Meet the team
Oregon Recovers is a statewide network of individuals and organizations working together across sectors to transform Oregon’s capacity to provide world-class treatment and support for Oregonians suffering from addiction to drugs and alcohol. Right now Oregon ranks near the bottom in terms of adult and adolescent access to treatment and recovery services. Oregon Recovers propose to flip that metric on its head over the next 5 years by mobilizing a diverse and politically powerful constituency of recovery advocates, allied organizations, legislative champions and families of loss to secure adequate services and support to address Oregon’s addiction epidemic in a meaningful and impactful way.
Our Board of Directors
Teri Morgan-Urie, CADC II, Co-Chair
Program Director, Springfield Treatment Center
Teri Morgan is the Program Coordinator at Springfield Treatment Center and has been with the company since July 2018. She is a CADC II, has been involved in the recovery community for many years, and worked in the addiction field as a Counselor since 2016.
As a person with long-term recovery from substance abuse, who has overcome addiction, homelessness, domestic violence, having children in protective custody and criminality, Teri is deeply committed to helping others find their way to a better life in recovery. She is involved in Community Outreach, and regularly gives prevention talks and shares her story statewide.
As a Co-Chair of Oregon Recovers, she participates in political advocacy and addiction education at the local and state level to help address the addiction crisis in Oregon. She has helped organize and present at the Recovery Community Summit in 2019 and 2020 and the Walks for Recovery, held annually in Portland, Bend, Medford, and Eugene. In 2019, she was the inaugural recipient of the “Community Advocate” award presented at the annual Lane County Community Service Awards breakfast, hosted by Serenity Lane.
Jerrod Murray, Co-Chair
Executive Director, Painted Horse Recovery
Jerrod Murray identifies as a person in long-term recovery from alcohol and drugs since October 19, 2012. Jerrod is the founder and current Executive Director of Painted Horse Recovery, a Culturally specific Native American non-profit organization. Painted Horse Recovery is the first of its kind in the United States.
Jerrod Murray graduated from PCC with an associates degree in applied science. Jerrod was a member of the Native Nations Club and helped organize many events. The PCC Native Nations Club supports intertribal Native American/ Alaskan Native students attending PCC. Jerrod received an Alcohol and drug counseling certificate and completed his internship at Cascadia Behavioral Health Care.
Jerrod is a proud father of four. He contributes in the Native American recovery circles with a culturally specific approach. Jerrod was instrumental in bringing Wellbriety meetings to Portland Oregon. Jerrod holds credentials as Certified Recovery Mentor and is pursuing a CADC1 in the year 2021.
Solara Salazar, MS, CADC II, Treasurer
Owner & CFO, Recovery BLVD
Solara Salazar moved to Portland, OR from California in 2006 where she worked as a martial arts instructor. Since then she has dedicated her life to helping those who suffer from substance use disorders.
She started her career working in DUII treatment and then moved on to work in residential treatment, medication-assisted treatment, drug court, and outpatient day treatment. After working as an Alcohol and Drug counselor for many years, she then transitioned to leadership positions in the treatment field and is currently the co-owner and CFO of Recovery BLVD. She is passionate about community advocacy and helping people who suffer from the disease of addiction. She truly believes that everyone is capable of change as long as they have the tools and support needed to build a strong foundation in recovery.
In her free time, Solara performs as a fire dancer and loves spending time with friends and family. Her education includes an Associate’s Degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development, and a Master’s Degree in Management and Organizational Leadership. Solara also maintains her certification of CADC II as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor.
Pam Pearce, Secretary
Executive Director, Community Living Above
Pam Pearce is a wife, mother, community leader, and a person living in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder. Currently, in her 26th year of recovery, she takes advantage of every opportunity to share her passion for the gifts and hope recovery has given her.
Pam is a certified recovery mentor with a passion for prevention and currently serves as the Executive Director of Community Living Above (CLA), which supports youth and families with substance use prevention education, access to resources and brings awareness and healing through peer-to-peer support.
Pam’s passion for prevention/awareness education involves local, state, and national groups supporting prevention and recovery. She has been a contributor and resource for prevention and recovery organizations, associations, and a prevention leader on blogs and through speaking engagements.
