OUR TEAM

Laura Pinney

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Executive Director

Laura Pinney has worked with nonprofit organizations, communities, schools, and individuals across North America, bringing connective practices, and fostering education programs that nourish communities for over 15 years. She has a background in expressive arts therapy, the art of mentoring, community systems, and nature connection. Laura is passionate about building bridges of connection that create meaning for individuals and foster stronger, more resilient communities. A mother of two, and known for her laughter, compassionate questions and deep listening, Laura is thrilled to be able to work with RVM to support our youth to find a true sense of belonging and purpose through their connection to this amazing community.

Email: laura@rvmentoring.org

Jenna Sather

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Operations Manager

Jenna comes to Rogue Valley Mentoring following a desire to contribute to healthier, safer, kinder communities in Southern Oregon. She completed a B.S. in Healthcare Administration from SOU in Summer 2019, and has a decade of varied administrative and communications experience. She enjoys exploring the wilderness in warm weather, and big pots of veggie soup with crusty bread when it’s cold out. She has 4 children, ages 9 to 14, and a little rescue dog named Max.

Email: jenna@rvmentoring.org

Lynn Chertkov 

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Mentor Support Supervisor

Lynn came to RVM from the Washington, D.C. where she devoted her professional life to work with under-served children and their families. Graduating with a Masters in Social Work she established a cooperative preschool for working parents, and a center that provided after school and summer programs for children who needed specialized emotional support.  Developing programs that boost children and families toward emotional health and well-being have been a driving force in her life. Living in the Valley she is finding time to paint, enjoy theatre and the outdoors while bringing her background in youth work to RVM. Training and supporting mentors, responding to schools who want to bring mentor circles to students and facilitating circles both enrich her life and that of others.

Email: lynn@rvmentoring.org

Adelaide Gadde

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Development Manager

Adelaide holds a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management and a Master of Art in Curatorial Studies from the University of Louisville. With a background in human service nonprofits, she brings a highly analytical and human-centered approach to fundraising and including individuals in community solutions. Her work focuses on public services, social justice, and developing an equitable future.

Email: adelaide@rvmentoring.org

Sarah Kreisman

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Grant Specialist

Sarah comes to us with many years of experience working with environmental and youth-focused non-profits. After serving in the Peace Corps in Panama, she worked with the Girl Scouts and the Friends of Tryon Creek State Natural Area in Portland while completing a Masters Degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies. Sarah is very excited to be working with RVM to support and expand its reach in nurturing and empowering the youth of our community.

Email: sarah@rvmentoring.org

E Martinez

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Program Coordinator

Everardo but call me E. I  have a dog named Eddie. We can say he is my best buddy. Music, soccer, paintings, and trying out new things are some things I enjoy. I am very passionate about youth work, making meaningful connections, and giving the youth their voice to pave their path. Knowledge is shown in many different ways, which is important to me because no one person learns the same. I came to RVM because this is an opportunity for me to grow and provide growth. 

Email: EMartinez@rvmentoring.org

Rose Goodwin

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Full-time Lead Mentor

Rose joined Rogue Valley Mentoring to pursue her passion for supporting youth and validating their experiences. She has 10 years of business management and administration experience, as well as many years of volunteer work and providing direct services through non-profits. Her greatest passions have included co-founding a local books to prisoners program and working as a youth camp counselor teaching carpentry and building to marginalized genders. Rose believes that by empowering and connecting with youth we can change our communities for generations to come, breaking cycles of violence and suffering. In her free time, she enjoys nature, music, crafting, and watching her cats wrestle.

Email: rose@rvmentoring.org

Desiree Yanez-Canton

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Program Assistant

Desiree joins us from Oakland, California by way of Seattle, Washington, with a decade of experience in fundraising at some of San Francisco’s most prestigious non-profits.  Desiree is driven by social justice, equity and kindness. From the moment Desiree met the team at RVM, she knew they were the perfect fit to bring the change the Rogue Valley needs in seeing and serving our youth. Desiree loves to spend weekends tending her garden, playing with her dog & kids, laughing, dancing to weird robot music, and discussing social injustice over wine or craft beer.

Email: desiree@rvmentoring.org

Jim Tully

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Lead Mentor

Jim is a Lead Mentor for Rogue Valley Mentoring; he is married and the father of one son.  Jim is a retired Christmas Tree Farmer and corporate Sales Professional.  He has been mentoring boys for approximately 10 years.  Jim’s favorite past-times include reading, motorcycles, tennis, hiking, coffee breaks, and conversations with friends.

Email: jim@rvmentoring.org

Dani Leonardo

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Lead Mentor

Dani is a facilitator, organizer and musician who is passionate about community building and empowering young people to grow into themselves, connect with their own wisdom, and to follow their dreams.  With a background in Permaculture design and a focus on social Permaculture, Dani has completed multiple courses including a PDC and an advanced course in teaching, and has put this knowledge to work in a myriad of ways.  Dani has been mentoring one-on-one and facilitating circles since 2017.  In addition to working with youth, Dani organizes and facilitates community gatherings with Kinship in Grief (following an intensive training with Francis Weller in 2018), and shows up in a number of roles at the Post Growth Institute (an international, not for profit organization working to enable collective wellbeing within ecological limits), including Director of Equity, certified Offers and Needs Market facilitator, and Anti-Oppressive Practice circle convener.  Dani was born and raised in Ashland, Oregon and loves to ride Mt. Ashland in winter, plant seeds in spring, explore rivers in summer, jump in leaf piles in fall, and admire the color purple all year round.

