Sarah Kreisman

Executive Director

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.


Mary Ann Perry

Office Coordinator

Mary Ann is passionate about contributing to our community and has been a part of our mentoring family since 2008. She brings a background in program coordination, environmental education, and special education. When Mary Ann’s out of the RVM office, you can find her in the wilderness with her husband David and their pooch Cody. Mary Ann is also a Certified Home Funeral Guide and hospice volunteer.


Paula Kersch 

Community Engagement Coordinator
Paula Kersch joins the team with a background in event management and youth programming. After running a successful consulting business with a mentor; she worked with the Boy Scouts of America serving families in Jackson and Siskiyou county. The driving force behind her career choices have always been fueled by her passion to help others. She is excited for an opportunity to continue serving the community through Rogue Valley Mentoring.

Lynn Chertkov 

Lead Mentor Support Specialist

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.



Ellen Craine

Ellen Craine helped birth the Rose Circle in 2005 (now Rogue Valley Mentoring,) along with many other women.  Since then, she has served as a volunteer mentor, Program Director, Executive Director (2013-2015) and now Board member.  Ellen has a rich background in teaching, training, mediation, facilitation and community organizing. She has a particular love for the power of mentoring to make a difference in the lives of youth.  In her “retirement” she enjoys creative writing, hiking, and traveling. 


Todd Iversen- 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.


Billy Crawford- Staff liasion

Billy Crawford spent 22 years at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as the senior administrator for the Dept. of Physical Therapy clinical practice and academic doctor of physical therapy program and the UT Dallas as the coordinator for adult continuing education. In these roles he was primarily responsible for finances, human resources, HIPAA compliance, and accreditations. Other career anomalies include being a facilities manager and software tester for a telecommunication company and owning a small, weekly newspaper. He and his wife, Cheryl, enjoy hiking, birding, cooking, and goofing off. He holds a B.A. in history and English for which he has no regrets.


Rachel Jochem- Secretary

Rachel has a Masters Degree in Child Development and Ph.D. in Human Development from The University of California, Davis. Her research interests are on children’s social emotional development in the context of parenting. Rachel’s preference is for observational data collection and narrative analysis of conversations within dyads. Her recent publications focus on how contextual and individual factors influence parents’ perceptions of themselves as parents and how those perceptions relate to parenting behaviors. Current research projects include explorations of parents’ “Emotion Coaching” strategies with adolescent children and what it means to be a Father in contemporary American culture.


Tom Marks-Ladd

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.


Rebecca Williams- 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.


Kori Forney

Kori Forney  joins our board as an accomplished student leader, business owner and Real Estate investor.  Kori loves making connections and has spent many years of her life on boards ranging from student body president to Head of the advisory committee for an international children’s re-sale franchise.  In addition, Kori has lead personal growth circles in her community structured much like RVM.  Having recently transitioned her life, Kori has more freedom to keep discovering who she is. Nature, gardening, outdoor recreation, and traveling fill her days. The idea of learning and growing through Mentoring is an exciting addition to life’s flow.