Thanks to the heartwarming generosity of our friends and supporters, we raised $385,000 at our Silver Jubilee Gala. A packed room of over 500 heard the amazing recovery journey of our keynote speaker William Moyers. Michael Botticelli, former Drug Czar, delivered a powerful and compelling message that you can read here. Watch our video from Julia Pinsky sharing her moving story of the loss of her son Max due to an opioid overdose. And check out our gala photos here.
It was a beautiful and meaningful evening. We are so tremendously grateful for the commitment and passion from our supporters and advocates, their dedication to our mission and their unwavering passion for those we serve. We couldn’t do this life saving work without you. We sincerely thank you.
Our 25th Anniversary Honorees
At Lines for Life we work as a strong, passionate group of ambassadors collectively determined to prevent substance abuse and suicide and promote mental health. We have continued to meet the growing need for our services by operating a hybrid model; a combination of highly trained, dedicated volunteers and staff. As part of our 25th anniversary celebration, we honor the following for their outstanding commitment.
Dr. T. Allen Bethel
Dr. T. Allen Bethel is the pastor of Maranatha Church, Portland. Dr. Bethel’s ministry makes him a pillar of this community – and gives him remarkable insights into mental wellness, and the factors that both support – and undercut — the healthy communities we work to foster at Lines for Life. As one of the state’s leading civil rights thinkers, Dr. Bethel’s experience and judgment are invaluable. As a founding member of the Oregon Coalition for Responsible Use of Meds Dr. Bethel has offered guidance on our opioid project from its inception – watching it grow from a small room with big ideas to a grand statewide effort – with results to show for it. Dr. Bethel has long been a partner and counselor to our CEO, Dwight Holton, offering quiet, forceful – and inevitably correct! – advice for many years. Thank you, Dr. Bethel!
Representatives from Multnomah County
and the Tri-counties
Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Chair, has led the County to embrace a new commitment to serving people struggling with substance abuse and mental health challenges – the people at the very heart of our mission here at Lines for Life. With a keen understanding of the relationship between addiction, mental health, poverty, homelessness and unemployment, Chair Kafoury has cut through entangled bureaucracy to simply get things done – from dramatically reducing veteran homelessness to providing critical funding for mental wellness programs like our YouthLine and Military Helpline. Her quiet determination and effectiveness have helped establish Multnomah County as a critical partner for Lines for Life and our work – thank you, Chair Kafoury.
Dr. Paul Lewis gets the job done – that’s the only way to describe him. As the Tri County Health Officer serving Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties, Paul’s agenda ranges from Ebola to opioid overdose – all in a single day. With calm and thoughtful determination, Paul has led crucial public health initiatives serving Lines for Life’s mission. Paul and Lines for Life have teamed up to address the opioid crisis on a long list of projects – and the results are starting to show, including a 30% reduction in opioid prescribing in recent months. As Paul would be the first to point out, we have lots of work to do – but we are lucky to have Paul as a key partner as we map the future and meet the opioid crisis head on – thanks, Paul!
David Hidalgo is Director of Mental Health and Addiction Services at Multnomah County. David has spent the past 25 years working in the field of mental health and addictions and has overseen vital efforts to integrate behavioral health care and crisis intervention into the broader health care. David has long been a champion of our work at Lines for Life, seeing us as a key complement to the important work he leads – including our partners at the Multnomah County Crisis Line. With David’s help and guidance, we have dramatically expanded our YouthLine Oregon and Veterans services – with growth in both our outreach and crisis intervention services. Together, we are helping meet the needs of people in crisis throughout the metro area – thank you, David!
Senator Ron Wyden and Senator Gordon Smith
Senator Ron Wyden is the Hardest Working Man in Public Policy – where there’s an issue that matters to Lines for Life, Ron Wyden is there, making things happen and leading the way. Senator Wyden was engaged in tackling the opioid crisis years before most were paying attention – using his perch providing oversight to federal health care spending to demand change. Senator Wyden has provided insight and innovation in ensuring we have the tools at Lines for Life to build a statewide strategy for change on opioid abuse. And there is no better friend to Lines for Life’s efforts to reach veterans in crisis: Senator Wyden’s advocacy for veterans is the single most important factor in our expanded work with veterans, without compare. We are pleased to team up with Senator Wyden on issues across our mission – and we thank you for your tireless and remarkably effective support!
