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.
Maria Sceva- Events and Program Specialist
Maria joined Oregon Volunteers as the events specialist in October 2016 after a year spent living in Panama City, Panama and traveling the world. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in the Philippines from 2009-2012. In between her world travels, Maria has gained extensive experience in program support, communications and event planning. She is looking forward to putting those skills to use in support of AmeriCorps, CASA and other volunteer activities throughout Oregon. Maria is a native Oregonian and excited about exploring all that Portland has to offer.