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.

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. Contact Jess regarding AmeriCorps program management, funding, service opportunities, training and technical assistance.

Matt Westbrook - Finance Coordinator
Contact Matt regarding: invoices, checks, reimbursements (contact our AmeriCorps Program Officer regarding AmeriCorps Ed Awards).

Matt has been with Oregon Volunteers since 2007. He has a Masters degree in theology and is a PhD student in Religion and Society specializing in the sociology of religion. He has been in accounting for as long as his marriage to an accountant’s daughter. He loves cheesemaking, playing with his children and is a big Blazers fan.

Maria Hein - CASA Grants and Training Coordinator
Contact Maria regarding: CASA programs, becoming a CASA Volunteer, resources for CASA and other CASA-related information.

Maria joined Oregon Volunteers in May 2012. Maria's job is to work with the leadership of the Oregon CASA Network to ensure quality performance in all local CASA programs, develop and implement quality training standards for CASA volunteers and staff, and support volunteer management training efforts statewide. Maria has worked in adult education and volunteer management for the majority of her career. She is Certified in Volunteer Management and has a Masters Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Outside work she can be found singing in the Portland Symphonic Choir, working in her garden, reading a good mystery, knitting gifts for friends, or paddling her kayak/ downhill skiing/hiking/camping with some combination of her husband and/or two daughters.

Jared Paben - Communications and Events Specialist
Contact Jared regarding: website information and updates, Governor's Volunteer Awards, communications related to other events

Jared joined Oregon Volunteers in September 2013 as the communications and events specialist. He came to Oregon Volunteers after finishing a term as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) in Roseburg, Ore. While a VISTA volunteer, Jared staffed the Douglas and Josephine counties hub for the 211 referral service. 211 is the number people in need call for free referrals to health and social services. Before that, he worked for nearly a decade as a daily newspaper reporter, most recently as the politics, growth and transportation reporter for The Bellingham (Wash.) Herald. In his free time, Jared enjoys photography, reading and hiking.