Senator Gordon Smith is one of Lines for Life’s most enduring and effective partners. During his tenure in the Senate and since, Senator Smith has brought thoughtful leadership to promotion of mental health and wellness. With creation of the Garrett Lee Smith grant program, Senator Smith launched the first ever national effort to support community-based efforts to prevent youth suicide. As a member of the Board of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Senator Smith has looked for ways to use private sector collaboration to help families struggling with mental illness and work us towards an imperative goal: zero suicide. Senator Smith has always been there for Lines for Life as a friend, supporter and advocate — thanks Senator Smith!
Dr. Susan Keys
Dr. Susan Keys is among the nation’s foremost thinkers and innovators on suicide prevention. After capping a career in Washington DC as SAMHSA’s branch chief in charge of suicide prevention programs, Susan and her husband retired to Central Oregon to be closer to children (and new grandchildren) who had migrated West. Susan has teamed up with Lines for Life to provide important insight on growing – and ensuring the effectiveness of – our suicide prevention programs. Most importantly, Susan has been a thought leader and champion in helping us develop the Central Oregon YouthLine initiative – set to launch this Spring. Susan’s contributions to Lines for Life are too many to enumerate – so we’ll just summarize by saying THANK YOU! We consider ourselves lucky every day to have Susan as a key partner!
Senator Brian Boquist, Senator Betsy Johnson and Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
Senator Brian Boquist is a tireless advocate for veterans, for people struggling with mental health challenges – and for Lines for Life. At 17, Senator Boquist enlisted in the U.S. Army. He retired after thirty-four years of military service as a Special Forces Officer in July 2011 from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. Senator Boquist has been pivotal in helping fellow legislators understand the vital role that Lines for Life can play in helping meet the needs of our veterans as they transition from military service back to civilian life – and as they work through the unique challenges that come with military service. Senator Boquist’s humble, determined leadership has fueled our dramatic growth in reaching veterans – and the key role we play in serving veterans through the national Veterans Crisis Line and the Oregon Military Helpline. Thank you, Senator!
Senator Betsy Johnson is a force to be reckoned with – and a tireless advocate for Lines for Life. Senator Johnson has been a dedicated and passionate supporter of our prevention programs, and in particular our work in preventing substance abuse. Few in Oregon are more effective and more committed to results – and she has made every effort to ensure that Lines for Life is part of the solution to the tackling the opioid crisis in Oregon. Senator Johnson is a passionate supporter of the YouthLine Oregon and has been instrumental in our efforts to grow programs that reach young people – including substantial support from the Samuel S Johnson Foundation. From her perch of respect and trust in the Senate, Senator Johnson is an indispensable and reliable partner for Lines for Life – thank you, Senator Johnson!
Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward has more than a few connections to Lines for Life – including family members who have given scores and scores of hours serving on our Lifeline and YouthLine, reaching and connecting with callers young and old. She has led mental health policy innovation in Oregon, bravely sharing her lived experience to add insight and effectiveness to state policy conversation. Her experience as a physician adds credibility and she has played a leading role in one of our most important projects at Lines for Life: eliminating the stigma around mental health and wellness. Stigma has been and persists as one of the most significant barriers to mental wellness – and we are lucky to count Senator Steiner Hayward helping us tear down the wall of stigma. For all the many things you and your family do to secure our future and our success at Lines for Life, we say thank you, Senator Steiner Hayward!
Liz Powers, MD
Liz Powers, MD is the CEO of Winding Waters Clinic in Wallowa County (population 7,000) – the first certified Three Star Patient Centered Primary Care Home in Oregon and a Federally Qualified Health Center. Dr. Powers played a prominent role in planning OrCRM’s first summit in Eastern Oregon in 2015 by helping shape an agenda that met the needs of the region, then agreeing to take the lead after the summit to explore next steps for launching an integrated care pilot project. Dr. Powers continues to champion efforts to address the opioid crisis as a founding member of the Regional Opioid Prescribing Group (ROPG) – formed to improve prescribing practices and the climate of responsible opioid use in Eastern Oregon. The ROPG received funding through a project administered by Lines for Life.
