• 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.

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

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

Alise Murphy, Case Manager
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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.

Amina Dureti, On-Call Crisis Intervention Advocate
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Anna Borroz, On-Call Crisis Intervention Advocate
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Diana Ibarra, On-Call Crisis Intervention Advocate
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Eleanor Quandt, On-Call Crisis Intervention Advocate
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Lyndi Stone, On-Call Crisis Intervention Advocate
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Whitney Florea, On-Call Crisis Intervention Advocate
(Pronouns: she/her)

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.