Rockwood CDC Team members
President and CEO
Phone: 503 847-9163 ext 700
Born and raised in East Portland, Brad has personally experienced the decline and rebirth of the Rockwood area. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Business. For twenty-five years, Brad developed products and companies in the telecommunication hardware industry. He has served as CEO and CFO of a publicly-traded company; and, has served as CEO of a $90 million manufacturer.
From 2007 until 2014 he chaired the board of My Father’s House. My Father’s House, which is located in Rockwood, is the US’s largest shelter for homeless families (other than those that are funded by government).
In 2011, Brad relocated to The Philippines with his wife Lynn and youngest son to become CEO of International Care Ministries. ICM taught 100,000 people per year to create micro-enterprises; ran 85 kindergartens; served 400,000 meals each month; gave scholarships to 6,000 students per year; ran six medical clinics which see 20,000 patients per year; and offered micro-credit to 3,000 borrowers. In 2012 Brad and his family returned to Portland and founded the Community Development Corporation of Oregon, which currently does business as the Rockwood CDC.
Phone: 503 847-9163 ext 701
Lynn has had a life-long passion for healthy communities. Raised by a father who was a pioneer in public health, she lived in first-nation communities in Alaska, New Mexico and North Carolina. She holds graduate certificates from Oregon Health Sciences University and Multnomah University, and a BS from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 2012 Lynn relocated to The Philippines with her family to become the Director of ICM’s seven medical clinics. In 2013 she returned to Rockwood and joined the board and staff of the Rockwood CDC.
Rockwood English Language Institute (RELI), Teacher
Phone: 503 358-6056
Melisa Crosby has been teaching English as a Second Language to immigrant, refugee, and international students for over two decades. At last count, she has worked with students from over 65 countries, from a wide range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds. As the ESL instructor for the Rockwood English Language Institute (RELI), she strives to build a warm, connected community where adult students develop their English proficiency in basic literacy, communication, reading, writing, and computer skills. She is empowering adult students to participate more fully in work, community life, and their children’s education.
Phone: 503 847-9163 Ext 713
Dina is a long time resident of the Rockwood community. She has served in many volunteer and paid positions to build community engagement and initiatives. Dina has worked over a decade with marginalized populations in Rockwood. She has been a small business owner, resident, Government employee and non-profit manager which offers a wide array of perspectives to the position with Rockwood CDC.
Team Leader – Community Navigators
Phone: 503 847-9163 ext 706
Peter was born and raised in Gresham, Oregon. After a few years of work in low income apartments he joined the Rockwood CDC to fine tune his skills in community engagement. Since joining the staff he has become a certified community health worker (CHW) and is also the lead Navigator in the Rockwood Pathways Project.
Administrative Support -Bookkeeper
Phone: 503 847-9163 ext 705
Phone: 503 847-9163 ext 712
Scott Gillis is an experienced nonprofit board director, CPA, and CFP who serves as the Director of Economic Development and Business Initiatives for the Rockwood CDC. Mr. Gillis has over 40 years of business experience, including approximately 30 years as a financial officer in the life insurance business with AIG and or its predecessor companies.
Before retiring from AIG in 2014, Mr. Gillis was Chief Financial Officer of American International Group Retirement Services. As a board director of dozens of AIG subsidiaries, he oversaw the growth of five annuity insurers and six key business groups ranging from fixed and variable annuities, broker-dealer, mutual funds and affordable housing to $240 billion in assets.
Earlier, Mr. Gillis was Vice President and Controller of SunAmerica Life Companies, where he played an essential role in its market-leading growth, 30% annually for 15 years, to $8.5 billion in revenue and $50 billion in assets before its 1993 merger with AIG. Following the merger, Mr. Gillis provided financial and organizational development oversight on AIG’s internal boards in its insurance, annuities, asset management, and broker-dealer businesses. He has also played critical roles in more than a dozen acquisitions. In addition, Mr. Gillis previously held operations, principal, and financial licenses in the securities industry. Currently, he serves as an independent director (audit chair, compensation committee, and governance committee) for LiquidMetal Technologies where he is involved in evaluating mission-critical options including a market strategy reset, raising capital, improving audit coordination, and preparing SOX compliance.
