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

Sarah Kreisman

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Development 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.

Email: sarah@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

E Martinez

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Latinx 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

Payton Henderson

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Match Specialist

Payton comes to the Rogue Valley Mentoring team with a passion for bettering the lives of youth in our community through advocacy and empowerment. Payton attended SOU where she obtained a B.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. She has an extensive background in advocacy work, specifically working with the LGBTQIA2S+ population, survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and with those recovering from eating disorders. She has seen the gaps in resources around supporting youth in the Rogue Valley, and she is dedicated to bridging those gaps in services in her role at RVM. She is passionate about supporting the marginalized populations in our valley to create a more equitable and empowering space for all.

Email: payton@rvmentoring.org

Dani Leonardo

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Teen Village Coordinator & 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.

Natasha Bicocca

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Program Assistant

Natasha is the Program Assistant, and she came to Rogue Valley Mentoring through our Programs Director, Laura.  She states, “I quickly fell in love with the organization, as this is something I wish I had when I was younger.”  Natasha’s background is in photography, cinematography, and graphic design.  She is passionate about making meaningful connections and showing people the light at the end of the tunnel.  Natasha is thrilled to be able to work with RVM to support youth in finding a true sense of belonging and purpose through their connection to our amazing community.

Email: natasha@rvmentoring.org

Linda Lochard

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Business Liaison

A published author, Linda comes to RV Mentoring with a variety of skills, most slanted towards working with businesses, encouraging and matching them with programs, staff or opportunities to strengthen those involved.  Linda has also done considerable work with nonprofits, as a volunteer and board member, and is aware of the impact on individuals and businesses in the communities served.  She believes that it does take a village to raise a child and iis committed to finding ways to encourage participation from volunteer mentors and teachers while locating champions of our community and the children that live in it.  Linda enjoys writing, reading, golf, daily walks and dancing.

Email: LindaL@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

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