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large_Sarah Fast Pic Square_0.pngSarah Fast(she/her), Co-Chair

Sarah was born and raised in the Portland Metropolitan Area and her experience growing up as a Latinx in a wealthy, predominantly white, community led to her interest of the complex issues and dynamics at the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Sarah has dedicated her professional career to advocating for individuals and communities who have historically been marginalized and continue to go underserved in systems that perpetuate oppression. She spent over ten years in the nonprofit sector, helping community based organizations redress their own beliefs, practices, and policies with an equity lens, and further align their mission to serving communities with authenticity. Sarah now works for Multnomah County Public Health as leader in the Youth Sexual Health Equity Program, and remains committed to bringing awareness how systemic inequities affect our society and the health of individuals. Sarah has been a member of the board since 2018

 
Danniy Rosen Headshot.jpgDanni/y Rosen (she/her/Hers; He/Him/His), Co-Chair

Danni/y Rosen is the current chair for the Oregon Chapter of GLSEN.  He also serves as a Co-Chair of the GLSEN National Advisory Board. Danni/y serves on the Basic Rights Oregon Board (Basic Rights Education Board - 503c3 board).  She is a retiree from a career in Information Technology and has provided training related to the LGBTQ community for close to 20 years to members of the Portland Police Bureau, various medical and nursing programs, and schools ranging from elementary ages to Graduate programs. Danni/y has also served as Co-Chair of the Portland Police Bureau Alliance for Safer Communities (previously known as the Sexual Minorities Round Table). He volunteers with the Portland Police Bureau as Crisis Response Team member and has been a citizen panel member serving on various Bureau committees. Her passion is creating safe and healthy communities and schools for everyone.  Danni/y has been a board member since 2018.
 
 
Tarrah Adams Headshot Square.pngTarrah Adam(she/her), Treasurer

Tarrah is a co-founder of Moxie Financial, a small bookkeeping firm based in Portland. She has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Accounting from The University of Texas at Arlington. Tarrah saw the effects mental illness can impart on communities first hand from a young age. She is now a passionate advocate for mental health awareness, particularly within the young adult & minority communities. When she’s not immersed in spreadsheets and numbers, Tarrah enjoys hiking with her dog and spending time at home with her teenage daughter. Tarrah has been a board member since 2018.


James Biggers_1.jpgJames Biggers (he/him)

James is a new member of the board this year but has worked with the OSBHA since 2013 after joining the Statewide Youth Action Council, now called the Student Health Advocates, in his senior year of high school. As a member of SHA he worked on developing the Eye to Eye training along with many of the early foundational policies for the SHA. He has worked on countless advocacy projects which have taken him not only all around the state but across the country as well. Now that he has reached the age limit for the SHA he is excited to begin this next step as a member of the board and is ready to learn as much as he possibly can. James has been a member of the board since 2020.


Meikelo Cabbage (he/him)

Meikelo Cabbage is a student from the Gresham-Barlow school district who works tirelessly toward education equity. Meikelo works with the Multnomah Youth Commission, the official youth policy body for Multnomah county, pursuing youth centered initiatives to combat youth-police violence and promote youth transit access. As a board member, he is committed to ensuring the health, wellness, and education of students throughout Oregon. Meikelo has been a member of the board since 2020.


Tracy Garell Headshot.pngTracy Garell(she/her), LCSW

Tracy is deeply committed to improving the quality of life for children, youth and families in underserved communities.  She currently works at Multnomah County serving as the Senior Manager for Direct Clinical Services.  In this role Tracy oversees the School Based Mental Health Program, EASA, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and Treatment, Wraparound and Intensive Care Coordination for children and youth. Tracy is skilled in Lean process improvement management, creating sustainable culture change, and leading and developing staff. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley and her Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree at Columbia University in New York City.  Tracy has been a board member since 2018.


large_Mariotta Gary-Smith Photo Square.pngMariotta Gary-Smith(she/her), MPH, CSE 

Mariotta Gary-Smith is a 2nd generation Oregon (Portland) native & a 3rd generation social justice activist/agitator. As a result of her family history, she became interested in social justice, public health & human sexuality/behavior as a young person. She has over 20 years of experience presenting, teaching & supporting community based sexuality/sexual health education, and truly enjoys engaging with folks to create safe, open spaces to learn about sex, sexuality & sexual health for communities of color. Her commitment to partner and collaborate with diverse/multicultural groups about reproductive/sexual health and education, social justice, and health equity has not changed since high school. She is dedicated to find ways to create/facilitate honest ways of talk about the intersections of race/ethnic/cultural/sexual identity, social justice, sexual health, health equity and “actionable allyship” – by moving the focus of those most impacted from the margins to the center. Mariotta has been a board member since 2018.


Hailey Hardcastle Headshot Square.pngHailey Hardcastle (she/her)

Hailey Hardcastle is a student mental health advocate and one of the founders of Students for a Healthy Oregon. In 2019, Hailey and her team passed a law in Oregon that allows students to take a mental health day off from school, the same way one would a sick day. Now, she's working to expand the law to other states and bring more comprehensive mental health resources to classrooms. Hardcastle got her start in student council as a statewide leader in Oregon. She now recruits other young leaders to create and lobby for policies regarding academics. Her mission: help students take control of their education and health by having a voice in the lawmaking process. She currently studies at the University of Oregon and hopes that her activism will inspire other young people to stand up and create change in meaningful ways. Hailey has been a member of the board since 2020. 


large_Michael Ralls Headshot Square.jpgMichael Ralls(he/him)

Michael Ralls has worked in high school education for 30+ years as a language arts teacher, school counselor, and administrator. He has worked in the North Clackamas School District for 20 years at Clackamas High School, New Urban High School, Milwaukie High School and currently as the district Director of Social Services. His passion is removing barriers that stand between students and their education. He has led the process to construct two school-based health centers in the district and will be working on two more in the next two years. Michael has a bachelor's degree from George Fox University and master's degrees from both Lewis & Clark College and Portland State University. Michael has been a board member since 2010.


Jeremiah Rigsby (he/him)

Jeremiah Rigsby is the Chief of Staff at CareOregon. Jeremiah moved to Oregon in 2011 to attend Lewis and Clark Law School. Before moving to Oregon, Jeremiah was a congressional aide to US Congressman Henry Cuellar (2006-2009) and US Congressman Kurt Schrader (2009-2011). During his time on the Hill, Jeremiah worked on a number of policy issues, but focused on health care policy through the development and passage of the Affordable Care Act. After completing law school, Jeremiah joined CareOregon to help develop and advocate for Medicaid and Medicare policy. 

 
 
Gabriela Schmitt Headshot square.pngGabriela Schmitt (she/her)

Gabriela Schmitt works with Latino Network as a Youth Advocate. In this role, she works with school districts and other community partners to advocate for Latinx students as well as other minority student groups. She works with not only students but families to help educate about topics such as but not limited to sex, sexuality and how to make informed decisions when it comes to their sexual health. Gabriela also works with the Portland Trail Blazers as a Youth Coach promoting active and healthy lifestyles, with a focus on empowering young female athletes. Gabbi graduated from Portland State with a Bachelors in Communications. Gabbi has been a board member since 2020. 
 

Bill Thomas(he/him)

Bill Thomas, MSW, MSc. has been director of children and family services for the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services since 2004, and has been involved in the management of human services in both public and private agencies for over 35 years. Bill's wide-ranging experience encompasses planning and administration for aging, community action, family services, health, housing, mental health, and substance abuse programs. He has graduate degrees from Portland State University and the London School of Economics.