Linda Jo Devlaeminck has a passion for serving North Portland neighbors in a collaborative way. She has a BA Social Work and a Masters in teaching. She belongs to an ecumenical Christian Community called the People of Praise. She and her husband, Jerome, have raised four daughters and enjoy three grandchildren. They enjoy hiking and providing hospitality. She believes it is a gift to be able to work with the Church of North Portland to build the Community of Hope.
Terrie Smith comes with a passionate desire to serve women and children and a heart full of love. She has her BS in Psychology. Over the past three and a half years she has been working in Japan with families that lost their homes in the wake of the devastation of the tsunami in 2011. She worked specifically, with women and children who were most vulnerable at the time.
Darciea Corson has faithfully served us almost since we opened, providing stability, encouragement, and affection for the residents. She brings management and care-taking experience and life experience that resonates with the women.
Charlotte Mitchell-Reese has great experience working with domestic violence survivors. She comes with great compassion for others based on personal experience. With her BSW, experience teaching RentWell classes, and her passion for service, she is a great asset to our team.
Linda Acedo has an associate degree on education and a bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She has worked with families for about 15 years in various organizations including Morrison Children and Family Services, Volunteers of America, and Salvation Army. At these jobs she learned how to show acceptance, caring and love. Linda enjoys reading, watching old movies and hiking. She believes her career has been enriched by her association with all the families she worked with.
Sarah Campsey was a member of the North Portland community for 12 years. She has three children ages 15, 12 and 7 who have been involved in community life in the neighborhood and has the ability to support families with neighborhood resources and community life. Sarah comes to us with a BA in social sciences and a Masters degree in Social Work. Sarah has been working with families for 20 years in varying capacities as a teacher, coach, school counselor, parent educator and public health advocate. Sarah’s personal connection with the homeless epidemic in Portland has brought her to us with the hopes of bringing families hope, knowledge, empathy and empowerment.
Since the creation of Community of Hope, Cat has felt called to serve here. Now that her children are both away at college, she finally has the time and began working at COP in 2018 as on-call overnight staff. Being a single mom herself, she feels a strong connection with the families here. Cat has been a volunteer facilitator at a personal growth workshop for over 9 years and is now a Certified Professional Life Coach. Previously she also worked as a flight attendant, an apprentice carpenter, and in sales. For fun she enjoys traveling, going to concerts, competing in sprint triathlons, camping, hiking and spending time with friends and family.
Marty Mertz is working towards her BA in Social Work at Portland State University with plans to continue onto her Masters program. In 2017 she helped start her church, City Vineyard, in her neighborhood of Kenton and serves on the leadership team there. She has a deep love of her neighbors and has felt a deep call on her life to help sow seeds of restorative justice in North Portland. She enjoys spending her free time reading, baking, and being with her friends and family. She believes that it is a huge blessing to be able to share in the stories of the residents of the Community of Hope.