Plated Lunch & Plenary
Thur. 12:00-1:45 pm

Plenary Description:

During this moderated panel, Oregon legislators will share their work from the 2019 legislative session related to reducing adversity and promoting resilience. Panelists will also talk about upcoming work and ways you can be involved.


Mandy Davis, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon

Mandy Davis, LCSW, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Practice at Portland State University’s School of Social Work and a licensed clinical social worker. Dr. Davis is Director of Trauma Informed Oregon, a program primarily funded by the Oregon Health Authority, to advance trauma informed care throughout organizations and systems through training, consultation, and implementation resources. Dr. Davis teaches and lectures on implementing trauma informed care and trauma specific services. Her current interests include measuring change when organizations and systems implement the principles of trauma informed care, the impact of toxic stress on the workforce, intersectionality between equity work, and the impact of systemic oppression.

Peter Buckley, Program Manger & Certified Master Trainer, Southern Oregon Success

Peter Buckley joined Southern Oregon Success in 2016 as he transitioned out of the legislature, having served 12 years in the Oregon House of Representatives, including 8 years as House Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Ways & Means. With Southern Oregon Success, he has led the effort to develop a common vocabulary and common approach based on ACEs and Resilience for the region’s collective impact initiative. He serves as the administrator and a trainer for the Southern Oregon ACEs Training Team, which has presented over 350 trainings in ACE Interface’s NEAR curriculum to over 12,000 participants across all sectors in Jackson and Josephine counties over the past three years.

Panel: Preventing Adversity and Promoting Resilience through Legislation

Senator Lew Frederick, District 22

Senator Lew Frederick began his term as the District #22 State Senator in January 2017 after three and a half terms as a State Representative. He represents North and Northeast Portland, both known as the Soul of Portland and the transportation hub for the State with both the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, I-5, I-205, the west end of I-84, railroads running east, west, north and south, the Port of Portland east of the Willamette River, and the Portland Airport.

He has lived in the same house North of the Lloyd Center in the Irvington Neighborhood for over 40 years. He is married and has two adult children.

In the Legislature, he serves on the Full Ways and Means Committee, the Joint Emergency Board, the Subcommittee on Natural Resources, the Joint Committee on Transportation, Senate Committee on Wildfire Prevention and Recovery, Joint Committee on Interstate 5 Bridge and Co-Chairs the Subcommittee on Education.

Senator Frederick’s legislation has addressed racial profiling, drug defelonization, cleaning up brownfields, the over-testing of students, student data privacy, low income housing, supporting minority contractors, body cameras, ethnic studies, foster children, foreclosure mitigation, mental health family support, and elections integrity.

A graduate of Earlham College, he’s a PhD candidate at Portland State University and has studied at MIT, Morehouse, and the Woods Hole Marine Biology Laboratories.

Senator Frederick grew up directly involved in the Civil Rights Movement, concerns which continue to the present with activities surrounding education, technology, the environment and health care. With an academic background in biology, theater, psychology, and political science, his professional life includes seventeen years as a television reporter at KGW-Channel 8 in Portland, thirteen years as the Director of Public Information for the Portland Public Schools, teacher, actor and ranch hand.

Senator Sara Gelser, District 8

Senator Sara Gelser has served in the Oregon Legislature since 2005 and is completing her fifth year as Chair of the Senate Human Services Committee. She entered public service through the disability community and is an advocate for full inclusion of people with disabilities in education, the workforce, housing and community. In 2009, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Council on Disability. In 2017, Sara was included as one of the Silence Breakers who were chosen as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. Sara successfully spearheaded efforts to strengthen Oregon’s child welfare system, prohibit the use of seclusion and restraint in schools, and eliminate zero tolerance school discipline policies. She is currently the leading advocate to end the practice of placing foster children in for profit out of state programs and to reduce the inappropriate use of congregate care facilities for children wherever they are located. Sara successfully sponsored Oregon’s Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, legislation to create the nation’s first LGBTQ Veteran’s Coordinator, the legislation to establish Oregon’s Youth Suicide Alliance and Melissa’s Law to end Oregon’s rape kit backlog. She proudly carried legislation banning so called “conversion therapy” in Oregon. She continues to fight to eliminate the subminimum wage for people with disabilities and predatory pricing on inmate telecommunications. She earned a BA from Earlham College and an MAIS from Oregon State University.

Representative Pam Marsh, District 5

Pam Marsh was first elected to House District 5 in southern Oregon in November 2016 and reelected to a second term in 2018. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Revenue, and as a member of the House Committee on Economic Development and Trade, the Joint Committee on Tax Expenditures, the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on General Government, the Joint Committee on Information Management and Technology, and the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction. She is a member of the State Broadband Advisory Council and the Oregon Retirement Savings Board (OregonSaves).

Prior to joining the Oregon Legislature, Pam served the City of Ashland as a City Councilor for four years, and as a member and chair of the city Planning Commission and a member of the Ashland Charter Review Committee.

Her membership on the Broadband Advisory Council and experience managing a business in a rural area has motivated Pam’s efforts to close the digital divide. In the 2019 legislative session, she sponsored two bills that would work in tandem to bring services to underserved areas of the state by creating a state broadband office and establishing a flexible broadband fund.

Representative Ron Noble, District 24

Ron Noble has lived in the Willamette Valley since 1974 and is currently serving his second term as State Representative for Oregon House District 24. His legislative duties include serving as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Human Services and Housing, and as a member of the House Committee on Health Care and the House Committee on conduct. He also serves as a Co-Vice Chair on the Joint Committee on Transportation.

Ron is also a member of the Governor’s Advisory Committee on DUII, Co-Chair of the Oregon Wine Caucus, and a member of the Sportsmen’s Caucus.

Prior to serving in the legislature, Ron served 28 years in law enforcement, his last 8 years as Chief of Police for the City of McMinnville. He is a past president of the Oregon Association of Chief’s of Police, and a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Ron has been married to his wife Sue for 36 years, has four sons, a daughter, and six grandchildren.

Representative Tawna Sanchez, District 43

Representative Tawna Sanchez has spent her life working to strengthen our community. Born of Shoshone-Bannock, Ute, and Carrizo descent, Tawna grew up in Portland, and for many years has been a leader fighting for the rights of women, indigenous people, and the most vulnerable. As the Director of Family Services at the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), Tawna helped create the Early College Academy, expanded early childhood services, affordable housing development, elder support, and assisted in building a nationally recognized domestic violence wrap-around service model.

As a state representative, Tawna remains committed to standing up for social justice on the side of the oppressed, and pushing to make our systems more equitable.