Phone: 503 847-9163 ext 704
Scott (born in Florida) went into training at International Teams in 1986 where he met the woman he would later marry (Vicki), and they prepared with a team to work with refugees in Austria (http://oasis.iteams.org). They married in 1988 and, after 3 years in Austria, moved to Greece to serve refugees there (www.helpinghands.gr). Five children and 23 years later they left Athens for Portland, where they help raise awareness and work toward the prevention of child sex trafficking. At the Rockwood CDC, Scott is our public spokesman and coordinates the Shalom Rockwood group.
Board of Directors
Pastor Jason, Board Secretary, is Lead Pastor of East Hill Church, which is currently Gresham’s largest church. After graduating from Oregon State University with a degree in Political Science, he was commissioned in the Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant. During his tenure in the Marine Corps he served in a variety of different roles Platoon Commander, Company Executive Officer, Aide De Camp, and Company Commander. While stationed in Twenty-nine Palms, CA, Jason and his wife, Nikki, got deeply involved in ministry on the base. This service led to full-time ministry with East Hill Church since 2000. At East Hill, Jason is leading the drive to make all services available to Spanish speakers.
Mary, Board Chair, has been a resident of the Centennial/Rockwood Community since 1968. Currently, she works for Albina Community Bank and holds the position of VP/Market Manager. Albina Community Bank is the only CDFI bank chartered in Oregon. Mary’s community involvement stretches from NW Portland to outer southeast communities that would benefit from access to genuine banking services. She has a large portfolio of small business and non-profit clients which keep her grounded and connected to emerging opportunities.
Apostle Holt, Board Treasurer, is the Chair of the Oversight Committee for the N/NE Portland housing strategy to assist with the Portland Mayor’s affordable housing agenda. He is a founding member of the Freshwind/11:45 movement which presently addresses the need for mentorship and gang intervention in the metro area. He is also a consultant on equity, diversity and community to the Gresham Police, Portland Police and Warner Pacific College (his alma mater).
Apostle Holt is Pastor of Kingdom Nation Church, which meets at the Sunrise Center. In this capacity, he is bringing the assets and resources of his church to Rockwood.
Apostle Holt has received the “Spirit of Portland” award from Mayor Adams in 2011, the “Community Impact” award from Big Brothers and Big Sisters in 2012, and “Commendation Medal” in 2013 from Chief Reese, all for his work with 11:45.
José is a Community Action Coordinator & Interfaith Liaison with Multnomah County. He works to develop and maintain community connection with government, community, and faith organizations working to address poverty-related advocacy in Multnomah County. He serves as a staff person on the advisory board for the Community Action Agency (Multnomah County Commission for Economic Dignity). As interfaith coordinator, he works with hundreds of leaders from different faith traditions to educate them about the programs and services in Multnomah County. He works to develop and foster relationships among the various communities and their law enforcement organizations. In May 2017, José was appointed by Governor Brown to serve as a member of the Law Enforcement Contacts Policy and Data Review Committee.
He served as a Chair and Council member of the United States Council of Commissions on Hispanic Affairs, Chicago, IL and as a Chair and Commissioner with Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs, in Salem, Oregon.
José has served as a Board Member for Hacienda CDC and as a Committee Member for the City of Medford Communications Advisory Committee. He was a Senior Fellow Class XXVI on the American Leadership Forum of Oregon.
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See biography, above
Eugene Wallace is founder and president of Family Business Advisers and owner of Excell Oregon. Eugene has integrated his experience as a husband, father, successful business owner, and his understanding of business and organizational theory, to forge a highly effective practice advising business leaders in the success and succession of their businesses. He works with clients as they discover where they want to take the business, determine, with candid clarity, what the current state of the business is and then to develop an intentional and wise plan in the pursuit of success and succession. He assists clients as they do the work to pursue excellence in business.
Eugene has invested more than 15 years of his life working in the field of education, as a faculty member, administrator, and coach. He has earned three Masters Degrees focusing on Counseling, Human Development, and Philosophical and Theological Studies. His undergraduate work focused on Psychology, Theology, and Business.
Eugene is currently the Board Chair for the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette Board of Trustees, is a current board member for the International Succession Planning Association and is a former Board Member of the Austin Family Business Program. He is a Certified Succession Planner, a Certified Family Business Specialist, and a Certified Management Consultant. He lives with his wife of 25 years, Angela and their five children in Aurora, Oregon on a small, family farm.