A clear communicator and thoughtful problem solver, Chris has strong interpersonal skills and is committed to helping to build self-efficacy and self-esteem in those with whom she works. Having spent her career building organizations, designing and facilitating programming to address the particular needs of underserved populations including young parents and refugee youth and telling family stories through videography and photography, Chris is looking to reconnect with her roots as a doula and work with a team to ensure a positive birth experience for families.
Coaching and counseling
Creative problem solving
Clear calm communication
Lucid thinker in crisis
Positive client experience
Empathy and humor
Effective program design and implementation
Owner/ PhotographerNov 2014 to Current 27 Wonders Photography － Portland, Oregon
Fine art portrait and wedding photographer in Portland Oregon
Attention to exceptional client experience
Specialize in helping clients feel relaxed in front of camera
Maintain all elements of small business, social media, website etc.
Director/EducatorJan 2005 to Jan 2014 My Story － Portland, Oregon
Co-founded nonprofit arts organization with a focus on equity and drawing attention to underrepresented voices.
Developed curriculum and grant funding for inclusive community building arts workshops.
Facilitated hands-on creative workshops for young people struggling with challenging life circumstances and their families.
Built strong relationships with community stakeholders
Worked closely with communities, businesses, government and community organizations in the creation of and display of youth-made public art.
Awarded prestigious National Endowment for the Arts grant for "We Are Portland" a citywide multi-generational public art installation focusing on Portland's diverse families through the eyes of young photographers.
Ensured creative and welcoming environment for young participants and their families
Applied evidence-based methodology when possible to program design
Led strategic planning and volunteer training
Director/EducatorJan 2000 to Jan 2005 Mary Sheridan Foundation － Olympia, Washington
Co-founder of organization committed to improving the health and well-being of infants and young families through coordinated and sensitive childbirth education classes, peer support groups and doula services.
Primary liaison with Board of Directors and community stakeholders for innovative, secular, educational and support organization for young and struggling parents.
Assist in creation of teen-specific breastfeeding curriculum
Assist in the development of nonbiased, inclusive childbirth education program serving teen parents and their families.
Responsible for recruiting and managing staff and volunteers.
Act as a community liaison, promote healthy pregnancy and childbirth practices and advocate for support services and educational opportunities for low-income young parents.
Advocate for and present on the unique challenges facing young parents to community stakeholders.
Assist in achieving development strategy and achieving fundraising goals.
Assist in grant writing.
Review and evaluate curriculum.
Education and Training
B.ABard College － Annandale Hudson, on
YorkBachelor of Arts, PhotographyPhotography
Photoshop, Community Health, fundraising, grant writing, invoicing, multimedia, photography, photographer, cameras
Activities and Honors
Portland State University, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland, Oregon.Graduate work towards Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit and Public Management. Marylhurst University, Portland, Oregon.Art therapy for children who have experienced domestic violence Center for Documentary Studies at Duke, Durham , North Carolina.Literacy Through Photography Training with Wendy Ewarld Maine Media WorkshopsStudied with photographers: Andrea Modica, Christopher James, Costa Manos, Tillman Crane. BardStudied with photographers: Stephen Shore, Larry Fink, Wendy Ewald, Fazal Sheikh