2019 Speakers

The following details from our 2019 conference are here for reference.

Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. A Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992 Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in …  Continue reading →


Brad Russell is Executive Director of the Rogue Valley Family YMCA in Medford, Oregon.  He received his Business Administration degree from the University of Maine and his Masters degree in Recreation Administration from Springfield College in Massachusetts. He began ..  Continue reading →


Doug Green works with nonprofit leaders to help them do their good work more effectively. His consulting is informed by diverse experiences with nonprofits and organizations in times of great change. In the 1980s S&L crisis, he supported the first modern interstate banking mergers with  …  Continue reading →


Gilda Montenegro-Fix is a Costa Rican woman, mother, wife, adventurous world traveler and global citizen. She represented her country in two Olympic Games (Barcelona ‘92 and Atlanta ‘96), in the sport of whitewater slalom kayak, being the only woman from all Latin America to compete in this discipline. Gilda studied Psychology at the University of …  Continue reading →


Janet Byrd’s roots as a neighborhood organizer in Chicago working on housing issues as varied as insurance redlining, neighborhood disinvestment and tenant rights stoked a passion for housing policy and community development that has remained constant over the intervening …  Continue reading →


Joe Ferguson graduated from Southern Oregon State College in 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies Social Science.  Joe has spent his entire 27 year career in Oregon Juvenile Justice and has worked as a probation officer, residential house manager, probation manager, detention manager …  Continue reading →


Mark Patterson has worked for the Medford Police Department for 24 years. He was a patrolman and corporal for 16 years. He was a defensive tactics instructor for 9 years. He is now currently a School Resource Officer (SRO) and has been assigned to that position for 8 years. During his time  …  Continue reading →


Dr. Matthew A. Woolsey is a certified professional coach, consultant, facilitator/trainer, author, and researcher (focus on Asian Indian leadership) with expertise in the areas of communication (executive presence and content structure), leadership development, and building ….  Continue reading →


Matt Sweeney has served as a chaplain in both the adult and juvenile corrections systems beginning in 1993 as a chaplain at the Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, California.  Matt has been challenged to understand people and the effects of trauma in human development. In 2001, he joined …  Continue reading →


Paul Nicholson retired as OSF’s Executive Director in December 2012 after 33 years with the company. During his tenure he saw the Festival become one of the premier theatres in the United States. A New Zealander, Paul has the New Zealand equivalent of an MBA from  …  Continue reading →


Paul Smith is a financial advisor in Medford, Oregon and President of Smith Associates Consulting. In addition to helping his financial clients achieve their goals, Paul and his father, Buck Smith, have counseled universities and other nonprofit organizations for decades to help them  …  Continue reading →


Phil Ortega, the founder of LifeArt, believes kids will have better lives if they have better alternatives for self-expression.  The organization, which partners with various schools and government agencies has been around since 2009. Phil also works for the Eagle Point School District …  Continue reading →


Polly Williams has been the Program Officer for the Carpenter Foundation for the last fourteen years.  Prior to that she worked in the nonprofit sector as administrator of a local organization where she developed the skills to successfully submit grant applications to private foundation …  Continue reading →


Stephanie Roth is a trainer and consultant for social justice organizations, with a focus on fundraising, board development and meeting facilitation. Stephanie was a co-founder of GIFT (Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training), and was the Editor of the Grassroots Fundraising …  Continue reading →


Steve Patty, Phd, has over 20 years of experience working in the field of evaluation and leadership development. He holds a PhD from Trinity in Chicago and has been trained at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. After 13 years in high education, Dr. Patty has dedicated the past 10 years …  Continue reading →


Torrie Allen is a passionate and skilled arts and broadcast media leader recognized by the Paul Allen Foundation for creative and resourceful leadership. He has more than 30 years wide-ranging experience in the performing arts including production, fundraising, donor stewardship, capital …  Continue reading →


Troy Wohosky started Spartan Boxing in 2012. He is a husband, father of two, coach, motivational speaker and professional boxer. Troy was born in the Philippines, moving to the US at 7yrs old. He was a promising fighter by age 9 but a few years later his life took a turn. He dropped …  Continue reading →