Meet the passionate Board who lead our efforts to serve families affected by wildfires in our Valley!
Blancaluz "Lucy" Brossard - President
“Blancaluz "Lucy" Brossard is the Bilingual Executive Assistant to Teaching & Learning/Latino/a/x & Migrant Outreach Coordinator for the Phoenix-Talent School District. She has been an integral part in the fire recovery post the Almeda Fire. Blancaluz has an understanding of barriers for our Latino/a/x and Migrant communities as she grew up in a migrant family in the Rogue Valley. In addition to her roles at PTS and the JCCLTRG, Blancaluz is also the Head Cheerleading Coach at Phoenix High School as well as an advocate for students with disabilities and the Latino/a/x community of Southern Oregon.”
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.
Barry Braden - Secretary
Barry Braden is a native Oregonian - born in Eugene, raised in Cottage Grove and educated at Oregon State University. Barry returned to Oregon and to his wife’s home town of Medford shortly before the fires of 2020 after spending a career working for NASA. Barry was asked to coordinate the initial response of the United Methodist Committee on Relief and the Ashland United Methodist Church to the fires in Jackson County and leverages his technical and project management skills learned at NASA to assist in the continued fire recovery. When not engaged in fire recovery activities, Barry can be found traveling, woodworking, fishing the Upper Rogue, hiking local trails, or spending time at the family ranch in Idaho.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.