survivors and working for an agency that has values that align with my own.

Diana Ibarra, On-Call Crisis Intervention Advocate
(Pronouns: she/her/ella)

I graduated with a BS in Health Care Administration, however, I realized it was not for me, it just did not appeal to me, so I have decided to go into social work, where I felt more comfortable working with diverse communities. I was very fortunate that my first job was managing a statewide program for 5 years in tobacco prevention and education specifically with the Latino communities in Oregon, where I gained valuable experience. After we lost funding for the program, I decided to take a 6-year break to raise my first-born son. Once I came back to the work force, I worked as a shelter coordinator for 4 years at Portland Homeless Family Solutions. After the shelter relocated to SE Portland, I decided to explore different opportunities closer to home in the Beaverton area.  I found a job with the Beaverton School District, where I work as a community liaison.  I work with Spanish speaking families to advocate their needs, I assist with interpreting and translating.  On my spare time I like to spend time with my husband and our three boys. We enjoy family outings either at the beach or on a hike. I also love going out with my girlfriends to eat a good brunch (my favorite!).  I identify as Mexican Muslim and enjoy working with my Latinx and BIPOC communities. My goal is to assist our diverse communities with the challenges they (we) often face with accessing resources. I want to create a safe and inviting space with the communities we serve.  I am super excited to be part of SARC team as an On Call Response Advocate. I am gaining available skills and experience.

Samaiyah Young, On-Call Crisis Response Advocate
(Pronouns: she/her/hers)

Language: English

I am new to the SARC family as an On Call Crisis Response Advocate and look forward to being a support and to continue to serve my community. I am a Portland native that graduated from University of Oregon with a degree in Sociology in 2012. Since graduation I have spent the bulk of my career serving at risk, and high need communities within the human services and criminal justice systems. I have served in the following capacities; In reunification with the Department of Human Services, as a Juvenile Court Counseling Assistant and Juvenile Court Counselor with Multnomah County juvenile probation services, a Juvenile Intake Specialist with Clackamas County, a Victim’s Advocate and Juvenile Detention Counselor with the State of Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.

My goal is and will continue to be assisting people with finding and magnifying their voices. To be seen, heard, and accepted are the greatest of human gifts.

On my free time I love to find new places to eat, spending time near water and sand, and adding stamps to my passport.

Tsitsi Rutsito, On Call Support Line Advocate
(Pronouns: she/her)

I am very excited to be joining the SARC team. I have experience working with women and children dealing with domestic violence. I have also worked with homeless individuals who are dealing with mental health and /or drug addiction. I have a post baccalaureate in psychology from Portland State University, I also have a bachelors in Sociology from the Women’s university In Africa. I am hoping to get a masters and get licensed as a social worker in the near future. In my spare time I enjoy gardening and spending time with family. I am grateful for this opportunity to learn and serve in such a wonderful team.

Ona Harshbarger, On Call Support Line Advocate
(Pronouns: they/them)

Language: English

Hi there! I’m Ona. I am a feminist, an advocate, a scholar, and a helper. I recently graduated from Portland State, majoring in Gender, Sexuality, & Queer Studies. I have dabbled within the fields of equity consulting, peer support, and as a sexual educator. I hold my Taoist philosophies very close to my inner self, letting it guide me during difficult times. I enjoy helping others, as well as learning alongside them.

Eleanor Quandt, On-Call Crisis Intervention Advocate
(Pronouns: she/her)

Lyndi Stone, On-Call Crisis Intervention Advocate
(Pronouns: she/her/ella)

Whitney Florea, On-Call Crisis Intervention Advocate
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Amina Dureti, On-Call Crisis Intervention Advocate
(Pronouns: she/her)

Anna Borroz, On-Call Crisis Intervention Advocate
(Pronouns: she/her/ella)

ALDER PROGRAM

Counseling Services

Rachel Lowenthal, L.C.S.W., Mental Health Clinician
(Pronouns: she/her)

rachell@sarcoregon.org
503-626-9100, ext. 223

SARC is the kind of place that believes that all who come for support are welcomed with warmth, kindness and dignity. SARC believes that we are not defined by past events, and that with an understanding supportive community we can reconnect to our core selves. Our counseling program is firmly rooted in these philosophies, providing a strong foundation for gentle exploration and guidance toward health and healing.

Caterin Munguia, M.S.W., C.S.W.A., Group Coordinator
(Pronouns: she/her)

I am very lucky to be a part of SARC. My background in mental health consists on experience with marginalized groups and helping them acquire the services/resources. As the group coordinator/facilitator in the SARC Alder Program, I am lucky enough to be able to provide a space for survivors as they process sexual assault trauma.

We are currently developing and creating new groups that will be able to people of all identities.

Megan Irwin, M.S.W., C.S.W.A., Mental Health Clinician
(Pronouns: she/her)

megani@sarcoregon.org
503-626-9100, ext. 240

I’m honored to have the opportunity to work with survivors as part of SARC’s counseling team, and to be a part of the movement to end sexual violence. I believe we all have within us the resilience we need to heal and reconnect with ourselves, and my approach to counseling focuses on providing gentle guidance and a compassionate witness to the journey. My work centers the unique experience of each survivor and collaboration with clients on goals and selecting the best treatment approach. I use EMDR, Internal Family Systems Theory, emotional exposure processing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to support growth and healing.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

Morgan Evans, Community Education Program Manager
(Pronouns: she/her or they/them)

morgane@sarcoregon.org
503-626-9100, ext. 226

Working with SARC has truly been a gift. It is such a humbling experience to sit with people in the face of adversity and see the potential for healing that each of us has. I am inspired by those who work together to eradicate sexual violence and social injustice in our community.

Lindsay Spaulding, Volunteer Coordinator
(Pronouns: he/him or they/them)

lindsays@sarcoregon.org
503-626-9100, ext. 224

In my time as an advocate for survivors, what stood out to me most was the fierce resilience and courage of every person I met. It continues to provide me perspective and motivation when I speak at community events, recruit and train volunteers, and even experience my own challenges. That courage and resilience is why I do this work. In addition to that, we have so many opportunities for people to get involved with SARC, and everyone’s hope and energy when they ask how they can help us to help survivors is inspiring.

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