NPAC Board

Crystal Webb

Crystal is an activist, volunteer, and cook who is relatively new to the Pacific Northwest. She has been challenged by addiction issues. This life experience enables her to relate to different kinds of people. She is an avid learner and enjoys volunteering with many local groups including Occupy Medical, Burrito Brigade, and Badass Feeding Frenzy. More recently she has created a new actions group, Badass Freedom Fighters, and anticipates increased creativity in local political actions. Nightingale Public Advocacy Collective is her latest opportunity to work with others toward a common goal.


Terra Williams

Terra moved from Portland to Eugene in late 2002, when she was introduced to the world of civic engagement by her involvement in an organization dedicated to low-income and at-risk youth. From there she participated in various groups with her primary focus on economic justice. Terra brings many skills to the board and currently serves as the Secretary on the Board of Directors for NPAC. She is also the Volunteer Coordinator, web developer, and a voting member on the Board of Directors for Occupy Medical and conducts on-the-streets outreach with Downtown Collective.


Kristen Brandt

Kristen is a radical lesbian feminist who is currently working on poverty and homelessness issues. She is on the board of Oregon Women’s Land Trust, an affected land owner in the fight against the Pacific Connector Pipeline, and has been involved in anti-war, environmental and social justice movements since she was in high school. She volunteered with the Oregon Country Fair for 22 years as a security crew leader, raised three children and has three grandchildren. She is a skilled mentor  of poor and unhoused people, providing physical and emotional support.  


Vickie Nelson

Vickie joined the NAACP youth group when she was 16 in Schenectady, NY.  She moved to Eugene in the early 1970s to work co-operatively and live communally. In Eugene she helped start both the Growers Market food co-op and 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. As a retired librarian and editor, she brings research and communication skills to the projects she works on. Currently she is on the Steering Committee of the Nightingale Health Sanctuary, a rest stop for the unhoused, and an editor of the Eugene Occupier, Occupy Eugene’s quarterly newspaper.


David Strahan

David moved here in the 70s with the ink still wet on his high school diploma. He has taken courses at the UO and LCC, and completed a 5-year apprenticeship resulting in an Oregon Journeyman Electrical license for industrial, commercial, residential and solar installations. He is also a freelance mechanic who operated his own service station in the 80s. He currently runs his own antiques and oddities resale business.

His decades-long training in humanistic intervention, peer-to-peer counseling, including security training with both the Egan warming centers and the Oregon Country Fair, makes him an asset when dealing with difficult personalities and explosive crowd dynamics. He has a 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 grassroots group whose focus is access/clean up of local waterways).


John McCahill / AKA Big John

As Occupy Wall Street rippled across the country, John researched the movement and decided to pass out fliers about Occupy at Saturday Market. He volunteered to do security duties when OE began but was quickly swept into kitchen duties. He ran the kitchen at various OE locations with help from a small group of volunteers, managing to feed hundreds of people each day with few resources. He has also organized meals at public gatherings and city council meetings. He was one of the original members of the Mayor’s Task Force on the Homeless, the organization that inspired the creation of Opportunity Village Eugene, a village of tiny houses for the unhoused. John started the Conflict Resolution Committee, which provided services to Occupy and community members. John has been the kitchen lead at the downtown Egan warming site since the Occupy camp closed in 2012. He is also a council member of the Community Village at the Oregon Country Fair and has years of training in human intervention and conflict resolution from Occupy Eugene, Egan and OCF. John oversees the Occupy Eugene twitter page with a following of over 3500 subscribers.

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