• OUR STAFF

ADMINISTRATION

Brandy Selover, MPH, Executive Director
(Pronouns: she/her)

brandys@sarcoregon.org
503-626-9100, ext. 250

My life’s work has been rooted in principles of equality, social equity, honesty, creativity, strategy, prevention, and service to community, and I have been a leader by example in all those tenets. I have been active in the movement to end gender violence, specifically sexual violence, for more than two decades through a multi-layered and rich journey. My background includes having served as a Detective in law enforcement for more than a decade, specializing in sex crimes investigations and as a child forensic interviewer. I significantly shifted approaches to the work toward social justice in 2011 by beginning to focus on primary prevention strategies that address root cause issues at the core of oppression in an effort to address societal and systemic norms that impact social determinants of health. I have served as a Program Manager, Project Director, and staff empowerment evaluator with the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence in statewide and national technical assistance roles, as well as developing multifaceted community-centered prevention programming under funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Office on Violence Against Women. Also, I served as the Executive Director for the Idaho Public Employees Association where I engaged in overall organizational oversight, visionary leadership, strategic vision for the organization, stakeholder engagement, and funds development. And in the role of Board President of the Advocates Against Family Violence, a domestic and sexual violence program and shelter in rural Idaho for individuals who have experienced interpersonal violence in their lives. I earned a master’s degree in public health with an emphasis on community education from Concordia University- Seward, NE, and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Boise State University. In my free time, I enjoy long-distance hiking/backpacking, riding my Harley-Davidson motorcycle, fishing the rivers with my partner and husband, Jarod, and playing with my kiddo and two dogs. Contact me by email at brandys@sarcoregon.org.

CRISIS INTERVENTION

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

briannae@sarcoregon.org
503-626-9100, ext. 222
Languages: English and some Spanish

I started at SARC as a volunteer in 2009 and decided to change my educational and career paths to work here. My background at SARC includes several years of providing case management services and I specialized in working with incarcerated people who have experienced sexual violence during that time. My approaches to advocacy are grounded in how sexual violence intersects with race, class, sexual orientation, ability, gender identity, nationality, age, incarceration and more. It’s important to me to provide meaningful and accessible services, representative of the people accessing them. In my current role I get to work collectively with staff, interns, volunteers and clients to mitigate trauma, address oppression, create change and move towards identified goals together. Community, collaboration and equity are at the center of all of that work.

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
Languages: English and Spanish

Working at SARC is such a rewarding experience. I’ve worked in direct services for the last 10 years to some capacity because my passion is uplifting others. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some amazing people along the way. What drives me is the strength, courage and resilience that I see everyday in the people that I get to help. As a Case Manager here at SARC, I get to assist people on their healing journey by connecting them to resources within the community and navigating through systems that during a difficult time can seem overwhelming. I am inspired everyday not only by my teammates, but also by all those that are working together against all social injustices.

Alise Murphy, Case Manager
(Pronouns: she/her)

alisem@sarcoregon.org
Languages: English

I count myself blessed to be a part of the Crisis Intervention Team whose main goal is to walk along side and support people who have experienced sexual violence. I’m committed to challenge and bring change to the cultural attitudes around sexual violence and victim blaming by having hard conversations and investing time to bring awareness around these issues. Won’t you join me?

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.

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

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.

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

Languages: English and Spanish

I joined SARC in 2019 as a Case Manager, and right at the beginning of 2020 I moved to the Housing Advocate Position.  In February 2021 I become a Housing Advocate at the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), but clearly wasn’t ready to leave SARC yet, so I became an On-Call Advocate. Before SARC I had worked with folks who were recovering from addiction and worked in mental health as a Residential Treatment Specialist. I then worked as an Advocate supporting people experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault, and shortly after joined the SARC team as a Case manager.

Some fun things about me: I love games and am currently running a D&D Campaign, I am passionate about Transformative Justice, and I love marine creatures and have a fish tank with beautiful Betta.

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

Languages: English and Spanish

I am an advocate with 10 years of experience working with sexual assault, domestic violence, and homelessness. My biggest passion in this field is working directly with survivors and being a warm presence during times of crisis. As a gay woman, the specific ways people in the LGBTQIA+ community are affected by violence are especially important to me. When I’m not working I like stand-up comedy and working on my car. I started at SARC in early 2021 after working in housing services for a few years and I am really excited to be part of such a vibrant team.

Amina Dureti, On-Call Crisis Response Advocate
(Pronouns: she/her)

Languages: English, Kaswahili, and Oromo

I am passionate about Human Rights, social justice and I plan to challenge myself to never remain silent in the face of injustice.

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.

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

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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