Mary Williams, Board ChairRetired Attorney, Oregon Department of Justice
Mary is an attorney, recently retired from the Oregon Department of Justice where she spent her entire legal career. For most of her career, Mary was an appellate attorney. She also served as Solicitor General, overseeing the state’s work in state and federal appellate courts. For the last five years of her time at DOJ, she served as Deputy Attorney General for Attorney General Kroger and Attorney General Rosenblum. She retired at the end of 2013 and is happily spending more time with her partner, her son, and her puppy.
Cynthia Chand, Vice ChairHuman Resources, Santé Operations
Cynthia Chand has worked in the Human Resources Department at Santé Operations since 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Women and Gender studies from Willamette University, MBA in Human Resources from Atkinson Graduate School of Management, and Masters of Employment Law from Willamette College of Law. During her five years at Willamette, Cynthia worked as a Sexual Assault Response Ally, providing direct service to students. She also served as the group’s coordinator from 2013-2015, and was a representative for the President’s Working Group on Sexual Assault.
John McDonald, SecretaryPlanner, Oregon Department of Transportation, Military Officer, Oregon National Guard
John is a planner with the Oregon Department of Transportation, managing the development of strategic transportation plans for communities throughout Southwestern Oregon. He earned his undergraduate degree from Portland State University, and is a graduate of Baylor Law School. John is a member of the Oregon State Bar and an officer in the Oregon National Guard and a combat veteran with more than fifteen years of military service. Additionally, he serves as an on-call Sexual Assault Investigator for the National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations based in Washington, D.C. John is a forensic interviewer trained in the FETI (Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview) technique, and is a graduate of the Special Victim Unit Investigations Course at the United States Army Military Police Academy. John volunteers as a male victim advocate with Battered Persons’ Advocacy, a non-profit in Roseburg that provides services to the survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and is a member of the Douglas County Sexual Assault Response Team. He is also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, the Douglas County Veterans Advisory Committee, and is president of the Douglas County Veterans Forum.
Rachel Royston, TreasurerEnforcement Investigator, Oregon Division of Financial Regulation
Rachel earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Accounting while working full time as a Precision CNC Machinist for her family’s Salem-based machine shop, American Machining. Upon completion of her degree, she left the family business to pursue her own goals of becoming a white collar crime investigator. Rachel worked for the Oregon Department of Justice for four years then accepted a position with the Oregon Department of Revenue where she spent three years as a Tax Auditor. In December 2014, Rachel accepted a position as an Enforcement Investigator with the State of Oregon Division of Financial Regulation where she conducts complex investigations involving securities fraud and other white collar crimes. In June 2016, Rachel received her Certified Fraud Examiner credential. She brings a fresh perspective, a knack for making efficiencies in government processes and has built a reputation for being resourceful, dependable, and a forward thinker. Rachel sits on the board of directors for the Financial Crimes and Digital Evidence Foundation and has been the board treasurer of the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force since 2011.
Wendy L. Anderson,Follow up Advocate, Sexual Assault Victim Services, Community Works of Jackson County
Wendy Anderson has been involved with the SATF since 2002. In addition to being an Appointed Task Force Member, she has served as a Victim Response Committee Member. Wendy began working as a sexual assault advocate volunteer in 1999 in Napa, California. After moving to Medford, Oregon in 2002, she was hired at Community Works as a full-time Sexual Assault Advocate. In addition to providing direct support to victims, she has also provided information and training for community partners. Wendy also co-facilitates a Support Group (SASH) for survivors, with meetings both in Medford and Ashland. Her current position involves following up with survivors and assisting them as their cases move through the legal system. Wendy’s experience as a rape survivor, along with her education in the Administrative Justice and Paralegal fields, gives her a well-rounded perspective on this vital and rewarding work. She is also the recent recipient of a local Soroptimist International group’s nomination for the “Making a Difference For Women Award” for 2009.
Rev. Dr. Karen Wood,Chaplain & Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Willamette University
The Rev. Dr. Karen Wood graduated from Brown University, and holds a masters and doctoral degree in constructive theology from Harvard University. She has taught and served in a number of institutions of higher education, and directed national and international programs in interreligious and intergroup dialogue while serving as a program associate at the National Conference for Community and Justice in New York City. Following a number of years as Dean for Student Life at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Karen relocated to Portland, where she served as Dean of Students at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine before becoming Associate Chaplain at Willamette University. Her work at Willamette is focused upon helping students identify their values, commitments and passions in order to create lives of meaning and purpose.
Robin Selig,Retired Staff Attorney, Oregon Law Center
Robin Selig graduated from Tufts University in 1976 and the University of Oregon Law School in 1981. From May 2004 until June 2016, she was a Support Unit Attorney at the Oregon Law Center (OLC) and provided mentoring and technical assistance on family law and domestic and sexual violence to attorneys at the OLC and Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO). She also worked on domestic violence and family law legislative and state-wide policy issues. Ms. Selig served on the State Family Law Advisory Committee, chairing its Domestic Violence Subcommittee and the Oregon Department of Justice Crime Victims’ Services Division’s Joint Advisory Board. She was a member of the Oregon Judicial Department’s Law and Policy Work Group, addressing policy issues related to eCourt, as well as other eCourt committees charged with developing family law forms. She helped implement interactive Family Abuse Prevention Act forms in Multnomah County, helped establish and served on the statewide Firearms and Domestic Violence Task Force, and assisted in the development of Sexual Abuse Protective Order forms. From 1984 until May 2004, Ms. Selig was a staff attorney and then a supervising attorney at LASO’s Portland Office. She helped start LASO’s Domestic Violence Project, a program that pairs volunteer attorneys with victims who need representation at protective order hearings, chaired the Multnomah County Family Violence Coordinating Council in 2002 and helped found Multnomah CourtCare, a drop in childcare center at the Multnomah County Courthouse.