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.
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.
Georgia is an Assistant Dean of Admission at Reed College who made the jump into higher education after seven years in social work. Georgia worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon, focusing on gender-based violence prevention, reproductive and health education, and income-generating activities for local communities. Ms. Gootee then spent four years working with recently adjudicated youth at a Portland nonprofit, specializing in skill building, education, and therapy for youth who have committed crimes that are sexual in nature. She has previously been involved with the Oregon Teen Pregnancy Task Force, SATF Sex Offender Management Subcommittee, Multnomah County's Rentwell program, research at the University of Georgia's Self Control and Behavior laboratory, and various volunteer opportunities in the Portland Metro Area.
Sarah earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Lewis & Clark College in 2011. In her role as a Program Specialist with Multnomah County Department of Community Justice Crime Victim Services Unit, she coordinates with providers and law enforcement to enhance and expand services to survivors of sex-trafficking, and offers trainings and consultation on best practices. Previously, Ms. Nedeau provided DV/SA advocacy and program coordination for Raphael House of Portland. Later, she worked as Director of Runaway Youth Services for Janus Youth. Sarah has served on the SATF's Advocacy Response Sub-Committee since 2016.
Bill is retired from the State of Oregon where he served as a financial analyst for the Department of Environmental Quality and executive director for the Oregon Board of Tax Practitioners. He has a MBA from Willamette University with emphasis in public administration. Much of his career was devoted to work in finance roles with not-for-profit organizations like Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and the Dougy Center in Portland, and Planned Parenthood and the California Historical Society in San Francisco.