Our Board of Directors
Spanish Outreach Director
About our board members
Several years ago Pam retired to start Restore Hope after believing strongly that she was called to serve God and the community by offering healing and support to survivors of child sex abuse. A personal tragedy impressed on her heart, and gave her the passion, to pursue the formation of Restore Hope.
Pam's first career was 40 years with a national direct sales decorating company where she loved showing others how to make their homes beautiful and relaxing. She excelled in cheerfully meeting the needs of customers and also in training and mentoring other sales associates. She is married to husband, Jack, who is a wonderful helpmate to her as they both work together to help others.
Pam had an opportunity to see how the judicial system works by being the foreman of the Grand Jury for a month and being exposed to 100 cases. This and other training, including alcohol interventions, co-dependency classes plus an 18 hour relationship course helps her in understanding the importance of cultivating and nourishing healthy relationships. She has also gone through training/workshops to learn how to respond and recognize sexual abuse in children and how to support the victims and their families.
Pam has always been active in church activities and has served in many volunteer positions. Currently she serves as Deaconess of her church and enjoys the love and fellowship there.
Creating the vision of Restore Hope has fulfilled a dream as Pam continues daily to commit her time to helping protect children from abuse and bringing the necessary healing to those most deserving.
President / Survivor Support Director
Eric is a survivor of child sexual abuse (CSA) with a passion for helping other survivors deal with their past trauma and for keeping children and teens of all ages safe from sexual abuse. He understands firsthand the unique life challenges that such abuse brings to its victims and the complexity of the self-work that is required to move toward personally significant healing. Eric is completing a book for survivors, offering hope during the process of recovering from child sexual abuse.
Eric and his wife Loretta work to collaboratively support Restore Hope in its mission to protect children and teens from CSA and help adult survivors find healing. They have six children, 21 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Eric volunteered with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network for nearly 15 years after losing his first wife to cancer. He has worked in sales and marketing, purchasing, transportation and warehousing, radio, a library, and local government.
Community Outreach Director
Teri has spent her time for many years helping serve the less fortunate in our community. Her service to others is shown in her outreach to three of the non-profits that have been the most rewarding to her.
As head of the Gresham First Baptist homeless shelter she and her team serve as many as 60 people at any given time. Reaching the people with a good meal, a friendly smile and a caring attitude brings the team together to dedicate their time every week for this cause.
Her volunteer work placing coats and other clothes donated by Columbia Sportswear is a joy that meets the needs of many. Teri is careful and diligent in helping as many people as possible receive the things they need the most.
Teri’s love and dedication to Restore Hope is very genuine. She sees a real need for the services and outreach to those children and families who are affected by child sexual abuse. Helping our organization grow is one of her goals as she introduces many of her friends and groups to this urgent need in our community.
Teri is a native of Oregon and met her husband Jim in the 5th grade. They currently live in Gresham where Teri enjoys entertaining groups in their home. She cares deeply about making a difference in the world and has spent many years reaching out to others. We are proud of the focus Teri has taken to reach staff in schools and help prepare them to meet the prevention training they need. Our outreach and fundraising team enjoy her guidance and creative ideas.
Spanish Outreach Director
Elsa has brought her love for her Latino community to Restore Hope with the goal of reaching Spanish speaking people by helping create a healthy community. Her love of social justice and value of diversity is shown in many programs and organizations she has worked with; CAUSA, PCUN during May Day; Immigration Action Day, Lobby days and advocating for several causes at the state capitol.
As part of the Latino community, she understands the challenges and barriers the Latino community face. Elsa’s communication skills are varied; she is bilingual in Spanish and speaks a third Native Mexican Indian language.
She currently teaches catechism for 2nd graders at her church in Molalla and works for the State of Oregon as a Human Support Specialist. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from Portland State University in 2013 and enjoys working in that field. On weekends you can find Elsa doing many fun things with her husband, children, friends and other family members that exemplify the diversity of her culture and interests.
Elsa joined Restore Hope to empower, engage and unite the Latino community and is a strong advocate for all areas of child sexual abuse prevention and survivor support. She serves as our first bilingual facilitator for our Stewards of Children® training.
Mark joined the board of Restore Hope in the summer of 2017. As survivors of child sexual abuse, both Mark and his wife, Janene, find the mission of Restore Hope deeply personal.
Mark is the Director/Founder of Case Study Insurance, a local health insurance brokerage firm, serving individuals, businesses, and seniors. He has a long-time involvement in both the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and the Soroptimist International of Gresham. This gives Mark unique access to local civic and business leaders who support the mission of Restore Hope.
"The reason I joined this organization was to make a difference,” Mark says. He argues that “if we can prevent one child from being abused, stop ongoing abuse, or bring healing to even one adult (or child) survivor, then we have fulfilled our lifesaving mission. In our work at Restore Hope, we have an opportunity to change peoples’ lives, and our community, in a profound way.”
Mark shares a deeply-held belief: “With God ALL things are possible, and I believe that through education and prevention, we can eradicate child sexual abuse!”
Loretta is the mother of three, grandmother of 21, great-grandmother of four. She received a Training and Development Certificate from Marylhurst University at the age of 56, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marylhurst four years later.
Loretta says, "As a survivor, my heart breaks when I hear stories from other survivors. I wish the information people learn from Stewards of Children® and the information on our website had been around for my parents of how to keep us girls safe. I am thankful for some amazing people in my life and an amazing counselor that have helped me walk into healing.
The best solution is prevention. If you in any way work with children, sign up for our next Stewards of Children® training class. It is very affordable and will give you the tools you need to protect not only your own children, but all those you come in contact with."