• OUR STAFF

ADMINISTRATION

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

gro.nogerocras@welehcim
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 Ellinsgon, Program Manager
(Pronouns: she/her)

gro.nogerocras@eannairb
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.

Eleanor Quandt, Housing Resource Specialist
(Pronouns: she/her)

gro.nogerocras@qronaele
503-626-9100, ext. 227

My background consists of experience in mental health, domestic violence, and sexual assault. I am incredibly lucky to be a part of SARC as a Case Manager supporting folx who have experienced sexual violence.  In my work here, I get to witness the strength and resilience of the people we serve, and the commitment the team has to them and each other.  It’s a dream come true to be a part of an organization that provides educational opportunities in our community to learn about the impact and root causes of sexual violence.  A foundational aspect of my work as a Case Manager here involves constant education on anti-oppression practices in order to better serve folx with various intersecting identities.  I’m happy to say I feel right at home with the team here at SARC who strives to do the same.

Corrie Etheredge, On-Call Crisis Advocate
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Jenny Sunderland, On-Call Crisis Advocate
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Stephanie Clark, On-Call Crisis Advocate
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Whitney Florea, On-Call Crisis Advocate
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Alise Murphy, On-Call Crisis Advocate
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Nomarie Miro, Temporary Latinx Advocate
(Pronouns: she/her)

ALDER PROGRAM

Counseling Services

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

gro.nogerocras@llehcar
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.

Perla Estrada, M.S.W., C.S.W.A., Latinx Mental Health Clinician
(Pronouns: she/her)

gro.nogerocras@ealrep
503-626-9100, ext. 231

The impact of sexual violence can have long lasting negative effects on not just survivors, but also their families, friends, and communities. For many Latinx survivors of sexual assault, access to resources is often times limited due to various constraints such language barriers, fear of the legal system for undocumented Latinx survivors, cultural values, lack of mental healthcare resources, etc. As the Latinx Counselor in the SARC Alder Program, I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to be able to serve Latinx survivors as they process their sexual assault trauma in their journey towards healing.

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

gro.nogerocras@inagem
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)

gro.nogerocras@enagrom
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 extreme adversity and see the potential for healing that each of us has. I continue to be moved by the stories I hear and the spirit of those who come together in an effort to eradicate sexual violence and social injustice in our community.

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

gro.nogerocras@syasdnil
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.