Oregon Volunteers Staff

Kathleen Joy - Executive Director

Kathleen has been the executive director of Oregon Volunteers since Feb. 1998. She previously had a twenty-five-year career in management, disaster relief, and program development with the American Red Cross. She has also been a management consultant to Red Crescent societies in Africa and the Caribbean. Ms. Joy has also worked with Habitat for Humanity International, Rotary International, international hunger relief entities, and literacy and education organizations.

Brandi Bergkvist- CASA Grants Coordinator

Brandi recently joined Oregon Volunteers in January 2016. A former CASA volunteer, Brandi brings with her a passion for serving children and a firm belief in the value of CASA organizations and volunteers in advocating for abused and neglected children. Brandi holds a Master of Public Administration Degree and her experience spans diverse sectors and programmatic fields, including public service at the local, state, and federal levels. While working for the District of Columbia Government, Brandi focused much of her efforts on programs and issues impacting the City’s children and youth. She worked diligently to improve out-of-school programs, identified and advocated for needed reforms in the areas of child protective services and juvenile justice, increased access to disability benefits for infants, and initiated intergovernmental and public-private partnerships among child-serving entities. Brandi transitioned to Oregon Volunteers from Portland State University where she served as a project manager supporting a range of academic innovation and student success initiatives. With a strong background in program analysis, project management, process improvement, and partnership development, Brandi looks forward to once again serving children through her career and to sharing her collaborative spirit and commitment to excellence with Oregon’s network of CASA organizations.

Paul Brown- National Service Program Administrator

Contact Paul regarding: AmeriCorps program design, management and funding opportunities; service opportunities; training and technical assistance.

Paul joined Oregon Volunteers in January 2016 after spending seven years working abroad. He conducted his graduate thesis research in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2006 as a Portland State student in the Masters of Public Administration program. Upon graduation, Paul returned to Vietnam where he helped develop academic programs for a number of American universities. He moved on to Tanzania where he was a Peace Corps Volunteer and a Program Manager for a USAID-funded nutrition project that worked with small-scale food processors to fortify the country’s staple foods (namely, corn flour and sunflower oil) to boost the nutrition status of children under five.

Paul is excited to return to Portland with his wife and to the AmeriCorps world where he was a member in the Montana and Washington Conservation Corps. He is happy to be able to use his administrative experience to enable young people to follow their dreams and do-gooder passions that they can leverage throughout their lives.

Paul split his youth between Minnesota and New Hampshire and comes from a competitive sports family. In addition to enjoying a microbrew while watching the Red Sox or Vikings, Paul can often be seen on the trail, negotiating traffic on his bike, in the kitchen, or reading wonky current events books.

Kimberly Ligon- Events and Project Specialist

Kimberly joined Oregon Volunteers as the events specialist in January 2015. She originally interned with us in the spring of 2013, while working on her Master's in International Development and Service at Concordia Univeristy. Kimberly is also an AmeriCorps NCCC alum, where she served in Galveston, Texas; Crown King, Arizona; Thibodaux, Louisiana; and Mobile, Alabama. Kimberly brings with her a wide variety of skills and passions, including a strong interest in disaster preparedness.

Jessamyn Luiz - AmeriCorps Program Officer

Jess joined Oregon Volunteers in November 2012. She has an extensive background in national service beginning with her first role as the Jumpstart (AmeriCorps National Program) Los Angeles Site Manager at UCLA in 1998 and continuing in positions as regional program director and executive director for Jumpstart in the west and in the greater Chicago area through 2005. In addition to her seven years with Jumpstart, she brings almost a decade of experience using her organizational development and problem solving skills as Director of Head Start programs in New Jersey and New Mexico. Most recently, she served as Education Director for the Pueblo of Tesuque in New Mexico before relocating to Portland.