Over the past 25 years, Doug Cushing has given hundreds of pro bono hours of legal counsel to ensuring Lines for Life’s success. He has reviewed most of Lines for Life’s important contracts and has offered thoughtful and timely advice over and over again
The value of Doug Cushing’s legal work over the years is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. More importantly, his advice has ensured Lines for Life’s judiciousness, especially in the areas of business law and contracts. Doug has made himself available any time we’ve needed his expertise.
In September 2018, the 6th Annual Les Schwab Tires YouthLine Classic Golf Tournament will take place. This event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support YouthLine. In 2012, despite providing lauded and needed services, YouthLine was underfunded and at risk. Under the leadership of Gary Wanderscheid and, more recently, Jerry Lee, combined with the commitment of metro area employees, this tournament remains a tremendously popular and fun event. We are grateful also for the recent support from Les Schwab Tire Centers in central Oregon to further our YouthLine Oregon work in their community. The hallmark of Les Schwab Tires is unparalleled customer service, and we feel it fitting to recognize them in this Silver Jubilee year for their commitment to community. Thank you all at Les Schwab Tires!
Dr. Kim Swanson
Kim Swanson, PhD, Chair, Pain Standards Task Force, Director for Behavioral Health, Mosaic Medical, is a passionate advocate for advancing the integration of behavioral health services into primary care to improve the lives of those struggling with persistent pain, addiction and mental illness. Dr. Swanson is a Licensed Psychologist working full time as the Director for Behavioral Health at Mosaic Medical and chairs the regional Pain Standards Task Force (PSTF), an interdisciplinary group formed to address the opioid epidemic in Central Oregon. In 2015, Lines for Life worked with Dr. Swanson to convene OrCRM’s second regional summit, the Central Oregon & Gorge Summit to Reduce Rx Abuse. Dr. Swanson lends her expertise to Lines for Life on projects that increase the capacity of health care providers and health systems to build better clinical pathways for managing persistent pain and opioid use disorder.
Rick and Erika Miller
Rick and Erika Miller are committed to inspiring change, promoting philanthropy and improving the world around them. Their gifts to Lines for Life are the largest individual gifts in our 25 year history. These gifts have been instrumental in the growth and expansion of our services. Specifically, these funds provided a level of stability necessary to explore and evaluate strategic growth of our organization. This stability underpinned our recent expansion of existing programs and services and the evaluation and addition of new ones.
Safina Koreishi, MD, MPH
Dr. Koreishi, Medical Director for Columbia Pacific CCO, develops clinical strategies and priorities in collaboration with the CCO’s Clinical Advisory Panel and is passionate about reducing opioid use. She is a statewide thought leader, innovator and expert on finding solutions to end Oregon’s opioid crisis, and a member of the Governor’s Opioid Task Force. She successfully adapted OrCRM’s model for statewide summits created to address this crisis.
NAMI Oregon and Chris Bouneff
NAMI Oregon and its remarkable leader, Chris Bouneff, are at the forefront of advocacy for people struggling with mental illness and their families. NAMI serves as a vital resource to families struggling with mental illness – from the complexities of navigating the health care system to the day-to-day challenges of living in a world that simply does not well understand what it’s like live with mental illness. NAMI and Chris have been key partners in helping us meet the needs of the thousands of people we talk to in crisis every year – both people reaching out to us about their own mental wellness and those struggling to help family and loved ones. We couldn’t be there if NAMI wasn’t there – thanks to Chris and NAMI!
Laura is a social worker and behavioral health specialist with Jackson Care Connect and a member of the Oregon Pain Guidance Group in Southern Oregon. Laura coined the term, “Shift Happens”, meaning health care providers need to shift their thinking about behavioral health like any other health problem a patient might bring to the doctor’s office. Laura is making this shift happen by helping providers and clinics implement best practice pain care and develop skills to increase provider engagement in difficult conversations with patients about strategies to safely manage pain without opioids. Laura has presented at OrCRM’s regional summits and is currently working with Lines for Life to host the 2018 Oregon Conference on Opioids, Pain and Addiction Treatment. Her dedication rooted in heart-felt compassion about helping others is a light that shines brightly in everything she does.