Locally she serves as a coalition member with Clackamas County Prevention Coalition, and is an Executive Board Member with Clackamas County's Mental Health and Addiction Council. Statewide, she is an appointee member of the Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide and serves on the Oregon Public Health Association (OPHA) board and as a member of the Addiction Prevention Section Executive Leadership. She serves as an advisory board member for Clear Alliance, whose vision is to strive for safe and healthy communities in Oregon and participates as a member of the Prevention Subcommittee with the Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission created by the Oregon Legislature to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of state and local Substance Use Disorder prevention, treatment and recovery services for all Oregonians.
She has been honored at the local, state, and national levels for her work, both personally and professionally, in prevention awareness and recovery supports. Awarded by her local community – school districts Volunteer of the Year for her work with youth. In 2018 she was the winner of the Freedom Award given by DePaul Treatment Centers, an honor given to those who help battle the stigma of substance use disorders by sharing their story of recovery and giving back to the community in a meaningful way. In 2021 she was the Community Service and Leadership Award winner given by Serenity Lane.
Pam’s impact on Oregon’s prevention and awareness landscape has also taken her to the national level. Facing Addiction NCADD (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence) launched a Pilot Project in 2017. CLA was one of 15 organizations selected to reform the public response to "face addiction." Addiction Policy Forum, a leading national nonprofit, recognized Community Living Above in its Oregon Innovations to Address Addiction report, spotlighting innovative programs that address addiction and support families and communities.
In 2019, Pam co-founded two new projects that serve and support teens struggling with substance use disorders and their families. The first is the Oregon Recovery High School Initiative, which launched the first recovery high school in our state --Harmony Academy in Lake Oswego, Oregon. The second is a youth recovery program, an Alternative Peer Group (APG).
Pam believes that hope and healing are possible and real and with education and advocacy people will have the tools they need to understand substance use disorders. She is excited to be part of Oregon Recovers Steering Committee and looks forward to working together to make sure people in Oregon have the information and services they need to support themselves.
Office of Consumer Engagement Coordinator, Multnomah County Addictions and Mental Health Department
LaKeesha Dumas is an Office of Consumer Engagement Coordinator for Multnomah County. She comes with a wealth of knowledge and lived life experience; she is in recovery from a substance disorder and mental health.
LaKeesha is certified by the State as a Community Health Worker, Peer Wellness Specialist, Adult Addictions Peer Support Specialist, Adult Mental Health Peer Support Specialist and a Youth and Young Adult Peer Support Specialist through the Oregon Health Authority. She started off working with systems when she was a part of the WOW Project through Healthshare, Kaiser Permanente, ORCHWA, and 5 Community Based Organizations, working on well-child checks and mental health. Through her advocacy for culturally-specific mental health services for those on the OHP, she was the recipient of the Oregon Public Health Association 2014 Emerging Leader Award. After that, she worked with CareOregon for multiple years, providing peer support services to their members with complex health and social needs contracted through the Urban League of Portland and the African American Health Coalition.
Born and raised in Portland, she has seen the gentrification, gang violence, drug-epidemic, and trauma faced by her community. Since being in recovery she has worked tirelessly reaching back to her community to give them hope and get them the appropriate resources to become healthier, overcome barriers and also recover.
LaKeesha is the former chair of The Traditional Health Workers Commission, on the board of directors for Healthshare of Oregon, the Behavioral Health Advisory Board, Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative, the Board for Portland’s Black LGBTQ Community (Newly named Sankofa Collective Northwest), Healthshare’s CAC, Vice President for MAAPPS ( Metro-Plus Association of Addiction Peer Professionals), Peer Delivered Services Core Team through the Oregon Health Authority, and the National Advisory Council for Complex Care and Social Needs. She also volunteers with other organizations such as Unify Portland, Straightway Services, Enough is Enough, and also recovery and healing groups ranging from anti-human trafficking, gang violence and domestic violence to addiction and mental health.
As the Office of Consumer Engagement Coordinator, she helps elevate the way the county provides services to its consumers, bridging the gap between county and community. Helping with technical assistance around the Departments and paving the way for more peers with lived experience to be a part of the County’s delivery system and at the tables where decisions are being made about consumers’ health and needs.
