Alicia Heddon

Alicia is a Native Oregonian and a mother of 2 incredible young boys. She enjoys spending time outdoors with family and staying active with CrossFit and running. Alicia is an avid traveler and has been traveling with her boys before they could walk.

Cosette "Coco" Leary

Cosette "CoCo" Leary has overcome a childhood of poverty and abuse, raised four children through hard work and painful decisions, and has gone from surviving off of welfare benefits to earning her a degree with honors while serving as a staff member in both a Senatorial and Congressional office.

Denise Peña

Denise was born in Brasil but grew up here in the United States. She's the mother of two and works  advocating on behalf of victims. Her hobbies include traveling, fitness and you can find her hiking with cans of wine in her spare time.

Stacey Rice

Stacey Rice is a speaker, educator and consultant who found her way to Portland from the North Carolina mountains a little over six years ago. She is a leader on transgender issues and loves sharing the difficult and joyous journey of being a transgender person. Stacey was recognized in 2016 as a Queer Hero NW by the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific NW and is the former Executive Co-Director of the Q Center.

Ellen Wolfson

Ellen Wolfson is a social worker, community builder, musician and storyteller. She plays in a popular Portland women's marimba band, Chicamarimba. She, her wife, and her golden retriever live outside of Portland, Oregon on 15 acres where she helped raised four amazing children. She is best known for her ability to draw people together and build safety nets through community.

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