Mary Monnat is the CEO of Lifeworks, meeting the behavioral health needs of thousands of Oregonians and their families. Mary has for many years been a leading light in Oregon’s behavioral health community – bringing innovation and effectiveness and always a smile to every project she launches. And Mary has been a partner Lines for Life can rely on for much of our history. Mary’s contributions to Lines for Life are hard to summarize in brief, but one watershed innovation bears mention: Mary brought Lifeworks to Lines for Life as our very first contract client for crisis intervention services. We followed the model we established with Mary into one of our most important services – we now serve nearly 20 partners, providing crisis intervention services to health care systems, behavioral health providers, a tribal nation and many others. Thanks Mary for helping us lead the way!
Lisa Millet has provided dedicated leadership for this program since 1998, spearheading initiatives for opioid misuse in Oregon, and leading efforts to reduce the number deaths from prescription drugs and suicide. Lines for Life works in partnership with Lisa on suicide and substance abuse prevention projects. Thanks to her writing skills and visionary methods, she has helped secure grants and funding to advance the mission to end opioid misuse.
Sergeant Troy King is the leader of the Portland Police Bureau’s Crisis Negotiation Team and has 28 years of law enforcement experience. His commitment to helping individuals struggling with issues that define our mission is remarkable. He has taught numerous negotiation-related classes across the nation and is highly respected in his field. We place tremendous value on our relationship with PPB, and Troy has been key to this partnership. One component of this partnership has been team-teaching and co-presenting with members of our staff on how to recognize and interact with individuals in mental health crisis.
Portland Police Bureau Lieutenant and Chief’s Adjutant, Chuck Lovell, has spent many hours as a volunteer answering calls on our suicide Lifeline and the Veterans Crisis Line. This honing of his de-escalation skills translated directly to his Police work. Chuck was a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team and prior to his new position as Chief’s Adjutant, he worked in the Human Trafficking Unit. Chuck is also an Air Force veteran having served 3 tours in the Middle East.
Rod Underhill is the District Attorney for Multnomah County, Oregon. As a law enforcement leader, a neighbor, a dad and a friend, Rod has been a critical partner for Lines for Life. Rod has been a lifelong champion for prevention and has played an instrumental role in building and supporting Lines for Life prevention initiatives. With his own family experience, Rod has provided invaluable counsel in our strategies for tackling the opioid crisis. Rod has brought a commitment to public safety, tempered with compassion and justice, that has been critical in protecting our communities and our families. And Rod’s support for Lines for Life has brought credibility and seriousness that have opened doors and amplified our work in countless important ways.
Amy Baker, Executive Director of Clatsop County Behavioral Health, has over 20 years of fierce advocacy for both youth and adults promoting recovery and mental wellness. Her work at Umpqua Community College (UCC) demonstrates her passion for helping communities to heal and grow. Amy has been instrumental in shaping policy and clinical practice in Oregon and we are thrilled to work with her and her wonderful team as backup clinical support to their callers in need.
Tom Cook, Founder and CEO of Pacific Bells, and Eric Simko, President of Pacific Bells, are long time generous supporters of our YouthLine program. They have championed and secured, through the Taco Bell Foundation, sustaining support for YouthLine, as well as generous scholarships for YouthLine youth volunteers. Without these funds YouthLine would not be what it is today; a robust program that has served tens of thousands of youth around the state and beyond, with high quality classroom/community education and outreach and crisis line services, including peer-to-peer support by phone, text, chat and email. Tom and Eric have also made extremely generous personal gifts to Lines for Life. We are so grateful for their support and commitment.
Caroline Cruz, General Manager for Health and Human Services for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, is a well-known and respected leader in the substance abuse prevention field in Oregon and a strong advocate for tribal communities. Our work has crossed paths with Caroline many times over the past 25 years and we are currently looking to her for guidance and collaboration on the planning of an Oregon Tribal Opioid Summit in 2018.
Jill Dale, consummate collaborator and a good friend of Lines for Life, is currently working with Yamhill County’s Health and Human Services. Jill has been in the Addictions field for more than 25 years. Lines for Life first worked with Jill in the 90’s. She has provided her expertise as a Prevention Specialist and coalition builder to many projects and campaigns spearheaded by Lines for Life. From Target Meth trainings to Prescription Drug summit planning, Jill has partnered, supported and championed her way into the hearts of Lines for Life and made a significant difference in the prevention field in Oregon.
