NHS Steering Committee Members

Mary E. Broadhurst

Mary has been involved in community organizing, first in the late 70s and early 80s as a VISTA volunteer with the Jobs and Justice Project and an organizer in the anti-nuclear movement. More recently she has been involved with Occupy Eugene, SLEEPS, and the Whoville Coalition. She is an Egan Warming Center volunteer.  Mary is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law and a practicing attorney. For over 20 years she has represented students with disabilities, ensuring that they receive the educations to which they are entitled under federal law. A highlight of her career was as co-counsel before the United States Supreme Court. She has mediation experience and extensive experience facilitating meetings with school district administrators and staff. In 2012 she completed a three-day training in Dynamic Facilitation: Conflict, Creativity, and Community. She also has been trained through the intermediate level in Nonviolent Communication.  Mary is also a certified professional coach, with 262 training hours approved by the International Coaching Federation. Once the Nightingale Health Sanctuary is up and running, Mary looks forward to establishing a peer coaching program on site where residents would be taught coaching skills enabling them to partner with other residents for the purpose of supporting each other in the development of skills and strategies to further their personal goals.


Michael Carrigan

Michael Carrigan has served as a community organizer for Community Alliance of Lane County since 2004. He is both the peace and shelter rights organizer for CALC in both Eugene and Springfield. He is also a non-violence trainer and fundraiser and a liaison as needed with the Eugene police, Mayor, and City Councilors.  He is a founding and current board member of Opportunity Village Eugene. He also serves on the Lane County Steering committee of Oregon League of Conservation Voters and the steering committee for the local 350.org. group and is an Egan Warming Center volunteer.


Jennifer Frenzer-Knowlton

Jennifer is a mediator and group facilitator. She has a law degree from Ohio State University and is licensed in Ohio. Her undergraduate degree is in Economics of Developing Countries from the University of Michigan. She has been mediating for six years both at a community program and in private practice. She moved to the Northwest in 1993 to live on the Makah Reservation for four years before coming to Eugene with her family. She was recently appointed to the Eugene Human Rights Commission for a three-year term. She has been involved in community organizing since 2000 in Eugene. Her activism grew out of her experience on the Makah reservation and her practice of her Quaker faith. She has been involved in running nonprofits and took Lane Community College’s yearlong nonprofit management course for executive directors.


Tracy Joscelyn

Tracy Joscelyn has been active in the community since 1983. She has a degree in Recreation and Parks Administration and course work in Planning, Policy and Public Management. She is a trained wilderness leader who is passionate about saving the environment and sustainability. She supervised Food for Lane County’s Dining Room for two years and worked with the unhoused on the Eugene Homeless Initiative. She is a self-employed gardener.


Sabra Marcroft

Sabra Marcroft was on the Opportunity Eugene Task Force on Homelessness and was one of the first group helping to dream up Opportunity Village. She works directly, or networking with others, to aid the unhoused on an almost daily basis. She served two years on the Whiteaker Community Council (the Whit’s version of a Neighborhood Association) and has no desire to run for public office. Sabra is a NLP Level One practitioner. She recently completed a 12-week course in Non Violent Communication and is participating in a practice group.


Wayne Martin

Wayne Martin is a retired clergyman and hospice chaplain. Throughout his career he has been a committed public advocate for the unhoused, even when it induced petulance in his congregations. He is devoted to the mandate for social justice and equity that is the core of Judeo-Christian sacred writing and history.  Wayne is a Vietnam veteran and holds a doctorate from Boston University in Religious Literature. His interests include creative philanthropy, slow money, jazz, Bach, traditional spirituals, hiking, photography, college sports, and publishing an occasional poem.  He currently serves on the Opportunity Village Eugene Support Committee, the board of the Eugene Jazz Station, and presides over the Board of Directors for Encircle Films Eugene. He also serves as the father of six adult children and grandfather of theirs, a position now more honorary than obligatory.


Lynne McKinney

For the past 35 years, Lynne McKinney has been involved in working for the empowerment of people with disabilities on both a personal and professional level. Since receiving her Masters in Special Education/Rehabilitation she, has been actively involved in systemic advocacy efforts at several Centers for Independent Living. Lynne played a major role in establishing Lane Independence Living Alliance where she currently works as an instructor and peer mentor. LILA is located in Downtown Eugene.


 Vickie Nelson

Vickie Nelson is a retired librarian and editor. She has been a social activist since the 1970s when she was a founding member of Growers Market and of the alternative newspaper the Willamette Valley Observer. She was also an early volunteer for Women’s Space and the Whiteaker Free Thanksgiving Dinner, and began a literacy program for adults at the Eugene Public Library. Currently she is on the board of directors of SPOT (Stop Pet Overpopulation Now), a group that helps low-income people spay and neuter their dogs, and of Nightingale Public Advocacy Collective. She has been advocating for the unhoused for the last few years.


Nathan Showers

Nathan “Red” Showers has been living in organized camps for over six years. He was instrumental in the day-to-day operations of an unsanctioned tent community known as Whoville. Since the shutdown of camp, he has been working towards solutions with the Nightingale Health Sanctuary, Housing Solutions Support Committee (HSSC), Community Circle, and unhoused people on the streets. He has spoken at classes at Lane Community College and the University of Oregon. Red managed a 65-acre vineyard for over four years, earned a Culinary Arts Degree, and worked as a chef for Best Western. He is also an Eagle Scout Two Arrow and a skilled urban survivalist and recently completed a 12-week course on Non-Violent Communication.


Catherine Siskron

Catherine Siskron has a long history of social justice and peace activism. She also has training in community mediation, restorative justice, and non-violent communication. Currently she is a member of the Human Rights Commission work group on homelessness, serves on the Occupy Eugene newsletter committee as editor, reporter and occasional photographer, volunteers at Occupy Medical as a blogger and participates in the Wisdom Circle on Homelessness at First Congregational Church. She is also a frequent contributor to the Mic Check column in Eugene Weekly.


David Strahan

David is a resident of Oregon since childhood who moved here with the ink still wet on his high school diploma in the 70s. His scholarly achievements include courses at UO and LCC, and most recently a 5-year apprenticeship resulting in an Oregon Journeyman Electrical license for industrial, commercial, residential and solar installations. He is also a freelance mechanic.  David’s business achievements range from operating his own service station in the 80s, Mountain Top Radio Tower Repairs, a 22-year career with a local charcoal manufacturing company, 3 years building Riverbend Hospital, and recently working as “Purveyor of Needful Things.” He currently runs his own antiques and oddities resale business.  His decades long training in humanistic intervention, peer to peer counseling, including security training and volunteer work with both the Egan warming centers and the Oregon Country Fair makes him a welcome asset when dealing with difficult personalities and explosive crowd dynamics. He is a certified SCUBA diver with a love of the outdoors and especially waterways and a strong background in outdoor volunteerism beginning with the introduction of the Willamette RiverKeepers here in Eugene in the 90s and ongoing work with Access Advocates (a local grassroots group whose focus is access/clean up of local waterways).

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