Email: dani@rvmentoring.org

Ken Adamson

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Lead Mentor

Ken came to RV Mentoring from Santa Rosa, CA; he has been mentoring young men for over 30 years.  His career was in juvenile probation, where he worked as a Counselor in a county residential program for boys and girls in trouble with the law.  A particular 12-year-old boy was having an especially hard time, and Ken’s supervisor asked if he would want to spend extra time mentoring him: that young man turned 43-years-old this year.  Mentoring became a lifelong passion for Ken that has not diminished with time. 

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Rebecca Williams

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Chair

Rebecca has a passion for identifying transformational opportunities. She has spent her career transitioning organizations through cycles of change and learning inside education and social change start-ups, public/private hybrids, nonprofits, small and medium sized businesses. She specializes in leadership, strategy and implementation, innovation, and operational refinement through the NIST Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program. Rebecca has been an executive coach and board member for many community organizations across the Pacific Rim. Rebecca’s passion for mentoring individuals to find their talents and gifts has allowed her the opportunity to create and facilitate workshops in personal and professional development inside organizations she’s advised. As a lifelong leaner, she has completed doctorate studies in Organizational Leadership, a Master’s in Public Policy for Human Capital Training and Development and Education from Pepperdine University and her Bachelors in History from the University of Alaska Anchorage and numerous courses in experiential personal development.

Email: rebecca@rvmentoring.org

Todd Iversen

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Treasurer

Todd Iversen joined the Board of Directors in 2016.  With over 15 years in various leadership and management roles in the software industry, Todd brings extensive organizational, operational and financial management skills to Rogue Valley Mentoring.  Having been the beneficiary of many formal and informal mentoring relationships both in his personal and professional life, Todd is passionate about fulfilling and strengthening the agency’s mission to serve the community’s need for youth mentoring in the Rogue Valley.

Email: todd@rvmentoring.org

Tom Marks-Ladd

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Secretary

Tom Marks-Ladd is a husband, father, and friend who lives in Ashland Oregon with his wife and two children.  He enjoys yoga, music, mountain biking, and martial arts.  He is the Founder of Rogue Natural Foods, the Rogue Valley’s only certified organic food distribution center. Tom is a fierce champion of life and the commitment it takes to focus in the age of distraction.  He believes that having the right mix of strength and technique to meet life’s challenges is crucial to being healthy and happy.  Recently, after some deeply challenging personal times, Tom shifted his focus into leadership and mentoring work.

Email: tom@rvmentoring.org

Andrew Rouse

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Board Member

Andrew has always found himself in training or mentoring roles and has a passion for teaching. Teach to learn is a motto he lives by. Andrew’s background has roots in the non-profit world where he has worked with AmeriCorps. That work has ranged from tutoring in the inner city of St. Louis, MO to planting trees in San Jose, CA. Now in the business world Andrew wants to stay involved with non-profits and his passion for mentoring aligns perfectly with Rogue Valley Mentoring’s vision and mission. He could not be happier to be a part of such an impactful group in the Rogue Valley.

Email: andrew@rvmentoring.org

Jessica Therkelsen

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Board Member

Jessica Therkelsen is a strategist and human rights lawyer who advocates for the rights of all persons, regardless of migration status. She believes deeply that equitable organizations share power and insert transparency in every process and decision. Jessica currently serves as Director of Legal Protection at HIAS, where she works to ensure refugees have access to their rights, no matter where they are. As the Director of the Pro Bono Justice Program at OneJustice, she organized life changing legal services for travelers trapped by the 2017 travel bans, survivors of 2017 wildfires across California, DACA recipients losing status, and immigrants seeking defense from deportation. As Global Director of Advocacy and Communications at Asylum Access, an international refugee rights nonprofit, Jessica worked closely with leaders in refugee response at the UN – and in the US, Ecuador, Tanzania, Thailand and Malaysia – to advocate for systems, laws and policies that help refugees build a new life. Her work has focused on access to jobs and labor protections for refugees around the world.

Jessica is currently a Tutor at the University of London, and has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco, School of Law (USF Law). She received her JD and Honors Certificate in International Law from USF Law, and her BA from the University of California, Irvine. She has been named one of the American Bar Association’s 2016 Top 40 Young Lawyers on the Rise.

Email: jessica@rvmentoring.org

Jared Cruce

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Board Member

I’m a modern brand storyteller, and brand strategist helping brands connect to purpose and drive their authentic story both internally and externally.  My background is in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

I have produced and directed  multiple award winning brand films, and lead brand on Brand Storytelling and Brand Content.  Some recent brand films I’ve directed have won Campaign US’s – Brand Film Awards back to back in 2019, 2020.  I’m  on the jury panel for the PR-Week Purpose Awards, and have won numerous other awards for Brand Films across the US including the AMA Max award for best video campaign. 

As a branding leader, I focus on how purpose, people, strategy, creativity, is used to perfect the LOGIC+MAGIC brand equation. My most meaningful moments have been rallying teams to achieve audacious goals, together. 

Email: jared@rvmentoring.org