Board of Directors

Meet the passionate Board who lead our efforts to serve families affected by wildfires in our Valley!

Blancaluz "Lucy" Brossard - President

Blancaluz "Lucy" Brossard was born and raised in Southern Oregon to a migrant family who worked in the orchards around Phoenix and Medford. She understands the barriers the Migrant and Latino/a/x communities face. Blancaluz spent the past 9 years in education working with at-risk, homeless youth, and students with exceptionalities. Most recently at Phoenix-Talent Schools where she was an integral part of fire recovery efforts post-Almeda Fire. Her work with fire recovery also led to a shift in her career, recently joining Oregon Housing & Community Service as the Regional Disaster Recovery & Resilience Coordinator.

Brandon Thoms - Vice President

Born and raised in Southern Oregon, Brandon Thoms has always held a passion for volunteering and helping those in need. After an 11 -year career in banking, Brandon combined his experience in finance and housing with his passion for helping those in need and joined the Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity team. As the Director of Programs and Operations, his main goal is to grow and develop its mission of affordable homeownership while expanding programs to meet the needs of the community. Brandon is also an Oregon licensed real estate broker with Signature Realty, LLC.

Mark Pedersen - Treasurer

Mark Pedersen grew up in Central Point, graduated from Crater High School, and attended Southern Oregon University. He raised his eight children here and is very happy the majority of his twelve grandchildren are here in the Rogue Valley! Thirty years ago, Mark and his partners started All-Ways Trucking, Inc., where he currently serves as President of the company. Mark’s service to community has included the Rogue Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster (RVCOAD), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Parker House Project, the United Way Day of Caring Committee, and even as a volunteer Cross-Country coach for The Valley Middle School.

Caitrin O'Connell

Born and raised in the Rogue Valley, Caitrin Sevcik is currently a school psychologist in the Central Point School District. She currently resides in Talent with her daughter.  She has always worked towards helping children and families and enjoys coordinating service in counseling, wraparound services, and trauma-informed care. She enjoys connecting with people and building relationships. Caitrin enjoys golf, dancing, and spending time with her family in her free time.

Dee Anne Everson

Dee Anne Everson, CEO, United Way of Jackson County is a graduate of Stanford University’s Nonprofit Leaders Program and serves on numerous boards and committees including the Oregon Community Foundation, United Ways of the Pacific Northwest, Jackson County Juvenile Justice Committee, and Jackson County Threat Assessment Committee. Dee Anne spent 13 years in the corporate financial sector and joined the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce from 1990-93 as an economist. Since joining United Way, she was recognized by Oregon Business Magazine as one of Oregon’s 50 great leaders and named the Nonprofit Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award from the Medford/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

Elib Crist-Dwyer

Elib Crist-Dwyer has lived in the Rogue Valley since 2002. He spent 14 years building scenery for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, worked as the Education Program Coordinator at ScienceWorks, and helped run the Fire Relief Center as a member of Rogue Climate. Elib is working as the Disaster Relief Team Lead Organizer for Rogue Action Center (RAC). In the weeks after the Almeda Fire the RAC, along with other community partners opened a mutual aid center that served hundreds of survivors a week for nearly a year, and continue to operate mobile pop-up supply events at the various communities where survivors are housed.

Ellie Holty

Ellie grew up all over the place—in six states and four countries—before settling in Ashland in 2011. She was called to return to social justice work in 2020 when COVID, the death of George Floyd, and the Almeda Fire combined to shatter her community and catalyze her choice to create the change she wanted to see in the world. She is delighted to work with this heartful bunch of rabble-rousers and really loves to swim.

Leigh Madsen

Born and raised in Montana, Leigh moved to Oregon after graduating from the University of Chicago. He currently works for Jackson County Library Systems as a Resource Specialist. This is his 7th career, having previously served as an executive director of a nonprofit, a safety consultant, a nursery owner-operator, a property manager, a sales manager, a landscape contractor, and a direct salesperson. In his free time, you can find him mushrooming, fishing, birding, hiking, and playing with his dog. Together, he and his partner spend several weeks each year enjoying our beautiful country in their small RV.

Melanie Doshier

Melanie Doshier, ACCESS Support Services Director, oversees a multi-divisional nonprofit housing stabilization department, with a focus on trauma-informed, people-first, wraparound care. Melanie’s experience scales across industries with an expertise in creating foundations to support growth, both in people and process, and to provide service delivery holistically. Melanie believes that trust in relationships is imperative for effective supportive service delivery models and is passionate about ensuring all have equitable access to the resources and care teams they need to move forward in their recovery. She strongly believes, and embodies through action, that access to housing that meets the needs of the households in service is the only path forward.

Tucker Teutsch

As a second-generation Talentonian with a 20-year history managing rapidly-deployable temporary infrastructure projects around the world. Tucker has directed builds, procurement, and budgets for large music festivals in five countries—as well as contributing his skillset to New Orleans’ relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina. He has worked with government agencies to temporarily transform bridges into parks, turn commuter arteries into public gathering spaces, and create constituencies for large community projects. This “crazy, perplexing, and fascinating” work of recovery is somehow the culmination of all the lives he has led up to this point.

Vanessa Houk

Vanessa Houk is a writer and has been a community activist in the Rogue Valley for more than three decades. Together with her husband Jason, they've built a community meal program in Ashland, organized winter and cooling shelters, and has dedicated her life to helping others. Like thousands of neighbors, the Houk family lost their home, belongings and pets in the Almeda fire. She has a deep understanding of poverty as well as the power of community.

William North

William North, CEO, Rogue Community Health has 25+ years of experience creating organizational change, William has worked enhancing operational productivity, developing and executing business plans, collaborating with executive-level decision-makers, and directing market-based initiatives to support business objectives. A skilled negotiator, process facilitator, and conflict mediator, William seeks to create sustainable, integrated, and systemic win-win solutions for all parties. William has served on a variety of state/national boards and committees and brings an extensive knowledge of the public policy arena, legislative/regulatory processes, and system dynamics. William has a comprehensive understanding of strategy, policy, and change management in the nonprofit arena.

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