Director of Policy, Compliance, and Legislation, MHACBO
Eric is the Executive Director Emeritus of MHACBO (ACCBO) and a person in long term recovery from mental health & addiction. Eric currently serves as a policy advisor, ethics investigation manager and legislative liaison for MHACBO. Eric was an adjunct faculty member with the University of Oregon for 20 years and is a faculty mentor with Portland State University.
Eric is an international presenter and recovery advocate. Eric has served on several Governor’s advisory boards, the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse Programs and the Governor’s Advisory Board on Drugs & Violent Crime. Eric has also produced a number of video’s, including “Reunited” a video designed for methamphetamine addicted mothers entering the child welfare system.
Eric has been honored with numerous awards in light of his 30 years of service in Addiction Treatment & Prevention. Most notably, he is the recipient of the Governor’s Council Award of Excellence, presented by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, and he is the recipient of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors—National, William F.Callahan Award for Sustained and Meritorious Service at the national level to the profession of addiction counseling, presented in Washington D.C. in 2010.
In addition to serving on Oregon Recover's Steering Committee, Eric is Director of the Association of Addiction Peer Profesionals, and is a board member/consultant with the NW Instituto Latino de Adicciones, the Miracles Club, Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery, and the 4th Dimension Youth Recovery Center.
Jaron Riddle, CADC I, QMHA I, CRM, PSS, FSS
Jaron James Riddle, Klamath Tribal member, identifies as a person in long term recovery and has been in recovery since August 16th, 2013. He is a formerly incarcerated person who has a mental health diagnosis.
Amee McFee, CRM
Program Director, 4D Recovery Center MLK
Lisa Steele, PH.D
Chief Executive Officer, Cedar Hills Hospital, UHS
Dr. Lisa Steele has 36 years’ experience in the field of Behavioral Health, with more than 26 years in Operations and Executive Management. She is a passionate advocate for underserved and disadvantaged populations. Having lost several family members to addiction and mental illness, and others who are part of the recovery community, Dr. Steele have dedicated her career to helping people start and continue on their journey of recovery. The majority of her career has been serving as a leader in non-profit organizations serving the Co-occurring disorder population. She started the first Minor Consent Drug MediCal program for youth in CA, served as an advisor to SAMHSA on barriers to Co-occurring treatment accessibility, and spearheaded the Los Angeles County Co-Occurring Treatment integration initiative.
Dr. Steele graduated from California State University Northridge with her BA in Psychology; obtained her MA in Marriage & Family Counseling from Phillips Graduate Institute, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Substance Use Disorders Treatment from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology ( formerly California Graduate Institute). She is currently the CEO at Cedar Hills Hospital & Outpatient Services in Portland Oregon.
Mike Marshall is an American, non-profit executive with 30 years of political campaign, civic engagement and advocacy experience at the national and international level. The confluence of his career now allows him to advise civic organizations around the world on the strategies needed to achieve seemingly impossible goals.
A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Mike spent the early years of his career learning grassroots organizing within the ranks of the Democratic Party. He worked at the presidential, congressional and city council levels to elect progressive policy makers by marrying modern technology with grassroots organizing.
When the Berlin Wall came down, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) recruited Mike to travel to Romania to build a national civic participation organization, Pro-Democracy Association, that helped insure that country’s first free and fair election. He has since traveled to more than 25 countries on behalf of NDI to assist in the creation of election monitoring, voter education and civic engagement organizations, as well as to advise political parties on winning campaign strategies.
In 1999, Mike played a leading role in the creation of the marriage equality movement in the United States, culminating in a national victory 15 years later. As a consequence of the national impact of his leadership, OUT Magazine identified Mike as one of the top 100 most influential gay Americans. In subsequent years he led critical campaigns for change that fought to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, promote urban greening and demand environmental restoration. Upon arriving in Oregon in 2013, Mike served as Campaign Manager for Oregon United for Marriage and then successfully stewarded Governor Kitzhaber’s 2014 reelection campaign. Most recently, Mike served as Executive Director of the City Club of Portland, one of the oldest civic engagement organizations in the United States.
Today, Mike lives in northeast Portland with his husband Rob and their hounds, Ava and Russ. As a volunteer he has served on numerous advisory boards including Friends of the Urban Forest, the Northern Ireland Community Foundation, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Advisory Board and the Salvation Army Women’s Emergency Shelter in Portland.
Mike is profoundly grateful for more than 10 years of continuous recovery from the disease of addiction.