Board, Volunteers and Staff

Rockwood CDC Team members


Summer 2016 Team: Back row JD Pitts, Stephen Lasu, Lynn Ketch, Brad Ketch, Stephanie Haag, Scott McCracken. Front row Scott Gillis, Alondra Flores, Peter Eversmeyer, Lindsey Boulais, Bethany Dykstra. Missing Sie Lor and Pam Ferguson.

Sunrise Center Team and Community Liaisons 2016. Vanessa Chambers, Sunrise Center Host; Willie Chambers, Kitchen Manager; Natalya Sobolevskaya, Rockwood Rising Community Liaison. Missing Vince Jones and Luz Gomez, RR Community Liaisons.

























003Brad Ketch

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.


headshot.9.14Lynn Ketch

Wellness Initiatives

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.


140710_2289[2.5x3.5]Peter Eversmeyer, CHW

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.





Scott McCracken

Inter-Faith Facilitator

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 ( They married in 1988 and, after 3 years in Austria, moved to Greece to serve refugees there ( 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.


Pam Ferguson

Administrative Support -Bookkeeper

Phone: 503 847-9163 ext 705



Board of Directors

Eugene Wallace

Jason Albelo

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.


Jose Ibarra

Mary Edmeades

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.

Steven Holt

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.

Brad Ketch

See biography, above

Lynn Ketch

See biography, above