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

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.

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 recently received his PhD 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.

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

Sally joined Oregon Volunteers in November 2014 and brings to the team nearly twenty years of experience in the public, non-profit and higher education sectors. Her work has included writing policy for child welfare issues, conducting research on workforce development initiatives and analyzing business processes for public health. Sally is a former AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and recognizes the valuable role volunteerism plays in creating healthy, vibrant communities. Sally’s professional training has focused on process improvement (Lean) and change management. Her education includes undergraduate studies in both sociology and art history, a master’s degree in sociology focused on community development and a graduate certificate in adult education. Currently Sally is training to volunteer as a docent for the Portland Art Museum, as well as serving on the Association for Talent Development (ATD) membership committee. In her off hours she enjoys reading with her book club, gardening with her husband and visiting local Oregon vineyards whenever the opportunity arises.