Lines for Life has received generous grant funding for multiple projects and programs from Spirit Mountain Community Fund. Our most recent grant from the fund will support expansion of our YouthLine program through outreach into communities in need of our prevention and intervention services specifically for youth. The fund has also generously supported our Military Helpline which supports veterans, service members and military families in crisis. We are so grateful to the Spirit Mountain Community Fund and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and their commitment to healthier and happier communities.
Caring about people is a core value at The Standard and Lines for Life has first-hand experience of this commitment. Currently two of our board members are employees of The Standard: Dan McMillan, Vice President, Employee Benefits, has devoted countless hours as a multiple-term Board Member and former Board President; Todd Johnston, Vice President, Customer Service and Shared Services, has lent his expertise in helping to evaluate new opportunities for Lines for Life. In addition to Lines for Life being a beneficiary of significant corporate grant funding from the Standard, The Standard’s employees of are among Lines for Life’s most generous and steadfast supporters.
Lines for Life Board
We are deeply grateful for the leadership, expertise and dedication of our board. We are growing and improving because of their serious commitment.
John Hart – Partner at Hart Wagner LLP. A long time board member and is highly respected and known for his thoroughness, fairness and integrity. John is a perfect combination for a non-profit Board Member due to his generous spirit, sage and incisive advice, leadership and philanthropic support.
Nan Waller – Community leader and Multnomah County Presiding Judge Nan Waller – Long-term Board Member and champion of our mission, with a particular focus on our prevention work. Nan is a tremendous advocate for our work through her experience, knowledge and commitment.
Chris Gibson – Oregon HIDTA Executive Director and long-term Board Member and partner in our work. Chris is dedicated to reducing/eliminating drug trafficking and its harmful consequences. His expertise, experience and knowledge are invaluable to Lines for Life.
Musse Olol – Musse is a relatively new addition to our Board but is passionate about making a difference, especially for veterans and for the Somali American population, for which cultural norms can present barriers to recognition, treatment and recovery. Musse is an engineer and Chairman of the Somali American Council of Oregon.
Nathan Sasaki – Executive Director or Apex Real Estate Partners. Nathan is a generous supporter and former board member. After many years of service, Nathan recently had to step off the board due to other commitments. However, he remains a strong advocate for us and for our mission and has helped us immensely as an expert advisor regarding our real-estate needs.
Leslie Golden – President of Instill Security LLC. Leslie embodies passion in all she does. She is a fearless leader and has been a driving force with regard to the organizations strategic visioning and planning. As well as being an outstanding board member, she trained as a Crisis Intervention Specialist and volunteers regularly on the crisis lines.
Patty Buehler – Dr. Patty Buehler, ophthalmologist and business owner, has been hugely helpful with our YouthLine expansion project in Central Oregon. Patty has helped us to develop relationships in the community with partners, stakeholders and funders. She has organized fundraisers and advocacy events, championing our mission across the board.
One of the founders and CEO from the outset until 2014, Judy Cushing is a force-of-nature. Judy’s vision, passion and commitment steered the organization through good times and challenges, establishing Lines for Life as a leader in the fields of prevention and intervention and a ‘go-to’ advisor on related policy matters, both locally and nationally. Judy has been a fearless pioneer in championing education, awareness and de-stigmatization of the issues that define Lines for Life.
Lines for Life Team
- Joanne Burdic – Joanne Burdic was a founding Board Member and has stayed involved since then as a staff member and as a volunteer on the crisis lines…and her passion has rubbed off on her granddaughter, who is a volunteer on our YouthLine.
- Former YouthLine Volunteer and Current Staff Member, Alex Gorretta, has been a wonderful addition to the YouthLine team since he completed his training in the summer of 2013 at age 15. His humor, compassion and dedication make YouthLine a better place and has embodied many of the ethos of YouthLine, including empathy, destigmatizing mental health, and promoting help seeking.
- David Westbrook – Long time staff member, COO, David has tirelessly championed the organization and the mission. His passion for helping those we serve is unrivalled and his leadership and expertise has been key to the strategic growth of the organization.